Welcome! I spent over 20 years as a PT assistant in various orthopedic outpatient clinics. Peers and clients have told me I bring a unique personal touch that cannot be taught. ”Healer", "gifted" and someone they "trust", are just several descriptions.
While I served in the USAF, as a PT assistant, I sustained severe injuries that ended my tour of active duty. I had just applied to the Army Baylor's Physical Therapy school. As you can imagine the loss of opportunity and autonomy was devastating. After breaking many bones in my lower legs and feet, I reluctantly yielded to a life of chronic pain and loss of recreational activities. I endured multiple surgeries, but the relentless pain continued . Many health professionals did not seem to understand or acknowledge the chronic pain, limited mobility and depression that sets in when you lose your autonomy. I was told to live with it, to rely on prescription medication, and eventually, face surgery again.
Fifteen years after the accident, I met a seasoned Physical Therapist in Spokane who studied under John Barnes' Tutelage. John Barnes is considered to be the Father of MFR, known throughout the world for his healing techniques. (www.myofascialrelease.com)
After numerous visits to traditional physical therapists with no change in my chronic pain, I tried the John Barnes MFR for myself. Guess what? For the first time in 15 years, my pain was reduced by 85%! I no longer needed the use of my cane, and was able to continue with the activities I loved. When you are no longer in intense daily pain, the benefits of exercise are now incredibly efficient. I became a personal trainer to improve my strength, balance, mobility and endurance, but equally as important, to help others.
With consistent MFR, MET (muscle energy techniques) and a custom exercise program, I literally received my life back. This is when I knew I needed to change my focus to helping people manage their chronic pain. I could no longer accept my clients having to hear, from other medical professionals, "you just have to live with it" .
Another aspect of chronic pain that is not addressed enough in the medical community is the negative influence of scars and fascial adhesions in your body.
Scars from accidents and surgeries don't allow the adjacent soft tissues and fascia to glide and move efficiently. This negative influence from scars can change your alignment, limit your function and prolong chronic pain. As an LMT, specializing in John Barnes myofascial release, I’m able to integrate these techniques into massage as appropriate.
Originally from Evansville, IN, I've lived in Spokane for a total of 19 years. I’m also a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in business. Later, through the USAF, I received my Associates in PT. I’m now an LMT, specializing in caring for people.
As a Certified Personal Trainer, I can teach you how to functionally use your core throughout your daily activities. Learning how to effectively use your core can help prevent falls, maintain proper alignment , and improve strength as we age.
I found massage therapy after training as a yoga instructor in Bali. This month -long training gave me a taste of holistic wellness, inspiring me to further my education by becoming a massage therapist. Utilizing my background in yoga, I focus on bringing a peaceful and meditative atmosphere for my massage clients .
My emphasis on the whole person approach fuels my desire for continuing education. I have a passion for this field and realize the opportunities to learn and enhance my abilities to help others are endless!
Originally named Tala, she morphed into Yaya!