Susan graduated from NYU with a BA in Physical Therapy in 1986. She worked in major medical centers in New York, then in California. Neurological rehabilitation was an early interest and taught her to respect and appreciate our complex nervous system.
In the 1990’s, she began exploration of orthopaedic manual based PT approaches including Paris, Maitland, Mulligan and Jackson.
After relocating to North Carolina with her husband and then, young son, she opened a small private practice which evolved into today’s Advance Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill.
In 2002, Susan was introduced to the extraordinary work of Ron Hruska, MPA, PT, founder of the Postural Restoration Institute. She was immediately drawn to its holistic, biomechanically based concepts incorporating respiratory considerations and neurological re-patterning into its powerful therapeutic techniques. This influence precipitated a paradigm shift in her understanding and treatment of dysfunction. Susan became a certified Postural Restoration therapist in 2008.
Her passion for working with human asymmetry, respiration and movement developed into an interest in the treatment of scoliosis. Pursuing greater focus on this dysfunction, she studied the Schroth Method as taught by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School and was certified at the advanced C2 level in 2014. Susan has found the blending of the Postural Restoration framework and the Schroth Method to be highly effective.
Also in 2014, Susan was honored to become a member of SOSORT, the international Society On Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment. She is one of a handful of American physical therapists with this designation, and has attended multiple international SOSORT conferences.
Susan has lectured on the similarities between Postural Restoration and the Schroth Method. She co-authored a peer reviewed chapter entitled: Postural Restoration: A Tri-Planar Asymmetrical Framework for Understanding, Assessing and Treating Scoliosis and Other Spinal Dysfunctions in the book, “Innovations in Spinal Deformities and Postural Disorders”.
She has lectured on treatment concepts for scoliosis at the Advanced Integration course offered by the Postural Restoration Institute. She is a founding member of and an instructor for the STRATER Scoliosis Institute.