April Newsletter 2019

Do you want the right to see your Physical Therapist directly without having to see your MD first? Now is the time to let your state legislators know! If your representative or senator is opposed to HB50 and SB25 then they are promoting unnecessary regulations on Alabama’s healthcare system by limiting YOUR access to Physical Therapy. Why shouldn’t YOU have the right to see your Physical Therapist without being mandated to see a physician first and pay an addition Co-Pay, not to mention take time out of your day for an additional MD visit? Take back your right to access your physical therapist directly and ask your state legislators to vote YES for HB50 and SB25!

Alabama is one of only 6 states were physical therapy is limited on the state level that only allows access to evaluation, fitness & wellness, and limited treatment restricted to patients with a previous medical diagnosis or subject of a previous physician referral. The Alabama American Physical Therapy Association is pushing for easier access to physical therapy for the people of Alabama.

This is how you can help:


Now that the elections are over, the Alabama Physical Therapy Association is ready to move forward with the legislative change that will improve direct access in Alabama.

We are excited about this legislative push, but we need your help in order to be successful. What I need from you is to click on the link below to find out who the legislators are in your area. This is important as we build our grassroots networks and key contacts.

Look for more videos and information about how to make contact with your legislator to help the people of Alabama gain easier access to PT.Andrea Johnson, PT, DPT President, Alabama Chapter

Visit openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ to find your legislator!


Meet Sarah!

Sarah was born and raised in New Orleans.​ She completed her undergraduate studies in Kinesiology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2009 and obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in 2012.​ She has been treating patients in the sports medicine field since graduating, and has special interests in care of the overhead and throwing athlete, running injuries, concussion management, and treatment of temporomandibular dysfunction.​​​ Sarah enjoys traveling with her husband, Brandon, being outdoors with her black lab, Breesy, and spending time cooking.​ She is an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers.​


We are thrilled to be hosting our first event with Dr. Kimberly Fagan to bring awareness to our community about the benefits we are seeing from this hemp based line of products. These products are being added to our practice and it is my goal to ensure proper education as we explore this space. Please be sure to arrive on time as you will want to register for a fantastic GIVEAWAY we have for you! Want more entries in the GIVEAWAY?! Bring guests and get an ENTRY for EVERY guest! * Registration 6pm * Presentation 6:30pm


Did you know?

Samantha was born with congenital hip dysplasia and was in a cast for over a year as a baby. She later became a gymnast and a cheerleader.


Recipe Corner

Carrot Cake


  • 3 eggs

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 cups shredded carrots

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice

  • 1 cup raisins


Prep 20 m /Cook 1 h/ Ready In 1 h 40 m

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8x12 inch pan.

  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.

  4. In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.

  5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.

  6. Pour into prepared 8x12 inch pan, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. Check with toothpick.

  7. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.


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