​Always One-On-One

Remember, even if you think you have just a slight ache or pain, it can lead to more through compensations to your posture and movement which can lead to more aches and pains and greater physiological changes. It is best to address your symptoms early before they become more widespread. The earlier you get in to Phsyical Therapy, typically, the faster you recover with less side effects to your posture and other muscles and joints.

​​YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT

  • One hour, one-on-one
  • I will ask you questions about what brings you in and what your goals are with Physical Therapy
  • Thorough, full body evaluation of movement, range of motion, balance, and strength testing as needed
  • Review with you the results of the evaluation
  • I will make sure you understand everything; ask questions throughout as you think of them
  • Treatment which can consist of manual therapy, exercises, massage or modalities to calm the symptoms, postural education and behavior modification, among other interventions, depending on your individual needs
  • I will provide you with an individualized home exercise routine 
  • ​Schedule follow up appointments as needed

No one person is the same and no pain is the same. You will be treated as an individual and your goals will be my goals. As needed, we will schedule follow up appointments, typically 1-2x/week, for a time slot that is appropriate. Some people will only require a 15 minute follow up and others 45 minutes, depending on what your needs are at that time. Typically, as we go along in sessions, they will get shorter and be less frequent assuming you are compliant with your home exercises.

Sessions Can Consist of: 

  • Range of Motion, Strengthening, and Flexibility Exercises
  • Sport-Specific Activities as Appropriate
  • ​Manual Techniques including massage, joint mobilization, deep tissue mobilization
  • Modalities including ultrasound, electrical stim
  • ​Kinesiotaping
  • ​Postural Education
  • ​Advancement of Home Exercise Program
  • ​Repeat screens to ensure progress is being made

Again, each of these follow up sessions will also be one-on-one and individualized to meet your needs and progress toward your goals. 

              

Therapist and Owner: Shari Gaal, MSPT, CSCS with husband Bryan Gaal and son AJ

About Shari Gaal:

Owner PUMA Outpatient Physical Therapy
 
Certifications in:
  • Y-Balance Testing
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment
  • Functional Movement Screen
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 
  • CPR/AED
2009-2016  Physical Therapist and Center Coordinator of Clinical Education @ Achieve PT and Aquatics, Syracuse, NY
 
2001-2009 Traveling PT for several different companies in a variety of settings throughout 8 states 
 
2003 Inducted into Central Square High School Hall of Fame
 
2001 Graduated from Ithaca College with a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy
 
1996-2001 Ithaca College Athletics:
  • 4 yr. starter in Basketball
  • Track & Field (discus and javelin)
  • Female Athlete of the Year ('00) with records in both sports at graduation (Top Ten in 5 categories for basketball)
  • 21st Female in Div III Women's Basketball to record over 200 career blocks
  • ECAC Champions in Basketball ('98, '00)
  • NYSWCAA Discus Champion ('97, '98, '99)
  • ECAC Discus Champion & All East Track & Field Team('97)
  • 1st Ithaca College Women's Basketball NCAA Tournament Win ('97)
1991-1996 Central Square High School:
  • HealthSouth Female Scholar Athlete of the Year ('96)
  • Highest Point Total in School History on Honor Roll of Athletes at graduation
  • Outstanding C.S. Athlete ('96)
  • National Honor Society Inductee ('95)
  • Basketball: 5 yr. varsity player ('91-'96) and 4 yr starter
  • 3 yr captain; 1st Team All-League ('96)
  • Exceptional Senior Game Captain ('96)
  • 1st Triple Double in school history ('96)
  • Record number of 3-pointers and rebounds ('96)
  • 2nd team All-League ('93-'95)
  • Empire State Games Bronze Medal ('95)
  • AAU travel ball 2 yrs
  • Track & Field: 3 yr discus, shot put, high jumper ('94-'96) 1 yr. Captain
  • League/Sectional Discus Champion 2 yrs
  • Set school discus record ('96)
  • Oswego Co./Queensbury Invitational Outstanding Female Performer ('96)
  • Most Valuable Field Performer ('96)
  • 5th at States in discus ('95)
  • Tennis: 5 yr. varsity player ('91-'95) 3 yr Captain MVP ('95)
  • Sectional Qualifier 1st Doubles ('95)
  • 2nd Team All-League doubles ('92)
  • Golf: 3 yr. varsity player ('91-'93)2 yr. Captain
  • 1st Team All-League ('93)