Category Archives: Restore Motion Friends

Gail Wetzler PT, DPT, EDO, BI-D

Reshma and Miriam first met Gail when they attended her Gynecologic Visceral Manipulation class sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2005.  She has been a teacher, mentor and friend ever since.  Gail is a leader and innovator in the development of new courses for women’s health, manual diagnostics, visceral/structural disorders and integrative therapies for animal health.   She teaches these courses for the American Physical Therapy Association, The Upledger Institute and Equinology.  She is the Curriculum Director for the newly developed Barral Institute of Education Research and Manual Therapy.  She also is currently the co-developer of the new MSAR (Masters of Science in Animal Rehab) at Western University. 

She established her private practice in 1979.  Her fields of study include osteopathic manual techniques, exercise physiology, women’s health, functional assessment, movement analysis, laser/modalities, psychoneurobiology, nutrition/digestive dysfunctions, anatomy, animal rehabilitation and integrated manual therapy.

While Gail loves to talk about physical therapy and all of the new exciting concepts that are improving people’s lives, she is equally passionate about the animals in her life.   She loves her new 12-acre ranch in Denver and was able to relocate her two horses when she moved from California.  She and her husband are happy to be near their children and grandchildren.   She is in the process of setting up a “menagerie.”  She now has dogs, cats, and goats, in addition to her horses and humans, so she can enjoy her whole family!

A 1973 graduate from Long Beach State University, Gail gained her orthopedic, acute and administrative background at Hoag Hospital Physical Therapy Department as outpatient clinical supervisor.

Publications include chapters in the following books: Diseases of the Temporomandibular Apparatus by Douglas Morgan, D.D.S., William Hall, M.D. and S. James Vamvas, D.D.S., Visceral Manipulation and Low Back Pain (IFOMT) and Therapeutic Management of Incontinence and Pelvic Pain by J. Laycock, PhD, FCSP and J. Haslam, MCSP, SRP.

Gail’s research includes: “The Effect of Functional Integration on TMJ Disorders”, with Dr. Mark Reese, “The Visceral Relationship to Low Back Pain”, with Dr. Stanley Paris and “The Effects of Manual Therapy on the Brain”, with Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Jean Pierre Barral, and Dr. Alain Crobier.

Ursula Sukinik, Doula and Entrepreneur of Birth You Desire

Ursula is not only a certified childbirth educator, but is also a birth doula, a birth assistant, a doula trainer, and a mother of two teenage boys. Known for her easy laughter, radiant energy and knowledge of the birthing woman; to say that she is an inspiration is an understatement.

She is a true believer in honoring women’s bodies and the natural process, Ursula not only inspires her students to better understand how choices affect well-being, but she takes the mind-body connection to a whole new level with her practice as a birth worker. Ursula has personally worked with thousands of women during the birthing process.  

With this passion, she owns and runs Birth You Desire where you can find a list of doula training, childbirth classes, TENS rentals, workshops and speaking engagements in the DC Metro area as well as choose a doula to support you at your birth.

Ursula’s sons are going to college this fall University of Pittsburg & St Mary’s College of MD. She loves German Shepard dogs and her current dog’s name is Ohana Koa (called Koa, ko-ko, or when bad… Ko-ko loco). She is an avid gardener & hiker in her spare time. 

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Our Restore Motion Friend, Ursula Sukinik, doula and entrepreneur of Birth You Desire,  suggests how to stack the deck for an uneventful vaginal delivery.  Adapted from her BYD blog below, are 10 easy ways to avoid and reduce your cesarean risk.  

  • Prepare yourself.  Take a comprehensive childbirth class, learn your choices. 
  • Practice good body mechanics through out your pregnancy
  • Have a supportive and educated labor partner.  Your partner is your anchor. No matter how wonderful your birth team is they cannot replace the love and security you have from your partner.
  • Let baby come when they are ready, avoid unnecessary inductions and subsequent interventions.
  • Build a tool kit of coping methods and practice them.  Relaxation is the cornerstone to spontaneous birth.
  • Labor at home as long as possible with provider permission when applicable.
  • Avoid continuous monitoring when at your birth place if possible.  If continuous monitoring is necessary ask for a wireless monitoring to facilitate coping skills.
  • Use medications and interventions wisely. There are many tools for labor and they all have their place. 
  • Labor upright and change positions frequently whenever possible.  An active mother is an active baby.
  • Consider hiring a professional Doula to assist you in your birth.

