Success stories from some of our clients

After visiting more than a dozen medical professionals who were unable to restore my mobility or eliminate my pain, I was very discouraged. A post-surgery injury to my hip left me unable to walk further than a block without significant pain. I couldn’t climb more than a few flights of stairs. Prior to my injury, I enjoyed cycling, swimming, hiking, skiing and many other physically strenuous activities. With each failed visit to a new practitioner, I was losing hope of ever eliminating the pain, much less recovering completely. My hope was restored after meeting Mark Read. I found Mark when I began researching myofascial release as a potential treatment option. During my first session with Mark, he identified the root causes of my issues and began an intensive hand-on therapy process to heal me. I felt immediate relief after our first session, but it took many months of personalized therapy and daily home exercises prescribed by Mark before I was fully restored. I’m now pain free. Since my recovery, I’ve resumed all of my pre-injury activities. I’ve hiked the mountains of Colorado and Maine, started a regular workout routine, played tennis, basketball and volleyball. I’m thoroughly convinced my recovery would not have been possible without Mark’s intervention. I trust Mark so much that I’ve referred several family members to him. Periodically, I still see him for treatment after I’ve pushed my body too hard. Mark’s ability to give me relief in a single session is almost magical. He is definitely a master of his craft.

Rich Poach

Mark Read has been my health partner for several years and my results are excellent.

Greg V.

I completely recommend Athletic Advantage to help get you back into the game or to navigate life. Mark is a true expert and looks at the whole body in relation to your injury or issue. I have been going here for 8 years for various issues and he always helps me to recover and heal. The staff is great. They are helpful in getting you a convenient appointment and working with your insurance company. Best PT around! Always get issues resolved quickly and with professional attention.

Beth S.

I was recommended to Dr. Mark after finding out I had a torn meniscus in my knee and my doctor said I needed surgery to repair it. I wasn't able to straighten my leg or flex my quad at all. I found the holistic approach a welcome change from previous PT I have done and I was amazed at how working on other parts of my body helped me to regain function in my knee. After 6 weeks of physical therapy I am on a recovery path which appears I won't need surgery after all.

Katie T.

I’ve seen Mark several times for different ailments. The last time it was a knee issue. I could barely go up or down steps. I went to an orthopedic doctor. After an MRI, it was suggested I use an anti-inflammatory ointment and then get PT. Ointment offered no relief. Mark treated for IT band issue. Five treatments later I was 90% back. Now, one needs to do their exercises he provides as homework, but let me tell you, I was worried about a trip to Alaska and whether I could handle the walking, hills, stairs and steps. No issues! Thanks Mark!

Brent C.

I've had Mark work on my back, shoulders and neck. The results were nothing short of spectacular! He has helped increase range of motion and a reduction of pain quickly! Not to mention the staff is extremely friendly and accommodating!

Carl L.

Thank you, Mark! I am pain free once again and able to move freely!

Saira P.

I am extremely indebted to Mark for his expertise in, and help with, the health of my playing mechanism and longevity in my career as a concert pianist.

Caroline H

I struggled for 3 years before I found Mark. He's the best.

Vicky Hawkins K.

Athletic Advantage is a great place to go for physical therapy. Mark Read is personable and excellent at treating the body. I recommend him for anyone in need.

Sheree H.

Thanks for all of your expert help. You are the best!

Darryl, Cathy and Alex S.

Mark, You became an important person in my life the past couple of years and I can’t even begin to thank you. You did not give up on me and you kept my hope up when I was giving up on myself. You’re caring and compassionate to treat me as an individual has made all the difference and not many other PT’s allow that for their patients. I am really grateful because you gave me a safe place and a place of healing that I could not find anywhere else. Whenever I had a bad setback I knew I could turn to you and you would make time for me. You have a real gift for helping people and I know I would not be in this position in my life of moving to Florida if it was not for you. I wish you all the best and I hope I don’t see you again because I need to but because I want to! I can’t say many people miss their physical therapist when they leave town but I will miss you!

Sam B.

I have gone to Mark many times now over the last several years. He is terrific physical therapist and more importantly he works toward not only relieving pain but getting to the root of the issue that is causing the pain. I won’t say he is a miracle worker but he is right up there on my list. I encouraged my colleague, Melissa, to see Mark as well. She came by after she saw him and indicated she was not in pain any longer. He definitely knows what he is doing and I really trust him.

Rebecca S.

I wanted to thank you so much for all the very hard work you did on my back during the last several months. It feels so much better than it did when I came home from Florida last March. Amazingly, my back never bothered me while on my trip in Africa. Even riding 1000 miles over the bumpiest, rockiest dirt roads known to man. Thank you again, Mark.

Sincerely, Patricia R

Mark, Thank you for all you have done for me to help me get back to the lifestyle that I want to live. If you had said to me 5 or 6 years ago that I’d be able to participate in the PELOTONIA and ride a hundred miles on my road bike and climb 4,500 feet along the way, I’d have had a really hard time believing it. I do now. Thank you! In a way, I kind of look at the ride as my accomplishment to prove to myself that I’ve really gotten back, not just the single ride but the hundreds of training miles and everything along the way.

