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Rachel’s Expertise Includes Aquatic Sports and Expands Performance Artists Rehab to Include Synchronized Swimming and Gymnastics

Rachel Rosolowski, PT, DPT, who earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at California State University at Long Beach, has joined the staff at Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Costa Mesa.

“We are delighted to welcome Rachel to the Progressive PT team,” said Michael McKindley, DPT and owner of the clinic. “She brings with her a diverse background from pediatrics to seniors. Her experience and knowledge of synchronized swimming, diving and aquatic sports will add to our specialized services for our performance artists rehab programs of dance and gymnastics.

A Southern California native, Rachel grew up in Redondo Beach and participated in synchronized swimming from a young age through college and played competitive water polo in high school.  It was an injury and the rehabilitation process with a good PT that started her career journey.

“I had a typical shoulder injury in high school from the repetitive movements of synchronized swimming and water polo,” Rachel said.  “Most, if not all, the PTs did not know about synchronized swimming and all it entailed. I was, however, fortunate to find an amazing therapist who really took the time to learn about my sport. This really inspired me.  Additionally, being inspired by the healing process plus loving anatomy and physiology really piqued my interest.”

Rachel is delighted with the opportunity to join the Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation team. She likens it to the same type of care she received in high school, where they listen to the patient and take the time to

to work through all the issues, creating personalized plans to reduce pain and improve movement and function.

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“I really enjoy connecting with the patients and integrating their interests into their program,” Rachel said. “I like making PT meaningful to a patient even if I have to learn about something new.”

Rachel left California to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in rehabilitative science with a minor in theatre and psychology at the University of the Incarnate Word in Texas. She continued her athletic pursuits competing on their highly regarded Division I swim time. At Cal State Long Beach she expanded her knowledge of sports rehabilitation working with a variety of their athletic teams.  In addition, she was a research assistant where she worked on a feasibility pilot study for mHealth exercise intervention to improve cardiometabolic health, quality of life and social support.

Outside of work, Rachel continues to stay involved in the performance arts and aquatic sports community as both an artistic swim coach and fitness coach, stage manager, and performer with Aqualillies,an international artistic (synchronized) swimming performing group.

Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation has been a highly regarded private outpatient rehab clinic in the Orange County community for more than 20 years. Providing personalized care Progressive Physical Therapy combines evidence-based scientific with extensive clinical experience to develop individualized treatment plans to reduce pain and restore motion and function for an improved quality of life.

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