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a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

 

An integrative physical therapy practice dedicated to specialized, one-on-one care for complex conditions. 

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

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The use of specialized  treatment techniques to address the pelvic floor, the often forgotten core muscles that form a sling across our hip bones. These techniques help people of all genders dealing with bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction, pre/post-partum concerns, pelvic pain, low back pain, and much more.  

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Specialties

Sports & Orthopedics

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Integrative treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain. Often involves biomechanical analysis, targeted exercises, joint mobilization, trigger point release, cupping, kinesiotaping, and Advanced Myokinesthetics, among other techniques. 

EDS & Hypermobility

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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders are complex chronic conditions that often involve increased laxity in the connective tissue, chronic instability, autonomic dysfunction, gut issues, myofascial pain, and many other disabling symptoms. My own journey with EDS has given me a passion for finding and developing specific techniques to help those with EDS/HSD find greater function and fulfillment. 

Myofascial Release

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Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, joint and nerve in our bodies. It carries nutrients and plays an important role in how the body stores and copes with traumatic events. This specialized form of massage developed by John Barnes uses long, sustained pressure to release tension stored in the connective tissue. 

Trauma Recovery

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During times of trauma, research shows our bodies do an amazing job of holding onto forces, energies and memories that we can't deal with at that time. Often times we dissociate from parts of our bodies as a safety mechanism. Over time if this trauma is not released it can have a negative effect on many bodily functions. I use a blend of myofascial release and principles of Peter Levine's somatic experiencing to help you permanently release this trauma and feel at home in your own body again.

Custom Orthotics Casting

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Our feet are our foundation.  Small changes in alignment of the feet when standing, walking and running can have drastic changes in how forces are distributed to the rest of our joints.  Each body is unique and often custom casting orthotics can allow for more individualized, comfortable and functional orthotics that will last a lifetime.  Contact me for more information on whether custom orthotics are a good option for you.

 

About Me

My name is Kendel Lipe and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  I'm an outdoor enthusiast, endurance athlete, engineer, and healer. ​My mission is to provide a unique and specialized approach to physical therapy, seeing every patient one-on-one and empowering them with tools to lead their most fulfilled life.

 

I look beyond your muscles and joints to the many facets that interact with your symptoms - your nervous system, connective tissue, posture, lifestyle and story.  

 

To do this, I use a combination of advanced manual skills, Myokinesthetics, Myofascial Release, neuromuscular reeducation exercises, mindfulness training, trauma reintegration, trigger point dry needling, and much more.

 

I am committed to spreading awareness globally regarding pelvic floor dysfunction and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and to providing services for those nationally and internationally who can not otherwise access it. 10% of all proceeds go towards these causes. 

To learn more about my story, training, and passions, click below. 

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B.S. Biomedical Engineering 

Texas A&M University

Doctor of Physical Therapy

George Washington University

WHAT PATIENTS SAY

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CARRIE

I am a 71 yr old woman who, for the past 11 months, has been unable to function due to a complex combination of neurological and musculoskeletal issues. After several frustrating months of being viewed as isolated body parts by various specialty doctors and physical therapists, Dr Kendel Lipe is a breath of fresh air—a wonderful balm for my body, mind, and soul. After discovering Dr. Kendel, I knew at the first visit that I was in the right place. She clearly has high ethical and professional standards, and it is easy to tell how much she cares about her patients. Her expert training in a wide variety of both conventional and science based alternative techniques gives her the tools to truly provide an individualized approach to wholistic care. She’s a true problem solver and loves to keep digging until we get to the root cause of things. She also has Millie--the best therapy dog in the entire world!

EMILY

Dr. Lipe a delightful, intelligent and grounded doctor and am so thankful I was referred to her.
One of her specialities is in dysautonomia and she uses a variety of techniques to affect the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems including deep myofascial release, cupping, pt tape, vasovagal stimulation, and others. I know all these because she explains the science behind her techniques and if it is something I can do at home, she shows me how to do it. She is very in tune with circulation and energies in the body much based on her own experience with dyautonomia as well as her qualifications in PT and deep myofascial tissue work. She tailors each session to you and gives excersises to strengthen and maintain that energized feeling from the sessions.

MARGUERITE

Dr. Lipe’s gentle and confident demeanor made me feel comfortable enough to not only share really personal information about issues I was having with my pelvic floor, but also feel safe enough to actually accept the help that I needed. She took the time to listen and understand my history. She is professional and effective. Thanks to Dr. Lipe, I finally got the relief I needed and was able to move on and enjoy parts of my life that I had been missing.