About Dr. Schehr
She lives and breathes physical therapy.
About Dr. Schehr
She lives and breathes physical therapy.
Dr. Schehr lives and breathes physical therapy
Dr. Schehr lives and breathes physical therapy as it has been her passion for over 45 years.
Her devotion for helping others and finding solutions that provide a greater quality of life and overall well-being is what drives her continued pursuit of clinical excellence and expertise. Her quality of care goes well beyond her patients’ expectations.
How it began
Her journey began at 13 years old when she was introduced, and fell in love with physical therapy while transporting residents to an old basement physical therapy department.
This laid the foundation for her understanding of how physical therapists helped people improve their quality of life. Seizing every opportunity available to discover more about physical therapy, she volunteered and worked in different clinical settings for many years prior to embarking on her formal educational journey… and she never looked back.
A graduate of University of Maryland School of Medicine
A graduate of University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Schehr received her bachelor of science degree in physical therapy.
Immediately, she began using her education to help others. With her initial training in a hospital setting, treating a variety of patients, Dr. Schehr quickly transitioned into her own private practice beginning in 1983.
From early on in her career, she observed that the whole body moved in ways to protect or accommodate the problem they were experiencing. Her goal… figure out how to get her patient back to the lifestyle they enjoyed as quickly as possible.
She used her knowledge and intuition to guide her through her treatments.
A personal journey
Then, after experiencing her own severe bouts with lower back pain, and seeking treatment from several highly experienced physical therapists, to her dismay, the pain would gradually return.
This chronic condition greatly affected her ability to play tennis and ski, and among other things, actively enjoy life to the fullest.
Soon after, Dr. Schehr discovered another dimension of treatment for pain and dysfunction, the fascial system.
Her initial experience with personal hands-on care, then receiving training with John Barnes, PT, the expert in myofascial release, was an eye-opener. By gently releasing restrictions in the fascia of the muscles, her body began to shift to a more balanced position, reducing her bouts and even minimizing her lower back pain.
gateway into alternative, holistic physical therapy
This was her gateway into alternative, holistic physical therapy training.
For the next 30 years, after pursuing her initial degree, she trained with experts in highly specialized physical therapy and osteopathic techniques, including strain-counterstrain, muscle energy techniques, spinal and joint manipulation and other manual therapies. Dr. Schehr worked relentlessly to integrate these techniques into her practice and immediately noticed her patients gaining positive and sustained results more quickly.
Throughout her journey and dedication while building her physical therapy practice, she was the Rehab Director of Life Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and Director of Physical Therapy Services at Pikesville Nursing Center and Bon Secours Extended Care facility.
Growing from a solo practitioner in Canton, (Susan Rosenblatt, LPT), she later founded, and was president of, Pain Relief & Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center (a Rosenblatt-Schehr, P.A. Company), in Perry Hall/White Marsh. Dr. Schehr also mentored many physical therapists along the way.
In 1994, Dr. Schehr developed an effective sinus relief program, allowing more comfortable breathing with less congestion and pressure.
In 1997, Dr. Schehr made a discovery: her integrated approach which reduced pain in the head and neck, also minimized lines and wrinkles in the face!
So many of her patients were saying that they “not only felt better, but they looked better”! Thus, in 1999, she created Refacee®, a proprietary facial aesthetics program of wrinkle reduction and facial rejuvenation.
Since earning her bachelor of science degree, education in physical therapy had expanded over the years into a doctoral level degree. While integrating hundreds of hours of advanced hands-on coursework to continuously enhance her manual treatment skills, that was not enough.
an unending quest for knowledge
Dr. Schehr’s unending quest for knowledge prompted her to return to advance her academic education as well.
In 2009, Dr. Schehr formally returned to school, earning her degree as a Doctor of Physical therapy (DPT). from the University of Montana, Missoula School of Physical Therapy in December, 2011.
As insurance companies dictated new rules and regulations over the past decade, Dr. Schehr found it more and more challenging to accomplish her goal in treating the way she felt best for her patients.
While she was finding the quickest pathway to reduce pain and restore function, treating multiple areas and systems of the body at the same time, this was not what the insurance companies had in mind.
What A Dilemma
Many physical therapy clinics answered the changes in insurance regulations by using less private treatment areas to accommodate more patients while using more office trained non-professionals (techs) for much of the treatment time.
In 2014, Dr. Schehr took on a different business model
She would never compromise her treatment philosophy.
She opened her solo practice in 2014 and called it Schehr Center for Wellness in 2015.It is now called Baltimore Holistic Physical Therapy. It is here that you have the services only provided by the doctor 100% of the treatment time from start to finish.
Forever seeking knowledge, Dr. Schehr continues to learn more and more about the body and how to help her patients further. Throughout the past decade, she has continually been training in understanding the internal organs and their role in pain, dysfunction, digestive, respiratory, pelvic and emotional disorders with her practice of visceral manipulation.
Known by many patients for her highly skilled hands-on approach, her wealth of experience has included assessing and walking her patients through self-treatment when they were unable to schedule an in-office visit at the time. This allows for an even broader treatment program via telehealth, when indicated.
Whether your visit with Baltimore Holistic Physical Therapy is for healing or to optimize your body’s posture, strength and appearance, Dr. Schehr will help you get back to, or even enhance the activities and hobbies you enjoy most.
What Our Patients Have To Say
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
A: Firstly, I don’t believe in doing what didn’t work before. Many physical therapy practices approach a problem by going to the painful region. Oftentimes, this is a very temporary fix. By taking a holistic, hands-on approach, I understand that your pain may be coming from another part of the body, or even have multiple sources, including posture. By individualizing your treatment, I concentrate on healing and re-balancing the body, to manage your pain and lessen the chance of it returning. Then, I teach you how to manage your posture and movement.
A: Treatments for headaches or other pain from a recent problem will generally benefit from 2 treatment sessions for the first 2 weeks, then 1 session per week. Older conditions will benefit from 2 treatment sessions for the first week and then 1 session per week. Wellness sessions to rebalance and optimize the body for healthy aging range from a single session every month to once every six months and will be recommended on an individual basis.
A: An initial evaluation will take 1 hour. (Scar adhesion or sinus treatments only require 45 minutes.) Most follow-up treatments will be done in 30 minute sessions; multiple body areas may require 45 minutes
A: Any heavy exercise or recreational program should be done prior to the physical therapy or wellness session and then not for 24 hours after, in order for the body to adjust itself to the changes in muscle balance.
A: I will teach you techniques to perform on yourself if there is a flare-up and instruct you on proper body mechanics and ergonomics.
A: It is a facial aesthetics program of wrinkle reduction and facial rejuvenation using hands-on physical therapy and osteopathic techniques which may reduce the signs of aging in the face and neck. A FREE HEALTHY AGING CONSULTATION is available. See Refacée®
A: Wellness programs for healthy aging are not covered by most insurances, but may be reimbursable through a Healthcare Savings Account (HSA). A written bill and receipt will be provided upon your request. Although I do not participate in or bill insurance directly, I will provide a bill for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement, upon request. As there are many types of insurance plans with each provider, it is your responsibility to understand the terms of your insurance. *Those with Medicare Part B insurance from CMS will only be allowed to be part of the Healthy Aging program, NOT for physical therapy treatment. Please see Payment Terms and Policies.
A: Appointments may be made in the following ways: Please call 410-665-3223 Email: Dr.Susan@baltimoreholisticpt.com