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Physical Therapy Staff

Amira Tal-Henig

Amira Tal-Henig
PT, DPT, CST

Amira is the owner and a physical therapist at Healing Hands Physical Therapy. She has over 37 years of physical therapy experience and has studied in the United States, England, and Israel. Amira feels honored to be a part of her patient’s healing process and finds fulfillment in seeing her patients achieve their goals. Through her passion, creativity, and commitment, she has brought her vision of an integrative physical therapy practice to Ann Arbor.

Amira incorporates manual therapy techniques such as muscle energy, myofascial release, joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation. In addition, she provides therapeutic exercises targeted to the specific dysfunction of each patient. Amira works to educate patients in preventative and self-care techniques so that they can transition from a place of injury to a place of well-being.

Amira’s areas of expertise include manual therapy for the treatment of headaches, neck and back pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, peripheral joint dysfunction, women’s health, and trauma healing.  Amira has advanced training in a wide variety of manual therapy techniques, the Alexander technique, Herman and Wallace Institute for pelvic pain women’s health studies, TMJ disorders, and the Integrated System Model.

In her free time, Amira enjoys spending time with her husband and three adult children. She enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and hanging out with good friends.

Education

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Evidence In Motion, Institute of Health Professions, 2013
  • Bachelor of Physical Therapy, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, 1983

Certifications/Advanced Practice

  • Craniosacral Therapy Certification, London Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust, England
  • Graduate, Trauma Healing, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy Institute, Boulder, CO

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Michigan Physical Therapy Association
  • International Pelvic Pain Society
Georges Ibrahim

Georges Ibrahim
PT

Georges chose to become a physical therapist because of his fascination with the structure of the human skeletal system. He loves the non-invasive approach to restore function and opportunity to enable injured patients to resume their normal activities. 

Georges graduated from the University Libre of Brussels, Belgium with a bachelors degree of Physical Therapy in 1982. He then graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 1987. 

Georges's clinical interests are in the manual treatment of patients with musculoskeletal injuries including the neck, thorax and spine. He is an advocate of a holistic approach in treating patients with a vast array of oteopathic techniques including craniosacral and myofascial release in the treatment of spinal conditions. 

Education

  • Bachelor of Physical Therapy, University Libre of Brussels, Belgium 1982
  • Diploma of Osteopathy, European School of Osteopathy, England, 1987

Kari Waddington

Kari Waddington
PT, MPT, CSCS

Kari’s love of sports and science, curiosity about the mechanics of the human body, and an inability to ever sit still for a desk job, lead her to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Following undergrad at the University of Michigan in 1992, she obtained her Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in Nov. 1994.  She has worked in a variety of settings over the last 26 years including TBI (traumatic brain injury), Acute care orthopedic and neuro, long term care, home care, and her true love and area of focus, outpatient orthopedics.

Kari has always been fascinated by the complexity of the body and the integration of its systems to allow high level performance, in sports and in life, and her practice pattern is a result of that interest.  She utilizes a hands-on, manual approach to assessing and treating movement dysfunctions, and takes great care in prescribing exercises that fit each individual’s needs.  She draws on skills learned from many manual courses over the years as well as detailed observation, professional, and personal experience to treat disorders of the spine, head, and extremities.  She believes that patients’ understanding of the WHY of treatment is of tremendous importance to their long term success, and therefore places great value on patient education and participation.

Education

  • Masters in Physical Therapy, Northwestern University, 1994
  • BA in Psychology, University of Michigan, 1992

Certifications

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 1998 - present
  • Crossfit Level I certificate, 2017 - present
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach certification

Continuing Education

  • Principles of Manual Medicine
  • Pilates
  • Runners Rehabilitation
  • Kettleball
  • Swissball
  • Exercise Physiology and Nutrition course for Youth, Women, Pregnancy and Special Populations

Professional Affilitation / Organizations

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Michigan Physical Therapy Association

Katie Beard

Katie Beard
PTA

Katie always knew she wanted to work in physical therapy. Katie started her journey at Grand Valley State University where she got her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science in 2006. Later, she joined the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Washtenaw Community College where she received training from a team of excellent teachers and clinical instructors. Katie graduated in 2012 from WCC as a PTA. She has been with Healing Hands Physical Therapy ever since.

Katie is a native of the Ann Arbor area. She found her niche in physical therapy when she learned of Healing Hands’ holistic approach and outstanding reputation. She collaborates with her co-workers to provide the best possible care for each patient. Katie is currently practicing in Visceral Manipulation and Craniosacral Therapies. She is proficient in finding the root cause of a person’s condition and provides the finest care to heal the whole person. Katie shares: “the team members at Healing Hands Physical Therapy complement each other with our individual talents and we are honored to be a part of your healing process.”

