About Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy

PPPT Philosophy

Being in recovery mode is not for the faint of heart. It requires mental and physical work and commitment to get better and to return to your pre-injury status/life. We’re here to help you reach your goals! We are a unique outpatient physical therapy clinic which believes in providing one on one treatment with each patient allowing for extraordinary care and quicker recovery for patients in less visits. We want to give patients knowledge about their bodies and insight into how their daily activity affects their body, insight about the recovery process. When it comes to addressing pain and injury, 3 steps are not easy but are necessary for your recovery: Decide: you need to decide to do something about your problem, Commit: you need to commit to carrying out the recovery plan, and Perform: you need to follow through in order to accomplish these steps and goals. We’re here to enable you to get into action mode and ultimately perform every day at your best—and even better than before.

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Meet the Doctor: Elisabeth Wheeler PT, DPT Owner and Physical Therapist

I am endlessly grateful to have the opportunity to share what knowledge and skills I have gained over the years in diagnosing and treating injuries  to anyone in need. I can’t say thank you enough to my family, my support system, and my patient community–I certainly would not be where I am without you!  I truly believe in being the voice for my patients when they don’t know what to do or who to seek treatment from. The years of practicing in the Pittsburgh area have allowed the opportunity to form relationships with many other healthcare professionals serving to produce a network which I can offer to patients.  My hope is to inspire people to live life to the fullest, return to activities they love while learning about the body and how to keep it working for them for life. If you take your vehicle to an expert mechanic to get diagnosed and fixed, why wouldn’t you go to the body experts when something isn’t working properly?  Injuries and pain can be devastating, but there IS hope. Our bodies demonstrate amazing resiliency with great healing capacity! Physical therapy is a place to heal and better yourself physically and mentally enabling you to take special care of that body you were given!

Education
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BS degree in Exercise Science

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Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University

Most recent completed education courses/ presentations:
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Performing Artist: Comprehensive Management

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Exercise Prescription for Hip & Pelvis Mvmt Pt 1

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CSM Combined sections

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Comprehensive Lumbar course

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Ortho Management Upper extremity nerve injuries/orthotic fabrication

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The Pelvis & Pelvic Floor with spinal treatment

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Evidence Based Management for Lower Extremity Disorders

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Hip Symposium

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A Classification Approach to Managing Shoulder Pain and Dsfx

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Comprehensive Cervical course

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Sports Hernia Management course

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Orthopedic Case studies Differential Diagnosis course

Professional Certifications:
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NSCA Certified Personal Trainer

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American Physical Therapy Association Certified Clinical Instructor (CI)

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First Aid and Safety

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Instrument Assisted soft tissue massage (IASTM) Certification.

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CPR for Adults and Infants/Children and AED

Memberships:
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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Young Professionals Club

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APTA Orthopedic Section

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American Physical therapy Association, PPTA

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National Strength and Conditioning Association

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Member and Board Member: Pittsburgh Symphony New Leadership Council

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APTA Performing arts Special interest group (PASIG)

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Member and Board Member: Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra

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Kristen McKnight

After receiving two undergraduate degrees in Biology and Health Science from Duquesne University in 2019, Kristen continued at Duquesne to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2021. Kristen has a strong background in the treatment of orthopedic conditions from her clinical affiliations in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and in Durham, North Carolina, which exposed her to athletic injuries from a variety of sports including running, swimming, cycling, rock climbing, baseball, and many others.

Kristen’s interest in sports rehab stems from her early years of recreational soccer and swimming clubs in Hampton Township, and later from her four years of Division I competition on the Duquesne Women’s Swim Team where she specialized in sprint freestyle and butterfly. Since graduating from the swim program, Kristen has taken up the sport of triathlon. This evolution from sprint to endurance in Kristen’s own training influences her treatment style and equips her to find the right balance of strength, power, and endurance for her patient’s rehab programs in addition to providing them with manual therapy, modalities, and pertinent education so that they can continue to live the full and active lives that they enjoy.

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