What’s Your Story?

Whatever brings you to us, Story Physical Therapy is here to help. Physical Therapy, delivered by a Licensed Physical Therapist, is a very effective way to conservatively treat pain and dysfunction while decreasing the need for medicine and surgery. At Story Physical Therapy you can expect precise attention to detail, a comprehensive treatment program, and close communication with your medical team as indicated.

Here’s Our Story…

Story Physical Therapy, Inc. was established in 2009 by Stephen B. Story, D.P.T., M.P.T. to deliver the highest standard of care in a very friendly environment. At our clinic you will receive individualized care by a Physical Therapist who is licensed by the Kentucky State Board of Physical Therapy. Dr. Story’s passion is to provide the highest standard of individualized care so you can get back to whatever you enjoy doing as quickly as possible! We continually work to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients. Through participation in advanced clinical education, we learn the most up-to-date evidence-based evaluation and treatment skills. Continuing education, use of the most advanced treatment techniques, and state-of-the-art equipment are important aspects of Story Physical Therapy’s commitment to their patients and referring professionals. Staff members are sensitive to the specific needs of each patient.

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Stephen B. Story
D.P.T., M.P.T.

Stephen B. Story, D.P.T., M.P.T., was the first Licensed Physical Therapist in the Paducah area to receive his doctor of Physical Therapy. Stephen has nearly twenty years of experience in a variety of physical therapy settings, and over twenty years’ professional management experience. Stephen is dedicated to providing his patients, referring physicians, and payers with high quality, cost – effective physical therapy services.

Dr. Story is also adjunct faculty at West Community and Technical College in the physical therapy assistant program.


• Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
• Member of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association
• Certified in AED and Professional Rescuer CPR
• Member National Strength & Conditional Association
• Certified Bioness Provider

Email: stephen@storyphysicaltherapy.com

Karen Harris Story, M.B.A. oversees the management of the practice in all areas, including billing, marketing, and office administration. Karen has thirty years of professional work experience in a variety of fields. Karen’s expertise is creating a comfortable environment in which patients are able to get back to doing what you enjoy most!

Karen received her Master of Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. Her Bachelor of Science is from Vanderbilt University (Go Dores!)

The Story’s are the proud parents of three college age children and enjoy visiting their schools in Texas, Illinois and Missouri. They are involved in the community in a variety of ways including Broadway United Methodist Church, support of Market House Theatre. The Carson Center, and other educational and philanthropic activities. The Storys are also strong supporters of international exchange student programs to help promote cultural understanding, having hosted seven students to date, representing China, Colombia, Germany, Japan and Belgium.

  • Member of the Advisory Council, Purchase Area Junior Achievement
  • Member of Leadership Paducah Class #23
  • Leadership Paducah Alumni of the Year 2010
  • Member of the Leadership Team of Community Bible Study
  • Paducah Ambassador

Email: karen@storyphysicaltherapy.com

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Karen Harris Story

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Therapy Dog

Therapy dogs interact with people to offer feelings of wellbeing, or encourage rehabilitation through actual contact. Animals can provide a nonjudgmental presence. Hospitals, nursing facilities, schools and rehab centers can be stressful and scary. A dog—just being a normal wagging dog—helps return normalcy to people of all ages who must endure abnormal situations.

There are two broad categories of therapy service. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) uses companion animals as a part of the patient’s therapy. Interactions with the dog are part of a treatment plan designed by a health care professional, to improve the patient’s physical or emotional function. For instance, tossing a ball or brushing his coat encourages repetitive hand-eye coordination exercises.

Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) therapy introduces pets to withdrawn people to encourage communication, because patients often relax in the presence of a friendly animal. There’s no formal treatment plan or trained professional needed.