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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
Anne Stevenson

Anne Stevenson,
PT, MPT

Anne was inspired to study physical therapy with a love of working with people and inspiring the love of exercise. She has a Master’s degree in physical therapy from Wayne State University. After practicing in the Detroit area and Florida she settled in Ann Arbor and has practiced here since 2004. Her practice focuses on evaluating movement patterns of the patient to correctly identify problem areas leading to the pain and injury. She emphasizes using hands-on joint mobilizations and muscle energy techniques to address joint tightness and dysfunction. She closely monitors and develops the exercise program created for each patient to develop appropriate functional exercises and sport specific training to individualize the rehabilitation process. She appreciates the opportunity to work at Healing Hands which allows her the one on one time to properly steer the course of treatment.

Anne is constantly updating her manual skills and places a high priority in participating in continuing education courses. Since 2004 she has studied the Osteopathic approach of Muscle Energy Technique at Michigan State University in addition to taking a variety of local courses focused on manual therapy allowing her to develop an effective manual medicine treatment regime for the whole body. She has also taken continuing ed courses to learn the application of Kinesio Tape to aid in healing. In addition, she has prioritized classes focused on the study of movement and application of exercise for orthopedic conditions. More recently she participated in a course to learn the Schroth Method for treatment of Scoliosis in Stevens Point WI and is certified in the Schroth Treatment Method.

In her free time, Anne enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, spending time outside and cooking.

Education

  • Wayne State University 2001

Certifications

  • Schroth Treatment for Scoliosis C1

Continuing Education

  • Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine classes for Muscle Energy and
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Kinesio Tape Levels I and II
  • Great Lakes Manual Therapy Courses for the whole body
  • Schroth Scoliosis Training

Professional Organizations / Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association since 1998
Ashley Scott Bernstein

Ashley Scott Bernstein,
PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

Being a patient of physical therapy during college focused Ashley’s interest in science and medicine. She went on to become a physical therapist. She graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan and became a NATA Board Certified Athletic Trainer. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. As a professional, Ashley has set two goals to shape her career: 1) to develop a broad skill set through both experience and continuing education and 2) to educate her patients on how the body works and heals.

Using manual therapy and functional exercise, she helps her patients achieve their goals and improve their overall movement. During the initial evaluation, Ashley will focus not only on the area of pain or stiffness but also look beyond, at the whole body, to find the source of the pain. She is an avid consumer of physical therapy research and takes pride in sharing this with her patients. Her goal is to make sure every patient knows how to treat themselves during their episode of care and afterwards to prevent re-injury. After a few visits with Ashley, she will then craft an appropriate patient care plan and manage your care by our coordinated team.

Education

  • 2001, Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, University of Michigan
  • 2002, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA
  • 2003, Certified Athletic Trainer, NATA
  • 2004, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Northwestern University

Continuing Education

  • 2009 to present, Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment, McKenzie Institute
  • 2010 to present, Mulligan Concept
  • 2014 to present, The Science of Running
  • 2015 to present Functional Manual Therapy, Institute of Physical Art
  • 2018, Women’s Health- Pelvic Floor dysfunctions. Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • 2002 to present, Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
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 27 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 especially enjoys working with elite athletes to maximize their athletic potential and help with pre- and post-competition, musicians with repetitive motion and postural dysfunctions related to their instruments, breast health including post-cancer and reconstruction (lumpectomies, mastectomies, implants, TRAM flaps), Aquatic therapy clients, and the treatment of headaches, whiplash, and temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction.

Keli’s continuing education has focused on integrative manual therapy techniques, craniosacral, strain-counterstrain, muscle energy, McConnell taping, neuro-tissue mobilization, myofascial release, and Lowen’s Biovalent Systems.

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

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

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Mark Beissel

Mark Beissel,
PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Mark has 45 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. Recently 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 15 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.

Pam Bennett

Pam Bennett,
PT

Pam joined Healing Hands as a physical therapist with over 38 years of experience. Prior to being at Healing Hands, Pam worked at Chelsea Community Hospital for 28 years. During that time, she developed her interest in pelvic floor health. Pam has also worked providing inpatient and outpatient care at both the Ann Arbor Veteran’s Hospital and St. Mary Hospital of Livonia, as well as outpatient care at Woodland Medical Center, and Home Health Care.

Pam believes that one of her most important clinical roles is listening to a patient’s needs, understanding that patient holistically, and advocating for their care, be it through therapy or another avenue. Her strengths in patient care are treatment of male and female pelvic floor dysfunction, hands-on techniques, muscle imbalance correction, and therapeutic exercise education. For Pam, being a part of Healing Hands means that she is a member of a strong, diverse team. One of her joys is continued learning from her colleagues.

Pam’s advanced training has included work at The Institute of Physical Art, and the Herman and Wallace Institute Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Her continuing education includes courses emphasizing therapeutic approach to spinal care, shoulder and hip dysfunction, the McConnell approach to knee pain, taping techniques, and individual study in Yoga and Gyrotonics. 

