Edie Bernhardt, PT
Edie is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS in physical therapy. Her career has included a generalist beginning but then followed a path of further education in the management of complex pain syndromes. She initially began with popularizing aquatic therapy in the early 1990’s and expanded to include the management of soft tissue healing as a component of pain management. She earned a national certification as an aquatic therapist through ATRI and has had advanced training with John Barnes, PT myofascial release techniques. She also has earned an AAS degree in body work and massage @ CCV to add further depth her manual skills. Most recently, she was educated to perform dry needling, another pain management technique to add to her tool box. She looks at the whole body as she helps each patient establish an approach to minimizing their pain and functional deficits. Patient education has an ongoing thread in each session and the end result is an informed patient with the means to manage their pain. She has enjoyed teaching aquatic rehabilitation techniques to UVM physical therapy and athletic training students for more than 20 years. She balances her professional activities with interests in gardening, sewing, creating puppets, cooking, and sports such as snowshoeing, kayaking, hiking and cycling and holds the time with friends and family an important part of her life.