Meet Nicole, our newest member of the IDPT family!
I’m Dr. Nicole Freitas, a new member of the IDPT team as of September. For those of you that don’t know me yet, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware and later went on to receive my Doctorate in physical therapy at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. I just recently moved to Ortley Beach, NJ, however I’ve always called New Jersey my home, growing up in Manalapan, NJ and being a proud student of Freehold Township High School. All throughout my childhood and high school years I was a competitive gymnast and would spend most of my free time traveling on the weekends to compete for my club and high school teams. When I was not busy with gymnastics, I enjoyed spending time with family and friends and going to the beach in the summer.
In 2012, when studying at the University of Delaware, I was unfortunately diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. At first, I was unaware of the toll this disease would take on my body, however it quickly progressed and I’ve spent many of years searching for proper treatment for the symptoms I was experiencing. Along with the disease progression, I began experiencing my own pelvic pain, in which I exhausted all treatment options, and as many of my patients have felt, I began to feel hopeless. You could imagine the frustration I experienced, studying to be a physical therapist without any idea how to better my own pain.
When my pelvic pain had reached its peak, I had already began one of my clinical rotations as a student physical therapist at Inner Dynamics Physical Therapy. Not only was I meeting patients with similar pain and medical history as mine, but I was learning ways in which to better this pain by taking a conservative treatment approach. At this time, my love for pelvic physical therapy had grown and I realized the impact a great pelvic physical therapist could have on many individuals’ quality of life.
After completing my coursework and subsequent clinical rotations, I had graduated from Rutgers University in May, 2018 excited as ever to begin a career as a physical therapist specialized to treat pelvic health. I like to imagine the day I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease as the day I was placed on the profesional path I was meant to be on. Although there were quite a few upsets on this path, I have conquered my own pelvic pain and learned many great lessons along the way.
It is my goal to help patients, like myself, return to what they love to do without being held back by pain, frustration, fear, or embarrassment. It’s an even bigger goal of mine to prove to others that there is a solution to pelvic pain regardless of the doubts and failed treatment approaches they have taken. Not everyone’s past is the same, however just as I had many doubts in my mind when seeking treatment from a pelvic physical therapist, these doubts can lead to hope of a pain-free life.
I look forward to meeting many new patients, like myself, as I begin treating as a physical therapist at Inner Dynamics Physical Therapy of Toms River! Feel free to contact me or the office so I can get to know your story further.
Nicole Freitas, PT, DPT