Pella Chronicle

January 15, 2014

Work Systems Rehab & Fitness changes


The Pella Chronicle

---- — Locally-owned Work Systems Rehab & Fitness, P.C. (Work Systems) is pleased to announce some important developments that will enable them and their collaborative business partners to best fulfill their mission to empower individuals with health solutions that enable them to get well and stay well.

As of January 1, 2014, Work Systems will sell its fitness assets to a new partnership group led by Mark Blankespoor, PT, DPT. This group, Pella Recreation Center (PRC), will continue to offer health, wellness and fitness services to residents in and around Pella, Iowa, the home of Work Systems’ corporate headquarters.

“The development of a new business, Pella Recreation Center,” said PRC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Blankespoor, “is exciting because it will allow other non-medical partners to invest in the strong fitness foundation that Work Systems has worked hard to develop over the last 11 years. The new business will be positioned to continue our great service that focuses on fun and effective programming for the entire family. It will also help us advance our popular group personal training programming through CrossFit 424, as well as our athletic development programming through an alignment with Game On Performance. The people we’re bringing on are the most important advancement, but the new building will be essential to help us provide sport-related programming that is currently not available in the town of Pella.”

The new 25,000 square foot building is set to open in the spring of 2014, says Blankespoor, and will have a large area covered by field turf, so sports programming and competitions will be offered for participants in all turf sports like baseball, soccer, and football. “The new space will be great for the community, but it will also be a huge asset to the patients we serve with physical therapy and occupational therapy needs,” says Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT, the CEO & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Work Systems. “We’re thrilled to be able to serve people in a state-of-the-art facility that allows us to develop functional health solutions for our clients with all types of orthopedic, musculoskeletal conditions.”

In the process of this transaction, Work Systems is also purchasing from Blankespoor the shares he has held in Work Systems. Blankespoor, Work Systems’ founder, has been the majority shareholder of Work Systems since its inception December of 1998. This transaction will allow Blankespoor to continue to focus on his passion areas of health coaching and consulting for individuals and businesses. “It has been an exciting ride over the past 15 years, and I’m eager to hand over the reins of the rehab business to an excellent team of therapists with whom I’ve partnered for the past decade.”

While the change seems significant, Vander Molen states that he expects the transition to occur without a hitch. “We will miss working hand-in-hand with Mark on a daily basis. He has been a mentor to all of us and has prepared us well for this new chapter in the life of Work Systems. However, we are happy that he will continue to be a friend of the business by providing support and assistance as a continued consultant to our practice well into the future.”

There will be some additional business restructuring for Work Systems over the next few months, but business will continue as normal for our staff and clients. In fact, these developments will occur without anyone’s jobs being affected. Blankespoor and Vander Molen expect that this will increase the need for staff and result in job growth as each business grows.

For more information, you may contact Vander Molen at Work Systems (641-621-0230) or Blankespoor at Pella Recreation Center (641-628-4622).

Work Systems is a leading provider of physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and work injury management and prevention services throughout the state of Iowa. It was founded in 1998 by Mark Blankespoor, PT, DPT, and over time much business growth has occurred.

It originally provided functional testing and work injury management and prevention consultative services, and it opened its first outpatient therapy practice, in Pella, in 2002 when it opened its doors to people with all types of musculoskeletal pain and injuries. In 2003, Work Systems purchased Bos Landen Athletic Club (dba Work Systems Fitness), and in 2004 it combined the rehab and fitness operations into one business (Work Systems Rehab & Fitness) and one location, a 34,000 square foot facility in Pella. It has opened additional rehab clinics in Des Moines (2003), Oskaloosa (2006), Newton (2007), and Ames (2012), and it continues to provide functional testing and injury prevention and management consultative services to businesses throughout the state of Iowa and beyond.

Work Systems is currently co-owned by Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT (CEO/CFO), Todd Schemper, PT, DPT (COO), Carol Kelderman, PT, DPT, Elise Spronk, OTR/L, and Melissa Hansen, PT, DPT.

Pella Recreation Center is owned by Mark Blankespoor, PT, DPT, Darren McGriff, Holly Toom, Kevin Carlson and Kelly Carlson. CrossFit 424 (Kevin and Kelly Carlson) and Game On Performance (Brad Rolffs and Eric Van Wyngarden) are key programming partners with PRC.