Hi there! My name is Doctor Gretchen Hawley. I am originally from Buffalo, New York and received my Bachelor of Science degree at Elmira College in Upstate New York. After graduation, I moved to Boston where I obtained my Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Simmons University.
I began treating people with Multiple Sclerosis during my first year of professional practice. The positive results I was seeing in my patients propelled me to immerse myself even deeper into the treatment of MS so I took every opportunity to attend workshops and conferences dedicated to improving lives through PT. Two years later I was asked to help develop a physical therapy program designed for people with Multiple Sclerosis. In doing so, I realized not only the depth the disease but also how differently it impacted everyone it touched. Needless to say, it piqued my curiosity and I decided to study and sit for the Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist exam.
Since receiving my specialization, I developed a physical therapy MS program in Wellesley, MA which has expanded to include occupational therapy. I've continued to further my understanding of Multiple Sclerosis by attending the Annual MS Consortium in National Harbor, DC (2016) and Nashville, TN (2018). I'm honored to have been the Keynote Speaker at several Living Well With MS events sponsored by the MS Society in addition to MS Views & News.
I began sharing the success that some of my patients had been seeing from our physical therapy sessions on social media, and was surprised by the number of people with MS who reached out - from DesMoines to Dubai - asking if I would be their physical therapist! That's when I decided to launch this online MS wellness program - to broaden my reach, and help as many people as possible learn, not just to manage MS, but to master it.