Wednesdays with the Women of Vitality: Danielle

Last but not least in our Wednesday blog we are reintroducing you to Danielle Duley: Adventure-seeker, history buff, and, wait for it...a Green Bay Packers fan.  She also happens to be a phenomenal women’s health and orthopedic PT and we are so grateful that she chose to join the Vitality team. 

Meet Danielle Duley: Women’s Health Extraordinaire

Why did you decide to pursue physical therapy as a career?

When I was in college, I thought I wanted to be a psychologist. I graduated with a BS in Psychology and applied to Master's programs. The summer before going to graduate school, I volunteered at a hospital that offered a variety of services. I shadowed physical therapists during that time and became interested in the field, as I found they were using psychology principles and helping people physically. The combination is what made me change my mind.

You could say I initially chose physical therapy as my career in order to help others. Over the last four years, it has turned into much more than I ever imagined it would. During a clinical rotation in my physical therapy program, I found a niche in women’s health thanks to my passionate instructor, Jennifer, the co-owner of Vitality. My orthopedic practice has also grown with the help of some great mentors.

How and why did you decide to specialize in women’s physical therapy and orthopedic PT?

I initially started in women’s health and orthopedic PT because I knew I wanted to work where I had my last clinical experience as a student. I enjoyed working with orthopedic and women’s health populations. I have grown to love working with these patients. Women and men who feel they cannot change their symptoms walk into the door lacking confidence and leave having conquered their symptoms. I continue to be driven by the people I see every day because each person who walks through the door has taught me something.

What did you do before starting at Vitality?

I graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2012 and immediately starting working at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) as a women’s health and orthopedic physical therapist. The people at RIC laid the foundation upon which I practice and helped me become who I am today.

What is your most memorable moment as a physical therapist?

It happened about two years ago, when a former patient called to tell me she was pregnant. I treated her when she was a newly married virgin who was unable to have intercourse with her husband because of the pain she experienced. We built a relationship over the course of treatment, and through a pelvic floor program and her dedication, she was able to have pain-free intercourse with her husband. It was exciting and humbling to know that I made a significant impact on her life, and that her treatment resulted in her being able to conceive naturally just four months later.

Describe Vitality in 3 words.

  • Specialized
  • Highest quality
  • Passionate

What makes Vitality different than other places you have worked?

Vitality has a caring and open environment to support all women who come for treatment of urinary, bowel, and pain complaints. They are driven to help everyone achieve their goals and will continue to work with patients until they are 100 percent better. Sessions are longer as compared to other physical therapy places, which allows for one-on-one attention and contributes to symptoms improving faster.

What advice do you have for women who are experiencing achiness, numbness, and/or radiating pain in their back or pelvic area, incontinence, or restricted movement?

You do not have to live with these problems. We often believe that back, pelvic pain, incontinence, or other symptoms we are experiencing are a normal part of life. We blame it on aging, our current situation in life, or on something else. However, these symptoms are not a normal part of life and no one should have to experience them.

You’ve come to the right place at Vitality. Physical therapy can help you meet your goals and change your life forever.

When not in the PT clinic, you can find me…

I spend many of my weekends near Milwaukee, where my parents live. Good old-fashioned cheese and beer in front of a bonfire is a great way to spend the weekend. Any other free time I have is spent baking. I love to make cakes and cookies. I am addicted to Food Network and Pinterest for finding new recipes!

At Vitality, we help women be at their best by specializing and treating disorders related to pelvic and back pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and restricted movement. Together, we’ll develop a personalized treatment plan to help you relieve your aches and pains, and support your body.

Contact us today!