Staff Photo Spotlight: Jeffery Thomason, PT, OCS

This month’s Staff Photo Spotlight is on Jeffery Thomason, PT, OCS, Clinic Director and Physical Therapist at our Caldwell, Idaho clinic. Jeffery’s photo was chosen for the month of March in our 2019 calendar.

Jeffery’s stunning photo was taken while Jeffery was hiking around the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, located south of Kuna, Idaho. The conservation has one of the largest numbers of nesting Raptors in the nation. And because no artificial lights are allowed around the conservation area, it makes for the perfect place to watch the night sky.

Thank you so much for submitted this spectacular photo to the Staff Photo Contest. We look forward to seeing more of your beautiful photos.  

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Pelvic Organ Prolapse: What’s That Bulge?!

Dr. Robin Mainwaring is our guest for episode 6 of the Mountain Land Pelvic Health Podcast. Dr. Mainwaring is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has exclusively focused on gynecologic care since 2002. She received her medical degree from Texas Tech University School Of Medicine in 1989, followed by her residency at the University of Utah in 1993. We speak with Dr. Mainwaring on pelvic organ prolapse; symptoms, diagnosis and treatment with emphasis on physical therapy, pessary and surgical options.

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Meet Melissa Pearce, PT, OCS, CSCS!

Meet Melissa Pearce, PT, OCS, CSCS! Melissa is a Physical Therapist and Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist at our Murray Clinic. She earned her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Utah and has gained additional training in Women’s Health through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She has been with Mountain Land since 2002 and loves the opportunity to help her patients through individualized care.

Specializing in orthopedics, women’s health, and manual therapy, Melissa believes that the physical therapist and patient are a team, working together to discover what is causing the pain, and making a plan on how to treat it. She enjoys utilizing manual therapy to help her patients get back to doing the things they enjoy. Melissa has also studied Pilates, muscle energy techniques, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Melissa has traveled to Haiti, Mexico, and South America, to develop physical therapy training programs in areas with limited available medical care. She has dedicated much of her time training locals on how to perform basic physical therapy and how to educate their communities.

When Melissa is not in the clinic, she enjoys river rafting, camping, playing basketball and volleyball, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

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Is Forefoot Striking Beneficial?

Allison Gruber, PhD of the University of Indiana is our guest for this Mountain Land Running Medicine Podcast. Dr. Gruber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology within the School of Public Health. She received her Master’s degree at East Carolina University and her PhD from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on the metabolic and mechanical differences between different foot strike patterns as well as the mechanisms for running-related injury. Dr. Gruber’s newest research examines the interaction of multiple gait and training variables to identify individualized risk factors for running injury development. She is also investigating the use of wearable technology in order to detect periods of elevated injury risk.

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