Promoting Movement…one step at a time.
ProMove PT Pain Specialists is a private physical therapy practice that was formed with the patient’s needs in mind. ProMove is short for Promoting Movement, which is the vision of the clinic’s owner, Michelle Finnegan. Promoting movement can be achieved using many different treatment techniques, all of which are based on the latest evidence in order to maximize your outcomes.
At ProMove PT Pain Specialists your physical therapist will provide you with the highest level of care possible.
- One-on-one treatments. Each session is spent solely with your physical therapist, no one else.
- Individualized care. Each treatment includes more than just addressing the underlying factors of the symptoms you are experience. We will also listen mindfully to address your interests and goals when customizing your treatment program so that you can achieve your fullest potential.
- Hands-on treatments. All sessions will include advanced hands-on manual therapy techniques that are based on the latest evidence to help get you back on track.
- Advanced training of your therapist. A therapist with advanced training and skills has the ability to provide a greater skill set and level of competence to help meet your needs. The experience of your therapist includes:
- Board certified clinical specialist in Orthopedics
- Over 15 years of experience in orthopedic manual therapy.
- Board certified cervical & temporomandibular therapist
- Fellowship trained in manual therapy
- Certified in dry needling
Michelle Finnegan, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CMTPT, CCTT, FAAOMPT
Dr. Michelle Finnegan is the owner of ProMove PT Pain Specialists. She graduated with her Master of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2001 and her Doctorate from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2007. Over the years she has worked in a variety of physical therapy settings, however, in the last 8-9 years she has focused her attention to treating patients with myofascial pain, chronic pain, temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD), headaches, and cervical pain.
She is one of the few physical therapists in the country with advanced training in the head and neck region. In addition to becoming a Certified Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT), she has been trained by the leader of TMD, Dr. Mariano Rocabado, at the craniofacial pain program in the University of St. Augustine. She has also started the extensive course program through the Craniofacial Therapy Academy (CRAFTA) and the Orofacial Pain Continuum through Louisiana State University to advance her skills. She also consistently attends the annual conference for the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.
Additional credentials of Dr. Finnegan include being a board-certified clinical specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, fellowship trained in manual therapy through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, certified in manual therapy (MTC) through the University of St. Augustine, and certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars.
Dr. Finnegan also has contributed to several publications.
- Travell, Simons, & Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual 3rd Ed.
- “Deep Dry Needling of the Trunk Muscles,” both the first and second editions of Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach.
- A quarterly review in the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, “A Critical Overview of the Current Myofascial Pain Literature."
- A Critical Overview of the Current Myofascial Pain Literature - October 2015. PubMed
- A Critical Overview of the Current Myofascial Pain Literature - July 2015. PubMed
- A Critical Overview of Current Myofascial Pain Literature - March 2015. PubMed
- An Evidence-Informed Review of the Current Myofascial Pain Literature - January 2015. PubMed
- A letter to the editor, "Comment on Hannah et al. and the ongoing relevance of clinical anatomy."
- Dry Needling for the Management of Thoracic Spine Pain
Dr. Finnegan is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM), American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), where she also volunteers on the Research committee. She is also an active member of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), where she is currently membership chair of the Pain Management SIG. She is also an APTA credentialed advanced clinical instructor. Over the last 12 years she has also been actively involved with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), where she has volunteered her time as an item writer for both the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and the Orthopedic Practice Review Tool. She has also served on the Examination Development Committee, the Item Writer Task Force, and the Dry Needling Competency Task Force.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her dog Dallas, an English Mastiff, and visiting her family back in NJ, where she grew up and taking continuing education courses.