Julia Osborne, BScHons, PT, CLT-LANA
Julia has a very diversified physical therapy career. She has practiced in both hospital and outpatient settings in South Africa, England, and the USA. In 2002, Julia received her certification in lymphedema management from the International Dr. Vodder School of Manual Lymph Drainage and became specialized in the field of oncology rehabilitation.
She is certified through the Lymphedema Association of North America, the highest certification that can be achieved by lymphedema therapists in the United States, as well as being a member of the National Lymphedema Network. She has combined her expertise in the field of lymphedema management with her passion for treating patients with cancer and has created a unique field of oncology rehabilitation in her practice, which includes oncology post-surgery care, post-radiation care, and rehabilitation during chemotherapy.
Julia is well known for her public speaking at international Oncology Conferences, Cancer Support Groups, and Cancer-based Hospital Systems. She is an affiliate faculty member at Regis University in Denver, CO, where she does instructional and clinical teaching in oncology rehabilitation for the “Doctor of Physical Therapy” program.
Julia is also a national clinical instructor for North American Seminars and, throughout the United States, she extensively teaches fellow colleagues in the combined and integrated clinical processes of physical therapy and oncology rehabilitation.
Layna Shorter, PT, DPT, CLT
Layna received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas followed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. Her research in women’s health issues while at Regis University has spurred her interest in oncology rehabilitation.
Layna has masterfully melded her early physical therapy career into exploring this field and crafting her clinical skills in this area of expertise. Her current focus is in the treatment head and neck cancer related treatment as well as complete rehabilitation following breast reconstructive surgery including: expander placement, implant placement, DIEP and other free flap surgeries. Layna has been working closely with surgeons in developing physical therapy protocols for these surgeries and related treatments.
Layna is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy with advanced training in the treatment of head and neck cancer related treatment and associated lymphedema. She is also certified in performing trigger point dry needling as an adjunct to oncology related treatments. Layna is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association Oncology section and National Lymphedema Network. Additionally, Layna is following her physical therapy passion internationally. In 2011, she participated in a volunteer mission trip to Peru, and plans on traveling to Africa in the future.
Joni Miller, PT, DPT, CLT
Joni received her bachelor’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado. While there, she participated as a personal trainer at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute and taught group fitness classes for the recreation center.
In 2010, Joni received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Regis University, CO. She presented her research project titled “Determining Discharge Destination and Length of Stay in the Acute Care Setting: What is the Role of the Physical Therapist” at the National Physical Therapy Conference in 2011. Joni is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist with training from the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy.
Joni has developed a diverse clinical experience, with a continued special interest in treating patients with oncology rehabilitation needs. Her passion stems from her personal experience with her family members’ fight with the disease.
Prior to her time at Oncology Rehabilitation, Joni worked for a home health agency, successfully managing neurological, general medical, orthopedic and cardiopulmonary impairments and addressing their functional limitations across different diagnoses, cultures and ages. She also coaches high school track and cross-country.
Shannon Pascoe, PT, DPT
Shannon graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. In 2007, Shannon moved to Colorado, where she has devoted her career to specializing in oncology rehabilitation and attaining her certification in instructional Pilates.
Shannon is an accomplished manual therapist and has an in-depth understanding of the physical needs of patients undergoing cancer-related surgeries and reconstruction surgeries, and those receiving radiation therapy. At the same time, Shannon’s love for exercise and fitness has made her a strong advocate for functional exercise training, to build strength, mobility, and endurance.
Shannon has developed an Integrated Oncology Exercise Program that is unique in its design, with a series of physical therapy clinical exercises combined with Pilates-based instruction. This program has been very thoughtfully created in its clinical application for our patient population. It is made up of goal-specific conditioning and strengthening programs for all individuals, at all levels of recovery, who have been affected by any type of cancer.
Brianna Obert-Kearney, MSPT, CLT, RYT
Brianna graduated from Ithaca College in New York State in 2004 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. Extensive continuing education in orthopedics in her early career honed her skills as an orthopedic manual therapist. However, her strongest interest was always in Oncology Rehabilitation and, in 2007, Brianna completed Julia’s Advanced Level Course in Oncology Rehabilitation and used her skills to build a very successful oncology program at a privately owned clinic in Denver, CO. In 2011, Brianna furthered her knowledge base by receiving her Certification in Lymphedema Management from the Klose Institute in Boulder, CO, and, in June of 2011, Brianna joined Julia Osborne at Oncology Rehab.
