Cathy Piela, OTR/L

Cathy Piela FCE Work Hardening Saunders Therapy

Cathy Piela, OTR/L

Industrial Rehabilitation

Clinic: Maple Grove

Education: BA in Occupational Therapy from College of St. Catherine 1983

Joined Saunders: 1996

Cathy Piela, OTR/L

Cathy has been with Saunders Therapy Centers for over 24 years. She obtained her BA in Occupational Therapy from College of St. Catherine in 1983. Before joining Saunders, Cathy had a variety of experiences in industrial rehabilitation including work hardening/conditioning, functional assessment, return to work consultation and ergonomic job analysis. She has been a faculty member and trainer for Polinsky Assessments, a C.A.R.F. surveyor and a senior therapist with Sister Kenny Institute’s industrial rehab program.

Cathy co-authored the textbook Functional Capacity Evaluation – The Saunders Method with Saunders Therapy Centers’ owner Robin Saunders Ryan. She has taught national seminars on industrial rehabilitation for The Saunders Group and other organizations.

 

Samantha Nickel

Samantha Nickel

Samantha Nickel

Samantha Nickel

Administration

Clinic: Maple Grove

Joined Saunders: 2016

Samantha Nickel

Samantha joined Saunders Therapy Centers’ in January 2016. She will greet you with a smile when you visit the Maple Grove office. Samantha loves her job because she is able to be herself. She loves the people she works with – they make such a difference in patients’ lives. In her time outside of Saunders she is a full-time student working on her Physician Assistant degree. She enjoys traveling, the cabin, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Carey Meehan, PT, MS, CSCS

Carey Meehan physical therapy Saunders Maple Grove

Carey Meehan, PT, MS, CSCS

Back and Neck Pain, General Orthopedics, Headache Treatment, Incontinence Treatment, Men’s Health, Running Program, Sports Medicine, Temporomandibular Disorders, Women’s Health, Dry Needling

Clinic: Maple Grove

Education: Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.

Joined Saunders: 2002

Carey Meehan, PT, MS, CSCS

Carey joined Saunders Therapy Centers in 2002. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.

At UW-La Crosse, Carey worked with the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine team and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Through additional continuing education and the Saunders mentorship program she has developed a deep foundation for orthopedic and manual therapy specializing in spinal/sacroiliac joint dysfunction and sports medicine injuries.

In addition to being a well-rounded orthopedic, sports, and spine specialist, Carey has aggressively pursued professional development opportunities focusing in the areas of dry needling, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and women/men’s health, including incontinence, pelvic pain, and pre/postnatal musculoskeletal dysfunction. 

 

Ron Wutchiett, PhD

Ron Wutchiett PhD Saunders Therapy Work Hardening

Ron Wutchiett, PhD

Industrial Rehabilitation

Clinics: Edina, St Paul and Maple Grove

Ron Wutchiett, PhD

Ron is a licensed psychologist with a background in clinical psychology including an internship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. He currently has a broad-based private practice, which involves consultation, assessment, and treatment with psychiatric, medical, and occupational health and rehabilitation populations.

He has been consulting with Saunders Therapy Centers for over 25 years, providing group sessions for our work hardening clients and assisting our staff to address issues and work towards the best outcomes possible. Ron has a particular interest in identifying, managing and providing consultation regarding psychosocial barriers to recovery and return to work following work injury.

NOTE: Ron subcontracts his professional services to Saunders Therapy Centers. If you wish to reach Ron directly for his other clinical services or have a question about billing or medical records that are NOT related to Saunders Therapy Centers, please contact him at:

6950 France Avenue South, Suite 103,
Bloomington, MN 55434
Phone (952) 885-9018
Fax (952) 885-9018 

 

Kimber Crabtree, PTA

Kimber Crabtree PTA Maple Grove Saunders Therapy

Kimber Crabtree, PTA

General Orthopedics, Industrial Rehabilitation

Clinic: Maple Grove

Education: Associate of Applied Science degree from Anoka-Ramsey Community College in 2005

Joined Saunders: 2008

Kimber Crabtree, PTA

Kimber received her AAS degree for Physical Therapy Assistant at Anoka-Ramsay Technical College in 2005. She has been a member of our Maple Grove Industrial Rehabilitation team since 2008. She also assists our physical therapists with orthopedic treatments and exercise progression.

Prior to joining Saunders, Kimber was employed in a rehabilitation setting working with orthopedic and neuro therapies. She has developed health and wellness programs and has experience designing nutrition programs for children and adolescents in the education setting.

Kimber’s life experience gives her a practical perspective when working with Saunders’ clientele. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

 

Lisa Martens, PT, DPT, OCS

lisa martens Saunders physical therapy

Lisa Martens, PT, DPT, OCS

Back and Neck Pain, General Orthopedics, Headache Treatment, Myofascial, Craniosacral and Visceral Treatment, Running Program, Sports Medicine

Clinic: St. Paul

Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of St. Catherine in 2009, BA in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus 2006

Joined Saunders: 2009

Lisa Martens, PT, DPT, OCS

Since joining Saunders in 2009, Lisa has established a solid following of repeat patients and physician referrals in our St. Paul office. She also serves as the Manager of our Orthopedic/Pelvic Health Clinical Staff.

