TESTIMONIALS AND LETTERS
Laura is so skilled and insightful, and the results of our sessions have exceeded my most optimistic expectations. At 68, my body feels and looks better than it has in decades. Honestly. Laura guided me to develop an enjoyable 10-25 minute exercise routine, that I do all or part of at least every other day, which has corrected a myriad of joint ailments that my previous attempts to exercise had either caused or aggravated. Before discovering Laura, my body had become increasingly vulnerable to joint-related injuries that had sabotaged repeated attempts to stay fit.
Laura has impressively extensive knowledge and a very comprehensive set of skills in PT. Combine this with her talents of genuinely caring, of listening compassionately to a patient's concerns and questions, and then insightfully explaining and demonstrating perfectly tailored therapy - and you have the best physical therapist imaginable. I am so grateful.
Suzanne Hellman, Shokan, NY
I highly recommend Laura as an exceptionally gifted and effective physical therapist. Laura’s knowledge is above and beyond that of a normal physical therapist. She has educated herself, and continues to learn in new areas of physical therapy which are extremely effective and reliable. She consistently was able to get me out of pain after injuries and into functioning better than when I started with her, such that I didn’t need to have surgery after one particular injury.
Laura also has the added qualities of kindness, empathy, compassionate listening and a gentle touch. She has a very positive attitude, cheerful manner, an enthusiastic love for her work with clients, not to mention a good sense of humor – all of which make working with Laura a true joy!
M. D., retired professional dancer
I am writing at this time to commend Laura Loftus, a Physical Therapist with your agency. Laura has helped me tremendously during my physical therapy treatments. I was originally referred... and decided to go to your agency because I had heard so many good things about it. Well, I wasn’t disappointed.
After going to a local chiropractor since March 2008 (with no relief) and going to acupuncture twice a month (with slight relief), I was referred for physical therapy due to mid/lower back pain and some stiffness/tightness in my thigh muscles. I began PT at the end of December 2008 and as far as my back goes, I feel like a new person. Laura found that the problem with my mid-back was actually a muscle issue and after doing some resistance exercises (and heat/stim at every visit), the pain was gone. She further found that my lower back pain (which I related to the herniated discs I have [L4 and L5]) was actually due to a twisted sacrum. As soon as that was discovered and she worked on that problem, the lower back pain disappeared as well. I can’t believe that I can sit, walk, lay in bed, and even do dishes now with no pain!! It’s incredible.
As far as the thigh issue goes, it is now believed that this may be due to either my thyroid medication and/or adrenal fatigue that I was just diagnosed with. I promised Laura I would let her know how this progresses – she was very interested in learning about all of these issues.
Again, I would just like to say that you have a gem in Laura. She really knows what she’s doing and I sincerely appreciate all the help she’s given me in the short time I received physical therapy.
This letter is written to advise you of the excellent care provided to me by your staff member, Laura Loftus, PT. I most recently had a total right knee replacement at Northern Dutchess and my rehabilitation was complicated by a prior back surgery with resultant fibrosis of nerve roots and spinal cord. Additionally, I have a left leg weakness with a foot drop. I made my choice of NDH/Physical Medicine because of my previous wonderful experience with K. and was assigned this time to Laura Loftus, PT.
It is with pleasure that I tell you she is the most professional, caring, and conscientious PT. She took the challenge of my case and was not only understanding of my pain, but she never gave up. She always looked for new ways to compensate for my complex body in her therapy with me. She was creative, bright, cheerful, inspiring and always positive with a smile. Laura listened to me and was always conscientious of my pain with my back. She was absolutely a pleasure to work with on a personal basis. And the best part of all of this is the outcome! When I asked Dr. S. what he thought I could expect for the degree of bend in the new knee, he replied, “anything over 100 degrees would be gravy”. I was proud to report to him that working with Laura, I had obtained 124 degrees. That certainly is a tribute to her excellence in the therapy she provided.
You can be proud of all she does and she certainly is an asset to your staff!
I am writing this letter because I wanted to acknowledge the great work of Laura Loftus. I’m sure you know the type of work that she does, so I don’t really have to tell you, but she deserves to be acknowledged, appreciated and every once in a while to say thanks. 2017 started out with two bad shoulders. Then on March 13, I had my left hip replaced and just recently on June 20th, I had my left knee replaced.
