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The Postural Restoration® Podcast welcomes professionals from various Healthcare and Fitness settings, discussing the use of the science of Postural Restoration® and how it is implemented within these fields. This includes interviews with PRI faculty members, Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) providers, Postural Restoration Trained™ (PRT) providers and many other integrative specialists. I invite you to join us, as we review how the science of Postural Restoration® is successfully being applied and utilized by these featured guests.
25 Episodes
In this episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast Kasey Ratliff, PT, DPT, PRC  joins us to discuss her PRI journey which most recently has provided her the opportunity to become our newest Faculty member. Kasey graduated  from Texas State University, San Marcos, with an emphasis in Exercise Sports Science and Psychology. Her interests in human behavior and helping people, led to later attending PT school at the University of Texas Galveston, medical branch. Upon graduating Kasey started her career in a larger outpatient setting near Fort Worth and discusses the transition as a new graduate into her first clinical setting as a therapist.After remaining in this setting for several years Kasey moved to Austin in search of a different setting. It was there that her search led her to Star Physical Therapy, the first Postural Restoration Center in Texas. Working alongside two Postural Restoration Certified providers, Jon Hupp and Steve Cuddy, she was quickly introduced to the science of Postural Restoration and its clinical implementation. Through this introduction Kasey completed her first Myokinematic Restoration course in 2011 with Jennifer Poulin. Kasey's time at Star Physical Therapy allowed her to build her general understanding of PRI concepts while being mentored by those around her.  After several years practicing in Austin Kasey moved back to Forth Worth to be closer to family. In 2015 Kasey started her private practice PRISM Physical Therapy.Through her practice Kasey is able to provide longer, individualized sessions guiding each patient through their unique treatment goals. PRISM DPT is located within the GO Sports Complex and allows her to work and integrate her knowledge alongside athletes and the general public of all ages and levels. In this episode Kasey discusses some of the differences between her clientele and clinical approach within these populations. While building her practice Kasey's interest in the science of PRI remained strong as she traveled to many courses across the country. In 2016 Kasey received her PRC credential alongside three other Texas residents.Continuing to build relationships with other PRC's and like minded professionals in the state, Kasey discusses her journey of building an integrative team of providers. Working closely with several other PRC's in the state and building relationships with dentists and optometrists in the area allow her to offer further integration to her patients. In 2019 Kasey began training to become the newest member of our PRI Faculty.  Over the course of 2019 she had an opportunity to teach and hone in on her understanding and presentation of the Myokinematic Restoration course alongside many other faculty members. Although her first course as a solo presenter was slightly delayed due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Kasey recently taught her first Myokinematic Restoration course as both a Live and Live Stream offering. 
In this episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast we are joined by Neal Hallinan, CSCS, LMT, PRT who provides a unique understanding of the science of PRI, through his first hand experience as both a patient and Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) Provider. Neal's career started in the field of Information Technology and through several life events and the pursuit of finding something he was truly passionate about, his path lead him to the study of movement. Throughout his early life Neal recalls a longstanding history of pain. His history included not only Hip Impingement, but also periods of plantar fasciitis, neck and back spasms, tinnitus, and general tensegrity across his joints. During a period of time spent living in Brazil, Neal first recognized the freedom of movement that many people living there expressed through dance. As his introduction and interest in this art of expression grew Neal spent considerable time learning the steps and sequences of various styles of dance and fell in love with the influences of rhythm, percussion and beat that were included.Through his newly discovered interest in various forms of dancing, Neal recognized a relationship between his hip mobility and a decrease in his plantar fasciitis, and became curious to learn more. His interest in movement eventually led him to become an ACE certified Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. It was while reading an article on Eric Cressey's Blog, that Neal was first exposed to the science of PRI. This discussion introduced Neal to the influence of respiration and breathing mechanics of which at the time he had never considered. Neal took his first Myokinematic Restoration course to better understand the relationship of "Lumbo-Pelvic-Femoral Pathomechanics" and first learned about the L AIC Pattern."This was it" Neal recalls. As he had finally found answers to the patterns and positions he had noticed over time in his own body. From there Neal started recognizing and studying the patterns as described and addressed through PRI coursework. Neal discusses the influences our everyday lives contribute to these patterns and how his job as a provider and trainer is to not only recognize where and why they exist, but also use the correct terminology in addressing these patterns with his clientele. Neal's patient perspective and his own journey through pain and discomfort provide him a unique foundation for helping others. He recalls his own personal journey changing when he could fully appreciate grounding and true sensory integration for the first time and discusses how in today's virtual world he tries to help his clients achieve the same level of sensory awareness through the use of PRI based principles and techniques.Today Neal offers a variety of resources not only for his clients but for the PRI community as a whole. Through his website and training ( or his broad YouTube Channel, hundreds of people searching for this science are provided with additional resources and information to guide them. Neal continues to instruct and remains active through various dance classes and instructing people primarily through Salsa based styles. Neal's interest in Latin motion and so many other forms of rhythmic movement, provided a natural fit to this years 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, focusing on movement disorders and Basal Ganglia Disease. Together with Ron Hruska, Neal walks us through some of the topics he will be presenting and how these concepts will tie into movement disorders as a whole through collaboration with fellow presenter Jennifer Smart.
