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Mary Kate Sowers PT, DPT

Mary Kate Sowers PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Mary Kate Sowers PT, DPT

Mary Kate (Nicely) Sowers earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Radford University. She has experience working in outpatient orthopedics and inpatient neurorehabilitation. Mary Kate is planning to pursue specialty training in women’s health and pelvic floor therapy. Her populations of interest include treating post-surgical cases, neurological diagnoses including Parkinson’s, and people motivated to return to an active lifestyle.  

Mary Kate was an integral part of a research study looking at the impact of a boxing exercise program on individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. They studied participants of a Rock Steady Boxing program at Warm Health Village in Blacksburg VA. Their findings were so impactful that they were chosen to present their research at the prestigious World Physiotherapy Congress in Dubai United Arab Emirates.

Outside of work, you can find Mary Kate at one of her various book clubs or frequenting the parks and trails around the NRV area with her dog, Avery. Her favorite home-away-from-home is Oak Island where she enjoys spending time on the beach with her husband and family.

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Core Physical Therapy Specializes In

Running Injuries

Running injuries are common whether you are a novice or competitive runner. Training errors, inappropriate footwear, mechanical faults, weakness or flexibility may be the issue. At Core Physical Therapy, we provide a comprehensive evaluation that addresses posture, strength, shoe wear, flexibility and range of motion. Your running will be videotaped and analyzed for mechanical faults. Following the exam, you will learn about potential causes for your pain and how to treat it with exercises, changes in shoe wear or specific suggestions on how to improve your running mechanics

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CrossFit Injuries

CrossFit has become extremely popular over the past twenty years. The program emphasizes cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, and balance. Occasionally, Crossfit athletes suffer an injury due to training errors or improper technique. The physical therapists at Core are trained to assist CrossFit athletes by improving their technique or any deficits they may exhibit with strength, flexibility, or joint mobility. Videotape analysis may be used to break down movement patterns to better assist with improving technique.

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Student Athletes

Core Physical Therapy works with many student-athletes from Virginia Tech and the local elementary, middle, and high schools who injure themselves while participating in their sport. The athletic background of the physical therapists gives them a better understanding of what is required to return to competitive athletics. We treat overhead athletes such as volleyball, tennis, baseball, and softball players as well as gymnasts, runners, swimmers, bikers, and soccer players among others. Common injuries involve the shoulder, back, knee, and ankle. We try our best to accommodate the student-athletes schedule by offering early morning and late treatment hours.

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Post Surgery Rehabilitation

If conservative management is unsuccessful in relieving pain and disability, surgery may be an option. The quality of physical therapy following surgery will greatly impact recovery. At Core Physical Therapy, we take your recovery very seriously. We make it a point to understand what was done surgically and will communicate with the surgeon as needed. Common surgeries seen at Core include but are not limited to ACL reconstructions, meniscectomies, spinal fusions, discectomies, carpal tunnel repairs, labral repairs, rotator cuff repairs and joint replacements to the shoulder, knee, and hip.

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Dizziness | Vertigo | Balance Difficulties

The prevalence of falls increases with age. Vision, strength, sensation, and the inner ear (vestibular system) work together to maintain balance and equilibrium. If any of these systems are not functioning optimally, dizziness, and poor balance may result in increasing the risk of falls and severely impacting the quality of life. At Core Physical Therapy, an evaluation will be performed to determine the cause of the imbalance or dizziness. Treatment will be implemented to address the deficits to restore balance and resolve the dizziness.

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Breast Cancer And Lymphedema

The number of cancer survivors continues to increase in the USA due to better treatment. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. Cancer and the treatment for cancer may lead to problems such as scar tissue and mobility restrictions, weakness, cancer-related fatigue syndrome, cording (axillary web syndrome), and lymphedema (post-cancer edema). At Core Physical Therapy, we have a certified lymphedema specialist who is able to address these issues with lymphatic manual drainage, bandaging, exercises, manual work, stretching, and cardiovascular conditioning. 

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Other Members of the Core Physical Therapy Team

Brenda Miller PT, MPT, OCS, CLT, CMTPT

Brenda Miller PT, MPT, OCS, CLT, CMTPT

Owner & Physical Therapist

Brenda Miller is the founder and owner of Core Physical Therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Pennsylvania State University, then completed her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Glenside Pennsylvania.

Morgan Chocklett Corl PT, DPT

Morgan Chocklett Corl PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Morgan Chocklett Corl earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Health Promotion from Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES!!) and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Mary Baldwin University. She is thrilled to be back in Blacksburg and flaunt her maroon and orange!

Meghan Howes DPT, PhD

Meghan Howes DPT, PhD

Physical Therapist

Meghan Howes earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania followed by her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Maria "Peti" Tibung, PT, DPT

Maria "Peti" Tibung, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Maria “Peti” Tibung earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Philippines and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University

Our Mission at Core Physical Therapy

Empowering people by helping them heal with exceptional care

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