Each time I came in with pain and walked out with a smile on my face. Laura is still working on my knee, but what a big difference when I first came in on June 23rd and when I left today. I would also like to say that the rest of your staff… has been exceptionally helpful.
In January I spent 8 days at Vassar Bros. Hospital. First time in my life I was in a hospital. When I first came here for physical therapy I was in bad shape. I am now feeling much better and feel like I’m getting my body back. Has been great working with Laura. Thank you much for this great house.
I was referred to Nova Care for physical therapy and assigned to Laura as my therapist. I have spinal stenosis and bilateral hip arthritis. I was experiencing severe back and hip pains. I was in the habit of bending forward when walking and my ortho. doctor said I needed to strengthen the core muscles.
At first I was a little resistant to some of her directions and seemed unable to do others. Laura was always patient and explained how the exercises would be beneficial for my conditions. Bit by bit I began to improve. I am proud to be able to walk longer and stand erect longer. Which, for me, is quite a feat.
Laura always listened to my complaints of pain and never failed to address the problem with an exercise to help. I feel I was very fortunate to have had such a kind, knowledgeable, helpful, pleasant, confident, understanding and all around nice young woman as my Therapist.
I have enjoyed working with Laura and will tell my orthopedist and will refer my family and friends who might need therapy to her.
Laura is truly a very special person! She took a turning point in my life and made it go so very easy. Her sincerity, endless ways to provide therapy and understanding all made the success of my knee and its outcome what it is. She will inspire all who she treats and I wish her luck in the future although, she already possesses such fine qualities of professionalism and caring, she will always succeed with her patients.
Laura is such a talented, intuitive, and compassionate bodyworker. I have benefited greatly ‘at her hands’... I so appreciate her gentle manner, her encouragement, her great suggestions for things I can try to help some of these painful conditions, as well as those I totally look forward to that have all to do with living an enriched life, fun life, better quality of life!
In many ways I believe I was blessed to be able to bring Laura my physical injuries as I’ve been healing so well under her healing hands and knowledge.
Thank you to Laura for her role in my rehab following TKR. She was great during all the highs and lows involved in my therapy. I am especially appreciative of her skill at listening and responding to my needs at different times. It has been a pleasure to have her as my therapist.
It'd been about a year that I had been unable to climb stairs properly. I had reacher/grabbers in every room in the house to get things off the floor. I could not get in or out of a car without wincing in pain. I'd already been to an internist, rheumatologist, back specialists and had surgery for varicose veins. Still, I could not bend to pick something up off the floor or walk stairs properly. Nobody could tell me why. I was referred for physical therapy by my neurologist for back pain. The first time I worked with Laura Loftus was for this back pain. Laura gave me an examination & worked with me. Before the session was over Laura directed me to get a hip x-ray taken & evaluated as she thought this was my problem. My next medical appointment was for a cortisone injection for my back. The doctor examined me & said hey, let's get a hip x-ray after the cortisone. Saw the doctor after he read the x-ray. The doctor confirmed what Laura had told me. The problem was my hip. My hip was bone on bone & I needed a hip replacement. The recommendation was to strengthen my legs before the surgery. I worked with Laura to increase my strength before the hip replacement. I went back to Laura after the surgery still unable to walk stairs properly. Again, Laura examined me. Laura explained that I had lost flexion in my hip as some of the hip muscles had weakened from inactivity. Laura assured me that increasing my flexibility, range of motion & strengthening those unused muscles would get me walking better. Working with Laura was a real joy. It turned out exactly like Laura had told me. By putting in the work to get back my flexibility & strengthen those unused muscles I was able to regain my ability to walk stairs. I was once again able to bend down to pick objects off the floor & get in & out of a car without wincing in pain. Not only this, though some people might not agree, others have told me that I actually look good out there on the dance floor. Whether I look good out there or not, I am sure having a lot more fun & increased happiness with my renewed ability to dance. Every once in a while when I'm out there doing a happy dance, I think of Laura & thank her for getting me back on my feet. Thank you Laura Loftus. I really appreciate your help & the increased quality of life you brought back to me.