Professional Therapy Associates to Host Fireside Chats in Recognition of Pain Awareness Month

Patient doing some special exercises under supervisionTo help the community learn about the benefits of physical therapy when dealing with pain, Professional Therapy Associates is hosting free seminars in conjunction with  The WAVE in Whitefish, MT

(Kalispell, MT) – Professional Therapy Associates will be offering free seminars, “Fireside Chats”, to cover different health and fitness issues. The chat, recognizing September as Pain Awareness Month, will be called “Stand up to Back Pain, to be held fireside in the lobby of The WAVE Fitness Center at 1250 Baker Avenue in Whitefish, MT on September 26, 2012 at 12:30pm.

There are over 76 million people in the U.S. affected by chronic pain and The National Institutes of Health estimates that the economic cost of pain exceeds $100 billion per year in the U.S., including health care utilization costs and lost workforce productivity (1).

Professional Therapy Associates wanted to become involved because they have a wealth of information to give to the community on how to handle chronic pain, the future of physical therapy and healthcare, injury prevention, and rehab.   Because PTA sees an increasingly high percentage of back pain patients, they are knowledgeable of ways to treat pain (as well as find the underlying cause).

“The Fireside chats are a great way to enlighten the community on what physical therapy is, how it can help with pain, and get them the information on how to contact our clinic when they (or someone they know) is in need of physical therapy,” commented Blaine Stimac, owner of Professional Therapy Associates.

highly-qualified physical therapist from Professional Therapy Associates, along with a Certified Personal Trainer from The WAVE will be speaking at “Stand up to Back Pain”:

  • Joel Shehan, PT, MS, CSCS
    Joel has a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. Joel has worked in multiple settings, including outpatient orthopedic, skilled nursing, home health, and acute hospital care. He specializes in sports and orthopedic therapy including the spine.
  • Mary Carrao, BS Certified Personal Trainer
    Mary has been in the fitness business for 35 years, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and holds numerous certifications including: American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals Post Rehab Specialist, and NESTA Certified Life Strategies Coach

The fireside chats are held on a chosen Wednesday of each month and will discuss various health and fitness topics with expert professionals. For more information on the Fireside Chats, please visit

Learn more about the physical therapy services provided by Professional Therapy Associates by visiting

About Professional Therapy Associates and Blaine Stimac

Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is an established provider of physical therapy in Montana.  Founded in Kalispell in 1988, the practice has expanded to include four convenient locations throughout Flathead Valley.  In addition to its flagship Kalispell North facility, PTA also has clinics in downtown Kalispell (Flathead Health and Fitness), Whitefish (The Wave) and Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Clinic).  Owner and CEO Blaine Stimac is a licensed Physical Therapist in Montana, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana.  He and his team offer a full range of services, including manual physical therapy, sports medicine, therapeutic exercise and biofeedback, as well as treatment for back and neck injuries, motor vehicle injuries and work-related injuries.  For more information, visit

(1), September 1, 2010. September is Pain Awareness Month.

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