Healthier Community Conference Wrap-Up

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Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Verdant Health Commission 2016 Healthier Community Conference at the Lynnwood Convention Center. I wanted to share some of my take-aways, so buckle up!

First, we have such wonderful resources in our community to help people live healthier lives. Check out everything that the Verdant Health Commission offers: http://verdanthealth.org/ There is a wealth of information there, as well as a calendar of all of the free events that are offered. I also learned about Senior Services of Snohomish County (SSSC): http://www.sssc.org/index. They also have resources from all aspects of life (housing, social, transit, medical, etc) for seniors in our community.

I listened to a panel of providers discuss how to improve patient advocacy. First up was Dr. Blakeney of Edmonds Family Medicine. She discussed the importance of setting SMART goals—specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. Change is a process, not a single event. Ever small changes can have huge impacts on your health. Example: walking 30 minutes/day, 5 days/week can reduce your blood pressure by 10 points—every 5 points it drops, your risk of stroke decreases by 34%!


The second speaker was Dr. Sinnett from Proliance Surgical Specialists of Edmonds. She spoke about how to manage your own advocacy when your health decisions become more complicated. She suggested that first and foremost, maintaining your health NOW can help minimize the complications during a medical emergency. For example, your tissues will heal better after an injury if your blood glucose has been managed beforehand and you’re not diabetic. She recommended that all carry a wallet summary of your health history, which could include your meds, your med history, and members of your care team. Her last point was to come to your appointments prepared—bring a second set of ears and bring a list of questions.


The final sessions I attended were about supporting those in need, how medical and social services are working together to improve care, and how to achieve health equity. There were great discussions in each session and I left feeling inspired by the things that are happening around us. My eyes were also open to how far we have to go though, too.

Here is one example of a program in our community that has come from partnership and passion: Move 60!


Please ask away if you have any questions for me about my experience. I would love to share more!


Common Physical Therapy Myths

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by Tasha Parman, PT, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Have you or a loved one ever been to physical therapy? Have you heard of physical therapy? There are many myths about physical therapy in the public domain, and Natasha Parman, Executive Director of MOSAIC Physical Therapy, is here to address some of the most common myths she hears from her clients.

Tasha and Laura treating

  • “I need a referral to go to physical therapy.” In Washington state, you do not need a referral to be evaluated by a physical therapist. Some insurance companies do require a referral for payment, however, so it is recommended that you check with your insurance company beforehand.
  • “Physical therapy is painful.” As physical therapists, our goal is to help discover why you’re in pain and then provide treatment to reduce it. We sometimes have to provoke your symptoms to determine our plan of care, but we always do our best to work within your pain tolerance.
  • “Physical therapy is only for people who have had surgery.” Physical therapy is for anyone who isn’t moving as well as desired due to surgery, injury, illness, disease, or any other cause. Physical therapy is for people of all ages and all functional abilities.
  • “Physical therapy isn’t covered by my insurance.” Most insurance companies cover some amount of physical therapy. Your physical therapist’s office can help verify your benefits to determine your coverage and work within your allowed benefits.
  • “Any medical provider or trainer can provide physical therapy treatments to a client.” While some providers may advertise that they provide physical therapy (or physical rehabilitation, rehab therapy, etc), only licensed physical therapists or physical therapist assistants can provide and bill for physical therapy services.
  • “Surgery is my only option.” For many conditions, physical therapy has been shown to be as effective as or more effective than surgery. If your physical therapist thinks you are a candidate for surgery, then he or she will discuss that with you and the other members of your healthcare team.

If you have any questions about physical therapy, feel free to contact MOSAIC Physical Therapy at 425-673-5220. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.

Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

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October is National Physical Therapy Month. I’d like to share some information from the American Physical Therapy Association about how physical therapy can help our population #AgeWell.


Check out nine tips on how physical therapists can help you!

If you have any questions about physical therapy, please comment or contact us! We’d love to tell you more about what we do and how we can help you (no matter what your age or injury/illness). Find our contact info at our website.


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On July 1, PTs, PTAs, and SPTs all over the US are connected to take over social media and educate the public about why they should GetPT1st. We will share our stories, we hope patients will share their stories, and we will share the research that shows how valuable, effective, and cost-saving PT can be. 

