MOTR/L: Master's of Occupational Therapy
CHT: Board Certified Hand to Shoulder 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 with emphasis in Oncology Rehab
CHT: Certified Hand 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.
MOTR/L: Master’s of Occupational Therapy
S.O.S.: Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Therapy
I recently moved to Seattle from Buffalo New York, but quickly learned that Seattle is my new home. I work in early intervention to support infants and toddlers with developmental delays. I graduated from D'Youville College in Buffalo New York, with my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. I also obtained my Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015.
I have experience in evaluation implementation, planning and administering OT interventions for patients recovering from TBI, neurological conditions, arthritis, Diabetes, SCI, Parkinson’s Disease, cardiac procedures, joint replacement, and amputations. I also have experience teaching yoga to children with sensory processing disorders and motor delays. I have experience in conducting home visit sessions to problem solve though difficult life situations and what comes after a diagnosis. Through my clinical experience, I have gained a strong passion for working with the adult/geriatric population, as well as the pediatric population. My goal is to uplift people and to share holistic approaches that I have learned and how they heal the body, mind and soul to improve overall quality of life.
In my occupational therapy training, I have learned about the anatomy of the body and how the sensory systems are interconnected. If there is a disruption in a sensory system, the entire body may feel off balanced. I offer therapeutic yoga stretches and poses to promote alignment and balance. I also incorporate meditation and breath work into my sessions. During my education, I completed a critically appraised research project on the benefits of meditation. I love showing my patients how just a few treatments can make an enormous difference to their health. I also promote energy conservation and breath focus during sessions.
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.
Incoming Practice Manager
I'm passionate about healthy living, and I love working with people. Meeting them where they’re at, finding connection, and cheering them on is something I take great joy in doing.
I received my education as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Lake Washington Technical Institute in Kirkland. Through my professional experience, I've had the privilege of working with people in a variety of settings allowing me wonderful opportunities for growth and learning. I have a background in whole foods cooking, gardening, health coaching, customer service, and team support. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the staff and the patients at Holistic Orthopedics.
In my personal time, I delight in cooking, gardening, and crafting. I love traveling, hiking, and birdwatching with my husband. You can also find me sharing a meal with family or hiking and rock climbing with my two wonderful children.
Administrative Services Manager
I am a recent Seattle transplant from Kansas City. In the Midwest, I worked as a paralegal at a criminal defense firm after obtaining my paralegal certification from Rockhurst University. My background in working with a diverse client base sparked my passion for connecting with and helping others. I’m excited to carry that over in my work at Holistic Orthopedics. I’m also looking forward to helping with the expansion of yoga and pilates programs here.
Outside of work, I’m usually hiking, rock climbing, or exploring outdoors. I also enjoy yoga and watching live music.
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.
Yoga Instructor, Clinical Herbal Consultant B.Sc.
My passion for supporting others led me to obtain training in Herbal Medicine through a B.Sc program at Bastyr University, as well as a Yoga Teacher Certification; which included a year-long internship with my teacher and a 200 hour intensive with Tim Miller a Senior Ashtanga Teacher. I have studied, practiced, and trained through the lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. 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 integrate movement that opens one's body to deeper levels of strength and flexibility. In yoga sessions the practitioner and I have the opportunity to collaborate on developing a practice that helps the practitioner to live more fully embodied. I remain in gratitude for all this practice has offered my life and find great joy in sharing what I have learned. Alongside yoga I offer individual Herbal Medicine Consultations to support the bodies tissue health and to facilitate greater vitality in the body. I formulated the Muscle Rubs and Body Oil for Holistic Orthopedic, and it brings me great joy to offer Herbal Medicine. To learn more about my Herbal Medicine Practice visit RootedAndReachingWellness.com.