Healing is a very special and precious gift we all receive from nature. It allows our bodies to repair their structures and functions. However, this natural process sometimes needs help to initiate and sustain one's optimal recovery. For example, for persons with stroke or traumatic brain injury, sub-optimal healing may lead to the acquisition of excessive spasticity, and ineffective compensatory strategies.
Physical Therapy can promote the process of healing and assure your optimal recovery. For this, one needs a physical therapist who can diagnose all relevant dysfunctions, design appropriate intervention, and deliver it in such a way that the patient will attain optimal function, health, and wellness.
I can be that physical therapist for you.
My name is Anthony Dolot, and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I live in Putnam Valley, NY and work as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
I facilitate and optimize the process of healing with physical modalities and exercises, and specialize in the treatment of persons with limited function due to chronic neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions, caused by stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, dementia, brain tumors, or pain. I consult with all my patients in their homes, mostly within southern Putnam & northern Westchester Counties in NY. If you like to read more about my practice, please read the following questions and answers; they outline my philosophy of care, what to expect during a treatment session, and how to pay for my services.
Why choose my service?
You will receive skilled treatment focused on your needs, healing, and function.
I am a doctor of physical therapy with over 30 years of practice experience. My fascination with the healing process has led me to excellent clinics located around the world—in Warsaw, Sydney, Adelaide, Chicago, and New York. I have explored many schools of thought related to health, healing and physical therapy—some grounded in western science, others in eastern, artistic practices. From these explorations I have formed a unique, evidence-based understanding of human movement, healing, and performance. I am more then happy to help you achieve your goals using the insights I have learned.
Why home-based therapy?
There is no place like home—for healing. At home, you can receive physical therapy optimized for your needs, with exercises seamlessly incorporated into the patterns of your daily activities. And, your home environment will work as a powerful stimulant and facilitator of your recovery.
What to expect during a house call?
Your first session will start with a brief interview, including a review of your past medical history, goals and expectations. Please have available copies of any lab and x-rays reports, along with the contact information of your physician or surgeon.
The interview will be followed by an examination of your movement patterns and an evaluation of the findings. Following the evaluation, we will discuss your physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options.
During follow-up sessions, you will receive treatment and on-going evaluation of outcomes. Specific treatments will depend on your needs, and may include any or all of the following: re-education of movement, strengthening, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, manipulation of joints, stretches and mobilization of soft tissues, cardiopulmonary conditioning, and/or elements of relaxation and massage.
Please wear clothes comfortable both for examination and exercises. Each session lasts about 45 min, and ends with detailed instructions about how to execute your home exercise program. At the next session, your progress will be re-assessed, and your treatment and home exercise program will be advanced accordingly. I am available by phone between sessions if you have any questions.
Why do some people with a stroke or traumatic brain injury recover with better results than others?
Many factors affect one's recovery, for example: the extent of the initial injury or presence of other medical conditions. However, one factor of great importance following an injury is that the healing brain needs precise, skilled exercises. Without the correct input, the brain will form new synaptic connections along the path of least resistance. And in the end, it will produce results that fall far from the possible maximal outcomes. The dose and quality of skilled, therapeutic effort is of paramount importance: the right intervention has to be delivered to the right person, at the right time— and every time.
What is more important, the quality or quantity of training?
They are both important, but in different ways. The proper number of repetitions is needed so the required motion is memorized—but, the quality of repetitions assures that the memory is programmed correctly. This emphasis on the quality of reeducation is particularly important during the early stages of patient recovery, when healing of the brain triggers the growth of many new synapses. The optimal blending of quantity and quality is critical to skill acquisition.
What is a good exercise for my weaker hand?
There is no such thing as "a good exercise" or " a set of good exercises" for a "typical" weak hand, arm, or leg. Each patient presents with a different set of skills, and also with a unique pattern of acquired impairments and dysfunctions. Your condition should be examined, diagnosed, and then treated with personalized exercises—so your brain will have the maximal opportunity to re-gain control over your affected limb, and the involved tissues will gain proper alignment, strength, length and flexibility.
Do you include any holistic therapies in your practice?
Yes, I include elements of Eastern practices— if there is scientific evidence that the element is working. My initial interest in Eastern, holistic therapies started with my undergraduate thesis, The Theory and Practice of Acupressure. It continued through years of wonderful adventures with Yoga, Tai Chi and culminated with a postgraduate certification in Acupuncture.
Is Tai Chi better then Yoga as an addition to my physical therapy?
Both may be beneficial. They can balance the mind and body, promote the relaxation response, and assist the process of healing. You may enjoy one style of exercise more than the other, but the outcome will depend more on the quality of your instructor's reasoning than the specific tools or methods you might be using. The magic is not contained in the tools, but in the manner the tools are used.
Would you like to include my testimonial at your web site?
Thank you for asking. I strongly believe that testimonials are inappropriate in advertisements of all medical services and pharmaceuticals. Marketers frequently use them to distract consumers from other important issues.
How much is your service?
The initial examination is free of charge; the follow-up treatments are negotiable and range from $125 to $250. You will receive an itemized receipt. If you would like to submit the receipt to your insurer—please note—I am an out of network provider for all private insurances, and I do not participate in Medicaid, Medicare, WorkersComp, or No-Fault Insurances. If reimbursement is critical to your decision, please clarify your benefits with the insurance company’s representative prior to beginning therapy.
If you would like to arrange an appointment or ask me more questions, please call me. My cell phone/voice mail/SMS number is listed at the bottom of this page. Please note: I do not answer calls when I am working with patients or students; in such a case, please leave me your message, and I will contact you as soon as possible.