Richard Halford, PT
Co-Founder, Skyland Physical Therapy
With more than 35 years experience helping people with developmental disabilities, and 23 years as a Home Health Physical Therapist, Richard Halford’s contributions have been recognized with several awards, including Rehab Provider of the Year from the State of North Carolina’s Home Care Association in 1997.
Richard holds a bachelor degree in Special Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He taught Special Education and ran vocational and residential facilities for the developmentally disabled for 10 years, including developing a nationally recognized job training program for disabled adults at the Hyatt Regency Maui along with his wife, Melinda. He returned to school and completed his Physical Therapy Licensure and degree from UNC- Chapel Hill in 1988 and continued working with the developmentally disabled population as a physical therapist as well as a home health physical therapist.
“Each day, I look forward to working with patients and caregivers,” Richard said. With my background as a teacher, I think of myself as an educator first and foremost. I enjoy teaching people functional concepts, to help them move more efficiently and comfortably, or techniques to relieve their pain, or attain their desired level of activity.”
Richard provides consultative services, in home and residential facility settings, for Skyland Physical Therapy. These services include home safety evaluations, and evaluation, treatment and training at group home and sheltered workshop programs. Training services include development of Physical Therapy programs, and caregiver and professional staff training in program delivery, wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment, safety in mobility techniques, body mechanics, back care, injury prevention, vocational adaptations, wellness, etc.
One of Richard’s patients tells us, “Rick saved my life; he helped me gain the strength and confidence to become independent again. I loved working with him; it was like working out with your best buddy.”
In his leisure time Rick plays Irish and Old Time fiddle, guitar and mandolin and performs with his wife Melinda and in Irish session groups. He loves to hike, travel and spend time with his family and two dogs.