Orthopedic Manual Therapy
Balance and Fall Prevention Program
Women's Health Physical Therapy
Maitland Method/Maitland Australian Approach
Alina is the co-founder of Action Physical Therapy with over 20 years of clinical experience specializing in orthopaedics, manual therapy, and pelvic floor rehabilitation. She has completed advanced coursework in Maitland manual physical therapy techniques for the spine and extremities along with many other manual therapy courses. She has received specialized training in the treatment of bladder dysfunction and pelvic pain issues from Herman and Wallace pelvic rehabilitation Institute. Always passionate about her work, she goes above and beyond to see her patients succeed.
Alina is in charge of community education programs, and teaching classes on various topics including women’s health and musculoskeletal issues. She is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
In her spare time Alina enjoys photography and interior design.
Why I became a PT:
First lying in bed, 10 times each exercise, then 20, then 30… all the way up to 100 times each joint. Then she did them sitting, then standing. Soon Dina was able to walk again!
Not only that, she was doing all the house chores and more. Dina was back! She lived to be 99 years old and she continued doing those exercises every single day. No canes, no walkers.
That got me thinking. I was very athletic and did all kinds of sports including fencing, gymnastics and track and field. I also loved medicine. I somehow knew that medicine would be my path from the time I was in the middle school. I just combined the three, my love for sports, my love for medicine and my grandmother’s story. The rest is history.
That is why I do what I do and love doing it every single day!
Why I became a PT:
When I look back on the development of my career, I realize that it was by chance that I ended up in physical therapy. Growing up I was involved in athletics daily. From gymnastics to soccer, you name it, I was involved. While running down the stairs to get to my first job as a dishwasher in high school, I tripped down the stairs causing a horrible sprain in my right ankle. After getting cleared at the hospital with an ankle fracture, I was sent back to school and sports but noticed that my leg was holding me back in soccer.
I spent many hours in the training room at school with an athletic trainer. She taught me exercises which improved my ankle enough for me to return to soccer with only mild limitations.
Not having the best of luck, I ended up with another injury the following year. I was kicked in the leg below my knee in a soccer game. Waking up the next day with my leg feeling a little strange, I thought nothing of it and went to school and continued my after-school activities as usual. After beginning our warm up in soccer practice, I began to fall on the field and trip over my own leg. The trainer did not know how to help me, and I was referred to my primary doctor. Being diagnosed with drop foot and given instruction to rest was not the answer I thought I would get. As an active child, resting was a horrible punishment- like feeling. Was there really nothing more I could have done for this injury?
When the time came for me to choose a career in college my thoughts fell short of options. Should I attempt to please my father, a self-made woodworker, and go into business or nursing? Or should I follow what I knew I was interested in? The only thing I was sure I was interested in was athletics, and I had turned down the opportunity to play lacrosse in college to go to a college I knew nothing about. Because I changed my major five times in the first year, my college advisor knew I was lost in the direction of career choice. After a long discussion with him, he sent me over to the head of the exercise and sport science department on campus. I was set up in summer classes because I fell behind to graduate in 4 years with my indecisive career path.
Taking biomechanics and exercise physiology that summer started me in the right direction. But, in a blink of an eye, I was in my last semester of college feeling I did not have a career set out for me.
Procrastinating on selecting my internship may have been the best thing that happened to me. The last place on the list of internship sites had a spot open for me. Atlantic Physical Therapy accepted my 350-hour observational internship at a satellite outpatient physical therapy office in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
I became fascinated with the various types of conditions and injuries that physical therapists could treat; strokes, ACL repair, amputations, cerebral palsy, ankle sprains, and even drop foot! It was wonderful to finally be introduced to a career that I could personally relate to
At the end of this internship my onsite teacher questioned me about my future. He saw both my passion for the career and lack of direction on how to achieve this goal. He hired me after graduation and taught me to be a physical therapy aide and receptionist for the clinic.
Later, he introduced me to a school, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Florida which offered a spot in a physical therapy program beginning in August 2012. Graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in a little over two years, I finally found my passion as a physical therapist.
Dan grew up in Huntingdon Valley and went to Abington High School. Dan graduated from Chestnut Hill College with his B.S. in Biology and has been practicing physical therapy since getting his doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 2011. He experienced in treating patients with all conditions with a particular interest in orthopedics and vestibular rehab. Dan enjoys taking courses to learn new techniques such as IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization) and myofascial decompression (cupping) to help his patients achieve their goals, whatever they may be.
When Dan is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son. Dan is also a big sports fan and loves all four Philadelphia teams.
As the newest addition to the Action Physical Therapy team, I am excited to share a little bit about myself with you all! I am proud to announce I have finally landed the career I’ve been reaching towards. After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State Abington in 2011, I spent the next 6 years working with children and adults with various mental health diagnoses. Practicing compassion and empathy I counseled and supported individuals who weren’t able to advocate for themselves, assuring they connected with the help they needed to live fulfilling and safe lives.
My passion for fitness and the human body always served as a driving force behind my desire to make people feel better, both emotionally and physically. I decided I could combine my desire to help people with my passion for physical wellness and pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. I have since earned my degree at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology and am now a licensed PTA!
I understand that when you come to physical therapy, a component of getting better includes not just your physical wellness, but also your mental and emotional wellness. I am excited to share and develop my unique style of treating patients by addressing a person’s needs beyond just their physical pain and understanding that “getting better” happens on many levels. I look forward to meeting all of you!
Katy is a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist Assistant at Action Physical Therapy.
She holds certifications in Crossfit including Level 1 and Postpartum Strength and Conditioning. She is also certified in USA Weightlifting and Primal Blueprint. As a dedicated mom who is passionate about nutrition, Katy has cooked her way through countless Paleo cookbooks in pursuit of feeding her two children nourishing foods. Katy also enjoys helping guide women through the motherhood transition as a Regional Director of the popular BIRTHFIT workshops and seminars. “I love to support (mostly) women and help them gain confidence that carries over to their personal lives.”
As an athlete, Katy has completed four full marathons and a Half Ironman triathlon—and even got engaged while running the Philadelphia Marathon when her now-husband Bryan proposed at the finish line.
Olga has been with the Action Physical Therapy team for several years, and is in charge of our front desk. She is an experienced medical receptionist, is very well organized and detail-oriented. Patients and staff love Olga for her welcoming smile, willingness to help, her patience and ability to multitask and handle competing priorities.
Located in Huntingdon Valley, Action Physical Therapy has been proudly serving Huntingdon Valley – 19006, Bryn Athyn – 19009, Abington – 19046, 19001, Hatboro – 19040 , Southampton – 18966, Jenkintown – 19046, and Philadelphia – 19115, 19116 as the leader in outpatient Physical Therapy for over a decade. Our therapy programs are specifically designed to not only help treat the condition, but also prevent future injuries from happening. Our ultimate goal and singular mission is to get you back to doing things that you love the most as quickly as possible. We are committed to providing the highest level of customer service and treating all of our clients the way we treat our family.