Meet our therapists: Fawn Coussens, MSPT • Gretchen Deutschlander, DPT
Jill McVey, DPT, ATC • Elizabeth Rogers, DPT, ATC, CSCS
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.
Jill McVey, DPT, ATC spent a good deal of time in college trying to find a degree program suitable for her diverse interests, changing degrees six times her freshman year! Indecision plagued her; better to live in a lab, a symphony hall, the softball field, or perhaps a radio station?
Following a very expensive year of “finding” herself, she sustained a severe ankle injury in a softball tournament. The subsequent mishandling of her injury finished her softball career, but piqued Jill’s interest in rehabilitation. Since that time Jill has explored a large range of the experience of the human movement system, treating both professional athletes and individuals with progressive neuromuscular disease.
Jill is a published author on the foot and ankle, is trained in aquatic-based rehabilitation, orthotics casting and management, and Diane’s Lee’s Integrated Systems Model. She has also participated in extensive education on Sarhmann based examination and treatment and refines her manual skills through NAIOMT. Jill was privileged to be invited to speak on Sahrmann femoral syndromes at the 2012 Northwest National Athletic Trainer’s Association convention.
Jill lives in Seattle with her partner and three spoiled cats.
Elizabeth Rogers, DPT, ATC, CSCS earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA and a BA in Movement/Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Chapman University in Orange, CA. While finishing her Physical Therapy studies, she also completed a comprehensive Pilates teacher training course at Body Arts and Science International in Costa Mesa, CA.
Elizabeth brings 10+ years of Physical Therapy and Pilates experience to Kinetic Physical Therapy. Pilates is an integral part of her Physical Therapy treatments and the perfect way to blend her love of movement with rehabilitation. Elizabeth enjoys working with patients of all ages and physical abilities. She collaborates with her patients to create individualized treatment plans that will meet their unique personal goals. She utilizes orthopedic manual therapy techniques in conjunction with functional movement and training methods to help her patients return to their daily tasks and favorite activities.
Outside of the clinic, Elizabeth loves to spend her time with her husband and young daughter as well as running and doing her own Pilates workout.