I grew up in Spokane and graduated with a Master’s in Physical Therapy from the EWU Physical Therapy program in 2001. I work hard to provide thorough, effective, compassionate care to my physical therapy clients. Due to my extensive experience in a variety of settings treating a multitude of diagnoses coupled with hard work and determination I have enjoyed a high rate of success during my career and look forward to helping many more people.
I have a special interest in treating orthopedic diagnoses, balance, vestibular, dizziness and post stroke rehabilitation. I am fortunate to have worked in different clinical settings because it gave me experience in outpatient, acute care and extended care, which incorporates a wide range of diagnoses and ages.
While working in the hospital setting I was the lead physical therapist working with a local doctor doing Baclofen trials to determine efficacy of pump placement. I was often the lead physical therapist for exercise classes designed to help patients who had just undergone total knee and hip replacements. As part of my duties at the hospital I also treated people on every unit with differing diagnoses of stroke, heart attack, and general deconditioning do to pneumonia, just to name a few.
In the extended care facility the majority of the patient population was post surgical geriatric clients that required rehabilitation in order to return home at their highest functional level. I also have about 6½ years of experience in outpatient therapy, which has included orthopedic injuries, post surgical care, neurologically impaired patients, vertigo clients, and sports injuries.
I use several manual therapy techniques including strain counterstrain, joint mobilizations, muscle energy, and myofascial release. Vestibular rehabilitation includes techniques to provide relief for vertigo and dizziness through specific head positioning, eye exercises, and balance exercises to improve overall balance.
I really enjoy the challenge of finding the root cause of people’s pain and functional limitations then providing therapy to relieve their discomfort, improve their function and quality of life. It is wonderful hearing different life experiences as they feel better and return to previous recreational activities. I also enjoy working with SFCC as a part of their PTA student selection committee.