About The Author
DR. MICHELLE LINDSEY’s educational preparation and certification includes a a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Indiana University; a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at The Finch University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, now known as Rosalind Franklin University; a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management at the University of Phoenix; and her Doctorate in her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), KRI Yoga Instructor, a Level 3 Reiki Practitioner, and is certified in Tai massage and Dry Needling.
She is a licensed Physical Therapist in three states (Illinois, Arizona, and Colorado) and has over 16 years of experience. A member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well its Arizona Chapter, she owns Rising Star Therapy Specialists, LLC, in Phoenix where she specializes in treating pediatric and adult special needs clients.
Throughout her career, Ms. Lindsey has worked as a therapist in various settings, including orthopedics, skilled nursing services, home health, outpatient, and acute care. She has been a guest speaker at the National Spinal Cord Injury Association Conference, the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Recreational Therapy Association, and was the keynote speaker for Rehab Summit in 2009, 2010, and in 2013. She has delivered numerous in-service trainings to schools, day programs, group homes, and state-operated agencies on physical therapy and exercise for persons with disabilities.
She has won national recognition in many areas of fitness. She was a competitive gold medal figure skater, an elite marathon runner on the 1997 United States Maccabiah Open Track and Field Team, a triathlete, and a professional speed skater.
Ms. Lindsey views her clients as unique individuals with varied skills and abilities. She inspires them to extend beyond their best efforts by providing a comfortable, compassionate and respectful environment in which they thrive. Currently, Michelle travels across the United States speaking on four seminar topics:
- Integrating Neurotherapeutic and Sensory Techniques into Therapy for the Special Needs Client;
- A Systems Model Approach to Improving Function, Posture and Scoliosis --Flexibility and Function;
- Yoga Therapy: Achieving Greater Awareness and Understanding for Healing Our Clients and Ourselves;
- Therapeutic Breathing in Evidence Based Practice
Her first book, The Wellness Equation, offers hands-on-postures and exercises that promote healing at the crossroads of modern medicine and traditional yoga. The Metamorphic Gift: Easy, Simple Breathing and Postural Techniques to Transform Your Life is a great book for self-healing that integrates the body with breathing and postural exercises using understandable anatomy and physiology. For more information, please visit www.risingstartherapyspecialists.com/books.
Angie Talamantes graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in occupational therapy. She is a licensed occupational therapist in the state of Arizona. Angie has practiced occupational therapy for over 30 years, and has experience in a variety of settings including school, clinic, and home based pediatric settings as well as acute hospital, in-patient rehab, out-patient, and home health care. She has extensive experience in neuro-rehab, and was a spinal cord rehab specialist at Barrow’s Neurological Institute for many years. She has specialized in pediatrics currently, and has worked in school districts in Arizona for the past 13 years and for a short time in Nebraska. She has experience in a variety of skills including but not limited to neuro developmental techniques, sensory processing, assistive technology, fabrication of splints, adapting equipment, home modifications, and aquatic therapy. She has assisted in community programs such as Think First head and spine injury prevention and Day on the Lake adapted water sports program. She presented at the Occupational Therapy State Conference on Functional Outcomes of Spinal Cord Injury in 2000 and at the Rehab of the Neurological Patient Conference in Mexico City in 1998. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys arts and crafts, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her dogs.
Matt Clipner, who is originally from Columbus Ohio, graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in public health and from Marion Technical College with a degree in physical therapist assisting. He is a licensed physical therapist assistant in the state of Arizona with seven years of experience in physical therapy, with a focus in pediatric therapy. He has worked in clinics, school districts, and in the home health setting. Matt is well-versed in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, neuro developmental techniques, and myofascial release. He is the treasurer for the Phoenix chapter of National AMBUCS, a local nonprofit that raises money to purchase adaptive tricycles for those in the community with special needs. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Janelle Wong, PT, DPT is an Arizona native. In 2008, she received her bachelors of science in kinesiology with a minor in psychology from Arizona State University. She attended AT Still University and received her doctorate of physical therapy in 2011. Janelle is a licensed physical therapist in the state of Arizona and has more than 7 years experience with pediatric patients in a variety of settings including clinic, home health and school. Janelle is an active member and secretary of Phoenix AMBUCS, an organization that provides adaptive therapeutic tricycles to people with disabilities. In her free time, you can find Janelle spending time with friends and family, cheering on the Phoenix Suns and planning her next trip to Disneyland!
