About Us

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My Story

 

Dr. Kelly Bernard has over 15 years of experience as an orthopedic manual physical therapist. After graduating with her doctorate and manual therapy certification, she completed a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in manual therapy. From her experience, she found that patients who received one-on-one care improved faster, with fewer visits and greater satisfaction. 

Three years ago, when her daughter was one year old, she founded Hands on Health, a concierge manual physical therapy business that delivers highly individualized treatment at the convenience of the patient’s home.  

 

The company has grown to include a clinic space in the Lakeview Business Corridor of Harrison Ave in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She is involved in multiple collaborative projects both locally and online, teaching and learning with skilled healers, integrative functional medicine practitioners, bodyworkers, and entrepreneurs in her professional community.  The most rewarding facet of her work is helping people break through their limitations to feel healthy and whole again.

Meet Amelia Embley, MPT.

Amelia graduated from LSU Health Science Center in New

Orleans, Louisiana in 2001. She has 20 years of manual therapy and orthopedic experience. She has taken additional years of manual therapy and orthopedic courses to expand her knowledge and clinical skillset. She repeatedly found, in the private practice setting, the patients she was able to spend the most one-on-one treatment time with improved at an accelerated rate. By teaming up with Kelly Bernard at Hands On Health, she is now able to offer completely individual-focused care in a relaxing one-on-one atmosphere.

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Inger Tusa

Mobile Concierge Therapist

A native to Metairie, Louisiana, Inger Tusa received her B.S. in Biology at UNO and then earned her Masters of Science at LSU P.T. School in New Orleans, La. From 2004-2014, Inger worked as both Team Leader and Rehab Director at River Parishes Hospital in LaPlace, Louisiana. Throughout her time at River Parishes Hospital, Inger gained experience working with a wide variety of patients ranging from infants to geriatrics and worked in diverse settings including acute care, outpatient surgery, and the outpatient clinic. In 2012, Inger began home health P.T. and since her daughter began school in 2017, she has exclusively given care to patients in their homes. 

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Jarrod Borne

Personal Trainer & Licensed Massage Therapist

Jarrod was introduced to the fascinating world of health and wellness after a basketball injury caused him to tear his ACL in 2006. Trying to heal himself and rebuild his body, Jarrod spent his time in yoga studios, martial art dojos, weight rooms, dance classes, and was continuously seeking to learn more about his health. The field of personal training became so fascinating that he quit his job as an English teacher, became a certified personal trainer, enrolled in Massage Therapy at Delgado, and started his own business. Through the process, Jarrod had the opportunity to pair his training experience with formal education in Anatomy and Physiology. Jarrod currently specializes in strength, flexibility, functional movement, and somatic awareness.

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Gionne Celebi

Director of Patient Experience

Gionne is a registered nurse, an integrative nutrition health coach and a myofascial release (MFR) therapist. While years working in hospitals provided invaluable experience it also led to frustration with a system focused on disease versus wellness and health. Tapping into her lifelong interest in cooking and nutrition in addition to a personal experience with pain, she shifted her path to integrative health. As an integrative health coach and MFR practitioner she is able to do what she enjoys most - spending quality time supporting people in their own wellness journeys.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Celeste S.

Kelly is an amazing therapist. I have been suffering with the same problem for years and after a few visits I am on the mend. I am beginning to feel like my old self again. 

Gionne C.

From her healing touch, through her coaching me to heal myself and from her kind and generous spirit I have had improvements to my pain that I once didn't think were possible.

Lori M.

Dr. Kelly took time to listen carefully, explore possibilities of different diagnoses, ask thoughtful questions, and ensure that her treatment plan for me was customized to my needs