" Dr. Howard,
It's been quite some time since I saw you, but I just wanted to send a quick thank you. After my knee surgery back in October of 2009, I had no idea how that would affect me. Once I enlisted, I was still worried that my knee would keep me from the military career I had dreamed of. Well, 3 months into climbing lots of mountains here in Afghanistan, I'll have you know I am doing great!!! As a medic, I'm constantly asked if I want to go to med school. I think I'm pretty set on PT school now after I finish up my Bachelor's and hopefully will find my way into working with Wounded Warriors. We had a catastrophic event happen just over a month ago and realizing how much physical therapy has done for my friends that survived that day has been such motivation. Thank you again for all you helped me through.
- F. Spivey
P.S., Here's a picture from a mountain I climbed last week!!
"Torn labrum, torn capsule, damaged joint, damaged cartilage all in the same leg...three hip surgeries later with a hip dislocation in between, I am now standing, running, and living like never before. An injury such as mine would force any athlete to question their ability to ever play the sport that they absolutely love again. I certainly had to do so. Bending told one day after another how rare my situation is and how difficult it would be to fully recover was very difficult to think about. After all, I had been playing soccer most of my life and in an instant it was taken from me. After everything that had happened the odds far outweighed the good, which put me in a very uncomfortable position. With the extent of my hip injuries, the level of activity that I could do was and still is very questionable. I thought I had reached the end until I was introduced to Lee Howard.
From day one Lee had told me that it was NOT going to be an easy road but he could promise that he would do all he could to get me back to not only a healthy state but a competitive one too. Every day, every week, and every month was a process but Lee never gave up on me. It has now been a little over one year since I have worked with Lee and there is not one moment that I would take back. I am now stronger, faster, and ten times better than how I first came in.
Lee gave me hope and a reason to never give up. He gave me a confidence in myself and in my hip and he never broke his promise. Lee and his team always provided me with his incredible knowledge of hip rehabilitation and athletic development but he has also provided me with sport specific exercises and tips that I can carry with me on my journey back to soccer. Whether I can compete fully or partially is still up for question but I am confident that without Lee Howard I would not be where I am today.
Apart from my other fantastic doctors, Dr. Lee Howard and his amazing team at CPT saved my life. I will forever be grateful for the care at CPT and I can definitely say that Lee Howard is one of the best physical therapists out there and can be trusted with anything."
- Christina Chai Chang (0/2012)
"I have been working with Carolina Physical Therapy since the beginning, which is around seven years. I am a very injury prone athlete. As a State Champion pole-vaulter, I don't have time to be injured. My typical track season consists of Lee gluing me back together, and it works amazingly well. Most doctors or physical therapists tell you to stop on the littlest problem. Lee works with you and understands that athletes do not ever want to stop just for an injury, but is very honest with you about the pros and cons about competing. The off-season for me personally is about getting faster, stronger, and less injury prone. Lee's ADP (athletic development program) does this very well and has made me into a much better athlete. I owe all my accomplishments to Lee because without him I would be a mess."
- Austin Vegas (8/2012)
"They explained the problem and provided exercises that will help. Very attentive. Friendly. They asked questions to make me think about how my knee was reacting."
- A (7/19/12)
"I liked the successful result, positive spirit of the staff, and genuine care for your clients."
- H. Simcox (6/28/12)
"Thorough exams and therapists were as determined to figure out the problem and treat it as I was. This has plagued me for 2+ years. I've been through 4 doctors and 3 physical therapists and this was the only place that found the problem and made a difference."
- C. Shields (6/27/12)
"I liked the friendliness of the WHOLE staff and their professionalism."
- J. Colley (5/30/12)
"The overall attention to the problem linked with multiple exercises to fix it."
- D. Harrell (5/15/12)
"I appreciated the information and encouragement I received. I was challenged yet respected for my 'need-to-stop-for-a-rest' pace. I also very much enjoyed the people - everyone was helpful, friendly, and open to questions. From the therapists to the administrative staff - it was a good staff!"
- R. Kale (5/16/12)
"Education for work at home, self involvement, very goal oriented."
- T. Shimfessel (5/8/12)
"Everyone here was able and willing to work with me and answer my questions."
- B. Smith (5/11/12)
"The individualized care that I received was nothing less than amazing! I had the most positive and productive experience from physical therapy I could have ever asked for. So very thankful to each and every staff member that I can resume my normal activities again."
- E.Siler (4/16/12)
"I liked the traction table and spinal manual manipulation."
- E. Reeve (4/3/12
"I appreciated all of it - the encouragement and pushing me - the staff is GREAT!!!"
- C. Martin (4/2/12)
"The knowledgeable and caring people that worked with me were great, the office staff was very helpful in forms and insurance matters."
