Gonstead Physical Medicine is joining the burgeoning healthcare presence in the Unser Gateway.

Gonstead Physical Medicine joins growing Unser Gateway health care community

Gonstead Physical Medicine, a health care provider specializing in ligament repair, has officially moved to Rio Rancho. Gonstead has been in Albuquerque for 16 years and has a clinic in the Northeast Heights but its Westside location on Alameda Boulevard NW is shutting down and patients and staff are moving to Unser Gateway, a development corridor in Rio Rancho.

Brittney Del Angel, owner and office manager, says the company outgrew their Westside space and needed room to grow. Their new location is 7,000 square feet and cost $1.8 million.

Del Angel says the new location is more than double the size of the old one.

“Back when my husband [co owner Dr. Anthony Del Angel] got here in 2007 the Alameda clinic saw maybe 20 or 30 patients on a really good day,” she said. “Now we see 120 to 150 a day.”

She says the space was also intended for only one or two doctors, but now the clinic has four, along with a nurse practitioner and rehabilitation staff. She said they’ve hired four new people to help staff the new location, and she’s expecting almost all of their patients to follow them to Rio Rancho.

She says they talked to a lot of patients before moving, and most said the new location would actually be easier for them to get to.

“Most people said, ‘That’s closer to me,’ ” said Del Angel. “Other people said they’re willing to go a few extra miles to see us.”

Gonstead will be joining a growing number of health care providers at Unser Gateway and the surrounding areas. The development is anchored by the Presbyterian Rust Medical center, which is right across the street from Gonstead’s new location, and it has seen the addition of New Mexico Orthopaedics and the Jorgensen Cancer Center in the past year. The adjacent Wellspring corridor has also seen interest from the health care community. A new medical facility is expected to bring in three new medical providers.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Del Angel said of the health care growth in the area. “Since Presbyterian has gone in it has really just boomed.”

Gonstead will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 6, but it will start operating from its new location starting this week.

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