Diane Lee and Integrated Systems Model

Thursday, June 21st, 2018


I recently returned from a physical therapy training called “Integrated Systems Model” (ISM) with a Canadian physio, Diane Lee. Diane was assisted by 4 amazing PT’s: Cathy RogersGail WetzlerDawn Sandalcici, and Brent Yamashita. Photo Above: Our ISM group celebrating at Red Rocks with Big Head Todd & the Monsters.

Diane Lee is an exceptional teacher and orator with enjoyable pacing of lectures/labs and beautifully written textbooks. I am learning to find the drivers and my palpation skills are becoming more efficient as we practice subtle “listening” techniques. We have completed Part 2/3 of a 9 month series and it’s already empowering especially with the integration of neuro-plasticity and yoga! I’m super grateful for this opportunity and hope to share ISM with to you for your future PT needs.

Wisdom Warriors, Schereville, IN

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Desirée Rumbaugh and I had a great time presenting Wisdom Warriors™ in  Schereville, Indiana this past week and in St. Paul, MN in February, 2018. These trainings have been an amazing opportunity for us to innovatively integrate our work together.

In October 2017, we presented Wisdom Warriors at Shakti Yoga Des Moines. It was very exciting to see this same integration of alignment based yoga and functional manual therapy in Des Moines. Matt Brevard PT, CFMT and his staff have been an excellent physical therapy resource to the Shakti Yoga community. Physical therapy and yoga at it’s best!

Desiree and I are super psyched to return to Zurich, Switzerland in September. We will be joining Desirée’s husband Andrew Rivin in Singapore and Zurich.

Wisdom Warriors is coming to Edwards Colorado, November 8-9, 2018! This resort destination an ideal retreat setting especially for those who stay for the weekend workshop with Desiree.  

Upcoming Wisdom Warriors:

 Singapore Sept 13-14, 2018

 Zurich, Switzerland Sept. 20-21, 2018

 Vail, Colorado (Email soliver@sonnenalp.com) Nov. 8-9, 2018

Notable Alumni University of Toronto

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

I’m super honored to be recognized as a “Notable Alumni” from the University of Toronto, Canada. U of T is celebrating their 100th anniversary of Physical Therapy. Thank you to my former PT director and mentor, Molly Verrier

Karen Church is an athlete, avid learner, seasoned physical therapy clinician and entrepreneur. She first studied at Queen’s University where, in 1985, she had the opportunity to be an exchange student in Human Movement Studies at Carnegie University in Leeds, England, and graduated with a BPHE from Queen’s in 1986.

Immediately she moved on to the University of Toronto and graduated with a B.Sc.PT in 1989. Karen was the Co-Valedictorian for her year and also received the Beatrice Hally Award of Merit for Leadership. For her independent study course she authored: Setting up a Private Practice in Ontario which became an official publication for the Ontario Physiotherapy Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 1989.

Karen to this day has not stopped her education as evidenced by her studying at the Institute of Physical Art. She has and continues to integrate knowledge gained from all aspects of her life into her private practice in Colorado which she established in Glenwood Springs in 1998. Karen is certified in Functional Manual Therapy™, a distinguished honor held by less than 300 physical therapists in the United States. She integrates Functional Manual Therapy™ (soft tissue and joint mobilization, neuromuscular re-education and motor control) which is integral to her private practice as a physical therapist and also has been incorporated into the community classes at the Providence Apothecary and Hot Springs Pool where function, sports performance and injury prevention is emphasized.

Karen’s yoga background is impressive. She has studied with numerous senior Iyengar teachers beginning in 1993 and became an Affiliated Anusara Instructor in 2004. She is passionate about Ayurveda and an avid continuing student of Dr. Robert Svoboda. She teaches Therapeutic Yoga – Anatomy and Wisdom Warriors: Yoga over 50, a12 hour workshop training program, with nationally acclaimed yoga instructor Desirée Rumbaugh.

Karen provides “personalized physical therapy and yoga” in her clinic and onsite consultations at clients’ homes, workplaces and recreation venues. Mindfulness is not a new concept to be integrated into clinical practice for her as she values it as an integral part of clinical practice which aligns with her understanding of health and well-being.

Karen is a student, teacher, photographer and producer of educational media. Her published work: Therapeutic Yoga (ISBN 0-9741796-1-2) which integrates physical therapy, yoga and self-care for the human body shows how her continuing educational pursuits have influenced her practice. Karen, an experienced physical therapy practitioner, uses her integrative thinking ability to enhance “hands on” care for her clients in Glenwood Springs and beyond ……… physical therapy at its best!

Morgan is a therapy dog and works at Karen’s home office in Glenwood Springs, CO.

Tribute to Jim Weaver, MD

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

A Celebration of Jim Weaver’s Life was held on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at The Red Barn, Peach Valley, Colorado. 

I was honored to present a slideshow with the music Pony Boy, by Bruce Springsteen. Apparently, Jim’s mother Seville sang this lullaby to him as a baby and his wife Kathie sang it to him during his departure, Sept 20, 2017. The celebration was MC’d by Dr Robert Derkash and had special guests including Harald Dunn MD (Weaver-Dunn shoulder procedure).

I worked with Dr. Weaver in 1991 when I was hired by Trish Kramer to establish Valley View Hospital’s Sports Medicine Clinic. Dr. Weaver was supportive of my career by referring patients and helping transition VVH Sports Medicine to Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool and Athletic Club.

I became close friends with Jim and Kathie Weaver because of our mutual passion for dogs and No-Name Creek. I am forever grateful for their love and kindness, and my connection to Golden Retrievers and No-Name Canyon.


Prone on Elbows and Pincha Prep

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

What do Prone on Elbows and Pincha prep have in common? 

They are strengthening for the neck and shoulder core, especially when held for prolonged holds. They strengthen the rhomboids, serratus anterior, rotator cuff and deep neck flexors.

They allow for individual alignment strategies to bring our trunk into neutral position. For instance, someone who has a kyphotic thoracic spine needs to “melt the heart” while someone with a flattened thoracic spine needs to press upward to create more of a curve. 

They emphasize a rib anchor AKA “stacking the rib cage” or “side ribs back.” This helps to keep your back in neutral as illustrated in the Trunk Core.

They are easily modified by placing your elbows on a table. This is an effective unloading strategy for your spine while sitting and can be used to simulate the position of bike riding either on or off the saddle. Lastly, a resistive band may be used for additional shoulder or neck core strengthening as directed by your physical therapist.