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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

 

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Clinical Director Molly Nelson, PT

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Molly Nelson graduated from University of South Alabama in 2004 with a Masters in Physical Therapy degree. She accepted her first position in Fort Collins, Colorado working for three years in orthopedic rehabilitation for a US News 50 Best Hospitals in Orthopedics. She returned to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama taking a sports medicine position with Encore Rehabilitation in 2007.

Her time with Encore Rehabilitation has allowed her to work in a variety of settings in the Mobile area including collegiate and high school athletic facilities. With the help of the Sports Medicine team, she was instrumental in establishing onsite Physical Therapy at Murphy High School and Davidson High School.

Currently, Molly is the Clinical Director at Encore Rehabilitation-Mobile Midtown and serves as the Physical Therapist with the Sports Medicine Team at UMS-Wright Preparatory School.

Molly believes patient care and respect should be held at highest degree while searching for root cause of orthopedic problems to allow people to move better and meet individual goals. Annual continuing education goals are accomplished by her with the most recent Certifications in ASYTM, SPORTSMETRICS, and Dry Needling. Her clinical interests include injury prevention programs, post surgical pain, ACL rehab with progression back to sport, and general orthopedic dysfunctions.

Molly and her husband, Jeff,  have two beautiful daughters that love to spend time playing golf, watching sports, and going to the beach together.

Thank you, Molly, for your dedication and commitment!

Encore Rehabilitation-Mobile Midtown
3078 Dauphin Square Connector, Mobile, Alabama  36607
251-341-5662

 

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!

New Clinic Director – Justin Hargett, DPT, Encore Rehabilitation-Decatur, AL

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Welcome to our new Clinic Director -Justin Hargett, PT, DPT, Cert. DN!

Justin has been a clinician with Encore Rehabilitation for four years. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Alabama State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University. He also holds a certification in Dry Needling.

Justin’s focus is a patient-centered hands-on approach for the purpose of treating a wide variety of orthopedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Justin emphasizes manual therapy techniques including spinal manipulation in order to assist patients in returning to pain-free, functional, recreational, and work-related activites.

Justin is the co-author of the article “The Use of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Determining Fifth Metatarsal Fractures” which was published in two orthopedic sports medicine journals and recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association-APTA  at the 2013 National Physical Therapy Convention. He believes strongly in continuing education and mentoring his staff in order to provide the highest quality of care for his community.

Justin is a native of Hartselle, Alabama. Justin and his wife, Jessica, have two kids, Abby and Truett.

 

Dry Needling: What is it? How does it work?

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Encore Rehabilitation is proud to introduce Dry Needling to the many rehab services we provide. All of our Dry Needling Practitioners are Licensed Therapists and have received thorough training and certification in this innovative procedure.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin monofilament needle to penetrate the skin to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connect tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

 

How does dry needling work?

When a needle tip passes through the skin and hits a trigger point, a local twitch response in the muscle is often noted by both the clinician and client. Mechanical stimulation of the muscle produces this twitch response which is then followed by a dramatic reduction in muscle tension resulting in reduced pain and increased function. Dry Needling also lead to the release of endogenonous opioids and initiates healing.

 

Is dry needling painful?

Mild discomfort is normal response that is often short lived. Patients may experience a deep ache or referred pain which is a positive indication that the procedure is being performed correctly. Most pole do to feel the insertion of the needle.

 

What conditions can be treated?

  • Neck pain
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Tendinitis/tendinopathy
  • Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen shoulder)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Plantar fascitis
  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Low back pain
  • Sacroliliac joint dysfunction
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Gluteal tendionopathy
  • Hip osteoarthritis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Hip bursitis

 

Indications for prescribing dry needling

Dry needling is most often incorporated into a treatment plan when myofascial trigger points and neuromusculoskeletal pain are present which may lead to impairments in body structure, pain, and functional limitations. Dry needling will not replace the hands-on approach or standard of care but will be an adjunct to a comprehensive plan of care. Dry needling is simply another tool to use for the purpose of reducing pain and improving function.

 

How many sessions of dry needling are needed?

Most patients will receive 2-3 treatments with several days in between. In most cases, patients, patients will not receive more than five treatments.

 

Dry Needling is covered under most insurances.

 

Is dry needling a safe procedure?

With proper training and knowledge of anatomy, dry needling is very safe. Encore Rehabilitation’s Dry Needling Practitioners are Licensed Therapists with thorough training and certification from The Dry Needling Institute.

 

How do patients feel following the dry needling procedure?

Post needling soreness is a common, normal response. Soreness may be felt at the needling site and in the surrounding areas. Fatigue, nausea, and light-headedness are a few adverse side effects that are present in 1-2% of patients. Minor bruising occurs in approximately 20% of patients but is considered normal and will resolve.