Happy National Occupational Therapy Month to Leah Lynn, OT, with Encore Rehabilitation-Haleyville

April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month! Today we recognize Leah Lynn!

Leah has been an Occupational Therapist for 10 years. Prior to this, she was a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) for 12 years. She is from Natural Bridge and attended high school at Lynn.

Leah earned her degree at Belmont University in Nashville. In her free time she enjoys painting, fishing, crafting and traveling.

Leah’s interests in Occupational Therapy include orthopedic rehab, pediatrics, home health, inpatient rehab and working with geriatric psych patients.

When asked why she became an OT, Leah replied, “I chose Occupational Therapy as my profession because I grew up with my dad needing therapy. I saw what an impact therapy made in his life in helping him regain his independence. Occupational Therapy has provided me opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with my patients. I get to blend science and creativity together to help my patients achieve a positive and rewarding outcome.”

We are proud to have Leah Lynn on our Encore Rehabilitation Team!

Encore Rehabilitation-Haleyville
42465 Highway 195
Haleyville, AL 35565
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Occupational Therapist Mary Scalisi with Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Occupational Therapist Mary Scalisi with #EncoreRehab Dothan

April is National Occupational Therapy Month!We’d like to take some time to introduce you to our wonderful Occupational Therapists at Encore Rehabilitation.

“I’m Mary Scalisi, an Occupational Therapist at Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan. I specialize in hand therapy, and I am working towards getting my CHT. I grew up in a Birmingham, AL. I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and graduated from UAB with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. I am an Occupational Therapist with Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, playing with my puppy, Luna, and making my coworkers decorate and dress up for each holiday.”

Happy Occupational Therapy Month, Mary! We love having you as a part of our team!

Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan
345 Healthwest Drive
Dothan, Alabama 36303
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Kale Williams is Occupational Therapy Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Say hello to Kale Williams, Occupational Therapy Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan!

Kale chose Encore Rehabilitation after his surgeon recommended Occupational Therapy for ongoing medical care after he had surgery to repair a cut tendon in his finger. Kale said, “I liked the different therapy equipment, especially the digiflex which is also known as the ‘guitar toy’.” After several months of therapy, he is progressing well and we are so proud of his progress!

Kale, we are glad to have you as our Occupational Therapy Patient of the Month! We LOVE to see you move!

Kale is pictured here with Encore Rehabilitation Occupational Therapist Mary Scalisi.

At Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan, we specialize in high-quality Physical and Occupational Therapy! For illnesses, surgeries, sports injuries, balance, or strengthening, let our Rehab Team help YOU get back to the things you love!

Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan
345 Healthwest Drive
Dothan, AL 36303
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Happy OT Month to Janet Pollard with Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield!

Janet Pollard OT Month April 2020Happy National Occupational Therapy Month to Janet Pollard with Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield! We are proud to have you on the Rehab Team, Janet! Thank you for all you do!

Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield
199 Carraway Drive, Suite A1
Winfield, Alabama 35594
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Janet Pollard, OT – “I was born to be an Occupational Therapist”

Brody Cook is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield

Brock Cotton is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitatio-Winfield

Sheri White is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield

Meet Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist Krystal Lytle!

Welcome to Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist Krystal Lytle with #EncoreRehab Tillman's Corner and West Mobile

Encore Rehabilitation would like you to meet Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist Krystal Lytle!

Krystal received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from The University of South Alabama. She also received her Bachelors from the University of South Alabama in Preprofessional Health Sciences.  She is has a certification in Dry Needling granted by The Spinal Manipulation Institute.

Krystal has an extensive background of working with neuromusculoskeletal upper extremity patients. She  and has earned and is recognized by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).

Krystal is currently accepting new patients at Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner and the newly opened Encore Rehabilitation-West Mobile clinics.

We are excited to have Krystal and her expertise at Encore! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner
5643 Sermon Road South
Theodore, Alabama 36582
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Encore Rehabilitation-West Mobile
1059 Snow Road, South #B
Mobile, Alabama 36695
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Encore Rehabilitation-West Mobile is now open!

Rick Hoadley – Returning to Taekwondo

Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner Clinic Director Jack Dockery, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

Destiny Powe is Athlete of the Month for Good Hope High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Destiny Powe is Athlete of the Month for Good Hope High School and #EncoreRehab Cullman

Congratulations to Destiny Powe, Athlete of the Month for Good Hope High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!

Destiny is a Senior at Good Hope and competes in Cheerleading for the Raiders. She has twice been selected both All-Amercan Cheerleader and Cheer Captain. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is looking forward to pursuing an Occupational Therapy degree at Wallace State after high School.

Destiny is the daughter of Brian and Alicia Powe.

We are proud of you, Destiny! 

Destiny is shown here with Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Bo Shirey. Encore Sports Medicine is the Official Sports Medicine Provider for the Good Hope Raiders! We LOVE to see you move!

