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Hands on Physical Therapy

Hands On Physical Therapy has been providing individualized, comprehensive, hands-on Physical Therapy in Bend for over a decade.  From the sports related injury, to the motor vehicle accident to the pain that occurred without a specific cause, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals and reach a better state of Wellness/fitness.

Meet Our Physical Therapists

Stephen M. Leary, PT

Degree:  Bachelors of Science, Physical Therapy | Bachelors of Science, Psychology

College Attended: California State University at Long Beach

Year Graduated: 1992

Certifications: SASTM, Total Motion Release,  Applied Functional Science through the Grey Institute

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Postural Restoration Institute:  Postural Respiration

Rib Cage and the thoracic out

The Relationship between Concussions and Vestibular Dysfunction

Gray Institute Certification in Applied Functional Science

Total Motion Release Levels 1,2 & 3

Upledger Institute CranioSacral Levels I & II

Current concepts for the Foot and Ankle

Sports-Related Shoulder Injury Management

Spinning Beyond Basics: Advanced Vestibular

Pain Management for Physical Therapists

Sports-Related Shoulder Injury Management

The Running course Biomechanics, Analysis, Training and Rehabilitation

The Running Course through North American Seminars

Kinesio Taping levels 1,2, 3 and 4

Spinning Out of Control – Vestibular 

Video Analysis of Golf Biomechanics

Mulligan Approach to Golfing Mechanics

Injuries of the Throwing Athlete

When the Foot Hits the Ground Everything Changes

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Weight Bearing and Non-Weight Bearing Foot

Jones Institute Counter Strain Levels 1, 2 & 3

McConnell Approach to the Problem Shoulder

Headaches and the Upper Cervical Spine

Locomotor Biomechanics and Applied Orthotic Therapy

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: The Cervical Spine

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Evaluation and Treatment of Headache Disorders

Strain Counter Strain through the Jones Institute:  Levels 1, 2 and 3

Gray Institute Functional Video Digest Series & Chain Reaction 

Gray Institute Chain Reaction & Chain Reaction Explosion

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Dynamic Stability and Muscle Balance of the SI joint

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: A muscle Balance Approach for Trunk Stability/back pain

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Muscle Energy Techniques of the Thoracic Spine and ribs

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Multisystem Approach to the Ribs

Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Vestibular Dysfunction

Mulligan Concepts Upper and lower quadrants

NAIOMT :  Differential Diagnosis, Level I,II, and III of the Upper and Lower Quadrants & Level IV Lower Quadrant

McKenzie Institute Parts A & B

Muscle Energy Techniques for the Pelvis, Sacrum, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

Rocabado Evaluation and Treatment of TMJ

David Butler’s Neurodynamics Levels I & II

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

There could be no better fit in careers than Physical Therapy for Steve.  He chooses to spend portions of his free time furthering his education and interest in biomechanics and how the sum of the parts is much greater than the whole – thus, furthering his belief in the importance in treating the whole body versus the isolated portion of the body, an individual may have a complaint about.  Steve’s strong background in manual therapy, movement and biomechanics play into his strong belief that you must restore normal or at least functional mechanics of the affected joint and those muscles and joints surrounding the affected joint before you can functionally begin strengthening that affected area. He is genuinely invested and cares for every patient he takes on.

What Fills His Soul When Not at Work:

There is nothing more important in Steve’s life than his incredible wife and his amazing 3 children.  Like many Bend-ite’s, Steve loves the wonderful piece of the country we live in – he enjoys hiking, Stand Up Paddling, camping, spending time on the ski hill, meditating and playing his guitar.

