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Synergy Healthcare expands into Spokane Valley

Shawna Burchette has opened a second location of Synergy Healthcare .at 12012 E. Mission Ave., in Spokane Valley. (J. BART RAYNIAK / The Spokesman-Review)
Shawna Burchette has opened a second location of Synergy Healthcare .at 12012 E. Mission Ave., in Spokane Valley. (J. BART RAYNIAK / The Spokesman-Review)

Synergy Healthcare, a Spokane pain-based therapy clinic, has expanded into the Valley.

The new clinic opened its doors in March near Pines Road and Mission Avenue following the purchase and some remodel of its building to offer seven treatment rooms and a small yoga studio.

Synergy offers physical, occupational and massage therapy, including lymph drainage and craniosacral therapy, as well as yoga for clients. Much of the clients are those suffering chronic pain or recovering from injury, and are typically referred by physicians. However, massage and yoga also are available to the general public.

Owner and occupational therapist Shauna Burchett says her business is difficult to describe in a few words, but explains that Synergy Healthcare is an integrated manual therapy clinic that takes a comprehensive approach to recovery and applies osteopathic principles to treatments. Structure, or alignment, position and mobility are main aspects when considering treatment.

For example, therapists might treat someone with chronic shoulder pain, but first they will look at posture, how deeply that person is breathing, and how the kidneys are positioned and functioning among other aspects, because it all works together.

Burchett has 18 employees including yoga instructors between the two clinics. She hopes to expand in the coming years with a saltwater therapy pool and larger yoga studio at the Valley location.

“There was such a need for services here. … We decided to open in the Valley because that is where the growth was at the time,” Burchett said, noting that 17 percent of existing clientele traveled from Spokane Valley to the Spokane clinic at 1605 W. Garland Ave.

Therapists see newborn to the frail elderly, treating such things as chronic pain to orthopedic type injuries. Patients typically see more than one therapist during a treatment program, as therapists take a team approach to customize a program to determine and treat underlying sources of pain. Burchett says one-hour treatments can involve deep tissue massage and therefore infrequent. Each treatment typically is 60 minutes.

Most insurance plans are accepted at Synergy. A first-time evaluation costs $136. Hour massages are $75. And yoga classes are available, including a Tuesday 9 a.m. parent-child session for $90.

Synergy does not offer counseling or sports rehabilitation. It does offer some education about such things as proper desk set up or even appropriate shoes to consider for a condition.

Bruchett, a graduate of the University of Alberta, started a home-based therapy business in 1998. In 2002 she began Synergy Healthcare with a partner and became the sole proprietor in 2005.

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