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Affordable Treatment for Cancer Patients

Contribute to the fund in Dr. Melissa Cofer's name to support her cancer patients who cannot afford the cost of physical therapy!

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Project Description

In the U.S., more and more people are being diagnosed with cancer. The good news is that the rate of cancer deaths is going down and cancer survivors have a better chance of living longer after their treatment. However, the side effects of cancer treatments can persist and negatively affect a person’s day-to-day life. Dr. Melissa Cofer, the founder of Sol Center Physical Therapy, believes that anyone who fights cancer deserves the absolute best quality of life, not just during treatment, but for the rest of their life. 

There are some major obstacles for patients to receive treatment. 1.) There is a shortage of well-qualified oncology rehabilitation specialty practices in Central Texas, and the need for physical therapy far exceeds the availability of these services. 2.) Patients are under-referred and expected to settle for a “new normal," which is a lower quality of life than what could be possible with additional care. 3.) For the best possible care and improved outcomes, oncology patients require therapy that is individualized, attentive, flexible, one-on-one, long term, less demanding, and medically safe. 4.) The cost of what may be viewed as "supplemental medical treatment," such as physical therapy, therapeutic massage, facial treatment, fitness training, and recreational therapy can be too much for cancer patients to afford on top of their other medical expenses.

At Sol Center Physical Therapy, we offer physical therapy, fitness training, massage therapy, esthetic treatment, and recreational therapy (with the option of animal assisted services) to oncology patients in the greater Austin area! However, not all the patients who would like to see us are able to afford treatment. 

This is where you come in - your donation can help cover the partial, or even the entire cost, of treatment for our prospective patients! This fundraiser is raising money to help pay for therapeutic care for those who wouldn’t be able to afford to receive treatment here otherwise, and ensure that our practitioners receive their full wage for their amazing care!

Thank you for taking the time to read through our campaign, and we greatly appreciate any donation you can happily make!

 

 

Meet our Team! 

Dr. Melissa Cofer, PT, DPT - Melissa is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with clinical experience and specialty training since 2016. She is experienced in providing quality care throughout the cancer journey, from diagnosis through lifelong survivorship. She works with patients across many different cancer diagnoses, providing pre-op assessment, post-op rehabilitation, and management of treatment side effects. She is the founder and owner of Sol Center Physical Therapy, which opened as PORi Center of Excellence Oncology Rehabilitation clinic. Melissa's treatment approach relies on a team effort between the therapist and the patient. She focuses on empowering patients with education and tools for long-term success in their wellness journeys. She believes that every patient deserves individualized attention to their changing needs, as well as compassionate hands-on care.

To learn more about Melissa and her practice, please visit https://www.solcentertherapy.com/

Dr. Michele Green, PT, DPT, TPS - Michele is a Licensed Physical Therapist, Therapeutic Pain Specialist, and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist in private practice specializing in pain care and pelvic health. Michele has completed pelvic health training through the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association. Michele is also a Therapeutic Pain Specialist, following completion of the Therapeutic Pain Specialist certification program through Evidence in Motion. Michele provides holistic care, custom tailored to meet the unique needs of every patient, throughout their journey of recovery. She also helps patients improve function, re-engage in their lives, and reduce pain when experiencing conditions such as: autoimmune disease, migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, cancer, and arthritis. She enjoys guiding and educating her patients in how to better understand and relate to their bodies and their recovery.

To learn more about Michele and her patient care, please visit https://essential-physicaltherapy.com

Alicia Daniels - Alicia is a passionate medically licensed Esthetician providing personalized skincare treatments. She is skilled in a wide range of esthetic procedures and possesses expertise in Oncology Skincare, focusing on skincare before, during, and after Chemotherapy and Radiation treatments. In her spare time, she likes to hang out with family and go on family rides. Whether you are looking for a day to just relax and unwind or address your specific needs Alicia is here to help!

Alyssa Washington, NASM-CPT, Certified Personal Trainer - With a passion for transforming lives through fitness, Alyssa brings her expertise as Sol Center’s dedicated personal traine. Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, she specializes in tailoring dynamic workout programs to meet individual goals, ensuring each client experiences a journey of strength, vitality, and well-being. Alyssa is currently building out a schedule of Foundational Fitness Classes for regaining strength and function post cancer treatment.

Amber Bezzant, LMT, Licensed Massage Therapist - Amber is a recent Texas transplant from Utah. She received her massage training at the Intermountain Massage Therapy College in Bountiful, Utah. She employs several different massage modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, myofascial release techniques, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage techniques, cupping, and scraping. When not massaging, she enjoys pole dance, circus arts, cycling, snowboarding, and spending time with her partner, two children, and her two cats.

Amber can be reached through her personal massage business at [email protected].

Stephanie Castro, TRS/TXC, MSLS - Stephanie is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in the State of Texas, who was born and raised in Austin. Stephanie has been a certified Recreation Therapist for 10 plus years, working with all ages in mental health, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and community settings. She is also a certified instructor for Chair Yoga, Chair Chi, Drumtastic (drumming while performing rhythmic movements), and is currently studying to be a certified brain injury specialist. As a recreation therapist, she uses activity-based interventions such as music, art, sports, and other leisure activities to help enhance the clients’ overall quality of life. Additionally, she also coaches a juniors volleyball club in the springtime. Her interests are painting, playing volleyball, playing the clarinet, skateboarding, hiking, exercising, and engaging in other activities with her son.

 

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Just Because I Care

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Many Hands Make Light Work

Your contribution will help make physical therapy more accessible for cancer patients in Central Texas!

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25.00 USD
Sol-cial Shoutout

You will receive a social media shout out! Applies for every higher reward as well.

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50.00 USD
Happy Haven

Shine on in a "Sol Center is my Happy Place" limited edition t-shirt!

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100.00 USD
Ample Aromatherapy

We will send you a set of four aromatherapy rollers centered around healing made exclusively for our clinic by Teabody Naturals!

1 Supporter
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200.00 USD
Comfort a Caregiver

Fund a therapeutic massage or facial for a caregiver!

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1,000.00 USD
Lighten the Load

Cover part of a patient's physical therapy treatment!

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2,000.00 USD
The Patient's Patron

Fund a full treatment of physical therapy for one patient!

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5,000.00 USD
Sweet Suite

Fund a Complete Holistic Wellness Package (including physical therapy, recreational therapy, fitness training, esthetic treatment, and massage plus a caregiver's massage) for four patients!

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