If the side effects from cancer and cancer treatment are causing you problems in your daily life, you may benefit from physical therapy or occupational therapy at the Saint Vincent Cancer and Wellness Center. Our STAR Program®-certified physical and occupational therapists can help you keep moving with less pain and fatigue before, during and after cancer treatment. Cancer therapy can help if you’re experiencing:
- Difficulty returning to recreational and/or functional activities
- General deconditioning
- Musculoskeletal pain (myalgia)
- Cancer-related fatigue
- Lymphedema (swelling in an arm, leg, or breast)
- History of falls or risk for falling
- Balance problems due to weakness/nerve injury or pathology
- Adaptive equipment needs (walker, cane, crutches, etc.)
- Post-mastectomy pain syndrome
- Gait dysfunction
- Scar tissue or radiation fibrosis
- Difficulty with activities of daily living (such as bathing, dressing or toileting)
- Weakness in your arms/hands
- Joint pain (arthralgia)
- Visuospatial, motion or sensory processing impairments
Our Physical Therapists
Amanda Dodge, P.T., received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She’s been working in the field for 14 years, eight of which have been in the outpatient department at Saint Vincent Hospital. Amanda specializes in myofascial release techniques and is a STAR-certified clinician.
Jodi Nejaimey-Sousa, P.T., has been a Physical Therapist for 22 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut. Jodi has spent the last eight years working in the outpatient rehabilitation department at Saint Vincent Hospital. She specializes in myofascial release techniques, is certified to use Graston instruments, is a STAR-certified clinician, and is a certified lymphedema therapist.
Our Occupational Therapists
Julia L. Fruscione, OTR/L, C.H.T., C.L.T., has been in the field of Occupational Therapy for nearly 20 years. She became a certified occupational therapist assistant in 1995 and quickly discovered her passion for the field. Julia then went on to study occupational therapy at Barry University in Miami, Florida, where she earned her degree in 1999. She then achieved her hand therapy certification in 2006 and, most recently, she became a certified lymphedema therapist.
Lisa C. Wick, OTR/L, C.L.T., has been an occupational therapist for the past 20 years. She’s worked in the specialization of hand therapy for the past 16 years, taking some time off to be a stay-at-home mom with her two sons, John Charles and Henri. Lisa recently became certified in both the STAR program at Saint Vincent hospital and lymphedema therapy as well as myofascial release and the use of Graston instruments. Lisa and her husband, John, relocated here from their hometown of Buffalo, New York, where Lisa attended the University of Buffalo and received her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy. She is an avid runner and has run the Boston Marathon two times.
If you’d like to learn more about Physical and Occupational Therapy at Saint Vincent Hospital or want to schedule an appointment, we encourage you to give us a call at (508) 363-6805.