Physician Recommendation Letters
I would like to highly recommend Dr. Angelo Rizzo and his staff at Therapeutic Solutions (TSI) as an exceptional orthopedic and sports rehabilitation/ physical therapy facility in Conyers, GA. I have had the opportunity to refer many of our patients to Dr. Rizzo and his group since the late 1980’s. With confidence, I can say that he and his staff are consistently achieving excellent results for our patients. They express great satisfaction for TSI’s clinical expertise, friendly staff, and for their clean and well-equipped facility. Whether we are referring a young athlete with a rotator cuff tear, after an ACL repair, for low back pain or referring a senior following a total joint replacement, the glowing feedback we receive is the same. Patients comment that TSI’s therapists are well trained, compassionate and a friendly group who know how to provide exceptional patient care as well as motivate and challenge them for outstanding results. Physicians at Georgia Knee and Sports Medicine choose Therapeutic Solutions, Inc. as their preferred physical therapy facility in the Rockdale/Newton County areas of GA.
Dr. Maurice Jove
Georgia Knee and Sports Medicine
July 1, 2013
To Whom It May Concern,
I have known Angelo Rizzo for approximately 10 years on a professional and personal level. Angelo is a physical therapist, who recognizes the importance of exercise to minimize the fatigue associated with the cancer diagnosis. He has been passionate about incorporating an exercise regimen into cancer care, even prior to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines were published. His desire is to help patients enjoy their highest function and quality of life, regardless of their diagnosis. He has a keen desire to learn about the pathophysiology of the specific cancers, as well as the side effects that are associated with the various treatments. This knowledge helps him tailor treatment plans for patients.
Oncology rehabilitation is a valuable component of care for cancer survivors who have been impaired from surgery, hematopoietic stem cell transplant, radiation therapy, as well as chemotherapy. Angelo also specializes in lymphedema management. Lymphedema often occurs following surgery, or can be related to disease and can impact patients both physically and psychologically. Lymphedema therapy results in marked improvement in the patient’s quality of life.
In the past decade NCCN guidelines recommend early exercise intervention for patients diagnosed with cancer. Outcomes are improved for patients whose cancer care incorporates modalities of treatment in addition to medications. Angelo has the expertise and resources to ensure patients have early evaluations and treatment plans, which is in keeping with the NCCN guidelines, ultimately allowing patients enjoy the highest quality of life.
I have personally referred patients to Angelo for both management of cancer related fatigue and lymphedema management, and am aware that his services are utilized and respected by prominent cancer treatment centers in the Atlanta area. The results my patients experienced exceeded their expectations. As the number of cancer patients continues to grow, I believe Angelo will continue making a difference in the lives of oncology patients.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at (770) 315-0557.
Maria Hanik, MN, APRN-BC, OCN
Mr. Angelo Rizzo is someone who I have known well for 8 years. He has been unceasingly passionate in his pursuit of physical therapy for patients who have had cancer. He has compelling data which demonstrates the improvement in quality of life and performance status in patients who undergo physical therapy and he is an established leader in the field of oncologic physical therapy.
I have had the opportunity to send many patients to him and I have always been impressed with his determination, patience and compassion at the bedside. I cannot recommend him enough.
With warmest regards,
E-Signature: Richard A. Carter, MD RAC/ph
September 27, 2016
To Whom it May Concern,
I would like to recommend Angelo Rizzo PT, DPT,CLT and his staff at Therapeutic Solutions with great confidence for their ongoing commitment to excellent orthopedic physical therapy care. I have known Dr. Rizzo for more thirty years and I have consistently observed exceptional results for our patient’s rehabilitation and speedy recovery. His staff is always accommodating, friendly and efficient in getting our surgical and non-surgical patients seen quickly and with great personal care and compassion. His decades of training, his one-on -one, hands-on approach, experience and passion for caring for his patients explains why every one of our referrals to TSI returns to us reporting an amazing customer experience with the highest degree of satisfaction.
Nathan Jové, MD
Diplomate of the American Board of 0rthopaedic Surgery
I have worked with Angelo Rizzo and Therapeutic Solutions for the last 10-15 years and am writing this letter on behalf of Angelo regarding the care he has given my patients. He has been outstanding in caring for cancer patients and improving their mobility and quality of life. He has always been available for me and my patient and seeing them in a timely manner for physical therapy evaluations and helping keeping up with their concurrent illnesses and improving their lives.
Therapeutic Solutions and Angelo Rizzo keep up with the current data for physical and occupational therapy and the benefit it has on our cancer patients, as well as keeping up with the current literature and educating the patient on a regular basis. I have recommended my patients for physical and occupational therapy to Therapeutic Solutions and Angelo Rizzo without any hesitation, as I have been pleased with the excellent care they have provided for my patients over the last several years.
