A Physical Therapy Program for      
Breast Cancer Recovery

Diana Tjaden

Diana Tjaden, Physical Therapist, Breast Cancer Recovery

Developer & Founder, Full Circle Breast Cancer Recovery Program
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Diana Tjaden received her baccalaureate degree in exercise science and athletic training from the University of Georgia in 1996. She worked as the head athletic trainer for the Lynbrook School District on Long Island from 1996-2000. Finding herself drawn to orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, she enrolled at Stony Brook University, earning a clinical doctorate in physical therapy in 2003.

She started her physical therapy career in a manual therapy setting that specialized in the comprehensive treatment of orthopedic, sports, neurological, and women's health-related conditions. During that time she was an adjunct professor for the Stony Brook University physical therapy program. While working at Stony Brook, she was afforded the opportunity to present her first lecture on breast cancer recovery and rehabilitation. Diana has also worked as a school-based pediatric therapist, where she provided physical therapy services to children with autism as well as children with various orthopedic and neurological conditions.

Diana's passion for oncology rehabilitation began in 2000 with the cancer diagnosis and then passing of her father. It was during that time that she began to understand the strong impact physical therapists can have when caring for this population. In 2003 Diana treated her first patient who was recovering from breast cancer. Her quest for knowledge in this area led her to several continuing education courses. The importance of a physical therapist’s role in breast cancer recovery became even clearer to her, as did her understanding of the necessity of a full-body approach to physical therapy. She feels that manual therapy treatment is the cornerstone when it comes to regaining scar mobility, range of motion, and flexibility. Progressive strengthening and patient education complete the components needed to regain functional mobility.

In October of 2009 Diana developed Full Circle Breast Cancer Recovery Program, which has its home in Williston Park, New York. This comprehensive, individualized program is geared towards every phase of breast cancer recovery. Among its goals are educating women with breast cancer on ways to regain control over their lives and giving them the tools they need to return to their prior level of function and reach new fitness goals.

Diana is married to Gregg Tjaden and has two small children, Tyler and Isabella. She thanks Gregg for all of his support with the program.