Darcie Pervier, MSPT, PES Owner, Newburyport Wellness, LLC
ABOUT ME Quite simply, I’m committed to helping my clients live their best lives by addressing core dysfunction and the problems related to it. I’m an holistic physical therapist with over 19 years of experience in manual therapy and science-based exercise prescription. My core-focused work with clients relieves pain, prevents injuries, resolves inner core dysfunction, and optimizes sports-related function. After practicing in a traditional PT model for years, I decided patients deserved more. I opened Newburyport Wellness to ensure that each client was treated as a total human, not just someone with a bum shoulder.
BACKGROUND I am a lifelong wellness and fitness enthusiast who received a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut. I have been devoted to healthy eating and for as long as I can recall and love making vegan healthy meals in my spare time. I am committed to empowering my two daughters to connect with and honor their body's by eating balanced, exercise and listening to the cues their body gives them about what it needs.
I have had my fair share of medical mishaps that have lead me to practice holistically and invest in hearing my client's stories so that I can help guide them to success to the best of my capability. From knee pain at age 9 playing soccer to "career ending" elbow pain playing softball and chronic ankle sprains, sports related injuries have impacted my life. This was my introduction to the traditional world of medicine and rehab. Add to that debilitating periods as an early teen/young woman. My pain was totally dismissed by my mom and so I never bothered to mention it to my doctors. It was a terrible existence of pain, passing out and missing school. The pill managed my symptoms for years and it wasn't until I had kids that I heard of Endo and was able to see that the pain was not in my head after all. I am lucky because I no longer have debilitating pain, but my mission is to help others suffering in silence. My injuries symptoms were often minimized and I was told many times to toughen up. If I only knew then, that my loose ligaments meant my muscles needed to be stronger to hold me together. I wish I knew then that the hips I seemed to grow overnight caused me to lack the stability I used to feel with running and playing sports. If I only knew then that my body's ability to double down and work through pain was not a good plan during certain periods of my menstrual cycle. If I only knew then that listening to your body is the key to long term health and wellness.
Although I have had a very eclectic history of working as a PT, I have always taken those childhood lessons and imparted the value of listening to your body to each and every client. From level-one trauma hospitals to outpatient clinics, my professional experiences allow me to draw on a variety of approaches and treatments. From childhood, I have wanted to understand how the body works and my desire to continue learning has not stopped. Now, I am just as committed to continuing my education ( Integrative Techniques For Pelvic Floor & Core Function, Female Athlete and more!) and my understanding of the human body. I obtained my Performance Enhancement Specialization to ensure that I am up to date on science-based muscle re-education and sports performance training techniques. While I am trained to perform internal pelvic floor work, I prefer to focus on functional, external approaches to pelvic floor dysfunction. I believe in a holistic approach to wellness. Not just treating injuries or symptoms, but preventing them from happening in the first place. And that oftenstarts with the core. “You only have one body. Be gracious to it.”
What I Love About Treating You! No matter where you’re starting from, we’ll begin your initial session with an assessment — helping to determine where you are and giving us a roadmap to success. My holistic approach can be a great fit for a variety of people with a multitude of concerns.
Once a Postpartum Momma, Always a Postpartum Momma Since having my own kids, I have become entrenched in understanding how pregnancy and labor can impact your body. Pregnancy can be hard on your body. The postnatal recovery process can take months — or even longer. Recovery is not spontaneous. It takes self-awareness and lots of self care!Many of the women I talk to report things like painful intercourse or incontinence long after their bundle of joy arrives. While very common, it is NOT normal!The truth is, many of these issues stem from a dysfunctional inner core system. That’s why I’ve committed to helping women build their strength from within.