Episode 3: Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC
Welcome to the third episode of the Postural Respiration Podcast! In this episode, I am joined by Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC who joined Ron Hruska and James Anderson (Episodes 1 & 2) early on in teaching and presenting some of the earliest Postural Restoration coursework. After hearing about a Protonics device at a presentation in Houston, TX Mike’s interest in the theories and concepts behind the approach used by Ron Hruska at the time grew into several trips around the country following his coursework and attending several weekend lectures. Mike graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Georgia in 1981, followed by a period in the Army as a Ranger. After this period Mike returned to school to complete his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University School of Medicine in 1989. Following graduation Mike accepted a role returning to the University of Georgia as the Physical Therapy Director, with the ultimate goal of eventually moving into private practice.While Expecting their first child, Mike and his wife decided to move to Warner Robins Georgia and start The Cantrell Center which would serve much of middle and southern Georgia and all of the surrounding communities as the first Wellness Center of its kind in the area. In this episode, Mike discusses the trials and tribulations of not only starting a practice but also the many arrows he and other initial instructors faced while presenting this newly founded material. Mike takes us through the events that led him to attend dozens of PRI courses which eventually led to his strong desire to teach and spread the message of asymmetry and power of respiration. Since becoming faculty Mike has trained for and added numerous courses to the list that he teaches, and along the way has mentored and supported numerous other PRI students on their journey. After many years in private practice Mike eventually sold his clinic and now steps through many different ‘doors’ working side by side with other PRI trained and certified professionals as well as dentists and other airway management specialists. Mike discusses how his foundation of PRI allows him to apply these concepts while walking through these various doors and professions and how he integrates the science within them.Mike now teaches Myokinematic Restoration, Postural Respiration, Impingement & Instability and Cervical Revolution for the Institute while remaining active with patient care. Mike currently practices in Macon, GA with fellow PRC, Jason Robey and Athletic Trainer Amos Mansfield. When not in Georgia Mike consults with various groups throughout the country and works side by side with Dr. Elizabeth Caughey at her practice in Atlanta. Mike enjoys spending time on his farm in Warner Robins and playing Harmonica in his Band!
25 Apr 2019
Episode 5: Lori Thomsen, MPT, PRC
Welcome to the fifth episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast! In this episode I am joined by Lori Thomsen, MPT, PRC. Lori attended Nebraska Wesleyan University prior to working towards her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center which she received in 1995. Although Lori first met Ron Hruska at a dinner party through a mutual friend, it wasn’t until she heard him lecture on Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) at UNMC that she recognized his unique way of thinking. Lori would go on to complete her last clinical rotation at St. Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center in the Physical Therapy department which was under the director of Ron at the time.After starting with a Geriatric population at Bryan Medical Center. She then shifted her career into Home Health rehab where she spent more time centered around each patient & their individual needs. Lori then moved to North Dakota and accepted her first Outpatient Role, taking a job at Riverview Health in Crookston, MN. She quickly attended Myokinematic Restoration sharing a table with PRC’s Karen Jiran & Carrie Langer, as a result her PRI journey quickly began. After successful outcomes started to occur and patient success increased, she was encouraged to attend Advanced Integration for the first time. Shortly after attending Advanced Integration and seeing the first PRC class go through credentialing, Lori worked towards the same goal. In 2005 Lori earned her Postural Restoration Certified Credential as part of the second class.In 2006, Lori was hired at the Hruska Clinic. In 2010 Lori was asked to work with PRC, Heather Engelburt, to help develop what would later become the Pelvis Restoration course. As a result Lori would become faculty and continue to teach this newly created course. Lori is recognized for creating the annual Hruska Clinic shoe list. Her passion and experience as a runner and her clinical experience working from the ground up led Lori to focus on proper foot mechanics and footwear for each patient’s individual needs. PRI Orthotics are used in helping patients to find and feel their Heel, Arch & Toes but proper shoes are continually fit to aid in this process. When not in the clinic Lori enjoys traveling & attending Husker Football games & time with her dog Oakley. She continues to take part in community outreach and volunteers on a regular basis.
