“A clinical narrative is much more than a diagnosis. It's what the diagnosis means for a particular patient.”
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Abrianna “Bri” Lochner was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Hypermobility Syndrome and dealt with chronic pain and multiple significant injuries as a result. Physical therapists were always the most committed to their care and empowering in their recovery of function throughout their life. They wanted to provide the same to others, which is why they now serve patients as a physical therapist.
Mx. Lochner grew up in rural Alaska but moved to Corvallis when they were 12. They fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and decided to attend Oregon State University for their Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. They then completed their Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Eastern Washington University and moved back to the area to serve the Willamette Valley.
While Mx. Lochner serves patients in various ways, they have a particular interest in the conservative management of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (something they were diagnosed with), post-exertional fatigue, orthostatic hypotension, and hypermobility syndromes. They are fascinated by dysautonomia in its many forms and in finding innovative ways of treating it through rehabilitative medicine. They have experience working with a wide variety of neurological diagnoses and intend to develop further their neuro skills and knowledge of pelvic floor physical therapy related to neurological and dysautonomic conditions.
Mx. Lochner is a perfect fit for The Corvallis Clinic in many ways, but one reason, in particular, is their belief in a team approach to patient care. Their treatment plans for patients will focus on specific needs, goals, and abilities.
One of Mx. Lochner’s proudest moments as a provider involved a patient with hemiplegic post-stroke that they were working with in an outpatient neurological setting. On day one, his physical therapy goal was to be able to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Knowing the magnitude of this patient’s goal and the benefits of plyometric trying and coordination training in the patient’s post-stroke, Mx. Lochner decided a waltz was in order. Not knowing how to waltz, Mx. Lochner taught themself by watching YouTube videos. Then, during treatment, they would practice the waltz with the patient to smooth out his movement patterns. They waltzed to “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Disney’s Cinderella. Sometime after his final appointment and after Mx. Lochner had left that clinic, they received a video from that patient. In that video, he was walking his daughter down the aisle. You couldn’t tell he had ever had a stroke.
When Mx. Lochner isn’t changing patient lives for the better, they’re playing live music as a singer/songwriter or exploring the outdoors. They consider themself an arts and crafts aficionado when it’s raining and an outdoorsy tree-hugger when it’s sunny outside. They love to hike, bike, snowshoe, kayak, climb trees, cosplay, and model.
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Eastern Washington University; Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, Oregon State University; Associates of Arts, Linn-Benton Community College