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Physical Therapist David Greer, PT, DPT, OCS of Mobile, Alabama

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Say hello to David Greer, PT, DPT, OCS!

David is a Physical Therapist at Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner in Theodore, Alabama near Mobile. He has been a Clinician for seven years and has practiced with Encore Rehabilitation for six years. He attended the University of South Alabama where he received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He is also a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist.

When not treating patients, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Ally. He is actively involved with the Men of St. Joseph community group. David likes being outdoors and competes in Obstacle Course Racing.

Thank you for all you do, David! We appreciate your commitment to our patients!

Encore Rehabilitation – Tillman’s Corner
5643 Sermon Road South
Theodore, AL 36582
251-660-1505

At Encore, we LOVE to see you move!

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Providing Quality Physical Therapy in Gulfport, Mississippi – Missy Holliman, PT, DPT

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Millicent “Missy” Holliman, PT, DPT, Cert. DN, is the Clinical Director for Encore Rehabilitation-Garden Park, Gulfport, Mississippi. She is also the Supervisor of Encore Rehabilitation- Armed Forces Retirement Home-Gulfport. As a Clinician and Physical Therapist with Encore for nine years, Missy has provided quality physical therapy and care in a variety of areas including orthopedics, vestibular rehabilitation, and wheelchair evaluations. She is also Certified in Dry Needling.

Missy holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University, Pennsylvania.

Missy is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and enjoys helping patients regain an active lifestyle.

Thank you, Missy, for all that you do! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Garden Park
15190 Community Road, Suite 120, Gulfport, MS 39503
228-831-0416

Meet Clinical Director Beth Breland, DPT, Cert. DN

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We are pleased to introduce you to Beth Breland, DPT, Cert. D.N.,
Clinical Director at Encore Rehabilitation – Poplarville!

Beth has been a Clinician for over five years and has seen patients with Encore Rehabilitation for four years. Beth’s expertise is in providing quality one-on-one care for each of her patients.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Clinical Exercise Physiology from Mississippi State University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Most recently she has obtained her Certification in Dry Needling.

Beth and her husband, Jason, live in the Wiggins area. In her free time, she is involved with her church. She also loves to cook and has a side bakery business with her mom and sister-in-law.

Thank you, Beth, for all you do for the patients at Encore Rehabilitation-Poplarville!

Encore Rehabilitation-Poplarville
411 W North Street, Poplarville, Mississippi 39470
601-795-2130

 

Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner Clinic Director Jack Dockery, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

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Physical Therapist Jack Dockery has been a Clinician with Encore Rehabilitation for seven years. He began his career with Encore at the Pascagoula Clinic and is currently the Clinical Director for Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner in Theodore, Alabama.

Dr. Jack Dockery grew up in Mobile, AL where he attended the University of South Alabama for his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011. He earned an advanced undergraduate degree for Bachelor of Pre-Professional Health Sciences also from the University of South Alabama in 2009.

Jack has an advanced background of working with orthopedic patients, athletes, and worker’s compensation patients. He has completed continuing education with emphasis on manual therapy treatments and has received his Certification in Dry Needling.

When Jack is not working, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his friends, family, and pets.

We appreciate all you do, Jack! Thank you!

Heather McNaughton, DPT, with Encore Rehabilitation-Providence

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Encore Rehabilitation-Providence is delighted to recognize Heather McNaughton, DPT, for her caring and professional patient care.

Heather earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of South Alabama in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science in Pre-professional Health Science in 2005. She began working for Encore Rehabilitation shortly after graduation and has expanded her education by becoming Certified in Dry Needling and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. The majority of her practice has been with an orthopedic population. She is highly motivated to rehabilitate and educate her patients to help them return to what they love to do following an injury or surgery.

Heather was born and raised in Mobile, AL. She is happily married and the proud mother of three children. She enjoys boating, running, traveling, and is an avid “boot camper.”

 

Clinic Director Dawn O’Keefe- Encore Rehabilitation-Beaumont

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Meet Dawn O’Keefe, PT, DPT, ATC, Cert. DN, Clinic Director at Encore Rehabilitation-Beaumont! Dawn has been a clinician in the Hattiesburg area for 26 years and with Encore Rehabilitation for 17 years. Dawn’s expertise is in providing quality one-on-one care for each of her patients.

Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center-New Orleans and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  In addition to being a Physical Therapist, Dawn is also a Certified Athletic Trainer. Most recently she has obtained her Dry Needling Certification.

