Physical Therapist - Mike Lachance, MPT
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from the University of Maine in Farmington in 1995 and went on to graduate school to study Physical Therapy at Elon University in North Carolina graduating in 2000. For ten years Mike has been providing Physical Therapy services in an outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine environment with additional experience work with the geriatric population in a skilled nursing facility.
His previous experience in the fitness industry and appreciation for patient education provide for a motivating and learning atmosphere ensuring maximum results. The importance of team work between the clinician and patient is emphasized at Proactive. From the post operative patient, high school athlete, injured worker, weekend warrior or those who suffer from chronic conditions or general aches and pains, Proactive will individualize a program to meet your needs.. Life long self management and preventative measures are incorporated in all treatment plans.
Mike’s area of specialty include treatment of spinal disorders utilizing the McKenzie method of mechanical diagnosis and treatment, correction of muscle imbalances to improve biomechanics, neuromuscular retraining for improved balance and walking stability, dynamic core strengthening and sports performance. One guarantee from your experience at Proactive is that you will learn how to care for your body with intention of minimizing pain and maximizing function.
Physical Therapist - John, K. Libby, DPT
John graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1997. He then worked in the finance industry before going on to graduate school to study physical therapy. He earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of New England in 2009.
John’s previous experience in physical therapy includes work in the hospital, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient settings. This diversity of practice combined with his interest in sports medicine gives him a unique perspective and varied skill set to bring to Proactive Physical Therapy.
John is a runner himself and particularly enjoys working with that population. He has worked with a variety of athletes, from recreational to professional, and with minimalist runners as well as those who prefer a more traditional shoe.
John is working toward the McKenzie certification, and currently employs many of these treatment techniques in his practice. Additionally, he adopts the philosophy that many injuries result from faulty movement patterns and muscular imbalances. Consequently, he seeks to restore optimal movement and muscular balance, and in so doing, prevent or reduce the possibility of re-injury.
Physcial Therapist - Taylor Nelson, DPT
Taylor is a graduate of Central College (Pella, IA) earning his undergraduate degree in Health and Exercise Science in 2015. Prior to entering physical therapy school, Taylor worked on his family’s farm and as a rehabilitation tech at a Level 1 Trauma hospital. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of New England in May of 2019. Taylor has fulfilled all the requirements as prescribed by the American Musculoskeletal Institute and is certified as a Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist.
Taylor’s previous clinical experience throughout PT school include time within hospital and outpatient settings, as well as volunteer work spent with patient’s with Parkinson’s and UNE’s Community Therapy Clinic. Taylor also completed his physical therapy academic coursework presenting at American Pain Society’s annual meeting for his research group’s work on pain response to exercise.
Taylor appreciates working with a wide variety of populations having treated patients ranging from high school athletes to neurological conditions. Taylor’s style of care involves educating patients on their conditions and empowering them in their recovery through active treatments. He believes exercise and movement can be a great avenue for patients dealing with acute and chronic conditions.
Outside of work, Taylor enjoys all that Maine has to offer for outdoor activities. He is also an avid sports fan following the Kansas City Chiefs and Iowa Hawkeyes religiously.
Intake Cooridnator - Megan Ouellette
Office Assistant - Jennifer Lachance