Dr. Amy Novotny, Founder of PABR Institute™, 2 x 100 mile ultra marathoner, 4 x Boston Marathoner, Award-winning photographer, Best-Selling Author

Dr. Amy Novotny, Founder of PABR Institute™, 2 x 100 mile ultra marathoner, 4 x Boston Marathoner, Award-winning photographer, Best-Selling Author

Life is a gift

Learn to Live it Pain free

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Why PABR™?

There are many approaches to pain relief in the healthcare community, but it can be difficult finding the correct solution to help your body heal. At the PABR Institute™, we specialize in knowledge of how the nervous system works to give us both movement and protection. Unfortunately, if this system has been overactive for too long because of daily stresses or injuries, we become stuck in patterns and compensations. This leads to pain and poor mobility. The PABR™ approach works with your body’s inherent healing system to show you how to get out of pain, restore your mobility and rediscover your life!

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—Newy Scruggs

7 x Emmy-Winning Sports Broadcaster

NBC, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas


—Dr. Muriel McClellan

Psychologist, Author of "Relationships are everything”

"When I first came to Amy, I honestly had no idea what to expect. For years I had been running on legs that were practically made of stone; always tight and sore, burning whenever I ran, especially in my calves. It felt like an iron clamp squeezing my legs until they would explode, and soon it started affecting my speed. I tried rolling out, stretching, and even visited the supposed-best physical therapy place in Arizona, where many Olympic athletes had been treated. None of this worked in the slightest, or, if it did, it was fleeting. I was at a loss, and running was turning from a passion into a painful chore. So, doubtful, I went to Amy expecting another half-answer that would barely solve anything.

It was evident early on that Amy was different. In the first few appointments I had already learned so much about my body that I didn’t know before; for starters, the problem’s origin was in my back, not my calves. It seemed bizarre to think that leg pain was being caused by tensing up my back too much when I breathed, but that’s exactly what the problem was. You don’t realize how much breathing affects your entire body until you go to Amy, and now I am happily running pain-free. Sure, occasionally I get tightness, but now I have the tools and knowledge to make it go away by the very next day. I adore my sport, and because of Amy I can participate in it again.

Amy knows what she’s doing, and she is a truly kind and caring PT. She supports and is invested in every one of her patients, and I am extremely lucky to have met her. Even if all this stuff sounds weird to you, it works; trust me. Amy will change your life. "

— Kelsey gabriel

“If you had asked me a year ago who I was and what activities made me ME, I would have answered that climbing the wilderness mountains of Alaska around my home was one of the biggest parts of my self-identity and fueled my joy. So it was a huge emotional crisis when a year ago, I became unable to walk even a city block, diagnosed with osteoarthritis pain in my hips. I thought my life from then on would be a gradual physical decline which would end that great love of mine.

When Amy came aboard our charter boat, the Auklet, for a five day photography trip in July 2019, I had recovered somewhat through careful adherence to an inflammation diet.  But I was still limping and in continual pain, especially in one hip, and had just made an appointment with my doctor in order to get a referral to a rheumatologist for further analysis of whether I would need hip surgery. 

I watched Amy do a session with some of the other guests on board, and thought that it was interesting. But really, how could just breathing help hip joints like mine that were damaged by physical injury and overuse? How glad I am now that I overcame my resistance, and accepted Amy’s kind and gentle offer of help.

Amy’s technique was unlike anything I had ever encountered. I realized that in my past, I had a plethora of well-meant, but bad teaching from dance instructors, choral and vocal solo teachers and family mentors who taught me what “good” posture was. Amy turned this all upside down, and I had to consciously unlearn what I thought I knew, and teach my body whole new techniques. Amy’s process is not just breathing, but a whole torso readjustment.

After practicing for a day with Amy providing some gentle suggestions, the next morning when I woke up, I found I had slept wrong and could literally not put any weight on my one leg, a problem I had often experienced in the past.  We were on a tight schedule, but we begged 10 minutes, and Amy took me through a quick session. When I got up, THERE WAS NO PAIN! It was entirely gone, and has continued to be when I am practicing Amy’s new process. I had the immediate flexibility to take a full stride and could walk normally.  I was truly shocked and could not believe it. Amy had the knowledge to position pinched muscles to move smoothly. I also learned how to sleep correctly!

I now can hope again, and am looking forward with excited joy to new adventures.  Amy is a treasure and a gift. Thank you so much, Amy, for giving me my life back!”