OUR THERAPISTS

Nola Petrucelly, PT

I began my venture into healthcare with an extensive background in dance. I took classical ballet lessons for 14 years and jazz, lyrical, & character dance for 6 years. Through competitions in dance, I had the opportunity to travel to the former Soviet Union, Denmark, Spain, & Great Britain. Knee pain at 16 years of age lead me to seek the services of a physical therapist. Inspired by my recovery, I set out to study physical therapy (PT). I attended University of Washington in Seattle from 1994-1999 and then returned to Spokane with a Bachelor’s Degree in PT to begin my career.

After 4 years in the PT field (including specialties in lymphedema management and treatment of the performing artist/dancer/athlete), I became interested in Structural Integration (SI) and received a ten-session series from Ron McCombs, who had the distinct honor of being personally trained by Ida Rolf in the 1960s. Enthused by SI’s philosophy and potential to elicit human evolution, I applied and was accepted to attend a certification program offered by the Guild for Structural Integration. I completed my training and became a Certified Practitioner of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration in November of 2003. I now offer these services through A Turning Pointe Physical Therapy.

I am also a trained and certified practitioner of SI for canines and horses. Having attended The Equine Natural Movement Series School in 2010 in Battle Ground, WA, I am also happy to give our four-legged friends the benefit of living without pain. The training for the animals has given me a greater appreciation for the human body and how it operates and heals.

 

Gene Suzuki, PT

Back in 1973, my pastor recommended that I learn deep tissue massage from Mr. Cromer, a licensed physical therapist.  Mr. Cromer was grandfathered into the PT profession after working in his field since the 1930’s.  He told me I needed to get my physical therapy degree before he could consider mentoring me so six years later in 1979, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University and immediately began my apprenticeship.  Mr. Cromer had had forty-three years of experience in his hands and for the next three months I tried to learn as much as I could from this masterful therapist.

Since that time, I sought to learn other highly effective therapies:  Feldenkrais work, Orthobionomy, Myofascial Release, Soft Tissue Release, Integrative Manual Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and others.  I have spent the last ten years studying and practicing Lowen Systems Manual Therapies.

Frank Lowen, LMT is the developer of this discipline.  He taught Craniosacral Technique at the Upledger Institute and eventually directed the Visceral Manipulation program in North America. Frank studied for about fifteen years under his mentor, the developer of Visceral Manipulation, Jean-Pierre Barral, DO.  Because of his highly developed tactile skills, he was able to detect biorhythms, patterns and motilities in the body heretofore undiscovered.  He was able to bring about remarkable changes in the body by facilitating these inherent, self-corrective forces.

I have taken all the coursework available in the Lowen Systems and am currently involved in the Mentorship track.  I feel that this work is the most effective manual therapy I have studied to date and am pleased to offer it through A Turning Pointe Physical Therapy.

Stacey Richards, MPT

 

 

 

 

Stacey is our our woman’s health therapist at A Turning Pointe Physical Therapy.  As a life-long resident of the west plains area, she worked for four years at our Medical Lake Physical Therapy office happily investing herself in the community’s health and welfare.

Her favorite part of being a physical therapist is spending one-on-one time with her patients and teaching them the tools they need to improve and hasten their recovery.  And she does have the tools, for sure.

Stacey’s focus is on Orthopedics and Women’s Health issues and, after she attained her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Eastern Washington University, she has focused her continuing education in the areas of pelvic floor function, pregnancy care, vestibular rehabilitation and orthopedic manual therapy to name just a few.

Because of her career long desire and ability to heal and mitigate pain, we watched Stacey become a leader for  the Medical Lake health community.  We are so excited to have her here at our Spokane office!!!

Give Stacey the chance to help you “Feel Better!”

Kathryn Matsubuchi, OTR/L

Kathryn Matsubuchi, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Registered/Licensed, is a 1996 University of Washington OT program graduate with 20 years’ combined practice settings’  experience in providing occupational therapy including outpatient pediatrics, outpatient adult services, skilled nursing care and in-home pediatric care.

Kathryn offers 6+ years’  Occupational Therapy practice experience using holistic, osteopathic-based treatment techniques  while providing manual therapy  OT in serving children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Kathryn’s treatments  support reducing overly heightened SNS sympathetic “survival tone” throughout the whole body, through the application of manual therapies including Visceral Manipulation, Cranial Sacral Treatment, Lymphatic Drainage Treatment, MyoFascial Release including Strain-Counter-Strain, and Musculoskeletal Mobilizations.  Once the body is not so intent on survival that is not vital to moment-to-moment state regulation, the parasympathetic,  “restful” functions of the body begin to boost and support resting, digesting, eliminating, and more typical hormone function to support restoring balance of the body’s integral systems.  This is clearly a more hospitable place from which patients can be successful in their Activities of Daily Living, ADL.

Kathryn emphasizes use of her visceral manipulation skills as a road map to identifying an OT  client’s “layered restrictions”.  Our body’s visceral layers are  similar to the smooth, nesting fit of the layers of an onion.  Each visceral layer needs to have a precise fit that allows for sliding and gliding motions  AND stable attachment points that suspend and connect one visceral layer to an adjacent layer.   A restriction in any one visceral layer can have far reaching impact on more distant areas of the body.  In the onion analogy, think how a bruise on the outside of the onion can pull into the onions deeper layers ,  or how sometimes the blemish of the onion is internal, close to the core, but it’s damaging impact radiates outwards into more superficial layers of the onion. This is how visceral restrictions present in the body, interrupting and interfering with typical healthy tissue and organ functions.

Assessment of visceral restrictions and corresponding visceral manipulation treatments begin with an “outside in” and sometimes and “inside out” approach.  Ongoing OT treatments  support re-instating better motion, glide and health within any one layer and/or between two adjacent layers of the 1.) body’s viscera, or organs, and  2.) the surrounding ligamentous, fascial and myofascial attachments that suspend and connect viscera within the body regions.    Relieving visceral restrictions positively impacts parasympathetic functions of the body whereby clients  begin to experience a  boost in resting, digesting, eliminating, and more typical hormone function to support restoring balance of the body’s integral systems.  Additionally, patients who present with and who receive treatment for visceral restrictions commonly remark at how gentle and  calming their visceral manipulation treatments feel.

Additionally, Kathryn holds specialty certification  training in NDT, Neuro Developmental Treatment, which helps her to apply a biomechanical/movement integration treatment approach, including detailed postural analysis, and principles of spasticity reduction.  Treatments engage patients in weight bearing activities to promote normalization of muscle tone to further assist patients in achieving more normalized and effective movement strategies throughout their activities of daily living.  Specific to children and adolescents, Kathryn’s 19 years of pediatric experience also includes integrating more traditional developmental OT approaches such as social-emotional, play-based, and activity-based interventions alongside of sensory integration,  and pediatric NDT principles while addressing a young patient’s uncertainties and anxieties that can occur when making changes within the body and nervous system.

Kathryn’s skill versatility is complimented by her dedication to providing individually tailored OT sessions that support patients in regaining, achieving and maintaining improved ease of motion so that clients can get back to living their lives and/or experience the gratification of new-found motion.  OT treatments further help patients in re-developing  midline postural alignment from which to engage core muscles in postural stabilization to allow them to begin building stamina through Upper Extremity activities within dynamic sitting and standing activities.

Kathryn truly enjoys making a positive difference in the quality of patients’ lives, one OT session at a time!