“Laura has touched and changed my life. I used to be petrified of the water, but she has helped me to relax and feel comfortable in the water. After swimming, I am like a battery, fully charged.”

After being in therapy for 6 months, Sheila said, “I can do a lot more now…. I can reach up to the trapeze with both hands, when I used to need help, I can sit by myself on the edge of the bed, and I can feed myself with a lot less help. I couldn’t do these things before.”

Sheila Riley

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Jenn Smagula talks about what aquatic physical therapy has done for her daughter Chloe who had a stroke at birth resulting in hemiplegia.

“Laura Diamond is a total gem.”

Sally Sanford, Concord MA

“I met Laura Diamond during a time when I was experiencing severe back pain from muscle spasm and arthritis made worse by MS neurologic changes. I was looking for relief and a way to exercise. Up until then I had only temporary relief from land based physical and massage therapy. I had been a competitive swimmer long ago but as I became weaker with MS I became afraid to swim. My body was so strange. I could not trust it to behave as it used to and I tired quickly. But I loved the water. My physical therapist, friends and family all encouraged me to get in the water. My fear stopped me.”

“Then I met Laura. Laura understood my fears and could teach to my level of disability. She worked with me to develop strategies to overcome my fears. She guided me reminding me of old techniques, which I could draw on for safety, and swimming. She reassured me that I could become stronger. She helped me relax. My pain always was better as I spent time in the water and lasted for days. We developed a routine of water walking, swimming and passive and active stretching, which has now become an invaluable part of my self-care.”

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have met Laura. Her compassionate, experienced, intelligent approach to aqua therapy is remarkable. I hope that many other persons with similar challenges to my own could find comfort and guidance from her care.”

Liz Kopin, MD

Nathan is 15 years old and has cerebral palsy. Listen to him talk about what aquatic physical therapy does for him.

“Ms. Diamond is a professional and knowledgeable Physical Therapist who provided excellent consultative services to our agency as we developed plans for an aquatics facility designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of individuals with disabilities. She was easily accessible for meetings and thorough in her review of the drafted plans. Her guidance helped tremendously in our decision-making process and we would happily use her services in the future.”

Brian Liu-Constant, Ed.S., BCBA, Chief Operating Officer, Evergreen Center

“This is a cost effective way to learn water exercises from Laura.”

Beth, Maynard MA

“As the parent of a child with SMA, I have become so accustomed to doctors, clinicians and educators talking to me about limitations. Our experiences with Laura have been the polar opposite. While making every effort to understand our son and his medical needs fully, she focuses on all the things he can do and where we can push past his current limitations. Working with Laura always makes him feel strong, confident and happy. To see the look on his face when he gets to really move on his own – his whole body rolling and dancing in the water, is pure joy. We have found Laura’s knowledge, skill and dedication to be both unique and downright magical.”

Kate, Mother, Natick MA

“For me, water therapy means having fun while doing something constructive! I’m helping myself and it gives me a feeling of independence. It makes me feel good and free like I’m in space. I feel it’s important because it helps limber me up and helps with bowel movements and circulation because I am able to stand upright.

Standing upright in the pool gives my girlfriend Cindy and I a chance to stand upright face to face like we never did before!!!

The staff takes the time to figure out every individuals needs and talks about their interests. It’s great for social contacts and interacting with other people.”

Jim Viggiano

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“Physical therapy with Laura Diamond is worth every penny.”

Louise

Nathan is a 15 year old boy with cerebral palsy. Listen to him speak about his love for water therapy. Nathan has been in Laura’s program for nearly 8 years.

Susan, Mother of Kaylin

Olivia Magic Carpet

“Ready to go? From the second those three words are uttered each session Megan is locked in and her number one focus is on six year old daughter, Olivia. But she is not there as a swim instructor or PT she is there as her partner. Actively engaging Olivia in conversation and more importantly listening for both verbal and non-verbal cues about what’s going on both in the pool and in Olivia’s life. Megan had taken great care in forming a strong relationship of trust and understanding with Olivia that has helped both of them remain patient as Olivia has navigated learning a new and challenging environment of the pool.”

Olivia Ring

“Olivia has always had challenges with core strength and balance, and I never quite knew if she would be safe in the water, but week after week I see Olivia’s confidence grow as Megan truly enables her to not only be safe and be strong, but have a love of swimming. I could not have asked for a better partner in this journey for Olivia. After all, who else would gladly let a six year old dump water on them over and over and over and over again.”

Rich Weiss, Framingham, MA

“Laura is simply the BEST! She will change your life!”

Debbie Kernochan, Cambridge MA

Sally has multiple musculoskeletal challenges. She discusses Laura’s holistic approach and her integrated water and land program.

“Laura Diamond is a total gem”

Sally Sanford, Concord MA