Susan Ward Lawfer, DPT, cert MDT, CBIS

Where do you work?
Good Shepherd Physical Therapy—Palmerton

In which areas of rehabilitation do you specialize?
I specialize in spine rehabilitation, brain injuries, orthopedics, vestibular and balance issues and headaches.

What specialty certifications do you hold?

  • McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (cert MDT)
  • Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)

Which rehabilitation technologies do you utilize in your work?
I use the AlterG Bionic Leg™, which helps patients to increase weight bearing in the effected leg.

What motivates you?
I love to see patients achieve their goals and become more independent and pain free.

What attracted you to a career in healthcare?
I enjoyed sports in high school and wanted to have a career in health care. Physical therapy was a nice mix of exercise and science. 

Why do you choose to work at Good Shepherd?
In college, I had the opportunity to do a clinical rotation for Good Shepherd. When I graduated, I was glad to join an organization with a great reputation.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of Good Shepherd?
I enjoy playing with my kids, hiking and watching sports.

What does “Beyond Limits Rehab” mean to you?
Beyond Limits Rehab means going above and beyond with service and treatments that exceed the patient’s expectations.

Why should patients INSIST on Good Shepherd?
Good Shepherd clinicians are highly skilled and have the unique ability to maximize their resources with the patient as their focus.