Physical Therapy and Pilates
Physical Therapy Evaluation 70 min $180
Physical Therapy/Pilates Follow up 55 min $120
4 pack Pilates/ P.T $460
Amelia Foster DPT, OCS, PYT-c, Polestar Pilates Certified
I completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami. Though I had grown up playing a variety of sports, my first real connection to movement as a form of therapy began when I completed Pilates for Rehabilitation training through Polestar Pilates while still a student at UM. After graduating, I began working in a Pilates-based private practice in the Atlanta area. During this time, I worked to obtain my OCS (Orthopedic Certified Specialist), pursued extensive training in pelvic floor physical therapy through the Herman and Wallace Institute, and completed a 200-hour yoga instructor certification. I also began training in a variety of manual therapies (visceral mobilization, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and functional manual therapy) to further boost the outcomes and experience of my movement therapy skills. I am now in the process of furthering my training in Medical Therapeutic Yoga through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute. As a therapist, I have a passion for the treatment of women's health issues, chronic pain conditions, and utilizing a more holistic form of physical therapy in an effort to help my patients heal both physically and emotionally. I continue to be fascinated by the incredible complexity of the human body, the interactions of our many systems, and all of the amazing ways we can build resiliency and confidence in the way we move and live. In my free time, you can find me thoroughly enjoying the variety of outdoor activities that the area has to offer from beach volleyball, to rock climbing, to Scuba diving, to hiking the redwoods with my Newfoundland, Mabel
I've struggled with back pain off and on since high school when I herniated a disc while golfing on my high school team. However, 4 years ago, I began a journey of significant pain and long stretches of seeming hopelessness that led me on a long road searching for relief and healing.
It all started seemingly randomly 1 day when I couldn’t stand up straight. I felt numerous pains throughout my lower back and hip that got progressively worse and left me pretty debilitated. At my lowest point, there was literally almost no movement that I could do without considerable pain. Lying on the floor was my life.
I’ve been to 6 different doctors with various X-Rays and 2 MRIs. I’ve had a cortisone shot in my spine. I’ve seen 2 different chiropractors. I’ve tried osteopathy, acupuncture, massage, and various anti-inflammatory drugs. I’ve also seen 8 different physical therapists.
At the recommendation of my wife, I also tried Pilates. From the very beginning, Sandy and her amazing team pointed to some alignment issues on the side of my body where I was experiencing pain and worked on re-training my brain into breaking some of my bad movement patterns. She then recommended that I start working with Amelia to repair the damage that I had done to my body through this misalignment.
All along this journey, I felt like my back pain was originating from my hip. However, due to my back history and MRIs, all the doctors previously wanted to blame my spine for all of my issues. Amelia actually concurred with me. After my first appointment, I sent her my MRI reports and she reviewed them and sent me a detailed write up of her assessment and plan for healing. She was spot on in describing how I was feeling. She was the first person that had done this! After working with her for several months, I have been progressively getting better and am actually feeling better than I did before this all started. Of course, I now realize that I can still get even better.
“All” I can say is that I now have my life back. I can play with my 3 kids again. I can run around after them and even jump on the trampoline with them. I am no longer the guy lying on the ground in pain that they just feel sorry for. There is really nothing I can say or do to truly show my gratitude for all that Amelia and Sandy and everyone at Monarch Pilates has done for me. I am forever grateful to them.