Hi, my name is Diane Lapota, Physical Therapist for Chiropractic Company.
I graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1986. After spending three years at the top of my class in Chemical Engineering, I decided to switch to Physical Therapy. I’ve always had a passion for helping people improve their health and quality of life, and I knew I could do this more directly as a PT than as a material scientist. That was the best decision I ever made! I love working with and advocating for my patients.
My treatment style is comprehensive and thorough with value on establishing trusting patient relationships. I explore and address direct and indirect factors contributing to my patient’s dysfunction(s) with the goal to get to the underlying root cause in order to prevent recurrence. I use a wide variety of manual therapy techniques combined with therapeutic exercise and coaching for home program/self care.
I have diverse experience in most levels of care including outpatient orthopedics, back and neck rehab, intensive strength training, acute hospital and multilevel trauma care, subacute and long term rehabilitation, assisted living/nursing home/memory care, home health, clinical education, and psychiatric. Besides many years working with general orthopedic diagnoses (back, neck, shoulder, and all lower extremity), I especially enjoy working with seniors to increase their strength, functionality, gait, and balance.
In addition, I have taken formal education in Functional Medicine. This is a very objective method of identifying root causes of chronic disease at the cellular level. It involves comprehensive history taking, detailed observation and physical exam, understanding the management of genetic variances, and specialized lab testing to determine imbalances, followed by coaching for health improvement via focused lifestyle changes and selective use of nutraceuticals. Although separate from my PT practice, this knowledge lends itself to the way I approach patient care and coaching since pain syndromes are sometimes a result of overall systemic inflammation. I will often be caught explaining the importance of good general health guidelines to augment healing.
In my free time, I enjoy attending church and participating in Bible studies, hiking, biking, rollerblading, kayaking, skiing, and gardening. I look forward to serving you well!