Eileen Burns, PT, CFCE, CEAS, ACCI
Eileen Burns is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1994 and an active member of the Section on Women’s Health (SoWH) since 2004, and Private Practice Section of the APTA. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Virgen Milagrosa University in the Philippines in 1992, and has been practicing in the US since 1993.
Eileen Burns has more than 20 years experience and had worked in different clinical settings. After graduation in 1992 she volunteered some of her time at the Veterans Medical Center in the Philippines and worked in private practice in home setting where she’d worked with patients with stroke, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy. In 1993, she was recruited by Achievement Rehab (a.ka. Symphony Rehab) based in Pennsylvania to work in long term care with sub-acute rehab facilities in Winter Park and Orlando, Florida until her company relocated her to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1994. She continued to work in long term care facilities throughout Indiana through NovaCare, Inc as Clinical Specialist, wound care specialist and sharp debridement trainer. Eileen also served as program development specialist where she would train and conduct competency training to the staff for pressure ulcer prevention, seating and positioning, contracture prevention, bladder program and fall prevention. In 1999 the first prospective payment system hit the long term care facilities nationwide. Eileen started a new venture as Partner and co-owner of FlexCare,Inc. She served as a President and Manager to the outpatient rehabilitation facility and on-site rehabilitation provider to the steel processing plant in Kokomo, IN. In 2000, Eileen launched EG Rehab Solutions, LLC as independent service provider to occupational health clinics and Indiana First Steps. Eileen also worked as supplemental weekend PT in inpatient rehabilitation setting at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana and became full time where she treated patients with diagnoses of spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke and traumatic brain injury. In 2003, Eileen was hired at Central Indiana Therapy Center (CITC), a pulmonary rehabilitation center. where she treated patients with orthopedic diagnoses and patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). It was her manager at CITC who encouraged her to go to Denver, Colorado to get trained in vestibular rehabilitation and pelvic floor assessment. However, the center closed in 2004. Eileen joined the outpatient team at Wishard Hospital (now Eskenazi Health) in December of 2004, where she worked with a variety of diagnoses and complex patients, diagnoses such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, bell’s palsy, spinal cord injury, positional vertigo such as BPPV (Benign Paroxymal Positional Vertigo), and scar and burn management at Richard Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard hospital . She served as an outpatient Team Leader for 7 years . She established the FITT program for pre and post bariatric surgery patients, wheelchair clinic, functional capacity evaluation, pediatric program, pre and post natal protocol and sharp debridement competency program.
Eileen currently specializes in pelvic physical therapy to both men and women. Her orthopedic and manual training in Hesch method for lumbopelvic dysfunction, orthopedic approach to pelvic pain, and Maitland’s spinal mobilization has been very helpful in treating chronic pelvic pain and pelvic dysfunctions. She received training in step by step evaluation of pelvic floor muscle and use of biofeedback by Dawn Sandalcidi in 2004 and was one of the Lab Assistants to SoWH’s Pelvic Physical Therapy 1 in Indianapolis in 2011. She participated in Visceral Manipulation* 1 and 2 (Abdomen) workshops, offered by The Barral Institute, and CranioSacral Therapy* 1 (CST1) through Upledger Institute.
*Visceral Manipulation is a manual therapy in which light, specifically placed pressure encourges normal mobility, tone and tissue motion of the internal organs and their connective tissue. The gentle manipulations have the potential to affect the physiological function and structural integrity of the entire body.
*CranioSacral Therapy is used to detect and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system, which maybe the cause of sensory, motor or neurological dysfunctions. The therapy has been successfully used to treat headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ, chronic fatigue, and motor coordination to name a few.
She also attended continuing education workshops in therapeutic yoga by Neal Pearson which is beneficial in conjunction with her other skills.