In this episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast I sat down with Jennifer Smart, PT, DPT, PRC who practices clinically in Oriental, NC incorporating PRI principles and many other modalities with her patients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and those who she believes exhibit "Parkinson's like" symptoms before they are diagnosed. Jennifer discusses the impact that her life story has had on her clinical practice, including many trips across the Atlantic navigating the seas on her small sailboat. These experiences and interacting with a diverse set of  mentors and patients have collectively led to her current understanding of neurological flow, perception of time and ground forces all used for human patterned stability. Jennifer earned both a Bachelor's of Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree and because of the influences of neurological timing and one's position in space whether at sea or on land, her interest in involuntary neurological movement disorders grew. After starting her clinical journey in Oriental, NC Jennifer sailed to Samoa and had the opportunity to work as the head Physical Therapist for the Samoan Olympic team. It was during this experience that she appreciated the influence of pressure and air flow throughout the body while working with an Olympic power lifter. After returning to the U.S. her love for cycling stemmed from her perception of time and her desire to decrease her speed of travel as her body became used to the slow, calculated and predictable movement across open water. Jennifer was introduced to the science of PRI through her cycling interest and a "Bike Fitting" article authored by Faculty Member Lori Thomsen. To this day Jennifer incorporates cycling with numerous clients who have been diagnosed with PD and other autonomic disorders.After her first few courses and clinical experimentation incorporating PRI techniques into her clinical practice she had finally felt that the patterns she had recognized through her own journey were being studied and discussed by someone else. Jennifer completed twelve courses over the span of the next two years and became certified as part of the 2015 PRC Class. Jennifer has extensive training in "LSVT", "PWR", Rock Steady Boxing, and has attended and contributed to numerous Parkinson's organizations, including the World Parkinson Congress. She has used these and various other modalities to incorporate PRI into her daily practice and weekly classes offered to her patients and individuals of all backgrounds experiencing involuntary movement disorders. Jennifer in collaboration with Ron Hruska discusses her upcoming presentations as part of this years 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium  "Basal Ganglia Disease - An Interdisciplinary Approach in the Management of Kinesia Paradoxica" alongside Neal Hallinan. You can read more about Jennifer's topics of discussion and this years symposium held on April 22-23rd by visiting our website.
In this episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast I sat down with Jason Masek, MA, PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC who I have been fortunate to know and learn from over the past 20 years. Jason Received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and went on to earn his Masters in Kinesiology in Minnesota while working as a graduate assistant Athletic Trainer for the Golden Gopher Football Program. Jason's Athletic Training knowledge between these two programs covered a span of 6 years as he studied under and was mentored by a handful of Hall of Fame Athletic trainers. While at Nebraska he was fortunate to see the program earn two National Championships. Following his Athletic Training years and completing his masters, Jason earned his Physical Therapy degree from what was then know as the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center. This unique schooling offered him further exposure to holistic thinking and treatment approaches during his time there.Jason was initially introduced to Ron Hruska while working with continuous hip and groin injuries during his time with Nebraska Athletics. While at the same time being introduced to the concepts behind the Protonics "knee brace", the use of repositioning activities and respiratory mechanics including the use of balloons. Jason carried with him some of this prior knowledge of the work Ron was doing to Minnesota, but it was not until his Physical Therapy clinical rotation that he would be able to further see and experience the use of these concepts on a broader scale alongside Ron and his patients. Through this opportunity and continual interest in this approach, following PT school Jason joined the Hruska Clinic shortly after it was established in 1999. In these first years each day was a new learning experience as the earliest form of the science of Postural Restoration was being implemented. Exercise techniques were drawn by hand, new positions were tried and tested and the foundation for the science as we know it today was solidified.Working alongside Ron for over 20 years has provided them both with immense mentorship, clinical experimentation, and trust for the process as it has continued to evolve. The Hruska Clinic which has continued to grow and influence the ongoing evolution of this science, has always served as a clinical home of PRI as Jason and his colleagues continue their life long learning and integration of multidisciplinary care for their patients. Jason's close connection to Ron and this approach over the last two decades has allowed him and the rest of the Hruska Clinic therapists to be part of and further develop the ongoing research, training, and clinical implementation of the science of Postural Restoration. Jason was part of the first ever Postural Restoration Certified Class of 2004 and alongside several other clinicians helped lay the foundation for this Credential and the 250 plus professionals that have completed the process since then. Jason has supported the science in many ways throughout the years and has had numerous opportunities to influence others on personal, local, and national scales. He has presented through the National Athletic Training Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and many other organizations in an effort to introduce the concepts of respiration, neutrality and a multiple systems approach furthering these professions and their integration with other professionals. Jason continues to be passionate for ongoing research while appreciating that the research is many times already there if you are willing to look outside your current framework to find it. 