In January of 2012, Brianna decided to expand her healing skill set with a 200-hour Yoga Therapy training program. The training was completed in September of 2012 and she currently offers Therapeutic Yoga group classes with a focus on stress-relief at Oncology Rehab. She also offers one-on-one treatment sessions using Yoga Therapy with a focus on emotional and spiritual healing for those who need more than just physical care during or after the cancer process.
Brianna feels strongly that working at Oncology Rehab brings out her strong suite as a therapist – that of compassion and a deep desire to make a difference. She is passionate in her belief of the need for Physical Therapy as part of the recovery process from cancer.
Judy Culbertson, PT, CMLDT
Judy graduated with highest honors from the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, with a degree in Physical Therapy. She started her career in Colorado over 20 years ago and has been treating oncology patients and disorders of the lymphatic system since 1997. Additionally, Judy has specialized in the treatment of head, neck, and jaw disorders since 2000.
Judy is a certified lymphedema therapist, graduating from the prestigious International Dr. Vodder School of Manual Lymph Drainage. She is the founder of the South Metro Lymphedema Group, which provides quarterly educational opportunities for people living with lymphedema, as well as their families and friends.
Judy is well known in the oncology community and serves as an instructor and mentor for physical therapists, massage therapists, and students. She is a contributing author and editor for numerous manuals and articles related to her specialties and is a professional member of the National Lymphedema Network. www.lymphnet.org.
Sarah Shea, MSPT
Sarah Shea has been involved in wellness and rehabilitation for over 25 years. A native of Iowa, Sarah received her masters of science in Physical Therapy from University of Colorado in 1995.
Sarah has extensive experience in orthopedics, sports medicine and manual therapy. She is a certified Polestar Pilates Practitioner and often incorporates Pilates as well as yoga into her physical therapy practice. In addition, she specializes in spinal stabilization and custom made “Sole Supports” orthotics.
Sarah was also involved in the development of a national women’s pelvic floor health and exercise program. She treats pelvic floor issues and women’s health diagnosis in her physical therapy practice. She continues her interest in movement analysis stemming from her personal history of competitive gymnastics, ballet, jazz dancing and cheerleading. She has worked with the Colorado Ballet and treats many female athletes from teens to seniors.
She has spoken at many public and professional forums on a variety of health and wellness topics, including communication skills between health care providers and their patients. Sarah has also written articles on health and wellness for orthopedic journals. She is available for guest lecturing in the Denver metro area.
After a very thorough evaluation, taking into consideration each individual’s medical history and background, Sarah develops a personalized physical therapy program. Utilizing both her manual skills and specialized therapeutic exercises Sarah strives to bring about the optimum outcome for each patient and assist them in achieving their goals.
Vicki J Ralph, MPPA, OTR/L, CLT-LANA
Vicki recently relocated from Potomac, Maryland to Denver. She has been an Occupational Therapist since 1982 and has a wealth of experience working in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient settings in Wisconsin, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Colorado.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Administration/Healthcare Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In 2005, she received certification in lymphedema management from the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy and in 2007 successfully completed certification through the Lymphedema Association of North America. In addition, Vicki is a certified Lebed/Healthy Steps Instructor and has taught multiple therapeutic exercise classes for oncology, lymphedema, and vascular compromised patients.
In 2010, Vicki had the opportunity to attend an advanced lymphedema course in Hinterzarten, Germany. She studied at the world renown Foldi Clinic specializing in lymphology. Vicki is passionate about sharing the knowledge she gained in Germany with patients, family members and healthcare professionals. Her primary focus is geared toward teaching patients to become independent in managing swelling associated from lymphedema, surgery, trauma, or obesity. She believes as swelling is decreased direct benefits result in decreased pain and improved range of motion, ADLs and mobility, Vicki is well known for her public speaking abilities. She serves as a course instructor for Klose Training and Consulting based in Lafayette, Colorado and teaches lymphedema therapy certification courses to physicians, nurses, occupational, physical and massage therapists. In 2014, she will be a presenting at the National Lymphedema Network Conference.
Alaina Newell, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA
Alaina received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA in 2012. She completed her Women’s Health residency at UPMC and recently sat for the Women’s Health Clinical Specialist Board Certification. Alaina received her Lymphedema Therapist Certification with Klose Training and Consulting and is certified by the Lymphedema Association of North America as a Lymphedema Therapist.
Clinically she specializes in gynecological and prostate oncology with a focus on the following diagnoses: pelvic pain, sexual health, bone health, urinary impairments (incontinence, frequency, urgency), gastrointestinal irregularities including constipation and fecal incontinence as well as lymphedema management. Alaina also highly enjoys working with oncology clients experiencing gait and balance difficulties.
Her research activities include publications on gait, gynecological oncology, and clinical practice guidelines for the APTA Section on Women’s Health and Orthopedic Section.