Physical Therapists With A Passion For Running
We are two physical therapists who developed this service to help runners achieve their full potential. As runners who have had our fair share of injuries, we know the frustrations of being put out of commission and forced to take time off from the sport you love. As physical therapists, we have the knowledge and skills to help you understand the source of your injuries and how to prevent future injuries. As clinicians who specialize in gait analysis, we can examine your running form to see if it is contributing to your risk of injury and work with you to improve your form. These qualities allow us to be the perfect PT’s to help you reach your full potential as a runner. If you want to learn more about our experiences as runners and physical therapists, scroll down!
FELICIA SCIORTINO, PT, DPT
My path to physical therapy involved quite of bit of running, and several injuries. Before I decided PT would be my future profession, I ran for BU’s D1 track and cross-country teams. My high school running career was relatively injury free apart from a few shin splints and an ankle sprain, but come college, I developed stress fracture after stress fracture. Frustrated with how often I was getting injured, I pursued an interest in biomechanics. Learning about how my running mechanics were contributing to my risk of injury eventually led me to BU’s accelerated physical therapy program. My last year of PT school I worked with BU’s cross-country team on a yearlong project during which I analyzed their running form and created treatment programs to prevent them from sustaining repetitive injuries.
I graduated in 2019 with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy and have been working at Orthopaedics Plus ever since. My passion for running and helping other runners achieve their goals has continued to grow over my many years of study and competition, but I have also dabbled in other sports as a means of cross training. I started cycling while I was injured, but soon found that I could push myself just as hard on a bike as I could on the track. Weightlifting became a necessity while trying to ward off injuries, but it’s been much more fun than I anticipated; I can create quantifiable and measurable goals to challenge myself for each lift, which is part of what I loved about track. My interest in yoga started as a means for me to be able to touch my toes again, but its therapeutic nature has made it my saving grace. Finally, a year ago I got back into soccer which has been a great way to fill the gap I felt was missing from always being on a team. I am always looking for new ways to challenge my body and mind, but running will always be my first love.
CAROLYN HARPER, PT, DPT, OMT
As an active and frequently injured youngster, I was naturally interested in how the body functioned and became passionate about rehabilitation from an early age. I attended the six year accelerated Boston University Doctor of Physical Therapy program and graduated with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015. After graduating, I was fortunate to find Orthopaedics Plus, a clinic that allows me to provide high quality, evidence-based care in a collaborative work environment with an emphasis on compassion and caring for my patients. Because I love to learn, I have continued to improve my manual skills as a therapist with a two-year manual therapy fellowship through the renowned Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.
To compliment my naturally high levels of energy, I’ve remained active throughout all of my collegiate and professional endeavors. While at Boston University, I participated in a modern dance group that further developed my passion for dance and allowed me a creative outlet during my studies. I also competed on the college triathlon team that taught me to love endurance athletics and was a natural transition to long distance running.
Most weekends, I can be found beating up the trails with a tight-knit group of friends while training for trail marathons, 50 milers, and 100 milers. This passion for running has allowed me to BQ with my marathons, win some local 50s and 100s, and even tuck a few course records into my pocket. My successes as well as insight from my failures drives me to guide fellow runners and endurance athletes of all levels through their rehabilitation process with running analyses and performance enhancement programs.