Lisa Kennedy-Leary, PT

Degree:  Bachelors of Science  in Physical Therapy

College Attended: California State University of Long Beach

Year Graduated: 1991

Certifications in:  Schroth Method for Scoliosis, (C1 and C2), Pilates, SASTM,  Applied Functional Science through the Grey Institute

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Postural Restoration Institute:  Postural Respiration

Certified in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute

First level Scientific Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS Method)

Functional Movement Techniques Series

Certified in Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM)

Certified in the Schroth Scoliosis Rehab Training through BSPTS initial and advanced training

Postural Restoration: Myokinematic Restoration

Current concepts for the Foot and Ankle

Sports-Related Shoulder Injury Management

Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement system Impairment syndromes

Pain Management in Healthcare

The Running course Biomechanics, Analysis, Training and Rehabilitation

Balanced Body Exo Chair

The Running Course through North American Seminars

Current Concepts in Wound Healing

Kinestiotaping for the Upper and Lower Extremities

Integrating Kinesiotaping to Achieve Positive Outcomes Quicker

Polestar Pilates Certification Program for Rehab Professionals

Headaches and the Upper Cervical Spine

Locomotor Biomechanics and Applied Orthotic Therapy

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: The Cervical Spine

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Evaluation and Treatment of Headache Disorders

Strain Counter Strain through the Jones Institute:  Levels 1, 2 and 3

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Dynamic Stability and Muscle Balance of the SI joint

Introduction to Hand Therapy

Mulligan Concepts of the upper and lower quadrant

McConnell Approach to the Lower Extremity and to the Problem Shoulder

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: A muscle Balance Approach for Trunk Stability/back pain

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Muscle Energy Techniques of the Thoracic Spine and ribs

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Multisystem Approach to the Ribs

Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Vestibular Dysfunction

Certified as an Aquatics Fitness Instructor

NAIOMT :  Differential Diagnosis, Level I,II, and III of the Upper and Lower Quadrants

Functional Relationships of the Lower Half

Maitland Australian Spinal Workshop

Muscle Energy Techniques for the Pelvis, Sacrum, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

Richard Jacksons Muscle Energy Techniques for the pelvis

An Integrative Approach to the Examination and Rehabilitation of the Shoulder

Synthesized Gait Restoration Training for the Spinal Cord Injured

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Lisa could not have selected a more suitable career.  She absolutely loves being a Physical Therapist and finds much fulfillment working with and helping others reach their goals.  Lisa utilizes a comprehensive hands-on treatment approach that draws from many years of clinical experience, including numerous advanced training courses in manual therapy, functional exercise, pilates, and scoliosis.  Incorporating a detail oriented, problem solving approach, she addresses the cause of the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms.  She works closely with each patient to establish an exercise and treatment program that is both effective and motivating.  This all-inclusive approach helps to ensure the best possible outcome for each of her patients.  Lisa constantly is striving to learn new techniques and  research to help her patients thrive.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

Lisa believes “Life is what you make it”  and therefore strives to embrace life to it’s fullest.

Every day Lisa is grateful for her supportive and loving husband and 3 children.  She loves the outdoors and is most happiest when she is with her family and miniature golden doodle taking in the beauty of her surroundings either on ski’s, mountain bike, paddle board or feet. 

Jennifer Wardyga, PT, DPT, RYT

Degree: Bachelors of Science in Health and Exercise Sciences; Doctorate of Physical Therapy

College Attended: Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY); Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

Year Graduated: 2017

Certifications: C1 Schroth Method Certification-Barcelona School of Physical Therapy

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Advanced education in Sports Physical Therapy

Advanced education in Treating the Endurance Athlete (Swimming, cycling, running)

Advanced education and research in the Relationship Between Psychological/Emotional State and    Injury Risk/Physical Recovery Success

Understanding and Treating the Female Athlete: Boston Children’s Hospital

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200)

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Jen has a passion for physical therapy focused on maintenance (and most importantly) risk reduction of pain and injury in the orthopedic and sports medicine population.  Having a biomechanical mindset and problem-solving approach, Jen approaches all injuries with a total-body and total-person mindset.  She recognizes that humans are more than their physical impairments  and has completed extensive research about the importance of recognizing/addressing emotional and psychological state in the presence of physical pain.  Having played varsity soccer as a collegiate student-athlete, Jen loves working with active individuals of all ages—adults and youth alike.  Additionally, she has experience with adult and pediatric sports medicine in both aesthetic and ball sports of all skill levels.  Given her own experience recovering from many sports-related injuries, Jen strives to help her patients return to the activities they love so that they can live a fulfilled life.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

Outside of clinical practice, Jen loves to help others gain improved body awareness and mindfulness as a yoga teacher.  When she is not teaching, she is a student on her own mat.  And when she’s not on her mat, she loves spending as much time as possible outdoors while running, cycling, hiking, and enjoying the sun!

