February Newsletter 2018

Agile Happenings

Attention All Patients:

Due to inaction by Congress, on January 1 a hard cap on outpatient Medicare therapy services went into effect, limiting access to physical therapy for millions of individuals. Congress has already crafted a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to permanently repeal the hard cap on Medicare therapy services—they just need to pass it. The next opportunity to fix the therapy cap is the spending bill to keep the government open that must be approved by February 8, 2018.

Act Now! Please take 90 seconds to call, email, and/or tweet your legislators and tell them to pass legislation by February 8 to repeal the hard therapy cap. As each day passes more Medicare beneficiaries are being impacted by the hard Medicare therapy cap.

Your legislators are:

Senator Richard Shelby: (202) 224-5744

Senator Doug Jones: (202) 224-4124

Congressman Gary Palmer: (202) 225-4921


Valentines Day is February 14th!

Click the link below for a list of fun date ideas in Birmingham all year long !


Meet Brittany!

Brittany is our new face at the front desk. Brittany recently moved to the Birmingham area from Washington State where she is originally from. In her free time, she enjoys going on adventures to new places, hiking, reading, and spending time with her loved ones. Next year, she is planning to attend Jefferson State Community College to become a Radiology technician. Say hello to Brittany when you see her in the office!

Erica is still with us and has now taken on the role as our new front office administrator.


Patient Testimonial

"Lisa Altamirano and her team at Agile taught me the benefits of cross training my body to be the strongest it can be from the inside out. My experience at Agile strengthened my dance technique, and has allowed me to have a well rounded understanding of how my muscles work and how to use them making my movements more efficient and dramatically changed my dancing. As a dancer, we are prone to injury. In a rehabilitation sense, the training I received at Agile helped me safety recover from my injury. Their process focuses on coordinating the whole body so a dancer can return to rehearsals and performances more powerful than before."


Miami Ballet


February 2nd is Groundhog day. Don't forget to tune in to see if Punxsutawney Phil or Chuck sees their shadow!

Are you hoping for an early spring or a few more weeks of winter?

7 Fun Facts about Groundhog Day

  • The tradition can be traced to Candlemas, an early Christian holiday. Those who celebrated Candlemas decided that clear skies on the holiday meant a longer winter.

  • The Germans eventually began to believe that if the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, a hedgehog would cast a shadow -- predicting six more weeks of winter.

  • When German immigrants arrived in Pennsylvania, they found a large number of groundhogs. So they decided that the groundhog, which resembles the European hedgehog, could predict the weather.

  • The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club was founded in Punxsutawney, Pa., in 1887 by a group of groundhog hunters. The editor of the Punxsutawney newspaper was a member of the club, and he claimed that Punxsutawney Phil was the only true weather-predicting groundhog. Eventually the furry Pennsylvania rodent -- known as Punxsutawney Phil -- became famous.

  • Staten Island's own groundhog -- Staten Island Chuck (real name Charles G. Hogg) -- has been making his prediction at the Staten Island Zoo for over three decades.

  • According to the Staten Island Zoo, Chuck has an almost 80 percent accuracy rate on his predictions. Although, he was incorrect last year when he called for an early spring.

  • Phil and Chuck disagreed last year, as Phil saw his shadow, calling for six more weeks of winter.

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Recipe Corner

Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Cake


1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs 3 tablespoons butter, melted

2 pints fresh strawberries, halved 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided 1 tablespoon white sugar


  • In a bowl, mix crumbs and butter to blend thoroughly. Press evenly onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Arrange strawberry halves around the pan side-by-side, pointed ends up, with cut sides against the side of pan; set aside.

  • Place chocolate chips in blender container. Pour water and corn syrup into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute. Immediately pour over chocolate chips and blend until smooth. Pour into a mixing bowl and cool to room temperature.

  • While chocolate cools, whip 1 1/2 cups of the cream to form stiff peaks. Use a rubber spatula or large whisk to fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cooled chocolate to lighten it. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream until mixture is thoroughly blended. Transfer the mousse into the prepared pan and smooth the top. The points of the strawberries might extend about the chocolate mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.

  • Up to 2 hours before serving, in a medium mixing bowl, beat remaining 1/2 cup of cream to form soft peaks. Add sugar. Beat to form stiff peaks. Remove the side of the springform pan and place the cake on a serving plate. Pipe or dollop whipped cream onto top of cake. Arrange remaining halved strawberries on whipped cream. To serve, cut into wedges with thin knife, wiping blade between cuts.

  • Ready In 4 h 46 m

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