Welcome! This section is where you'll find information about your first visit, what forms to fill out, and soon, there will be videos and more downloads available to support you on your path to wellness.
Please go to the Forms page to download and print the paperwork you'll need to get started at our first visit. It's important to take the time to fill out the forms before your appointment, so that we can make the most of our time together.
If this is your first visit to a Physcial Therapist (or even if it's not), you may find it helpul to review these guidelines before you arrive for your first appointment.
We will spend the first part of your physical therapy evaluation going over your symptoms: what makes them better or worse, your health and injury history, work and sport activities, previous treatment (helpful or not), and really getting a good picture of the nature of your problem, including the severity and irritability of your symptoms, and stage of recovery. I will then do a physical evaluation, looking at range of motion, strength, and movement patterns, as well as palpate (evaluate by touch) the appropriate joints and tissues.
Once I have completed the evaluation, taking your goals and concerns into consideration, we will formulate a plan of treatment, and start with treatment on your first visit.
Kathleen does not employ physical therapy “aides,” “techs” or any other unlicensed personnel, so you can expect to receive 100% of her attention at your appointment.
Why should I go to physical therapy – can't I get better on my own?
Many injuries can heal and get better on their own; our body has tremendous healing potential. Sometimes, in order to heal, we need a little help with joint or soft tissue tightness, weakened muscles, poor movement adaptations / mechanics, or underlying issues that may have led to the injury or are in the way of healing.
A physical therapist is uniquely qualified to rehabilitate an injury with the correct movement patterns in place of faulty habits. Physical therapists are trained to identify movement dysfunctions and compensatory changes related to your diagnosis, as well as educate you about what injury does to your body, how to correct it, and teach you how to prevent further injuries.
A Pilates professional can help you move with strength and flexibility "from the inside out," the way that our bodies were meant to move. Kathleen has over 30 years practicing physical therapy and incorporating Pilates into rehabilitation so that you can truly "return to life" and get back to doing what you love to do!
As a patient, what can I do to assure the best possible outcome?
First, recognize that you play the most important role in your own recovery. I encourage patients to act as full partners in the treatment process. Comply with your therapy schedule and attend all of your sessions; follow through on your home exercise programs; and communicate often and completely with me regarding any problems or concerns you may experience. Physical therapy is an active process that requires interaction with your therapist, and the full commitment of therapist and patient. Ask questions and be receptive to suggestions regarding exercise, lifestyle changes and adjustments or modifications of your daily activities, and feel free to tell me if something is not working well for you.