PT Pro - March 2020


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FINDING MY CALLING EARLY IN LIFE And Setting Out to Get Better From There

20-plus years. Our practice has been here for 15 years. This deep well of experience and our dedication to learning and growing gives us access to so much knowledge, and we pull from that to get to the source of the dysfunction and pain our patients are facing. Community is important to us, and we look for ways we can give back and share our knowledge. We enjoy being part of events, like the Stinky Spoke, that promote health and wellness in a fun setting. This year, we’re sponsoring the Lake Washington Premier Football Club and providing screenings and conditioning to the team leading up to and during the season. We also sponsored the cross-country team for Woodinville High School. We hope you can tell how passionate we are about the role physical therapy plays in improving health and quality of life. Even with all of our experience, we are always learning and improving. Each year, we bring in talented professionals from all over the U.S. to provide continuing education for us and other physical therapists in the region. This year, we’re hosting four continuing education courses at our office, and I’m looking forward to the new techniques and knowledge that these courses will bring to our team and to our patients. Practicing physical therapy in the Pacific Northwest has enabled me to meet so many amazing people. I have always felt it a great privilege to be able to treat patients and get to know them. I am grateful to have such a great team of professionals to work with and to be a part of this amazing community.

muscles and the way the body works was so cool! Additionally, my oldest cousin, Mary Kay, was in college studying health care, and I so admired her and wanted to be like her. When I was younger and told people I was interested in health care, they would say, “Oh, you should be a doctor!” But I thought, “If I go through medical school, I might be a good doctor, but I really think I want to be a great physical therapist.” The passion has just always been there for me. Since I could walk, I’ve wanted to play every sport out there, including baseball, soccer, swimming. and gymnastics. If there’s a sport my patient wants to get back to, chances are I’ve tried it. These days, I enjoy hiking, cycling, climbing, mountain biking, and rowing. Rowing is my favorite because of the team mentality and proximity to nature. I love that we can get out on the water so easily in Seattle. Rowing, along with all the sports I’ve participated in, taught me about hard work, teamwork, and dedication to the task at hand. These are all values I’ve brought to PT Pro. Our team is patient-oriented, and we focus on hands-on, one-on-one care to provide the best to each person we see. We do a lot of neuro-muscular reeducation and soft tissue release to help patients regain deep muscle connections that have been lost due to injury or chronic movement patterns. We see one patient at a time here. That hour is dedicated to them, and we’re very protective of it. Our physical therapists bring years of experience to our practice. I’m coming up on 30 years of practice, and many of our team members have been practicing for

When I was in eighth grade, my school had a career day where we got to spend 20 minutes at each station talking to professionals whose career paths piqued our interest. I spoke with a doctor, teacher, lawyer, and physical therapist. After that 20 minutes with the physical therapist, I actually knew, “I’m going to do this.” I feel lucky that I found my calling so early in life. Looking back, even before eighth grade, a fortunate confluence of events and people shaped my passion for physical therapy, starting in sixth grade when I was placed in a program that gave us access to college- like courses. One of the courses I chose was physiology, and the teacher and the subject sparked something for me. Learning about

-Maureen Madden


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In a Camp Stove

Phrases like “roughing it” might lead you to think you’re stuck with trail mix and dry granola bars on backpacking and camping trips. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, with a little preparation and some creativity, you can have delicious food on your next backcountry trip. Here are some tips to get you on the right track. Use premixed spice and meal packets. One surefire way to spice up any meal is with, well, spice! There’s no need to bring the whole container of cinnamon or cumin. For a tasty breakfast, mix oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and cinnamon ahead of time and pack them in a container. Lentils, quinoa, and a cumin and pepper spice mix can make a great chili-inspired dinner. Turn to one-pot meals. One-pot meals mean less clean up and more fuel efficiency, which is especially helpful for backpackers. With your

bake until one side of the dough is golden brown, then flip. Once the other side is cooked, add toppings and place back on the heat source until it’s ready. Enjoy! Keep your food to yourself. To protect yourself and wildlife while you’re enjoying your delicious meals, practice Leave No Trace principles and pack out what you bring in. When critters begin to associate humans with food, it creates problems for every species. Always keep food away from where you sleep, eat at least 100 yards away from your tent, and use secure containers to store food for the night.

premixed packets of food and spices, just add water and you’ll be on your way to a tasty meal.

Try pizza in the backcountry. Yes, you can even cook pizza in the

backcountry! All you need are a few simple ingredients and either a campfire stove or grate. You can buy the dough or make your own at camp by mixing flour, salt, water, and yeast. Knead the dough, then let it rest for 20 minutes. Add oil to your skillet and place it on your camp stove or campfire grate to heat up. Press the dough firmly toward the edges of the skillet, then place the skillet on the fire or stove and


“The Thinker Pose”

WHY: This exercise is so simple yet so powerful. It is my favorite for almost all neck and shoulder pain patients and anyone else who knows the power of good posture. This exercise works the deep core muscles of the neck, which are critical for good neck stability and health. Easy and powerful — gotta love it! HOW: Looking straight ahead with your chin slightly tucked, hold a fist under your chin and gently push into it. Push hard enough to feel the muscles around your throat activate. Hold this for 10–15 seconds. Repeat up to eight times throughout your day, especially during long periods of sitting or driving.


