MOTR/L: Master's of Occupational Therapy
CHT: Board Certified Hand Therapist
PBP: Professional Bowenwork Practitioner & Instructor
My philosophy is to incorporate whole body treatments into my practice that allow me to apply both my science background as an Occupational Therapist, as well as my creative side to guide clients through their recovery. While specializing in hand and upper extremity conditions, it became apparent that focusing on one body part was only successful with a certain percentage of clients. Therefore, I assess the whole person and individualize treatment, and draw from a variety of skills. These include: emerging manual therapy, postural re-education, customized home exercise programs, ergonomics, Bowenwork®, and pain reduction strategies. Giving clients the tools to maintain the benefits achieved in therapy is also an integral part of my treatment philosophy.
I have been practicing as an Occupational Therapist since 1999. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL and my Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Governor’s State University in IL.
I also became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2005 and a Professional Bowenwork Practitioner in 2013.
In my free time I enjoy hiking and mountain biking with my husband and dog Wrigley, getting out of the city in a tent or cabin and getting a peek at the local whales when I'm lucky. Oh and I'm a die hard Cubs fan (hence my dog’s name is Wrigley).
OTR/L: Occupational Therapy
Advanced Craniosacral Therapy from Bastyr University
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training from Bastyr University
Presenter at WOTA for Mind/Body Techniques for Patients & Practitioners
Evergreen Hospital Hospice Center training in Palliative Care
Reiki Master since 2007
I am a 1996 graduate of University of WA's Occupational Therapy Program. Practice areas have included-in-patient rehabilitation for both physical and psychological disabilities, orthopedics, neurology, cardiology, and chronic pain. I have practiced in a variety of settings from local hospitals to skilled nursing facilities to out-patient clinics. I also developed a home practice where I saw clients for stress management and relaxation techniques. Community outreach has included creating and teaching "Well Body Mechanics to New Moms" classes, as well as providing Reiki to women in Adult Family Homes on hospice.
My philosophy as a therapist is based in bridging western and eastern medicine practices in order to treat the whole person. 22 years of experience as a therapist has informed my blended perspective. Our emotions, how we think, what we eat, and how we move in our bodies all play crucial roles in how we feel. It is my goal to help clients identify areas that are out of balance to develop improved self-care routines at home to best support health, function, and well being.
Postural assessment with an emphasis on fascia and its role in spinal alignment, our nervous system (specifically our sympathetic and parasympathetic branches), and our emotions are all key players in overall health and balance in our bodies. Guiding clients through touch, movement, and dialogue helps facilitate improved outcomes in recovery from various injuries.
My husband and I have lived in the Seattle area for 31 years and enjoy raising our 2 boys in the PNW. Some favorite activities include gardening, hiking, and camping with our family. I have a background in dance, both Ballet and Modern, and have practiced yoga for 30+ years. Dancing, listening music, and supporting local art are also passions of mine. A true nature lover, I seek the outdoors any chance I can get, for paddle boarding in the summer and skiing in the winter.
MS, OTR/L: Master's of Occupational Therapy
RYT: Registered Yoga Teacher
In 2007, I moved to Israel to study abroad for 3 years. It was there that I was introduced to a Rabbi who initiated me on the path of Holistic Health and Alternative Medicine.
I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Touro College. I then enrolled in a Green Medicine: 4 month training in Herbalism Course at the Open Center in New York City. In 2017, I graduated with a dual degree of a Bachelors and Masters in the Science of Occupational Therapy. Since then, I have practiced as an OT in a variety of settings in Texas, California, Hawaii, and New York. This has allowed me to gain a unique perspective while treating a wide range of diagnoses.
I was introduced to the practice of Yoga in 2014. I was instantly hooked and acquired my Yoga Teaching Certification from Pure Yoga in New York City. I have studied the lineages of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Restorative Yoga, and just recently spent 6 months in Hawaii studying Classical Hatha under my primary teacher. This has profoundly influenced me as an OT practitioner, often incorporating Yoga Therapy into my treatments. I strive to instill and empower my clients with the skills to heal themselves through proper breathing, posture, body mechanics, nutrition, positive thoughts, and relaxation.
In my free time I enjoy playing and listening to music, exploring nature, being upside down, and traveling. I’m super excited to join the team at Holistic Orthopedics."
MOTR/L: Master’s of Occupational Therapy
CLT: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
I received my Master’s of Occupational Therapy from my home state of North Dakota at the University of Mary in 2011 and attained an additional certification as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in 2016 from the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy.
