Allied Services therapists earn advanced Vestibular Rehab certification

Allied Services therapists earn advanced Vestibular Rehab certification

Dizziness and balance disorders are frequent problems, especially in aging adults. In fact, dizziness is one of the most common reasons for physician visits and hospitalizations for people over the age of 65. More than 1/3 of adults in the U.S over the age of 40 have experienced some sort of vestibular dysfunction. While vestibular dysfunction is often seen in older individuals, it may occur at any age.

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program, designed by a specialty-trained vestibular physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness.

Allied Services is proud to offer patients access to some of the region's most experienced and credentialled vestibular rehab specialists. Recently, 4 Allied Services clinicians completed advanced certifications in vestibular rehab. 

Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation

Dr. Kristina Dorkoski and Dr. Sondra Morgan of Allied Services completed the Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation (CCVR). The certification program is hosted by 360 Neuro Health in partnership with Texas State University and the University of Wisconsin.

Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Certification

Dr. Kristen Uroskie Lewis and Dr. Kori Wood of Allied Services earned the American Institute of Balance’s certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion, and Vestibular Rehabilitation II.

Meet the Clinicians

  • Kristina Dorkoski, DPT, PT, CEEAA, NCS: Dr. Kristina Dorkoski is a physical therapist, Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist, Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, Professional Yoga Therapist, and certified Pilates instructor. Dorkoski specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adults with Parkinson’s disease, balance, and vestibular disorders, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and stroke. Dorkoski received a certificate of vestibular competency from the APTA. She is an experienced lead therapist on the neurologic team at Allied Services Wilkes-Barre Rehab Center.
  • Kristen Uroskie Lewis, PT, DPT, MPT: Dr. Kristen Uroskie Lewis completed her undergraduate studies at Gettysburg College before earning a Masters in Physical Therapy from MCP Hahnenmann University. She earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in 2006. Kristen in AIB certified specialist in vestibular and concussion rehabilitation. Kristen works with patients at Allied Services Luger Scranton Rehab Center.
  • Sondra Morgan, PT, DPT, MHA: Dr. Sondra Morgan specializes in the treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, concussion management, and the treatment of neurological disorders such as stroke and Parkinson's Disease. She also received a certificate of vestibular competency from the APTA in 2006. Morgan received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton. She earned her Masters in Health Administration and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, also from the University of Scranton. She works with patients at Allied Services Luger Scranton Rehab Center. 
  • Kori Wood, PT, DPT: Dr. Kori Wood graduated from the University of Scranton with a bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy. She earned a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine. Wood joined Allied Services in 2005. She is experienced in the treatment of vestibular and balance disorders. Wood works with patients at Allied Services Luger Scranton Rehab Center.

Vestibular Rehab at Allied Services

The vestibular system includes parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements.

Dizziness, vertigo, disequilibrium, blurred or bouncing vision, nausea, and anxiety are common symptoms that may result from an issue with your vestibular system. These symptoms may range from mild, lasting only seconds or minutes to being severe, restricting activity.

Our specially trained therapists help patients decrease dizziness, minimize falls, reduce their need for medication and improve activity levels. Using the latest advancements in technology, coupled with knowledge from experts trained in vestibular rehabilitation, our team will develop a program specifically tailored to your needs.

Patients typically referred for vestibular rehabilitation therapy are those diagnosed with dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, Meniere’s syndrome, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), neck-related dizziness, and migraines. 

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