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Patient Stories

My daughter suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke in February, 2016. She received 6 weeks of inpatient therapy, as well as months of outpatient therapy. She, unfortunately, suffered several falls and broken bones, and also developed severe spasticity of the left foot/ankle. I found Tara on the website around December of 2017 and called her about my daughter. She evaluated her and immediately began a vigorous treatment plan. We, at this time, were becoming quite discouraged and looking for hope. Now, just 6 months latter, the progress my daughter has made is beyond anything we could have imagined at the time we met Tara. Every session Tara works extremely hard, is focused and uses a great bedside manner to elicit results from her patient. She shares the joys of her patient and their family when improvements are made, and she shows great pride in her skills. Tara is the best physical therapist we have had the privilege of working with. When we began with Tara, my daughter was confined to a wheelchair, she now is able to get that left foot flat and walk with assistance. Tara also helped us secure a new brace that actually works. Also, my daughter loves going to her therapy. sessions!

Rose O'neil

“Tara is awesome! She has helped my Mother stand & walk with assistance after having a major stroke last year. She is the most dedicated person in her profession. She is determined to see that her patients achieve the most they can & continue to strive to meet their goals. She has never given up hope for Mom & we don’t know what we would have done if we had not been introduced to her. Thank you so much Tara for your continued enthusiasm & support!”

Christine Hamilton

“My daughter suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke in February, 2016. She received 6 weeks of inpatient therapy, as well as months of outpatient therapy. She, unfortunately, suffered several falls and broken bones, and also developed severe spasticity of the left foot/ankle. I found Tara on the website around December of 2017 and called her about my daughter. She evaluated her and immediately began a vigorous treatment plan. We, at this time, were becoming quite discouraged and looking for hope. Now, just 6 months latter, the progress my daughter has made is beyond anything we could have imagined at the time we met Tara. Every session Tara works extremely hard, is focused and uses a great bedside manner to elicit results from her patient. She shares the joys of her patient and their family when improvements are made, and she shows great pride in her skills. Tara is the best physical therapist we have had the privilege of working with. When we began with Tara, my daughter was confined to a wheelchair, she now is able to get that left foot flat and walk with assistance. Tara also helped us secure a new brace that actually works. Also, my daughter loves going to her therapy. sessions!”

Annette Royal

“I have worked in the neuro rehab field for over 20 years. I have known Tara for many of those twenty and consider her to be one of the premier neuro rehab experts in the State. She is compassionate and knowledgeable and yet pushes you to be your own advocate in recovery to attain new levels of function with the goal being an enhanced quality of life.

If I God forbid had a stroke, MS, etc. I would welcome Tara as my therapist.”

Gary Viles

Tara has been treating my husband, who has been recovering from Guillain-barrè syndrome since October 2018. Tara has extensive experience with neurological physical therapy and has helped my husband learn to walk again. Tara is diligent and determined and has used several different modalities to successfully help my husband regain strength, mobility, and confidence. Tara is very motivating and encouraging and has identified my husband needs in order to create a treatment plan specifically for him.
I highly recommend Orlando Near Therapy and am so thankful that Tara was recommended to us.

Stacey Dutra

“Tara is a great physical therapist. She thinks outside the box and is always inventing new ways to challenge my son and keep him progressing. She goes way above and beyond. We have been in many physical therapy environments over the years, and Tara has had the greatest impact on my son’s recovery. She has pushed him to new limits. He continues to improve and Tara continues to pour hope into him. He loves working with her and loves seeing the functional improvements in his life. We are so thankful for Tara’s practice and all she does for her patients.”

Jan P.

I want to start out by letting you know a little bit about myself. In 2014 I was in a boating accident which left me paralyzed from the chest down. I’m classified as a C4 C5 quadriplegic. When I first got out of inpatient therapy I was blessed to have Tara as my first outpatient physical therapist. She was extremely knowledgeable, especially with SCI. I am a taller guy and I was concerned about people transferring me, Tara had no problem picking me up and passing me to the mat. She taught me so many different techniques to help me regain a sense of independence. Now two years later I live with roommates, I am trying to drive again, and re-integrating myself into the workforce. I definitely recommend her to be one of the best physical therapists I have ever had!”

Chris Pruitt

“As a fellow physical therapist, I have the utmost respect for Tara and her professional skills with all types of neurological patients. She is very knowledgeable, thorough and is an advocate for her patients. I have seen patients make amazing improvements while under Tara’s care. Her treatment plans are uniquely tailored to each patient’s needs. Tara’s priority is working with patients to reach their highest level of independence to enhance their quality of life. I recommend her highly!”

Michelle McNabb

“As a physical therapist, I have complete respect for Tara’s knowledge, skills and dedication in assessing and treating neurological patients. She is excellent and I highly recommend her!”

Melissa Bornstein

“Ms. Tobias has encouraged me to overcome my self imposed limitations on my spinal chord injury, I have renewed confidence in my abilities. We worked hard, make no mistake. She took on my mission, I am beyond satisfied. After carefully planning each of my sessions, we worked at something new each and every time.”

Mary Thomas

I have been dealing with the struggles that a person with MS has for the last 15 years. I have mobility issues, spasticity, etc, etc. When I was referred to Tara I was at first skeptic of seeing another therapist because I have not had any success with all the previous ones. I do not regret the decision of giving it another try!
First of all the treatment is tailored to your needs and you don’t have to see a different therapist on every visit. She develops a plan just for you. I would recommend ONT any day. If you have a need for a therapist and you want to make your life better do yourself a favor a pay her a visit!!

Hiram Nigaglioni