Jan Cox, PT, GCFP
After receiving her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma in 1980, Jan has worked in many PT settings, first with kids with severe physical and mental disabilities, then in adult neuro/rehab, where she supervised the PT department of a 50-bed Rehab Center; these were the beginnings of her fascination with the capacity of the brain and nervous system, and a growing acknowledgement that they “run the show” with regard to our ever-present ability to learn, change and improve our overall functioning. She received the Adult Hemiplegia NDT certification, the most recognized neurological approach for PTs in the 80′s. Also working in hospital, SNF, outpatient and home health settings, the opening of Options Through Movement in 1997 with longtime friend Robin was the culmination. Having participated in the intensive 4-year training in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education together, “when the training ended in 1996, it seemed that the very best way to bring all we’d experienced, both individually and together, was to open our own practice”. “Moshe Feldenkrais said ‘Movement is life. Without movement, life is unthinkable’. I agree! I also like to lighten things up–pain and physical difficulties can take their toll on our mood and psyche–we need to laugh, know that things can always be better.”
Sabine Wolber, PT, LMT
After receiving her PT license in Freiburg, Germany, Sabine moved to Eugene. She’s worked in the McKenzie Willamette Medical Center system since, and has been with OTM since 2006. Fascinated by the process of unraveling the various layers of function and dysfunction that clients present with, she has studied numerous approaches, including MFR, CS, VM, and muscle energy. She became a licensed massage therapist and Watsu practitioner in 1998. “I love doing manual work and feeling the changes in the tissues. Studying Pilates-type core strengthening in the last 3 years has shown me the power of precise exercise therapy, and I enjoy seeing people improving through their own doing”.
Robin Dow, PT, GCFP
Robin has practiced physical therapy since graduating in 1980 from Oklahoma University. From beginnings as a staff PT in a small hospital to managing a PT department in a new rehab facility to working in home health to finally opening OTM with her best friend, she continues to develop her skills and knowledge through a variety of experiences. Her keen interest in the nervous system and function led her to accreditation in the Bobath Neurodevelopmental approach for stroke and head injury. “This approach was the most sophisticated at the time for accessing the nervous system and bringing about change.” This passion for learning and movement led her to certification in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. “Through the 4-year intense study of my own and others’ movements, I learned how poor movement habits can develop over one’s life, impeding normal movement and how pain is often a consequence of these habits. The Method offers another way to access the nervous system for learning and improving one’s quality of movement. This process is ongoing; once someone experiences this way of sensing and learning about how they move, one can’t help but change and grow. The learning process never stops. Everyone, no matter what their difficulty or situation, can learn to move with more ease, less pain and more joy.”
Jennifer Hawks, PT, LMT
A long time resident of Roseburg, Jennifer graduated from the University of Washington with her PT degree in 1997; she also obtained a massage therapy license in 2006. Jennifer has a wide variety of PT experiences, including hospital-based acute care, sub-acute rehab, home health, and out-patient care. Her enthusiasm in providing individualized physical therapy through exercise programs, manual therapy, pain alleviation/management, and education in tools for self-care and injury prevention make her a valued PT at OTM. Jennifer enjoys helping others return to doing what they want and need to do.