Meet Carol. The 1 On 1 Care and Personal Attention Is What She Liked Most at CORE. A 5 Star Review For Stephen Dunn

How Long Did You Wait To Start Physical Therapy? How Bad Was Your Problem?

Oh, I planned to see you. You were part of my post-operative, get-better-fast program.

So I had a full knee replacement and I planned then to come to see you. To come to see you as soon as I could after surgery. I tried for a long time, maybe a year and a half, two years, to sort of postpone … I didn’t want to have knee surgery. So I tried to stay away from having knee surgery and I went to physical therapy.

And when I decided … people had said, I think it’s often said that you know when you need to have a replacement, and drugs weren’t really helping and so … and the surgeon said he didn’t think that the gel injection would work, so anyway. I decided to do the surgery, but I knew that exercising was critical to being able to get back to what I wanna do.

Basically, yoga and tennis. And swimming, yeah. I had to be able to do those again.

What Did You Know About Physical Therapy Before Coming To CORE?

Well, I think I was pretty well informed because I had had terrible sciatica in 2009 that lasted for a year and a half because I didn’t want spine surgery and I exercised through that and did physical therapy through that. Then when my knee started to hurt, I did a lot of physical therapy. So, I guess I have worked with, I don’t know, four physical therapists by the time … for various issues, by the time I decided to have surgery.

What Did You Enjoy Most About Coming To CORE?

I really loved the personal attention and it just … so the physical therapy situations that I had been in were the sorts where a physical therapist was working with multiple units of us over a session. And so I got short bits of attention, but not concentrated attention over my hour’s worth of time, you know? So I got shifted off to handlers basically.

And the key physical therapist would come in and then tell someone else to take me and do other things. So, I loved the one on one nature of the treatment. That was really important.

The size of the studio here, the integration, really, of Pilates, which I’m very familiar with because I used to do it, and would like to get back to doing it. I loved what I had learned about GYROTONIC® exercise, and I want to do more of that because I’ve never really done that on a regular basis.

So, I don’t know. It just felt like this was pointed toward integration with my regular exercise life, rather than being strictly medical treatment, which is what you feel, or what I feel when I’m in a big physical therapy setting.

What Was Your Goal With Coming To CORE?

Love the dogs, Love the dogs! They’re part of regular life, too. So, I knew I would only be in town for a certain number of weeks, so you know, if I lived here and I were staying here, I would just keep coming.

Because I think probably the physical therapy that my insurance will pay for is three months. So, you know, I just would have worked in tandem with the insurance supported physical therapy and this private physical therapy. Or out of pocket-Physical therapy. I would have continued to do that here if I’d been able. But I will take this model- I will take this model and I’ll use it in New Orleans and do the same thing there. I mean, everyone tells me I’m doing really well for four weeks after surgery. And, you know, I credit you guys and also the surgeon’s physical therapist, it’s, you know, it’s been team work. But, I know I wouldn’t have come this far this fast if I hadn’t been here.

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Stephen Dunn

Co-Owner / Physical Therapist at CORE Therapy and Pilates
Stephen graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 1998 from LSUMC in New Orleans. Immediately interested in hands on therapy, he began to study with known manual therapist Brian Mulligan and became certified in the Maitland Australian Approach in 2003. Stephen completed a comprehensive Pilates training in Santa Monica at retroFit Pilates in 2002 and is Certified through The Pilates Method Alliance. The combined treatment of manual therapy with mind body awareness exercises using Pilates concepts was the start of his whole body treatment approach.
Stephen Dunn

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