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New physical therapy center, fitness facility taking shape in W.Va.

March 04, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Kelley Rankin said he is excited and nervous about his new $3 million facility.

He is excited about it opening April 2, and nervous about it being ready on time.

Built on 21/2 acres, Rankin Physical Therapy and Fitness Center is on Southridge Drive behind the West Virginia State Police barracks on U.S. 522.

"It's the nicest wellness center in the Tri-State area," Rankin said.

Rankin injured his spinal cord while mountain biking in August 2005, and is paralyzed from the chest down. He said he wants to give back to the community, and building the new facility inspired him.

The building has been in the works for more than five years, Rankin said. Excel Contractors of Williamsport began construction last summer.


The 18,000-square-foot building includes a physical therapy section; two fitness sections with locker rooms and showers, including a separate space for women only; a gym with a regulation basketball court for intramural sports; a heated pool with two underwater treadmills; and space for gymnastics, dance, yoga and exercise classes, Rankin said.

Rankin, 37, a native of Berkeley Springs, graduated from Berkeley Springs High School and received his master's degree in physical therapy from West Virginia University.

He started his own physical therapy clinic in Berkeley Springs in 2001, and owns Shenandoah Valley Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Rankin said he wants the center to be an affordable facility, and discounts will be offered.

"We don't want anybody to be shut out," he said.

A grand opening celebration is set for April 21.

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