Callao Physical Therapist to Speak at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury

On Monday, September 8, Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury will host the third presentation in its 2014 Mind & Muscle Seris. Dr. Merthia Haynie, owner and director of Abilities Abound in Callao, will speak on the benefits of physical therapy. The event will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the auditorium on the RWC campus at 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington.

Haynie, a native of Northumberland County, graduated from Northumberland High School and Hampton University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2001. She was one of the first graduates to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md.

Haynie has worked with a wide variety of patients and has experience in outpatient, home health, and skilled nursing facility settings. She has completed specialized training in manual therapy techniques, vestibular training, craniosacral therapy, and treatment of various orthopedic conditions. Recently she was awarded a Certificate of Advanced Practice in the Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

In January 2014, Haynie opened Abilities Abound Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Callao. The facility provides physical therapy, massage therapy, personal training, nutritional coaching and group exercises.

“I’m excited to be able to offer physical therapy services close to the homes of so many people who have had to travel to Richmond or other large metropolitan areas for treatment,” Haynie says. She believes that people who understand the benefits of physical therapy are more apt to seek treatment and heal faster from a wide array of injuries.

Attendees at Haynie’s presentation by Carmichael are invited to remain afterwards for a complimentary buffet luncheon. There is no charge for attendance but reservations are required, as space is limited. Those wishing to attend should call 438-4000 on or after August 25. RWC maintains a waiting list and will honor reservations in the order received.

The Mind & Muscle series continues in the fall. On Saturday, October 11 RWC will sponsor a 5K race and one-mile fun walk to increase awareness of the importance of wellness and raise funds for the expansion of RWC’s Wellness Program. Visit for more information.

Photo: Dr. Merthia Haynie