Nancy Toole, PT, has been a physical therapist for 30 years. She has a wide variety of experience in multiple settings but most specifically in outpatient physical therapy. Treatment focus includes post-operative surgeries of shoulders, knees, hips, ankles, and spine as well as more chronic conditions of neck, back, shoulder, hips, knees, and ankles. She has a particular comfort level with shoulder rehab, having had her own shoulder surgically reconstructed after an injury in the past.
Nancy was born and raised in Northern California. After finishing her first degree in behavioral science, she moved to Montana, where she earned her BS in physical therapy in 1988 from the University of Montana. She began her career at UNC Hospitals in 1988, while her husband pursued a Graduate degree at Duke University.
In 1992, she and her family moved back to Montana, where Nancy created the first physical therapy department for a health clinic in a large rural county. She then spent ten years working in the clinic as the only physical therapist in that area. To address the diverse needs of her patients, she began to specialize in the teachings of Shirley Sahrmann, PhD, PT, FAPTA. She found Sahrmann’s noninvasive approach to muscle imbalances and the correction of faulty movement patterns to be very helpful for many patients, particularly, but not limited to, those trying to avoid surgeries.
In 2005, Nancy and her family (David and three boys) moved back to Durham where her husband began working for Duke University. Before joining Advanced Physical Therapy, Nancy worked for six years at a busy outpatient orthopaedic clinic in the area, treating many types of post-operative repairs primarily of the shoulder, knees, ankles, and spine. She also saw a large number of patients seeking physical therapy to avoid surgery.
Over the years, Nancy added the manual therapy techniques of Maitland to her work. She uses the techniques of Postural Restoration in combination with Sahrmann based movement re-education. She has found that Postural Restoration techniques strongly complement and facilitate speedy improvement of patient conditions.