In this episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast I sit down with Lisa Mangino, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT, PRC. Lisa graduated from Duke University earning a Masters in physical therapy in 1999 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2000 as part of the first Doctoral class. During her doctoral program Lisa had the opportunity to get involved with a clinical affiliation in Pediatrics and subsequently her passion for clinical treatment within this population grew. During her undergraduate years Lisa played Lacrosse at Penn State and always saw herself working in a Sports Rehabilitation setting, however her love for Pediatrics grew and she has continued working with this population since. Following the completion of her PT degrees Lisa continued her journey at the University working in various pediatric settings. Her time at Duke would expose her to acute care, home health, and outpatient PT through the Duke University Medical Center.Lisa walks us through her early clinical years and some of the common diagnosis’s, treatments and interventions used to treat a wide-ranging spectrum of gross motor limitations with early childhood Development. Through the management of her own dysfunction and seeking help from other clinicians for her personal limitations and injuries, Lisa found out about the Postural Restoration Institute through colleague Kim Keyser, PT, PRC. By listening to others dialogue about PRI within the clinic, Lisa became eager to learn the concepts that others around her were beginning to learn. This eventually led her to her first Myokinematics course in 2009 with James Anderson. She quickly began using these concepts including respiration as a neurological tool to treat tightness and other symptoms commonly addressed through stretching at the time. As Lisa continued her education with the institute she would later take a course at Advance Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill who at the time happened to be looking to add a new PT to their team. In 2014 Lisa joined Susan Henning, Jean Masse and Joe Belding at Advance Physical Therapy and began structuring her own Pediatric program. In the same year she went on to earn her PRC while becoming certified in Schroth based Scoliosis training and continues to use this method in the treatment and prevention of Pediatric Scoliosis while integrating PRI concepts. Lisa has always had the desire to teach others throughout her life and through the integration of PRI into her daily activities began thinking about the possibility of some day sharing this passion with others. After several years of creating and compiling numerous Pediatric PRI based Play activities and tests, in 2019 Lisa taught the first PRI Integration for Pediatrics Affiliate course under the guidance and mentorship of James Anderson. Lisa discusses the layout and incorporation of these activities within the Pediatrics course as well as the general course layout and structure, specifically highlighting categories of more involved vs. less involved activities and the overall outcome goals of specific desired sequential movement levels (DSM) that are discussed during these two days. Lisa is excited to offer this course as a live stream for the first time this November and continue to share her experience with others. 
In the 20th episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast I am joined by Michael Mullin to discuss his journey of applying the science of Postural Restoration concepts over the course of nearly two decades. Michael currently practices as a clinical Athletic Trainer through Integrative Rehab Training LLC in Portland Maine. Michael has been involved in various sport settings from early on in his career which eventually led him to use this experience in a more clinical setting while integrating multiple methods of rehabilitation strategies into one model. In this episode Michael discusses some of the differences associated with the management of a wide-ranging client base, and how he relies on various strategies to meet each client at their individual level. Although each of these individual clients are unique in their own compensation patterns and movement dysfunction, we discuss how many of them can be addressed through the same lens of respiration by setting a strong foundation for the appreciation of breathing mechanics.Michael discusses his early interest in education and seeking answers to questions that at the time were not being addressed. After discovering Ron Hruska’s work through an article titled “Hamstring injuries require triplanar assessment” he took his first PRI course in 2002 and began searching for other like-minded clinicians willing to ask and seek answers to some of these same questions. Through his course history with the institute Michael continued to grow along side it while discovering others who also shared his passion for integration and continued education. Michael became Postural Restoration Certified as part of the 2011 class, in which there are now over 200 certified clinicians throughout the world.Since then Michael has built his practice of Integrative Rehab Training LLC offering his skill set to a wide-ranging clientele. Michael has worked with all ends of the human spectrum, including dancers, skiers, singers, and all levels of athletes with various other sports. Throughout the various settings in his career, Michael has had the opportunity to host several PRI courses and continues to integrate with multiple organizations and models. He has furthered his knowledge and understanding of his truly multidisciplinary approach through these opportunities and through teaching these concepts to others. He has consulted and spoken through various professional organizations including many national and international Perform Better summits, private in services and on a daily basis with his clients. Michael is passionate about sharing his experiences with others as he aims to help them avoid any mistakes he himself has learned from throughout his career. This passion has continued to inspire others and has even led to his son Mitchell earning his own degree in Athletic Training as he hopes to continue to grow and practice alongside his dad. 
