Agape Therapy was founded in 1986 by Cal Iehl, PT and Deb Iehl, PT. Born and raised in Waterloo, Cal, along with his wife Deb, saw a need to provide therapy services that were not otherwise
being provided in the Cedar Valley.
Initially providing Physical Therapy, the practice grew to provide Occupational, Speech and Massage Therapies as well and became a Medicare Certified Rehabilitation Agency in 1990. The practice outgrew the small clinic on the corner of 6th and Washington St. and the present modern facility was built on the same site in 1998. To better serve the needs of the Cedar Valley, a second clinic location was added in Waterloo at 927 W. 4th St. in 2000. We not only see patients in our clinics, but also in long-term care facilities and even privately in patient’s homes.
Agape Therapy emphasizes individualized treatment plans based on each patient’s needs and response to therapy, drawing on years of clinical experience and the methods and insights of current research and technology.
With the apparent changes of large healthcare corporations and managed care, we believe with increasing conviction that the consumer’s interest, as well as excellence and professionalism, is best served in the private practice setting. In this day and age of impersonal care we are proud that our patients know they are treated special! We believe in the Cedar Valley, and are proud to show that commitment in the way we take care of our patients!
What does “Agape” mean? Agape is a Greek word for love, used to describe the early Christians because of how they cared for people regardless of their circumstances. As owners, we feel this same motivation to serve others by acknowledging the example of Jesus Christ.
1986 Agape Therapy born
1990 Agape becomes a Rehabilitation Agency including Physical, Occupational, Speech, and Massage
1998 New therapy building in current location
2000 Waterloo Clinic Location born
2005 Personal Training and Wellness Services introduced
2009 Additional Wellness staff added and Wellness Services expanding
2010 Community Wellness System introduced(Community Wellness Challenge Launch)
2011 The Den, our 3rd location, a fitness/therapy combo, was started
2011 started our focus in building a cooperative of independent like-minded practitioners to help create robust care for our patients/clients.
2012 Our 4th location was started inside Key West (now FIT) in Black Hawk Village, CF
2013 Agape launches our comprehensive Access Care Model
2016 we relocated our Waterloo Clinic to Jefferson Street in a great location between the library and the SportsPlex.
2017 launched the process for moving our FIT location to the new FIT development on Viking Road.
2018 launched the process and development of the gentleGYM.
September 16th, 2019 Agape on Viking and gentleGYM open on Viking Road in Cedar Falls. This brought us a better space to serve athletes and also the gG space to serve individual’s managing chronic pain, conditions, and pre/post operative issues. Not to mention adding a warm water pool with an underwater treadmill.
July 1, 2023 Kristin Iehl (Cal and Deb’s daughter) took over active ownership of Agape. She continues to be an amazing Physical Therapist with the clinic.
August 2023 Agape Performance opened. Across the parking lot from our Viking Rd. location, AP has two spaces. One space for therapeutic group exercise classes and a large space for young athlete development programs.
We look forward to what the future holds for Agape. What we know to be true is that our mission is ‘personalized care and clinical excellence’ and we will continue to strive for that.