6/9/2017 0 Comments
Gone are the days when playing various court sports, like tennis, squash, and handball, was simply a matter of fun. These days, it’s a matter of playing your best . . . and staying free of injuries. Enter sport biomechanics.
That was the approach taken by sport specialist and physical therapist, Leah Versteegen. She created Alpine’s new Court Sport Clinic on the basis that improved mobility, flexibility, and strength, combined with fine-tuned biomechanics improvements are key in optimizing performance on the courts while reducing the risk of aches, pain, and injuries.
6/9/2017 0 Comments
In a world of fake news and alternative facts, Alpine Physical Therapy's 'C-Leaguered' soccer team was partially thrilled and partially baffled when Missoula Parks and Rec presented us with these "2016 Champions" T-shirts last week. As we recalled, we lost the tied game in an exciting (and disappointing) overtime shoot out.
Ah well, we can all be winners in our sweet new neon green Ts with Alpine PT plastered on the back!
6/6/2017 0 Comments
We're psyched to partner with Missoula Strikers as the club's premier sponsor and the Medical Provider at the first ever Intermountain Champions Cup.
Playing a role in youth development through sport connects Alpine's core values of building a strong healthy, and active community.
Our Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists from Alpine Physical Therapy will be onsite for injury consultation throughout the weekend of the tournament.
Head over to the brand new fields at Fort Missoula Regional Park located at historic Fort Missoula. Everything gets underway starting Friday afternoon, June 9th.
Need a little excitement in your life? Try changing over to a new electronic medical record system (EMR). Talk about change! Here we are tearing in to our group training session a few weeks ago in preparation for going live with our new EMR on June 1st!
Instead of freaking out, we're doing something cool, fun, and appreciative for all our staff across all our clinics each day over the next week. (Please note that items vary per day per clinic, but this list is dialed!)
Beers and cool beverages for after work
Coffee and treats
Chips ad salsa, along with guacamole, veggie tray, and hummus
Company-wide party night at the Loft after work to celebrate one week of going live with our new EMR!
Alpine is a team that knows how to embrace change . . . and have some fun and munchies while we're at it!
Alpine Physical Therapy welcomes Megan Fisher DPT, ATC to our Downtown location. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington in 2014 and is also a Certified Athletic Trainer.
Megan's clinical interests include sports medicine and athletic training, neurological rehabilitation, balance and fall prevention, and prosthetics and orthotics.
In her spare time, Megan enjoys adventuring with her dog Betsy, biking in all forms (mountain, road, cross, touring, tandem and fat tire), water sports, camping, welding, knitting, tennis, and weight training.
Megan can be reached at our Downtown clinic at 549-0064.
Alpine Physical Therapy is pleased to welcome Jocee Long, DPT to our staff of 19 physical therapists. Jocee has come home to Alpine PT and Montana. She worked as an aide with Alpine before entering the Doctoral program in Physical Therapy at the University of Montana.
Jocee began her PT career in Oregon where she developed her interests in treating back pain and complex spine conditions, as well as general orthopedic conditions. She utilizes postural education and Pilates-based rehabilitation in her treatment approach.
During her spare time, Jocee can be found hiking, camping, running, alpine skiing, reading, or spending time with her family and friends.
Jocee can be reached at Alpine's North clinic at 541-2606.
Alpine Physical Therapy is delighted to welcome Lisa Hamilton, DPT to our team! Lisa recently moved from Colorado. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2013 and her Bachelors of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1988.
Lisa is Pilates Method Certified, completing training in Polestar Pilates and CoreAlign instructor training with Balanced Body University. Additionally, she is certified in functional dry needling.
Lisa's clinical interests include bone health and osteoporosis education, women's health, and whiplash associated disorders. She serves as Vice Chair of the American Physical Therapy Association Bone Health Special Interest Group.
During her free time, you will find Lisa hiking cycling, exploring all Missoula has to offer, or spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys Pilates, meditation and mindfulness training, as well as pursuing lifelong learning.
Lisa can be reached at our downtown clinic at 549-0064,
Thanks to Gary Gales, DPT, one of our physical therapists and a veritable yoga guru at Alpine PT. Gary shared this announcement about a unique yoga event called NamasDay of Yoga. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 AM on June 10th at Caras Park in Missoula, Montana, and is open to instructors, practitioners, and sponsors.
Here's the website for all the information you'll need, including online registration. For details go to: NamasDayOfYoga.com.
And here's Gary and Monica at a yoga retreat somewhere that's warm and green!
According to the NamasDay website, "NamasDay is the first of its kind in Missoula, Montana. Bringing you fresh and imaginative yoga from around the world, this day-long festival is sure to inspire and excite your practice both as a practitioner and a teacher. Our schedule represents the diverse world of today's yoga and aims to bring you an experience as unique as you!"
Be sure to register early on the NamasDay website by clicking here. Doing so will save you an extra $10.00 if you decide to wait and register on the day of the event.
5/2/2017 0 Comments
Every spring more than 200 smokejumpers come to Missoula, Montana, from all over the nation to train for the upcoming firefighting season. This also happens to be a super important time of year because rookie camp gets underway wherein these brave, fit, mentally tough, and highly skilled young women and men get introduced to the world of smokejumping.
Rookie camp is certainly not fun and games. Rather, there are a number of challenges these rookies must face including an 85 pound pack test, a 24 hour line dig, and many other difficult hurdles.
Alpine Physical Therapy is honored to be a part of this event. Like any professional athlete, these wildland firefighters must make sure their bodies hold up during preseason, that they get pushed enough to produce change, and ultimately that they are fully prepared to be 110% for their first season as smokejumpers with the United States Forest Service. Leah Verstegeen, MS, DPT, and Sam Schmidt, MPT, were on site to provide education on injury prevention, safety performance, and proper warm ups and cool downs last week and the for the next three weeks.
Alpine PT is dedicated to empowering these tremendous individuals whose most important piece of equipment is their body and their ability to achieve maximal performance. It's your job, your body, OUR BUSINESS!
4/28/2017 0 Comments
Fourteen participants including 12 Alpine PTs attended the three-day Runity course hosted by Alpine Physical Therapy on April 21st through April 23rd. The primary founder of Runity, Juan Nieto, flew in to Missoula from Madrid, Spain, to lead the instruction of the course with the assistance of Alpine's own Runity Master Trainer, Leah Versteegen, DPT.
In this picture, Juan is surrounded by a few PTs from Alpine (left to right: Matthew Schweitzer, Leah Versteegen, Juan Nieto, and Samantha Schmidt).
Following the latest in research and scientific knowledge, the main purpose of the course was to guide participants on how to help facilitate painless running for their clients, allowing runners to return to their sport after injury or continue running with improved efficiency and decreased risk of future injuries.
Over the course of three days, participants learned about video running analysis and training running form using technology, common injuries associated with running and how to prevent such injuries, appropriate exercises to compliment a running program, and the best learning procedures to help teach proficient running.
The exercises blended plyometrics and functional movement exercises with Pilates movement principles to promote optimal mobility and stability throughout the system. It was truly amazing to watch everyone's running form and ability to teach efficient running progress over the course of one weekend.
Here's a picture of Juan demonstrating posture correction to improve running performance.
Alpine now has 12 Physical Therapists ready to serve the Missoula community of runners towards optimal efficiency and Painless Running!
For more information on Alpine's approach to running, click here.
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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