Meet the Team

Professionals in healing, restoration and wellness.
Jill Thompson, PT
founder of pt180

Jill Thompson, the founder of PT180, has been practicing physical therapy since graduating from the University of Wisconsin: Lacrosse in l981. She has focused her post graduate education on manual therapy and functional orthopedics. She studied under Greg Johnson, PT with the Institute of Physical Art and was an instructor for the Institute for Functional Orthopedics and Back Education and Training from 1986-1992.

Jill has practiced in Boise, Idaho since 1993 working with the staff at the Therapy Source for nine years before venturing on her own. Her eclectic style combines manual therapy (hands on osteopathic myofascial and joint mobilization treatment influenced by the Rolfing technique and Jones strain / counter strain technique) with neuromuscular re-education (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), Aston Patterning, and Feldenkrais). She has also received training in cranial/sacral treatment and TMJ (temporal-mandible joint) dysfunction. Her goal is to facilitate the patient’s progress initially using the manual therapy and a home program to control the pain, progressing with postural training and exercise to lead to independence to gain control and prevent re-occurrence.

Paula Kosberg, DPT
doctor of physical therapy

Paula Kosberg has been successfully treating patients in our clinic since 2011. She incorporates a blend of manual therapy, movement analysis, and personalized exercise programs to help each patient reach their goals. Her background in yoga and pilates combined with a keen interest in holistic health care assists patients to achieve their optimal potential.

Paula has had specialized training in manual therapy techniques and treats a variety of conditions including lumbopelvic pain, cervical and lower back pain, shoulder pain, and overall balance and mobility impairments. She is the primary instructor for our Posture and Movement Training Class available monthly and through Boise Schools Community education. Paula also volunteers to teach our valuable Fit & Fall Proof classes, which are offered free of charge to the community.

Heather Lowe, DPT, ACT, CSCS
DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, ATHLETIC TRAINING CERTIFICATE, CERTIFIED STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALIST

Heather graduated from Idaho State University with her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She also completed her bachelors degree in Kinesiology with a Sports Medicine/Athletic Training option. In addition, Heather has maintained both her National Athletic Training Credentials and title as a Certified Sports and Conditioning Specialist. Heather’s specialties include pre and post orthopedic surgical rehabilitation, manual therapy for spine, general injuries and sports rehabilitation. With over ten years combined experience in rehabilitation, Heather looks forward to assisting you with your needs.

Ruth Hurst, PT
PHYSICAL THERAPY

A 1964 graduate of Duke University, Ruth has a successful and diversified career as a Physical Therapist, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Integrative Manual Therapist.

Her over 48 years of practical experience include hands-on and management experience in the military, small community settings as well as a large university hospital. Becoming a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner in 1992 she eventually specialized in chronic pain, sensing, feeling, movement and awareness. She continues to study Feldenkrais and Integrative Manual Therapy.

Jeremy Pettinger, MPT
MASTERS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

Jeremy is a lifelong Idaho resident who earned both his BS in psychology and Masters in physical therapy in 2002 from Idaho State University. After graduation he entered the field of traveling physical therapy for the states of California and Idaho. In 2006 he settled in Grangeville, Id and opened his private practice physical therapy outpatient clinic. He returned to his roots in southern Idaho in 2018. Previous emphasis of practice entailed primarily orthopedic rehabilitation, deep tissue mobilization, and manual joint mobilization. In his free time Jeremy enjoys whitewater rafting, fishing, camping, and golfing.

Esther Winn, DPT
DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

Esther received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine in Austin, TX and followed the manual therapy emphasis for which it is renowned. She joins the PT profession with over 15 years of experience as a dancer and educator.

With her specialized training in manual therapy, understanding of learning styles, and background in movement analysis, she brings an intuitive approach to patient-driven care. During her clinical internships, she gained experience with a variety of populations including complex orthopedic, post-surgical, vestibular, and sports performance patients. Within the collaborative environment of PT 180 she looks forward to providing personalized care to the community of Boise.

Betsy Wiss, L Ac, Ms
ACUPUNCTURIST

Betsy received her undergraduate degree from The University of Missouri in Biology and her Master’s degree from The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Post-graduate work included training with Orthopedic Doctors at the Rimac Training Center for Athletes in Motor Point Acupuncture Techniques at UCSD. She has worked in integrative medical clinics and chronic pain clinics for 25 years.  

