Physical therapy practice moves into former church

Shawn Hardy
Debby and Chris Zentz, Thomas Blount and Andrew Tees, Greencastle-Antrim High School athletic trainer, cut the ribbon at Greencastle Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine during an open house Tuesday.

An altar sits in the middle of the original wood floor and cathedral ceilings soar overhead, while the walls are lined with the exercise equipment and treatment tables of Greencastle Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine.

Visitors to an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at 145 E. Baltimore St. got to see how the interior of the 1928 red brick church has been renovated for a 21st century treatment facility.

Christopher Zentz, who will be working mainly in Greencastle, his wife, Debby, and partner Thomas Blunt explained how original features were incorporated into the design and new features, including an addition housing an elevator at the rear of the building, were added. Old blueprints for the church are framed and on the walls and the exposed brick outside the restrooms (formerly the pastor's office) is accented with new woodwork that looks original.

A highlight of the renovation process was the filming last March of a segment of the DIY network's reality show "Salvage Dawgs" with stars Mike Whiteside and Robert Kulp and their crew. They harvested the windows, woodwork, choir rails and, the showcase piece, a 54-inch cast iron bell, according to Blount, who said the episode is expected to air in this March.

The upper floor, the former church sanctuary, houses Greencastle Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. It features an open treatment area lined with equipment including bikes, treadmills and exercise balls, as well as private rooms. Zentz is also involved with outreach into the community, including volunteering with speed and agility training at Greencastle-Antrim High School.

No matter who they are working with "education is a lot of what we do," Blount said.

"Our practice patterns are founded on the most current research with a concentration on exercise and manual techniques to help our clients regain their health, mobility, function and overall wellness," according to the website www.greencastlephysicaltherapy.com.

The law firm Mooney and Associates shares some of the renovated space in Greencastle, but the lower level, which housed the Sunday school rooms, is unfinished and "we will build to suit," Zentz said.

This isn't the first unique location for the practice which also has facilities in an old bowling alley in Shippensburg and the former Outlet Barn in Waynesboro, as well as in Big Spring.