PT, MPT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
I have been working at Kinetic Physical Therapy since 2008 and am currently the director of the Adolescent Sports Medicine Program at Kinetic Physical Therapy. I developed this program in 2011 out of my passion to assist young athletes in achieving all their health and wellness goals while also pursuing their athletic goals. The program was designed to provide services from injury prevention through sports rehabilitation, return to sports, and sports performance. I wholeheartedly believe that the quality care provided as part of our Adolescent Sports Medicine Program at Kinetic Physical Therapy is unbeatable. We strive to provide an open line of communication between athletes, parents, coaches, and all members of the sports medicine team. We believe in treating the whole athlete in an individualized and evidence-based manner. Remember, your goal becomes ours!
I decided to become a Physical Therapist after a number of athletic injuries had me side-lined throughout my high school and college sports careers. I have empathy for patients undergoing physical therapy since I had ankle, knee, hand, and hip surgery myself. My respect and admiration for the profession of Physical Therapy multiplied after I was hit head-on by a drunk driver my senior year of high school. My Physical Therapist was the only one able to diagnose my hip labral tear after six months of failed testing and treatment. The constant hard work and encouragement of my Physical Therapist contributed to my desire to do the same for my future patients. I also have experience treating patients in the acute care, school, and outpatient pediatric settings.
Although I was born in Canada, I have spent the majority of my athletic and professional careers in Chester County. I graduated from Owen J. Roberts High School where I played both softball and ice hockey. After high school, I went to the University of Scranton where I earned my BS, MPT, and DPT degrees while playing softball. I still have softball records in the record books waiting to be broken. In addition, I was given numerous student-athlete awards for excellence both on and off the field. I have also played on numerous travel ice hockey teams in the area including (but not limited to) the Voodoo, Quakers, Colonials, Patriots, Mighty Moose, and Thrashers. In case I didn’t have enough after college, I even had the opportunity to play street hockey for Team USA at the 2011, 2013, and 2015 World Championships, bringing home the bronze medal in 2013! In addition to the medal, I have received numerous Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Defenseman, and Most Valuable Female awards in my street hockey career. Along the way, I have also had the opportunity to coach young athletes at various levels for both softball and ice hockey.
My special interests include rehabilitation of the pediatric and adolescent athlete, hip and knee injuries, concussions, cervical spine dysfunction, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), vestibular dysfunction, and triathletes. I am certified in Active Release Technique (ART) for the upper extremity, lower extremity, and the spine. ART is a soft tissue treatment technique aimed at releasing soft tissue adhesions within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. I am a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and am currently pursuing my Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS) certification. I am also certified in Kinesiotaping and Hypopressives.
Although sports are my first love, I believe being a well-rounded person is more important. You will never see me sit still! I love my job, play hard in sports, and spend the majority of my free time kayaking, hiking, or doing anything outdoors with my family. I believe in demonstrating a healthy lifestyle and hope to continue coaching long after my own athletic career has ended. Remember, success must be achieved both on the field and off the field and I will work hard to help you play harder (and safer). Please contact Michelle Feairheller at the Chester Springs office at 610-458-6464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.