Mitch Owens MSPT, CMPT
Mitch has been practicing physical therapy in Seattle since 2004. In addition to his masters degree he has two advance therapy certifications, a broad clinical background, and a passion for the practice of physical therapy. In 2007 he completed a competency certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University and the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2009 he demonstrated advanced competency in orthopedic manual therapy and earned the credentials Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) based out of British Columbia.
Mitch’s practice is focused on the treatment of orthopedic pain issues and vestibular dysfunction, but he began his career working with patients with neurological injuries at Evergreen Hospital’s Rehabilitation Unit and outpatient Neuroscience program. Mitch then went onto work with Carrie Hall at Movement Systems PT. Mitch started Union PT in September of 2010.
Mitch believes in balancing an active approach to rehabilitation with techniques that will promote healing and recovery. He strives to ensure that his patients understand their issues and that they have tools in place so they can remain healthy and active independently long after their treatment.
In addition to his practice Mitch teaches continuing education courses for practicing physical therapist on Cervicogenic Dizziness/Headache, as well as Shoulder Dysfunction.
When Mitch is out of the clinic he enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, music and enjoying the finer things in life.
Mitch’s areas special interest are vestibular rehabilitation (the treatment of vertigo), cervicogenic headache and dizziness, neck pain, lower back pain as well as hip and shoulder dysfunction.
“It’s a gift to work with the fascinating systems that make the human potential what it is. My goal is to help you unlock your potential and assist you in improving the quality of your life.”
Elisa Scherb DPT, CMPT
Elisa has over six years of clinical experience as a physical therapist in the Seattle area. Elisa specializes in orthopedic manual physical therapy treating a wide range of orthopedic pain issues with a focus on neck, shoulder, hip and low back pain. She also has a special interest working with young athletes and those who are recovering from sports related stress injuries to the lumbar spine.
Elisa has dedicated extensive time outside of the clinic studying advanced manual therapy techniques. She was awarded the title of Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2011.
Elisa earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Montana. She also played Division I soccer which earned her a scholarship as an undergraduate. Through her participation in college athletics Elisa gained a fascination for human biomechanics that influenced her desire to pursue a career in physical therapy.
Raised in rural northern Idaho Elisa gained an appreciation for the outdoors and continues to maintain an active lifestyle. She enjoys running, pilates, water skiing, mountain biking, hiking and snowboarding. Outside of work she loves to travel, which has taken her around the world to places like New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Egypt and Israel.
“My treatment utilizes skilled specific hands-on techniques in addition to movement and motor control training as it relates to our abilities and limitations. I strive to continue my education so that I can best serve the goals and needs of my patients. It is my pleasure to assist in optimizing the amazing capacity our bodies have to heal, learn and move.”
Sarah Haran DPT, OCS
Sarah is an orthopedic physical therapist who has practiced in Seattle since 2007. She combines evidence-based treatments and clinical expertise in order to best suit her patients’ needs, emphasizing manual techniques as well as specific and individualized exercise programs. Specialties include adult and pediatric sports injuries as well as spinal and peripheral joint stabilization. Sarah has a particular interest in treating conditions of the hip and pelvis such as femoroacetabular impingement and labral tears, but also enjoys treating orthopedic injuries of the shoulder, neck, knee, foot/ankle, jaw and spine.
Sarah has specialty training in Graston Technique, Kinesiotaping and Muscle Activation Techniques. She is also trained in treating patients post-motor vehicle accident and also has certification in treating pregnant and postpartum patients. Finally, Sarah has a background and interest in treating CrossFit athletes, runners and dancers/gymnasts.
In 2013, Sarah was awarded a Board Specialty in orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition, post-graduate education and certifications include:
- Certification through Level II of the North America Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). Pursuing Level III training and working toward her certification as a manual therapist.
- CAPA (Certificate of Academic Proficiency Achievement) for treating pregnancy and postpartum through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
- Certified Clinical Instructor through the APTA.
- Certified Graston Technique Provider.
Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Gonzaga University in 2004 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington in 2007. Beginning ballet at age 3 and dancing through her late-20’s, Sarah has a particular interest and deep understanding of the movement mechanics required and demands placed on the dancer. She has an appreciation for the art, despite no longer dancing. Currently, however, her passion lies with CrossFit and barbell training. CrossFitting for several years now, Sarah greatly enjoys working with this patient population and helping to increase community awareness about injury prevention and correct motor patterning.
Outside the walls of the clinic, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends and finds time for CrossFit, rock climbing, cycling, backpacking, staying as active as possible, enjoying local dance and theatre, and cheering on our Seattle Seahawks! She also frequently finds herself spending time as a teaching assistant for the University of Washington’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
“It is my goal to provide my patients with the tools which will enable them to change and heal. I want them to stay active, stay healthy, and stay passionate.”