“Laura and Megan are so kind and nice. You should try it to get strong muscles. I recommend it!”
“I wanted to take the opportunity to let you and your wonderful staff know how much I appreciate the work you have done with my daughter Jessica.
Jessica has always been very afraid of swimming, an activity which could offer considerable benefits to her as she has spastic cerebral palsy. Along with the physical disabilities, Jessica is unable to speak and uses a communication book and gestures to communicate. Since you and your staff have worked with Jessica, she has undergone a welcome transformation.
With patient guidance, she has grown from fear of the water, to a sense of confidence, and now to outright joy as she initiates and even implements parts of her own program. I find it surprising that at 30 years of age Jessica would make so much progress–in both confidence and skill–in a relatively short period.
I believe the confidence she has gained through aquatic physical therapy has made a difference in many areas of her life. The therapy has become one of her favorite activities; she comes home proud of what she has accomplished each time she goes. The physical benefits have been many. Since Jessi uses a wheelchair, exercise is difficult. Her therapy program has helped her gain strength and flexibility, both of which have helped with her ability to produce her artwork. Also, Jessi has managed to maintain her weight at a good level, having lost 4 pounds and kept them off for the past year.
I especially appreciate your foresight to equip Jessica’s personal assistant with the knowledge and skills she needs to implement the program with Jessica. They have helped bring about a major change in her life, one that will have lasting benefits!”
Janet R. Vohs, Mother
“Rehabilitation is the cornerstone of musculoskeletal care. A key component to successfully treating patients is to have community-based healthcare providers that provide excellent and comprehensive rehabilitation services, such as Diamond Physical Therapy Associates. Laura has been an invited lecturer in our institution and receives high marks for her passion and knowledge about aquatic and land-based therapy.”
Sheila A. Dugan, MD, PT, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
“Laura Diamond is a total gem.”
Sally Sanford, Concord MA
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.
“As a physician with chronic pain, I consider myself well positioned to evaluate health care providers. After consulting numerous physical therapists over many years, I have found a powerful approach to chronic pain in Laura Diamond’s unique combination of aquatic and manual therapies. Laura’s range of skills exceeds those of any other physical therapist I have seen. She is not only an exceptional clinician, but also an exceptional person. Laura is supremely talented, creative, and totally committed to her patients, putting the full force of her being into her practice. Her warm, generous, and caring temperament enable her to relate effectively to all kinds of people.”
“Without aquatic physical therapy, I would never have been able to return to my pre-surgical level of functioning. After being injured in traditional physical therapy, I was referred to Laura for aquatic work. In the pool, I was able to increase my strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance without further injury. Water exercise eventually made it possible for me to resume land therapy and I continue to utilize both kinds of therapy to this day. On those rare occasions when I have too much pain to exercise on land, aquatic therapy remains available to me. It gives me a sense of moving forward even when I am in a flare-up and helps me feel productive while managing my pain.”
“When I was in medical school, my role models were people who set out to make a difference in lives of their patients. Laura has made a significant difference in mine.”
Deborah Chud, MD, November 2005
“From the first time I met her, Laura’s mix of professionalism and genuine empathy for my severe chronic pain truly impressed me and put me at ease. Her initial assessment and examination went far beyond those of many therapists. She is very patient with me, stays with me the entire therapy session, and offers me both helpful correction and lots of positive reinforcement. While I’m enjoying the warmth of the therapy pool, she has helped me get stronger! Physical therapy with her is worth every penny.”
Louise Battista, Stow MA
“Laura Diamond’s physical therapy program has turned my life around. Laura has a remarkably comprehensive knowledge of the muscular and nerve systems of the body. Laura carefully targeted exercises in the water, and then on land, which quickly and entirely eliminated my sciatica pain and resolved a habitual bent over posture problem. The results were remarkable. Colleagues and students would greet me with remarks such as: “What a transformation! You look like your old self again.” More recently, she has focused on exercises designed to help me counter the onset of balance problems typical of my age group.”
“Laura possesses a warm and engaging personality, and she knows how to listen to others. She is kind, thoughtful, and eminently competent. Physical therapy with Laura Diamond was the best investment I ever made.”
Richard Cobb-Stevens, Professor Emeritus, Boston College
“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 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
“Megan understood immediately my pain and my fears. She guided me through as series of exercises in a therapy pool that improved my confidence and physical ability. She was right there in the water with me, helping and encouraging me through each exercise. Megan is a gentle and supportive therapist. Her professional knowledge is such that she can immediately begin where it is needed and adapt accordingly. I watched Megan work with a disabled youth and believe that she can accommodate all levels of therapy for all ages. I thoroughly enjoyed the aqua therapy experience with Megan.”
Diane Climo, Lincoln, MA
“Laura is simply the BEST! She will change your life!”
Debbie Kernochan, Cambridge MA
“Jacob has been in physical and occupational therapy in some form since he was 7 months old. No other therapist has connected with Jacob in the same way that Laura has. She pushes him to do things he doesn’t think he can do, without him even realizing it! Her manner with him is amazing, and he actually looks forward to his sessions with her. As his parents, we trust that she has his best interests at heart, and that she truly cares about him and the progress that he makes. ”
Lynn W., Mother of Jacob
“…Laura has had a tremendous impact on our daughter’s development – boosting her strength, endurance and self confidence. Through a carefully planned and continually evolving program of exercises as well as early swimming and water safety skills, Laura has helped Sarah work and develop muscles in the water that she would never have been able to do on land. What’s more, Laura does this all in such a fun way that our daughter doesn’t even realize how hard she’s working. We love how much Sarah has grown and how much self confidence she’s gained. If you’re looking for the best therapeutic aquatic program for your child, call Laura right away!”
Mimi S., Mother, Newton, MA
“Laura Diamond is an excellent physical therapist in the Boston area. Laura is detail-oriented, dedicated, experienced, knowledgeable, smart, and has a sense of humor. She focuses on your problem, and seems to care only about getting you better. I’ve seen a lot of people in the medical profession over the past fifteen years, and most of them have not impressed me. Laura is an exception.”
Eric Albert, Newton, 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