Physical Therapist Charles Eisele and Licensed PT Assistant Jennifer Carawan stand under the sign outside their new business on North Jefferson Avenue in downtown Eatonton. LYNN HOBBS / Staff

By Lynn Hobbs
The Eatonton Messenger
February 23, 2017

A new business in downtown Eatonton offers refreshment for people suffering pain due to an accident, surgery, illness or injury. Physical Therapist Charles Eisele and Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant Jennifer Carawan hosted a grand opening Jan. 17 of their new practice, Lake Country Physical Therapy.

“Physical therapy is a breath of fresh air when you are overwhelmed with your body not being able to do things you want to do because of pain due to an accident or sickness,” Carawan said. “Physical therapy teaches you how to adapt so you can move. It’s a newly-learned way of living.”

Located at 115 North Jefferson Avenue, next to The Rocking Horse, Lake Country PT has all the equipment and furnishings of a traditional facility, but the décor makes it seem more like a residential living room than a clinic.

“We wanted it to be like an extension of people’s homes so they would feel more comfortable,” Eisele explained; “and Jennifer did a great job making it that way.”

Eisele has been working at Putnam General Hospital or more than 20 years and recently decided to open his own private office. Carawan has 17 years of experience as an LPTA. They are still “brainstorming” on possibilities of types of services to offer through their new facility; but for now they are strictly PT.

“We stress individual treatment, quality versus volume,” Eisele said, noting they spend two hours with most of their clients, “There’s no rush to get out and the extra time doesn’t cost more. Also, they can have access to the facility after their treatment is completed.”

Visitors check out Lake Country Physical Therapy’s new location in downtown Eatonton during an Open House Jan. 17. SPECIAL TO THE MESSENGER / Rene Beddingfield


The two also make home visits for those who need it. For a client who had suffered a stroke, Carawan recently went with him to the grocery store, showing him how to maneuver the aisles and how to move to get items that were out of reach, according to Eisele.

“I had a lot of physical therapists after my stroke, but none like Jennifer. She is the most outstanding therapist I’ve run across,” Retired U.S. Army Colonel Billy Gavan said. “Not only is she perfect and confident, but she has the unique ability to relate to, motivate and inspire her patients to achieve their (goals). She actually cares about your health success. My beautiful wife, Kathryn, and I are a living testament to her service. Believe me, she’s a real gem.”

Charles Eisele and Jennifer Carawan, far right, celebrate with their family members, friends and clients as they cut the ribbon outside their new downtown Eatonton location. SPECIAL TO THE MESSENGER / Rene Beddingfield

Ruth Embry has seen Eisele for more than 20 years for neck surgeries, hyperextended elbow, planters fasciitis and three back surgeries. She said the pain from her last back surgery was constant, even though she was taking pain medications orally and via injections in her spinal column.

“I did that for two years with little relief,” Embry wrote in an email. She requested physical therapy, “and that is when I met Jennifer,” she said. “The program of therapy Jennifer put in place was nothing short of a miracle to me. In six weeks, I was experiencing little to no back pain for the first time in five years. I can now work in the yard, sweep the floor and play fetch with my dog. I will continue to use Charles and Jennifer for any physical therapy needs I might have in the future, and encourage everyone to call them.”

The office is available by appointment for doctor prescribed treatments and rehabilitation; call Eisele or Carawan at 706-473-2348.