Help us fund free physical therapy for newly diagnosed person’s with Parkinson’s disease!
Today we’d like to introduce you to Valerie Johnson.
Valerie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? I was warned that it would be difficult to get a neurology job right out of PT school. They must have been wrong because right after completing my doctorate in physical therapy, I started working in vestibular rehab. Vestibular therapy is a subspecialty under the umbrella of neuro rehab that focuses on inner ear and other balance problems.
The idea of starting my own physical therapy clinic was inspired by a man who wanted to hire me on a private basis. I met him while I was working part time at a hospital in Fort Worth. He was recovering from a cerebellar stroke and wanted me to continue to help him after his release from the hospital. My husband and I had just moved from Austin, Texas, where I had been working exclusively with balance and dizziness disorders. I loved the work and noticed there really wasn’t much specialized care for imbalance and dizziness in Fort Worth. I agreed to start my own clinic so that I could work with him. Read the rest of this article.
“Valerie truly has a great thing going for this population. Every mutual patient we share just raves about her personality and how hard she works them. Thank you for all you do for our community.”
I had nothing to lose. There were still spots with Dr. Johnson open under the grant, so I signed up for physical therapy. It was perhaps the best decision of my life.
Thanks to Dr. Valerie Johnson, I have changed my outlook on life. I can live with Parkinson’s, it will not defeat me…
“Valerie, you are the best! You put up with my whining and encouraged me every time. I did my homework because you care so much! I’m still balancing -it’s become a natural routine for me-thanks to every there (360 Balance, Austin, TX). I’ll be back if I need fine tuning.”
“Balance Therapy has helped more than anything else we have tried. Valerie Waldron Johnson makes it fun and really cares about her clients.”
It was an hour session that enabled me to use my limbs that were going dormant. I shouted out YES!
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