Lancaster Connects

Lancaster Connects

The Way Lancaster Moves with Dawn Cox: Episode 90

April 17, 2023

In this episode, Ben & Jeff welcomes Dawn Cox who is a PT, MSPT, and CFMT. Dawn is a late bloomer by most physical therapist standards as she found herself in PT school at the age of thirty. In an effort to then be on the fast-track immediately after graduating, she signed up for her first functional manual therapy™ course with the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) in 2001 at the recommendation of a respected mentor. She was blown away at the specificity and efficiency the IPA philosophy provided and quickly registered for as many physical therapy continuing education courses as her schedule would allow while working two jobs. 

Dawn and her family then moved to Lancaster, PA to be closer to family. Although a challenging transition at first, Dawn realized that she was bringing a new approach to treatment to the area with her functional manual therapy techniques in her “tool bag.” Doctors and other members of the community were quick to recognize the differences from traditional physical therapy. This gave her the drive to continue her education by achieving her certification in Functional Manual Therapy™ (CFMT™) in which she passed with distinction. She is only one of only several physical therapists in Pennsylvania with this qualification. And now, she is thrilled to bring her “physical art” to Prana Functional Manual Therapy as owner. 

Dawn is active in the downtown Lancaster community including serving in the past as a James Street Improvement District board member and a member of the Executive Leadership Team for Marketing for the Lancaster City Alliance. In early 2011, she was recognized by SCORE Lancaster with an award for excellence in business development. And shortly after she was recognized by Fig as a leader in the healthcare industry in Lancaster. She also gives regular seminars at local businesses and organizations on movement health and wellness and jokes about being known on the street as the “chief of the posture police.” She will give postural tips to anyone who listens! This has sparked another business based on preventative physical therapy through a video curriculum and on-site PT sessions called Myokind.