Debbie HabiqI became interested in physical therapy as a teenager, when a family friend required home health physical therapy for her cystic fibrosis. 

Pummeling: What fun!

The therapist came to their home to educate her parents on proper “pummeling” techniques to clear her lungs.  I was intrigued and thought “what a fun and important job” that would be.  Along with this, I was running track and cross-country and was always very interested in how people were injured and how they recovered from their injuries to return to pain free running. 

I knew going into college that I wanted to become a physical therapist.  I received my BS degree in the Science of Human Performance and went on to achieve a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy, both from the College of St. Catherine in St.Paul/Minneapolis Minnesota.

Debbie Habiq: Minnesota to Colorado

My first job in therapy was in Pueblo, CO at a large hospital based outpatient facility.  There I worked both with pediatric and adult population in primarily orthopedic conditions, but neurological as well.  I had excellent mentors and a wide range of experiences for which I will always be thankful.  Due to my husband’s education, we moved to Madison Wisconsin where I worked with primarily adult orthopedic populations.  It is here that I began training in the McKenzie technique for spinal diagnosis and treatment. 

I have since worked in Salt Lake City and, now, in Boise.  I have been with St. Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services (STARS) for 5 years .  I enjoy working with all orthopedic injuries, but have specialized in treatment of the spine.  I am certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT). 

I feel privileged to work at such a peaceful facility and I am rewarded daily to help others return to activities that they enjoy.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two teenagers.  I enjoy trail running (with my dog), watercolor painting, and reading (with my cats).

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