“I enjoy working at One On One Physical Therapy because I can do what I love in a terrific work environment. I spend meaningful time with my patients to effect significant change, and I am surrounded by a great group of physical therapy clinicians who share my treatment philosophy.”
Mary Beth Verlander’s passion for physical therapy comes from first hand experience— as a patient. Already practicing as a physical therapist, she injured her back on the job and was prescribed a traditional physical therapy treatment plan; it was not only ineffective, it caused more problems. But a session with a Manual Physical Therapist, trained at Michigan State University Osteopathic College changed the course of Mary Beth’s treatment, and ultimately, her career.
She decided to follow the treatment approach that helped successfully rehabilitate her injury and pursued the program at Michigan State University. Consequently, she uses their principles of osteopathic manual medicine with all of her patients. Mary Beth feels that One on One Physical Therapy offers an environment to support her treatment philosophy: Treat the individual, not just the injury. Mary Beth brings over fifteen years of experience in the medical field to One on One Physical Therapy. She initially started her career in nursing. After graduating cum laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s in Nursing, Mary Beth worked as a nurse in the Neuroscience Specialty Unit at Georgetown University Hospital. She moved to Atlanta to pursue her Physical Therapy degree at Emory University and continued to work as a nurse in Neurology and Neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital. Upon graduation from Emory University with a Master of Physical Therapy, Mary Beth worked for Physiotherapy Associates and soon afterwards became the Director of Physiotherapy Associates’ Howell Industrial Clinic in Midtown Atlanta. Mary Beth’s next career stop was New York City. She worked in a private practice on Wall Street treating patients with musculoskeletal injuries due to computer use and other recreational injuries. She also treated students from the Manhattan School of Music. In 1998, Mary Beth launched an eponymous physical therapy practice in Midtown Manhattan to provide comprehensive and individualized physical therapy in one-hour sessions, a unique concept at that time.
During her time in New York, Mary Beth met with numerous high ranking elected New York State officials to help pass key physical therapy legislation. She lobbied New York lawmakers over a period of several years to pass the Direct Access Bill, which allows the public to see a physical therapist without a physician referral. Throughout her career, Mary Beth has made a priority of continuing her education and training. In addition to her extensive training in Osteopathic Manual Medicine from Michigan State University, she completed Manual Physical Therapy programs at the Institute of Physical Therapy and the Institute of Physical Art. Mary Beth is trained in Intramuscular Manual Therapy, also known as trigger point dry needling, and in Redcord Neurac. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Orthopaedic Section and the Pilates Method Alliance. She is also certified as a Power Pilates Mat Instructor. In her free time, Mary Beth enjoys spending time with her family traveling, playing tennis and cooking.