As an avid long distance runner and competitive cyclist, Lisa understands the specifics of sports related injuries and recognizes the importance of living an active, balanced lifestyle. She has been involved in establishing programs to promote health and wellness with the Minnesota Chapter of the APTA.

Lisa’s educational background includes a BA in psychology from Gustavus Adolphus and a DPT degree from St. Catherine University. Additionally, she is board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association.

 

John Hovde, PT, MA

john hovde physical therapy saunders st paul edina

John Hovde, PT, MA

Back and Neck Pain, General Orthopedics, Headache Treatment, Industrial Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine

Clinic: St. Paul

Education: BS in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University 1979; BS in Human Nutrition from Colorado State 1974; MA in pathokinesiology from NYU in 1984.

Joined Saunders: 1991

John Hovde, PT, MA

John joined Saunders Therapy Centers in 1991, and in 2018, he began his transition to retirement! Saunders Therapy Centers is very fortunate to have John continue to provide Functional Capacity Evaluation services and help cover staff vacations several weeks a year.

John has degrees in physical therapy, human nutrition, and pathokinesiology. He has extensive experience in orthopedics, with subspecialties in work hardening and functional capacity evaluations. He has a background in ergonomics and worked for five years at the Long Island Railroad medical department before joining our practice. Outside of work he is a passionate senior softball player who also enjoys summer sailing on water and winter sailing on ice.

Se habla Español.

 

Marie W. Holecek, PT, MHS, ATC

marie holecek Saunders physical therapy

Marie W. Holecek, PT, MHS, ATC

Back and Neck Pain, General Orthopedics, Headache Treatment, Incontinence Treatment, Men’s Health, Myofascial, Craniosacral and Visceral Treatment, Sports Medicine, Women’s Health

Clinic: Bloomington, St. Paul

Education: Winona State University, Bachelor of Science – Biology 1987

Mayo School of Health Related Sciences, Physical Therapy Program 1989

University of Indianapolis, Masters in Health Science 2002

Joined Saunders: 1992

Marie W. Holecek, PT, MHS, ATC

Congratulations to Marie Holecek for Edina Sun Current readers’ “2015 Best Physical Therapist” award!

Marie joined Saunders Therapy Centers in 1992. She is a 1989 graduate of the Mayo Program, and was the first graduate of Saunders Therapy Centers’ mentorship program. She completed her Master of Health Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis in 2002.

Marie has a special interest in myofascial, craniosacral, visceral, and energy work, with a holistic approach to chronic pain. She believes in empowering her patients to take an active role in the healing process.

Marie has taken most of her training through John Barnes PT, the Upledger Institute, and the Barral Institute. She also has had extensive professional education in women’s/men’s health, and treats incontinence, pre/post natal, and pelvic pain.

Marie has been a guest lecturer on the lumbar spine for the College of St. Catherine’s physical therapy program and has assisted in teaching several manual therapy courses around the country. She also has her certification in athletic training. 

She loves to travel and is an avid baseball fan following the Twins and her beloved Chicago Cubs.

 

Chronic Pain Alternatives – Physical Therapy and Other Non-Drug Interventions

When it comes to treating chronic pain, physicians have often turned to medication as a first resort for conditions such as headache, neck pain, low back pain, and pelvic pain. In recent years, it is becoming increasingly obvious that this has been a bad approach. The “opioid epidemic”, as it’s now called in local and national news, has claimed the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans, and shows no signs of slowing down. Why do physicians so quickly turn to medication for treatment of chronic pain conditions? Is strong medication the only thing that can provide relief for headaches? Is there no other approach for treating neck and back pain?

An article in the New York Times discusses alternative therapies, including physical therapy, exercise, acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, progressive relaxation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. It also discusses a frustration we physical therapists often express: Drugs are often prescribed as a first resort because American health insurance systems have been slow to pay for other forms of care. Physical therapy visits can be limited or associated with very high co-pays, making drugs a more affordable (but more dangerous) option. Other alternative therapies aren’t covered, so back, neck, and headache pain sufferers are forced to pay out of pocket…

Still, one should consider the pros and cons of medication vs. alternative therapies. Most people recover from severe pain without the need for surgery or long-term, potentially addictive medications. If you do not have a serious diagnosis requiring surgery, consider a visit or two to the physical therapists at Saunders Therapy Centers. We can consult with you and tell you if we can help. We are well-attuned to financial considerations and will make sure to not waste your money or time when determining what we have to offer for your particular case.

Arthritis isn’t just Wear and Tear!

Conventional wisdom is that osteoarthritis of the knee results mostly from wear and tear, which is why, these days, it’s more common among older people and those whose excess body weight puts extra stress on those joints. BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT LATEST EVIDENCE SHOWS! 

Dr. Richard Loeser, a rheumatologist who directs the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was quoted in this article published by NPR,  “Your joints aren’t just like your automobile tires that wear out as you use them,” he says. In fact, exercise helps nutrients diffuse into cartilage in the knee and keep it strong and healthy.

If cartilage “is formed and more healthy when you’re younger, then your joints are more likely to be functioning better and have less osteoarthritis when you get older,” Loeser says. And exercise also helps fully grown people.

“By strengthening your muscles and by stimulating your cartilage you can still improve the health of your joint,” Loeser says. Read more in the original article HERE.