I'm Kathryn Moulison (she/her), but you can call me Katie. I've been a physical therapist since 2011 and I'm passionate about helping my clients find the right strategies to get their lives back. I have seen the impact that persistent pain has and don't want anyone to suffer longer than they need to.
I am committed to life long learning, in all realms of life:
Perfecting the art of baking sourdough bread
Pursuing continuing education in pain science
Finding new ways to train my rescue dogs Sunny and Maggie
Teaching yoga and taking yoga to expand my practice
Listening to podcasts to find new strategies to take care of my own health as well as support my clients.
I have been there done that when it comes to pain running my life, and I want to help others find the same freedom.
Now I know we first have to make peace with pain and stop living life like it's a battle. This is why I support busy people to find the opportunity for freedom from persistent pain through being present and mindful.
When I was in grad school, the long hours in the library and studying in less than ideal positions, in addition to stress, took a toll on me. I had headaches nearly everyday for the first two years.
I was frustrated, disappointed, and overwhelmed. I was doing everything I thought I should be doing.
I knew something had to change, I just couldn’t figure out what. Everything I was doing felt like a bandaid.
I moved through my final clinical rotations and board exams and started my first job as a physical therapist. Looking back, I can’t pinpoint exactly when my headaches all but disappeared, but it was somewhere around that time of transition. Like many people, once the pain was gone, I didn’t give it much more thought. Several years down the line in my PT career, I started to get headaches pretty frequently again.
The intermittent periods of headaches and hip pain came and went for a few years. I would stress to figure out what to do about it when I had pain, then I would forget it and move on when it would (for no reason I could see) go away.
Then I went through a period of significant stress in my life. I started to get more headaches, more hip pain, and even lower back pain. I knew my stress was contributing to my pain.
I continued to try to do the same things for my pain I had been doing for years. I was getting short-term relief at best. All the stress I was under was taking a significant toll on my mental health, and I was "forced" to focus on strategies for improving my mental health.
I realized that as I focused on my mental health, my pain improved too. While I had been reading about the mind body connections for years through my professional work, yoga teaching, and personal interest - I was just now making the connection in my own life.
This is when I realized:
That living a life with freedom from pain is more than just treatment modalities
That there is an easier, more efficient way
That there is a way that is more than a bandaid
That there is a way that is accessible to everyone even if you have limited resources (time, energy, finances etc.)
After nearly a decade of practice I had recognized there was a disconnect between what I was doing with my clients, and what I now believed they needed.
I decided to further my education about pain and pursued a therapeutic pain specialist certification program. Which helped me expand my knowledge and bridge the gap between the mind body connection in pain. Now what I do, and what I believe my clients need are the same thing.
(If you are interested in technical details - here is a link to my educational background)