Dawn and her husband, Matt have two daughters, Jordan and Lauren. In her free time, Dawn likes to exercise and run. She has participated with the same girls running group since 1997. Dawn has completed several half marathons and triathlons as well as one marathon. She is a native of Metairie, Louisiana.

At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move!

 

Justin Byrd, DPT, ATC, new Clinic Director at Encore Rehabilitation-Priceville

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Welcome to our new Clinic Director, Justin Byrd, DPT, ATC, Cert. DN!

Justin has been a part of Encore Rehabilitation for two and a half years as a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer.

Justin received his Clinicial Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Alabama State University and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from The University of Alabama. While attending UA, he worked with the softball, gymnastic, and football teams. Justin is certified in Dry Needling and is currently pursuing his certification in Spinal Manipulation from the Spinal Manipulation Institute. He will soon earn his Diploma in Osteopractic.

Justin combines his knowledge of the human body with a strong sense of compassion and understanding to develop personal, individualized, patient-centered care for treating a variety of orthopedic and sport-related injuries/impairments. He focuses on hands-on manual therapy that consist of manipulation, mobilization, and dry needling. He desires to help all his patients regain complete functional movement and mobility, especially individuals suffering from back pain, neck pain, tension headaches, and cervicogenic headaches.

Justin is married to Kristie Hutchison Byrd, a native of Priceville. Kristie also works for Encore Rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist. They are the proud parents of Olivia Kate (Livy).

Congratulations, Justin!

We’ve Moved! Encore Rehabilitation of Pike Road has a new location!

 

Pike Road Clinic Jan 2018

Encore Rehabilitation-Pike Road has moved to our new location! Come by and visit us at 9427 Vaughn Road, Suite A, Pike Road, Alabama! Our phone number is 334-523-8999. Referrals may be faxed to 334-544-0819. Most insurances are accepted.

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You’ll love our Clinic Director, Lauren Luke, DPT! Lauren received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She looks forward to providing the community of Pike Road with quality Physical Therapy care.

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Rachael Jones, DPT – Encore Rehabilitation Regional Director

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Rachael Jones is passionate about her patients! “The best thing about being a Physical Therapist is my patients! As a Physical Therapist, I spend one-on-one time with each patient over a period of weeks and often months. I not only educate, facilitate, and assist in their healing, but I also get to know patients on a personal level. I meet their families and hear their struggles. I am honored to watch their success. I am privileged to experience the joy when they walk again, return to sports, return to work, gain their independence and when they are finally pain-free. I am thankful for my role as physical therapist and consider it a great honor.”

A native of Guin, Alabama, Rachael is the Regional Director of the Encore Rehabilitation Clinics in Fayette, Vernon, Hamilton, and Winfield. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from The University of Mississippi and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Rachael also holds a certification in Dry Needling.  She has been a clinician for seven years and has practiced with Encore Rehabilitation for five years.

Thank you, Rachael, for all that you do for your patients and Encore Rehabilitation!

 

 

“The Link Between Nutrition and Pain Is too Strong to Ignore” via APTA.

By Joe Tatta, PT, DPT, via APTA

Here’s a situation I bet you see all too often in your practice: a patient or client comes to you to overcome pain and increase mobility, and you see almost immediately that working on the mechanics of motion won’t be enough—they could really benefit from some lifestyle changes as well. Frequently, one of those changes involves thinking more carefully about the food they’re putting into their bodies.

Despite Hippocrates’ oft-quoted “Let food be thy medicine,” most physicians receive only a few hours of instruction about nutrition and coaching to help patients change their eating habits. Yet studies like this one from the National Institutes of Health show nutritional education becomes an incredibly useful tool to improve overall health outcomes for patients and specifically reduce inflammation.

As PTs, we are presented with a real opportunity here. Research shows that PTs can play an active role in lifestyle-related interventions such as nutrition. Providing information on nutrition will put you ahead of the curve with your peers while improving your patients’ results.

Early in my practice, I saw how obesity often contributed to my patients’ pain. Once I began providing information on some simple diet and lifestyle strategies with my patients, many lost weight, felt better, and dramatically reduced their pain. Nutrition became the missing link to help my patients manage and relieve pain.

