By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Knighthouse Media

ApexNetwork Physical Therapy is known as a disruptor in the healthcare industry for being the first in the United States to develop a physical therapy-only franchise model in 2008. “We have been ranked seven times on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 and have always been considered part of the health and fitness category,” Director of Franchise Operations Jason Baxter says. “What’s interesting this year is Entrepreneur created a specific category for physical therapy. We are excited that we were instrumental in helping drive this change.”

The Illinois-based company was founded in 1997 by friends who partnered to open up their first physical therapy clinic in their hometown of Highland, Ill. ApexNetwork got its start by seeing injured workers and specializing in industrial rehabilitation services, but its patients soon started asking for their family members to receive therapy. The company soon progressed to seeing patients with private insurance.

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