I became a Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) therapist because it changed my life. It eliminated my hay fever allergies and hip dysplasia symptoms without any medication or surgical intervention required. It is the fastest and most gentle technique I have seen yet in the medical field. It gives us as practitioners, the ability to treat causes and not just symptoms anymore. So many of us live with dysfunction daily, and this technique allows us to eliminate that from our lives without financially limiting us.
I opened the first cash based physical therapy clinic, Peak Rehab LLC, in Anchorage in January of 2018 in order to care for my patients one on one without insurance red tape or interference. It has allowed for appropriate use of direct access, longer visit times, and fewer sessions needed to return people to their active and preferred lifestyles. My patients vary, including ultra-athletes, chronic pain clients, and even failed cases from the Mayo-Clinic.
After completing my Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) from the University of North Dakota, I continued to expand my education. I have completed over 600 hours of continuing education in 5.5 years despite only needing 96 hours for license requirements. I am a COMT (Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist) and have a 2 level Dry Needling certification through IAMT. I have completed training in Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Imaging and Postural Restoration Techniques. I have chosen to specialize in Fascial Counterstrain and have completed all core course work and started mastery level classwork ( 223 hours of CEUs) in 2.5 years. My plan is to complete 2-3 mastery classes a year in order to improve my proficiency and patient outcomes as my cases continue to become more complicated.
Fascial Counterstrain is an area of medicine that is constantly updating its techniques with new research. Despite how far away we may live from each other, FCS therapists are always working together to evolve and improve our knowledge in order to change our patients' lives for the better. We are a community fighting to put our patients back in charge of their care, and we are doing it for the right reason, to truly help others.