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Why is water sometimes better for therapy?

  • Aquatic therapy can make exercise easier and less painful, because the forces on weight-bearing joints are reduced.
  • The warmth of the water helps reduce pain by relaxing tight or spasm muscles and increasing blood flow.
  • The water resistance and special jets help patients strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular performance.

Aquatic Therapy at Fletcher

Fletcher

Aquatic Therapists

Kate Cotten, PTA

Kate Cotten, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Kate Cotten, PTA, Kate is a compassionate, experienced, and professional Physical Therapist Assistant who has been working in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina for the past 25 years. She is motivated to help all of her patients maximize their own potentials. She sees each person as unique, and personalizes her treatments to each person. Kate earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Fitness from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. She later earned an AAS at Southwestern Community College to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. Kate has years of experience in orthopedics, work rehabilitation and pain management, but is passionate about all things aquatic. She has spent years focusing on aquatic physical therapy. She enjoys helping people of all ages be successful and make positive life changes. Kate enjoys hiking, swimming, and boating.

Chazeray Jackson, PTA

Chazeray Jackson, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Chaz, a former student-athlete of Western Carolina University, earned his dual Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Sales of Marketing and Entrepreneurship in 2010. He decided to return back to school and pursue his passion in 2015 by earning his Physical Therapy Assistant degree from South College of Asheville. Chaz has experience working as a travel/contract therapist assistant and has gained knowledge in long term, acute and orthopedic care. While he enjoys the opportunity aquatic therapy provides in improving quality of life and activity in patients of all ages; his passion is rehabilitation of athletes for return to sport. Other interests include spending time with his wife and daughters as well as contributing to the community as a youth speaker to promote successful and positive life change. He is an inspiring author and loves staying active indoors/outdoors by running and weightlifting.

Hendersonville

Aquatic Therapists

Karen Winch, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Karen Winch, PTA has 21 years experience as a PTA working in various areas within the hospital including Joint Camp, acute care, short term rehab and outpatient rehab. The majority of Karen's time had been in outpatient rehab as an Aquatic Therapist. She treats patients from pediatrics through to older adulthood with varying health issues including CP, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s Disease, strokes, chronic pain, soft tissue problems and a myriad of orthopedic injuries and surgeries. Karen is certified in Back Han and is a Ai Chi and Aqua Stretch Practitioner. She is passionate about returning people to the best that they can be!

Southeastern Physical Therapy Fletcher Western North Carolina