In this episode of the Postural Restoration podcast I sit down with PRT Jessica Tidswell. Jess is a Physcial Therapist, Athletic Trainer, and Associate Professor for the University of Utah Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. While growing up on the east coast Jess quickly became fond of skiing and spent much of her childhood Ski Racing in Vermont. This led her to Montana State University as part of the Ski Team which further developed her love for the sport. Jess later attended Duke University seeking her degree in Physical Therapy, a few years behind Affiliate Faculty Lisa Mangino. Her residency during PT school would late allow her to return to the sport as she was able to work in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Olympic year.Following PT school, Jess worked as a Physical Therapist for the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team traveling with them for several seasons. She then returned to Salt Lake City and was finally able to begin working towards her second bachelors degree in Athletic Training. As an Athletic Training Student, Jess simultaneously continued working for the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team, and the University of Utah Football Team not only as an Athletic Training Student but also through the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation department as a Physical Therapist. During her time with the Utes, they would go undefeated and end their season beating Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.Following her Athletic Training degree Jess worked at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Center of Excellence as it opened its doors in Park City Utah. Throughout her years working with the Paralympic and U.S. Ski Teams, Jess was introduced to PRI through her friend and colleague Jodi Riml. She recalls the first time she performed a PRI Wall Squat and the explosion of sensory awareness that this and other positional activities allowed her to expand upon. Shortly after she signed up and completed all three Primary Courses online, and attended her first Live course, Impingement & Instability with James Anderson. As her experience and implementation of the science grew, she applied for the PRT credential after discerning that this credential was indeed a better fit in her current performance setting and background in Athletics. Jess became Postural Restoration Trained as part of the 2018 PRT Class.In her current role as an Assistant Professor, Jess has introduced and incorporated PRI into many of her students curriculum. While overseeing several semesters of Independent Studies with her Athletic Training students Jess has facilitated and guided many of them through the completion of various Primary Course Home Studies, helping her students learn the basic concepts of the Postural Restoration Institute for the first time. Through the completion of this course work online and in preparation of her own remote teaching protocols, Jess has enjoyed experiencing several PRI Live Stream courses and highlights the opportunity to continue to progress through the science of PRI in our current times. Jess looks forward to the semester ahead while preparing her own virtual curriculum and is hopeful to return to the slopes once again this season. Jess remains an active volunteer and continues her work with the US Ski team and International Paralympic Committee between time spent enjoying all of the recreational activity that Utah has to offer.
PRI Japan Presents "Ask us anything about PRI!" while staying at home. - Q&A zoom session by PRI Japan Faculty Part 5 -コロナに負けるな!ということで、PRIに興味がある皆さんと一緒に楽しんで頂ける企画のパート5です!「PRIに関する質問、大募集!」ということで、日頃PRIって何?どういうことなの?と気になっている講習会を未受講の皆さんから、講習会を受けたけど疑問に思っていることがある、、、という方や、ずっと気になっていて質問したいことがあったけどまだ聞けてない!という方まで、PRIに関連する質問をみなさんから大募集しました。そして集められた質問の中から、粒選りの質問をセレクトさせて頂き、PRIジャパンの講師3名(阿部、石井、大貫)でオンライン対談を開催。その様子をYoutubeでご覧いただけるようにする企画です。Part5では、以下のような質問を頂きました!Q.19 プランターフレクサーインヒビションは、いつやるの?Q.20 呼吸時に腹直筋の緊張が取れない、、、Q.21 風船を膨らませる時、頬は膨らませない方が良い?その理由は?Q.22 PRI的にオススメの出産の体勢・姿勢ってありますか?Q23 スーパイン・フックライイング・シンクロナイズド・レジステッド・グルーツ・マックスは、なぜ手を開く?Q.24 L AF IRに入りにくいようにできているなら、入らないで生活しても良いのでは?以上の質問について講師がじっくりディスカッションしながら回答してます。ぜひご覧下さい!PRI Japan