Erin Fitzgerald, PT, DPT

Degree: Bachelor of Science Pre-Physical Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

College Attended: Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern California

Year graduated:  2010, 2013, 2014

 

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Certifications:  ABPTS Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Advanced Coursework and Training:
– Advanced education and research in the treatment of balance dysfunction in patients with Parkinson’s
Disease
– Advanced education and research in the treatment of patients with chronic upper extremity impairments
after stroke utilizing the ASAP motor learning principals

Experience:
Since 2013 Erin has been working in various Physical Therapy settings treating and participating in research with patients with Neurologic impairments including: Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis,
Spinal Cord Injury, Demyelinating polyneuropathies,(CIPD, AIDP, Guillen-Barre) as well as central and Peripheral Vestibular Dysfunction.
In 2014, following her USC Residency, Erin joined the USC faculty as a Research Adjunct Instructor participating in clinical research on chronic stroke while teaching in the second year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program
From 2014-2018 Erin has participated in research on chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, and virtual reality treatment considerations for chronic stroke
In 2018 Erin joined the clinical Faculty at Keck Medical Center of USC treating patients in the Neuroscience
ICU and mentoring the Neurologic Residents in clinical care and teaching.
Today, Erin remains as an Adjunct Faculty member at the USC Physical Therapy program teaching Neuroanatomy and Neurologic Patient Management courses online. She plans to continue teaching Second year Physical therapy students virtually as she relocates to Bend Oregon and heads up an Out Patient
Neurologic Program at Hands On Physical Therapy.

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Special Interests in Physical Therapy:
– Erin is passionate about improving the life and well-being of patients with new and longstanding neurologic conditions to maintain and improve their quality of life.
– Erin is looking forward to applying her knowledge of the nervous system and movement analysis to the orthopedic and chronic pain populations
– Erin is excited about the opportunity to expand Outpatient Neurologic Physical Therapy access in Bend through her affiliation with Hands On Physical Therapy

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

What fills her soul when not at work:
Outside of clinical care, Erin also spends her time camping and hiking with her family and two spaniels Charlie and Cheyenne. She loves having a creative outlet including cooking, sewing and knitting.

Shannon Compton, PT, DPT

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology,  Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

College Attended:  The University of Tulsa; University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Year graduated:  2009; 2015

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Certifications: ABPTS Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, ACBIS Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Advanced education:

  • Advanced education in vestibular rehabilitation
  • Advanced education in motor learning and recovery post-stroke
  • Advanced education in locomotor training for individuals after stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury
  • Advanced training in designing comprehensive treatment programs for individuals with progressive neurologic conditions including Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS
  • Specialty experience working with individuals with functional neurologic conditions, functional movement disorders, and otherwise difficult to diagnose neurologic issues

Experience:
Since 2015, Shannon has been working as a Physical Therapist with both the Neurologic and Orthopedic patient populations. She is relocating from Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in Salem, Oregon, where she
has served as a staff Physical Therapist and on-site coordinator for clinical education. Additionally, Shannon currently leads the MS Support group in Salem and will continue to do so virtually when she relocates to Bend.
Shannon expanded into the arena of teaching in November of 2019. She is on faculty at George Fox University as a teaching assistant for the Adult Neurologic Lab in the Physical Therapy Department. She also educates students on appropriate evaluation/intervention for individuals post-stroke.
You can also find her teaching online through PhysicalTherapy.com. She has designed engaging and challenging content to help other Physical Therapists master evidence-based concepts in motor learning and stroke recovery.

