Rachel is a licensed Physical Therapist, originally from Upstate New York. She received her Doctor in Physical Therapy degree from Duke University-School of Medicine, following a Rehabilitation Science B.S. at University of Pittsburgh and certification in Patho-kinesiology. Rachel has rehabilitation experience working at UPMC Mercy (Pittsburgh, PA)—cross-trained in ICU and acute neuro-trauma units including Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury. Her clinical internships specialized in infant-handling, torticollis, motor milestone delays, a variety of neuromuscular conditions within a diverse pediatric and adolescent population, as well as balance and movement disorders within a geriatric population. She has experience in a variety of settings, including hospitals, inpatient and outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home care, and specialty clinics for spasticity, orthopaedics, muscular dystrophy, and down syndrome. Currently researching Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy allows Rachel to expand her clinical skills with a unique, vulnerable population into evidence-based practice. Global experience includes medical mission trips to various locations in Costa Rica as well as volunteering at an intensive stroke camp in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.
As a Physical Therapist with Care First Rehab, Rachel is able to expand her creativity when working with infants and children, use her knowledge of movement patterns, facilitate the resilience of the human body, and continue to be inspired by each patient and each family. In her free time, she enjoys running, rowing, yoga, travel, and spending time with family and friends.
Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, from Duke University-School of Medicine
Languages: English, American Sign Language
Populations Treated: Infant, Pediatrics, Adult, Geriatric, End of life care