Physical Therapy Helps Transform Lives in Haiti

Years before the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, one physical therapist had already brought physical therapy services to the country. Greg Bennett, PT, DSc, MS, owner of Excel Rehabilitation and medical mission coordinator for orthopedic and rehabilitation services for the Community Coalition for Haiti, shares details about providing physical therapy services to Haitians in this week’s podcast.

Nearly a decade ago, Bennett was contacted by some friends in the medical profession who mentioned physical therapy services were non-existent in Haiti. The Haitian culture often views physical disabilities as a curse and individuals with disabilities were often shunned by other Haitians. This inspired Bennett to visit Haiti. During his first trip, Bennett did patient evaluations and assessments and realized physical therapists had a huge opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Haitians. This initial visit grew into week-long visits throughout the year and eventually led to the opening of two permanent physical therapy clinics located in Pignon and Jacmel, Haiti.

Learn more about the Community Coalition for Haiti, physical therapy volunteer opportunities and ways you can get involved by listening to the full podcast now.

Additional information on ways you can get involved with the physical therapy efforts in Haiti can be found on the Community Coalition for Haiti website ( or PT Help for Haiti website (

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