I consider myself a life-learner, always researching, touching base with my mentors, and preparing for continuing education classes to offer the best of myself to patients.
In my free time, I enjoy being out in nature, reading, and spending time with my husband and four children.
I have an understanding of the value of human touch and the healing that is derived. My training has served to broaden this understanding as well as give me the tools to more thoroughly address symptoms of pain, limited mobility, and muscular imbalance.
I have training in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and is dedicating her studies with Vodder to enhance her skills in the treatment and management of lymphedema.
Five years ago, I moved from New York to be a part of Therapy Solutions, a truly unique healing environment that allows each patient to be seen and treated as a whole. My mission is to integrate conventional medical education with the more holistic view of the human being including the physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and relational aspects that all contribute to one’s wellbeing.
I have training in:
I have experience treating a variety of conditions including:
I have recently moved back to New York but will continue to be involved with Therapy Solutions.
I have been a licensed mental health counselor for over 35 years. I moved to the Tri-Cities in 1991 and have been very active within the community for while working at several agencies.
Making a difference in people’s lives has been my passion. Learning and discovering more about such things as health and wellness, trauma, the brain, energy systems within the body, and the benefits of essential oils preoccupy a great deal of my time. I also find that yard-work, gardening, and time with my two grandchildren bring me great deal of pleasure.
I care deeply about the individuals I treat and am a lifelong learner with a focus on better serving patients. The complexities of the human body and mind fascinate me and I continue to be intrigued by what is still yet to be discovered. I have worked with a wide range of orthopedic patients in an outpatient setting and have worked in the hospital environment. Since earning my certification as a lymphedema therapist, I have developed an appreciation of how this technique can be beneficial to a wide range of conditions.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, running, painting, and exploring the outdoors.
I have extensive experience and expertise in treating:
I started my studies as an artist and historian but my love for people and science brought me into this field. I believe creativity and evidence-based treatment can co-exist. I have practiced in the outpatient orthopedic setting for 18+ years with a concentration in treating spinal injuries, post-surgical rehab, arthritis and inflammatory conditions, autoimmune disorders, and chronic pain. I have trained in Maitland manual techniques and combines them with a functional approach to exercise for the whole body.
I applied these skills to a low back pain clinical trial at Washington University in St. Louis Medical School and lectured as a lab instructor at two universities in the Midwest. Over the years of learning and teaching, I still had not found the answer to why people stay in pain even after the tissues have healed. This led me to the field of pain neuroscience and understanding how the brain can modify pain signals. As I continue to blend neuroscience and traditional therapy, I have developed a program for patients with chronic pain that educates, reconnects the brain and body processes, and helps them return to their lives using a holistic program.
I have an emphasis on women’s mental health which has led me to include treating trauma from an applied neuroscience perspective for anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, memory ,focus and aging.
As a recent transplant to Tri-Cities, I enjoy hunting, fishing, and exploring all things outdoors.
I have worked in a variety of settings including hospital, home health, pediatrics, and outpatient. I specialize in pediatric incontinence and women’s health. I live with my husband and 3 children. Away from work, I enjoy the outdoors, running, playing board games, church activities, and spending time with my family and friends.
I believe that a massage therapist should be a facilitator to the client providing them with the treatment and resources that will help them to heal. I feel it is my job to create an environment that can help provide lasting significant improvement for my patient’s health.
I am adept at using a very effective hands-on technique, Myofascial Release by John Barnes. This technique involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. My gentle presence and calm demeanor allow my patients to truly experience relaxation and rejuvenation thereby relieving the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to illness and disease.
This is a big year for me! This is the 30th year of being a physical therapist and the 20th year of this business! It has become a labor of love and a mission to offer a standard of care that I believe is needed to help individuals achieve optimal health.
The values of the clinic are my values. And the people who have joined this facility share in these values of excellence, creativity and person-centered care.
I am a lover of learning and am passionate about assisting people facing physical limitations make meaningful and positive changes in their lives. My curiosity and desire to help has led to the accumulation of a lot of additional training and knowledge and my focus has landed on treating people who are dealing with:
I am a manual therapist: I have spent hundreds of hours in training to learn hands on methods to improve fascial integrity and freedom of movement. I have trained to advanced levels in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release, Upledger CranioSacral Therapy, Barral Visceral Manipulation, and the original Dr. Vodder Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage. I prefer to focus on helping individuals understand the universal principles of fascial release and integrity and how they can use this knowledge for their own health.
I am a facilitator of living with intention: My treatments are a combination of hands on methods, education, and movement with the goal of making fundamental improvements in health. Education emphasizes skill development for self care. Movement emphasizes a combination of yoga, functional fitness, Gyrotonic, and fundamentals of bringing movement into every day life. I choose movement that fits the individual. I want to see my clients become proficient in managing their symptoms and feel they have received valuable tools for the time and money.
My current efforts are two fold: (1) providing innovative services that give us greater freedom to help individuals in their journey through physical challenges and (2) helping other therapists to carry on the traditions of healing I have learned.
My greatest teachers are the people who do me the honor of coming in for care and guidance to manage and overcome their conditions. I hope to see you if I am a fit for you!
My specialties include treating people with general orthopedic problems and pelvic floor dysfunction. I am also very interested in expanding Therapy Solutions care for our prenatal and postpartum patients.
My treatment philosophy is combining strength training, functional fitness, manual therapy, trauma-informed care, autonomic nervous system management, and patient education while incorporating patients’ wants, needs, and expectations to improve your overall quality of life.
In my spare time, I enjoy participating a wide variety of sports, going to concerts, eating good food, and traveling.
My depth of knowledge regarding the physiological aspects of the loss of hand function enhances her ability to provide long lasting and meaningful therapeutic interventions. I understand the devastating effect injury or disease to the upper quadrant can bring to my patient’s lives and combines my specialized skills with compassion and warmth.
I use multiple techniques and modalities along with manual therapy and customized splinting to restore function and/ or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb. This will promote an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life.
I am currently taking a year long sabbatical in 2020.
I have been a licensed massage practitioner since 1995. Being an avid bicyclist, jogger, skier and lifelong hockey fan, I bring boundless energy and joy to my practice. I use my skills to provide patients with relief from pain, swelling and muscle tension, and use my knowledge to help them prevent further injuries.
I have taught sports massage for the past 15 years and have used that experience to volunteer my time at sporting events. Most notably, my volunteerism has been completed in the Athletes Village at the Salt Lake City Olympics, with the US Olympic Diving team during competitions, and at local running and bicycling events with the Washington Sports Massage Team.
Working with people who need my touch in the arena of sports or exertion injuries are only a part of my practice. I maintain certification in Lympedema Management from the Vodder School International. With this expertise, I work with cancer patients, post-surgical patients, and patients with primary and secondary lymphedema.