Teresa Paulsen
Teresa Paulsen

Welcome to the central Ohio community. 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 (614) 224-1090 or

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  • Community Details
    Professional Recognition
    Danielle Smetts, OTR/L

    Danielle Smetts, OTR/LNovaCare Rehabilitation is pleased to welcome Danielle Smetts, OTR/L, to our team in Columbus. Danielle earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2012 from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and has since completed numerous continuing education courses. She is currently studying to become a certified hand therapist and will sit for the certification exam in May 2017.

    Throughout her career thus far, Danielle has worked clinically with both adults and children and specializes in upper extremity injuries, including nerve and tendon care, scar/burn management and elbow injuries. Danielle also has experience with neurological conditions such as stroke and multiple sclerosis, as well as chronic pain, general deconditioning and ergonomics.

    Danielle believes in an integrative approach to therapy which includes incorporating current research and patient experience and applies various therapeutic interventions, such as techniques, exercises, activities and modalities.

    To make an appointment for occupational therapy services, please call our East NovaCare center at 614-864-1089.

    Programs We Offer
    Now Treating With...Dry Needling

    Dry Needling (DN), also known as Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT)/Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is a modern Western medical modality. DN is a procedure in which filiform needles are used to deactivate myofascial trigger points. It is NOT acupuncture.

    Clinical Procedure - DN is considered a physical medicine modality that does not require any specialized equipment. Therefore, patients do not need to do any type of preparation for this procedure. Patients typically report immediate pain relief that can last a few hours to a few weeks. Frequency of treatment is different for individuals; however it is recommended that repeat DN not be done on the same areas within 48-72 hours. For the maximum results, DN is used with other modalities and exercises in the center.

    What type of conditions can be treated with Dry Needling?Dry Needling can be used to treat low back and neck pain, (including radiculopathy), shoulder and arm pain (tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, impingement), hip and leg pain (sciatica, muscle strain, calf-tightness/spasm), foot (ankle sprain, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis), headache, face and jaw (TMJ) pain, fibromyalgia and much more.

    Are there side effects/complications after treatment?Most patients will feel soreness from a few hours to a few days, which is the normal response from dry needling. Bruising is expected sometimes within blood vessel areas. Any time needles are used; there is a risk of infection. However, at NovaCare Rehabilitation, the therapist uses a single packed/disposable and sterile needles during treatment.

    For more information, please contact a center near you today:

    Hilliard center with Eric Johnson, P.T., DPT

    3207 Rome Hilliard Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026 -- Phone: 614-850-0680

    Groveport center with Evan Ross, P.T., DPT

    5323 Hendron Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125 -- Phone: 614-836-2349

    East center with Heather Chenault, P.T., DPT

    6465 E. Broad Street, Suite B, Columbus, Ohio 43213 -- Phone: 614-864-1089

    Pataskala center with Holly Bowman, MPT

    8200 Hazelton-Etna Road, Suite 300, Pataskala, Ohio 43062 -- Phone: 740-964-0154

    Downtown center with Alexis Hutchison, P.T., DPT, and Breanna Humphrey, P.T., DPT

    720 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 -- Phone: 614-224-1090

    Community News
    Thank You to our Clinical Team at the Northeast Center
    The staff at our Northeast center received this note of thanks from the family of one of our patients:"Just to say thanks, you have been a total support for us. My mom appreciates all you have done for her. You are one of the best assets at…
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    Patient Testimony
    Holly Bowman, physical therapist and center manager of out Pataskala center, received this comment from a patient at the time of her discharge from physical therapy."I cannot thank you enough for making this first-time experience of requiring…
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  • Services & Offerings
    Our highly-respected clinical team provides preventative and rehabilitative services that maximize functionality and promote well-being.  We develop individualized treatment plans to help achieve each patient's specific goals.  Our commitment to customer satisfaction is demonstrated by our high-quality clinical care, positive interaction with patients, complete and timely communication to physicians and case managers, patient education programs, convenient locations and prompt appointment availability.  We offer the following programs and services:
    • Physical Therapy
    • Vestibular Rehabilitation
    • Aquatic Therapy
    • Athletic Training Services
    • Incontinence
    • Low Back Rehabilitation
    • Lymphedema
    • Maternal Wellness
    • Neurological Rehabilitation
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Orthotics
    • Osteoporosis
    • Senior Wellness
    • Sports Performance
    • TMJ Rehabilitation
    • Women's Health
    • Graston
    WorkStrategies® Program

    Today, America's employers are very much at risk - paying nearly one billion dollars per week in workers' compensation costs.  Through the WorkStrategies® Program, our main objectives are to: reduce the frequency and severity of injuries; achieve higher levels of employee functionality; and reduce the employer's TOTAL workers' compensation costs and lost work time.

    We partner with employers, case managers, claim managers, TPAs, and insurance companies to provide innovative an cost-effective SOLUTIONS for the prevention and treatment of work-related injuries.

    The WorkStrategies® Program offers the following services:

    • Acute (Work-site) Physical & Occupational Therapy
    • Care Management Office
    • Functional Capacity Evaluations
    • Injury Prevention & Ergonomics
    • Post-Offer Employment Testing
    • Work Hardening and Work Conditioning
  • Patient Forms
    Patient Information Forms
    Please print, complete, and bring with you at your first appointment:
    Important information for your review (information will be discussed at your first appointment):
  • Center Locations