Her expertise is in blending western with eastern medicine to facilitate the body to heal itself.  Her specialty is acute pain, chronic pain, and pain management. She has worked with patients that have complex pain patterns, auto-immune symptoms, athletic injuries, post surgical healing, and scar tissue restrictions/pain.  She treats auto accidents, workers compensation, and accepts health insurance patients.  She currently treats pre-authorized V.A. patients on an outpatient basis at PT 180 for pain, as well as PTSD.

Rachel M. Frizzell, L Ac, Ms
ACUPUNCTURIST

Rachel M. Frizzell L.A.c., Dipl. OM is a licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Idaho and is Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Rachel received her training at the Southeast Institute of Oriental Medicine in Miami, Florida completing a 4 year Masters level of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Chinese Herbology, Homeopathy, Integrated Nutrition and Oriental Medicine in 1999. Rachel has also received her Clean Needle Technique Certification from the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, (CCAOM).

Rachel’s passion of bridging Traditional Oriental Medicine and modern acupuncture techniques as well as other therapies such as Gua-sha, cupping, electro-stimulation, auricular and laser acupuncture, moxibustion and other heat therapies allows her to recognize and treat the root causes of disease and pain to empower her patients to achieve optimal mental, physical and spiritual health and balance.

Dominique Tardif, LMT
massage therapist & heart math trainer

Born in Montreal, Canada and reared in California, she moved to Boise in 2002 and started her massage practice in 2003 with an emphasis on deep-tissue and therapeutic massage.
Dominique began studying CranioSacral Therapy (CST) in 2007 with the Upledger Institute in 2007 and she has been attending classes and training sessions in CST and other gentle manual therapies ever since. These gentle and subtle techniques allow her deeper access to the body and its restriction patterns with less discomfort for the client and often more profound results.

To further the vision of Dr. John Upledger she occasionally act as a teaching assistant in Upledger Institute classes and mentor new students.

Classes and Experience: Sonoma State University – Liberal Arts; Massage – various classes 1981-present, 250 hours St. Louis Body/Mind Center 2003;Upledger Institute : CST1, CST2, SER1, SER2, PED1, Teaching Assistant in CST 1 and 2 classes.Chickly Institute : Heart-Centered Therapy 1 and 2. Barral Institute : Visceral Manipulation 1 and 2, and Neural Manipulation 1 and 2. STAR Trauma Release with Belinda Anderson

Kathy Smith, LMT
massage therapist

Kathy has been practicing massage therapy since 2002. She received training at Dahan Institute of Massage Therapy in Las Vegas, NV and is Nationally Certified and Licensed. She is also certified in Cranio-sacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute, as well as Medical Massage, Oriental Hot Stone Therapy, Lomi-Lomi Hawaiian massage and Ashi-Atsu Oriental Bar Therapy.

She has worked for a DC in Las Vegas and for the MGM Grand Casino as well as maintaining a private massage practice. Her goal is to balance the body with a combination of massage techniques such as Trigger Point therapy and neuromuscular massage and energy work. These therapies help to open energy pathways, release tension and eliminate lactic acid from the muscle and connective tissue in the body. By using these techniques the body functions more efficiently and clients experience less pain in daily activities.

Trish Savage, LMT
Massage therapist

Trish grew up in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. While attending Ricks College she became interested in Anatomy and Biology, which led her to the American Institute of Massage and Therapy in 1990, located in Walnut Creek, California. Here she had the opportunity to be trained by Nancy Burr in Swedish Massage and continued training to receive certifications in Acupressure and Advanced Sports Deep Tissue Massage. Trish has also trained with Gena Baldwin Thatcher (therapist for Golden State Warriors) She continues to build upon her education each year to offer new modalities to her clients.

She has had the opportunity to help clients reduce pain and increase mobility caused by whiplash, sciatic ,plantar fasciitis, carpel tunnel, pre-natal, sports injuries, migraines and post surgeries... She enjoys helping people find relief and relax from the stress of their busy lives.

Trish has been married for 23 years and has four really great kids (3 boys and one girl) They love to bike, hike, camp and boat. "Together is our favorite place to be" Trish is grateful for many wonderful clients, friends and family.

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