Thank you so much! Keith B.

I recommend Mark Read and Athletic Advantage to everyone I know who may have need of physical therapy. Just as I was told by others a year ago, I found that Mark has an intuitive sense about how one’s body is (or isn’t) working. He has an uncanny knack for zeroing in on the root of a problem, and his treatment is thorough and appropriate to each patient’s need. I personally struggled for years with worsening joint pain, which we eventually discovered was caused by a gluten allergy. Once gluten-free, I worked with Mark to reinvigorate weakened muscles and release myofascial networks – ultimately revealing an underlying injury that resulted in total hip replacement and immediate pain relief. THANK YOU to Mark and his team for getting to the root of my pain and for months of professional and successful treatment!

Laralyn D.

One more day of fly fishing in the NC mountains. I have bounced down off road jeep trails and scrambled up rock filled streams and my back has held up. You are indeed a wizard and I thank you.

Jack B.

Mark, I am writing a note to you to say thank you for all the assistance you have provided to me. I feel like I have gained a tremendous amount of flexibility throughout my hips and torso. In my profession it is critical to be mobile but stable and I know that is much more the case now than previously. Beyond the improvement related to my profession I just feel much better and think I can delay/avoid what I believe was an inevitable left knee replacement. Additionally I have seen my clients that you have treated improve dramatically. From bad backs to wrist injuries their quality of life as well as golf games have gotten better. Thanks again for your caring professional treatment. It has been my pleasure to be involved with you both professionally and personally.

Tom Brock PGA Professional

I have some important information that may help you. I had a severe back injury and understand how painful and depressing it can be. This testimonial is to warn you about all the misinformation there is about back injuries and that some of that misinformation comes from doctors and other medical professionals, as well as from seemingly reputable websites. I went through this gauntlet of incorrect advice and it cost me countless days, weeks and months of pain as my back injury kept reoccurring. I don’t want to see this happen to anyone else. I understand that people who have one back injury are likely to have more if they don’t receive the proper care and information. I went through x-rays, doctors, chiropractors, emergency room visits, pain pills (which don’t help much and certainly don’t cure the problem), and all sorts of research. I was eventually told that I would probably have flare ups of back pain off and on for the rest of my life. Fortunately, I finally found the right doctor who said I can be cured and he sent me to the top physical therapist in our area that has an extensive amount of training, education and expertise in this area. My physical therapist’s name is Mark Read. Mark explained to me that most of the time, many doctors and medical professionals will only treat the symptoms of the injury without correcting the cause. In my case, for example, I had a bad musculoskeletal imbalance and asymmetry in my skeletal frame that was causing a cycle of injury and re-injury. Mark has helped me a great deal and I am already more flexible than I have been in 20 years. He not only treats me, but educates me along the way as to why he is doing what he is doing and how it will help. He also designed a specific program of stretching and exercise for me to keep this injury from occurring again. Each person has different musculoskeletal issues and the standard exercise regimens many doctors and therapists prescribe don’t apply to everyone. Mark also helped me with the mental difficulties of handling such a painful injury by giving me suggestions to cope with my pain and answered my questions throughout the process. I am telling you about Mark Read because I think he can help you as well. I pass on the word about Mark to everyone I talk to who may benefit from his treatment and advice.

Christopher W.

I don’t know where my life would be without Mark Read and Athletic Advantage. I first hurt my back 30 years ago. The doctors always suggested rest and muscle relaxers for my pain. I had finally gotten to the point where I was completely limited in my activity and was in a lot of pain. I saw a neurologist and he suggested that I try physical therapy. He didn’t suggest any physical therapist but Mark Read. Mark’s office is across town from my home and I thought a closer physical therapist would be easier. My doctor assured me that if any therapist could help me it would be Mark. He had seen Mark help many patients with more success than any other physical therapist he knew. My doctor was confident Mark would be able to help me. I took his suggestion and was sold on my first visit to Athletic Advantage. Mark did a thorough examination and made a “game plan” for my therapy. He worked with me, retrained my muscles through exercises and never gave up on me. I now walk two miles each day and exercise on a regular basis. He has such dedication to his patients. Under his care I have fully recovered and I would recommend Mark without hesitation for anyone not feeling 100% in their physical activity.

Jan S.

I have been very pleased with Athletic Advantage. Before seeing Mark Read, I had pain while walking and climbing stairs which interfered with my quality of life. I can do both now with relative ease. Mark is an excellent practitioner and has restored my confidence in PT. He is professional, very skilled and listens to me and my body. Mark is an exceptional therapist and I highly recommend him.

Karen R.

Hi! My name is Barbara and I'm a Mark Read addict. That's a good thing - a really good thing. I first worked with Mark when I was in my 40's and he performed his miracles, then I took a long break (thinking, like most of us, that I'd be good for the rest of my life). Well, I've discovered that it's a privilege to have gotten to my 70's and now I find that aches and pains come with that privilege. Back to my guru, Mark, and his amazing ability to analyze the skeletal connections and work each area of the body to solve not only the initial problems, but hit trigger points that bring release to issues I didn't even know I had! He's the best!!!

Barbara R.