Everyone loves a good success story, especially during a pandemic. Lori Alexander’s grand opening of her expanded Physical Therapy Zone on Saturday, May 8 offered an opportunity for just such a celebration. “We just knocked a hole in the wall and expanded into the suite next door.” This allowed her to socially distance her patients and to create more space for the one-on-one therapy offered. According to Alexandria Gazette Packet, "Alexander and her two therapists routinely saw 60 patients a week at the beginning of 2020 until the first week of March, when patients started canceling due to the pandemic. Alexander found that all of a sudden she had a lot of time on her hands. Instead of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. six days a week, she moved her few clients to the same day to save electricity and heat bills. Then in June, the numbers started going back up and in July climbed even higher. People started feeling comfortable. The last week in August the patient numbers were up to 50." As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, "Still, the former electrical engineering major had come a long way from her textile town of Lowell, Mass., where everyone, including her grandmother, worked in the mills. “I was the first in my family to go to college.” But she switched majors when Raytheon laid-off workers and Alexander was advised that she wouldn’t be able to get a job when she got out. So she headed to Boston University where she graduated in physical therapy. Now she has hired back physical therapists and her business expanded to 119 patients just last week. “I’ve never had this many patients since I opened the business in 2011."