A Physical Therapy Program for      
Breast Cancer Recovery

Kathy Slaka

Kathy Slaka, Physical Therapist, Breast Cancer Recovery

Physical Therapist
Developer, WISH Physical & Massage Therapies

Kathy Slaka, PT, MSPT, LMT, received her Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1998 from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. She began her career as an Orthopedic PT, specializing in manual therapy and the comprehensive spectrum of neurologic and womens health issues in the outpatient clinical setting.

By her 7th year of practice, Kathy felt an element was missing in her clinical care. Believing the treatment of an individual should involve more than just symptoms and diagnosis, she began researching Eastern medicine, which led her to an exploration of massage therapy and acupuncture. In 2009, she graduated with her License in Massage Therapy from New York College of Health Professions in Syosset, NY where she was immediately appointed to the Adjunct Faculty staff becoming the lead instructor in the study of Kinesiology and Myology.

Her clinical practice evolved blending both Western and Eastern techniques into her treatment approach, changing her primary focus of symptomatic treatment to one that includes prevention and wellness. Soon thereafter, with the passing of her father, she decided to make a career change and shifted her focus to the Geriatric population where she specialized in the treatment of the diseases of the aging, including Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Chronic pain syndromes, and hospice care with a goal of providing a quality of life till the end of life. During this time, she became a Clinical Instructor and the Senior Regional Mentor of NY instructing students and training new graduates in the clinical and administrative aspects of physical therapy. Simultaneously, she joined the adjunct faculty staff at Stony Brook University participating in various courses within the Clinical Doctorate PT program, which she continues presently.

Her interest in treating Breast Cancer survivors was sparked by the first woman on Long Island to receive a double mastectomy, who at the very beginning of her career gave her the inspiration to consider Women's Health issues and Oncology as her specialty. Throughout the years, she always knew that one day this would be her eventual focus and this led her to the appointment as a staff PT at Full Circle Breast Cancer Recovery program. She feels that she has finally come to her own "full circle" professionally, reaching her true calling, and proudly joined our staff in 2014.