Julie Castro graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Leisure Services with an emphasis in Therapeutics. She has practiced as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for over 30 years. She is a member of American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) as well as the state affiliated chapter. She started her career working with Developmentally Disabled adults and taught swimming along with participating as a Special Olympics coach for track, softball, ice skating and cross country skiing. Over the past 30 years she has also worked as a Director of Recreation Therapy and Activities in Long term care & Physical Rehab also as a therapist in Geri-psych and Pediatric on a Special Needs Unit (SNU). She has created programs such as; Horticulture, Community Re-entry, Pet Therapy and facilitating opportunities for interdisciplinary programming with OTs, PTs, SLPs and Neuropsychologist in working with the variety of patients, members or person’s being served. She started using music as one of the many modalities that is offered to work with the current population she serves. When she isn’t working you can find her shooting pool with friends, going to the movies, playing with her dogs or perhaps crocheting a new project.
Dan Schoenfeld graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a bachelor's degree in physical therapy in 1984. For most of my career, I worked in neurological rehabilitation at different levels of care. I have also kept in touch with pediatrics, which stems from my volunteer work with mentally and physically handicapped children since I was in junior high. I have worked part time for Michelle since 2003, and have recently began full time work.
Heather Harvey is a Syracuse, New York native who graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1996 with a BS in Occupational Therapy. She spent the first half of her career primarily in the outpatient setting treating hand and upper extremity disorders before transitioning to the home care setting for the past 14 years. In her free time, Heather enjoys slow pitch softball, competing in Spartan races, hiking with her dog, Bandit, photography and volunteering.
Bibi Bhani Khalsa
Bibi Bhani received her license as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant in 2011. After a year working at a school district, she switched to home health. She loves working with families and helping her clients develop and improve their language and communication.
Bibi Bhani is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She has taught adult, kids, pregnancy, and parent/child yoga classes. Previously, she worked as a Montessori teacher for young children. She still teaches weekly yoga classes at a Montessori school.
Bibi Bhani is a musician who has made several recordings of chant and devotional music. She incorporates guitar and music into speech therapy sessions when it is appropriate.
Judith (Judee) Macias-Harris, M.S., CCC-SLP/BSLP//CKTI
Judith (Judee) Macias-Harris attended Arizona State University for undergraduate studies, and graduated with her B.A. in Sociology in 1993. She completed her M.S. in Speech Pathology (and Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist certificate) from the University of El Paso, Texas in 2010. She has practiced in a variety settings (e.g., aquatic, acute/subacute/outpatient/home health/school/judicial (incarcerated) and private pay). In 2010, her son was diagnosed with Autism. He has been her “muse” in understanding neurological differences. This has allowed her to pursue novel methods in the areas of assessment and treatment for prevention, habilitation, and rehabilitation purposes. She specializes in cognitive, dysphagia, and feeding difficulties, for both adult and pediatric populations. Her focus is on preventative strategies for oral infectious control, and assessment/treatment strategies for postural alignment, jaw stability, respiration, and sensory regulation methods to improve motor functioning. She is co-author (with Elizabeth G. Harvey, DPT, MSR, CKTP, CEIM) on The PaSS Method® - Posture and Sensory Stimulation, using a 3T (Touch, Treat, Tape) Approach. She instructs on the Kinesio Taping Method and is the only SLP Graston Technique® provider worldwide. Judith is an advocate of evidence-based practices and continues to contribute to research, as well as be active with her local and professional association (ASHA). She has been in private practice (Logopedia Speech Therapy Services) since in 2013.
Tahlea Capps graduated from GCC here in Phoenix, AZ in 2018 with a physical therapist assistant associate degree, graduating with highest distinction. Tahlea works under the supervision of a physical therapist to assist him or her in providing physical therapy services. She helps patients to increase their strength, endurance, balance, coordination, and range of motion enabling them to become more independent with activities of daily life.Tahlea has close ties to Arizona with her father being a true native and herself growing up and attending schools in the Arcadia area of Phoenix since the age of 5. Not migrating far from her roots, still residing within the area close to her childhood home. When she isn’t working you can find Tahlea at her child’s sports practices or games, dining with close friends or family, or snuggling with her dogs.
Julie Andersen, MOT, OTR/L is an Arizona native. She received her bachelor of arts in anthropology from Arizona State University. After graduating, she decided to pursue a career in occupational therapy. She attended Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ and received her master of occupational therapy. Julie is a licensed OT in the state of Arizona and has more than 14 years of experience with pediatric patients in a variety of settings including early intervention, clinic, home health, and public/private schools. Julie is a member of the Arizona Occupational Therapy Association and enjoys attending various conferences and workshops to increase her knowledge of evidence-based practice in OT. In her free time, you can find Julie spending time with her family, walking her dog, or listening to music.