On March 18, 2019, Phoenix Physical Therapy welcomed Shanna Duffy to their staff of therapists specializing in pelvic floor therapy.
Born and raised in Vermont, Shanna attended UVM’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, receiving her undergraduate degree from the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. She then received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2016. While earning her Doctoral degree, Shanna worked at clinics on opposite sides of the USA, Boston MA and San Diego, CA. After becoming a licensed PT, Shanna provided physical therapy in a home care environment in NH and VT and more recently worked in an outpatient hospital setting in New Hampshire.
Shanna has been fortunate to treat patients with a wide range of conditions such as acute and chronic pain, joint pain, post-surgical repairs, musculoskeletal disorders, balance impairments, gait impairments, and work and sports-related injuries.
She became fascinated with treating pelvic floor dysfunction in 2014 when Phoenix owner Jane Kaufman was a guest lecturer at UVM during Shanna’s graduate school program. With two years of clinical experience behind her, Shanna was prepared and excited to pursue her passion for pelvic floor PT. “As a native Vermonter I wanted to try working and living in other areas before making any job decisions when I graduated from Physical Therapy school at UVM. I chose to have my student internships in California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. I had plans to move to those bigger states, but what I found was my favorite clinical experience was actually in Milton, Vermont and the reason was I loved connecting with my Vermont patients the most. It was extra special for me to help fellow Vermonters get back to what they loved doing, whether that was running a marathon or going back to doing farm work. Working for Jane was on my dream job list, since hearing her speak during one of my classes in graduate school at UVM. I can say working at Phoenix PT is everything and more than I imagined. It feels like home for me and most importantly our patients.”
Shanna enjoys getting to know patients and creating individualized treatment plans to ensure the most successful outcomes, using a combination of a holistic approach and evidence-based practice.
When not at the clinic, Shanna enjoys being physically active in the outdoors, eating out, spending time with friends, family and her tabby cat Xena, the “Warrior Princess”.