Dr. Wendy Farnen Price is a physical therapist, board-certified Health Coach, Women’s Health Clinical Specialist, and Lifestyle Medicine Professional and Diplomat. After 25 years of experience, Dr. Price recognizes the critical importance a healthy lifestyle plays in improving or preventing cancer, chronic diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and pain. Dr. Price has published and presented nationally on lifestyle medicine, oncology, and women’s health topics. She has training in Lifestyle Medicine through Harvard Medical School and completed her board certification through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM).
Dr. Price is Chair of the Physical and Occupational Therapy Lifestyle Medicine Group for ACLM. She is a certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches and a CHEF Coach in culinary medicine through the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine atHarvard Medical School. She is also a Polestar Pilates certified rehabilitation practitioner and a certified Pilates Method Alliance Instructor. She served on the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Board of Directors, and continues to serve as an active member of the APTA’s Women’s Health, Oncology, and Private Practice Sections as well as on the Health Promotion and Wellness Council. She is also on the national Physical Activity Alliance working group to help increase physical activity among the US population. Dr. Price received a BS, MS, and DPT from Northeastern University where she was also an adjunct faculty member.
Healthcore started almost 15 years ago when I was working in a typical outpatient orthopedic practice, which I called "Patient Purgatory." In these practices, you treated patients for a certain number of allowed visits and discharged them to a home program, but they would often return to physical therapy with similar or worsening problems. It was like a revolving door.
The catalyst for Healthcore’s creation was witnessing the devastating impact cancer had on the quality of life of several close family members and friends. A local cancer hospital did not exist and there were very few cancer survivorship services. I decided to open my own practice and listened carefully to the needs of my patients. I offered physical therapy, exercise, mind-body stress reduction classes, and nutrition programs––essentially lifestyle medicine––and had incredible success with my patients. Through my pioneering work in improving cancer survivorship and women’s health programs, I was a consultant for the first comprehensive oncology rehab program for cancer centers and hospitals. Several years later, I sold my initial company to a national women’s health start-up company. Additionally, I helped start the women’s health physical therapy program at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
After working on a multi-site mobile health cardiac rehab research project, I realized it was not the digital health platform nor the intervention that was the primary benefit for patients, but the personal interaction and weekly health coaching.
Healthcore 2.0 is born!
Healthcore is proudly offering a revolutionary lifestyle medicine, physical therapy, and health coaching program to help prevent, treat, or reverse chronic diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, cancer, and pain!