The practitioners of Metta Integrative Wellness Center are dedicated to helping you achieve greater well being through holistic and integrated therapies. Many of our offerings can be particularly helpful in supporting women of all ages and stages of life from the onset of puberty to pregnancy and menopause.
Overview of Treatment Techniques:
- Outcome-Based Massage
- Trigger Point Dry Needling
- Taping (with Kinesiotape and Leukotape)
- ART (Active Release Technique)
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Specific Joint Mobilization and Manipulation
- Specific Therapeutic Exercises
- Individualized Home Exercise Programs
Sari Weissbard, DPT, CMTPT, COMT
Sari obtained a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012 from Touro College after a BS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Delaware. Sari has worked as a Physical Therapist alongside several types of holistic practitioners specializing in massage, acupuncture, occupational therapy, Feldenkrais, yoga, pilates, and mind-body in both Manhattan and Baltimore. She ran cross country and track throughout high school and college, and continues to run daily. She also enjoys rock climbing, bicycling (touring and for daily function), and beer brewing/brewery touring.
Her various continuing education courses since practicing PT include Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), the lower body portion of Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), and she is certified to perform trigger point dry needling (Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist). Sari also completed manual therapy classes through NAIOMT which resulted in certification as an Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (COMT).
Sari is currently in her 2nd year out of 4 to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Feldenkrais is a method of gaining awareness through movement. The gentle, slow movements bring to light longstanding and sometimes largely imperceptible habits and allow for deep neuromuscular re-education so that the brain can let go of those habits and allow for learning easier ways of moving. The movements, though they often result in decreased pain and improved function, are merely the vehicle for gaining overall awareness in any aspect of life that may become relevant for the person performing them.
Though Sari has had extensive training in manual therapy techniques, her main goal for patients is elimination of pain and independence without the need for continuous therapy or continued PT exercises. Healthy body parts should not require regular stretching or other maintenance other than regular daily movements to be pain-free. Once a person’s symptoms and cause of symptoms have been identified, and effective neuromuscular re-education has been provided, including some combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and education about what has been happening, they should be able to return to whatever exercises/sports/daily activities they need and want to do throughout the day without an issue, possibly with greater ease than before the symptoms began.
Over the past couple years, through learning Feldenkrais and various other resources, Sari has also learned in great depth about the process which connects the mind and the body which leads to chronic pain and other ailments, and educates patients about this process in conjunction with physical treatment sessions when appropriate.
Laura Keyser, PT, DPT, MPH
Women’s health PT Consultation and Treatment:
Laura Keyser received both her Master’s and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the joint program at the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings in both the U.S. and abroad, gaining extensive clinical experience in women’s health, pediatrics, neurological & orthopedic rehabilitation. Laura has also worked internationally to develop rehabilitation programs and community outreach initiatives in Africa and south Asia. She has published and lectured on her work in global health and community-based care in low-resource settings and consulted with local and international organizations, including Global Strategies, EngenderHealth, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, HEAL Africa, and Panzi Hospital and Foundations.
After completing her Master’s in Public Health in 2016 from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, she co-founded Mama LLC, a public health and physical therapy consulting agency dedicated to improving women’s and girls’ health domestically and internationally. In 2019, with the support of USAID, EngenderHealth, and the Fistula Care Plus project, she published a free and open access field guide designed to improve women’s and pelvic health education of health care workers worldwide. This information is available for download at this link. Currently, Laura provides clinical and research support to Renovia Inc, a women’s health company with a platform of diagnostic and therapeutic innovations for female pelvic floor disorders. She is available on a limited basis for women’s health PT consultation and treatment.
Areas of Specialty:
Laura brings over a decade of clinical experience to her physical therapy practice. She holds expertise and interest in treating women’s health concerns and pelvic floor disorders. Laura incorporates manual therapy techniques, such as myofascial release, visceral manipulation, joint mobilization, and soft tissue massage, along with therapeutic exercises and functional retraining to assist patients in reaching their goals. During her travels, she has also studied a variety of traditional healing modalities, and incorporates principles from Ayurveda, Thai bodywork and acupressure into her physical therapy practice. Laura has assisted professional dancers and performing artists in injury prevention and return to activity, as well as has provided both inpatient and outpatient care to address acute and chronic pain and injuries and improve overall function.