Names & Faces: PT January 2017

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See who is making news and notable career moves in the physical therapy world

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Edwards, a neurological PT, joins Kitsap Physical Therapy Center.

Jen Edwards, DPT, CSRS, Joins Kitsap Physical Therapy

The Kitsap Physical Therapy Center announces the addition of a new neurological physical therapist to the team. Jen Edwards holds a doctoral degree in physical therapy from Regis University. Kitsap Physical Therapy serves the Kitsap county area, and the new neurological specialist provides care to community members of Bremerton and Silverdale, Washington.

Edwards previously worked at Harrison Medical Center for seven years prior to joining the Kitsap Physical Therapy center in November 2016. Edwards is a Certified Stroke and Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS,) and her areas of special interest lie in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. She has completed specialist programs in vestibular and neurological rehabilitation.

Edwards lives in South Bend, Washington, with her husband and two children. When she is not working, she enjoys camping, hiking or just relaxing at home. She volunteers with the Bremerton Backpack Brigade.


Lloy Ball, 2008 USA Gold Medalist

 USA Gold Medalist Volleyball Player Endorses Products by Hudson Aquatic Systems

Hudson Aquatic Systems has made an agreement with Lloy Ball, 2008 USA Gold Medalist, to endorse their aquatic therapy equipment. This includes therapy pools and underwater treadmill systems.

“We think Lloy is a great fit for Hudson because he represents every type of need for aquatic therapy, and our products and units are perfect for athletes,” said George Hunter, president of Hudson Aquatic Systems. “He represents the full spectrum of aquatic therapy use: from athletic training, performance and conditioning; to injury rehabilitation; to recovery; and daily improvement of quality of life.”

Lloy Ball has a long list of volleyball accomplishments including a collegiate career at IPFW with NCAA Final Four appearances and individual awards; 14 years on the USA team accumulating three medals including gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 10 years as captain and four individual awards; as well as 16 years playing professionally overseas with 17 championships and/or medals. Lloy is also the only American volleyball player to have captained a professional Russian team and have his jersey retired by a Russian club.

“I’ve had three knee procedures and numerous other rehab stints and train four hours a day,” Ball said. “I know how important training, conditioning and physical therapy are. These products can add career longevity to an athlete’s life by increasing muscle mass, strength gains and overall endurance without damaging hips, knees and ankle joints. The therapeutic nature of these systems is great for the aching pain that comes with training and age. It sure will make a huge difference in my life.”

Ball is currently a high school volleyball coach and owner/operator of Team Pineapple™ Properties LLC, a club volleyball organization in northeast Indiana with a competitive program emphasizing fundamentals, strategy and teamwork in an environment instilling positive life lessons.


Marianne Ryan, PT, OCS

PT Can Help 200,000 Women a Year Who Develop Clogged Milk Ducts

Pain, fever, tender nipples and infection are the unpleasant side effects that sometimes occur in nursing mothers when their babies do not nurse enough or the mothers do not sufficiently pump their breasts, causing blockages in their milk ducts. According to WebMD, some 200,000 women annually suffer from infected milk ducts or mastitis.

Marianne Ryan, a physical therapist who specializes in women’s health, is an expert on what women can do to alleviate symptoms caused by blocked milk ducts. Ryan operates MRPT Physical Therapy at 6 East 45th Street in Manhattan, New York. MRPT is one of only two physical therapy practices in the city that provide the heat, ultrasound, massage and patient education necessary to help women relieve and prevent their engorged breast symptoms.

Before patients pursue physical therapy, Ryan recommends a number of steps nursing mothers can take themselves. “The best way to deal with a blocked or plugged milk duct is to use moist heat prior to nursing, start each nursing sessions on the side of the blocked duct and position the baby’s chin so that it touches the clogged milk duct,” she says. Also helpful, she adds, may be self-massage using guidance from YouTube videos, and applying a compress of cooled boiled and broken cabbage leaves to the sore breast for about 20 minutes, three times a day.


Alberto Esquenazi, MD, the John Otto Haas Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

MossRehab Receives Grant for SCI Innovations

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation recently awarded a $70,000 grant to MossRehab’s Spinal Cord Locomotor Training Program. This foundation is dedicated to funding extensive research, education and quality of life programs that improve the lives of those with spinal cord injuries. The grant recognizes MossRehab’s commitment to comprehensive spinal cord care that utilizes technology specifically designed to complement activity-based spinal cord injury therapy.

MossRehab pairs the expertise of doctors, therapists and clinical staff with cutting-edge technology. The Spinal Cord Locomotor Training Program was established in February 2016 to bring together spinal cord injury rehab technologies such as ceiling-mounted bodyweight-support systems, exoskeleton bodyweight-supported treadmill systems and robotic tools used during rehabilitation to aid the recovery process of hands and arms.

“We are honored to receive this grant which will allow us to obtain an additional robotic device and enhance our ability to deliver care as well as collect data on the effectiveness of technology in rehabilitation,” said Dr. Alberto Esquenazi, MD, the John Otto Haas Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MossRehab.

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