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Featured PT- Jess Goldberg, PT, DPT

Jess started with Excel Physical Therapy in 2008 while still in PT School. She is currently treats patients at our  1608 Walnut Street location in Center City and is  working towards her Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

  1. What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of care? I enjoy the one on one time with my patients and being able to positively impact patient’s lives. I enjoy the opportunity to collaboratively work toward patient goals be it walking further in order to get to the grocery store, returning to bike commuting without pain, or running a half-marathon. 
  2. Please share with us your most memorable patient and their story? I was treating this 94 year old woman who came in for neck pain and loss of motion. Her primary goal was to be able to reach to the top of the refrigerator so she could get her water bottles. Over the next 4-5 weeks I utilized manual therapy techniques and range of motion exercises, all the while, she would tell me interesting stories about her life.  By the end of her therapy she was pain free and able to reach her water bottles on top of the refrigerator.
  3. What do you like to do in your off time, outside of the clinic? I am currently coaching a U17 girls ice hockey team for the Ed Snider youth hockey program. We just started our season last week, I’m excited to have a good year!

Welcome Kristen Grater, PT, DPT

Kristen is currently seeing patients in our 1608 Walnut Street clinic in Center City after graduating from Temple in 2016.  She has experience in treating 1st rib and SI joint dysfunctions and  uses various manual therapy techniques, including joint mobilization and muscle energy, in her treatment plans. Kristen is currently working towards becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of care? Working one-on-one with a patient allows me to constantly reassess and react to how the patient is responding to a specific treatment. I can then make any necessary corrections to the program and this leads to a more efficient level of care.

Please share with us your most memorable patient, or patients, and their story. I had a patient who was referred for ankle pain who fit many of the criteria for being at risk for heart disease. As I was doing my evaluation, including monitoring vital signs, I discovered he had extremely high blood pressure. He was not aware of his condition and was not on any medication so I referred him back to his Doctor. He returned to Physical Therapy after his physician started him on proper blood pressure medication. When he was discharged from therapy not only was his ankle feeling better his overall health was better and his Blood Pressure was controlled.

What do you like to do in your off time, outside the clinic?  I am a Maryland girl, so crabbing, fishing, and being on the water is home to me.

 

Continuing Education makes us “A Step Ahead, A Step Above!”

This past weekend, 17 of our fantastic therapist took a course titled, “Movement system syndromes of the cervical spine and shoulder: interaction and evidence,” by Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, FAPTA.  Dr. Sahrmann is a pioneer in the research on movement.  In her courses, the attending therapist learns what ideal movement is in the body.  When people move in ways that deviate from normal, degeneration of the body can occur and this can lead to pain and disability.  Using Dr. Sahrmann’s approach, our therapists can dig deep and get to the actual cause of the pain and disability, addressing it at the root of the problem.  This will lead to better, more specific treatment, better home exercises to prevent a recurrence of the symptoms.

Arcadia University hosted the course and there was said to be Arcadia course150 attendees, with a wait list of 40 people who couldn’t come because they couldn’t accommodate more.

Congratulations are in order!

A big congratulations is in order for Marita McCarthy! She is the 1st winner of E & A Therapy’s summer games contest. She referred a friend to Emily Kelly at our Ardmore clinic & won a $150 gift card. Way to go Marita!

The summer games contest is still going on. You have until 9/27/14 to refer a friend or family member in pain to your nearest clinic. If  you do, you will be in the running for the grand prize drawing for an iPad.

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We’re stretching out again!

Now Open! Our new West Chester clinic. Let’s get to know the clinic director, Sara Davidson.

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PT School and Year Graduated: 

 Arcadia University 2010

 Certifications and professional accomplishments: 

Co-authored original research “Identifying risk factors for shoulder pain in female competitive swimmers”. Presented this shoulder study at multiple national conferences and eventually published the study in the Journal of Athletic Training in April 2012. Co-developed the Balance Center program at Nazareth Center for Outpatient PT.  Has taken a number of continuing education courses, including Maitland manual therapy techniques and Gary Gray applied functional science theory. Trained in McKenzie method of assessment and treatment of the spine. Is a member in the American Physical Therapy Association and Direct Access-certified in Pennsylvania

What do you like most about being a PT/OT?

My passion for physical therapy began after my own sports injury. This profession allows me to combine my love of sports and fitness with a desire to help people achieve their own personal goals.

Something personal:

I enjoy working out, watching Penn State Football, and taking weekend trips to Ocean City, NJ with my husband, family, and friends.

If Sarah sounds like the Physical Therapist for you, then give her a call at 484-420-7600!