Gordon Browne, PT, GCFP
I’m a physical therapist and have been around for a while, having started my career in the early 1980’s. Being a movement junkie growing up—being pretty good at games, sports and martial arts—I went to PT school because I wanted to learn about movement. I learned lots of great stuff in my rehab training, but learning about how the body moves or how to get a body to move better was not one of them. For this, I had to venture outside traditional rehab sources. I have studied the Feldenkrais Method, T’ai Chi, Yoga and Qi Gong over the last 30 years, and have incorporated elements of these movement systems into my PT practice. These are all examples of what we will call Dynamic Integrated Movement systems. Learning and utilizing these systems opened my eyes to the unintentional mistakes and erroneous assumptions seen in much of both rehab related and fitness related exercise. I started teaching continuing education courses to rehab professionals in 1999 and have written 3 books: A Manual Therapists Guide to Movement (book and CDs), Outsmarting Low Back Pain (book and video) and Integrated Patterns of Movement (book and video). I live in the Seattle, Washington area with my wife and co-conspirator Julie and, with the kids out of the nest, just a couple of old dogs and a very vocal cat named Scampers. I practice what I preach—most of my workouts are movement-based (various yoga, t’ai chi or qi gong routines). I love the outdoors and hike, backpack and sea kayak extensively from Alaska to Arizona.
- Physical Therapist Degree from University of Washington, 1983
- Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, 1994
Julie Browne, PTA, GCFP
Some might say I began my career young and a little backward—I completed my Feldenkrais training first, then continued my studies as a Physical Therapist Assistant. I knew early on that Gordon would create his own niche within our profession. It didn’t take long to recognize that what he calls ‘a passion for movement’ is actually an ‘obsession’! For the past 20+ years we’ve created, changed, modified and clarified our role as rehab professionals and as continuing education providers. I am co-founder of Therapeutic Movement Seminars, lead instructional lab assistant for our live seminars, direct all our business and marketing materials and the communications officer—if there’s anything you need to know, I’m your gal! With a passion for high-quality, patient-centered care, I enjoy working two days a week at Bellevue Physical Therapy, treating a wide variety of orthopedic conditions using integrated movement and postural control as my primary treatment approach. In my free time, I’m family focused and an outdoor enthusiast. Favorite activities include backpacking, sea kayaking, reading, spending time with friends and working in the yard.
- Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from Green River College, 1998
- Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, 1996
Jeni Gall, DPT
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with human movement, particularly the differences from person to person in how we walk, gesture when we talk, carry ourselves, and interact with our environment. I went to physical therapy school to deepen my understanding of “how movement works” and so I could teach others to move in ways that help them feel and function better. I was lucky enough to land my first job out of school in outpatient pediatrics, where I learned to see movement from a whole-body perspective and appreciate the infinite adaptability of the human experience. This ability to see the big picture has served me well in all settings, particularly skilled nursing and home health.
When I started working in outpatient orthopedics, I saw a real need for a deeper connection to the details of movement for rehab clients and athletic injuries than can typically be taught in a busy ortho clinic, so I branched out on my own and started MovePT in 2014. I specialize in puzzles, chronic or recurrent injuries, and those challenging cases that need a wide-angle lens. My treatment style combines dynamic integrated movement patterns, as learned from my training with Gordon and years of studying yoga, martial arts, and developmental movement, with manual therapies including myofascial release and craniosacral therapy. I also teach community classes, workshops, and programs for fitness trainers and yoga practitioners. I started teaching for Therapeutic Movement Seminars in November 2014.
In my own life, I have shifted from “needing to exercise” to “having a movement practice” and make sure to get my daily dose in a wide variety of ways. This includes early morning walks (my meditation), yoga, Barre3, swimming, strength training, and practicing movement skills like handstands, crawling progressions, swinging and climbing, vaulting and balancing. I have tried so many things along the way and have loved (nearly) all – martial arts, tennis, belly dancing, step aerobics, spinning, running 5Ks and Pilates, to name a few.
I live in Vancouver, Washington with two grade schoolers, my husband, and an aging dog. We downhill ski, swim (indoors and out), hike, take bike rides, raise a community garden, and read a lot of books. My kids take music lessons and inspired me to start piano in October 2017 – yet another way to study the wonders of human movement.
- Doctor of Physical Therapy, Pacific University, 2003
- Orthopedic Movement Specialist, Therapeutic Movement Seminars, 2014
- MovNat Level I Certified Fitness Trainer, 2017