- A (7/17/12)
"My healing was evident, good guidance, and genuine concern."
- G. Murphy (7/16/12)
"Everyone was very professional and kind. Very little wait."
- S. Groce (2/9/12)
"Hands on treatment, personal attention, and eliminating pain."
- S. Faulkner (2/22/12)
"The explanation of the care I was going through and all therapists were very personable."
- C. Head (2/23/12)
"I was taught the exercises needed to keep my arm from hurting. Learning prevention exercises is golden."
- T. Benefil (2/29/12)
"The care I received while here, the fun atmosphere even though I was working it was fun."
- S. Church (3/6/12)
"Friendly staff and use of different therapists to see things differently."
- A. Gauther (3/12/12)
"The clean and neat facility. The friendliness, knowledge, and caring staff members and their willingness to answer questions."
- T. Sacrinty (3/7/12)
"Medicine today feels rushed. You guys do a good job explaining what is going on in the time I have with you."
- J. Allred (3/22/12)
"Friendly, personalized care. You are treated like you are the most important."
- S. Dennis (1/27/12)
"Knowledgeable staff, excellent care, and good exercises tailored to the level of pain."
- S. Ricigliano (1/5/12)
"Positive, happy people made for a good experience; everyone works seamlessly together and professional."
- J. Ross (September 2011)
"The staff is excellent! Results are wonderful! Everything has been Great! Best Rehab facility in my 30 years of rehabbing knee injuries and surgeries!"
- S. Pegram (September 2011)
"Quick results, knowledge of therapists... I would recommend this facility to anyone."
- L. Robbins (September 2011)
"The staff was very friendly and extremely competent."
- J. Low (September 2011)
"Time well used. Staff was super helpful and friendly."
- J. Reece (September 2011)
"Friendly staff, extremely knowledgeable therapists. My rehab put my recovery ahead of schedule! Most professional and knowledgeable PT clinic I have ever been to."
- E. Robbins (August 2011)
"Conscientiousness in trying to help alleviate pain with physical therapy. Therapists were very knowledgeable."
- Anonymous (August 2011)
"The treatment and care I received from each and every staff member has been amazing. The best!"
- J. Bibb (August 2011)
"Great staff, flexible hours/schedule, knowledgeable staff, sense of humor!"
- J. Fagan (August 2011)
"I was treated very well and now I can help keep my shoulder healthy. The staff was very nice and considerate."
- K. Thompson, JR. (July 2011)
"The therapists actually cared and also very good about meeting my many needs. Great people!"
- J. Berry (July 2011)
"Great work to get back in the game without further damage."
- A. Papalia (July 2011)
"The best type of therapy recommended the therapists who worked with me - all very professional and knowledgeable."
- C. Casault (July 2011)
"I experienced almost immediate relief; the staff is wonderful, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable."
- T. Green (July 2011)
"The staff is GREAT, very knowledgeable and considerate of my specific care."
- J. Jernigan (June 2011)
"All of the staff made a potentially unpleasant experience almost enjoyable! Everyone's skilled and pleasant."
- J. Crotts
"The personal service, knowledgeable and compassionate service of the staff. They really care!"
- H. Barrett (April 2011)
"Everyone was very concerned and helpful not making me do anything that would cause me more pain."
- C. Kirkpatrick (March 2011)
"Friendly therapists, explained how each exercise was helping, was given exercises to use at home. You gave 100% care. I can't think of any improvement that you need."
- S. Tally (March 2011)
"The therapists were always ready with a smile. Although I was in pain, I looked forward to coming to CPTS."
- L. Strohschen (March 2011)
"I was really hurting, now I feel great!"
- R. Marsh (February 2011)
"What I liked best was the care that everyone gave me. Everyone had lots of knowledge about MY therapy. The environment was friendly and once again, caring. YOU ALL ROCK!"
- M. Railey (January 2011)
"This was an excellent experience, recovery from surgery could not have been any better!"
- F. Frank (January 2011)
"Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! I can't tell you what a valuable service you all are! Words are not enough!"
- K. Salter (January 2011)
"The therapists really pushed me and encouraged me! They're great people!"
- P. Lessard (September 2010)
"Everyone at Carolina Physical Therapy is friendly, compassionate and knowledgeable. They really cared about my pain and worked hard to help me get better... You guys rock!"
- T.Hekhuis (August 2010)
"I chose to come to this office because I had been to three others and was not satisfied with how I was treated and the therapy I received. The staff was considerate and professional. The facility was clean and had top rated equipment. All the staff was very friendly and helpful. I appreciate the therapists being gentle with the therapy and not trying to see how much they could hurt me."
