About Dr. Irina
Dr. Irina Fedulow Plante is a licensed physical therapist with her board certification in neurologic physical therapy. Prior to her matriculation into a graduate physical therapy program, Irina worked as a research assistant at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) studying the effects of exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and the utilization of robotics to regain upper extremity control for those post-stroke. She obtained her doctorate of physical therapy at the University of New England in Portland, Maine. After graduation, she completed the Kaiser Physical Therapy Neurologic Residency in Redwood City, California. Irina then returned to UCSF to work in the outpatient rehabilitation setting where she treated adults and children with various neurologic presentations, consulted at the Movement Disorders Clinic and Headache Institute, assisted with teaching graduate courses and served as a clinical instructor.
Given her love for the outdoors, Irina and her husband relocated to Truckee, CA to start their family. While staying home and raising her son, a former patient with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) reached out to her for physical therapy services; this patient had recently become a mom. This inspired Irina to start working primarily with mothers or mothers-to-be with MS and creating the platform Neuro Mama Tribe after observing the gaps in pre- and postpartum care for these women.
For the past five years, Irina has also worked as a contractor physical therapist integrating hippotherapy (the utilization of the horse’s movement to promote functional gains) at clinics both in California and Nevada. She also sits on the Board of Directors and serves as the lead for the Research Committee for the American Hippotherapy Association. She recently began volunteering through the therapeutic riding program hosted by Achieve Tahoe in Truckee, CA.
Irina strongly believes in the strength of community and sits on the California Physical Therapy PAC FUND and Women in Wilderness through the Wilderness Medical Society. She continues to serve as volunteer faculty through UCSF and recently started presenting webinars through Outdoor Women’s Wellness. She also speaks to various organizations, discussing the importance of pre- and postpartum services for women with MS.
When she is not reading the latest research, working or collaborating with other organizations, Irina can be found outside with her husband and two children, cooking, horseback riding, doing yoga or gardening.
Dr. Irina Fedulow Plante
PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist