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Ms Fredette has been a Physical Therapy practitioner for approximately 44 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee. She worked in a general practice capacity and as a clinical supervisor at Houston, Hermann Hospital for 4 years. She later worked in a greater administrative capacity as a department director at Houston Alief Community Hospital for 3 years. She is a member of the APTA.
A personal opportunity relocated Ms. Fredette to Rhode Island for 2 years and during that time she worked on her Master of Science in Physical Therapy with an emphasis in the orthopedic and musculoskeletal - sports injury and rehabilitation area. She completed her masters from Massachusetts General Institute for Health Professionals in Boston, Massachusetts. Her masters thesis was on the post operative effects continuous passive motion had on patients' recovering from total knee replacement surgery. During her time on the east coast she worked in Home Health Care in northern Rhode Island and as an inpatient and outpatient clinical practitioner at MGH in Boston.
Upon returning to Houston, she took a position at Kelsey- Seybold, as clinical director of physical therapy services. After 4 years of service at Kelsey-Seybold, a position in the private practice arena opened. For 4 more years she was partner and Clinical Manager of an outpatient musculoskeletal clinic. As a private practitioner she joined forces with four other physical therapists to operate five physical therapy clinics in Houston, Tx.
Ms. Fredette has certification through the National Certification Board for Massage Practioners and Body Workers since 1993. She has been a practicing massage therapist for 30 years and is a member of the AMTA. She also is a Certified Strength Training Specialist through the International Weightlifting Association certification program for 18 years. Ms. Fredette was a Doctoral Fellow in Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University - Houston Campus starting in 1996 and maintains a small private practice to the present. She completed the doctoral course work in 1999 but due to family commitment and private practice demands she finished all but dissertation in 2000. The doctoral research pursued by Ms. Fredette involved testing and developing health promotion programs for community dwelling seniors.
In 1997 she was recognized as an outstanding student in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Besides her private practice has done contract and consulting work at St. Dominics Senior Care Home and Colonial Oaks Memory Care Residential Facility, working with patients who reside in the independent living, assistive living and the nursing home environment. Ms. Fredette is also very active in various non-profit organizations such as Cancer Fighters of Houston Inc, Theresians International Inc and has held leadership positions within these organization.
Furthering her education, she pursued a post-graduate fellowship at Texas Women’s University, Houston Campus. During those studies she spent an enormous amount of research time in the under served 4th and 5th Wards of Houston. She worked to establish Wellness Programs for Seniors through Christus St. Joseph. Sisters of Charity, which included chair exercise classes, water exercise, dance exercise and neighborhood based walking programs. Denise has been a massage therapist for 26 years and has combined her physical therapy and massage therapy skills to help her clients to the present time.
Ms. Fredette joined Cancer Fighters of Houston, Inc, 18 years ago. She felt the organization has a wonderful mission and that she could contribute to that mission. She has been recording secretary for the organization about 14 years and chair of the Research Committee for 11 years and President for 2 years. During these years the organization has funded researchers in childhood brain tumors, abdominal tumors and tumors that effect children's bones and blood. In the area of cancers effecting adults, we have funded cutting edge research in blood tumors, breast tumors, liver tumors, pancreatic and other abdominal tumors and attempts to improve radiation treatment approaches.
In recent years, Ms. Fredette has participated in medical mission outreach experiences in General Cepeda, Mexico, Bangkok, Thailand, Calcutta, India, Lima, Peru, and Accra, Ghana. With other health care practitioners she was able to apply her skills as a physical therapist and massage therapist to help those that came to her for treatment. She was also engaged in training local health care professionals and patient’s family members in patient/client care while in these locations.
For 9 years Ms. Fredette volunteered with the Medical Team that supported the Houston Marathon Event. Most recently, in September 2013, she was medical support with a group of 12 pilgrims that walked the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain. The group walked over 100 miles in 6 days and it was quite a physical and spiritual challenge and experience. In March of 2014 she offered her medical massage support to a team of cyclists who road from Houston, Texas to Austin, Texas in two days.
In 2014 Ms. Fredette chaired a health promotion program modeled after a pilgrimage experience in northern Spain, the Camino de Santiago. In Spain she walked with 12 other pilgrims for 6 days and hiked over 100 miles. She recreated that experience for 80
Houston women in a day health promotion program to bring the Camino experience to Houston, Texas.
In the 2016 Ms. Fredette coordinated a health promotion retreat for senior age women that included instruction in: Pilates exercise, aromatherapy, multiple forms of meditation, art therapy, and nature therapy. Over 50 participants completed the day.
In 2018, with a group of 10 Houston women Ms. Fredette attended a Yoga retreat offered by Rev. Gena Davis in Costa Rica. The retreat was educational, nourishing, enriching and deeply spiritual in beautiful Costa Rica.