Jill Thompson, the owner and president of PT 180, 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 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.
Lisa graduated from Idaho State University. She has been a practicing/licensed physical therapist since 2005, and earned her credentials for Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in physical therapy in 2013. She is also a licensed athletic trainer, graduating from Boise State University. Lisa has worked in healthcare since 1999, beginning in a hospital setting, and she continues to work at an inpatient rehab center 1 day per week to keep her neuro rehab skills up to date. Lisa has also done additional studies in Pilates and is a certified Pilates instructor for the floor and reformer, with additional training on all the other Pilates apparatuses.
Lisa is involved in the cycling community and is a competitive cyclist herself. She understands and relates to wanting to get back to physical fitness activities when an injury has occurred. Lisa’s goals for treating individuals is to give them the knowledge on how to self-treat, providing them with greater mindfulness in their daily activities that can help or harm ones progress, while providing needed manual therapy techniques to allow them the freedom of movement to enjoy dally activities. Lisa currently works at the State Street Office on Mondays and Fridays and the Meridian office Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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.
Josette received a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt College, Oakland, CA in 1993. Prior to completing her Masters, Josette was already studying movement and dysfuction as an Iyengar Yoga instructor (1981 to present.) After completing her degree, she worked as a staff therapist at Kaiser Permanente and later in an orthopedic outpatient setting in Santa Barbara.
For the past 14 years, Josette has had an independent clinic, treating chronic and acute injury, fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and multiple systems breakdown with manual therapy and yoga postural and proprioceptive training. She joined PT 180 in Oct 2009.Josette’s specializes in light touch/indirect techniques including Strain/Counterstrain, Integrative Manual Therapy, Muscle Energy Technique, myofascial release and visceral fascial release for organs, sinuses, lymph, viscera, vessel and gastrointestinal health.
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.
Amica’s passion for healing began after her mother experienced a complete transformation from a Physical Therapist trained in Myofascial Release. This inspired her to switch her major from Education to Physical Activity and Health in 2008. After receiving her Bachelor's of Science she completed a massage therapy program and pursued additional training in John Barnes Myfoascial Release. Amica began her own practice in 2009, treating patients with primarily MFR, while also working as a personal trainer and PT aide. Her passion for the healing continued to increase and she obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Idaho State, graduating in 2014.
Amica’s treatment style incorporates a blend of massage, myofascial release, yoga, core strengthening, nutrition, and mindset shifting. Amica believes in a holistic approach and evaluates the entire person: mind, body, and spirit. She is passionate about empowering others to live a natural lifestyle, teaching them how to feel their best and be their best!
Becca graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 2010. From there, she moved with her husband to Denver where she worked at a manual therapy clinic, a skilled nursing facility, and a hospital outpatient clinic. She is also certified in Schulman Therapy – a type of deep tissue bodywork. Becca’s areas of expertise and interest include pediatrics, chronic neurologic conditions in adults, and chronic pain issues. She enjoys providing personalized, hands-on treatment to all patients she encounters.
Outside the clinic, Becca spends her time raising her 4 beautiful children, hiking, camping, and travelling. She understands the importance of being able to incorporate a therapy and home management program into a busy life.
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.
Dr. Jennifer Thomsen graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017. As a recent graduate of Wingate University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, she returns after being an intern for 10 weeks at PT 180 last year.
In addition to her holistic approach to physical therapy, she has extensive experience in physical fitness training, yoga and nutrition planning. Born in Venezuela, Jennifer is fluent in Spanish adding interpreting services for our Spanish speaking population. During her clinical internships, she gained experience in the treatment of complex orthopedic conditions, post surgical and return to sport athletes in a variety of arenas.
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.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.
Jennifer began studying Massage Therapy in 2001 at Utah College of Massage Therapy. While going to school she volunteered for hospice, doing body work for patients and their family. She graduated in 2002 and then split her time between Massage Therapy and Guiding on The Salmon River out of Salmon, Idaho.
Jennifer’s main focus has been neck and low back injury rehab, with Trigger Point Therapy as well. Currently training in Fascial Distortion Model Technique.
When Jennifer Is not doing body work, she can be found exploring and recreating with her family on the rivers and wilderness of Idaho.
Amber Alexander has a well-rounded career as a health and fitness professional. For the last 16 years, she has practiced as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She earned her Certificate for Massage Therapy from the College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City, UT (UCMT) in August of 2000.
Her career has included working as a Certified Personal Trainer, Celebrity Fitness Trainer working with Celebrities in India, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and Bollywood Dance Instructor. She is passionate about being a health and fitness leader and enjoys any opportunity to teach those who are ready for change, about the importance of a balanced lifestyle and how to obtain optimum health and wellness.
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
Marlene is a lifelong student of wellness and preventative health care. She is blessed with a keen, intuitive touch, offering the highest quality of bodywork--from newborns to end-of-life care--since 1998.
Her early influence from the teachings of British Osteopath Dr. DonMacDonagh, British Sports Therapist Stuart Taws and renowned Dr. MykHungerford P.T., Ph.D., Terri Lee Advanced Ortho-Bionomy® Instructor, and The Upledger Institute have given her a eclectic background as well as drawing from her own personal injuries and recovery. Her passion for learning keeps in involved in continuing education courses and researching the never ending wonders of the human body.
Matthew brings over 20 years experience on his path, achieving many qualifications, including an MFA in Modern Dance and certifications in Laban Movement Analysis, Massage, and Pilates. As a licensed massage therapist, dancer and movement specialist, treatments may include pain reduction and efficient movement training with appropriate manual therapy to release holding spasm and restrictions limiting your function. Matthew can support your progress in awareness through movement, helping clear obstacles to healing.
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.