I see that Angelo and his colleagues at Therapeutic Solutions are selfless and their main goal has been to encourage patients to improve their quality of life and help them gain the strength they lost while undergoing treatment for cancer. They work with patients who have several different diagnoses, including lymphedema for breast cancer, work-up and treatment of balance issues and dizziness, and work-up and treatment for generalized fatigue related to cancer.
Jayanthi Srinivasiah, M.D.
My Experience with Physical Therapy for a Cancer Illness
My name is Robert H. Almeroth, Jr. MD and I’m a graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine. I’ve been in the practice of Family Medicine in the Decatur area since 1979. In March 2009, I was diagnosed with Advanced Prostate Cancer and became a patient of the Georgia Cancer Specialists.
The experience I gained in my practice in employing physical therapy as a treatment modality was limited mostly to patients with stroke histories and overuse injuries. I had no experience with physical therapy in treating patients undergoing cancer treatment.
As a result of my first treatment protocol, which was androgen deprivation therapy, I experienced general weakness and easy fatigue. Marked overall muscle loss was the result of this treatment. This resulted in problems with balance and endurance among other issues. I was referred by my Medical Oncologist to Angelo Rizzo in Physical Therapy at Therapeutic Solutions, Inc., and, in spite of my doubts that this would be helpful, I responded rather quickly with improvements in balance. With continued work at home I noted an improvement in endurance.
After two years of stability I developed additional metastases and chemotherapy was recommended and subsequently initiated. The only significant side effect of this therapy was a type of fatigue that was very bothersome because all I wanted to do was sit. The fatigue was not provoked by activity and not related to anemia or any other identifiable cause. I was told this was “chemo-fatigue” and was a common side effect of chemotherapy. I was referred once again to Angelo Rizzo, who has training and special expertise in working with the fatigue, and other problems experienced by patients on a chemotherapy regimen. Angelo established a routine for me that included activities that were easily performed and which had a dramatic effect in relieving the fatigue. I’m quite sure that had I not been referred to Physical Therapy for this fatigue I would be sitting, too “tired” to even read, for most of every day. The addition of physical therapy has had a profound impact on my overall sense of well-being and enabled me to resume activities I thought I could not do because of “fatigue”. I’ve been able to resume my hobby in music which I had avoided the entire summer.
In the Physical Therapy suite I’ve observed other patients with issues similar to mine who admitted that working with the therapists employed by Therapeutic Solutions had similar effects on their physical and psychological well-being. There was an added benefit to me in being able to talk with other patients in the facility and being exposed to other ways of dealing with the side effects of a chemotherapy regimen.
In summary, I think that physicians who deal with patients including primary care physicians, and Radiation and Medical Oncologists, would likely benefit from attending a patient-oriented fatigue management class to get a glimpse of the profound benefits of Physical Therapy. I am of the opinion that other patients being treated for cancer with modalities including chemo and radiation therapy would benefit from the special expertise that is offered by Therapeutic Solutions.
Robert H. Almeroth, Jr., MD
Emory School of Medicine
To Whom it May Concern
This letter is in support of Mr. Angelo Rizzo. I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Rizzo for the last five years as our primary physical therapist with Georgia Specialists.
Mr. Rizzo has offered a wide array of physical therapy options to our patients with excellent outcomes. The patients have consistently reported favorable experiences with Mr.Rizzo. His attention to detail and patient satisfaction is superb. Most importantly, his work has improved quality of life for numerous patients in our office. His presence will be sorely missed at Georgia Cancer Specialists. I strongly recommend Mr. Rizzo and Therapeutic Solutions for any physical therapy needs.
Aaron Alizadeh, MD
To whom it may concern,
I have had the pleasure and honor of working with Angelo Rizzo over the past 6-7 years. He has been the primary referral for any of the physical therapy needs from Georgia Cancer Specialist. He is extremely dedicated to work and takes great pride in caring for our patients. He offers a broad range of services including lymphedema therapy, which from an oncology stand point is very important. Angelo has a great bedside manor and we hear nothing but positive feedback from the patients he treats and the outcomes of his therapy reflect his proficiency. He has given educational presentations on several occasions to both our clinical staff and to our patients. I plan to continue to refer patients to Angelo. However, his presence in the clinic will be missed. I strongly recommend both Angelo and his staff at Therapeutic Solutions for any physical therapy needs.
Ian McMillan, PA-C
Therapeutic Solutions, Inc. physical therapy facility directed by Dr Angelo Rizzo is an excellent source of specialized therapy, primarily in the sub-specialty area of oncology. Data is abundant supporting the benefits of such therapies, prior to, during, and post surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Dr Rizzo is the director, and is exceptionally experienced and qualified to administer this specialized type of therapy with exceptional results and patient satisfaction. From experience, I can state that this organization is very good at keeping the referring physician informed as to response and progress of the patient. We would highly recommend Dr. Rizzo and Therapeutic Solutions.
Dr. John Manfredi