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Dr. Bryan Nichols, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Providing Physical Therapy and Bodywork 

to Families Searching for Balance

Hi, I’m Bryan! I believe what makes a family unique will make them successful

My Story

I have many jobs. I am a board certified orthopaedic specialist in physical therapy and the owner of Ascend Orthopeadics. In the past I have been a clinical director at an outpatient clinic, and treated patients in both outpatient home care settings.  I also teach in Jefferson University’s Physical therapy Program where i have the honor of mentoring the next generation of physical therapists.   But, my most important job is being a father to my child.

When my son River was born, and I added my most proud job title of Dad, little did I know i would be moved to take a new and exciting step in my career.  This picture sums up the utter love and joy that becoming parents brought to us. It doesn’t show, however,  the incredible struggle River, my partner, and I had in his early life with feeding, sleeping, and finding balance in life.  River was born with a tongue and lip tie.  For his first two months he could not create suction or latch effectively when nursing. He struggled to sleep longer than 1 hour at a time and vomited constantly. My partner had pain, bleeding and cracked nipples, vasospasms, and was on the “triple feed train” for 6 weeks pumping, nursing, and bottle feeding round the clock. We saw so many specialists — lactation consultants,  two speech therapists, physical and occupational therapists, pediactricians and more. What we soon realized was that we were very much not alone –that there were so many families struggling with tongue tie and feeding issues that needed holding, support, and a multidisciplinary care team that worked with them.  We also realized that tongue tie goes way beyond the mouth — it is a full body experience that often goes along with digestive issues, muscle tightnesses and imbalances, torticolis, and much more. Further babies with tongue ties often have constriction developed in utero from their positioning that effect their ability to nurse and generally lie comfortably.  A hands on, family centered, and whole body approach to care is what we found we needed to get River back on track. I am happy to report that River learned how to nurse like a pro and in watching him I became inspired to help families through these same sorts of issues. 

My Values & Beliefs

A Team Accomplishes More Than an Individual

Collaboration builds connection

Every team member has a voice

The Best Option May Not Work

Information needs adapted to your child

Playing to strengths builds success

A parents values need protected

Everyone Can Use Some Support

Visits are offered in your home or at our center city office

I provide support through information on blog posts and youtube

My Approach

While my approach to physical therapy has always focused on patient centered, whole body care, I have come to recognize the importance of these ingredients in helping families through the incredibly vulnerable and exhausting early days of parenting. My goal is to support you and your baby with hands on intervention as well as provide you with the  knowledge, tools, and resources to guide you through this trying (and exhausting) time in life.

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