Dr. Susane (Susie) Mukdad is the founder of Healing Hands Physical Therapy, Inc. In 2010, she received her Doctor in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL graduating top 3 of her class peers. Since then, she has extensively focused her career’s passion to specialize in Pelvic Rehabilitation and Visceral Manipulation. In 2014, Dr. Susie successfully earned the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
Dr. Susie uses a unique, individualized approach to treating her patients. She believes in an Integrated Systems Model approach using advanced manual therapy techniques that address the articular, neural, visceral, and myofascial systems. She is also passionate about teaching her patients about the importance of nutrition and diet to optimize their health and wellness potential. She is a firm believer that with the right tools and approach, the body can heal itself.
Dr. Susie is a devoted and life-long learner who spends one-on-one time educating her patients about their health. She listens to her patients and collaborates with them to determine the root cause of their symptoms. Dr. Susie extensively trains under the Barral Institute Curriculum to keep her skills up-to-date with the most recent advances in manual therapy. In 2014, she was accepted as a Qualified Barral Institute Teaching Assistant where she can continue to share her love and passion for teaching visceral manipulation.
In addition, Dr. Susie partakes in monthly Functional Medicine Forum meetings where she joins together with other integrative and holistic practitioners to learn about the latest health news and functional medicine research.
Her areas of expertise include digestive disorders, women’s health, men’s health, pediatric voiding dysfunctions, chronic pain, nutrition and wellness coaching.
When she is not caring for her patients, Dr. Susie loves spending time with her husband, Luke, and two dogs, Landon and Sammy. They enjoy traveling, biking, hiking, cooking, and most importantly living life to the fullest!
Cindy Washeck, PT, BA, MSPT, DPT, FAAOMPT, started practicing physical therapy in 2000 in her home state of Delaware but soon moved to Nashville, TN, where she was introduced to manual therapy. In 2003, she started working for one of the original instructors for the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI) and immersed herself in post-graduate studies. She completed her doctorate of manual therapy in 2004 and became a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2005. She left Nashville to work in Naperville, IL, and then moved to Seattle in 2007 to work for MTI (Manual Therapy International). She then completed a residency in Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression (STEP). Giving birth naturally to 2 children sparked Cindy’s interest in pelvic floor rehabilitation, and she has been able to apply the concepts to nearly every post-partum patient as well as lumbar patient, both male and female. She now works part time in a private practice clinic co-owned by her husband in O’Fallon, Missouri. She has put her Bachelor’s degree in English from James Madison University to good use writing practice test questions for the National Physical Therapy Exam, editing online continuing education courses, and writing articles on a variety of physical therapy subjects. Cindy has been a clinical instructor for physical therapy students as well as manual therapy residency and fellowship students, and she is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Reema has been a practicing Physical Therapist in Manhattan since 2011, specializing in orthopedics and vestibular rehabilitation. Reema is currently pursuing further training in order to become a certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner.
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.