Constance Balles, P.T.A.

Balles

Education
Constance graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Southern Illinois University and has been practicing in the field for 32 years. She is licensed as a P.T.A. in the State of Illinois and is also a certified Pilates instructor. She loves working with geriatric patients and team MOI.

On working in an outpatient facility
I really enjoy working at MOI because it’s an outpatient facility. In my career, I’ve worked in a lot of therapy settings, from in-house rehabilitation to skilled nursing and management, but my love has always been outpatient orthopaedics. In this environment, I get to watch patients transform from having joint trouble and never getting to do the things they love to do, to getting back to living a more fulfilling life.

On the role of a Physical Therapist Assistant
I work directly under the Physical Therapist, and he or she does the patient evaluation and sets up the plan of care. Then I come in and work with the patient from evaluation to discharge. Of course, along the way I constantly interact with the Physical Therapist on that case, and we work together to make sure the patient will get the best outcome we can achieve.