McKenzie certified physical therapistKay Scanlon is a 1981 Graduate of Hahnemann University with a post-graduate Certificate in Physical Therapy and obtained a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Spring 2008.  Kay is a certified orthopedic clinical specialist awarded by the Board of Specialties within the American Physical Therapy Association since 1995. (  Dr. Scanlon holds a Direct Access Certificate granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which allows patients to seek care without a physician referral.

Kay specializes in treating mechanical pain in the spine and extremity joints. Kay received her Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 2005, awarded by the International McKenzie Institute in New Zealand.  (  The McKenzie method adherers to a philosophy if diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal pain that focuses in patient involvement and teaching self-management techniques, rather that use of passive palliative modalities.

Dr. Scanlon is adjunct faculty at several universities in the Philadelphia area including Arcadia University, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and Jefferson University.

Kay is actively involved in both the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.  She was a board member of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical therapy Association and served as chair of several committees.

Dr. Scanlon has been an invited speaker to the Philadelphia Sailing Club, the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Canoe and Kayak Club, as well as the Abington, Elkins Park, Glenside and Phoenixville Libraries. Dr. Scanlon also provides educational sessions to physicians and fellows at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University regarding the McKenzie approach.

Kay enjoys sailing, hiking, biking and gardening when she is not practicing!


  • The McKenzie Institute International
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
  • Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce