From the age of seven, participating in athletic activities was always a large part of my life while growing up. From that young age, I never missed a single season playing football, baseball, and basketball all the way through high school. When I entered college in 1979, it just seemed fitting that I pursue a career where I can be involved with collegiate athletics.  In 1984, I graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine.  In 1984, the City of Los Angeles hosted the XXIII Olympics and I was honored to have participated in the games as a member of the Sports Medicine Staff.  It is definitely a highlight of my life to have worked in an Olympic Venue treating world class athletes from around the world.  When 2028 comes around, I hope to again volunteer my services to the LAOOC when L.A. hosts the XXXIV Olympiad Summer Games.

After a few years working with primarily athletes young and old, I decided to continue my education and expand my knowledge of health care and rehabilitation.  So, I returned to CSULB to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy.  I graduated in 1990 and shortly after moved to Boise in 1992.  Although sports medicine and orthopedics was my first love, my first job after moving to Boise was in a SNF/ALF/ILF setting.  I didn’t realize it at first but now I consider myself fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity to work with the geriatric population in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My clients without a doubt came from the “Greatest Generation” because daily stories and history lessons left me awe struck and honored to be rehabilitating and interacting with individuals who had landed in Normandy, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.  One individual flew a P38 over the skies of Germany in WWII and was shot down. As a result, he then spent a year as a POW. Another client of mine was a man who was a POW in Japan who actually witnessed the mushroom cloud of the Nagasaki nuclear blast. And though, working with the athletic population is fun and fast paced, it was the stories from these individuals who made history who also made me who I am today.

Fast forward several years and now my live has come full circle.  I am back working in orthopedics and sports medicine where it all began when I was an Athletic Trainer over 30 years ago.  I have worked for STARS for over 3 years enjoying the challenges and rewards that are typically present in an outpatient orthopedic setting.  Through the generosity of my company, I have had the opportunity to learn several new “techniques” or “methods” that allow me to deliver the most appropriate and beneficial treatment method to my clients.  Last year, I obtained my certification in FDM or “FASCIAL Distortion Model.”  It is a technique that focuses on fascia, the body’s connective tissue and six specific treatment methods to mobilize and manipulate fascia in order to treat a multitude of soft tissue abnormalities.  In a nutshell, fascia covers and interpenetrates every structure and organ of our body.  It’s not just a system of separate coverings.  It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe and extends inward from our skin to our innermost organs and bones.  Pound for pound it is stronger than steel.  Most interestingly, although muscle is the power house of movement and without it moving a limb through space would be difficult, without fascia it would be impossible. Fascia slides and glides and provides freedom of movement in a healthy system.  Anything that alters or disrupts its normal function (i.e. distortions) can result in pain and movement restrictions. My primary goal as a therapist providing FDM, is to regain and then maintain that sliding and gliding within the network of fascia tissue to decrease pain and improve function.

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