PRI Japan Presents "Ask us anything about PRI!" while staying at home. - Q&A zoom session by PRI Japan Faculty Part 4 -コロナに負けるな!ということで、PRIに興味がある皆さんと一緒に楽しんで頂ける企画のパート4です!「PRIに関する質問、大募集!」ということで、日頃PRIって何?どういうことなの?と気になっている講習会を未受講の皆さんから、講習会を受けたけど疑問に思っていることがある、、、という方や、ずっと気になっていて質問したいことがあったけどまだ聞けてない!という方まで、PRIに関連する質問をみなさんから大募集しました。そして集められた質問の中から、粒選りの質問をセレクトさせて頂き、PRIジャパンの講師3名(阿部、石井、大貫)でオンライン対談を開催。その様子をYoutubeでご覧いただけるようにする企画です。Part4では、以下のような質問を頂きました!Q.16 何らかの制限でPRIエクササイズがやりにくい時、どうしたらいい?Q.17 PRIを簡潔に説明して、モチベーションを維持して続けてもらうには?Q.18 スーペリアT4の治療介入がしっくりこない、、、以上の質問について講師がじっくりディスカッションしながら回答してます。ぜひご覧下さい!PRI Japan
PRI Japan Presents "Ask us anything about PRI!" while staying at home. - Q&A zoom session by PRI Japan Faculty Part 3 -コロナに負けるな!ということで、PRIに興味がある皆さんと一緒に楽しんで頂ける企画のパート3です!「PRIに関する質問、大募集!」ということで、日頃PRIって何?どういうことなの?と気になっている講習会を未受講の皆さんから、講習会を受けたけど疑問に思っていることがある、、、という方や、ずっと気になっていて質問したいことがあったけどまだ聞けてない!という方まで、PRIに関連する質問をみなさんから大募集しました。そして集められた質問の中から、粒選りの質問をセレクトさせて頂き、PRIジャパンの講師3名(阿部、石井、大貫)でオンライン対談を開催。その様子をYoutubeでご覧いただけるようにする企画です。Part3では、以下のような質問を頂きました!Q.11 内閉鎖筋のホールコントロールにおける理想的なポジションは?Q.12 運動中の腹部の差し込み (ETAP)にPRIの筋連鎖は関連しているか?Q.13 AF=クローズド、FA=オープンという解釈で良いのか?またIP ER=AF ERってどういうこと?Q.14  PRIは評価と治療のどちらに役立ちますか?Q.15 インテグレーション、と聞いて思い浮かぶノンマニュアルテクニックとは?? 以上の質問について講師がじっくりディスカッションしながら回答してます。ぜひご覧下さい!PRI Japan 
PRI Japan Presents "Ask us anything about PRI!" while staying at home. - Q&A zoom session by PRI Japan Faculty Part 2 -コロナに負けるな!ということで、PRIに興味がある皆さんと一緒に楽しんで頂ける企画のパート2です!「PRIに関する質問、大募集!」ということで、日頃PRIって何?どういうことなの?と気になっている講習会を未受講の皆さんから、講習会を受けたけど疑問に思っていることがある、、、という方や、ずっと気になっていて質問したいことがあったけどまだ聞けてない!という方まで、PRIに関連する質問をみなさんから大募集しました。そして集められた質問の中から、粒選りの質問をセレクトさせて頂き、PRIジャパンの講師3名(阿部、石井、大貫)でオンライン対談を開催。その様子をYoutubeでご覧いただけるようにする企画です。Part1では、以下のような質問を頂きました!Q.6 PRIは大人数のグループにも使えますか?Q.7 マイオキンとペルビスのパソ(Patho)ってどう違うの?Q.8 左のリブフレアがあるなら、左でリーチした方が良いと思いませんか?Q.9 PRIのエクササイズは何歳からが効果的ですか?Q.10 自分の想いとPRIの想いを融合させるのに必要な心がけとは? 以上の質問について講師がじっくりディスカッションしながら回答してます。ぜひご覧下さい!PRI Japan
PRI Japan Presents "Ask us anything about PRI!" while staying at home. - Q&A zoom session by PRI Japan Faculty -コロナに負けるな!ということで、PRIに興味がある皆さんと一緒に楽しんで頂ける企画をしました!「PRIに関する質問、大募集!」Part1ということで、日頃PRIって何?どういうことなの?と気になっている講習会を未受講の皆さんから、講習会を受けたけど疑問に思っていることがある、、、という方や、ずっと気になっていて質問したいことがあったけどまだ聞けてない!という方まで、PRIに関連する質問をみなさんから大募集しました。そして集められた質問の中から、粒選りの質問をセレクトさせて頂き、PRIジャパンの講師3名(阿部、石井、大貫)でオンライン対談を開催。その様子をYoutubeでご覧いただけるようにする企画です。Part1では、以下のような質問を頂きました!Q.1 調子がいい選手にPRIを導入したらパフォーマンスは落ちますか?Q.2 マイオキントペルビス、どっちで診たら良いの?Q.3 PRIの講習会、オンラインで受講できないの?Q.4 検体解剖したらL AICは繋がっているの?実際に骨盤はねじれているの?Q.5 PRIエクササイズをずっと行ったら、R AIC / L BCにはまったままになる?以上の質問について講師がじっくりディスカッションしながら回答してます。ぜひご覧下さい!PRI
In this Episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast I am joined by PRT, and head Athletic Trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Neil Rampe. From his beginnings in collegiate sports as a Strength Coach, and Athletic Trainer, Neil has continued to grow in his approach by utilizing and learning a vast array of treatment methods and has gained vast amounts of knowledge through the use and integration of numerous techniques. Beyond his training as an Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach he holds a degree in Applied Kinesiology, is a liscensed Massage Therapist through the AMTA and NCBTMB, certified as a Functional Range Release provider, certified Fascial Distortion Model provider, certified Fascial Manipulation provider and has been a Certified Active Release Techniques provider. Throughout the start of his career Neil worked primarily in the collegiate setting working with a variety of sports and athletes at the University of Minnesota, Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, and the University of Arizona. During his time at the U of A, Neil was introduced to like minded individuals such as Nate Shaw and Ken Crenshaw at the Arizona Diamondbacks, forming relationships over the discussion of sports medicine and the roles each of them play in the management of a holistic team. These relationships would lead him to a newly created position as the first Manual Performance Therapist on staff as part of the Diamondbacks team.Being mentored by and spending his first years in professional baseball with the Diamondbacks allowed him to gain a better appreciation for what it means to form and be part of an Integrative Athletic Medicine team and how individual roles contributed to player performance. After 8 invaluable seasons with the Diamondback family, Neil accepted a position as the head athletic trainer in L.A. applying what he learned and contributed in Phoenix to this new setting.Neil was first exposed to PRI through a friend and colleague, Paul