PT Profile: Dr. April J Neshem, PT, WCS | Dec 1, 2011

My name is April J. Neshem, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Board Certified Specialist in Women's Health Physical Therapy (WCS). My interest in physical therapy started before I even realized it was there, I think. My grandpa was involved in a farming accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down when I was six years old. I spent most Saturday mornings from that time on helping him with his leg exercises and having a great time helping him learn how to walk again with the help of my grandma. We all made a pretty great team! It wasn't until about 15 years later I decided half way through college, PT was the profession I wanted to pursue. When I entered the doors of the University of Mary in the fall of 2005 I had no idea the incredible journey I was about to embark on. It far surpassed any and all expectations I could have dreamt of having: absolutely amazing faculty, fellow students, and overall physical therapy program. My area of interest entering physical therapy school and my areas of interest leaving the program were anything but similar.

My interest in women's health sparked during my studies at he University of Mary and was put into overdrive while interning at a women's health clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. It was there I saw several things: the vast array of conditions I was not fully aware of affecting thousands of women, the need for physical therapists in this highly specialized field, and the impact my mentor had on her patients helping women through these difficult times of their lives, dealing with incredibly sensitive subject matters. It was then I decided that a focus in women's health and manual physical therapy was where my career was going...FULL STEAM AHEAD!

I left my roots of North Dakota after graduation to travel to Phoenix to work under a women's health and manual therapy certified physical therapist and later as a clinic director. The time I spent working in Phoenix was both an overwhelming and powerful learning experience in both my professional and personal lives. I feel very strongly however I have found what I was meant to do in my life.
A substantial goal set at the beginning of my journey was to obtain my Board Specialist Certification in Women's Health Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). In June 2010, I was granted certification and am now among the country's 82 Board Certified Specialists in Women's Health Physical Therapy.

With a large accomplishment attained and the heart strings being tugged on by a new, cute-as-a-button, want-to-squeeze-her-every-day niece, I have returned to Bismarck more excited than ever! In January 2011 I opened CC's Physical Therapy, named after my grandmothers, Clara and Catherine, in downtown Bismarck. Although attending to most physical therapy conditions, my focus is women's health issues. Along with the physical therapy services available, I have collaborated with a variety of health care professionals and organizations from the Bismarck/Mandan communities to offer education series about many of life's transitions, one in particular being pregnancy. In the spring of 2011, I joined the University of Mary as an adjunct faculty member which I have also enjoyed so much.

In my free time I enjoy catching up on lost time from the North Dakota snow and wind... Ok that's NOT true! I am very much looking forward to my first beautiful North Dakota summer in a few years full of time with family and friends golfing, playing softball, enjoying the lakes/rivers, and of course expanding CC's Physical Therapy!

If you are interested, my website is www.ccsbismarck.com. The complete story behind CC's as well as an explanation of all the classes offered can be found there.

Sincerely,

Dr. April J Neshem, PT, WCS