Education

  • 2012, Associate of Applied Science, Washtenaw Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program
  • 2006, Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science, Grand Valley State University

Certifications/Advanced Practice

  • Visceral Manipulation level 1-5 Barral Institute
  • CranioSacral Therapy – The Upledger Institute
Keli Schneberger

Keli Schneberger
PT, MPT
PT, MPT

Keli joined Healing Hands as a physical therapist with 30 years of experience in outpatient physical therapy. She began her career at St. Joseph Hospital before moving to Portland, Oregon. During her time in in Portland, she began her journey into alternative physical therapy approaches with an emphasis on indirect manual therapy methods. She returned to Ann Arbor in 2004 and worked at Chelsea Community Hospital for 15 years. She also has a private practice as a certified Bowen practitioner and Watsu (water shiatsu) practitioner working to maximize wellness.

Keli is skilled in the treatment of all extremities and the spine.  She enjoys working with babies with latching problems, Ehlers-Danlos patients, breast health including post-cancer and reconstruction (lumpectomies, mastectomies, implants, TRAM flaps), patients with abdominal pain, aquatic therapy clients, and the treatments of headaches, whiplash, and temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction. She has recently started working with pregnant mothers with breech babies and would like to help women have the best possible birthing experience.

Keli’s continuing education has focused on Bowenwork, visceral mobilization, integrative manual therapy techniques, craniosacral, strain-counterstrain, McConnell taping, neuro-tissue mobilization, and myofascial release.

When she is not seeing clients, she enjoys biking (mountain, gravel, road, and winter fat-bike), swimming, kayaking and hiking. 

Education

  • Master of Physical Therapy, University of Michigan – Flint, 1992 
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science, University of Michigan – Flint, 1990

Certifications/Advanced Practice

  • Bowen Technique, Certified
  • Watsu, practitioner

Kim Lindblade

Kim Lindblade
PT, DPT, CMPT, Cert. DN

Kim is an experienced outpatient orthopedic and manual therapist with an interest and specialty in spine rehabilitation. Kim’s clinical career began as a physical therapy assistant working in outpatient orthopedics in 2004.  She continued her studies while working and earned her physical therapy degree in 2014. 

Kim developed a passion for manual therapy and believes strongly in its value and effectiveness in improving outcomes and helping patients achieve their goals. Kim believes in the importance of spending quality, hands-on time with patients and is passionate about improving their quality of life.

Kim is currently working towards certification as a Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT).  Kim also has advanced training in muscle energy techniques, functional massage, and treatment of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and pelvis.

In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time outside with her husband and two children and likes to paddle board, hike and run on the various trails surrounding Ann Arbor.

Education

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Findlay, 2014
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Siena Heights University, 2006
  • Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant, Henry Ford Community College, 2004

Certifications/Advanced Practice

  • Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT)
  • North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT)

Lorna King

Lorna King
PT, MPT

Lorna joined Healing Hands Physical Therapy in 2020.

Education:

  • University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, FL - MPT - 2000
  • The Queen's College, Glasgow, Scotland, UK - BS - 1986
Mark Beissel

Mark Beissel
PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Mark has 47 years of experience as a physical therapist specializing in manual therapy and orthopedics. He owned Orthopedic Therapy, Inc. in Jackson, Michigan for 35 years and has 10 years in outpatient hospital practice. Previous to joining Healing Hands, Mark was a member of the back care team at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital, working closely with the orthopedic physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Mark’s special interests include working with acute, chronic, and post-surgical rehabilitation of spine and extremities, especially neck pain and related headaches. Mark is experienced in a wide variety of manual therapy techniques.

Mark has over 1300 hours of post graduate continuing education course focusing on orthopedics and manual therapy. His advanced training includes joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy, muscle energy techniques, and soft tissue mobilization techniques including Gua Sha.

Education

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions, 2003
  • Post Baccalaureate Certification in Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University, 1973
  • Bachelor of Science in anthropology, University of Michigan, 1972

Certifications/Advanced Practice

  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)

 Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • Member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Member Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA)
  • Board of Directors MPTA
  • Reimbursement Chair MPTA
Melissa Hartenstein

Melissa Hartenstein
PT, MPT

Melissa joined the Healing Hands team with over 17 years of outpatient orthopedic experience, 14 of those at Chelsea Community Hospital/St Joseph Mercy - Chelsea.  Melissa places great value in working with a strong team which allows for collaboration with colleagues to find the best treatment techniques to assist patients in becoming the best version of themselves. 

