Introducing Els Brady PT, MOMT

We’re so excited to introduce you to Els Brady PT, MOMT. Starting Monday, August 2, 2021, she will be treating patients Monday through Friday, with late afternoon availability three days a week.

While new to Thrive Physical Therapy, she’s a skilled and seasoned practitioner. Els is originally from Belgium where she received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1989. Later, she completed a two year Orthopedic Residency Program through the Ola Grimsby Institute, where she received her Masters in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 1997.

Work History

After living in Anchorage, AK for 31 years, she and her husband moved to Idaho in 2020. In Alaska, she initially practiced in acute care, frostbite care, rehabilitation and long-term care. But for most of her career, she treated patients in outpatient orthopedic settings. In her most recent position, she was a clinic manager and partner while also treating a full caseload of patients.

Els has a variety of orthopedic experience and uses an integrated systems approach. Specifically, she has treated many recreational athletes, post surgical patients, spine patients, knee rehabilitation, gait & running analysis, posture and body mechanics education, aging clients, osteoporosis care, a variety of neurological conditions, and patients with movement impairment syndromes. She has a passion for expanding her treatment toolbox and enjoys working closely with her colleagues. 

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Physical Therapist in Alaska and Idaho
  • Certified Mulligan Practitioner
  • Certified Facial Distortion Techniques Practitioner
  • Discover Physio Series Graduate
  • CPR Certified

Personal Interests

Outside the clinic, Els enjoys alpine, skate, cross-country and backcountry skiing. She also enjoys biking, hiking, yoga, paddle boarding, traveling, reading and cooking. Her native language is Dutch and she is fluent in English and French. She is enjoying Idaho’s beautiful weather and wonderful community. She and her husband are our neighbors, right here in the North End.

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Els, and for our patients and team to benefit from her experience.

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Why You Need Cold Exposure

Back in physical therapy school, one day I walked into hydrotherapy lab to find a huge dunk tank filled with icy water. We were encouraged to sit in this tank for 1-3 minutes. The exact rationale for having us do this has faded in my memory over time. But, what I clearly remember is how exhilarated I felt after getting out of that tank. My whole body felt tingly, invigorated and alive. Now, science is helping to explain why I felt so amazing that day. Cold exposure plays a role in maintaining healthy metabolism, boosting mental well-being and keeping the body’s systems in check.

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Patient Portal: How to Pay Your Bill

Normally, we collect patient payments at the time of service. But occasionally, patients will owe a balance on their account. The patient portal provides a secure and convenient way to pay your bill. Please follow the simple steps below to pay your bill if you receive an email notification that you have a balance due on your account.

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Patient Portal: View Records

The patient portal gives you a secure and HIPAA compliant way to view your records related to physical therapy. In this article, we show you where to find your treatment and non-treatment forms on the patient portal. Common records that you’ll find include: intake forms that you fill out and attachments that we expose to you. Forms that we routinely expose are your financial form that you sign at your first visit, and a PDF of your home exercise program.

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Whoa, Your Body Makes Cannabinoids!

Recently, more of our patients are asking for our professional opinion about supplementing with cannabinoids (CBD or THC) for pain reduction. The honest answer we usually gave to this question was “we’re not sure”. But now, there’s compelling research that supports both natural and supplemental ways to reduce pain using cannabinoids. For the scope of this blog post, we are going to focus on the natural ways that you can boost your own internal cannabinoid system. Introducing….The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)!

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Easily Access Your Home Exercise Program

Your home exercise program is arguably the most important part of a physical therapy episode. In order for you to have a good outcome, consistency with your exercises is key. Because of this, our goal is to make it easy for you to access your home exercise program. Your lifestyle is unique to you, so the way you interact with your program needs to be tailored to your needs.

Here is a step-by-step guide to first help you access your program. Next, we offer tips about different ways to interface with it based on your preferences.

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Happy Holidays 2020

Wishing you and yours a happy, cozy and safe holiday. This year has been unexpectedly challenging. But, one huge gift that has been presented is more time spent with Mother Nature. Without the great outdoors, we would have lost so many more things. Social connections, our fitness and health, livelihoods and our sanity, all would have suffered even more without being able to spend time outside.

Access to nature and spending time outdoors is one value that the whole team at Thrive Physical Therapy shares. Because of this, it’s a common topic that we write about on this blog. We hope that beyond 2020, you continue to tap into this free, healing source.

Those of us that are lucky enough to be alive during this dark time, are about to experience an intense, renewed, deep appreciation for life. Can you feel it? Soon, we’ll have the privilege of resuming the pleasures of gathering, hugging, high-fiving, attending performances and much more.

We wish you good health, deep appreciation, and unbridled joy in 2021 and beyond!

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Patient Portal: Chat With Your Physical Therapist

Have you ever had a quick question about your exercises or wished you could quickly chat with your physical therapist about something? Even though emailing Protected Health Information (PHI) is convenient, it isn’t secure or HIPAA compliant. On the other hand, calling the clinic to ask us a question often results in a prolonged game of phone tag.

Did you know you can chat with your physical therapist on the patient portal? This way of communication is secure because both parties have to login to be able to chat. And it’s convenient because you can each respond at times that work for your schedule. Win-win.

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Patient Portal: View Upcoming Appointments

Has this ever happened to you? It’s the weekend or outside business hours and you think you have an appointment coming up, but you can’t remember when it is. You could leave a voicemail message or send an email. However, with the patient portal there’s an even better way! In three easy steps, learn the quickest way to view your upcoming appointments.

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