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055
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Colton Bagwell is Athlete of the Month for Good Hope High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Drew Maddox – Athlete of the Month for Good Hope High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman is selected 2019 Best of Cullman: Physical Therapists

Meet Occupational Therapist Heather Breedlove with Encore Rehabilitation-Athens and Hartselle

Occupational Therapist Heather Breedlove working with a patient at Encore Rehabilitation-Athens #EncoreRehab

Encore Rehabilitation Athens and Hartselle would like to introduce you to Heather Breedlove, OTR, Cert. DN!

Heather obtained her Occupational Therapy degree from The University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has been a practicing clinician for 22 years and has been with Encore Rehabilitation for 12 years. Heather is the Assistant Clinical Director at Encore Rehabilitation-Athens. She currently practices in Athens and Hartselle treating a variety of orthopedic injuries and diagnoses and neurological disorders, as well as performing ergonomic assessments and screens for industries, both onsite and in the clinic. Heather’s Certification in Dry Needling is for the upper extremity.

In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and participating in activities with her church.

Thank you for all you do for our patients and the community, Heather! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Athens
22423 US Highway 72 East
Suite B
Athens, Alabama 35613
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Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle
615 Mynatt Street, SW, Suite A
Hartselle, Alabama 35640
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Cade Abernathy – Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Athens

Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle celebrates One Year in New Location!

They listen to how I feel

7 Myths About Physical Therapy


People everywhere are experiencing the transformative effect physical therapy can have on their daily lives. In fact, as experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from visiting a physical therapist.

It’s time to debunk 7 common myths about physical therapy:

1. Myth: I need a referral to see a physical therapist.

Fact: A recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) revealed 70% of people think a referral or prescription is required for evaluation by a physical therapist. However, all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) allow patients to be evaluated by a physical therapist without a physician’s prior referral. In addition, 49 states and DC allow for some form of treatment or intervention without a physician referral or prescription (Michigan being the exception). On January 1, 2015, patients in Michigan will be able to do so, as well. Some states have restrictions about the treatment a physical therapist can provide without a physician referral. Check out APTA’s direct access summary chart (.pdf) to see the restrictions in your state.

2. Myth: Physical therapy is painful.

Fact: Physical therapists seek to minimize your pain and discomfort—including chronic or long-term pain. They work within your pain threshold to help you heal, and restore movement and function. The survey found that although 71% of people who have never visited a physical therapist think physical therapy is painful, that number significantly decreases among patients who have seen a physical therapist in the past year.

3. Myth: Physical therapy is only for injuries and accidents.

Fact: Physical therapists do a lot more than just stretch or strengthen weak muscles after an injury or surgery. They are skilled at evaluating and diagnosing potential problems before they lead to more serious injuries or disabling conditions—from carpal tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulder, to chronic headaches and lower back pain, to name a few.

4. Myth: Any health care professional can perform physical therapy.

Fact: Although 42% of consumers know that physical therapy can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist, 37% still believe other health care professionals can also administer physical therapy. Many physical therapists also pursue board certification in specific areas such as neurology, orthopedics, sports, or women’s health, for example.

5. Myth: Physical therapy isn’t covered by insurance.

Fact: Most insurance policies cover some form of physical therapy. Beyond insurance coverage, physical therapy has proven to reduce costs by helping people avoid unnecessary imaging scans, surgery, or prescription drugs. Physical therapy can also lower costs by helping patients avoid falls or by addressing conditions before they become chronic.

6. Myth: Surgery is my only option.

Fact: In many cases, physical therapy has been shown to be as effective as surgery in treating a wide range of conditions—from rotator cuff tears and degenerative disk disease, to meniscal tears and some forms of knee osteoarthritis. Those who have recently seen a physical therapist know this to be true, with 79% believing physical therapy can provide an alternative to surgery.

7. Myth: I can do physical therapy myself.

Fact: Your participation is key to a successful treatment plan, but every patient still needs the expert care and guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Your therapist will leverage his or her specialized education, clinical expertise, and the latest available evidence to evaluate your needs and make a diagnosis before creating an individualized plan of care.


**For more on this article, visit: http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail/7-myths-about-physical-therapy

The Cullman Times – Best Therapy Award Winner

One of our PTA’S, Sharon Edens, holding our best therapy award! Thanks city of Cullman — We are proud to be your physical therapy provider!

BEst Physical Therapy in Cullman

2015 Encore Symposium

We would like to thank everyone who registered and participated in the Symposium this year. With 215 participants and multiple CEUs earned, it was truly a great success! We would like to give a huge thank you to all of the guest speakers, sponsors (pictured below), Tony Kennon, the City of Orange Beach, and the Wharf employees for making the symposium simply outstanding. A special thank you to Paul Henderson, Bo Shirey, Jason and Bridgette Henderson, Jordan King, Darlene Morris, Katy Chauvin, John Hurt, Trina Garmon, and Dewayne Fortenberry who directed and organized the symposium. We are so thankful for all of our awesome ATCs, PTs, OTs, directors, and staff members who make our company the best!

We enjoy helping people get back in the game as quickly as possible. That’s why we do everything we can to keep our staff prepared to serve patients, schools, and athletes. “We love to see you Move.”
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