Meet Cory Ash, PT. A valued member of the RehabVisions-Dickinson team since 2005, Cory is a board-certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy, a strength and conditioning specialist, an APTA-credentialed clinical instructor and an ASTYM certified therapist. He is also skilled in using infrared video goggles to diagnose patients with vestibular pathology.

Growing up, were you always interested in sports and physical activity? Yes, I’ve always enjoyed being active. I participated in youth sports including basketball, golf, baseball and football throughout my childhood and teen years.

When did you realize you wanted to become a physical therapist? I first became aware of the power of physical therapy after my grandmother suffered a stroke. I watched her undergo therapy at the hospital and at her home. It was encouraging to see her regain mobility after such a traumatic event. An ankle sprain while playing high school basketball – and the physical therapy sessions that followed –  further developed my interest in this field. With some guidance from my high school counselor, I decided to pursue a degree in PT from the University of North Dakota.

Who is your typical patient? The majority of my caseload involves patients with degenerative spines, joints and tendons. Over time, I’ve been seeing more and more post-operative patients recovering from total joint replacements. I also work closely with patients suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, balance/dizziness issues, and cerebrovascular accident (CVA)/stroke patients.

What kind of person would benefit from physical therapy? I would encourage those suffering from a loss of functional mobility due to injury, illness, disease – or even just the ravaging effects of Father Time – to consider physical therapy.

Tell us about one of your best experiences working with a patient. Experiences like that are countless for me. I get the biggest kick out of helping my patients. It’s especially fulfilling to watch my patients realize they no longer need the back, neck, shoulder or knee surgery that they had believed was inevitable. I also really enjoy seeing post-surgical athletes get back to the sport they love.

After a long work week, how do you enjoy spending your time? Much of my time is spent attending kids’ activities. When not doing that, I enjoy golfing and hunting pheasant and deer. I’ve recently developed a love of bow hunting.

To discuss your situation with Cory or another therapy professional, call  RehabVisions Dickinson’s outpatient clinic at 701-483-9400 or our partners at CHI St Alexius at 701-456-4000. The RehabVisions therapy team can help you or a loved one live your best life with a specialized treatment plan for physical, occupational or speech therapy.