I wear many hats, like most of us- wife, mother, amateur artist, physical therapisst, movement specialist. My formal training as a physical therapist began with a degree from Marquette University. I worked for years at the VA Medical Center before taking a break to raise my four kids and have been practicing on my own as an independent physical therapist for the past several years. Beginning the summer of 2018, I have taken a job working as a Pelvic Health Specialist for Health In Balance Physical Therapy in their Germantown clinic.
Many people find that what I do is different than most traditional physical therapy in larger clinics. I am able to spend longer amount of one on one time with clients, with a combination of hands on care, movement work, and pain science education and coaching. I continue to study and incorporate various ideas around movement science, learning about new ideas in pain science, manual therapy and women's health/pelvic health topics through both self study and specialized weekend courses. I recently received my transitional doctorate in PT (DPT), and as part of that program, did an extended study in pain neuroscience through the International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI). I obtained my "Therapeutic Pain Specialist" certification, giving me a greater ability to work with people suffering with persistent pain. I continue to take specialized courses in Pelvic Health which allows me to provide specialized care for women (and eventually men!) suffering from incontinence or pelvic pain.
I think of myself as a guide, a facilitator or a catalyst— more of a teacher than a healer. You have the power to heal within your own nervous system, and often just need a bit of help to allow it to happen! I work with clients on movement and body awareness, restoring ease of movement and releasing unneeded tension in the body when it is coupled with pain or other dysfunction. Gentle hands-on manual therapy is another important piece of my private session work. Time may be spent addressing and changing old habits (if they aren't serving you), addressing chronic pain concerns, and then learning new ways to move and load the body. Motion is lotion, and helps keep nerves and tissues gliding like they should be! I am always learning about the human body, mind and spirit and incorporating what I learn into my work with clients and my own life. I enjoy hiking in the woods, painting, volunteering, hanging out with my kids and spending time with family and friends. I am also an active board member of the Volunteer Center of Washington County. I currently work from a private space in my home doing one on one sessions with clients and teach at an area pilates studio for group classes. Beginning in late July, I will be providing insurance-based physical therapy with a Pelvic Health focus at Health in Balance PT in Germantown. I am passionate about teaching women about what can be done to help with pelvic health diagnosis and am scheduling "Beyond Kegels" workshops at area fitness facilities and Mom's groups. I would love to work with you! Conditions I can help with (if you don't see yours on this list, just ask!):