Felicia Vernaskas graduated with honors from the State University at Stony Brook and received her license in Physical Therapy in 1999. She also earned a Masters in Psychology from St. John’s University.
Dedicated to serving the local community, treating conditions in patients of all ages, she also draws on her training in psychology to create a deeply supportive environment, where individual needs are addressed to restore optimal function.
She has seen the benefits in a proactive approach: “I believe that serving my patients includes providing the best care for their recovery, in a proactive atmosphere so they are encouraged to take an active role in the process, and creating a partnership so individual goals are met and patients leave us with the ability and confidence to achieve a healthier lifestyle.”
With a record of great outcomes, Felicia knows that patients need an advocate as they deal with pain and injury: a caregiver to educate, motivate, support and guide them to overcome challenges and meet their goals.
She was especially inspired by a woman who had spent several years being treated for severe knee pain, including multiple surgeries. The patient came in for evaluation, without much hope for a better outcome.
Felicia opened up the lines of communication, and the patient began to feel encouraged. Felicia became her advocate, treating not just the pain and injury, but restoring the whole person. During sessions and at home, the patient worked diligently.
Her outlook and confidence began to shift, and she was able to participate in life more each day. It was more than a physical transformation. To Felicia, that’s what PT is all about.
When not at work caring for others, Felicia likes to travel, gardening, and do yoga.