Over time, I’ve found that nutritional screening and informational strategies can make a difference in 5 conditions associated with pain that we often see in our practices:

  1. Inflammation. Copious inflammatory foods, including vegetable oils, populate the Western diet. Most observational and interventional studies show a traditional Mediterranean diet, rich in healthy fatty acids, fruits, vegetables and fiber, provides anti-inflammatory benefits. Among specific conditions, studies show a Mediterranean diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants provide anti-inflammatory effects that benefit individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. Epidemiologic and clinical evidence likewise shows an optimal diet can reduce inflammation that, among other things, contributes to metabolic syndrome.
  2. Obesity. As we all know, a vicious cycle ensues as obesity contributes to numerous chronic pain conditions, and the pain in turn can lead to sedentary behavior that increases obesity. Studies prove what I’ve seen countless times in my own practice: weight loss must become a crucial aspect of overall pain rehabilitation.
  3. Osteoarthritis (OA). Studies have shown a relationship between pain and food intake among overweight and obese patients with OA. Fortunately, obesity is the most modifiable risk factor for knee OA. Of course, pain management is crucial to reducing OA symptoms. But even that may have a nutrition connection: one systematic review found scientific evidence to support some specific nutritional interventions–including omega 3 fatty acids–to relieve symptoms among patients with OA. Studies also show various nutrient deficiencies, including vitamins C and D as well as selenium, contribute to OA.
  4. Autoimmune disease. NIH estimates that 23.5 million Americans have an autoimmune disease (compare that with cancer, which affects 13 million Americans). Over 80 autoimmune disorders exist, including Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes. Of course, genetic predisposition, environmental factors (including infections), and gut dysbiosis play major roles in autoimmune disease development. But increasingly, researchers believe adverse dietary changes over the past 50 years–including gluten intolerances, altered gut bacteria, and vitamin D deficiencies–also contribute to that increased rate of autoimmune diseases. Chief among those changes is our prevalent high-sugar, high-salt, processed-food heavy diet that paves the pathway for autoimmune diseases. Nutrient-poor diets only exacerbate that problem: evidence shows vitamin D, vitamin A, selenium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, and flavanol deficiencies contribute to autoimmune diseases.
  5. Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects 29.1 million Americans (that’s over 9% of the population) and paves the way for serious complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetic neuropathic pain, a common diabetes complication and the most common form of neuropathic pain, affects over 90% of people with diabetes. Studies show increased musculoskeletal pain in patients with type 2 diabetes adversely impacts body mass index, quality of life, physical function, and physical activity abilities. The link between diabetes and nutrition is a fundamental one that should never be set aside.

Working with patients suffering these and other conditions, I’m often impressed how optimal nutrition becomes the needle-mover to alleviate pain and help people heal. So how can a PT incorporate these considerations into practice? Here are a few simple tactics you can use right now:

  1. Ask nutrition-related questions during your initial consultation. Simple things like “do you take a multivitamin” or “about how many vegetable servings do you eat a week” can help lead to gradual dietary tweaks that yield impressive results.
  2. Have your patients keep a 24-hour food diary. Beyond establishing adherence and accountability, asking patients to write down everything they eat for 24 hours provides insight to their daily eating habits. Once you have that insight, you can help them gradually improve those habits.
  3. Offer some simple information. Rather than impose a major dietary overhaul, ask patients to do things that don’t seem so overwhelming; for example, to increase their water intake, or eliminate processed foods and sugar.
  4. Create simple, attainable goals. Begin by allowing your patients to experience success in some way. You might ask a patient to lose 5 pounds over 3 weeks, or provide information about incorporating more omega-3 fats into their diet combined with their exercise program. These goals are doable, and they can provide your patient with the confidence to take on more challenging targets.
  5. Offer your patients other ways to access information on better nutrition. Providing your patients with collateral sources of information—a helpful blog post, or an engaging book on nutrition—helps to reinforce the idea that the benefits of what they’re doing are well-established, and that they’re not alone in their journey toward healthier living. During a subsequent visit, ask patients if they got anything out of what you shared. The more reliable, readable information they receive, the better the chances that they’ll begin to become genuinely interested in the topic themselves, and for the long run. Over time, I’ve even had a few patients recommend books and blogs to me. Refer patients to nutrition and dietary professionals when their needs exceed the professional scope and your personal scope of practice.

If you’ve incorporated nutritional screening and information into your practice, what did you find was the most challenging aspect? Did you see results when patients made those changes? Share your thoughts below.

Joe Tatta, PT, DPT, is a board-certified nutrition specialist and functional medicine practitioner who specializes in treating lifestyle-related musculoskeletal, metabolic, and autoimmune health issues. He is the creator of the Healing Pain Online Summit and The Healing Pain Podcast, and is the author of Heal Your Pain Now: A revolutionary program to reset your brain and body for a pain-free life by Da Capo Press. Learn more by visiting www.drjoetatta.com/apta.