Category Archives: News Releases

Listen to the First Swing Adaptive golf event information from the WRVA interview

We are so excited that Jimmy Barrett (WRVA) interviewed Alison Clarke, Director of Community Recreation Services at Sheltering Arms, about a special golf  opportunity for people with disabilities. To learn more about the “First Swing” event on April 26th and/or register for this exciting program, call (804)764-5275 or go to our website:



Sheltering Arms Patient Inspired by Oscar Pistorius at the London Olympics

Sheltering Arms Launching New High-Tech Walking and Upper Extremity Rehab Centers

Sheltering Arms Launching New High-Tech Walking and Upper Extremity Rehab Centers

iWALK and iREACH Feature First-in-the-Nation Collection of Physical Therapy Technology

 (Richmond, Va.) – A high-tech revolution is underway in physical rehabilitation, as more and more amazing new devices are becoming available that can help medical and therapy professionals to help injured individuals.  Bringing many of these devices into one place, Sheltering Arms is launching the iWALK and iREACH Recovery Centers, a first-in-the-nation collection of rehabilitation technology that are used by expert clinicians to help patients discover the power to overcome disability.

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Sheltering Arms Hires New Chief Financial Officer

After conducting a nationwide executive search in collaboration with healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Sheltering Arms in Richmond, Va., has hired Michael Dacus as chief financial officer. An experienced financial executive, Dacus will assume his new duties at Sheltering Arms immediately.

“Michael has a proven track record of enhancing revenue growth and successfully translating complex financial concepts into information that is understandable and actionable,” said James Sok, president/chief executive officer, Sheltering Arms. “Michael is a great addition to our senior-leadership team.” Continue reading

Lisa LaFata Powell Appointed Chairman of Sheltering Arms Board

(Richmond, Virginia) – Sheltering Arms, Central Virginia’s premier physical therapy rehabilitation provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa LaFata Powell as chairman of its Board of Directors.


Ms. Powell has been prominent in the Richmond area for decades, starting as an anchor and reporter at WTVR-TV from the middle 1980s until the middle 1990s.  Since leaving WTVR, she has worked as not only a freelance journalist but also an adjunct member on the faculty at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.


Ms. Powell is extremely active in the community, giving her time to multiple organizations.  She has served on Sheltering Arms’ board since 1999 and has also served on the board at Children’s Hospital, the Richmond SPCA, Theatre IV Children’s Theatre, The Daily Planet and the National Conference of Christians and Jews (Richmond Chapter).  In addition, she has given her time to the Christian Children’s Fund, Make Women Count, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and many other local organizations.


Ms. Powell will serve a two-year term as chairman of Sheltering Arms’ board. She resides in Hanover County with her husband, Lewis, and three children.




About Sheltering Arms

Sheltering Arms helps patients find the Power to Overcome the obstacles of illness and injury with a complete range of physical rehabilitation and wellness services.  To learn more about Sheltering Arms’ two hospitals and nine outpatient clinics visit, call 1-877-56-REHAB, or connect with Sheltering Arms on Facebook. ( or Twitter (


  Media Contact:


Stephanie Sulmer

Director of Public Relations

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Dry Needling Therapy and Nick Hopson on WRIC 8 Medical Minute

Sheltering Arms Honored With Best Place to Work in Healthcare AGAIN!

For the second year in a row and the third time in the last four years, Modern Healthcare is honoring Sheltering Arms by naming them one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare, a program that honors the 100 top healthcare employers in the United States. Sheltering Arms, Central Virginia’s premier physical therapy healthcare organization, is the only organization in Virginia to receive this honor in 2011. They were also named to the list in 2010 and 2008.

“I can’t describe the pride I feel at Sheltering Arms being awarded this honor,” said Sheltering Arms CEO Jim Sok. “Sheltering Arms provides an exemplary environment in which our employees do remarkable things, and it’s very rewarding to be recognized for providing that environment. We are proud of all our employees and their work in helping patients find the power to overcome setbacks that result from injuries and illness. We get tremendous support from our Board of Directors, who really value our employees and are committed to making Sheltering Arms a wonderful place to work.”

Currently in its fourth year, Modern Healthcare conducts this program to recognize outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a
national level. From economic development to employee retention, being named one of the
Best Places to Work in Healthcare benefits individuals, organizations and the healthcare industry.

The program collected information from both the employer and employees and was open to all companies (providers, suppliers, payers, associations, etc.) with at least 25 employees. Employers completed a survey detailing company policies, practices, benefits and demographics. Employees were asked in-depth questions that resulted in an analysis of 8 core areas: leadership and planning, culture and communications, role satisfaction, working environment, relationship with supervisor, training and development, pay and benefits and overall satisfaction.

A full alphabetical list of organizations honored in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work is available at

This award is just the latest given to Sheltering Arms for its superior business practices. In May, Sheltering Arms received three local Employer All Star awards, including the top award for its size. Additionally, the organization was just named as one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the U.S.