March Newsletter 2018

March 2018


Pilates Mat Class is Growing!

Starting in March we will be asking all Pilates Mat participants to bring their own mats to class. We will no longer have mats available starting April 1st.

We are doing this in an effort to make room for new equipment and growing classes! Pilates mats can easily be found at most sporting goods store as well at places like TJmaxx, Target, and Walmart.

Please remember to call and let us know if you plan to attend mat class or sign up on our website!


Patient Testimonial

“I have been a patient of Agile Physical Therapy, specifically of Lisa Altamirano, for the past 13 years. As a dance student at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA), I was able to remain in the my best physical condition with strengthening and stretching exercises due to Lisa. As with any high risk/high reward activity, I've had my share of injuries. During my treatment and recovery process, Lisa and her staff remained committed to my full rehabilitation and was always positive and reassuring.

After obtaining my dream scholarship to Fordham University/The Ailey School's BFA program in Dance, I really began to appreciate the relationship I'd cultivated with Lisa during my ASFA years. During my freshman year in college I was diagnosed with an os trigonum fracture (fracture of a congenital extra bone in my ankle), which happened to be the cause of my ankle pain during high school. After being told I needed surgery, I truly understood the importance of a knowledgeable, professional and compassionate physical therapist. Although I was in NYC and Lisa was in Birmingham, Alabama, she was well-informed about the surgery, the latest techniques, and the NYC medical community as a New York University graduate. Lisa's recommendations regarding surgeons in NYC were invaluable. She is more than my physical therapist, but is a trusted adviser.

I continued to face physical challenges during my 4 years at Fordham/Ailey. I was required to have an additional ankle surgery and knee surgery. In four years I had three orthopedic surgeries and a general surgery. Throughout this process Lisa and her staff were one of my biggest support systems. I was so excited to return home during the summer each year to continue my rehabilitation program with Lisa because I knew she cared about my overall recovery, specifically as a dancer. She was relentless in her pursuit of my physical recovery. She constantly reassured me that I would return to the stage stronger and better. Lisa also works one on one with her patients and answers all questions, never making patients fell rushed. After each session, I could see the benefits and the progress of our team effort. As a dancer herself, Lisa's intimate knowledge of a dancer's body and unique challenges is necessary. I was always confident in any recovery treatment plan she initiated, never allowing me quit, to feel sorry for myself or slack off on my rehabilitation. In fact, she continued to offer her expertise by recommending a physical therapist in NYC. Lisa stayed in contact with me and constantly reassured me that I would make a full recovery. She kept my confidence up and gave me hope when I was doubtful about my ability to continue my dance program. I've been to several physical therapists in NYC. We are blessed to have the expertise of Lisa Altamirano and her staff at Agile Physical Therapy.

Over the course of the last 13 years, Lisa is more of a valued family member than a physical therapist. For years she has treated my mother, who says Lisa has changed her life and doesn't know what she'd do without her weekly sessions. Additionally, Lisa has treated my brother, who's a musician, my teenage cousin, many family friends, and fellow dancers all with tremendous success. I am so grateful to Lisa and the staff of Agile Physical Therapy. Due to their diligence, I graduated with my class at Fordham/Ailey, and I'm currently living my dream in NYC dancing, modeling and even trying my hand at acting.

Agile Physical Therapy is committed to returning patients to their passion, whether it's the performing arts, athletics, hobbies or daily activities. Being a good physical therapist is excellent, but combined with being an outstanding person is exceptional. Lisa Altamirano is both!”

K. Files

Graduate of Fordham/Ailey NYC

Founder of the Files Project


Daylight Savings Time starts on March 11th.

Don't forget to "spring" your clocks forward 1 hour!


Attention all Medicare Patients:

You’re getting a new Medicare card!

Cards will be mailed between April 2018 – April 2019 , Medicare will be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mailing each person a new card. This will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. You’ll get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage. The new card won’t change your coverage or benefits. You’ll get more information from Medicare when your new card is mailed.

Here’s how you can get ready:

■ Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at or 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.

■ Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. We’ll never ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.

■ Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.


St Patrick's Day is March 17th. Don't forget to wear your green.


Recipe Corner

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Prep 15 MIN / Total 10 HRS 50 Min / Servings 8


Beef and Vegetables

4 medium red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 medium onion, cut into 6 wedges

1 corned beef brisket with seasoning packet (2 to 2 1/2 lb)

1 can (12 oz) beer or nonalcoholic beer

8 thin wedges cabbage


1/4 cup applesauce

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


  • 1. Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, place potatoes, carrots and onion. Top with corned beef; sprinkle with contents of seasoning packet. Add beer and enough water to just cover corned beef.

  • 2. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 10 to 12 hours.

  • 3. Remove corned beef from cooker; place on serving platter and cover to keep warm. Add cabbage wedges to vegetables and broth in cooker. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 30 to 35 minutes longer or until cabbage is crisp-tender.

  • 4. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix sauce ingredients.

  • 5. To serve, cut corned beef across grain into thin slices. With slotted spoon, remove vegetables from cooker. If desired, skim fat from juices in cooker. Serve vegetables with juices and corned beef with sauce.

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