"I had a knee injury (torn meniscus); the week I came in, I was on crutches, unable to walk normally, and discouraged about how long I might be out of playing hockey. I couldn’t straighten my leg fully.
I’m amazed how quickly Dr. Tello has helped me progress and learn safe body mechanics. I’m getting back on the ice in gear and am ready for the new season to start!
Dr. Tello started me with exercises much quicker than if I’d waited for the medical referral to come through. This helped my recovery right from the start, learning to engage the muscle chain in a supportive, safe way. I got strength training education I didn’t know I needed, and a good sweat every visit to keep me from feeling atrophy and falling out of shape. He helped me focus on useful exercises and doing what I can, rather than getting stuck in sadness of what I couldn’t do. He used slow-mo videos of exercises to help me understand my body’s weak points better to overcome them. I was nervous with some first steps back to sport, but Dr. Tello helped me progress at a decent pace, working step-wise to help me trust what I can do. I love that he tailored my plan to include my specific role’s needs. He paced, focused, taught, and encouraged me. I am very grateful for Orca’s support!" - Melanie C.
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Orca Stars are patients who have reached remarkable progress in their goals through collaboration with our providers and who demonstrate commitment to improvement through their efforts in the office and at home. Congratulations, to all our Orca Stars! You rock!