Shana earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Minnesota. During her first career dancing and teaching Pilates and yoga, she saw a disconnect between the arts community and western medicine, resulting in debilitating and often career-ending injuries among artists. Since then, Shana has earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She works to make evidence-based physical therapy effective and accessible to artists by offering treatment in the clinic, theatre, or dance studio using Pilates and yoga techniques, as well as familiar dance movements and terminology. She also utilizes women’s health techniques in treatment of a variety of patients, from dancers to new mothers, to people experiencing pelvic pain and incontinence or recovering from mastectomies. In addition to treating artists, she loves helping patients of all ages, genders, and orientations pursue their best lives by improving strength, balance, agility, and awareness of their own body’s limitless potential.
Shana grew up playing in the woods and water of western Michigan and has travelled all over the country dancing, practicing yoga, and exploring cities and wilderness. Lately, she has been studying the cello, French language, and Tai Chi and loves to spend every morning in the water swimming, surfing or kayaking. One of her favorite things about being a physical therapist is getting to know a great variety of people and hear their stories.