Dr. Amy Robinson’s patients often state that they have never had any other practitioner take such a thorough history review or evaluate them utilizing such a holistic approach. They voice that they are happy she searches for the root cause of their pain or dysfunction. Patients also commonly thank her for being approachable, respectful, easy to talk to, and for making them feel comfortable during their therapy sessions. Amy strongly believes that patients deserve a professional, safe, and nurturing environment that allows them the time to share their stories, explain their concerns and fears, and improve their quality of life by working together as a team.
Dr. Robinson is the owner and founder of Restore Your Core Physical Therapy. After creating and growing two other pelvic health practices in Indianapolis and working in the insurance-driven environment for twenty years, Amy saw the tremendous need for high-quality, individualized hands-on physical therapy services. Restore Your Core Physical Therapy was opened in January 2016, at the request of many of her patients, with the mission of providing high-quality care to save patients time and money to get them back to doing the things they love without pain, fear, or embarrassment.
Amy attended Indiana University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1996, and then went on to receive her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Utica College. Amy has a passion for learning and has attended numerous specialty continuing education courses, which allows her to provide the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment to her clients. During her free time, Amy enjoys spending quality time with her family, taking her dog Cooper on walks, vacationing near the ocean with her husband, exercising, leisurely reading, and enjoying a glass of wine with friends.
Dr. Melissa Vargas is a Chicagoland native who recently moved to Zionsville, IN at the end of 2021. She has been practicing as a Doctor of Physical Therapy since 2008. As a high school athlete, she found herself in physical therapy due to a running injury. This is where she realized that she could pursue a career in healthcare that was dynamic, fun, and helped people stay active with less pain! She went on to graduate from Marquette University receiving her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Melissa’s philosophy is that through individualized programs, connection, and trust, she will help empower and guide people on their journey to achieve their goals. She strongly believes in the power of manual therapy and pursuing each session with a comprehensive and holistic approach to find the root cause of dysfunction. Her practice has evolved over the years with an emphasis on treating low back pain, hip pain, SI dysfunction, and the foot and ankle. In exploring better ways to serve her patients, she began coursework on treating pelvic health conditions. With this she found a new level of passion for her work, allowing her to empower people as they navigate a wide variety of conditions related to the pelvic floor that affect their daily lives. Melissa has a special interest in treating women through their pregnancy and postpartum stages to overcome pelvic pain, dysfunction, and return to activity. She recently completed her certification as a Pregnancy and Postpartum Exercise Specialist. As a mom of three, she understands the challenges and victories that can be achieved with the right care.
Melissa has always had a passion for working with runners and will utilize return to running strategies as well as video gait analysis. She has completed several half marathons and a couple of marathons, her second being the Chicago Marathon at 10 months postpartum from her firstborn! She loves mental and physical challenges and is fascinated with what the body can achieve. Melissa is also bilingual and is able to speak conversational Spanish.
Outside of the clinic, you can typically find Melissa spending time with her husband and 3 young children, exploring the Indianapolis area, listening to a good podcast, or enjoying a cup of coffee at the local cafe. Melissa is proud to be a part of the Restore Your Core Physical Therapy team and is looking forward to building long-standing relationships to better serve those in the community!
Dr. Meredith Salas started her journey to become a PT because she believed it would be the profession where she could have the most individualized time with her patients. About halfway through PT school, she also had her eyes opened to the wonders of Pelvic Floor therapy. As the only person in her graduating class who already had a child, she realized how life-changing therapy could be for pregnant and post-partum women, and as soon as she graduated, she started taking classes to grow her knowledge in pelvic floor therapy. As she continued learning, she continued realizing how needed and transformative it could be to address some of the issues that no one ever talks about, and her passion grew to include all ages and genders. Also having a firm foundation in orthopedics, she began to see how important it is to address the whole body together – not only one portion. Meredith is excited to be a part of Restore Your Core Physical Therapy, where clinicians not only spend significant time one-on-one with patients, but also have the ability to treat in a holistic manner to best maximize each patient’s health and achieve their goals.
Meredith loves getting to know new people, and enjoys tackling a challenge, so no matter how big or small the problem, she will help come up with a plan that is reasonable, understandable, and workable with the patient’s current needs. She loves being a cheerleader, and has been known to accidentally clap or dance for her patients when they make strides in their recovery, and gently remind them of the truths of recovery or encourage them when they feel they are not making the expected progress. Her goal is to continue learning and building a better understanding of the human body, in all facets and stages of life, throughout her entire career so that she can better help others understand their bodies and live life to their fullest without fear of re-injury or reoccurring pain.
Meredith grew up in Fishers and as an adult has moved to the East side of Indy, where she resides with her husband, Roy, and two children, Maya and Santiago. She met her husband at the University of Indianapolis, where she attended both for her undergraduate degree, as well as her doctorate. On the weekends, she enjoys family time, especially outdoors – hiking, biking, taking walks, sledding, building snow forts, and more! She also is known to get very invested in reading a good fantasy or murder mystery book, and has a slight obsession with all things Legend of Zelda (yes, the video game franchise). She is glad to now have Restore Your Core Physical Therapy added to the exciting adventures in her life, and can’t wait to meet and learn about the new people walking in the door!
Dr. Julia Powden is a native of northern California from the mountains of Lake Tahoe. She developed an early interest in movement and exercise as she grew up playing soccer, running track, and snowboarding as often as possible. This interest and willingness to explore sent her across the country to the east coast. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2015 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. From there she pursued advanced education to specialize in the areas of sports medicine and pelvic health so that she could provide her clients with the most effective, evidence-based, holistic, and individualized treatment approaches possible.
Her passion in life is to educate, empower, and inspire active women to feel confident in their own bodies in order for them to be able to reach their optimal potential doing what they love. From high-level female athletes to moms just trying to return to physical activity, all women deserve to be supported, heard, and given hope that they can return to their activity without pain, fear, or embarrassment. Something to know about Julia is that she gives her full heart to her patients and genuinely cares about your story. So please come on in and let her listen to your story and together you can come up with a plan to get you back to doing what you love!
Over the last four years, she and her husband have been enjoying making Indianapolis their new home. She is truly excited to grow her role in the community here. They are loving being dog parents to the adorable Weasley and are excited to grow their family further. They love to be outside as often as possible and can always be found at Eagle Creek or on a patio downtown. Julia is so excited to be apart of the team at Restore Your Core Physical Therapy!
Kathy joined Restore Your Core Physical Therapy as Administrative Assistant in May 2021. She worked with Dr. Amy Robison in two other successful physical therapy practices over the years where she assisted with patients, operations, and billing. She is a native of Indiana and is from the Indianapolis Area. She currently resides in the Washington D.C. Metro Area with her husband and pets.
She has many years of administrative, operations, medical assisting, and sales experience. She is a graduate of Med Tech College with an A.A.S. in Medical Assisting.
She has a passion for people and taking care of them whether their needs be medical or otherwise. She is there for the patient to make sure that their physical therapy journey is a very pleasant one, whether that be greeting you on the phones, scheduling your care, or answering questions that you might have about our physical therapy services
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and pets along with doing all things historical that there are to do in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.