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May 24, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Physical Therapy NOW expands to 53 locations, new center to open Cape in July

Physical Therapy NOW, a leading health-care franchise in Florida, Texas and New Jersey, has announced the opening of six new locations in March, bringing its total to 53, with new centers planned for Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples.

Physical Therapy NOW has 26 locations in operation, six more slated to open by June and 23 under contract. In total, the company and its franchisees employ 240 in three states.

"We're excited by the company's growth. It's an indicator that our blueprint for franchising a healthcare business works," says Physical Therapy NOW Founder Andres Zapata.

Founded in 2015, Physical Therapy NOW developed a winning formula to franchise medical services, which traditionally haven't taken well to franchising. Unlike its competitors that look for existing medical businesses to serve as anchors, Physical Therapy NOW focuses on educating its franchisees and giving them the tools to grow, including the ability to bring in patients from day one.

Most centers are located in shopping centers with high foot traffic. Many are anchored by supermarkets, fast food restaurants and gyms. Each center opens with a licensed physical therapist, an assistant and an office manager.

Physical Therapy NOW locations treat chronic conditions, sports injuries and helps with surgery recovery. Physical therapists offer a wide range of treatments, including exercise therapy, manual therapy and occupational therapy, among many others.


Passenger count totals up during April at Southwest Florida International Airport

During April, 1,111,558 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, an increase of 18.3 percent compared to April 2018. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 9.7 percent compared to last year.

The traffic leader in April was Delta Air Lines with 203,048 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (166,635), Spirit (150,889), American (143,471) and JetBlue (133,676).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 8,970 aircraft operations, an increase of 11.4 percent compared to April 2018. Page Field saw 10,076 operations, a 25.8 percent increase from April 2018. In addition, approximately 2.8 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in April 2019.

Southwest Florida International Airport served nearly 9.4 million passengers in 2018 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. For more information, visit or Like Us on Facebook at

Lucas named interim CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties has named Becky Lucas as interim CEO following the recent announcement that former president and CEO Katherine "Kitty" Green has accepted the position of vice president for advancement at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Lucas has served Habitat for Humanity in various roles over a span of 19 years including volunteer, director of construction, executive director and her most recent role as vice president of community outreach. She managed the Lee and Hendry Counties Habitat affiliate during a time of rampant growth, overseeing the construction of 600+ Habitat homes.

In her former role as associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conser-vancy, Lucas worked with the state of Florida's top philanthropic entities to devise their charitable giving plans resulting in the protection of natural resources worldwide. She also served as a director of the Children's Hunger Alliance in Columbus, Ohio where she was responsible for a USDA program, which fed 5,000 inner-city children a day.

Since 1982, 1,550 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat Lee and Hendry to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. For more information, visit

Spiro & Associates Earns First Angel Award

The American Advertis-ing Federation Fourth District has presented Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Rela-tions and Brand Architec-ture with its very first Angel Award: Silver: Organization or Cause Promotion for Eat.Clay.Love. On behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, the agency created an original event for the organization's 20th anniversary. It called upon local celebrities to channel their creative genius toward the house itself, a mobile care program and an in-hospital support program, as well as raised $30,000.

Spiro & Associates en-tered the Angel Award competition with other advertising service providers, as well as public service organizations and special interest causes and groups, throughout the state of Florida and the Caribbean.

Christopher T. Spiro and his 16-member team went on to receive the award during a May 3 presentation at Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The award-winning work can now be found on 4AAF social media channels.

Spiro & Associates is one of Southwest Florida's largest marketing, advertising, public relations and brand architecture firms. The company serves local, regional and national clients in the fields of land development, construction, retail, residential and commercial real estate, law, marine, business, residential services and many more.

Find more information online at or call 239-481-5511.



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