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Western Pennsylvania

Chris Zanke
Chris Zanke
M.S., MPT, COMT

We work hard to create a positive clinical and customer service experience for our patients. To help our patients reach their recovery goals, in a safe and compassionate environment, our experienced therapists develop an individualized plan of care. Each plan is designed to get back to activity, back to work, and most importantly, back to life.

Discover the power of physical therapy today with NovaCare Rehabilitation.

For more information, please contact me directly at (724) 745-5750 or CZanke@hq.novacare.com.

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    Professional Recognition
    Certified Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) Testers

    Recently, five of our Western PA therapists underwent certification in the Select Medical Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE). An FCE is a test that determines a person's ability to safely perform an array of work related tasks such as lifting, walking, carrying, climbing and sitting. FCEs are commonly used by physicians and employers to determine if a person is able to safely perform the daily tasks required by his or her job description. With 16 local FCE testers, call one of our locations today to see if our FCE services can help you and your company.

    Congratulations to our new FCE testers:

    • Steve Eckert - Bentleyville 
    • Emily Engelhardt - Butler 
    • Kevin Westrick - Pleasant Hills 
    • Martine Marino - Squirrel Hill 
    • Kelley Watson, CHT - West Homestead
    Congratulations

    To the below Physical Therapists for earning advanced certification in Manual Therapy. 

    What Is Manual Therapy?
    Manual Therapy is a collection of specialized techniques used by therapists to help muscles relax, decrease pain and restore normal movement to joints.  These techniques, which include massage and stretching, are usually performed in conjunction with exercises and have been shown to be one of the most effective types of treatment available for various conditions.  Our therapists decide which techniques are best suited for each patient after performing a thorough evaluation and discussing treatment goals.

    The Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI) is known for its world-renowned education programs in manual therapy.  The uniqueness of the OGI programs lies in the combination of an evidence-based patient management approach, with advanced, hands-on training and the instructor’s dedication to the success and the health of patients.  The following Physical Therapist's recently completed an extensive Clinical Certification Program for Manual Therapy.  The program consists of a series of courses taught over 10 months.  The program consists of 131 instructional hours, featuring 50% didactic instruction and 50% lab experience.  Written and practical exams are conducted on the final weekend of the program.  Through the successful completion of this rigorous program, the below Therapist's have earned his/her Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) credentials.

    • Lori Brandt - Vanadium Road clinic
    • Brad Ciccolella - North Hills clinic
    • Colleen Cottrell - Erie clinic
    • Doug Cottrell - Millcreek clinic
    • Doug Donald - Vanadium Road clinic
    • John Eichmiller - Monroeville clinic
    • John Kushner - Waynesburg clinic
    • Martine Marino - Squirrel Hill clinic
    • Matt Moessner - Charleroi clinic
    • Judy Post - McMurray clinic
    • Matt Shedlock - Oakland Clinic
    • Shannon Smith - Moon Township clinic
    • Christopher Zanke - Administration/All clinics
    Programs We Offer
    Concussion Services

    Advances in the past decade have opened the medical communty's eyes to the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment of concussions. We no longer view a concussion as an event where someone is "knocked out". We now know that concussions can occur from any blow to the head, or from any quick, forceful movements to the head and neck, such as whiplash. Many people experience no change in consciousness during a concussive event. Symptoms of a concussion can include:

    • Dizziness
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Headaches
    • Blurred Vision
    • Ringing in the Ears
    • Changes in Balance
    • Difficulty Concentrating
    • Difficulty Remembering
    • Difficulty Solving Simple Problems
    • Unexplained Emotional Changes
    • Agitation

    If you feel you may be experiencing any of these symptoms due to a concussion, contact one of our clinics today to learn how we can help you.

    Direct Access
    Direct Access (i.e. the patients ability to start Physical Therapy without the need to go to their doctor) is now being offered at the following NovaCare clinics:
    • Charleroi
    • Clearfield
    • Jefferson
    • McMurray
    • Meadville
    • Millcreek
    • Monroeville
    • Moon Township
    • North East
    • North Hills
    • Oakland
    • South Hills
    • Squirrel Hill
    • Washington
    • Waynesburg
    • West Homestead

    If you are a patient and would like to be evaluated by a physical therapist, any of our therapists can perform an evaluation and provide their professional opinion. If treatment is recommended, the above clinics can start treatment immediately without the need of your physician's approval. Treatment can continue for up to 30 days (if necessary). After which, if your symptoms persist, our therapist(s) will refer you to your doctor (or a specialist) for further evaluation. If the clinic closest to you is not listed above, we can still evaluate you and give a professional opinion and then will work with your physician to get approval for treatments. Either way, we will be happy to assist you with your condition/injury and recovery.

    Post Offer Employment Testing
    Last year, our Western PA team performed over 1500 Post Offer Employment Tests (POETs) for local employers.  POETs are required by some employers to ensure newly hired employees are capable of safely performing all of the required tasks of their position before they spend their first day on the job. POETs can help to reduce risk of employee injury, which in turn helps control costs associated with Workers' Compensation claims. If you would like more information about how we can tailor a POET to your company's needs, please contact Sean Miller, director of WorkStrategies, at 724-745-5750, extension 12.
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