About Us

HEATHER COLLINS
I’m a physical therapist with 28 years of experience, including 8 years working as a case manager in cardiac rehabilitation. I’m also board certified as a geriatric specialist (GCS) by the American Physical Therapy Association and a certified cardiac rehabilitation professional (CCRP).
As health professionals with years of experience, it can be difficult to remember what it felt like the first time we heard some of the medical terminology that we now use on a daily basis. While we have this knowledge, patients with no medical background don’t, and they can quickly become overwhelmed by the information we give them. 
All content for the programs is fully referenced.  Sources used include  medical textbooks, peer-reviewed journals, and authoritative websites such as those maintained by the CDC, NIH, and FDA.

Due to time constraints within our healthcare system, this information can sometimes be presented to patients too quickly, or at a level they cannot grasp.

I started this company because I believe strongly in patient advocacy.

It became clear to me in my work that patients often don’t understand much of the essential medical information they receive after a cardiac event. I knew there had to be a better way to provide patients with the education they needed in a way they could understand and enjoy. This is when The Intelligent Option was born.

I designed the Gym-Based program as an adjunct to traditional, lecture-based models in order to maximize patients' learning potential during the time they spend in your gym, given the very real challenges of getting patients to attend lectures. Our program format draws patients in and, with a healthy dose of humor, keeps them engaged while they learn.

The educational modules grew out of the need for high-quality, comprehensive education for patients who are not attending cardiac rehab programs in person. Of course, the modules can be used in the gym or by patients at home. 

We’re always here to help answer your questions and assist you with technical set-up.

"Great tips. I go home and share the information with my family!”

— Patient, Burlington, Vermont