Weber Physical Therapy and Wellness is owned and operated by physical therapist, Carolyn Weber, and provides mobile physical therapy services in Southeast Idaho. This means that you can receive outpatient physical therapy in the comfort of your own home or office. Why go to a busy outpatient clinic to be treated by multiple therapists during a pandemic when you could receive services in your home by the same therapist who is always focused on your needs?
Services: Orthopedic and neurologic conditions treated with specialty services for runners, endurance athletes and patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Carolyn has 3 years of clinical experience in running gait analysis and retraining. She is one of the only physical therapists in southeast Idaho that is certified in LSVT BIG treatment for Parkinson’s Disease and other neurologic conditions. For more information on the services offered and conditions treated, please visit the “services” page.
Check out the recent interview of Weber Physical Therapy and Wellness with the Davis Phinney Foundation on treatment programming available for patients with Parkinson’s Disease:
What insurances are accepted?
Medicare of Idaho (part B)
Blue Cross of Idaho (including medicare advantage plans)
Cigna (will be accepted starting July 2022)
United Healthcare (commercial plans, Charter, Compass, Navigate)
United Healthcare (Medicare plans)
Idaho State Insurance Fund
Align Networks, Inc (workers’ compensation)
CorVel Corporation (Workers’ compensation, auto liability)
SmartComp, LLC (workers’ compensation)
TechHealth (workers’ compensation)
OptumHealth Care Solutions Workers’ Compensation
Nexus Aco NR
Rockport Community Network, Inc (workers’ compensation)
Procura Management, Inc.
Prime Health Services (workers’ compensation and auto liability)
Cash-pay options are also available
Do I need a doctor’s referral? Most of the time, NO. Idaho is a direct access state, meaning you can come to physical therapy without seeing your primary care doctor first. Some insurances may require a referral and preauthorization before you are treated. If you have any questions, please call Carolyn at (208) 244-9291. If you have a referral, that’s great–just bring it to your first appointment or have your doctor fax it to Carolyn at (208) 908-7115—no special referral forms required.
How do I get an appointment? For quickest response, call or text Carolyn at (208) 244-9291. You may also email Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the “schedule appointment” button below to schedule a few weeks out.
Carolyn F Weber, Physical Therapist, PhD, DPT: I was born and raised in Northern Illinois. I earned a PhD in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2009. After working for 7 years as a research scientist and professor, my love for science and passion for physical activity lead me to return to graduate school to study physical therapy. I attended Des Moines University and graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) in 2019.
I enjoy working with orthopedic patients as well as those suffering from neurological conditions. I have three years of clinical experience in running gait analysis and have a special interest in rehabilitating and preventing running injuries. While at Des Moines University, I performed research in validating gait analysis protocols and worked for an expert in treating plantar fasciitis. I coauthored a publication demonstrating the strong linkage between low back pain and plantar fasciitis. I recently became one of the only physical therapists in Southeast Idaho to be certified in LSVT BIG treatment for Parkinson’s Disease and am engaged in group exercise programming in the community for people with Parkinson’s Disease. I enjoy treating patients from the ground-up, top-down, inside-out and outside-in to improve overall physical and mental well-being and assist them in achieving their personal goals.
In addition to treating patients, I enjoy road biking, running, triathlon, duathlon and especially trail and mountain running. I strongly believes that ski hills are best experienced in summer, in reverse, while wearing running shoes.
My Running Story
I began running more than 15 years ago, purely for exercise and stress relief during college and graduate school. I had always played team sports as a kid and in high school, during which running was always used as a punishment; it was not something I was ever good at and I had actually been told that I really couldn’t run by many coaches. With the competitive atmosphere of team sports removed, running became an acceptable form of daily exercise whether I was good at it or not. I started out running a couple of miles a day and as I increased my endurance, I challenged myself with longer and longer distances. Eventually, in graduate school a friend convinced me to run a half marathon with him. My goal for that was simply to finish, but when I came in under two hours and placed third in my age group, I was completely hooked and running began to take on a whole new meaning—it wasn’t just a stress relief mechanism and a way to stay in shape, it really became an integral part of my everyday life, a way to explore new places, something I could get better at…part of my soul.
As I finished graduate school and moved out West to the high desert to take on new jobs, running only became more fun as the humidity that I experienced in the deep South, Midwest and Northeast was gone! I also fell in love with running trails at high altitude 4,000-9,000 feet. In due time, the volume of running that I was beginning to do started to take its toll and I started to develop common running injuries and muscle imbalances (weak hamstrings, glutes). At one point, my lower back pain was bad enough that I went through an MRI and a series of cortisone shots and began to reassess this running habit. Not wanting to give it up, I thought that there must be another way…
After working with a running coach (Terry Chiplin, Active at Altitude) during a week-long, Women’s Running Camp, I was able to begin revising my form, running with a midfoot strike and increasing cadence to reduce impact. Shortly thereafter, I also became familiarized with ChiRunning. At first I was skeptical about integrating the movement principles of Ta’I Chi, which I knew nothing about, into my running. But adding those concepts to my running and increasing my awareness of how I was moving my body helped me to sense my new form even better and further pull the effort into my core muscles. Soon, I was back out on the road, sometimes twice a day, with no need for cortisone shots.
After a 2 years of implementing the advice of Coach Chiplin, I ran my first marathon in August 2013 and qualified for Boston (3:25:04). In 2014, I qualified for Boston again setting a new PR of 3:21:53 (Pocatello Marathon) and set a new PR in the half marathon (1:35:06, Missoula Half Marathon). Over the course of about 9 years, the evolution of my running has enabled me to take a total of 18 minutes off my half marathon time.The ability to run faster is certainly exhilarating, but more important to me are becoming more energy efficient and preventing injury so that running can be something I enjoy for many years to come.
Several people have met me through my work as a ChiRunning Instructor and I have enjoyed working with each and every runner. Working with runners and a desire to understand movement more deeply, lead me on a journey back to school in 2016 to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University in Iowa. I graduated in May 2019 and have returned to Pocatello, Idaho as a physical therapist. During my time in physical therapy school, I accrued 3 years of experience in running gait analysis/gait retraining and developed special interest in foot/ankle impairments. I hope to continue working with runners, triathletes and people of other active pursuits. I also have developed special interests in working with people affected by Parkinson’s Disease and have become involved in the start up of a boxing class (Poky4Parkys) for that group. If you want to reach out to chat about your physical goals, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to connect with you.
My Race History