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For Professionals


At Flourish Physical Therapy, expect the best possible care and outcome for your patients.  I am dedicated to providing excellent service to both you and your patients.  I love what I do and genuinely care about each one of my patients.  It is my absolute goal to help them achieve their personal objectives and regain optimal health.

Practicing physical therapy for the past 20 years has given me extensive experience with countless orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. My specialties include craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, lymph drainage therapy, zero balancing, Mercier Therapy, and Zen Shiatsu.  My holistic approach to physical therapy, as well as specialized hands-on techniques, help produce outstanding and long-lasting results for each and every one of my patients.  Whether your patient is suffering from back pain, a TMJ disorder, neck/shoulder pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, chronic pain, abdominal surgery recovery, bowel/bladder issues, infertility, or many other conditions, Flourish Physical Therapy is the best choice for your patient.  

Your patients will receive exceptional, one-on-one, individualized care entirely from me.  I strongly believe in the importance of consistent and precise communication between the therapist, the physician, and the patient. Each patient is assured personalized care for 60-90 minutes, depending upon their unique needs.  A whole body evaluation will be performed at the patient’s first visit, as well as a customized care plan, with the patient’s personal goals in mind.  Treatment and patient education begins at the first visit in order to relieve pain and restore normal function.  I am committed to returning my patients back to optimal health as quickly as possible. I look forward to working with you and your patients!  


The following is a reference list of possible reasons to refer one of your patients for Mercier Therapy:

»  Infertility issues

»  Endometriosis

»  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

»  Uterine fibroids

»  Amenorrhea/Dysmenorrhea

»  Pelvic pain

»  Hip pain or low back pain

»  Coccydynia

»  Pubic symphysis pain

»  Diastasis recti

»  Pelvic floor dysfunction

»  Pre and post surgical care for pelvic surgery of any kind such as: laparoscopy, laparotomy, D & C, LEEP, abortion, cystocele or rectocele repair, bladder sling, or hysterectomy

»  C-section recovery- can work 6 to 8 weeks post surgery 

»  Pelvic scarring/adhesions from prior surgery

»  Traumatic childbirth- can work 2 weeks postpartum

»  Post Partum Depression- can work 2 weeks postpartum

»  Bladder/uterine prolapse

»  Bladder dysfunction, including urinary frequency or incontinence, interstitial cystitis, chronic urinary tract or yeast infections

»  Bowel dysfunction, including constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease

»  Levator Ani Syndrome

»  Vaginismus

»  Pudendal neuralgia

»  Dyspareunia

»  Sexual abuse trauma

»  Pelvic Inflammatory Disease- can work 8 weeks post Rx if cleared by MD


Mercier Therapy is a safe, gentle, and effective pelvic visceral manipulation technique that improves blood flow and mobility to optimize the function of the female pelvic organs.  



Below is a list of conditions that can benefit from CranioSacral Therapy:

Flourish Physical Therapy, Dana Sackar performing craniosacral therapy»  Migraines and headaches

»  Chronic neck and back pain

»  Stress and tension-related disorders

»  Motor-coordination impairments

»  Chronic fatigue

»  Fibromyalgia

»  Scoliosis

»  TMJ dysfunction

»  Central nervous system disorders

»  Brain and spinal cord injuries

»  Orthopedic problems

»  Post-traumatic stress disorder

»  Infant and childhood disorders

»  Autism

»  Learning disabilities



CranioSacral Therapy involves soft-touch techniques to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the central nervous system and craniosacral system- the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.







The following is a list of possible conditions that can benefit from Lymph Drainage Therapy:

Flourish Physical Therapy, Dana Sackar performing lymph drainage therapy»  Arthritis

»  Lymphedema 

»  Chronic and subacute inflammation

»  Sinus problems and allergies 

»  Migraines

»  Neck and shoulder stiffness

»  Suppressed immune system

»  Pre and post-surgical scars, wounds, burns

»  Skin disorders

»  Healing of fractures, torn ligaments, and sprains

»  Toxin accumulation

»  Insomnia, depression, stress, sluggishness, memory loss

»  Frequent colds or flu

»  Congested lungs

»  Vertigo

»  Hypertonus muscular conditions

»  Irritable bowel syndrome

»  Kidney problems

»  Lupus

»  Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia

»  Chronic pain

»   Premenstrual syndrome


Lymph Drainage Therapy is a gentle, noninvasive manual technique used to help recirculate body fluids, stimulate the functioning of the immune system, and balance the autonomic nervous system.  





Flourish Physical Therapy, Dana Sackar performing zero balancing therapy

Below is a list of conditions that Zero Balancing can help:

»  Pain anywhere in the body, such as the low back, feet, ribs, neck, hips, sacrum

»  Restricted movement, such as a frozen shoulder

»  Decreased flexibility

»  Postural malalignments and poor postural awareness

»  Sciatica

»  Decreased balance

»  Decreased concentration

»  Decreased energy

»  Healing from trauma, e.g. injury, shock, abuse

»  Stress-induced conditions, such as anxiety, IBS, headaches, sleep disorders

»  Depression

»  Chronic pain


Zero Balancing is a hands-on, body-mind therapy designed to enhance health by balancing body energy with body structure, focusing on bone and the skeletal system, in order to release restrictions within the body.


physical therapy pregnancyThe following is a list of conditions in which Zen Shiatsu can help during pregnancy:

»  Morning sickness

»  Heartburn

»  Pre-Eclampsia

»  Low back pain

»  Body discomfort/muscle tension

»  Fatigue

»  Edema

»  Carpal tunnel

»  Stress

Zen Shiatsu is a form of bodywork which focuses on balancing the meridians throughout the body in order to restore health and wellness. Finger pressure is used, along with assisted stretching, and joint mobilization. The therapy does not focus on one part of the body, even if the health problem is localized; the entire body becomes involved to integrate the systems as a whole.


The above therapies can either be used independently or for greater effect, are often used in conjunction to achieve maximum benefit.


I look forward to helping your patients regain a healthy and pain-free lifestyle!