Leigh Corley has opened a pediatric therapy clinic in Clermont after nearly 20 years of working with children mostly in their homes.
Ability, at the intersection of Highway 120 and Main Street in Clermont, held its grand opening and ribbon cutting Friday afternoon.
Corley said seeing patients in their homes keeps them in their natural environment but is also limited. The clinic allows for more services, she said.
”We’re trying to shape that environment to be as rich as it can be,” she said. “In here, it’s a playground, but I’m one-on-one with them.”
The clinic will provide pediatric therapy for physical, occupational and speech needs, Corley said.
The occupational services, for example, focus on fine motor skills, Corley said, and concentrate on things like bathing, using a pencil, cooking and technology.
The clinic’s occupational therapist, Bria Kellar, is a North Hall High School graduate and got her occupational therapy master’s degree from Brenau University. She also has a dance background and is working on a curriculum called DanceAbility, which helps children with disabilities.
The clinic has about 40 clients so far. Most will come weekly for hour-long appointments. A few will come twice weekly and some monthly. Corley said she has patients from as far as Towns County plus Lumpkin, White, Habersham and Hall counties.
As part of her approach, Corley brainstorms with families about what is available and the future.
“What does it look like in six months, what does it look like in three years?” she asked.
Ability is also home for Corley and her husband, Ben, who is the athletic director at Chestatee High School. The couple moved back to Quillan’s Corner, just south of Clermont, in 2012 and have family nearby.
Leigh Corley received her physical therapy degree from Georgia State University in 1996.