First Look: Renew, a New Breed of PT Clinics
Two PTs bring a modern aesthetic and techniques to a new physical therapy clinic for those with orthopedic injuries, pain or mobility issues, plus athletes.
West Tennessee native Selena Inman, PT, didn’t expect to stay when she moved here for a job at Helen Keller Hospital. “It was just going to be a stepping stone,” she says. “I thought I’d stay here for two to five years, but then I fell in love with the Shoals.” That was 25 years ago. After meeting her dream business partner in Morgan Hall, PT, DPT, who’s originally from Red Bay and worked with Inman for more than four years, they collaborated to open Renew Physical Therapy + Performance at 407 E. Tennessee Street in Florence in August 2021. “It was time for me to get back to the reason I went to PT school in the first place, and that was to take care of patients,” Inman says.
Why the Shoals
Amidst a boom in downtown Florence businesses, Hall says the space for Renew felt optimal: It was just the right size and convenient to all four towns. The Shoals itself makes a perfect home for the concept for the clinic, which is intentionally open to foster interaction—with patients and among patients. This is a place where “you can put names to faces and faces to names,” says Hall, adding that building connections with the community is paramount.
Why You Should Go
Stepping into Renew, the first thing you notice is the metallic epoxy floor. “Almost everyone comments on it,” says Hall. Doing the buildout themselves, she and Inman had help from Inman’s husband and friends who own The Pie Factory in Muscle Shoals, which has a similar floor that inspired theirs. A freehand mural of the human body by artist Jennifer Owens is a contemporary take on old-school doctor’s office posters. The overall space is a glow-up from typical PT clinics, with a sleek vibe and upgraded equipment. “You don’t usually see squat racks in a PT clinic, but they can be utilized for so many things,” says Hall. “You never know what getting under a barbell can do for somebody.” Anyone with an injury or recovering from surgery is welcome, as are people suffering from musculoskeletal pain; neurological deficits from stroke; athletes looking to improve performance; or anyone who wants to reduce pain or improve mobility, strength or function.
Both natural athletes, Inman and Hall say taking a class at Grit Fitness is a must for out-of-town visitors. The Boiler Room, located below the Stricklin Hotel, is one of Hall’s top spots for a night out, with bowling lanes and games like Skee-Ball and shuffleboard. George’s Steak Pit is a go-to for dinner, while Big Bad Breakfast is ideal for a morning meal. “We have so many good local restaurants and cool places with a different vibe than you’d find anywhere else,” says Inman.