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Curriculum Vitae

Heather Lee Strauch, MS, PT

Professional Experience:     

A Different Approach – PT for Women, LLC (ADAPT)
   Owner/Physical Therapist, Private Outpatient (July 2007-present)

  • Founded a private outpatient physical therapy practice managing and implementing all aspects of the start-up and development of the company 
  • Provide one-on-one treatments for one hour sessions with a strong emphasis on manual therapy
  • Specialize in the treatment of blocked lactation ducts, pelvic pain, lymphedema, osteoporosis, incontinence, pain related to pregnancy, SI joint dysfunction and various orthopedic conditions.
  • Supervise physical therapist and office staff

Wilton Physical Therapy
   Physical Therapist, Outpatient (April 2005 – June 2007)

  • Initiated Women’s Health Program
  • Managed all aspects of marketing for women’s health program
  • Primary Therapist for Aquatics program for several months
  • Provided one-on-one treatments for forty minute sessions with a strong emphasis on manual therapy

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania/Penn Therapy and Fitness 
   Staff Physical Therapist, Outpatient (March 2004 – March 2005)

  • Established and implemented POC for patient with post surgical, general orthopedic, various neurological conditions and lymphedema diagnoses.
  • Worked cohesively with lymphedema team members to develop effective procedures
  • Attended weekly staff education lectures   
  • Member of research special interest group:  Presenter – P Values – What’s the significance?

Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia/ Roxborough Memorial Hospital (October 2003-March 2004) 
   Staff Physical Therapist, Inpatient Rehabilitation

  • Primary Physical Therapist on a 20-bed unit.
  • Managed case load of eight patients with orthopedic, neurological, and systemic impairments. 
  • Supervised treatment of a Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Initiated organizational meetings with Rehabilitation Supervisor
  • Promoted efficient interdiscipliary communication to insure quality care 

Professional Licensure: 
Physical Therapist, Connecticut License Number: 007690 (March 2005-present)                     
Physical Therapist, Pennsylvania License Number: PT016678 (inactive)

Continuing Education: 

  • "Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 2" January 2009 - presenter: protege of Jean Pierre Barral, D.O.
  • “Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1” May 2008 – presenter: protege of Jean Pierre Barral, D.O.
  • “Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction & Treatment” – Level 2A Colorectal and Coccyx Conditions, Male Pelvic Floor and Pudendal Nerve Entrapment March 2007 – Presenters Hollis Herman and Pamela Downey

  •  “Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction & Treatment” – Level 2B Urogynecologic Examination and Treatment Intervention November2006 – Presenters Hollis Herman and Kathe Wallace
  •  “Women’s and Men’s Health Issues” – For the Treatment of Urogenital Dysfunction for Children and Adults January 2006 – Presenter Carol Smith, Center IMT
  • 2006 International Pelvic Pain Society Course for Physical Therapist – “Anatomical and Biomechanical Implications for the Treatment of Patients with Chronic Pelvic Pain” – June 2006
  • “Myofascial Release for the Pediatric Patient” December 2005 – Presenter Sharon Weiselfish-Giammatteo

  •  “Female Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction and Treatment” – Level 1 December 2005 – Presenters Hollis Herman and Kathe Wallace

  •  “Instructor Training in Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise” – August 2005 – Presenter Elizabeth Noble

  •  Institute for Integrative Nutrition –Certified Holistic Health Practitioner June 2005

  • “Women’s Health – What Every Health Care Provider Should Know” April 2005 – Presenter Elizabeth Noble

  • Landmark Forum – Landmark Education – March 2005

  • “Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) and Complete Decongestive Therapy” Certification – March 2004 – Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy

  • “Facilitating Muscle Tone” Sponsored by Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital – January 2004


Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
   Masters of Science Degree in Physical Therapy, September 2003    
   Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy, May 2002
      Overall GPA 3.85/4.00 
      Honors:  Summa Cum Laude Graduate
Dean’s List (six semesters) 
                  Recipient of the Foerderer Grant for International Study
                  Recipient of Service Award - May 2003

University, Chester, Pennsylvania 
   Bachelor of Science in Psychology, May, 2001 
Concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy 
         Overall GPA: 3.84/4.00 
         Honors: Magna Cum Laude Graduate
Dean’s List (six semesters) 
                     Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society 
                     Alpha Chi, National College Honor Scholarship Society 
                     Phi Eta Sigma, National Freshman Honor Society 
                     Psi Chi, Psychology Honor Society
                     Middle Atlantic Conference Athletic Academic Honor Roll 
                     Recipient, Presidential Scholarship

Clinical Education:      

Alfred I. Dupont Institute, Wilmington, Delaware 
   Outpatient Pediatrics, eight-week affiliation (July 7 - August 29, 2003)

  • Treated children with CP, developmental delay, orthopedic conditions, cancer and genetic diseases.
  • Observed rectus transfer, subtalar fusion, and gastroc release surgery and observed in the gait lab.

Bryn Mar Rehab, Malvern, Pennsylvania 
   Rehabilitation, eight-week affiliation (May 12 - June 27, 2003)

  • Treated on the stroke unit, participated in equestrian therapy, observed in the SCI, TBI, orthopedic and medical day units.
  • Developed an education manual for patients with multiple sclerosis and conducted an in-service on MS.

Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 
   Outpatient, eight-week affiliation (July 1 - August 23, 2002)

  • Instructed Aquatic Therapy and treated various conditions including RTC tear, CVA, RSD, SI dysfunction, femoral fracture, PD, and alcoholic myopathy.
  • Observed in the Burn Unit, Speech Center and Outpatient Pediatric Unit.

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 
   Acute/Outpatient, five-week affiliation (November 15 - December 21, 2001)

  • Treated in outpatient clinic and inpatient orthopedics, neurology, cardiopulmonary, and telemetry.
  • Observed TKA surgery and hand center rehabilitation.

   Incontinence: Still Taboo in the 21st Century – Natural Awakenings 2007

Media Appearances

  • 12 on Health – New Channel 12 Safe Exercise During Postpartum March 2006
  • News Channel 12 Feature: Back to School-Back Packs and Back Health September 2006
  • “Alive with Clive”: Television Interview with Clive Swersky Channel 76, White Plains, NY February 2007


  • Development of a Web Site on Self-Management of Chronic Health Conditions for the Adult Homeless Population (Thomas Jefferson University; Fall 2002 - Spring 2003)
  • Repetitive Strain Injury, Oxygen consumption and blood flow in the forearm measured by NIRS (May 10 - June 10, 2002, Netherlands) 
  • College Students’ Perceptions of School Violence: Perpetrator Variables ( Widener University; September 1999 - May 2000)

Professional Membership:
Member of the APTA, 2000-present
Member of Women’s Health Section of the APTA
Member of the Connecticut Women’s Health Physical Therapists Group
Member of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health
Member of the International Pelvic Pain Society
Member of the National Vulvodynia Association
Member of the National Lymphedema Network
Member of the Endometiosis Association

Hobbies:  Hiking, Camping, Running, Skiing, Classical Ballet





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