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

  • Shannon is passionate about helping people achieve their goals to move better so they can continue doing what they love. She has a special interest in working with individuals with neurologic conditions
    like stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis. She additionally enjoys working with those who have general dizziness and imbalance and vestibular dysfunction.
  • Shannon also loves working with individuals with complex orthopedic issues who have not had success with physical therapy before. Her approach incorporates a purposeful focus on re-integrating the
    nervous system and the movement system (mind and body) to help address chronic, painful conditions.
  •  Shannon is excited to be part of the team that will be expanding Vestibular Rehab, and Outpatient Neurologic Rehab at Hands on Physical Therapy.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

When she’s not at work, Shannon loves to spend as much time outdoors as possible, preferably with her dog, Harvey. Shannon’s outdoor interests range from rock climbing to running to kayaking. Although Harvey doesn’t care for rock climbing, he does give running and kayaking a big “paws” up.

Cathey Kahlie, MS PT

Degree: Bachelors in Biology & Masters in Physical Therapy

College Attended:  Pacific University

Year graduated:  1992

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Certifications: Certified Pilates Instructor through the Physical Mind Institute

Advanced Coursework:

  • Upledger Cranial Sacral Levels 1 and 2
  • Advanced Concepts of the Foot and Ankle through Ola Grimsby and
  • When the Foot Hits the Ground
  • Multiple Advanced Orthopedic Courses in the Knee, hip and Shoulder
  • Advanced biomechanics of the Sacral Iliac Joint, Spine and hip through
  • Diane Lee
  • Brian Mulligans Concepts for the Lower Extremity
  • Strain Counter Strain through the Jones Institute
  • NAIOMT Level 1-4 for the Upper and Lower Extremities and Spine
  • Muscle Energy Techniques for the spine and pelvis
  • Maitland Spinal Training
  • McConnell Taping
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Functional Strength Training
  • Aquatic Exercise and Watsu

Experience:
Cathey has spent 28 years as an Outpatient Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Physical Therapist. Using an eclectic blend of many manual therapy techniques she has learned throughout her career; she is able to draw from a multitude of “tools” when she treats her patient. She combines her vast experience in
manual techniques with her experience in functional exercise to achieve successful outcomes for her patients.

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Special Interests: Cathey personally practices Pilates and Yoga. Her first-hand experience of the benefits of these two exercise methods allows her to be more effective when she incorporates these exercise methods into treatment with her patients.

Cathey loves combining old and new techniques such as qua sha and cupping. Appreciating the evolution of Orthopedics, she remains eager and open to further her knowledge and expansion of her own techniques.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

What Fills Her Soul When not at Work:
Cathey is passionate about International Travel.
Additionally, Cathey loves to spend time enjoying the many recreational activities Central Oregon has to offer. Depending on the season, she can be found cycling, hiking, paddle boarding, alpine and Nordic skiing, and walking her energetic Jack Russell Terrier named Coco.

Jim Wallace, PT

Degree: Bachelor of Arts Physical Education & Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy

College Attended:  University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Year graduated:  1978, 1981

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Certifications: Oregon Physical Therapy Licensing Board
Previous Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
Advanced Coursework and Training:
– Feldenkrais Practitioner Graduate, Advanced Feldenkrais Trainings
– Listening and Communication Training’s
– NOI Persistent Pain Intro and Advanced Trainings
– Orthopedic Manual Therapy Trainings of the Spine and Extremities
– Advanced Training of the Shoulder Complex
– EFBA Barefoot Training Specialist – Level 1
– Multiple Courses for Spine, Extremity, Pelvis , Taping and Exercise Development.

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Special Interests in Physical Therapy:
– Jim enjoys focusing on each patient as an individual with their own particular issues and goals. He focuses on the importance of listening skills by letting the patient explain their “story”
– Jim enjoys developing Movement and Self Care strategies with each Orthopedic and Persistent Pain patient. Especially those chronic cases that have not responded to previous Physical Therapy approaches.
– Jim is always open to developing new skills and perspectives in his chosen occupation.
– Jim enjoys the calming and welcoming atmosphere that Hands On Physical Therapy offers.