- Anonymous (August 2010)
"I was able to set my own goals and tailor my therapy to the activities I enjoy doing... the exercises were easy to duplicate in the gym or at home."
- C. Cullen (August 2010)
"The results are great! I was given good explanations - not just of how to do the exercises, but why I need to do them. I think everything is great. You work as a team to reach the goals of your patient."
- P. Allison (August 2010)
"They make sure they aren't giving you too much and they talk to you like a friend would"
- Anonymous (August 2010)
"The attitude of all the employees and the knowledge each therapist has made my therapy experience very positive. Each therapist has a great attitude, and the same goal as well. Their goal is to help each person get back to movement minus the pain. They also each have patience that enables them to work with different age groups."
- B. Trippe (August 2010)
"Everything was good about my therapy experience - the exercises, the massages, and the jokes."
- R. Evans (August 2010)
"I really appreciated the friendly, caring attention."
- Anonymous (August 2010)
"All the therapists were very cordial. They made the job of getting better enjoyable!"
- P. Kane (July 2010)
"The expertise and knowledge of the staff that work with you is exceptional. Lee has a great team that strives to get you back to healthy and pain free!"
- B. Epperson (July 2010)
"I appreciated how the therapy team progressed me at a quick, but well-planned rate."
- K. Davis (July 2010)
"The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable as well as fun which made therapy more enjoyable!! They returned me to full duty, thanks!"
- C. Belcher (July 2010)
"The best part of my therapy experience was the holistic approach I experienced. As a professor in rehab studies, it was ironic that I was living in chronic pain. I feel like myself again! Thank you!"
- S. Ricks (May 2010)
"I have been to other therapists, chiropractors and doctors and NO ONE helped me like Dr. Lee and his staff! They are the best and I highly recommend them to everyone!"
- K. Carver (April 2010)
"Carolina PT is a friendly and fun atmosphere. The exercises prescribed were exactly what I needed. Lee identified the problem first visit. All the therapists were great to work with!"
- J. Burns (April 2010)
"I liked that the exercises were switched around so that I wasn't doing the same ones all the time."
- A. Stimpson (April 2010)
"My questions were always answered; when I asked for demonstrations, they were pleasantly given."
- M. Welborn (March 2010)
"I was very satisfied with all the therapists who helped me."
- J. Hilbun (March 2010
"Everyone was very helpful and I would come again if I needed to."
- J. Fulp (March 2010)
"I was treated immediately and most all the pain is gone. I didn't feel anything needed to be improved; it is a great program."
- J. Campbell (March 2010)
"The care received by my child made us feel confident and reassured of a return to optimal performance."
- M. Young (March 2010)
"Every time I was pushed and I improved, but my safety and condition were always monitored. Continue to do what you do. The care I received was superb and personal. That commitment required enormous effort on the part of the therapy staff. You give unstintingly of yourselves. You always take time to explain, and you very quickly realized my tendencies which could slow down my treatment. I watched and every patient received the same incredible level of personal and professional care!"
- B. Stinson (February 2010)
"The best part of my experience was the individualized treatment plan targeted to my specific injury as well as working with such a caring and competent staff!"
- R. Whicker (February 2010)
"The therapist was very nice and gave good instructions on exercises and how to do them."
- Anonymous (February 2010)
"There was a great personal connection between the staff and the patient."
- K. Fannin (February 2010)
"I felt very comfortable with the staff. I always felt better when I left!"
- F. Wilhelm (January 2010)
"Everything was great! I can tell a difference in my knee and strength in my hips/thighs."
- K. Venable (January 2010)
"After each visit my pain was considerably less than before. Exercises done at home were beneficial."
- C. Bennett (January 2010)
"I liked that I was able to do a variety of exercises and techniques that made me feel much better. I really liked the heat treatment! FABULOUS!"
- J. Maready (January 2010)
"The staff took time to listen to what I do at work and ensured that I was ready to return to work."
- K. Bray (January 2010)
"I appreciated the educational aspect of the personal hands-on attention to specific muscles and form as well as the 'how' and 'why' of the home exercises which reinforced what was done in the office."
- P. Sawvel (January 2010)
"When I first started working with Lee and the staff at Carolina Physical Therapy my track season and my development as an athlete were both at a complete halt due to ankle injury. Coming out of therapy I was better and stronger than ever and made the decision to transition to athletic development. I worked with Lee multiple times a week, focusing on not only getting faster, stronger, and more athletic but getting rid of weakness as well. I truly believe that Carolina Physical Therapy has the best therapy and training you can get.
