LINWOOD - An ambitious new 20,000-square-foot facility is creating a health and wellness destination in the vast Corner-stone Commerce Center here.
AC Best Docs is already offering a high-end fitness center that includes a Kinesis gym, rehabilitation services that include a large therapy pool, and pain management. Soon it will add a gastroenterologist, many kinds of fitness classes and more health services.
Primary medical care is integrated into the facility, available from AtlantiCare's Dr. Anila Amin, who has moved her practice to space leased from AC Best Docs.
The $1.8 million facility is the creation of Philadelphia-area physicians Dr. Eric Ratner and Dr. Robert Salvage, and Marc Cohen, who has a doctorate in chiropractic medicine.
Cohen, of Cherry Hill, said the group has been developing the concept for five years. He de-scribed three major areas of service already available:
• Kinesis machines by TechnoGym allow resistance training in any movement direction, sitting or standing, and are a favorite of Olympic athletes, he said. Cardiovascular machines are equipped with touch screens that double as TVs and Internet portals.
Smart phone apps or a provided Wellness Key let people connect to the equipment, design a custom exercise program for them and track their progress, he said. Users also can track the benefits of offsite activities such as walking and sports.
• A physical therapy and rehabilation section has a 15- by 24-foot warm water pool which offers resistance exercise without impact at depths of 3, 4 and 6 feet.
"Most therapy pools are flat," Cohen said. "We have deeper water so you can do deeper-water exercises without overloading the joints."
The chlorine-free pool features two underwater treadmills, water jets to allow variable resistence, two seats with multiple water jets to work the back, and many pieces of equipment for use in the water.
"The whole point of water therapy is to give no load on joints while allowing you to restore normal movement patterns," he said. "If you've had surgery or a stroke or a heart attack, you walk differently and must re-educate the brain. … Then you can slowly add force to resemble what happens on land."
Rehabilitation also offers a low-impact room, with motion-recognition game consoles to measure activity and provide feedback on screens.
• Pain management at AC Best Docs includes physical interventions, neurostimulators and injections, including Platelet Rich Plasma injections to encourage growth, Cohen said. "There's a big push to not encourage opioid use, and our guys are very good at that. If they are used, it's for a very short time as originally designed."
He said AC Best Docs has hired six employees locally for now and anticipates another three or four as it expands and gets busier.
Onsite providers include physical therapist John McGrail and Wendy Wang, who has a doctorate in physical therapy and also is an acupuncturist. In his own practice, Cohen said, he focuses on pre- and post-surgical work, "getting people from a very bad situation to fully functional."
The operators plan to add yoga, Zumba and bodybuilding classes, he said, and eventually Pilates and a cycling class.
Jatin Motiwal, vice president of Physician Practice Administration for AtlantiCare, said the area's largest health-care provider likes the area and the Cornerstone Commerce Center, and jumped on the opportunity to relocate Amin's medical practice there when AC Best Docs offered to sublease space.
"We believe Cornerstone will be a very busy commercial hub," Motiwal said. "It has high visibility, lots of parking, all of the good components of primary practice, and Dr. Amin has deep ties to the area, living in Linwood and practicing there for 20 years."
He said AtlantiCare is preparing to add another physician at AC Best Docs this summer.
AtlantiCare also has an outpatient clinical lab on the site. "We try to have that with most of our primary care practices, so patients don't have to travel for lab work," Motiwal said.
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