What Fills His Soul When Not at Work:

What fills his soul when not at work:
Jim loves working on their home and the surrounding property, woodworking and morning walks to the Deschutes River with his wife and dog, kayaking and guitar playing. They also enjoy their RV for exploring our beautiful country.

Meet Our Physical Therapist Assistants

Stacee Wells, PTA

Degree:  Physical Therapist Assistant, Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sports Science

College Attended:  Mt Hood Community College, Oregon State University

Year Graduated:  2015 (PTA), 2012 (BS)

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome,

The Running Athlete

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

As a self-proclaimed “exercise junkie”, my special interests lie within anything to do with exercise and sports.  I especially enjoy treating for activity-specific injuries related to running activities and performing video analysis for running biomechanics.

Most of my Physical Therapy experience is in the Manual Orthopedic setting, where I have developed an expertise in advanced joint mobilizations and muscle energy techniques.  I also have experience with Triplane Movement exercises and currently offer a weekly exercise class for dynamic stretching and strengthening.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

Trail running with my black lab newfy Gabby, hiking, soccer, reading a good book, eating chocolate.

Anna Spengler, PTA, LMT

Degree: PTA license, LMT license,  B.A. degree

College Attended: Green River College; Northwest School of Massage; Vitality Pilates; Western Washington University

Year Graduated: PTA 2017; Pilates certificate 2015; LMT 2014; B.A. 2004

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Certifications:

Certified in Pilates, Mana Lomi massage and Chinese acupressure

Advanced education:

Principles of Lower Quadrant Manual Therapy

Principles of Upper Quadrant Manual Therapy

Muscle specific deep tissue technique for posterior, lateral and anterior neck

Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Addressing shoulder and upper thoracic

Theraband Kinesiology tape: Basic Application of lower quadrant

Theraband Kinesiology tape: Basic Application of upper quadrant

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

I love working in the field of physical therapy because as a team we not only treat a patient’s injury; we treat the whole person.

I personally enjoy combining my skills as a Physical Therapist Assistant with my therapeutic massage background to relieve myofascial pain, break up adhesions, and work on a specific problem. In addition, I enjoy utilizing my Pilates background to help patients develop conscious body movement and breathing that they can practice in their everyday life.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

Snowboarding, cycling, music and travel.

Meet Our Pilates Instructor

Dave Zimmerman

Degree: BS in Exercise Science 

College Attended:  Michigan State University

Year graduated:  1992

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Certifications:  Pilates (PhysicalMind Institute), Power Pacing(cycling), ViPR Movement Training, Certified Pilates Instructor  1997, Personal Trainer since 1996

Advanced education:  Extensive Coursework in Joint Anatomy and Therapeutic Exercise; T’ai Chi Ch’aun and Chi Kung(starting in ‘92); Cancer Wellness; Complementary Care; former Certified Snowboard Instructor

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Dave has been teaching Pilates for over 20 years.  He spent 10 years teaching  in Minnesota before moving to Bend in 2007.  He has been teaching at Hands On Physical Therapy since that time.  Dave remembers being  immediately taken with Pilates; the combination of healthy movement, the spirit of play, the aesthetic  beauty, and the development of awareness.  He finds it a joy and honor to be able to work with his clients helping them become more Physically fit, and continuing on with or returning to lifelong activities that they might not have been able to do prior to practicing Pilates.

What Fills His Soul When Not at Work:

Dave spends a lot of time outdoors, especially with his dogs: Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Camping and hiking.  Dave is also a big fan of Dual Sport Motorcycles, books(mostly Audible these days) and  Modern Board Games.

Meet Our Office Staff

Mary McMillan

Our Billing Specialist 

Calliope Fleming

Our Patient Care Coordinator

Molly Crawley

Our Patient Care Coordinator

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