Myers, as he attended his first Myokinematic Restoration Course in Chanlder, AZ hosted by Allan Gruver in 2006. Following this first introduction to our science Neil was able to quickly attend several other PRI courses held throughout Arizona and began applying the concepts learned. After attending Advanced Integration in 2010 Neil was intrigued by the PRC application process and was part of the early discussions in the formation of the PRT process and credentialing. Shortly after Neil became Postural Restoration Trained as part of the second ever PRT class.His knowledge and understanding in various approaches allows him to apply PRI into and alongside the use of fascial release and several other tools utilized within his performance team. Neil works continuously with each athlete and each member of his staff to provide the most integrative and individualized approach to treatment as possible. His roles include not only player personnel but also performance staff management and the communication between the two, required through all portions of Spring Training, In-Season and Off-Season play. He continues to be both a Mentor and Mentee within the program and plays many roles throughout each season. 
In the 12th Episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast I am joined by Louise Kelley, DPT, PRC who currently practices out of Rockville, MD. Louise began her career in movement and science as an avid runner and ran throughout her formidable years and throughout college. It wasn't until rehabbing an injury with an Athletic Trainer that Louise became interested in movement science and athletic medicine. Although she was a Premed student at the time, she had little interest in becoming an MD and spent many years volunteering and ingraining herself in various sports medicine settings.She later attended Emory University where she earned her Masters of Physical Therapy in 1989. Louise enjoyed the neurological approach to learning that they offered as well as learning about various methodology such as NDT, PNF, Brunnstrom and a heavy focus on chest Physical Therapy of all things! Louise has always been a life long learner and eventually returned to PT school over two decades later, to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. This allowed Louise not only to earn the most current degree in PT but also gave her an appreciation for how the practice was currently being taught.Louise started her career working for the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. and spent many years with "NRH" in a vast array of settings. Her mentor Jan Dommerholt would eventually ask her to take part in several program developments and her time with NRH led to time treating many subsets of patients including, prenatal, singers, dancers, time in a post polio outpatient clinic, and a lymphedema program among many others. Her first PRI exposure was during a Phil Donnelly course in which PRI was mentioned. After discovering Ron Hruska's article on the "Tri-Planar Influences of the Hamstring" she was hooked.Her co-worker at the time, Cindy Anderson, took Myokinematic Restoration and shared her discoveries from the course upon returning to the clinic. Finally Louise attended her first course in 2007 in Lancaster, PA with James Anderson. Coincidentally Mike Cantrell was also in attendance and provided a welcome surprise as Louise and Mike were part of the same graduating class at Emory. After being exposed to PRI Louise incorporated concepts into several new outpatient settings and although she was able to see a wide ranging clientele she was limited in how she was able to use the science.Louise became Postural Restoration Certified in 2011 after attending Advanced Integration and feeling ready to further her PRI journey. Shortly after Louise became more involved with the institute through helping Julie Blandin structure and piece together parts of the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement material. Through this process she was recognized for her dedication and passion for the science and later was asked to become part of the PRI Faculty teaching Postural Respiration. Eventually Louise started her own practice, "Kelley PT" in 2017 and has been able to implement PRI with all her patients since. Louise continues to remain active in various running communities and plans to continue to train for the World Masters Championship in 2022.
