Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT)
Lisa Klein, PT, IMT.C
Total Health Physical Therapy is the newest practice to be opened and operated by Lisa Klein, PT, IMT.,C. Lisa graduated with her degree in physical therapy from The University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1991. Lisa was always interested in holistic medicine and was exposed to chiropractic care, osteopathic care, craniosacral therapy, and massage therapy throughout her undergraduate and PT education. Once she began working in the traditional field, Lisa realized how much holistic manual medicine could add to functional PT practice, and she began looking for the manual practitioners who offered the best technology and training.
Lisa began her manual training by taking several classes through the Upledger Institute in Florida in 1992, where she was very pleased to learn several levels of Upledger craniosacral therapy and Barral visceral manipulation. In 1997, she took a class on the Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) model of manual medicine and was extremely impressed with the tremendous results she was seeing. From 1995 to 2001, Lisa took over 25 IMT classes and founded an outpatient PT clinic in Athens, GA that specialized in bridging the gap between traditional PT and the world of holistic manual medicine. In 2001, Lisa was recruited to open the CenterIMT office in Washington DC. Lisa's original practice was sold to Joe Avolio, PT in 2002, and she is proud to say it is not only still operational to this day but is growing and thriving, as Athens Therapeutics, www.athenstherapeutics.com.
In 2002, Lisa became a certified IMT practitioner teaching for DCR, Northeast Seminars, and The CT School of IMT. Lisa has become a sought-after IMT instructor and has taught classes throughout the US, Israel, Hong Kong, and Chile. Lisa was also the founding President of the Board of The Integrative Manual Therapy Association, the international association of IMT therapists.
Prior to specializing in IMT, Lisa worked in virtually all traditional PT practice settings, and she brings that experience to her IMT training. Lisa has also had extensive exposure to (and professional use of) Pilates, Integral Hatha Yoga, neuro feedback, and Sensory Integration.
Angela Venerable-Joyner MHS, PT joined the staff at Total Health Physical Therapy in August of 2011. She is a twenty-five-year veteran in physical therapy. Angela has practiced physical therapy in a variety of traditional PT practice settings, such as outpatient orthopedics, acute care hospitals, school-based practice, special-care nursery, and pediatrics. Angela received her PT degree from Mayo School of Health Related Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota in 1986. In 2000 she completed her Masters of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis with a focus on neuroscience, pediatric physical therapy, and manual therapy. Angela has a passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge, and in 1993 she became an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor. In 2004 Angela became a Certified Infant Massage Instructor through the International Infant Massage Association. She has taught continuing education classes in Pediatric Measurement Tools, and in adapting manual therapy to the pediatric client between 1999 and 2003.
Angela has always had a passion for practicing various techniques related to manual therapy and massage. Between the years of 1993 and 2000, Angela studied with several organizations that taught manual therapy classes. She learned about craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute and took several levels of craniosacral therapy, including pediatrics. Angela has taken several mobilization and manual therapy classes from Stanley Paris’s organization and The Connecticut School of Integrative Manual Therapy. In addition to her strong interests in manual therapy and clinical education, Angela has had formal instruction in kinesiotaping and Pilates techniques. Her favorite hobby is reading literature in physical therapy, osteopathic medicine, and manual therapy. Angela’s personal and professional goal is to continue to treat patients across the lifespan, using a holistic philosophy and Integrative Manual Therapy approaches.
Yvonne Ginther-Remz, PT, MTC graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, New York in 1985. Yvonne has been Manual Therapy Certified since 1994. Throughout her PT career Yvonne has gained knowledge in many aspects of manual therapy, including Racobado, Myofascial Release, Strain Counterstrain, Janet Travell, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Muscle Energy Technique, TMJ, NDT, and Integrative Manual Therapy.
Yvonne has an extensive background in Orthopedics, Neurology, Pediatrics, TMJ, Headaches, Chronic Pain, Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions and Women’s Health treatment in both hospital and outpatient settings. She maintained her private practice in New Jersey from 1992 until 2002, when she moved to Maryland with her husband to raise their two children. She has also worked as an Athletic Trainer and is currently coaching both soccer and cheerleading for her 8-year-old daughter.
Yvonne’s current focus has been primarily on Integrative Manual Therapy, which she has been studying since 1999. She is thrilled to be a member of the Total Health Physical Therapy team. Her goals are to continue to gain skill and knowledge in treating with IMT techniques in order to better serve her patients. Yvonne continues to see patients locally in an outpatient setting in Prince Frederick, MD in addition to her position with Total Health Physical Therapy.