I graduated from Simmons University in Boston, MA with an MA in Physical Therapy in '99. I immediately began working as a physical therapist at Mediplex ARH (now Vibra Health) in New Bedford, where I learned how all the body systems are impacted by illness/injury. I then transitioned to an outpatient facility of a regional hospital and returned to Simmons in 2006 to earn a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy. I have spent my time since college as a physical therapist on the South Coast of Massachusetts and have worked in a variety of settings from outpatient to home care and everywhere in between. Working for Hawthorn Medical I specialized in treating, shoulder injuries/post op, neurological disorders as well as a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders. My approach to problem solving is to listen to patients describe the nature of their injury or pain and recognizing the need to address the underlying contributing factors to facilitate a long-term recovery. I recognized the importance of having the patient be a partner in their recovery while emphasizing education, targeted exercises, and measured progression. My goal is always for the patient to have the fullest recovery possible while also being able to manage their program and any events along the way.
I have been a physical therapist for many years in many different settings. During my time as a physical therapist, I have noticed some trends that have an impact on patient progress and recovery. Patients move through the continuum of care along a conveyor belt that is more concerned with costs and insurance and, less and less concerned with patient care, recovery, and quality of life. Goals are established and "met" with little input from patients. We just can't spend the individual time with our patients that we used to. The result? Patients are bumped along this conveyor belt from hospital, to rehab, to homecare, to outpatient or doctor to doctor without anyone addressing their specific needs. People have complained of overcrowded PT clinics where therapists are "double-booked", running from patient to patient and giving "cookie-cutter" exercise programs. Patients report poor compliance with programs outside of PT as they can't get questions about specific exercises answered until their next session several days later. There does not appear to be much relief in sight as insurance companies and medical facilities all look to cut costs.
I developed Shannon Lynne Physical Therapy to allow me to take back some control and be the PT that I am and want to continue to be. Without the influence of insurance companies, I can provide patients with the individualized attention they need, the personalized treatment programs designed to address their specific issues and education to help them understand the nature of their injury, what to do to treat it and how to avoid reinjury. My goal is for a patient to maximize their recovery with knowledge regarding what exercises to do to recover, what they can do to prevent reinjury, and, if they are reinjured, the steps to take to fully recover. I assist people all around the U.S. with their physical therapy needs - right from their mobile device.