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Testimonials & Endorsements

Sue Berres, OTR/L, PYT

Sue Berres, OTR/L, PYT

“I came to the Medical Therapeutic Yoga program as very yoga-curious, but perhaps also a little yoga-skeptical. A colleague had been through the program and she raved about it and used yoga in some way in nearly every session, so there was clearly something there, but I wasn’t sure what. I’ve never been one to let other people know something I don’t, so I took the leap.

And, well, now I get it.

Ginger has managed to combine the medical science that I know and love with the science of yoga in a way that was sensible, practical and compelling. Bringing in elements of functional medicine and integrated lifestyle medicine cinched the deal.

MTY makes sense. It works. It is something I can integrate into my treatment with jus about everybody in my pediatric outpatient practice in one way or another.”

Sue Berres, OTR/L, PYT

Dr. Leigh Sato, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS

Dr. Leigh Sato, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS

“Thank you so much for creating an amazingly comprehensive and intelligent body of work! I feel I have only a dipped a toe in but have already started applying the FMA to some select patients. I am so excited to move into this work more and find it hugely relevant to those of us who are in the last half of our lives.

Bravo Ginger for the work you have created and the vast amount of work you are doing to launch a saner approach to therapy.”

Dr. Leigh Sato, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS
UVA Physical and Occupational Therapy
Charlottesville, VA

Dr. Katie Goroncy, PT, DPT

Dr. Katie Goroncy, PT, DPT

“Ginger’s program has restored my love and perspective that physical therapy is a healing ART. I had been feeling uninspired, deflated by the obstacles in the healthcare/insurance system, and was losing sight of what drew me to the healthcare field in the first place. It gave me a solid evidence based framework from which to integrate “whole person”, yogic, lifestyle medicine into my physical therapy foundation.

It has since sparked joy, creativity, and a broader perspective into my clinical practice.”

Dr. Katie Goroncy, PT, DPT

Kjirsten Winters, OTR/L

Kjirsten Winters, OTR/L

“Thank you for creating ALL of this amazing material, the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine & Medical Therapeutic Yoga programs, and for compiling the vast amounts of research and information for our fields in PT and OT — and for heath care people overall!”

Kjirsten Winters, OTR/L

Paige Raffo, PT, MPT, PYT

Paige Raffo, PT, MPT, PYT

“This program has been an absolutely life changing experience for me. Initially, I was drawn to the program in hopes of gaining more knowledge on how to manage clients, particularly the chronic pain population, in a more holistic manner. The concepts made sense to me and reinforced my current approach. Also, I wanted to be more precise in my use of yoga postures therapeutically. All of these superficial goals were achieved after the first onsite module, then it evolved into something much more. It cracked me open, but lead to self-realization and healing that I needed.”

Paige Raffo, PT, MPT, PYT
Seattle, WA

Dr. Becca Ellis, PT, DPT, PYT

Dr. Becca Ellis, PT, DPT, PYT

“Ginger,

I just wanted to thank you for all you have done for me and let you know just how impactful you have been on my life. The past 5 years have been some of the best and most stressed I have ever experienced. Because of you and the lessons learned at LWI, I feel totally prepared for it all. I am practicing therapy the way patients deserve. I am happy working and the community loves MTY!”

Dr. Becca Ellis, PT, DPT, PYT
Restorative Therapy Co.
Virginia Beach, VA

Dr. Amanda Wold, PT, DPT

Dr. Amanda Wold, PT, DPT

“This is what I’ve been searching for since I got out of school 8 years ago. I have peace about where I’m going. It’s not stressful like all those other CE courses I thought I “had” to go to.

This is truly the best clarity I have had since graduating – I’m becoming the holistic physical therapist that I want to be – to take me through an exciting and successful career! I have taken continuing education like yoga for rehabilitation, nutrition in physical therapy, chronic pain management, etc. but NOTHING has put it all together and gone above and beyond like the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine program!

I wish I found it sooner – this is how people WANT to be cared for!”

Dr. Amanda Wold, PT, DPT

Dr. Sylvie Le, DPT on the Functional Movement Algorithm

Dr. Sylvie Le, DPT on the Functional Movement Algorithm

MTY uses a standardized way to assess and treat an individual through a plan of care using a Functional Movement Algorithm (FMA). The method provides a step-by-step checklist to ensure safe alignment, adequate breathing, and appropriate nervous system responses through a developmental movement sequence. Distinct observations of a person’s neurophysiological reactions to movement and their environment, as supported by emerging neuroscience, is considered throughout to support a balanced mind-body connection and state. The FMA is a unique key evaluative tool of MTY, which I use as a gauge in both private practice and group classes.

