Ashley Friend, PT, DPT
Ashley Friend comes to Roper Physical Therapy highly skilled in manual therapy and is an advanced practitioner of Myofascial Release (MFR) trained under John Barnes PT, LMT, NCTMB. Ashley graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010 from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. She began her career as a travel Physical Therapist, allowing her to obtain experience with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Through this position, she has acquired skills working in outpatient orthopedics, short-term rehabilitation and acute- care rehabilitation managing treatment plans for adult and pediatric patients. In 2014, she began additional training under Brian Mulligan, PT in mobilization with movement manual techniques and concepts. Since joining Roper Physical Therapy in 2016, she has enjoyed learning how to use her advanced skills in myofascial release and manual therapy to help women regain their range of motion after undergoing mastectomies, lumpectomies and radiation therapy following a breast cancer diagnosis. To date, Ashley has completed over 200 hours of training in myofascial release therapy. Her gentle approach and diverse skill-set has been beneficial for all age groups with the common goal of improving mobility and enhancing overall quality of life. Ashley wanted to empower patients to be an active participant in their own healing process and developed an educational workshop teaching the benefits of self-myofascial release using various tools and techniques that can be used in the clinic or home setting. In her personal life, Ashley enjoys spending time with her pets, being outdoors, traveling, reading, and ballroom dancing.
“My treatment sessions with Ashley have been such an important part of my recovery after undergoing a bilateral mastectomy. I was referred to Roper Physical Therapy in May 2017 by my plastic surgeon and was hesitant to book an appointment as I was unfamiliar with the Myofascial Release technique. After my first visit, I could see immediate improvement in my range of motion and was surprised by how gentle this technique is. Ashley became a very valuable part of my healing process. I am so grateful!”
“I want to let Ashley Friend know how much I appreciate her seeing me on September 29,2016. I felt so much better after our session. It is great knowing that I can call and get an appointment on a non- normal session time when I am having difficulty. I went in with a pain level of six and after the session and into the next day pain was level was zero. I would highly recommend Ashley to anyone! I also want to thank Lynne Ray and Christine Roper for all their help!”
“Ashley, I can’t thank you enough for your care. I was amazed each time I worked with you how much better I felt afterward. One time was nearly miraculous as I felt terrible going in and had nearly no pain coming out. Though I had some bounce back pain, each visit was like a step up the hill and by the last one I was well on my way to recovery.”
“Ashley, I can’t thank you enough for your care. I was amazed each time I worked with you how much better I felt afterward. One time was nearly miraculous as I felt terrible going in and had nearly no pain coming out. Though I had some bounce back pain, each visit was like a step up the hill and by the last one I was well on my way to recovery. I continue to do my ab exercises and stretching. I am back on stationary bike and doing quite well. My back is in no pain but feels “vulnerable” so I am very cautious but hopeful that the worst is way over with. I really feel exceptionally good considering the two separate injuries I suffered. I had a very bad fall with the death of my brother, my surgery and my back injury but you helped carry me through to the other side.” Jan 2017
“I just wanted to write you and tell you thank you very much for what you have done for me. There is no doubt in my mind the four weeks I spent with you in treatment was a godsend. I am 100% pain free. I can walk, stand without any pain. I have been to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Sedona, Arizona. I would not have been able to do those things with out your treatment. As you know I have been dealing with this since July of 2017 and was planning surgery for early January 2018. I thank God everyday.” March 2018