In the 11th episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast I am joined by Dr. Robert “Skip” George, DC, PRC, CSCS who represents our only Chiropractic Physician on the PRI Faculty. Skip grew up and spent his formidable years in 1970’s Los Angeles. Growing up in Hollywood introduced Skip to a vast array of settings and relationships. From a young age Skip fell in love with the sport of down hill Skiing and spent many days on the runs of the Sierra Nevada’s. In fact, Skip would later go on to attend his collegiate years in Lake Tahoe at Sierra Nevada University. Following his time in school Skip returned home and found himself working at a near by Airport driving a fuel truck. Although unforeseen, at this time he thought his future would be in flying.It wasn’t until working at a local health club known as “Vince’s Gym” and being mentored by “Dr. T” that Skip was introduced to the field of Chiropractic. Skip returned to the Hollywood scene and spent a while working with “Dr. T” in his Universal Studios clinic. It was there that Skip learned about patient care and what this setting was truly about. After receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Skip quickly incorporated many forms of treatment into his approach, studying Landa, Palmer and other Prague based techniques he quickly grew his integrative practice. For the greater part of that journey Skip has resided in La Jolla, California and now operates out of his private clinic, “La Jolla Sport and Spine”. Skip has longed shared space in this setting with his “building partner” John Swain who is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Strength Coach. It was John who first introduced Skip to PRI over a lunch shared with Dr. Craig Liebenson at an annual chiropractic convention. Skip attended his first course with James Anderson, and was called out immediately on day one for being late! Skip returned back to his clinic and was again greeted by James via the Myokinematic Home Study that his partner John was watching at the time. He couldn’t escape! Skip quickly began implementing PRI into his approach and immediately found it to work perfectly within his other forms of treatment and in unison with manual intervention when needed. In 2014 Skip became the first Chiropractic Doctor to receive his PRC credential. Following this involvement and his passion for this science Skip was asked to join the PRI Faculty and taught his first course in 2016. Skip currently teaches Postural Respiration and Cervical Revolution, and we look forward to working with him and other Chiropractors across the country in growing our involvement and integration with the field. Skip is an avid Skier, Gardener and most recently Author as he has published many articles and discussions about the integration of PRI within the Chiropractic field for publications such as “Dynamic Chiropractic” He has presented with groups such as the American Chiropractic Association Rehab Council and many others, and continues to be a mentor to many others learning the science of PRI.Faculty Page and Authorship
This episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast welcomes Jesse Ham, PT, CMP, PRC who currently teaches both Myokinematic Restoration and Pelvis Restoration Primary Courses. Jesse grew up in a small town in South Dakota and from a young age loved to play basketball. It was in fact while playing the sport that Jesse was first introduced to the field of Physical Therapy while rehabbing an injury. This first exposure to Sports Medicine led Jesse to eventually consider the profession for his own career. He would go on to attend and graduate from the University of South Dakota in 2004 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy.Following graduation Jesse started his clinical journey at Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center. Jesse credits his first clinical setting with the abundance of knowledge gained and a better appreciation for corporate outpatient orthopedics. Although he loved being a part of this team Jesse soon realized that his treatment approach with many of his patients did not allow him to spend enough time with them one on one. Jesse was eventually asked to join the Team at About You Physical Therapy and quickly partnered with his longtime mentor Laura Bonsness. Since joining About You PT in 2013 they have grown into two locations and staff 9 Physical therapists. Jesse was first exposed to PRI in 2006 in Yankton, SD. From his first course to receiving his PRC certification in 2012 he attended many courses which were hosted by both Black Hills Orthopedic and About You Physical Therapy, and he is excited to continue to host PRI courses in their brand-new office space. Jesse discusses what the PRC Credentialing process meant to him as well as his desire to challenge himself to continuously learn new approaches and techniques through this institute and others.Upon joining the PRI Faculty in 2013, Jesse was asked to prepare to teach Pelvis Restoration. Although initially intimidated by the opportunity, he was ready to take on the challenge of learning the material on a greater level. Through the mentorship of many PRI Faculty and fellow Pelvis instructors Lori Thomsen and Jen Poulin, he would eventually teach his first solo course. Jesse enjoys learning and guiding fellow students along their PRI journey and never forgets what it was like to be in their shoes as a new course attendee. Jesse and his wife Carrie have four daughters and love spending time together as a family as much as possible. Many of you followed along with his daughter Jenna throughout her battle with Leukemia, and Jesse along with his whole family are humbled and forever appreciative of all the well wishes from #prination along the way. Jenna is now cancer free and the whole family looks forward to the return of their normal life together!
In this episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast I welcomed Takashi Onuki MS, ATC, CSCS, PES, PRT who not only teaches alongside Kenny Ishii and Sayuri Abe-Hiraishi as a PRI Japan Faculty member but also acts as PRI Japan’s Education Coordinator. Takashi Grew up loving the sport of Baseball and not only played but later became involved with the sport as an Athletic Trainer in the MLB. Takashi first recognized his interest in biomechanics and sports medicine as a player dealing with his own injury. The desire to remain in the industry led Takashi to move to the United States to continue his education. First learning English as a second language, then a Bachelors of Science from Towson University and his Masters in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida. Takashi spent a season with the Texas Rangers for his first internship and later was hired by the Medical Center of Arlington as the head Athletic Trainer for the Fort Worth Flyers. Takashi has also spent time in other various clinical settings and in 2012 joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as a minor league Athletic Trainer before returning to live in Japan.Takashi was introduced to PRI by Kenny Ishii, and quickly became passionate about respiration and positional integration from an injury prevention mindset. Shortly after returning home to Japan, Takashi worked towards earning his PRT Credential and earned this designation as part of the Class of 2016. He has since joined the PRI Japan Staff and also teaches several PRI courses there throughout the year. His interest in breathing mechanics and injury prevention strategies for the general population and athletes alike, have led him to author several books on these foundational concepts in an effort to introduce PRI concepts in Japan.
