Physical Therapy at Memorial Hospital Welcomes New Therapists and Celebrates National Physical Therapy Month
November 03, 2018
NORTH CONWAY, NH – Memorial Hospital welcomes new physical therapist Melanie Glavin, DPT this month, a fitting time to do so as October marks National Physical Therapy Month. National Physical Therapy Month is an opportunity to amplify and promote the benefits of physical therapy for a variety of conditions.
Melanie is a recent graduate of Husson University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She underwent her outpatient clinical training at Dover-Foxcroft; NE Rehab Hospital in Portland in their Traumatic Brain Injury Unit; and Foothills Physical Therapy in Cornish, ME. This training has given her a well-rounded background, including hospital-based rehab, outpatient therapy and at a rehabilitation facility. Her time at NE Rehab Hospital was particularly of interest. ”Concussion treatment is interesting to me – it’s so important to have a good therapy program.”
Melanie grew up in the Mount Washington Valley and has always loved the tight knit community the valley offers. She loves to learn and continues to search for ways to bring the latest research to her patients. She believes in helping people obtain optimal health at all ages of life, and encourages her patients to participate in creating their personalized treatment plan to best fit their lifestyle. Melanie is interested in wellness and geriatrics, and focuses on utilizing manual therapy and functional exercise in her treatment plans.
An area of specialization Melanie would like to offer patients is to serve the needs of the “aging athlete.” As a native, she is familiar with the community’s love affair with all things outdoors and athletic – from skiing to hiking to climbing to biking. “I want to help people maintain their physical status throughout life and not just after injury.” Working with older patients is my favorite. I get to help them do what they want to do,” Melanie shared.
Melanie joins Matt Geary, DPT and Stephanie Pavao, DPT at Memorial Hospital’s Outpatient Physical Therapy practice. She choose Memorial Hospital as the place to work because of the positive work environment and supportive atmosphere. “Matt Geary was super helpful. He’s my mentor!”
Melanie joins the practice during an auspicious month – National Physical Therapy Month. The goal of National Physical Therapy Month is to raise awareness of the key role that physical therapists and physical therapy assistants can play in helping people find relief from pain, improve mobility and overall functional ability, and live healthier, more physically-able lives.
National Physical Therapy Month was established in 1981 by the American Physical Therapy Association. The stated purpose of the month-long campaign is to recognize the physical therapy profession's efforts to 'transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.'"
In 2018, the organization put a focus on choosing PT over taking medical for pain caused by things like a knee injury, shoulder surgery or chronic low-back problems.
Memorial’s Community Relations Vice President stated, “A physical therapist is a health care professional that helps people move better and feel better. He or she helps to promote healthy lifestyles, and the profession should be celebrated. Be sure to visit your local PT during October to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month!”
To book an appointment with Melanie or any of Memorial’s outpatient physical therapists, call 603-733-5921. For more information, find them online at www.memorialhospitalnh.org