It was an opportunity too good to pass up. When the former LSS building went up for sale in Williston, Tina Nordaune knew it would be an ideal location for her growing therapy practice, PlayWorks Individual and Family Therapy.
For years, Nordaune had been working out of a basement office. The location adequately served her needs but was limiting.
“My clientele has been growing and I needed additional space to expand my therapy offerings. I had always rented but was looking to own my own building and configure it the way I wanted it,” says Nordaune.
She found the building she was looking for at 603 Main Street.
“It checked a lot of boxes for me. The location was great. There were many rooms for offices and therapy sessions. But we ran into snags. An SBA loan couldn’t work due issues regarding the number of estimates required. So my banker and I then went to Lewis and Clark Development Group for help and they stepped up for me,” Nodaune gratefully notes.
Through the North Dakota Opportunity Fund, LCD Group helped finance a portion of the funding that allowed Nodaune and her husband, Dennis, to purchase and remodel the 5,600 square foot building.
“We were able to put together the financing package with First International Bank to allow Tina and Dennis to purchase the property and expand their business,” says Matt Burthold, LCD Group commercial lending director. “The flexibility of the North Dakota Opportunity Fund worked perfectly for the Nordaunes.
Nordaune’s practice, PlayWorks Individual and Family Therapy, now has a premier location that meets the needs of her patients.
Founded in 2008, PlayWorks provides behavioral health services for individuals of all ages from children to adults. Individual, family, and couples’ therapy are offered. Nordaune guides clients in dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, loss/grief, self-esteem and self-worth, stress, and adjusting to sudden life changes such as divorce.
PlayWorks also provides consulting services to the Head Start programs in the Williston and Watford City areas.
“What I needed was a location that would accommodate the full range of services I offer,” noted Nordaune. “Now I have a play therapy room, a family and couples’ room, a room for expressive therapies such as art therapy, an open gym area along with several offices and a conference room. But what I’m really excited about is the ability to provide outdoor therapy.”
Nordaune’s new location features outdoor space. Plans are underway to create a healing garden to help clients dealing with grief and loss. The outdoor space will also provide a venue for individual and group sessions.
“Plato once said you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. I now have a natural outdoor play therapy area for children. This is huge for a play therapist,” says Nordaune who plans to eventually open her outdoor space for community events and activities.
“I can also bring on other providers which will allow us to serve more people in the community and meet the growing demand for mental and behavioral health services. Lewis and Clark Development Group played an important part in making all this happen. I am so very grateful for what they were able to do for me,” add Nordaune.
Helping Grow North Dakota Businesses
The North Dakota Opportunity Fund leverages private financing to help small business owners attain loans and investments to expand and create jobs. LCD Group manages the fund, which is available in 38 municipalities across the state.
To learn more about the North Dakota Opportunity Fund and LCD Group’s other business loan programs, contact Matt at (701) 667-7601 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional program information may also be found online here.
For information about PlayWorks Individual and Family Therapy, visit the practice’s Facebook page or contact Tina Nordaune at (701) 774-1122.