Our therapists have extensive training and specialize in treating arthritis.
Benefits of Physical Therapy in Arthritis:
- Decreased pain
- Improved motion, strength and endurance
- Improved balance
- Home program designed to maintain or further gains achieved in therapy
In an editorial that appeared in PT Magazine in October 1999, the publisher remarked:
“Physical therapists are good people to know. They’re educated in understanding the interaction of all your body parts. Their hands-on approach begins with examination, diagnosis, and treatment of the immediate problem. Then they teach you how to take care of yourself by showing you how to do exercises and how to use your body properly to gain strength and mobility and prevent recurring injury. You’ll find them advising on proper posture and body motion in the work place, treating injuries, consulting on fitness, and administering physical therapy in the home. Today physical therapists provide help for every part of the body to everyone from infants to the elderly – more than 1 million people every day!”
Meet Our Therapists
Our therapists have extensive training and specialize in treating arthritis. Upon referral to therapy, each patient is given a through evaluation and then put into a customized treatment program of hands on therapy by a licensed therapist.
Debra Dent, BPT Dip Manip PT OCS FCAMT
Debra Dent graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and Bachelor of Physical Therapy in 1979. She received her Part A certification in manual therapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and her Part B Manipulative Certification (Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy)in 1994.
She became an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) in the United States in 1996 with recertification in 2006. Debra is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMT) since 1994 and has been an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1989. She published “Segmental Stabilization of the Lumbar spine” with Northeast Seminars on the internet in 2001.
She was a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida 2003 to 2005, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the Msc PT undergraduate program. She has taught a large number of courses in the USA and Canada and is the author of numerous clinical manuals. She presently works in Pinellas County Florida.
Joseph DiGiovanna, PT, FAAOMPT
Joe completed his Physical Therapy training @ St. Louis University in 1984. He is a Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and completed a Manual Therapy Fellowship with The Ola Grimsby Institute.
He has been awarded Fellowship status with The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and is one of only 2 practitioners at this level in the Tampa Bay area. He has conducted over 175 seminars to PTS and OTS on multiple topics in rehabilitation and currently has a special emphasis in chronic pain.
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Joe has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area since 1998. He is a black belt instructor in Nihon Goshin Aikido and performs locally as a guitarist/vocalist. He also enjoys time on the water and is an avid snow skier. He resides in Dunedin with his wife Lucy.