Meet our therapists: Fawn Coussens, MSPT • Gretchen Deutschlander, DPT
Fawn Coussens, MSPT, received her Physical Therapy degree in 2001 from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Previous to this, she studied Dance and Movement Physiology at the University of Washington and graduated in 1994. She has an integrated approach to therapeutic recovery, prevention and wellness.
Her primary interest and experience has been in out-patient orthopedics, with additional experience in in-patient rehabilitation settings treating patients with neurological and traumatic injuries. With a passion for teaching and body education, she loves working with people’s movement and body awareness as well as muscle balance and activity specific training.
In addition to being specialized in neuromuscular re-education and muscle imbalances, Fawn has taken many continuing education courses in manual therapy through The North American Institute for Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI) for nervous system mobilization, The Institute for Physical Art, the Jones Institute for Strain & Counterstrain.
Additionally, she is a trained and certified ASTYM™ practitioner. She has also developed a subspecialty in working with multi-sport athletes, particularly specializing in running and cycling.
She is committed to education of herself, her patients and her colleagues and taught an ongoing series for exercise professionals entitled “Foundations in Movement System Balance for Optimal Health, Wellness and Fitness” from 2005-2009. She also assisted with continuing educations courses for Physical Therapists covering material of Carrie Hall, MHS, PT and Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA, who specialize in the Movement System Imbalance approach to assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
Fawn and her husband have a newly expanded family with the addition of their daughter in September 2008, but she always tries to balance her life with snowboarding, triathlon training, hiking and listening to play-by-play baseball while cooking with her friends and family.
Gretchen Deutschlander, DPT earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to pursing her graduate degree, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana in 2005.
Gretchen’s clinical focus is musculoskeletal complaints as they relate to movement and function. Her training at Washington University in St. Louis, emphasized Movement System Impairments, the treatment approach developed by Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA and the renowned faculty of Washington University. With this approach, she provides comprehensive treatment for a variety of acute and chronic conditions. She is especially interested in gait, running mechanics, balance training, and shoulder and hip injuries. She enjoys assisting patients meet their recreational and occupational goals. She has experience treating a wide range of patients, from young athletes, runners, injured workers, and older individuals with chronic pain complaints.
One of Gretchen’s greatest professional passions is teaching and education. She believes this is the foundation for providing comprehensive care for her patients. She also dedicates time to teaching physical therapy students and providing clinical education experiences for those completing local internships.
On a personal note, Gretchen has lived in Seattle for almost four years and loves the variety this area has to offer. She is an avid runner and cyclist, and enjoys spending the winter months in the mountains.