The Technical Stuff

I've been a practicing physical therapist in the state of Alaska since 2002, working in the Kenai/Soldotna area from 2002-2014, and then here in the valley since 2014.  Although I have worked nearly equal time in the inpatient and outpatient settings, the outpatient world is where I love to be.  

I graduated from Valley City State University (Valley City, ND) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  I then went on to the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND) where I obtained my Bachelor's of Physical Therapy in 2001 and my Master's of Physical Therapy in 2002.

My treatment approach is threefold: improve range of motion, utilize functional movement patterns to retrain the body to properly use this new mobility, and educate in other aspects of healing (such as nutrition and sleep hygiene).  

So if you're interested in reading about some of the letters that follow my name, here's some information on my training and credentials.

I frequently use two different techniques for fascial manipulation.  First, I am a Certified Graston Technique Specialist (GTS). These techniques are highly effective in reducing myofascial adhesions and tendinopathies that prevent normal movement. Secondly, I have training in the Stecco method for working on the deep fascia.  This is highly effective in reducing deep tissue restrictions, providing excellent results in improved mobility and reduced pain.

In addition to fascial manipulation, I also provide dry needling coupled with electrical stimulation.  The combination of these two modalities results in better outcomes and less soreness than dry needling alone.  The electrical stimulation parameters differ whether the goal is pain relief, improving muscle function, or to facilitate recovery from an intense workout.

Once restrictions are reduced, the new mobility needs to be used so the body can utilize it properly.  Functional movements are those that the human body naturally performs on a regular basis.  In comparison to machines, which often isolate a specific muscle or group of muscles, functional movements incorporate multiple body segments in a natural movement pattern.  For example, when we reach for our seatbelt, we do not just utilize our shoulder, we also need to have proper mobility of our elbow, wrist, pelvis, spine, neck, and hips.  My treatment techniques will incorporate all of these body parts, rather than just one of them.  Specifically, I am certified in Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete (CMFA-cert), incorporating functional movement analysis into treatment of all patients, athlete or not..  

And lastly, since "we are what we eat," I am also a Certified Functional Nutrition Informed Professional (CFNIP).  With this knowledge, I can help direct you towards what to eat or avoid to assist the healing process of specific injuries.  Although I will not promote a specific "diet," I can assist with finding what nutritional changes can be made to help you feel and perform your best.  Addressing proper sleep patterns can reduce pain, increase energy, and improve healing.


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