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Regena Thomashauer

Regena Thomashauer

Words cannot express the gratitude that I feel towards Dean Hazama and the IPA Manhattan Physical Therapy staff. He and his team have enabled me to restore so much healthy function to my knees, hips and neck. This is crucial to me because I am a performer and educator, so this team has enabled me to leap, jump and run- on and off the stage- with grace and agility. But, perhaps of even greater consequence, is the miracle that Dean has created in the life of my daughter. She is 20 years old and has suffered with severe digestive issues and physical injuries for her whole life. The attention that Dean has had on my daughter this past summer has been absolutely incredible. He has been able to connect with her in a way that no one else has been able, and help us to discover the roots of her illness and create a way to heal. Dean made my daughter feel so comfortable that she was able to connect with him and confide all the details of her physical discomfort. Dean has such great bedside manner that she had fun with him and he began to gently and consistently absorb her story and feel her pain, give her steps to take, and encourage her to learn how to take control of her body. I have been on a 20 year journey with my daughter to try to get some answers about her health. Since her birth, she has been physically suffering in many ways. From being a colicky baby, to being slow to walk, needing occupational therapy because she was unable to hold a pencil or complete age appropriate tasks or doing any physical movements that scared her, like riding a bike, to having mood related disorders, to injuring herself frequently in sports, to having terrible stomach issues whenever she ate, cramping, bloating, terrible insomnia, add, etc. etc. etc. Dean was the first health professional who truly connected with her and helped her look at her health issues in a global way. He has been the person who has encouraged her to get further testing so that her celiac disease could be discovered by her functional medical doctor. Dean encouraged Maggie to start working out and he has begun to train her so that she is starting to learn how to move correctly. He realized that my daughter has never ever been able to trust her body or be comfortable in her body and with his help, all of that has changed and she is well on her way to a new healthy life. I have been to dozens of specialists and we have spent thousands of hours, and many thousands of dollars, and over 20 years, to try to help my child but this is the first time I have ever felt that she was truly seen. Dean has inspired her to change her life, and she better and healthier and happier than ever. I cannot ever thank Dean or his wonderful team, enough!

Regena Thomashauer

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