News Release - City Celebrates Callan-Harris Physical Therapy Expansion

City of Rochester

News Release

City Celebrates Callan-Harris Physical Therapy Expansion

(Friday, Oct. 5, 2012) – City Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner R. Carlos Carballada and City Councilmember Elaine Spaull joined Callan-Harris Physical Therapy owner Susanne Callan-Harris to celebrate the company’s new location at 1328 University Avenue.

Callan-Harris Physical Therapy (CHPT) originally opened at 1150 University in 2001. Spurred by a need for more space, a classroom area, better accessibility and a desire to remain in the city, CHPT chose to move into a space that is owned by the Rochester City Ballet. The two organizations developed a special relationship over the years and CHPT is now fulfilling a dream of the late Timothy Draper to one day share a building. CHPT works closely with the company, providing backstage treatment at performances.

CHPT also works with the dance department at Rochester’s School of the Arts each spring, treating students during rehearsals and performances and educating them on injury prevention. This fall, CHPT is initiating a program with the Rochester City School District to train dance and physical education teachers on injury prevention for dancers.

CHPT specializes in performing arts medicine, lymphedema management and scoliosis treatment. They treat performing artists of all levels, from students to professionals, in the clinic and backstage. Their therapists have backgrounds in the performing arts, sports medicine, spine care, pain management and scoliosis treatment.

There was a need in the local dance community for a physical therapy clinic that understood the unique needs of performing artists. The training and rehabilitation requirements for dancers differ from those of traditional sports medicine. CHPT works with dancers from Garth Fagan Dance and FuturPointe and are the first choice of touring companies performing Rochester.

Approximately $170,000 was invested in the company’s relocation and expansion. The City assisted with a $7,000 matching grant. Eight jobs were retained with the move and 3 new positions were added.


News Media: For more information, contact Susanne Callan-Harris at 482-5060.