Melissa believes patient treatment is successful with a mixture of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and education to enable patients to assist themselves long after their time at physical therapy is completed. Melissa especially enjoys working with sacroiliac dysfunctions, muscle strains and imbalances that benefit from tissue mobilization and myofascial release, spinal and extremity joint dysfunction that benefits from joint mobilization and movement retraining, post-surgical patients, and individuals in need of movement analysis and neuromuscular re-education.

Melissa’s continuing education courses have helped to shape her treatment plans. Her advanced training includes courses in muscle energy, strain-counterstrain, myofascial release and Kinesio-taping techniques. 

Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and taking walks with her husband and son. She values the time she is able spends with her family and friends, enjoying nature in the Ann Arbor Area, and camping with extended family each summer.

Education

  • Master of Physical Therapy, Andrews University, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology with minor in Chemistry Trinity Christian College – Palos Heights, IL, 2000

Certifications/Advanced Practice

  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor with the American Physical Therapy Association.

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall
PT, DPT, CIMT

Education:

  • University of Findley, Findley, OH - DPT - 2017
  • Washtenaw Community College, Ypsilanti, MI - Associate of Physical Therapy Assistant - 2010
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI - BS - 2006

Certified Manual Therapist with specialty in:

  • Myofascial Release
  • MET (muscle energy technique)
  • Maitland
  • Mulligan Mobilization
  • Neck/Back/Rib Pain
  • Shoulder/Elbow Pain
  • Hip/Knee/Ankle Pain
  • Therapeutic/Home Exercises
  • Balance/Fall Prevention
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
Sajina Maharjan

Sajina Maharjan
PT, MPT

Sajina is a physical therapist from Nepal who joined Healing Hands in 2020 with over 12 years of experience. As a yoga and aerobic practitioner before PT school, her passion for the profession stemmed from her interest in exercises and using them to help recover from pain. 

From 2009 to 2014, Sajina worked in a clinical setting in Nepal and the UK. She spent her time helping patients with orthopedic, post-operative, and neurological conditions. Sajina then incorporated her skills and knowledge to to manage sport injury rehabilitation and prevention with various sporting teams and athletes from India, China, and Germany until joining the Healing Hands team. 

Here at Healing Hands, Sajina follows her passion to help individuals tackle their pain and dysfunctions. With a combination of functional exercises and diverse manual therapy techniques, she identifies how to successfully train movement patterns that are most beneficial to each patient. Sajina is a certified Schroth method specialist with a focus on treating patients with scoliosis and kyphosis. Her other continuing education has focused on manual therapy techniques, kinesiotaping, and pelvic rehabilitation. 

Education

  • Master's of Physical Therapy (Musculoskeletal), University of East London, UK - 2012
  • Bachelor's of Physical Therapy, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India - 2008

Continuing Education / Certifications

  • Maitland manual therapy concepts
  • Muscle Energy Techniques for PT
  • Mulligans Concepts
  • Kinesiotaping Techniques
  • Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor
  • BSPTS Certified Schroth Therapist for Scoliosis
Sara Thorne

Sara Thorne
PT, DPT, OCS

Sara was drawn to the profession of physical therapy based on her passion for movement and exercise. She played varsity soccer and tennis in college, and currently enjoys running and yoga. She worked for the University of Illinois in Chicago, IL, Duke Health in Durham, NC, and the Cleveland Clinic in Wooster, OH. She brings over 20 years of experience in orthopedic physical therapy to our practice, and is happy to have found her forever home in Ann Arbor.

She enjoys getting to know her patients and their specific interests to better tailor treatment sessions, and help achieve their goals. Sara creates a warm and welcoming space for her patients.

Throughout her career, Sara has pursued continuing education to expand and hone her manual therapy skill set. She is trained in Functional Dry Needling, Graston instrument assisted soft tissue technique, and has completed many Maitland spine and peripheral joint mobilization courses. She has had additional training in the evaluation and management of headaches, neck, facial and jaw pain. Sara also specializes in seeing patients with urinary incontinence. 

When she isn’t at work, Sara loves spending time outdoors going on walks, hikes, or runs with her family and two dogs.

