Mitch Owens MSPT, COMT, instructor of Neck Pain, Headaches, Dizziness, and Vertigo: Integrating Vestibular and Orthopedic Treatment, has been practicing physical therapy in Seattle since 2004. In addition to his masters degree he has two advance therapy certifications, a broad clinical background, and a passion for the practice of physical therapy. In 2007 he completed a competency certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University and the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2014 he demonstrated advanced competency in orthopedic manual therapy and earned the credentials Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) based out of British Columbia.
Mitch’s practice is focused on the treatment of orthopedic pain issues and vestibular dysfunction, but he began his career working with patients with neurological injuries at Evergreen Hospital’s Rehabilitation Unit and outpatient Neuroscience program. Mitch then went onto work with Carrie Hall at Movement Systems PT. Mitch started Union PT in September of 2010.
Mitch believes in balancing an active approach to rehabilitation with techniques that will promote healing and recovery. He strives to ensure that his patients understand their issues and that they have tools in place so they can remain healthy and active independently long after their treatment.
In addition to his practice Mitch teaches continuing education courses for practicing physical therapist on Cervicogenic Dizziness/Headache, as well as Shoulder Dysfunction.
Carolyn McManus has specialized in the care of people in chronic pain throughout her professional career. She holds Master’s degrees in physical therapy from Duke University and in psychology from Antioch University. She has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 25 years and completed an advanced Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher Training Program through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She is on staff in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington where she has taught an 8-session MBSR program to patients with chronic health problems since 1998. In addition, she developed a 2-hour pain education class for patients with chronic pain that is offered monthly by her department.
In 2008, Carolyn was invited by David Kearney, MD at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, to develop and co-teach a 12-week Kindness Meditation course for veterans with PTSD and other chronic health conditions. Their work became the subject of an award-winning documentary, “Healing a Soldier’s Heart” and a published article in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. As a consultant to Dr. Kearney’s research team, Carolyn presently teaches both MBSR and Loving Kindness Meditation courses to veterans suffering from a range of chronic health conditions, including chronic pain.
Carolyn is a guest lecturer in the Department of Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle and a regular speaker to state and national audiences. In 2013 she was invited by the Physical Therapy Association of Washington State to offer a course on the topic of pain at their spring conference. In addition, she has recently presented at the American Physical Therapy Association’s National and Combined Sections Conferences.
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Michelle Lyons, MISCP PT, has over twenty years of experience as a chartered physiotherapist. She has recently returned to live in Ireland after a number of years in the US.
As well as developing numerous speciality courses for Herman & Wallace (Oncology and the Female Pelvic Floor, Oncology and the Male Pelvic Floor, The Athlete & the Pelvic Floor, Menopause Rehabilitation and Symptom Management, and Special Topics: Endometriosis, Infertility & Hysterectomy), she is also a tutor on the Pelvic Floor Series and the Pregnancy/Post-partum Series. Michelle was also proud to be an item writer for the PRPC certification exam.
With additional training in nutrition therapy, herbal medicine, pilates and yoga as well as her clinical training and experience in pelvic health and oncology rehab, Michelle is a firm believer in integrative medicine and a whole body approach to health and wellness.
She is also a lecturer for the Pelvic Obstetric & Gynaecological Physiotherapy Association in the U.K. on their pregnancy/MSK courses and will be Clinical Lead on their new advanced pelvic floor course and their male pelvic health coursework. She blogs and teaches online (available late 2015) for Medbridge Education and has collaborated with the Integrative Women's Health Institute and Burrell Education on a number of live and online women’s health educational programs.
As a social media advocate, in 2013 she co-founded the Women’s Health Physiotherapy Facebook group, which now has over 3000 members from all over the world. A poster presentation looking at the role of the group/social media in promoting women’s health was presented at WCPT in 2015.
She also offers consulting/ mentoring service to clinicians internationally who wish to develop pelvic rehab, integrative health or oncology rehab programs. With a busy international teaching schedule, she also finds time to indulge her passion for reading, shopping for more books and reading some more!
Holly Tanner, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, WCS, PRPC, LMP, BCB-PMB, CCI was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. At Herman & Wallace, Holly is a faculty member and the Director of Education. She owns a private practice that focuses on pelvic rehabilitation and on chronic myofascial pain. She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1995 with a Masters of Arts degree in Physical Therapy and in 2013 she completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is also a licensed massage practitioner, licensed in Washington since 2003. Prior experience includes working for Apple Physical Therapy where she developed and directed the Women's and Men's Health programs for the company’s many clinics. She is Board-certified in Orthopedics, Women's Health, and is also certified in Pelvic Rehabilitation and in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. Holly served as adjunct faculty at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, for whom she continues to teach in the transitional DPT program. Along with H&W faculty member Stacey Futterman she co-authored the "Male Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction, and Treatment" course. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Massage Therapy Association. Her physical therapy and massage practice, Flow Rehab, is located in the Fremont neighborbood of Seattle.
Elizabeth Hampton, PT, BCB-PMD is a Board Certified Women's Health Clinical Specialist in practice since 1987, specializing in pelvic ring dysfunction and movement-education. Elizabeth earned her BS in physical therapy from Marquette University in 1987. She earned her post-bac Certificate in Women's Health Physical Therapy in 2002 and is also a trained childbirth educator and doula. Elizabeth earned the Rehabilitation Certification in Pilates through Polestar Pilates Education in 2003 and integrates the Pilates method into manual therapy and rehabilitation. She earned certification in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America in 2005. She has designed and instructed continuing education courses relating to pelvic floor dysfunction and Pilates- based rehabilitation. She is a member of the APTA, the Orthopedic section, the Section on Women's Health as well as the Washington State Physical Therapy Association. Elizabeth is a SACE item writer for the APTA Board Certification Clinical Specialist Exam in Women's Health.
Elizabeth's professional publications include: "Use of Transabdominal Ultra Sound Imaging in Retaining the Pelvic Floor Muscles of a Woman Postpartum" (Ariail,A, SearsT, Hampton E, PT Journal October 2008), The Journal of the Sectionon Women's Health "The Relationship Between Pelvic Floor and Abdominal Musculature: Clinical Recommendations for Rehabilitation based on Emerging Literature,"(Hampton E, April 2003) and The Gynecological Manual, APTA, Section on Women's Health, 2002, contributing editor of "Clinical Applications of SEMG Biofeedback of the Pelvic Floor."
Elizabeth owns Core Therapeutics Physical Therapy in Bellingham, Washington. She is married to Mike and they have two kids who are amazing individuals!
Dawn Sandalcidi PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD
Dawn Sandalcidi PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD specializes in orthopedic manual therapy, and pelvic muscle dysfunction (incontinence and pain) treatment. She has trained medical professionals in manual therapy since 1992 both nationally and internationally. She owns a private practice in Denver, Colorado. Dawn received her BS in physical therapy in 1982 from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. Over the next four years, she participated in extensive international postgraduate studies in manual and manipulative therapy of the spine and extremities in Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand. Over 17 years ago, Dawn became the first physical therapist to treat pelvic muscle dysfunction in the Denver area. Since then she has developed a pediatric dysfunctional voiding treatment program in which she lectures on nationally. She has further studied pediatric conditions in post graduate work at Regis University. Dawn has published articles in the Journal of Urologic Nursing, the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, and the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy.