Since graduating with a doctorate degree in physical therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in 2008, I have gained clinical experience in a number of hospital and outpatient clinic settings where I have had the opportunity to expand and improve my skills. The majority of my experience in clinical care has been in the area of orthopedics, where as a traveling physical therapist, I have worked with a number of excellent teams, the most impressive being our current team at the Park Nicollet - Wayzata clinic, to improve the lives of many patients. I continue to become further educated by attending classes concentrated in the area orthopedics to expand my knowledge and skill set to provide even better care to my patients. I primarily utilize a combination of manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercise to gradually help progress people toward their own specific goals of a pain-free, healthy, and fully functional physical lifestyle. I treat a wide array of orthopedic conditions including the lumbar spine, cervical spine, shoulder, knee, hip, ankle, and other extremity pain and dysfunction. I will also commonly work with patient populations diagnosed with headaches, balance difficulty, and gait impairments.
Unlike some approaches you might find in treating pain and functional difficulty, I will look at all the contributing factors that may be causing a patient's pain and treat the primary cause - not only the symptoms - in hopes of permanently solving the reason for my patient's pain. This often times involves direct treatment to other joints and tissues in another area of a patient's body. Specific exercise is also directed at helping a patient with his/her specific problem, and most often a patient will perform home exercises to help themselves achieve and maintain excellent results. I will listen to each patient's unique concerns and goals and customize a program and treatment to meet their needs.