Adapted from intellectual property of Ursula Sabia Sukinik/Birth You Desire. Used with permission. Do not reproduce or distribute without written permission from owner. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. 

 

Lowell Weiner, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Dr. Lowell Weiner is board certified Dentist practicing through National Intergrated Health Associates. His interests and studies in Holistic health started in 1969, when he first became interested in how jaw and tooth problems affected swallowing, snoring, breathing, the sinuses and the rest of the body’s total compensating mechanisms from head to toe.  Dr Weiner has served either as a consultant, faculty or staff at various universities in the area. He has limited his practice to sleep apnea and dental sleep issues, cranio mandibular dysfunction. He has served as an expert witness and is frequently asked to give second opinions for unusual complex dental medical treatments. The educational and treatment areas on which Dr. Weiner has placed special emphasis are sleep apnea, snoring, the infection and integration of the teeth, head, neck and shoulder with the rest of the body, both as a cause and result of acute and chronic problems.

Outside of work, Dr. Weiner started a fencing club at the University of Maryland and he enjoys cooking.

 

 

Restore Motion Friend: Thom Shenk

Thom Shenk

Meet Thom Shenk, a Rolfer, massage therapist, and longtime friend of Restore Motion. Thom has recently relocated his practice to our Rockville location. We are thrilled to have him here and are thankful for the convenience it provides for patients who benefit from several forms of therapy.
Thom is a Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner. He combines knowledge of structural integration with licensed massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, neurofascial release, and acupressure to provide a holistic and energetic approach to patient care.
Thom loves the outdoors.  Here are some fun facts you might not have known about him: Thom…

  • spent 5 years living in a Tipi
  • worked as an initial attack forest fire fighter
  • worked as a professional ski patroller.
  • recently backpacked 45 miles through Olympic National Park

Restore Motion Friend: George C. Branche, III, MD

George C. Brance, III, MD

Dr. George Branche is an orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine physician, and friend of Restore Motion. He has been offering his services to players at the CitiOpen tennis tournament here in D.C for over a decade. We had a chance to speak with him at the tournament and ask about recent trends in his practice. His specialization and passion lies in arthroscopic surgical treatment of the shoulder and the knee.

“I’m doing more and more revisions,” he says, “as more people are active well into their older years.” Dr. Branche has seen a steady increase in the number of older patients seeking a remedy for knee and shoulder pain interfering with their active lifestyles. “15 years ago if you saw a 60 year old in our office you might ask him if he was lost, ” he jokes. “These days I’m treating people in their 60’s, 70’s, and even 80’s.”

Restore Motion Friend: Kavon Atabaki

Kavon Picture Blog, May 2016

Kavon Atabaki is an ACA and NSPA certified personal trainer at Functional Fitness VA in Falls Church, Virginia. His specialty certifications as a StrongFirst Bodyweight Instructor, StrongFirst Girya II Kettlebell Instructor, Functional Movement Specialist, and Parkinson’s Certified Trainer give him the ability to work with a wide range of clients to meet their fitness goals.

We’ve asked Kavon to share what makes the approach to personal training at Functional Fitness VA unique.

“Having experience with all sorts of ages, shapes, sizes and body types helps me know that every body is different and unique to a certain degree. Principles of movement are constant across the board, but their application needs to fit the person.

At Functional Fitness VA we believe in two major ideas: we’re here to help people Move Better and Get Stronger. This is a simple process. (Simple, not easy.) We first find where movement needs to be improved, maintained, or just stabilized and address that need. After that we work on improving strength in multiple directions and with multiple energy systems. With this approach we’ve found that our clients experience benefits not only in the gym but also improvements reaching into everyday life.”

–Kavon Atabaki

 

Written by: Kavon Atabaki
Edited by: Claire Agrawal, PT, DPT

Photo Credit:
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