Due to my love of travel and adventure, I devoted 2 years of my postgraduate time to working as a traveling therapist, completing assignments all over the country working in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, hospital, inpatient rehab, and outpatient rehab. It was during that time that I discovered my love for hand therapy and decided to settle in the Seattle area, working in an outpatient setting to expand my growth and experience in this specialized area.
In addition to finding my love of hand therapy, I also was exposed to lymphedema therapy during my time as a traveling therapist and saw a strong need for this population of people. My heart felt the tug to help improve their quality of life, so in 2016, I completed a certification through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, treating patients with edema/lymphedema in all capacities (lower and upper extremities).
My philosophy as a therapist is holistic at the very core, heavily emphasizing treating the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. My goal is to maximize my patients' independence, functional ability, and quality of life.
In my spare time, I love getting outdoors with my husband for hikes, camping, and volleyball. We love traveling together and experiencing new cities, countries, and cultures.
Business Operations Manager
I am a health nut that specializes in Marketing, Communications, and Event Production. I happily joined Molly and the Holistic Orthopedics team in the beginning of 2015 and have found kinship with their philosophy towards whole, balanced well being. Earlier, my work was in family development resources and education, producing over twenty full-scale events in a calendar year throughout the Greater Seattle Area. Prior to that I worked in the Renewable Energy Sector, executing Wind and Solar events throughout North America, Europe, Asia, India, and Australia. I can also make a mean cocktail and conduct unruly crowds with ease, thanks to my extensive bartending career in some of the trendiest bars, clubs, and music venues throughout Seattle. When I am not exploring the hidden corners of the world with my husband, I am traipsing around the city with our two kiddos and Boxer, or plucking produce from our urban garden.
OT Aide/Clinic Manager
I am a future Masters in occupational therapy student that graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Human Biology from Seattle Pacific University. I love learning about the full-body approach to rehabilitation therapy, and look forward to applying that knowledge to my future as a therapist. My goals at Holistic Orthopedics are to provide both therapists and patients with a comfortable, clean, and welcoming therapy environment. I am eager to learn and experience as much as I can. As part of the administrative team at Holistic Orthopedics, I truly love the patient interaction and the opportunity to be a part of people’s recovery process. In September, I am headed to the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma and am so excited! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, cooking, camping, and taking day trips to new places.
Registered Dietician and Nutritionist
I am a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Esthetician. I obtained my Master of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and completed the esthetic training program at the Euro Institute of Skin Care. I founded Beauty Brains & Braun Nutrition to provide services ranging from nutrition counseling for clients who want to improve skin health to medical nutrition therapy for clients diagnosed with health conditions. I currently perform facials and other skin treatments at Nurture Skin. I am passionate about the connection between diet, digestion and skin wellness. I co-teach the nutrition classes at Holistic Orthopedics with Molly. We emphasize anti-inflammation to maximize health and minimize pain or discomfort in the body.
STOTT Certified Pilates Instructor
With an upbeat and accomplished teaching style, I deliver client appropriate Pilates training to a diverse group of people. Regardless of age, shape, or physical ability, they are united in their desire to optimize flexibility, strength, range of motion and increased vitality.
I believe there are many profound methods that contribute to healthy body mechanics. I explore and draw inspiration to improve my work through anatomy and kinesiology classes, advanced teacher trainings, and working in conjunction with physical and occupational therapists. The depth and breadth of my instruction is further enhanced by Heller work, Feldenkrais, facial release techniques, Bosu balance work, Barre classes, meditation, and yoga.
Certified in 2005 through STOTT Pilates, I have a special affinity for those motivated to recover range of motion and strength due to lasting pain, illness or surgery, having overcome chronic back pain and sciatica myself.
Personally, renewal and joy is found through many types of movement, including samba dance, tennis, cross country skiing, and hiking above the treeline. Using Pilates as the springboard, I intend to continue an active, engaged lifestyle for a very long while.
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor
I have been a dedicated student of Yoga for the last eight years, the last three of which I have also been teaching classes. I have studied, practiced, and trained through the lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. I learned how to instruct this practice through a year-long internship with my teacher, as well as participating in a 200 hour intensive with Tim Miller a Senior Ashtanga Teacher. Through this practice of breath and movement, I strive to reawaken my student's relationship with correct posture inside of movement. Without going beyond what each individual body is capable of we will integrate movement that opens one's body to deeper levels of strength and flexibility. I have worked with individuals at all age levels and with different amounts of strength and flexibility. My adult life has been dedicated to learning about the health of the human body and mind through yoga, as well in my education path. I graduated from Bastyr University with a degree in Herbal Sciences where I have had the opportunity to learn about the human anatomy in depth. I am inspired by each individual I have the honor of working to restore vitality with.