Michelle received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Science (USAHS). She has a certification in myofascial manipulations through USAHS and has previously worked as a personal trainer. She has experience working with a variety of conditions including sports injuries, chronic pain, neuromuscular impairments, and post-operative rehabilitation. Michelle is pursuing her Pilates certification through STOTT and an orthopedic certification through NAIOMT. She believes in applying an evidence-based approach so her patients can achieve successful physical therapy outcomes.
Michelle treats out of both clinics.
Angela Messerli, DPT
Angela graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She has experience working with a wide variety of patients across the lifespan. Her passion for providing patient-centered, holistic care inspired her to pursue a specialty in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Angela is certified in treating women's, men's, and transgender health issues such as chronic pelvic pain, incontinence, interstitial cystitis/chronic prostatitis and more. Her approach to physical therapy values the unique goals, circumstances and experiences of each individual. She strives to help each patient reach their goals (big or small) through a combination of evidence-based manual therapy techniques, functional exercises, patient education and empowerment.
Angela sees patients at both Life in Balance locations.
Elise Becker, DPT
Elise graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Washington University in St. Louis. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient orthopedics (performance sports, aquatic therapy, workman’s compensation), acute care, and inpatient and outpatient neurological rehabilitation (post-stroke, spinal cord injury, and amputation). Elise has also worked with the University of Washington Athletic Department as an athletic training intern and assisted in athlete rehabilitation both on and off the field. Elise is STOTT Pilates Mat and Reformer trained, and plans to continue her professional development by specializing in women’s health and by getting her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. Elise treats each person based on a Movement Systems Impairments approach. Each person is analyzed not only at the source of his/her injury, but from a lens that finds a root cause of the problem and aims to prevent the injury in the future.
Elise treats patients solely at our Burien location.
Megan Sherman, DPT
Megan graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of North Florida before starting at our West Seattle clinic in 2012. She has received additional training through the Herman and Wallace Institute for treatment of women's health issues including pelvic pain and incontinence. She also recently completed the LJLI ConnectTherapy series, which utilizes a holistic framework in the treatment of the body. Megan would like to continue to grow as a professional with advanced training in manual therapy and visceral mobilization. She enjoys working with a variety of individuals and strives to impact her patients using a patient-centered treatment model designed around their goals. She is also a STOTT Pilates certified Mat and Reformer instructor, teaching both private and group lessons at our clinic in West Seattle.
Megan sees patients solely at our West Seattle office.
Jennifer Howe, MPT, COMT
Jennifer graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She is a Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT), as credentialed by the North American Institute of Orthopedics and Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). This training focuses on specific assessment and treatment of all extremity joints, as well as a comprehensive approach to the spine. She enjoys combining her manual therapy background with exercise and movement education to address her patient’s needs. Jennifer also works at the University of Washington where she assists in teaching a class on the spine to the doctoral students. Jennifer feels that her greatest role as a PT is to empower her patients to reach their goals, whether that is to get out of a chair, walk the dog or run a marathon.
Jen treats patients at our West Seattle clinic.
Tricia Yost, DPT, LMP, OCS
Tricia graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound. She is also a licensed massage practitioner (LMP) and has advanced certification in treating female pelvic floor issues such as incontinence, pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis, and pre/post-partum conditions. She has completed LII coursework and partial certification testing in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedics and Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and is a STOTT Pilates Certified Instructor. Additionally, she is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) and has trained in the LJLI Connect Therapy model.
Tricia sees patients Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in West Seattle.
Life in Balance Physical Therapy & Pilates 5410 California Ave SW , Ste 101, Seattle, WA, 98136 206-913-8082 1800 SW 152nd St, Ste 200, Burien, WA, 98166 206-743-8942