A local physical therapy businesses is branching out into the California neighborhood.

ProRehab Physical Therapy will open its first freestanding outpatient physical therapy office in West Louisville in August at 902 S. 15th St., according to a news release.

Larry Benz | Courtesy of ProRehab

Larry Benz | Courtesy of ProRehab

“ProRehab Physical Therapy’s mission is to find communities where there is a need for physical therapy,” Dr. Larry Benz, principal at ProRehab, said in the release.

Benz is a member of St. Stephen Church, located at 1018 S. 15th St., and approached the church’s senior pastor Rev. Kevin Cosby about partnering to open a clinic that serves the church and St. Stephen Family Life Center.

“St. Stephen has been incredibly innovative in supplying a variety of services to West Louisville, and we look forward to meeting their physical therapy needs and working in the California community,” he said.

The new location builds on an existing partnership with Simmons College of Kentucky, a historically black college of which Cosby is president.

“The sports medicine partnership has already been tremendously beneficial to Simmons’ student athletes, and I’m eager to see how the South 15th Street clinic serves the Family Life Center’s patients and the community as a whole,” Cosby said in the release.

Dr. Karen Stringer-Phillips will direct the West Louisville clinic. She already serves as head athletic trainer for Simmons College through its partnership with ProRehab. Stringer-Phillips specializes in orthopaedics, manual therapy and sports medicine. She also is a member of St. Stephen’s choir.

There are a number of doctors and physical therapists with offices downtown, but there isn’t much in the way of medical offices past Ninth Street. ProRehab will be the second this year to move into West Louisville.

On June 1, Integrated Medical Solutions opened an office in Russell at 300 S. 13th St. It offers physical therapy, massage therapy and consultations with neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons.

Co-founder Eric Lowe told Insider Louisville that he wanted to “one of the catalysts” in the efforts to revitalize West Louisville neighborhoods.