Melissa Gerard, PT, MPT, CEASIII Physical Therapist
I am a proud Omaha native. I went to the University of Iowa to complete my undergraduate degree in psychology, then graduated with an M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. I have been practicing physical therapy since 2001. In 2004, my husband and I returned to Omaha to begin a family and are the proud parents of two sons and a daughter. Everyone has different reasons to stay healthy; being an active role model for my children is certainly one of mine!
The majority of my career has been in outpatient physical therapy. My experience and continuing education in manual therapy, chronic pain, therapeutic exercise, ergonomics, and post operative rehabilitation has shaped how I approach evaluation and treatment. I build customized physical therapy treatment plans to address my patient’s current problem(s) and focus on how the whole body contributes to their healing and return to function. I love my work and I look forward to continuing my education and focus on whole person healthcare, here at Think.
Why Physical Therapy?
Physical therapists (PT) are experts in the way the body moves. They are an integral part of your care team at Think and work side by side with your doctor. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy use scientifically-based techniques to improve pain and function and prevent injury or disability, so that you can get moving at your personal best.
If you are looking for an alternative to surgery, pain medication, or if you notice changes in your strength, balance or walking ability, consider physical therapy.
PTs help restore motion, strength and endurance to improve your overall function and quality of life.
Some of the Conditions We Treat
Your PT will develop a treatment program for your individual needs and goals.Treatment may emphasize pain reduction, strengthening, flexibility, postural alignment, balance, gait and endurance training to manage movement problems associated with:
- Orthopedic conditions (like acute or chronic pain from arthritis, injury, or surgery)
- Neurological conditions (such as stroke,
- Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis)
- Cardiac or pulmonary conditions (heart attack, bypass surgery or COPD)
What can you expect from a Physical Therapist?
After careful examination, your PT will combine science with inspiration to teach you how to prevent or manage a health condition and help motivate you during your treatment so you can function optimally. Your PT will help you understand your body so you will achieve long-term health benefits.