Private therapy clinic triples presence


Gail O'Rourke, right, a speech pathologist, works with a patient. Courtesy Family Tree Therapies

A pediatric clinic specializing in private speech and occupational therapy is moving across town into a space that will triple its size and make room for up to 10 more therapists.

Family Tree Therapies said last week that it will move from its space in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood, at 1331 Lake Dr. SE, toward 28th Street in Grand Rapids, at 2251 East Paris Ave. SE.

The move, which will be completed early next month, is needed to address the clinic's growth and better serve families.

"Our families deserve this beautiful, new building," said Stacy Pulley, a speech language pathologist and co-founder of Family Tree Therapies. "It’s through their loyalty and commitment to their own children that we are able to continue to grow."

Pulley added that the relocation into the 9,000 square-foot space will position the clinic in close proximity to a number of referral sources in area.

“It’s a mini Medical Mile,” Pulley said. “It was a really great find to have this location, and it will be really helpful to work with the pediatricians and the family practice physicians in the area. We are excited to be a bigger part of this community."

The space

Co-founders Pulley and Terri Cooper, an occupational therapist, bought the building on East Paris and completely renovated the upstairs for speech and occupational therapy services based on their design.

The original layout of the space included four suites and dividing walls, which were demolished to create a modern facility, which includes a sensory gym.

“We are so excited for our new, sensory-friendly environment,” Cooper said. “With brand new, customized space for up to 20 therapists, it allows their specific supplies to always be on hand. It also allows more space for our special programs like guest speakers and parenting workshops.”

The clinic said the space will provide families with more waiting room comfort, overall flexibility and more parking.

“I do think it is a central location for people to arrive to,” Pulley said. “There is a plethora of parking, and our waiting room is going to be set up for the working parents and also for the parents who want to just relax. . . . It is definitely set up more for their comfort, greater flexibility and a larger staff.”

The clinic is also renting the building's 3,000-square-foot suite downstairs with a hope of providing a complementary service. Pulley said the downstairs space is being shown to several interested parties.

Filling out office

Family Tree Therapies anticipates hiring a number of therapists over the next couple of years, increasing its office staff and providing expanded hours and services.


Family Tree Therapies, founded more than 10 years ago, provides speech and occupational therapy services for children ranging from premature babies to teenagers.

The clinic creates individual therapy programs for children with a range of diagnoses: ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Asperger syndrome, auditory processing disorders, down syndrome, mood disorders, sensory processing disorders, dyspraxia and dyslexia.

“We work to get to the foundation of the problem that ultimately makes lasting changes for children,” Pulley said.

Family Tree Therapies also provides various related support services: parent coaching, tutoring, therapy groups, workshops, IEP consultations and school observations.

Open house

To celebrate its move, Family Tree Therapies will host an open house on Jan. 8 from 4-7 p.m.

The event will feature refreshments and an opportunity for people to talk with therapists.

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