My story–
I came to PT through two minor injuries. My first was a simple finger injury in high school basketball, but I didn’t manage it correctly and the finger ended up healing in a flexed position. It was fairly painful to try and straighten it. I went to an OT who fabricated a simple splint for me and provided me with tendon-gliding exercises. I couldn’t help but to watch all of the fun stuff that was happening in the PT gym though.
Then during my first year of college, I suffered an overuse injury to my Achilles tendon, resulting in swelling and pain with every ankle pump. I went to PT and was provided with appropriate advice on rest and initial exercises to manage the injury. What I was most grateful for was the PT valuing where my ultimate frisbee team was in our season, and working with me to manage the injury so I could continue to play. After the season ended, she then modified my program to include sufficient rest, cross-training, and rebuilding once I was ready to start running again. Again, I found myself loving every visit and watching the other folks in the gym work hard and meet their physical goals. I was considering going into medicine, but I began to research the field of PT and fell in love.
I love that I get to connect with my patients. I get the time to hear their story and help them set their goals. I prescribe exercise to induce specific changes in mobility, strength, and endurance, and I perform manual therapy to decrease their pain and improve their body awareness. I get to follow a person through their course of injury and watch them return to the things they love to do. We aren’t covering up symptoms, we are addressing them. I love that I get to collaborate with other medical professionals as well when a patient needs something more than I can provide. It’s a joy to be a part of a person’s health care team. I love that our services are cost-effective, reducing the burden on the current healthcare industry issues. I love that our services are safe and without scary side-effects. We are the most knowledgeable musculoskeletal experts behind orthopedic surgeons.

I believe in our value and our place in the medical world. I look forward to the day that the public at large knows what we can do and when they #getPT1st.

I #getPT1st because I love to run after frisbees on the ultimate field, whether it’s at a park in town or at Nationals against some of the best teams in the nation.

Allow me to introduce myself…

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Greetings all! As you may have noticed, our blog has recently been updated to match our current services provided. We are now MOSAIC Physical Therapy. As you also may have noticed if you’re a client of ours, the wonderful Sally Moores, PT, DPT, OCS, has left the building. Her family has been relocated to Boston, and we all miss her dearly. I met Sally about six months before beginning in my new role here. I admired her role as a leader in private practice PT, her clinical skills, her commitment to high quality practice, and she is just a fun lady, so we stayed connected. I know her shoes are impossible to fill, but I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be the new Executive Director of MOSAIC Physical Therapy and to be a part of the incredible team here.

I’ll be the new blog author, so I wanted to use the first post to simply introduce myself. I’m a native Kansan who transplanted to Washington state after PT school. Kansas is lovely, but nothing quite compares to the beauty of Washington. I worked as a staff physical therapist in the south sound region for a few years before moving into my current role. During that time, I completed an Orthopaedic Residency program through Evidence in Motion.  I love orthopedics and helping people return to the activities which they love. I enjoy working with people of all ages and with various types of injuries. The variety of the field is one of the things that attracted me to it! I have not yet specialized in a certain region of the body or with a certain population, and I’m fine with that for now. It’s a blessing to work with so many different types of people.

My mission as a PT is to provide care that is empowering, holistic, empathetic, aligned with the best current research, patient values, and my own clinical experience, and that is cost-effective.

Outside of work, I play a lot of ultimate Frisbee. I played for a team called Underground (one of the best teams in the nation). I have been playing since 2005. Before that, my favorite sport was basketball. If I’m not playing ultimate, reading, or watching a movie, I’m probably out exploring the city or the mountains. I have two sisters and two nieces who live in Kansas, so I go back to visit once or twice a year. I like good food and good drinks (shout out to PT Pub Night).

I’m looking forward to sharing through this blog, so please let me know if there is anything you’d like to read/discuss related to PT, movement, exercise, etc. Happy reading!

Hiking in the Cascades in 2014

if not now, WHEN?

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Welcome to my first ever blog post.  The caption above is fitting as I have been asked (several times), and have been putting off (several times), writing a blog for over a year.  There were and are many excuses, but that is what they are, excuses.

This will be the official blog of MOSAIC Physical Therapy & Massage. I will author most of the posts, but there will definitely be interesting content from my colleagues.

The goal for this blog is to be a medium in which I can convey my excitement at the privilege of being a Physical Therapist.  There will be information about current PT and massage topics, effective new (or new to me) treatments, interesting cases studies; I’m even going to throw in some insurance information (Mary’s probably the only one excited about that).

I guess “when?” is now.  Hope you like what we have to offer!

Dr. Sally