What has become apparent to me is that in this industrialized, consumer-driven, highly stressed society, it is imperative for clinicians to simultaneously attend to the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of illness in order to best serve their patients.4 Medical Therapeutic Yoga provides a complementary holistic alternative to the existing biomedical model with use of a biopsychosocial approach. This holistic yogic lens is a revolutionary way of understanding how a person’s subjective experience, lifestyle, and personal circumstances serve as essential contributors to accurate diagnosis, treatment decisions, and health outcomes.

Dr. Sylvie Le, DPT
Dr. Kassandra Prutsman PT, DPT

Dr. Kassandra Prutsman PT, DPT

MTY has completely changed the foundation of my practice for the better. This is especially true since a large majority of the clients that come in through my clinic door fall within the medical category of high complexity. I see patients in a small, rural area of NC. On a typical day over half of my evaluations involve complex chronic pain diagnoses with chronic low back pain taking the lead. The rates at which those individuals suffer from chronic use of opioids is always astronomical as well. After seeing this population for about 2 years, it became clear that our standardized approach as physical therapists was not effective in influencing this patient population in a successful way.

MTY provided me with the framework for discussing (Lifestyle Medicine) – the difficult and vague topics of depression, anxiety, stress, nutrition, and sleep quality, which were constantly influencing my patient outcomes. I could better understand when to refer patients and had a finer way of educating them on what encompassed good lifestyle habits. Since implementing MTY, I have noticed a significant shift in my ability to deliver care that is more effective and capable of providing a whole person approach. It has set the stage for much more successful outcomes with my patients across the board. The MTY method is proof that providing care in underserved populations with access to very little resources can still produce positive outcomes.

Dr. Kassandra Prutsman, PT, DPT
Dr. Alicia Hedges, PT, DPT

Dr. Alicia Hedges, PT, DPT

Medical Therapeutic Yoga has been an invaluable piece of my life – both professionally and personally. Finding safe community while learning to use my voice in a powerful way has probably been the most valuable thing I have learned through this training.

Dr. Alicia Hedges, PT, DPT
Joy McKinney PT

Joy McKinney PT

I’ve come to believe that most powerful aspect of yoga that I can impart to my patients is dhyana, or meditation. Countless studies affirm the benefits across a range of body systems, but the most immediate for my needs is helping people address pain.

Joy McKinney PT
Kanchan Thakar, PT

Kanchan Thakar, PT

Partnership with Yoga in PT is a sustainable and cost effective way to deliver evidence based compassionate care. Not only has it helped my patients to feel empowered for self care, it has also infused new found enthusiasm in my PT practice, which is sustainable for my wellbeing too.

Kanchan Thakar, PT
Janelle Perfetto, PT

Janelle Perfetto, PT

Medical Therapeutic Yoga is also beneficial for the physical therapist. This methodology teaches the patient how to heal all aspects of their wellbeing and utilizes a team approach to care, thereby decreasing the pressure of the therapist to “fix” the patient. MTY has helped me tremendously to better handle stressful situations and has actually helped with my perception of stress. 

I truly believe this methodology can change healthcare and the lives of healthcare providers by decreasing burnout! Thank you so much Ginger for creating this wonderful program!

Janelle Perfetto, PT
Brandis Gunderson, PT

Brandis Gunderson, PT

I use MTY with every patient, regardless of if they are 80 with chronic pain, an acute shoulder, or someone in an MVA with whiplash injury. The majority of these patients all have 2 things in common: pain & response to pain.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, “PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.” We often think of treatment techniques as being exercise, but we now know that treatment is so much more than that. It is the inclusion of pain management, nutrition, looking at the patients’ well-being…All of these are inclusive of the Biopsychosocial Model in MTY.

Brandis Gunderson, PT
Dr. Sarah Talley, DPT

Dr. Sarah Talley, DPT

MTY has become an integral component of my physical therapy practice. I specialize in the treatment of men and women with a variety of pelvic and orthopedic symptoms, including persistent pain, bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction, general weakness and pregnancy-related symptoms. My focus as a physical therapist is to help my clients restore comfortable movement and return to social, family, work and personal activities as much as they are able. I was drawn to the MTY program because of the foundation in evidence, the natural partnership of yoga and physical therapy, and the increasing emphasis on movement and patient empowerment for successful management of chronic pain. MTY provides a comprehensive framework for my assessments and treatment sessions, and most importantly, for me to transition patients into independent management of their symptoms.

MTY has enhanced my ability to connect with patients and provide them with a more holistic approach to their healthcare and wellness. I value the emphasis on the mind-body connection and am grateful for the skills and framework MTY provides to my clinical practice as well as my own self-care.

Dr. Sarah Talley, DPT

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