Category Archives: Sheltering Arms News

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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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 (


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Stephanie Sulmer

Director of Public Relations

804-342-4329 /

SA Therapist published in PT Products Online – “Get With The Program“


Products to treat common issues in sports orthopedics and fitness, and return athletes to play.

by: Shannon R. La Spina, PT, DPT

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Therapy balls are an excellent source for a high-level core training program.

In an average physical therapy clinic, where a high-level athlete with ankle pain can be followed by a new runner with knee pain, knowing what to use in treating sports injuries is paramount for an effective training program and quick recovery. In my clinic, Sheltering Arms’ Maple Outpatient Center, Richmond, Va, typical subjective complaints of insidious-onset pain include knee pain while squatting, low back pain while playing a beloved sport, and ankle pain while running, to name a few. When it comes to joint, muscle, and fascial dysfunction, nontraumatic onset pain can usually be boiled down to four key areas.
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Dry Needling Therapy and Nick Hopson on WRIC 8 Medical Minute

Richmonder and Sheltering Arms Patient Chosen to Represent Stroke Victims Nationwide

Jamaal Williams doesn’t fit the profile of a typical stroke victim, but now the Richmond resident will represent stroke victims across the country as part of a program from the National Stroke Association.

Jamaal hard at work

Jamaal played football at Virginia Union University. Jamaal was young and vibrant. Yet, when Jamaal was brought to Sheltering Arms, a massive stroke had robbed him of the ability to move the right side of his body or even speak.

He was 30 years old. Through years of hard work, along with help and technology provided by Sheltering Arms, he has regained many of his previous abilities. He is now mobile, independent, and able to communicate.

Not only is Jamaal doing well with his own recovery, he is now working to help others. Coming full circle, he is now himself a volunteer at Sheltering Arms, working to inspire others to overcome their disabilities.

Because of his determination, hard work, and sunny outlook, Jamaal has been named as one of the subjects of the National Stroke Association’s Faces of Stroke campaign. The campaign will be unveiled in May, which is National Stroke Month. Telling a different individual’s story each day during the month, the campaign has a goal of raising awareness of stroke prevention and recovery. The profiles will be available on the organization’s website,, and will be promoted via Facebook and Twitter.

“Jamaal has achieved great things in his recovery, and we’re so proud of him,” said Sheltering Arms President and CEO James Sok. “From the beginning of his rehabilitation, he learned and embraced the Power to Overcome. Jamaal and his family became part of our family.”

Jamaal was featured in the 2009 TV documentary The Power to Overcome, which aired locally. He lives in Richmond and enjoys spending time with his mother, brother, daughter and his devoted Rottweiler.