PT, DPT, Staff Physical Therapist
“As a physical therapist, I am extremely lucky to work in a profession where I can help people attain goals they weren’t sure they could achieve. Through hard work and some laughter along the way, anything is possible.”
– Sabrina Stankovski
Personal Bio. Sabrina graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2008 with a BA in Biology. She continued her education at Nazareth College and graduated in 2011 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Sabrina has experience working in Outpatient orthopedics with a variety of injuries and post-operative care as well as in a nursing home setting, gaining experience with neurological rehabilitation. Sabrina enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. She joined the Lattimore Network in 2015.
A Patient Experience
… Karen Shufelt, Clinical Director
One of my memorable patient experiences involved a gentleman in his early 30's, who'd seriously injured his knee. He'd torn his ACL and undergone surgery. His job was physically demanding, so he was concerned he might not be able return to work quickly, or worse, not at all (his physician had even discussed the possibility of a lifelong brace).
When the patient and I first met, we discussed his recovery goals. I could see how distraught he was and how much stress he felt. This isn't unusual ‐ it's their quality of life at stake, so it's perfectly normal to be afraid. My first job as a PT is be my patient's guide ‐ to help inform and educate them. So we talked. I helped him to better understand the physiology of his injury, and what his course of physical therapy entailed. Listening to patients, about their pain, their fears, and their goals helps us as physical therapists to deliver better care. It also helps them to understand what they're facing. And knowing what to expect helps to ease patients' worries. In his case, it also gave us a great place to start our plan for his physical therapy.
The patient fully recovered, returning to his job in under five months. This was a big improvement, considering that ‐ at start ‐ he'd thought he might be in a brace for life.