When not working, Pam enjoys campfires and kayaking in Northern Michigan with family and friends.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Michigan 1980  

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • Orthopedic Study Group with emphasis on Integrative Manuel Therapy
  • Southeast Pelvic Floor Study Group
Sajina Maharjan

Sajina Maharjan,
PT, MPT

Sajina joined Healing Hands in 2020.

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 neck, facial and jaw pain.

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
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...
Anne Stevenson

Anne Stevenson,
PT, MPT

Anne was inspired to study physical therapy with a love of working with people and inspiring the love of exercise. She has a Master’s degree in physical therapy from Wayne State University. After practicing in the Detroit area and Florida she settled in Ann Arbor and has practiced here since 2004. Her practice focuses on evaluating movement patterns of the patient to correctly identify problem areas leading to the pain and injury. She emphasizes using hands-on joint mobilizations and muscl...
Ashley Scott Bernstein

Ashley Scott Bernstein,
PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

Being a patient of physical therapy during college focused Ashley’s interest in science and medicine. She went on to become a physical therapist. She graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan and became a NATA Board Certified Athletic Trainer. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. As a professional, Ashley has set two goals to shape her career: 1) to develop a broad skill set through both experience and continuing educati...
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...
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, an...
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 27 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

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 ...
Lorna King

Lorna King,
PT, MPT

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Mark Beissel

Mark Beissel,
PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Mark has 45 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. Recently 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 o...
Melissa Hartenstein

Melissa Hartenstein,
PT, MPT

Melissa joined the Healing Hands team with over 15 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 ...
Pam Bennett

Pam Bennett,
PT

Pam joined Healing Hands as a physical therapist with over 38 years of experience. Prior to being at Healing Hands, Pam worked at Chelsea Community Hospital for 28 years. During that time, she developed her interest in pelvic floor health. Pam has also worked providing inpatient and outpatient care at both the Ann Arbor Veteran’s Hospital and St. Mary Hospital of Livonia, as well as outpatient care at Woodland Medical Center, and Home Health Care. Pam believes that one of her most im...
Sajina Maharjan

Sajina Maharjan,
PT, MPT

Sajina joined Healing Hands in 2020.
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...

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
Rachel Lipsky

Rachel Lipsky,
LMT

Rachel’s background and experiences are uniquely diverse. Starting as a music director and educator at a Kibbutz in Israel, she then became a professional instrumental performer, then teaching Hebrew for 23 years at the University of Buffalo.

Yet, her strong passion for helping others heal by using holistic modalities led her to train to become a certified yoga teacher and later a massage therapist. Rachel has also been fortunate to observe, study under, and trained to treat clients in manual muscle energy techniques under the guidance of Dr. Paul Shapiro, a highly respected medical doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Rachel’s years of expertise and training in yoga, massage, manual muscle energy techniques, combined with a knowledge of holistic health issues, grant her a deeper understanding of these critical therapeutic modalities. Rachel’s experiences uniquely qualify her to contribute to the treatment of musculoskeletal issues and pain, while enhancing the overall wellbeing of her clients and helping them to gain strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility. 

Being part of Healing Hands Physical Therapy offers Rachel first-hand knowledge of client’s health issues. Working closely with the highly trained physical therapists at Healing Hands can enhance professional assessment and treatments to further benefit client’s health needs. 

Rachel offers private and group yoga sessions. 

Education

  • Master of Arts in Music and Videography, University of Buffalo, NY
  • Artist diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music

Certifications/Advanced Practice

  • Licensed Massage Therapist, 2014 - Valedictorian - New York Istitues of Massage, Buffalo, NY
  • Certified Yoga Instructor, Himalayan Institution, Honesdale, PA
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 ...
Rachel Lipsky

Rachel Lipsky,
LMT

Rachel’s background and experiences are uniquely diverse. Starting as a music director and educator at a Kibbutz in Israel, she then became a professional instrumental performer, then teaching Hebrew for 23 years at the University of Buffalo. Yet, her strong passion for helping others heal by using holistic modalities led her to train to become a certified yoga teacher and later a massage therapist. Rachel has also been fortunate to observe, study under, and trained to treat clients in manu...

Office Staff

Hannah Marie Boyle

Hannah Marie Boyle,
Director of Administration

   

Val Towery

Val Towery,
Director of Clinical Operations
AT, ATC

Dylin Eschenburg

Dylin Eschenburg,
Lead Receptionist

  

Isabel Cortes Klemans

Isabel Cortes Klemans,
Receptionist

Isabel joined the team in 2021.

Cassie Maxwell

Cassie Maxwell,
Therapy Aide

Cassie joined our team in 2020.

Hannah Marie Boyle

Hannah Marie Boyle,
Director of Administration

   
Val Towery

Val Towery,
Director of Clinical Operations

Dylin Eschenburg

Dylin Eschenburg,
Lead Receptionist

  
Isabel Cortes Klemans

Isabel Cortes Klemans,
Receptionist

Isabel joined the team in 2021.
Cassie Maxwell

Cassie Maxwell,
Therapy Aide

Cassie joined our team in 2020.

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