Education:

  • Arizona School of Health Sciences, Mesa, AZ, DPT, 2009

  • Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN, MPT, 1999

  • Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, BA, 1993

Certifications / Skills:

  • Orthopedic Certified Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy, since 2004

  • Dry Needling Levels I & II, Kinetacore

  • Graston Technique Certification

  • Spanish language proficiency

Professional Affiliations / Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association, since 1997

  • Orthopedic Section, APTA, since 2004

  • American Headache Society, since 2019
Teresa Passamani

Teresa Passamani
PT, MPT, HSP

Teresa joined Healing Hands PT in 2022 with more than 29 years experience in various treatment settings due to her living in several different states.  She has worked with patients in skilled nursing facilities that were long term care and rehabilitation to home.  Teresa has performed many home evaluations with modifications in order for a patient to be independent and safe when they returned to independent living.  She was fortunate to treat patients in their home environment with home health physical therapy helping them recover from a hospitalization. 

Teresa has also worked within inpatient rehab in a hospital setting with with post surgical as well as deconditioned patients. She has worked many years in an outpatient orthopedic and neurological rehab settings, both within hospital based clinics and private practice.

With her various work experience, Teresa has had the opportunity to help patient’s of all ages ranging from 5 years to 104 years old. Teresa has enjoyed assisting with sport related injuries on the sidelines at high school football games with the ATC and team physician. She has rehabilitated many athletes to return to their sport.

Teresa has elevated her knowledge of physical therapy with many continuing education courses over the years including MET (muscle energy), strain/counterstrain, joint mobilization, functional massage, evaluating the running athlete, and craniosacral.  She has obtained a certification as a Hesch Sacroiliac Practitioner.  Teresa has therapeutically treated patients with injuries of extremity and spine in addition to post surgical.  She has experience in patient care of neurologic disorders and balance dysfunctions. 

Teresa enjoys her job with her goal to educate and enhance the patients quality of life.  When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as traveling to the U.P.

Education:

  • Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI - MPT - 1993
Amira Tal-Henig

Amira Tal-Henig
PT, DPT, CST

Amira is the owner and a physical therapist at Healing Hands Physical Therapy. She has over 37 years of physical therapy experience and has studied in the United States, England, and Israel. Amira feels honored to be a part of her patient’s healing process and finds fulfillment in seeing her patients achieve their goals. Through her passion, creativity, and commitment, she has brought her vision of an integrative physical therapy practice to Ann Arbor. Amira incorporates manual therapy te...
Georges Ibrahim

Georges Ibrahim
PT

Georges chose to become a physical therapist because of his fascination with the structure of the human skeletal system. He loves the non-invasive approach to restore function and opportunity to enable injured patients to resume their normal activities.  Georges graduated from the University Libre of Brussels, Belgium with a bachelors degree of Physical Therapy in 1982. He then graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 1987.  Georges's clinical interests are in the manual t...
Kari Waddington

Kari Waddington
PT, MPT, CSCS

Kari’s love of sports and science, curiosity about the mechanics of the human body, and an inability to ever sit still for a desk job, lead her to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Following undergrad at the University of Michigan in 1992, she obtained her Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in Nov. 1994.  She has worked in a variety of settings over the last 26 years including TBI (traumatic brain injury), Acute care orthopedic and neuro, long term care, home ...
Katie Beard

Katie Beard
PTA

Katie always knew she wanted to work in physical therapy. Katie started her journey at Grand Valley State University where she got her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science in 2006. Later, she joined the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Washtenaw Community College where she received training from a team of excellent teachers and clinical instructors. Katie graduated in 2012 from WCC as a PTA. She has been with Healing Hands Physical Therapy ever since. Katie is a native ...
Keli Schneberger

Keli Schneberger
PT, MPT

Keli joined Healing Hands as a physical therapist with 30 years of experience in outpatient physical therapy. She began her career at St. Joseph Hospital before moving to Portland, Oregon. During her time in in Portland, she began her journey into alternative physical therapy approaches with an emphasis on indirect manual therapy methods. She returned to Ann Arbor in 2004 and worked at Chelsea Community Hospital for 15 years. She also has a private practice as a certified Bowen practitioner and ...
Kim Lindblade

Kim Lindblade
PT, DPT, CMPT, Cert. DN

Kim is an experienced outpatient orthopedic and manual therapist with an interest and specialty in spine rehabilitation. Kim’s clinical career began as a physical therapy assistant working in outpatient orthopedics in 2004.  She continued her studies while working and earned her physical therapy degree in 2014.  Kim developed a passion for manual therapy and believes strongly in its value and effectiveness in improving outcomes and helping patients achieve their goals. Kim believes in the ...
Lorna King

Lorna King
PT, MPT

Lorna joined Healing Hands Physical Therapy in 2020. Education: University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, FL - MPT - 2000 The Queen's College, Glasgow, Scotland, UK - BS - 1986
Mark Beissel

