Dr. Carolyn Rhoads
Dr. Carolyn Rhoads, DPT, has worked with Performance Physical Therapy since 2012. She is a Physical Therapist, Partner and Clinic Director at the Sanderson Road clinic located in Smithfield, RI. After earning her BS from the University of Connecticut in 2008, she went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island in 2011. During her time in Physical Therapy school, she had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and learn about their healthcare system.
She loves to travel, explore new places and experience new cultures. Since graduating in 2011, she has gained certifications in Trigger Point Dry Needling and the Arthritis Foundation exercise classes. She enjoys working with athletes of all ages and abilities. She has worked with the Performance Physical Therapy Speed School, which is a comprehensive sports training and conditioning program for athletes. She has also worked with athletes training for the Special Olympics.
Dr. Rhoads specializes in Orthopedics, Post-Operative Care, Sports Injuries, Balance Disorders, Vestibular Disorders, Neurological Disorders and injury prevention. Dr. Rhoads is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Rhoads, who says she can’t live without her morning coffee, loves spending her free time outdoors skiing and hiking with her husband. She loves working in her vegetable garden, spending time with friends and family and she loves the Patriots!
Dr. Rhoads offers three pieces of advice to her patients. First, go for a daily walk. Walking helps to strengthen your bones and muscles, helps to improve aerobic endurance, it can reduce stress and can improve your overall health. Second, get a good night’s sleep! Sleeping allows your body to recover and recharge. Her third piece of advice is to stretch! If your muscles are too tight, they won’t work to their best ability, which will prevent you from performing at your highest level and may increase your risk of injury.