Our specialty is one on one manual therapy techniques which have proven highly effective for a variety of problems affecting joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. Pain Relief and Physical Therapy's staff employ the unique science and art of accurate assessment leading to skilled treatment with constant reassessment of the goals and needs of the patient. Our goal is to respond to each patient's situation individually and in a manner consistent with our advanced training.
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Bryan O'Halloran

Bryan O’Halloran, DPT, SCS, OCS, COMT is the owner and director of Pain Relief & Physical Therapy. He graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and received his Doctorate from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Bryan is a Board Certified  Specialist in both Sports and Orthopedics under the American Board of Physcial Therapy Specialties. He lectures nationally to physical therapists, physicians and athletic trainers regarding our specialized rehabilitation techniques and is a Founding Fellow of the American Maitland Instructors Association. He is one of very few physical therapists in the country who have a dual Board Certification. Bryan has worked with Australian National Teams at World Championships and has experience working with a great variety of orthopedic problems including his current areas of research involving neck and back disorders as well as shoulder impingement syndrome. The following are a sample of recent peer reviewed publications authored by Dr O'Halloran -

1. Early use of thrust manipulation versus non-thrust manipulation: a randomized clinical trial. Cook C, Learman K, Showalter C, Kabbaz V, O'Halloran B. Man Ther. 2013 Jun;18(3):191-8. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2012.08.005. Epub 2012 Oct 2.

2. Which prognostic factors for low back pain are generic predictors of outcome across a range of recovery domains? Cook CE, Learman KE, O'Halloran BJ, Showalter CR, Kabbaz VJ, Goode AP, Wright AA. Phys Ther. 2013 Jan;93(1):32-40. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20120216. Epub 2012 Aug 9.

3. Can a within/between-session change in pain during reassessment predict outcome using a manual therapy intervention in patients with mechanical low back pain? Cook CE, Showalter C, Kabbaz V, O'Halloran B. Man Ther. 2012 Aug;17(4):325-9. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2012.02.020. Epub 2012 Mar 22.


4. The role of patients' expectation of appropriate initial manual therapy treatment in outcomes for patients with low back pain. Donaldson M, Learman K, O'Halloran B, Showalter C, Cook C. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2013 Jun;36(5):276-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.05.016.


5.The addition of cervical unilateral posterior-a nterior mobilisation in the treatment of patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: A randomised clinical trial. Cook C, Learman K, Houghton S, Showalter C, O'Halloran B. Man Ther. 2013 Jun 19. doi:pii: S1356-689X(13)00085-4. 10.1016/j.math.2013.05.007. [Epub ahead of print]


6. Thrust and nonthrust manipulation for older adults with low back pain: an evaluation of pain and disability. Learman KE, Showalter C, O'Halloran B, Cook CE. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2013 Jun;36(5):284-91. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.05.007. Epub 2013 Jun 12.


7. In Response to: Fábio Franciscatto Stieven, Master candidate; Ferreira E Giovanni, Undergraduate; Silva F Marcelo, Doctor; Rosa T Luis, Doctor. Thrust manipulation versus non-thrust manipulation: A question that still needs to be answered. Cook C, Learman K, Showalter C, Kabbaz V, O'Halloran B. Man Ther. 2013 Sep 24. doi:pii: S1356-689X(13)00142-2. 10.1016/j.math.2013.07.010. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.


8. Criterion Validation of the Rate of Recovery, a Single Alphanumeric Measure, in Patients with Shoulder Pain. O'Halloran B, Wright A, Cook CE. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2013 December; 8(6): 784-792.


9. A preliminary study comparing the use of cervical/upper thoracic mobilization and manipulation for individuals with mechanical neck pain. Griswold D, Learman K, O'Halloran B, Cleland J. J Man Manip Ther. 2015 May;23(2):75-83 


10. No Differences in Outcomes in People with Low Back Pain Who Met the Clinical Prediction Rule for Lumbar Spine Manipulation When a Pragmatic Non-thrust Manipulation Was Used as the Comparator. Learman K, Showalter C, O'Halloran B, Donaldson M, Cook C. Physiother Can. 2014 Fall;66(4):359-66


11. Response to Letter to the Editor: The addition of cervical Unilateral Posterior Anterior Mobilization (UPA) in the treatment of patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: A randomized clinical trial. Cook C, Learman K, Houghton S, Showalter C, O'Halloran B. Man Ther. 2015 Jun;20(3):e11


12. The relationship between chief complaint and comparable sign in patients with spinal pain: An exploratory study. Cook C, Learman K, Showalter C, O'Halloran B. Man Ther. 2015 Jun;20(3):451-5


14. Different minimally important clinical difference (MCID) scores lead to different clinical prediction rules for the Oswestry disability index for the same sample of patients. Schwind J, Learman K, O'Halloran B, Showalter C, Cook C. J Man Manip Ther. 2013 May;21(2):71-8.

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Donna Foster

Donna Foster, PTA, is a licensed physical therapist assistant who attended school at Harcum College, and graduated in 1989. She has worked in outpatient care for the past 20 years. She has been a member of the staff at Pain Relief and Physical Therapy since October, 2009. She grew up in Havertown and currently lives in Broomall.
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Paul Haerling

Paul Haerling, PT, COMT is a certified physical therapist who has been a member of the staff since August of 2010. He graduated from Temple University with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2010. While in school he had experience working at Temple University with the neurological rehabilitation team. Prior to attending therapy school, Dr. Haerling lived in Washington state for 25 years. For two years he worked at MarRan Physical Therapy as a therapist aide after completing his undergraduate education at Western Washington University. He received his certification as Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist (COMT) in July 2013, specializing in Maitland technique and philosophy. Dr. Haerling remains involved with athletics and sporting activities with experience in distance running having completed full and half marathons.
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Addison Lerner

Addison Lerner, DPT and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She graduated from Utica College in May 2010 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and in May 2008 with a B.S. in Health Studies. Dr Lerner works at Pain Relief and Physical Therapy as a physical therapist and also as the head of the EDGE fitness program for athletes. She has been a member of the staff since June 2010.  She recently completed the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars series and is now a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT). Dr Lerner is also the assistant basketball coach at Haverford College and particpiates and competes year round in triathlons and is a National Qualifier for her age group.

Brianna Glassmeyer

 Bri  Glassmyer,  DPT  is  a  licensed  physical  therapist  who  joined  the  staff  in  May  2015.  She  graduated  with  her  Doctorate  in  Physical Therapy  from  Slippery  Rock  University  in  May  2015,  where  she also  received  her  B.S.  in  Exercise  Science  in  May  2013.  While  in  school,  Bri  worked  with  athletes  in  the  Athletic  Training  facilities  at  Villanova  University.  Currently,  she  is  working  towards  her  certification  as  a  Certified  Orthopedic  Manual  Therapist  (COMT)  through  the  Maitland  Australian  Physiotherapy  Seminars  series.




Phil Lindsay

 Philip Lindsay

Philip Lindsay, DPT,  is a licensed physical therapist who graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia  with a  Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Dr Lindsay grew up in Havertown and is thrilled to be living and working in his own neighborhood



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