Staff

Rachel Miller PT, MSPT, WCS, CFMT – rachel@empowerpa.com

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MS: Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Certification: Functional Manual Therapy™, Institute of Physical Art; Pilates, Polestar Pilates; Infant, Child and Adult CPR, American Red Cross, Board-Certified in Women’s Health through the American Physical Therapy Association

Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Women’s Health Section; National Association of Continence; International Pelvic Pain Society; International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.


“Every individual is different, so our treatment techniques are always designed around that person, spending direct care with each patient and taking a whole-body approach to solve the puzzle of their symptoms and the real causes of their pain. We want to empower all our patients to experience the importance of lifelong exercise for better overall health and fitness.”

When you need advanced physical therapy, you need highly skilled therapists with advanced training. Rachel has over 15 years of experience with pelvic and spinal pain, incontinence, pre- and postnatal conditions, knee and shoulder problems, sports injuries and headaches.
Rachel is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist™ (CFMT), which is an advanced clinical certification currently bestowed on only a handful of therapists in Pennsylvania. This integrated and seamless treatment system couples manual physical therapy with active patient movement to get optimal and quick results. The benefits of FMT include specific exercise- and physical therapy-provided resistance training to eliminate pain. Rachel also has integrated her manual therapy training with Pilates and Yoga to achieve maximal results.

She also is one of three Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialists at Empower Physical Therapy. Rachel continues to integrate further treatment techniques each year, including visceral mobilization, which is a light touch technique to restore proper balance to the organs. For example, if you have had hysterectomies, caesarean sections or any abdominal surgery, then that scar tissue can bind down and create restricted movement within your whole system, not just your spine. Everything is connected! That chronic constipation that you have been suffering for over the years may be a big contributing factor to your pelvic and back pain and many people have no idea. We are here because we love education and want to empower our clients to take back their health and wellness!


Theresa Feola PT, WCS, PRPC – theresa@empowerpa.com

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BS: Physical Therapist, University of Pittsburgh

Certification: Board certified in Women’s health through APTA. The Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) specifically identifies the bearer as a specialist in the pelvic health field, and it covers both women’s and men’s pelvic health throughout the life cycle.

Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Women’s Health Section, International Pelvic Pain Society

“For patients, pelvic floor disorders can be very frustrating and frightening. I enjoy educating and reassuring men and women, who suffer from these disorders, to ease the path to healing. Often these disorders affect the most private and basic aspects of a person’s life. Treating these diagnoses can go a long way to improving quality of life. We have a holistic approach working with all aspects of our patients from how they move during exercise or their hobbies, to how they sit at work. We also evaluate how their body responds to stress and how nutrition is affecting their condition.

After 30 years of treating patients in a variety of physical therapy settings, I find treating patients with pelvic floor disorders to be the most rewarding and fascinating specialization. I continue to further my skills with advanced course work through The Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.”


Gina Cunningham PT, DPT, WCS – gina@empowerpa.com

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DPT: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA

Certification: Women’s/Pelvic Certified Therapist (WCS), Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic PT (CAPP-Pelvic), Fascial Movement Taping Level 1 Certification, Child and Adult CPR

Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Women’s Health Section; The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Gina received her undergraduate degree from Saint Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services and a minor in Bio-Ethics. She went to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University.

Gina has taken numerous courses through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) to develop her manual skills. Since the beginning of her career, Gina developed a special interest in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders. She began her continuing education training with Herman and Wallace Institute and through the Women’s Section of the APTA, and is now a board certified specialist in Women’s/Pelvic Health PT. She also gained her Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic PT by completing a comprehensive education, training, and testing program for the management of both men and women with diagnosis of pelvic health dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. Gina treats orthopedic patients and patients with pelvic dysfunctions, including vulvodynia, dyspareunia, interstitial cystitis, prostatitis, pre/post natal and pregnancy conditions.

Personally, Gina enjoys kickboxing, yoga and spending time with her 2 bulldogs and husband.

 


Andrea Yaktus PT, DPT, C2 cert – andrea@empowerpa.com

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DPT: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Certification: Advanced Practitioner Schroth Method Certification – C2, Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School, Adult and Child CPR, American Heart Association

Andrea received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland Honors Program with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Pre-Medicine and Cardiovascular Health. She continued her education at Thomas Jefferson University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She joined Empower Physical Therapy in 2014.

Andrea was certified in the Schroth Method for Scoliosis for adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) in 2014 from Beth Jenssen, co-founder of Scoliosis Rehab. In 2016, she received her C2 Schroth certification promoting her to Advanced Practitioner by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School. As an Advanced Practitioner, Andrea also treats Adults with previously diagnosed or new onset scoliosis, early onset scoliosis (EOS), as well as post-operative care for fusions and rod placement. The Schroth Method is a unique three-dimensional approach to treating scoliosis, promoting neutral body positioning while reducing the forces on the spine. Andrea is passionate about early detection and treatment of scoliosis and is currently working towards passing legislation for early school screenings. She is also promoting Schroth’s scoliosis specific exercises as an early plan of care for newly diagnosed patients.

Andrea also enjoys yoga, golfing, playing music and running after her Collie Mutt with her husband.

 


Join our team!

Orthopedic/Pelvic Physical Therapist

Empower Physical Therapy is currently seeking a part-time Physical Therapist with the opportunity to transition to full-time. Our ideal candidate should have the following qualifications: 1) Master’s or Doctorate level Physical Therapy degree from an accredited program 2) Current Pennsylvania license 3) At least two (2) years of orthopedic experience 4) At least one (1) year of experience in the treatment of women’s and men’s health (urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, post-prostatectomy, pregnancy, and post-partum) 5) Must be willing to obtain Board Certification in Women’s Health (WCS) within three (3) years of employment 6) Ability to work two (2) nights per week

Resumes can be submitted to info@empowerpa.com