Mark Beissel
PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Mark has 47 years of experience as a physical therapist specializing in manual therapy and orthopedics. He owned Orthopedic Therapy, Inc. in Jackson, Michigan for 35 years and has 10 years in outpatient hospital practice. Previous to joining Healing Hands, Mark was a member of the back care team at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital, working closely with the orthopedic physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Mark’s special interests include working with acute, chronic, and post...
Melissa Hartenstein

Melissa Hartenstein
PT, MPT

Melissa joined the Healing Hands team with over 17 years of outpatient orthopedic experience, 14 of those at Chelsea Community Hospital/St Joseph Mercy - Chelsea.  Melissa places great value in working with a strong team which allows for collaboration with colleagues to find the best treatment techniques to assist patients in becoming the best version of themselves.  Melissa believes patient treatment is successful with a mixture of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and education ...
Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall
PT, DPT, CIMT

Education: University of Findley, Findley, OH - DPT - 2017 Washtenaw Community College, Ypsilanti, MI - Associate of Physical Therapy Assistant - 2010 Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI - BS - 2006 Certified Manual Therapist with specialty in: Myofascial Release MET (muscle energy technique) Maitland Mulligan Mobilization Neck/Back/Rib Pain Shoulder/Elbow Pain Hip/Knee/Ankle Pain Therapeutic/Home Exercises Balance/Fall Prevention Vestibular Rehabilitation
Sajina Maharjan

Sajina Maharjan
PT, MPT

Sajina is a physical therapist from Nepal who joined Healing Hands in 2020 with over 12 years of experience. As a yoga and aerobic practitioner before PT school, her passion for the profession stemmed from her interest in exercises and using them to help recover from pain.  From 2009 to 2014, Sajina worked in a clinical setting in Nepal and the UK. She spent her time helping patients with orthopedic, post-operative, and neurological conditions. Sajina then incorporated her skills and knowl...
Sara Thorne

Sara Thorne
PT, DPT, OCS

Sara was drawn to the profession of physical therapy based on her passion for movement and exercise. She played varsity soccer and tennis in college, and currently enjoys running and yoga. She worked for the University of Illinois in Chicago, IL, Duke Health in Durham, NC, and the Cleveland Clinic in Wooster, OH. She brings over 20 years of experience in orthopedic physical therapy to our practice, and is happy to have found her forever home in Ann Arbor. She enjoys getting to know her patients...
Teresa Passamani

Teresa Passamani
PT, MPT, HSP

Teresa joined Healing Hands PT in 2022 with more than 29 years experience in various treatment settings due to her living in several different states.  She has worked with patients in skilled nursing facilities that were long term care and rehabilitation to home.  Teresa has performed many home evaluations with modifications in order for a patient to be independent and safe when they returned to independent living.  She was fortunate to treat patients in their home environment with home healt...

Massage Therapy Staff

Andrew Nixon

Andrew Nixon
LMT

On the Healing Hands team since 2016, Andrew has massaged professionally for over nine years and is licensed in massage therapy by the State of Michigan. He regularly works with musicians, athletes, educators, body workers, ​therapists, ​and other individuals whose vocation and lifestyle make heavy demands on their body-minds. Techniques he incorporates into his practice include:

  • Swedish/relaxation massage
  • neuro-muscular therapy
  • myofascial release
  • trigger point release
  • sports massage / facilitated stretching

Andrew is ​deeply devoted to serving clients, and will tailor each session to your unique and specific needs.

Education

  • 2010, M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
  • 2000, Environmental Studies, Western Michigan University
Andrew Nixon

Andrew Nixon
LMT

On the Healing Hands team since 2016, Andrew has massaged professionally for over nine years and is licensed in massage therapy by the State of Michigan. He regularly works with musicians, athletes, educators, body workers, ​therapists, ​and other individuals whose vocation and lifestyle make heavy demands on their body-minds. Techniques he incorporates into his practice include: Swedish/relaxation massage neuro-muscular therapy myofascial release trigger point release sports massage ...

Office Staff

Cassie Maxwell

Cassie Maxwell
Office Coordinator

  

Hannah-Marie Boyle

Hannah-Marie Boyle
Clinic Manager

   

Dylin Eschenburg

Dylin Eschenburg
Lead Office Coordinator

  

Cassie Maxwell

Cassie Maxwell
Office Coordinator

  
Hannah-Marie Boyle

Hannah-Marie Boyle
Clinic Manager

   
Dylin Eschenburg

Dylin Eschenburg
Lead Office Coordinator