“My approach is to treat the whole person not just the diagnosis. My goal is to make therapy as enjoyable as possible.”
Growing up, Dr. Heather McCarthy experienced the difference that physical therapy could make in a person’s life when she had to rehab a sports injury. She knew she wanted to help people in the same way and pursued her doctorate in physical therapy.
Dr. McCarthy sees patients with a range of orthopedic and neurological conditions. She provides care in non-operative therapy, post-operative therapy, vestibular disorders, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. She is LSVT BIG certified to treat Parkinson’s disease to help with improving motor skills like buttoning a shirt to maintaining balance when walking.
Her favorite part of her job is getting to know her patients.
“I want to learn what their day-to-day functional goals are so we can tailor their treatments to make a difference in their lives,” Dr. McCarthy said.
Dr. McCarthy embraces the creativity that physical therapy can provide by selecting exercises her patients will enjoy or creating new ones that will meet their goals and encourage them want to exercise at home. “I listen to my patients to build a rapport. I’m always looking for a way to help,” she said.
Dr. McCarthy earned her doctorate of physical therapy from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Outside of her practice Dr. McCarthy enjoys being outside and spending time with her two children. She enjoys hiking, running and trying new recipes.
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