Before opening The Therapy Spot in Farmington Hills, co-owners Jessica Ravineala and Paula Gomoluch were working together at a different clinic in metro Detroit. But when that clinic abruptly closed, the duo decided it was time to venture into business together to continue working with many of the local families they’d established relationships with.
“We had about a four-day notice that they were closing, and we saw how devastating that was for clients. They were like, ‘We have this great relationship with you. Now we have to find some other place,’” Ravineala says. “So, at that time, Paula and I saw the need for these patients to have a place to go.”
Having a place that emphasized collaboration among therapists and families was important to the pair, too.
“We wanted to make sure we were working in a setting where we can control those factors and make sure that the parents were involved in treatment,” Ravineala says.
Out of that mindset, the Therapy Spot was born. And, in summer 2019, it will be celebrating its fifth birthday.
The Therapy Spot provides speech, occupational and physical therapy to children ages 1 and older – and, in some cases, adults.
“We work on sensory processing disorder and what we call ‘regulation,’ but what a lot of people refer to as ‘behavior problems,’” she says. “Because we have speech (therapy), we also see a lot of kids who have speech and language impairments, issues with reading comprehension, social skills and executive functioning skills.”
The well-trained and experienced staff includes five occupational therapists, four speech therapists and one physical therapist.
“We work really closely with each other, and we really encourage our therapists to work within their full scope of practice,” she says.
The therapists at The Therapy Spot address a wide range of skills. They work on feeding skills, speech and language, executive functioning, behavior issues and sensory processing issues.
Each child has an individualized plan of treatment. “We look at the child first and we determine what is going to be the best fit for the child,” she says.
From there, they collaborate as a team on that child’s treatment plan. Parent involvement is an integral part of therapy. Parents are encouraged to come in and be a part of their child’s sessions. The therapists even train parents so they can carry things out at home, as well.
In addition to therapy clinic services, Gomoluch adds that The Therapy Spot offers free screenings at local preschools and hosts events for the community. These events are open to parents and anyone who currently works with, or plans to work with children.
“We try to do events that will have the most impact on children and their families,” Gomoluch says.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit The Therapy Spot website.