The passion and knowledge of the staff holds as well as the best equipment you can find, you will get better whether it be physically or athletically. Thanks to Lee Howard I reached my senior season goal of re-breaking my state record and making my second USA team. Now, going into college I am faster, stronger, and better than I ever thought possible. Thanks Lee, for always pushing me to my limits and helping me get closer to becoming the pole-vaulter that I want to be. My senior year successes wouldn't have happened without you. I know that wherever pole vaulting takes me in the future, I couldn't have done it without you!"
- Sydney White (8/2012)
"Lee's Athletic Development Program is a great way for any athlete to improve on their specific sport and their overall athleticism. Lee targets your strengths and weaknesses through a series of tests at the beginning of your training. Throughout the program, he focuses on your weaknesses while also helping you to fine tune your strengths. The most helpful part of his training for me is the use of the treadmills. They all have a different purpose and keep the workouts interesting because you never know what Lee will come up with for conditioning on any given day. I also love that he has tons of equipment that allows you to work any part of your body. The Athletic Development Program has been a great experience for me and I would recommend it to any athlete that wants to improve their performance."
- Madison Rayfield (8/2012)
Josh Howard has worked with Lee for almost 9 years - since his days as a noteworthy Wake Forest Demon Deacon. After four years at Wake Forest ('99-'00 season to the '02-'03 season), Josh moved to Texas to play in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks in 2003. Most recently, he signed with the NBA's Washington Wizards in 2009, but continues to seek Lee's expertise in the off-season.
"Dr. Howard has been a great asset to me over the past 8½ years. He works well with the doctors to get the right information so he can understand your injury and adjust the physical therapy to what he feels will give you the maximum/best results. What I appreciate most about Dr. Howard and the staff at Carolina Physical Therapy is that they care about YOU, the patient, first and foremost and getting you back to 100% at the right pace."
- Joshua Howard (7/2010)
"Not only has Lee helped me get back on the field as far as taking care of my injuries, but he has also helped me excel at what I love to do. After experiencing consistent ankle problems throughout high school, Lee has helped me rehab so that I can return to the field under the most efficient time lapse possible. I have, through Carolina PT's help, gained strength and prevented injuries over the last year whereas prior to training with him I would get injured at least once a season. Being injury free, I have been able to focus more on my training to improve my speed, jumping, quick feet, endurance, etc. which has all had massive impacts on improving my game overall. Lee and the rest of the staff show an obvious passion for the patients, and that - combined with top-of-the-line equipment - easily provides the best training I've had in all my years of playing soccer. I want to thank you all for pushing me to become the best possible athlete that I can be - I couldn't have done it without you."
- Taylor Dulaney
"I have been blessed to work with Lee Howard and Carolina Physical Therapy through both rehab and performance aspects. The competitive atmosphere they provide and the state-of-the-art equipment are next to none - I don't have to worry about falling behind or getting out of shape when I come home. Moreover, Lee's passion and knowledge for what he does is incredible. After repairing an early but extreme back injury and finding a happy medium for fixing a fractured tibia while lifting/conditioning in preparation for ACC basketball, it is safe to say that Lee Howard has kept my basketball career alive. He and the entire CPT crew are, no doubt, the best there is - I trust them with anything!"
- Erinn Thompson, Redshirt 1st year, UVA women's basketball
Aaron is a local basketball star, playing for Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Kernersville. Toomey has scored 2003 career points and holds more than 5 school records in scoring, assists, free throws and other statistics. In 2009, he led the BMCHS Villains to victory in the NCHSAA State Championship and was hailed MVP in both the championship game and the Western Regional. On a broader scale, Aaron is a 2010 McDonald's All American nominee, 2-time Associated Press All-State selection ('09 and '10), 2-time conference Player of the Year ('09 and '10), and played in the prestigious NCHSAA East-West All Star game.
"When I started coming in to Lee after basketball season freshman year (2007), I expected to improve my strength and jumping a little bit. At the time, I remember getting close to the rim was a stretch. After a few months of working out with Lee, I dunked for the first time. I thought it was incredible how fast I got to that point, and I attribute a lot of my success on the court to Lee and all he did for me throughout my high school career."
- Aaron Toomey, July 2010
"Lee, here's to continued success as you share with others your knowledge and dedication to health. Thanks for helping to keep me on the field. All the best!"
- Kelly Dostal
WFU Field Hockey #6, Sports Illustrated On Campus "Fall Female Athlete of the Year," Honda Award Winner National Field Hockey Player of the Year 2004-2005, 2004 ACC Offensive Player of the Year
"Lee, your hard work and understanding of how to rehab an athlete is second to none. The workouts were always challenging and made my transition from rehab back to the court as smooth as possible. Thanks again for the positive impact you had on my career."
- Steve Lepore, WFU basketball (2000-2003)