New Book!
50% of American adults suffer from chronic pain (more than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined), which means that YOU or someone you know is in pain... right now. 
Physical therapy has been proven to treat pain faster, more affordably and with better outcomes than traditional pain treatments like medications, injections or surgery... so why are only 8% of us using it? Perhaps because the “secrets” you’re about to discover in this book have only been shared among industry professionals… until now. 

Direct Access to Physical Therapy was written to educate the public about the benefits of self-referral to physical therapy for pain treatment. Dr. Michelle Wolpov, esteemed physical therapist, practice owner and industry expert, has leveraged her thirty years of experience to combine clinical research, insights and personal anecdotes that are sure to resonate with patients and professionals alike.
In this book, you'll learn:
  • Why Physical Therapists Are The Most Qualified Practitioners To Treat Pain
  • How Direct Access Saves Patients Time And Reduces Overall Healthcare Costs
  • Tips For Finding Treatment IN Your Area And Choosing The Right Therapist 
  • The Importance Of Physical Therapy To The Future Of Pain Management
  • How You Can Get Involved And Share The Gift Of Better Health
Given all the recent changes in physical therapy access, healthcare and the expected changes to come, the timing of this book is perfect. Direct Access to Physical Therapy: The Secret Revealed supports the vision of the physical therapy profession to transform society. 
“The physical therapy profession has been called upon to engage with consumers to reduce preventable health care costs and overcome barriers to participation in society to ensure the successful existence of society far into the future.” (pg. 19) 

Dr. Michelle Wolpov has practiced physical therapy for over 30 years, specializing in the outpatient orthopaedic setting. In 2002, Dr. Wolpov purchased a local fitness studio which she transformed into her own private practice, Game Shape Physical Therapy & Fitness Center, located in Manalapan, New Jersey. Game Shape is a 5,000-sq. ft., state-of-the-art physical therapy facility, which also houses an exclusive one-on-one personal training studio for clients and fitness members. Game Shape is a Rehabilitation Network participating location with the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).

Dr. Wolpov, a long-standing member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), began consulting as an Expert Witness in the physical therapy and fitness industries back in 2005. She has handled over 55 cases for both plaintiff and defense, writing expert opinions and testifying at depositions and in court. Her other expert consulting services include: litigation consulting, research and investigation, documentation auditing, independent PT examinations (IMEs) and consulting in standards of care. 

In 2011, Dr. Wolpov received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions with emphasis in Executive Private Practice Management. She completed both her MBA and DPT curriculum with a 4.0 GPA and will be sitting for the Orthopaedic Board Certification (OCS) in the not too distant future. 

Dr. Wolpov’s extensive experience includes providing the most advanced, evidence-based treatment services to patients of all ages, as well as directing start-up physical therapy facilities throughout NJ. She has consistently risen through increasing levels of responsibility within the rehab industry, from her hands-on clinical experience to her wide vast business acumen in strategic planning, financial management, operations, marketing, quality control, documentation auditing, policies and procedures, human resource management and business development. To add to her growing list of achievements, Dr. Wolpov was nominated for the prestigious Athena Award for her commitment to the community and the advancement of women in business. 
  • “This book is a breakthrough in consumer/patient education, providing extremely valuable information on the benefits of physical therapy for musculoskeletal injuries and disease. The book is easy to read and understand, and should help answer many previously misunderstood referral requirements for physical therapy.”
    Beth Sarfaty PT, MBA, Chair NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
  • “Michelle has nailed a valuable gap in consumer healthcare education-the role, function, and advantages of accessing a personal physical therapist and the sound rationale behind physical therapy. The book's beauty is its simplicity and profound message that the biggest and best secret in healthcare is physical therapy. Michelle's book will ensure that this secret is no longer a secret.”
    Dr. Larry Benz DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP, President/CEO at Confluent Health
  • “This comprehensive book is packed with useful information that will be valuable, to many audiences, at describing the basis and development of the profession of physical therapy, and the route to accessing physical therapy. Dr. Wolpov has written a detailed resource that explains what a consumer should consider to receive physical therapy, and the benefits of physical therapy to overall healthcare. Given all the recent changes in physical therapy access, and the expected changes to come in healthcare, the timing of this book is perfect. Dr. Wolpov’s book supports the vision of the physical therapy profession to transform society.”
    Dr. Stephen Lahr PT, Physical Therapy Department Chair, Ithaca College
  • “After going through much suffering and pain from a rotator cuff tear in my shoulder, now I really understand the importance of receiving physical therapy as the first step. Originally, I didn’t know about Direct Access to Physical Therapy, so I suffered with pain for 8 weeks while going to my primary physician, then to a specialist, with subsequent delays. Once I arrived in PT, Michelle, and her team were excellent at evaluating the cause of my pain, making a clinical diagnosis, and starting treatment the same day. Michelle’s book is very informative and a must read for consumers. I wish I read it sooner!”
    Krishna Ayyala, Software Engineer at IBM
  • “All three of my children were patients of Michelle’s when they were younger. Not to mention my husband and my father too! And my daughter Lisa, eventually chose physical therapy as her career. Michelle is the kind of person who hopes to make everyone in this world a patient or a Physical Therapist, or BOTH! Physical Therapy has certainly helped my family live more pain free, productive lives!”
    Sharon Gumnic, PT Advocate
"I'm very proud to be a physical therapist and to have helped so many people in my community. My hope is that you read this book and share it with as many people as you can, so we can spread the word together of what direct access to physical therapy is and the many benefits it will provide for you, your family, coworkers and friends."   
- Dr. Michelle Wolpov
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