Core ◆ Continence ◆ Confidence
Fundamental Physical Therapy began out of a desire to be able to give personalized, high-quality, one-on-one pelvic physical therapy care to the whole person, not just a diagnosis. I want to know my patients, to hear their story and know their concerns. I want to be able to manage my patient's pelvic care individually, based on their personal needs, to set goals that are personal and meaningful to them, and to restore joy and confidence to my patients. I want to meet my patients where they are, at whatever level of fitness or health they are at, and come alongside them to find ways to incorporate health and strength into their lives. I want to give my patients the time, attention, and care that I would want for myself and my family and be able to support not just their healthcare, but their whole lives. I want to be a resource to my patients for current pelvic needs, but also for future needs as their lives, families, and bodies change.
Darlene Ryan, PT
I was born and raised in Western New York, attending Daemen College for my Physical Therapy training. I moved to Charlotte after graduation in 1997. I have been practicing in a variety of therapy environments with patients of all ages but have found my greatest passion in treating women and children. I have been working in the pelvic health arena since 2002, helping to start one of the first pelvic rehab programs in the Charlotte area. I eventually transitioned into exclusively outpatient pelvic therapy in 2006 and have completed my Pregnancy and Post-Partum Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification. I find great joy in helping my patients walk through the challenging and sometimes awkward process of getting relief from bowel and bladder issues as well as tackling the difficult, but critical steps to achieve enjoyable sexual function. Outside of work, I invest in the lives of my own daughters, as well as work with middle school and high school girls, helping them to understand their great intrinsic value. I guide them to be proactive for their own health and well-being and to achieve their dreams using the skills and talents that they have been given. In my free time, I love to read, paddleboard, and be anywhere near water!
Darlene has been a crucial part of my healthcare team in getting free from chronic pelvic pain. She is a skilled and compassionate physical therapist, and I am so grateful for her help! She is sensitive to my pace and what my body and nervous system can handle. As a result, I am able to enjoy my life so much more as we have gotten my symptoms dialed down significantly. And I have gotten stronger as well with the home exercises Darlene has given me. Now I have hope that my symptoms will eventually be resolved completely. Darlene is the best!
~ L.B., patient
Darlene, you are a goddess... this last ligament/muscle... you have no idea! This particular place has been a problem for a long time and I had just gotten used to that pain and didn't even realize until you just fixed it. I can not thank you enough!
~ M.L., patient
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myPFM is a great educational resource!
Through a unique relationship of resource sharing, community empowerment, and high quality educational content, the ambassador program seeks to benefit the global community, myPFM, and the individual ambassadors through increased pelvic health awareness and account growth.
Pro Fit Rehab is a physical therapy clinic run by Steve Ashenfarb, DC, MPT. I have had the privilege of collaborating with him to start this adventure of Fundamental Physical Therapy. I will be eternally grateful for his support and encouragement in this process! For non-pelvic therapy needs, this is the place for you!
THANK YOU, FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL THERAPY!
I am so thankful to have my pelvic comfort back again. I was in my 35th week of pregnancy when I noticed that I could not open my legs properly without sharp pains from the pelvic ligaments on my left side. This was prohibiting comfortable sexual activity with my husband and we both knew that needed to change! Thankfully, I remember having a thorough exam with Darlene of FPT a couple years prior and even though I live out of town, I thought she might remember my issues and have advice. After hearing my problem, she immediately sent me customized exercises and gave many points of advice to help. She made it easy, straightforward, and I could even do many of the techniques / exercises while walking, brushing my teeth, and even multi-tasking in the kitchen. I noticed improvement on the second day, and then continual improvement that has lasted! I now do not have the ligament pain in the hip and I am so thankful that Darlene knew exactly what I needed to fix the issue!
As your partner in healthcare, I wanted to let you know how Fundamental Physical Therapy is responding to the current situation regarding COVID-19. Your health and safety will always be my top priority and I am taking precautions to protect us all during this time.
In this current situation, I have had to assess the best ways
to meet my clients’ needs.
My highest priority is to promote health and safety for you,
your families, and our greater community.
As we continue to learn more about this virus,
its transmission, and the potential burden on the healthcare
system, I believe that it is important to make appropriate
adjustments to your care.
I have been able to expand to telehealth visits to offer care
for those who would choose to continue to stay home and have made adjustments to cleaning and protection for those in the clinic. I have been able to get vaccinated, but I will happily wear a mask for anyone that feels more comfortable with a higher level of protection. I am asking individuals to not come to the clinic if they are having any symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath). I am continuing to monitor the situation and am willing to make further adjustments as needed.
In the meantime, stay focused on today, BREATHE. Stay Well!