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  • Kurt Fedewa on behalf of Downtown Portland

Featured Business: K-13 Physical Therapy

Craig and Barb Koenigsknecht own and operate K13 physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. They have offices in Portland, St. Johns, and Laingsburg. They opened their Portland office in June of 2016.

Craig and Barb provide outpatient physical therapy services. Barb has a master’s degree in physical therapy from CMU and she has twenty-three years of experience in the field. Craig is a physical therapy assistant and has participated in the administrative aspect of the business. Together they employ twelve people.

“We see people who are in pain and we reduce their symptoms,” said Barb. “We also provide therapy for range of motion issues, as well as for strength deficits and for functional impairment.”

Barb continued., “Our main goal is to improve function. People come to us with injuries, and we work together to heal them These patients are then able to enjoy their favorite activities again,” she said.

Barb finds her profession to be rewarding. “I find it satisfying to help our patients to do whatever it is that they physically want to do. There aren’t many professions that allow you to see immediate results of your work. One needs to enjoy one’s profession in order to say in it as long as I have done.”

Barb has advice for young people who are interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy. “If someone wishes to go into the field, then they now need a doctoral degree for entrance into it,” she said. “It’s a large investment in time, so they need to know that this is what they want to do with their life before they begin their education. I recommend that they job shadow a physical therapist in order to see what the profession does for people and for them to learn all they can about what we do,” she said.

Barb has good things to say about Portland. “Portland is a great community. It has been very supportive of us. This is a very active town with many things in which to participate. Our work is a wonderful way to give back to this community.”

This piece was originally published in the Downtown Portland Newsletter for February 2022. You can find the full newsletter HERE.


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