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TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Laura’s Commitment to Her Patients


Inspired by Bon Appétit


1 large onion, halved and sliced 1/2-inch thick

1 eggplant, peeled and chopped 1 large zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds

1 red bell pepper, chopped

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2 garlic cloves, sliced 2 pints cherry tomatoes

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2 tsp salt

3/4 cup olive oil, divided

5 sprigs thyme

23 courses. 50 hours of lab assisting. 150-plus hours studying. 552 hours of coursework.


oil, and cook onion, pepper, garlic, and thyme for 8–10 minutes.

1. Heat oven to 400 F.

2. In a colander, toss

Sound a little daunting? These numbers represent the commitment our physical therapist Laura Clever has made to improving and building upon her practice. Laura is currently studying to become a certified functional manual therapist through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA), a discipline of hands-on physical therapy that focuses on engaging the nervous system and myofascial system more efficiently for a deep and lasting response. “At the heart of it is helping people to be more mobile and to have control over that mobility,” Laura explains of the philosophy. Laura earned her degree in physical therapy in 2001, and she’s been part of the PT Pro family for the past nine years. She says Maureen’s philosophy of one-on-one care and strong focus on continuing education made this the right place for her to practice. Wanting to get better at her role, Laura began taking continuing education courses through the IPA before jumping into the certified functional manual therapist (CFMT) program. She’s already seen the impact the approach has had on her patients, particularly those suffering from chronic pain who hadn’t found success with other treatments. “When I started learning the techniques and philosophy, I began to see better results in my patients,” Laura says. She knows the benefits of functional manual therapy will only continue to grow as she continues to master the techniques, and we’re excited to have another team member trained in this effective approach. Laura plans to complete the coursework and go through two full days of testing to be certified this August. Outside of work, Laura likes to stay fit through doing Pilates, skiing when she can get to the mountains, and hiking and walking with her husband and rescue dog. Right now, though, life is pretty focused on studying for the CFMT.

eggplant, zucchini, and salt. Let sit for 30 minutes and pat dry.

6. Add half the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. 7. Stir in original eggplant and zucchini mixture and top with remaining tomatoes. Do not stir. 8. Transfer pot to oven and bake mixture for 15–20 minutes. 9. Remove pot from oven and remove thyme bundle before serving.

3. In an ovenproof pot, heat 1/2 cup olive oil. Add half of eggplant mixture, stirring constantly for

5 minutes. Remove vegetables from pot.

4. Tie thyme sprigs together with kitchen twine.

5. In the same pot, heat

remaining 1/4 cup olive

Please send Laura positive thoughts and energy over the next several months as she continues to work towards her CFMT certification!


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MOTIVATION TO MOVE Get Outside and Get Inspired With These Local Events

Love Your Brain Yoga at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers March 19 and March 30, 7:15 to 8:30 pm 8 Limbs Yoga Locations in Seattle 8 Limbs Yoga is partnering with LoveYourBrain, a Seattle nonprofit that aims to improve the quality of life for those who’ve sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Through this partnership, the yoga center is providing free yoga classes catered to promoting the wellness of those who’ve sustained a TBI. You can be part of the cause by attending one of the donation- based classes organized by 8 Limbs Yoga to benefit Love Your Limbs. Thursday, March 19 features an all levels class, and Monday, March 30 is a restorative yoga class. You can also participate in the Mindful March mediation challenge organized by Love Your Brain. Find out more at https://www.

From runs through our beautiful Pacific Northwest to inspiring films about adventurous athletes, we’re so lucky to live in a place that promotes health and wellness. Over the next month, there are a few local events that celebrate the outdoors and being active. If you get the chance, try attending some of these upcoming events!

Snowshoeing at Snoqualmie Summit As the season permits The Summit, Snoqualmie Snowshoeing is an amazing way to experience the winter season, and The Summit at Snoqualmie makes it easy to explore our beautiful wilderness. The resort provides reasonably priced snowshoe rentals and trail tickets, and at just an hour outside of Seattle, it’s the perfect way to spend a day. Find more information about schedules and tickets at

Seattle Run Series: Revolution Run 2020 Sunday, Feb. 23 and March 29 Seward Park, Seattle This three-series run kicked off in January, but you can still jump in for the second two races! Taking place in Seward Park, there are 2.5K, 5K, and 10K options, and all three give you lovely views of Lake Washington. If walking is more your pace, that is an option as well. After the race, refuel with some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on Dave’s organic bread, fruit, coconut water, and coffee.


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