New Staff Arrives in Middle Peninsula Clinics

Tidewater Physical Therapy clinics at Gloucester Point and on Main Street in the Gloucester Village are pleased to announce they’ve welcomed two new Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs) to the team.

“We are delighted to bring these two new clinicians onto the team,” said Regional and Clinical Director Natalie Conway, PT, MPT, OCS, ATC. “They are enthusiastic about helping patients live active lives and bring a great deal of passion for working with patients in the greater Middle Peninsula region.”

PTAs are specially trained in physical therapy and provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. They work with patients of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions, that may limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives, according to the American Physical Therapy Association.

The new PTAs will work under Karen Kovacs, PT, MPT, OCS, Clinical Director at the Gloucester Point clinic and Conway at the Courthouse location.

Alyssa Burke PTA

Alyssa Burke PTA

Alyssa Burke, PTA joined the Gloucester Courthouse clinic, located off of Main Street in central Gloucester. Originally from Florida, Burke completed her undergraduate degree at Christopher Newport University in Newport News and went on to earn her physical therapy degree from the Medical Careers Institute, also in Newport News.

“Having been an athlete my whole life and with my coaching experience, working in physical therapy was exactly what I wanted to do,” Burke said of her experience in high school and collegiate level lacrosse.

Dawn Allen-Bontrager, PTA joined the Gloucester Point clinic, located off of Route 17 on Chapman Drive. Originally from Hawaii, Allen-Bontrager completed her physical therapy education at the ECPI Medical Careers Institute following a decade of experience as a massage therapist. She enjoys working with patients and is skilled in manual therapy, geriatric exercise, dementia patient therapies and balance recovery.

She enjoys helping educate Tidewater Physical Therapy’s patients on their treatment and why it will help them in their recovery and mission to live life stronger.

Dawn Allen - Bontrager PTA

Dawn Allen – Bontrager PTA

“The more the patient knows, the more involved they will become in their own recovery,” Allen-Bontrager said.

About Tidewater Physical Therapy Gloucester Point Clinic:

Located in the Abingdon Square Village on Chapman Drive in Hayes, the Tidewater Physical Therapy Gloucester Point clinic offers comprehensive physical therapy services to include pediatric orthopedic therapy, orthopedic certified specialists, balance and fall prevention and orthotics.

In addition, the clinic features dry needling, cancer after-care, lower extremity biomechanical evaluation and treatment, certified orthopedic specialists, a USA Triathlon Level 1 coach and running analysis.

The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information or to make an appointment call 804-642-3028.

About Tidewater Physical Therapy Gloucester Courthouse Clinic:
Located on Main Street in the historic Gloucester Village, the Tidewater Physical Therapy Gloucester Courthouse clinic offer comprehensive physical therapy services to include neurological rehabilitation, balance and fall prevention, orthotics, TMJ disorder therapy, work hardening and conditioning and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques.
In addition, the Tidewater Performance Center shares a building with the clinic, offering degreed and certified trainers who work with athletes and adults on their training and fitness needs.
The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information or to make an appointment call 804-210-1343.
About Tidewater Physical Therapy:
Founded in 1986, Tidewater Physical Therapy remains a physical therapist-owned, independent, outpatient physical therapy practice, with more than 30 clinics, aquatic therapy centers and Performance Centers located throughout Southeast and Central Virginia.


About Direct Access:
Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy allowing them to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription. As part of a healthcare team, a physical therapist will make an assessment of a patient’s condition and create a plan to start on the road to wellness. The Tidewater Physical Therapy team will communicate with a patient’s physician or dentist of record and obtain a referral, if necessary, for continued treatment. Tidewater Physical Therapy will also work with insurance carriers to make sure services are covered by a patient’s plan.
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