Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Sept. 24, 2001

Phenomenal Rehabilitation opens its doors this week

By Lynda Jensen

Sophisticated expertise and plentiful exercise equipment are some advantages to a new business opening in Howard Lake this week, Phenomenal Rehabilitation.

The business is located in the Stellar Health Center, which is the white building located at 12th Avenue and Highway 12. For older residents, this is what was formerly known as the car dealership.

There will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 to celebrate its opening.

The owners and operators are Craig and Jennifer Butturff, Dassel. They have two children, Daire, 5, and Destine, 3.

Craig is currently the director for the rehabilitation and sleep clinic at the St. Cloud Hospital.

The Butturffs chose Howard Lake because it was closer to family and they wanted to serve a rural community.

Opening not one, but three businesses in Howard Lake - Preferred Choice chiropractic care, Phenomenal Rehab, and a future fitness center - was an excellent business move, he said. "It all came together for us."

Jennifer's parents live just down the road in Montrose, David and Nancy Remer.

"We couldn't operate without the support from the Howard Lake community," Butturff commented.

The Butturffs wanted to serve a rural community because they felt that an accessible continuum of health care was out of reach for people in country settings, he said.

"For special services, you need to drive 30 or 40 miles to get it," he said. People tend to fall through the cracks when it comes to hands-on care, Butturff said.

Especially in this day and age when insurance companies seem to cut patients off early, there are fewer local options, Butturff said.

There is a strong network of good physician groups in the area, he added.

The equipment at Phenomenal Rehab can rival any that is offered for miles around, he said. More is on its way right now, he said.

Having all these services under one roof allows the Butturffs to supervise the recovery process, he said.

This will allow people to receiv physical therapy for orthopedic injuries, whether they are related to sports or work, post operation surgery recovery, or general aches and pains, among other things.

"I enjoy working with people and like to help them," he commented.

This appears to be evident from the patients he sees now. Resident Ovedia Lutjen needed to recover from a muscle injury to her back.

"He was gentle, and answered all my questions," Lutjen said of Butturff.

Butturff holds degrees in biology, psychology, a master's degree in physical therapy, and master's in business administration, he said. He is certified also as a strength and conditioning specialist.

Before working at the St. Cloud Hospital, Butturff was director of rehabilitation facilities and outreach for St. Gabriel's in Little Falls. Prior to this, he was supervisor of sports rehabilitation and fitness at the Berlin Memorial Hospital in Berlin, Wis., he said. This is near the Osh Kosh area.

Jennifer went to chiropractic college at Northwestern in Minneapolis, and the two met at Mankato State, he said.

This bedrock of experience and education for the Phenomenal Rehab staff allows them to offer knowledgeable services that would not be unlikely in a small town, he said.

Right now, construction on Highway 12 in front of the Stellar Health Care Center is the biggest challenge for their patients, he said.

The interior is 90 percent complete at the clinic. The remainder of the exterior should follow, he said.

Phenomenal rehabilitation is open weekdays from 7 a.m to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, he said.

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