In the Eighth Episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast I sat down with Sayuri Abe-Hiraishi, MS, ATC, CSCS, PRT  to discuss her involvement in the history and foundation of PRI Japan. Sy grew up in Tokyo and early on in her education had a desire to work within the field of Athletic Medicine. This would eventually lead her to the United States to pursue a degree in Athletic Training. During her education here Sy attended Texas State University, The University of Florida and eventually returned to Texas in Corpus Christi to further her career in Athletic Training. While working with various athletics and fulfilling roles as and education coordinator and full time faculty for the university, Sy was told about the science of PRI from Kenny Ishii who she had met years prior while pursuing her undergraduate studies at Texas State. Eventually Sy along with her now husband Keitaro Abe, who is currently the only PRC in Japan, enrolled in the Myokinematic Restoration Home Study. She quickly began her PRI journey and completed the following two Primary Course home studies. Sy became a Postural Restoration Trained provider in 2014 and shortly after was part of the initial conversations to formally offer PRI coursework in Japan. Since returning to Japan Sy has become highly involved with various projects including the foundation of Teikyo Universities first Athletic Performance clinic which recently became a PRI Center. She also works with PRT Takuto Kondo offering online resources relating to various health topics through a venture called “AZcares”. Sy has helped translate and offer all three Primary Courses alongside Kenny throughout the growth of PRI Japan, and is excited to be a speaker for the Second Annual PRI Japan Symposium next spring. 
In the Seventh Episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast I am joined by Kentaro Ishii, MS, ATC/L, PES, CES, CSCS, PRT (Kenny) from Tokyo, Japan. Kenny grew up in Mishima, Japan and after attending school there moved to the United States to pursue further education in Athletic Training at Texas Christian University (TCU). While there Kenny gained his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training and later went on to achieve his Masters of Science in Exercise Science through California University of Pennsylvania. Kenny has a wide ranging background in sports medicine including time with the Fort Worth Flyers, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Wizards (Sporting KC) and various other settings. While working with Sporting KC initially as an assistant Athletic Trainer and later as the head Athletic Trainer and Rehab Coordinator, Kenny was introduced to PRI techniques through the players there who were already utilizing these concepts. After completing his first Myokinematic course and being able to implement the techniques further with his athletes, the clinical success drove Kenny to become more interested in the science as a whole. Kenny received his PRT Credential in 2012 as part of the first ever PRT Class. Shortly after, as the demand for PRI grew in Japan, Kenny along with Sayuri Abe-Hiraishi, (Sy) joined the PRI Faculty and worked to translate Myokinematic Restoration to Japanese, offering it in Japan for the first time in 2015. He has since worked alongside Sy and Takashi to translate Postural Respiration and Pelvis Restoration and is currently working on the translation of Impingement & Instability and several of the PRI Manual and Non-Manual Technique programs. Over the last several years PRI Japan has quickly evolved to offer numerous courses throughout the year and last Spring offered their first ever PRI Japan Symposium. Kenny currently resides in his hometown of Mishima and Practices through several avenues including the U.S. Men’s National Team, Teikyo University, and other private consultation and personal endeavors. 
In the Sixth Episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast I am welcomed by Dan Houglum, ATC, MSPT, PRC. Dan is an Athletic Training graduate of South Dakota State University, and furthered his pursuit of Physical Therapy at Des Moines University receiving his Masters in 1999. Dan was first introduced to Ron during his clinical rotation at St. Elizabeth’s outpatient PT department in Lincoln. Although he knew Ron’s technique was unique, it wasn’t until later attending a one day Protonics course in Chicago that Dan would start his journey of learning more about this approach. Dan’s knowledge of Athletic Training and the biomechanics behind human movement provide a solid foundation in his clinical skillset. Dan’s orthopedic background in various hospital settings and outpatient clinics, strengthen his ability to focus on the structure and function of lower extremity kinematics as he presents Myokinematic Restoration each year. Dan has Authored various articles, most recently including “Hruska Abduction and Adduction Lift Tests as Related To the Gait Cycle” and “Hruska ADDuction and ABDuction Lift Tests Related to PRI Reference Centers”. Dan was a member of the PRC class of 2012, and became PRI Faculty in 2016. He currently practices in Wilmette, IL and owns and operates Houglum Physical Therapy in a shared space with PRC Donna Parise-Bryne and her Pilates Central Studio. Dan currently teaches Myokinematic Restoration and will begin training to teach Postural Respiration in 2020!Dan Houglum, PRI Find a Provider Page
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