Christine graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Since that time, Chris has practiced in a variety of settings to include acute care, orthopedics, sports medicine, home care and private practice. She opened The Office of Christine F. Hayes, PT, PC in Chester County in June 1999, now known as Hayes Physical Therapy, with dual specialties in the areas of orthopedics and oncology. Chris has attended many continuing education courses in orthopedics and oncology, pedorthic evaluations and orthotic fabrication, myofascial release and more. She has been a practicing physical therapist for 34 years working on the Main Line of Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery and Chester Counties.
Chris is also a graduate of The Barbara Brennan School of Healing, a 4-year internationally renowned healing program. Chris’ extensive training in Brennan Healing Science, an energetic mind-body and spiritual approach to healing, compliments her work as a physical therapist. This extensive healing approach allows Chris to offer her patients the unique ability to integrate both a traditional and complementary approach to healing in her physical therapy practice and integrated healing center.
Chris became Certified in Active Release Techniques for the spine (ART) in 2014. This state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement-based technique treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Chris’ certification specifically addresses the soft tissue of the back, neck and trunk. Active Release Techniques (ART) is an amazing addition to our manually- based practices currently being offered at Hayes Physical Therapy. Chris is also Certified in SFMA for functional movement screening and corrective exercise. In May of 2017, Chris also became TPI Certified (Titleist Performance Institute Medical Certification) which assesses potential issues in the golfer’s physical body to improve their game, prevent injuries and optimize consistency in their swing by addressing mobility and stability issues found with targeted exercises. She is also certified in K-Vest Golf Swing Analysis, which captures a golfer’s swing with Biofeedback Training designed to optimize all aspects of the golf swing from set-up to impact!
National Recognition for Cancer Rehabilitation
Chris is also very passionate in her work with cancer patients and has developed a comprehensive cancer rehabilitation program to address cancer- related fatigue. Additionally, Hayes Physical Therapy, served as The Chester County Satellite for The Wellness Community of Philadelphia from 2000-2004 for Oncology-Related Workshops in Meditation, Nutrition, Exercise and Lymphedema Management. Chris’ specialty niche cancer rehabilitation programs gained national recognition in December 2002 as the cover, “ A New Lease on Life” in the Physical Therapy Advance Magazine.
Chris designed and implemented a study with the Main Line Hospitals entitled “ Managing the side-effects of chemotherapy in non-metastatic breast cancer women with Brennan Healing Science”. This study was designed to analyze both the severity of chemotherapy-induced side effects and the potential for support physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically with Brennan Healing Science. Patients completing the study found the Brennan Health Science work extremely positive, beneficial and supportive during exceptionally challenging times.
Chris is an active member of The Private Practice Section, Orthopedic Section and Oncology Section of The American Physical Therapy Association. She is also a member of The Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Section of the APTA.
Chris loves to mentor her new staff, especially the newer graduates with her knowledge base and many years of experience so that her entire staff brings the highest level of excellence to all our patients. It is not uncommon for her to co-treat some of our trickier patients with other team members from time to time, to offer insight and hands-on techniques for those patients. She also loves learning from her younger staff, who bring the most up-to-date level of evidence-based research to the practice.