2 Jul 2019
Episode 4: Jennifer Poulin, PT, PRC
Welcome to the fourth episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast! In this episode, I am joined by Jennifer Poulin PT, PRC who graduated from the University of Vermont in Burlington and currently resides and practices in Pinehurst, NC. After several clinical opportunities which took Jen to New Orleans, followed by a short time in Tennessee, Jen had a desire to return home to Burlington. It was during this time that she encountered one of her first clinical mentors, Scott Sears who was one of the initial PRI supporters in Burlington. Following this opportunity Jen was introduced to yet another mentor in Jim Downs who would help lead Jen to the creation and foundation of Longtrail Physical Therapy. Jen worked as part owner of Longtrail PT for about 5 years in what she describes as a high volume clinical setting. It was during this time that Jen met her husband Chris, who was working on his Athletic Training hours under the Athletic Trainer employed by Longtrail at the time. Jen and Chris quickly grew their practice, not through a specific referral source but rather by focusing on the Student Athlete and General Public as a whole. This foundation and their focus on Sports Performance would continue to be the basis for their future growth!While becoming increasingly frustrated from seeing 3-4 patients per hour, Jen found herself looking for more. While considering other routes of clinical care, Jen completed several Continuing Education courses in the hopes of adding some clinical knowledge to her skill set. Through another Physical Therapist, Lesli Bell, Jen was introduced to a Private Protonics course at the nearby "Timberlane Physical Therapy" clinic when she first met Ron Hruska. Michelin Carroll, a longtime supporter of our institute attended a Protonics course and played a Pivotal role in bringing Ron to Timberlane. Through meeting Leslie he would later return numerous times to this PRI hotbed. After the initial implementation of some of these concepts Jen and Chris felt compelled to open up their own practice, allowing them to spend more time with patients and incorporate other forms of patient care.Through the creation of Poulin Performance, Jen and Chris were able to blend the best of both of their professional worlds under one roof. Poulin Performance would quickly become a successful Athletic Performance and Rehab Facility. Jen and Chris quickly began hosting PRI courses and their roles of providing Mentor-ship to many new employees and students followed. After becoming Postural Restoration Certified in 2005, Jen and her staff attended numerous courses. Following the completion of the Cervical Cranio-Mandibular course taught at Poulin Performance by Ron Hruska, Jen voiced her desire to help teach for the institute. Through further development and guidance Jen joined the PRI Faculty in 2010. Since then Jen and Chris have used the very same model and foundation they created in Vermont, and have started Sandhills Sports Performance after moving to Pinehurst, NC. Sandhills Sports Performance welcomes many patients from the area, specifically a large number of Military families, and Golfers. Jen continues to focus largely on mentor-ship and the development of her employees alongside the education of her patients to better their outcomes while incorporating Postural Restoration. Jen hopes to continue this passion while spreading their model to several new cities in the years to co
16 May 2019
Episode 11: Robert "Skip" George, DC, CSCS, CCSP, PRC
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
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Episode 9: Takashi Onuki, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES, PRT
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Episode 8: Sayuri Abe-Hiraishi, MS, ATC, CSCS, PRT (The Foundation of PRI Japan, Pt. 2)
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.
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Episode 7: Kentaro Ishii, MS, ATC/L, PES, CES, CSCS, PRT (The Foundation of PRI Japan, Pt. 1)
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.
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Episode 6: Dan Houglum, ATC, MSPT, PRC
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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Episode 2: James Anderson MPT, PRC
Welcome to the second episode of the Postural Restoration Podcast! In this episode, I am joined by James Anderson, MPT, PRC. Before the foundation of the Postural Restoration Institute (Episode 1) James’ Relationship and Mentorship with Ron Hruska grew. Initially hearing about Ron while attending Physical Therapy school at The University of Nebraska Medical Center James discovered that his approach was unlike the traditional coursework he was being taught at the time.While considering his dedication to the field as a whole, this new approach re-ignited James and his desire to start a career within the field of Physical Therapy. Through other mentors and guidance James continually grew to know Ron and eventually they became very close friends. Prior to becoming involved with this institute James spent his early years out of school helping to teach introductory courses relating to the newly created Protonics Device. It was during these years that James’ appreciation and understanding of Human Asymmetry and Respiration grew strong.James spent many years traveling and being mentored by Ron and together they co-taught many courses. Eventually James would become the second Faculty member for the Institute under the guidance and direction of Ron Hruska. In this episode James discusses the transition he made from a Myokinematic mindset, to his appreciation and dedication to Respiration and Breathing mechanics as part of this whole system approach. Currently James teaches Myokinematic Restoration, Postural Respiration, Impingement & Instability and co-instructs at all Affiliate programs currently being offered.James’ dedication and passion to this science allowed him to take on a role as Director of PRI Affiliate courses, and has sinced worked with various PRI clinicians to put together several Affiliate programs. With the newly compiled PRI Integration for Pediatrics course there are now five affiliate courses including, PRI Integration for Geriatrics, PRI Integration for Baseball, PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement and PRI Integration for Pilates. James continues to remain passionate about mentorship and outreach and offers his time and experience with this institute as a resource to other PRI clinicians, students and patients. James and his family reside in St. George Utah and they enjoy all that the area has to offer especially Hiking, several recreational activities and visiting the many lakes in the area. James not only practices locally when home, but also offers consultation
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