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.    As a medical provider, I have always followed CDC and OSHA standards of infection control. I have always taken extra care to disinfect all "touchable surfaces" for everyone's protection, clean my hands after each client, properly launder all linens utilized, and to properly use and disposal of personal protective equipment.         

In this current situation, I have had to assess the best ways

to meet my clients’ needs at this time.

As we continue to learn more about this virus,

its transmission, and the potential burden on the healthcare

system if we do not try to curb its spread, I believe that it is

important to make appropriate adjustments to our care.

My highest priority is to promote health and safety for you,

your families, and our greater community.                                     

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 will be wearing a mask and ask that patients wear one as well. We are managing the schedule to minimize the number of people in the clinic at one time.  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! 


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 be able to manage my patient's pelvic care individually, set goals that are personal and meaningful to them, and to restore joy and confidence to my patients.

Darlene Ryan, PT

I was born and raised in Western New York, attending Daemen College for her 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. 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.

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

Phone: 704-565-9475     Fax: 704-464-0374

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