Olivia Wattles had 7 years experience treating patients with neurologic conditions before joining Bacharach.

Olivia Wattles, PT, DPT, NCS grew up in tiny Aura, Gloucester County, NJ. She earned an undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration at Misericordia University in Dallas., PA, and went on to complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree there.

 

After graduating, Olivia worked for 7 years with neurologic patients at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY.

 

“Spinal cord injury – that’s my jam,” says Olivia, who also specializes in treating people with Parkinson’s disease.

 

“I have 7 years’ experience with the same robots that Bacharach has, the Lokomat, the Andago, the stim bike and so on,” she says.  “I have a special passion for working with people who have spinal cord injury.  In Syracuse I founded a support group for people with SCI that offered financial support and grants for things that insurance would not cover, like a home ramp for example.”

 

Wheelchair Clinic

 

At Bacharach, in addition to her regular patient schedule, she has begun to help patients in the wheelchair clinic. “It is very satisfying to help someone get the right wheelchair prescription.”

 

She recently became a Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist. This is how the America Physical Therapy Association website defines the certification: “The board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy is a specialist in the effective and efficient examination, treatment, and reassessment of persons of all ages with neurologic dysfunction.”

 

Olivia recently returned to this area to be closer to family now that she and her husband have a toddler.

 

Happy Physical Therapy Month, Olivia!

 


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