WETZLER INTEGRATIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY
Who do we see? What do we treat?
As one of the Denver areas most prominent resources for quality physical therapy, Wetzler Integrative Physical Therapy specializes in finding the root cause for your body's structural dysfunctions. Our treatments always focus on a whole-body wellness approach. While we work hard to offer state of the art treatments to help you feel better, we also focus on preventative strategies to ensure you stay better.
At the heart of our treatment is our total body evaluation, which guides us in finding the underlying malfunctions. Treatment sessions are one on one with a licensed doctor of physical therapy. Our therapists are highly trained certified manual therapists who are constantly furthering their education to stay up to date with the most current information and techniques available. Your treatment may include, manual therapy, education for an increased awareness of what is going on in your body, posture and alignment analysis, as well as possible movement and corrective exercises. We are happy to consult with any current or future health practitioners you may have about your background, care, and progress.
MANUAL THERAPY TECHNIQUES
Physical Therapy Modalities: Among the foundations of our integrated approach to wellness are the fundamentals of physical therapy. These may include procedures such as ultrasound, laser light therapy, electrical stimulation, body mechanics, deep tissue massage, heat, ice, and medical fitness.
Visceral Manipulation: At times, overuse of muscle groups, repetition of movement , injuries, strains or accidents can cause an internal pulling of organs and their attachments that create pain or discomfort in muscles, connective tissue, or the skeletal structure. Using visceral (organ system) techniques, our therapists gently enhance the mobility and tissue movement of the organs, which decreases pain and promotes the body's natural healing process.
Craniosacral Therapy: This gentle therapy promotes the release of restrictions in the connective tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord. This light-touch therapy improves the central nervous system function, reducing the effects of stress and strengthens resistance to disease.
Myofascial Release: Sometimes accidents, injuries or simply the overuse of muscles can cause muscle and surrounding connective tissue, or fascia, to become restricted causing pain and/or limited movement. This can cause chronic muscle or joint pain, spasms, or an internal misalignment of the internal body structures. Using a variety of gentle slow stretches, these techniques correct long-standing tissue restrictions. The outcome is decreased pain and increased mobility.
Manual Articular Techniques: An exceptional therapeutic process which restores free and comfortable motion to a painful or restricted joint. The process uses a direct, three-dimensional movement approach of timed soft tissue contraction/relaxation, which inhibits restriction within the muscular skeletal system.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage: This technique activates and cleanses the human fluid system to help the rhythm, pressure, quality, and direction of lymph flow. The body can then naturally and more effectively filter out toxins and assist the body in healing itself. Many patients find a reduction in swelling and muscle and joint pain.
WHAT WE SEE:
Chronic neck and back pain
Migraine headaches, chronic head pain
Central, autonomic, and enteric nervous system disorders
Stress and tension related problems
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Birth trauma, pediatric disorders
Digestive related disorders
Women's health issues
Neurovascular related disorders
GAIL WETZLER PT,DPT,BI-D,EDO
LAUREN MARIAS, PT, DPT, CFMT
CARIN SHULER PT,DPT, CAE, CHC
GAIL WETZLER PT,DPT, BI-D,EDO
Gail Wetzler currently owns our integrative physical therapy practice in Lone Tree, Colorado with over 45 years of experience. After receiving her initial degree in physical therapy, she pursued her first experience in acute orthopedic care at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach California. Within 1 year, she became the outpatient clinical supervisor and thus began her journey and desire for continuing education in the science and art of human movement and function. She studied with Travell and Simons, Mennell, Kaltenborn, Maitland, McKenzie, Mitchell, Jones and Greenman in the earlier years of manual therapy education. Inspired by these methods of treatment, she became an assistant teacher to Dr. Janet Travell and later an instructor with the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) developed by Gregg Johnson and Vicky Saliba Johnson.
In a few years, she developed her own private practice, at which time she received a large number of head, neck and TMJ pain patients. This became a driver to learn more about cranial osteopathy, craniosacral therapy and how the fields of physical therapy and dentistry could collaborate to help these patients. As she pursued continuing education classes with Dr. John Upledger, he inspired her to learn more about the different systems in the body and how they all integrated for function. During one of her earlier speaking engagements for the Upledger Institute (Beyond the Dura), she met Jean Pierre Barral DO, who inspired the importance of anatomy, the ability to listen to the body and the specificity of tissue dialogue in manual therapy techniques. She has listened and followed his mentoring into understanding the body's deeper fascial relationship of the viscera, vascular, neurological and manual articular systems since 1989. Gail has been an instructor for the Barral Institute since 1991 and became the BI Curriculum Director in 2001.
In her career, she has been invited to speak at multiple professional conferences including National and State levels for the APTA, USC Head, Neck and Facial Pain Clinic, University of California, Irvine (UCI), Beyond the Dura Research Conferences, "Hope" Head Injury Organization, and was the keynote speaker in Italy for the Fascial Manipulation Research Conference presented by Antonio, Carla and Luigi Stecco. She is the Past Director of Physical Therapy for the Integrative Medicine Center at UCI. She is currently part of the Research Team for the Upledger Foundation for their recent studies on Post Concussion Recovery. She currently teaches for the Women's Health Section of the APTA.
Gail earned her Diplomate from the Barral Institute in 2005. She earned her Equine Diplomate in Osteopathy from Vluggen Institute of Equine Osteopathy in 2009 and she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago, in 2013. This doctorate emphasized clinical research so she could contribute evidence based projects to prove/disprove the effects of manual therapy in dysfunctional diagnoses.
Professional Associations / Memberships:
*American Physical Therapy Association
*International Association of Healthcare Practitioners
*One With Wellness
LAUREN MARIAS, PT, DPT, CFMT
Dr. Lauren Marias grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She has had a passion for learning and the human body from a young age. Lauren attended Boston University for her bachelors degree in health studies and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. From there she was accepted to the Kaiser Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Residency in northern California. While there she studied how to treat neurological disorders based on human development. Lauren completed the residency at the highest possible level and is an IPNFA Level 5 Certified Therapist. She then moved back to Steamboat Springs to study manual therapy at the Institute of Physical Art. She completed her Functional Manual Therapy Residency and after over 1,500 hours of study and testing became a Certified Functional Manual Therapist. During her time at the IPA, she was exposed to the Barral Institute. Since then Lauren has studied with Gail Wetzler in a variety of classes on visceral, neural, and vascular mobilization. Lauren loves taking classes and plans to continue her education over the course of her career.
CARIN SHULER PT, DPT, CAE, CHC
Dr. Shuler received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1974, graduating Cumma Sum Laude. In 2000, also from USC, she obtained a Masters of Science in Biokinesiology and with a special recognition award in the Advanced Standing Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program for the highest GPA in her class, for her community service, her research and her departmental involvement.
Her early professional career was spent in pediatrics and adult neuro and orthopedics both in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado where she relocated upon marrying her husband, Jack Shuler. Later they were transferred back to Southern California and Dr. Shuler founded Inland Empire Physical Therapy (IEPT) in Corona, CA in 1985 and continued the practice through 2007. IEPT launched an Orthopedic Residency program the summer of 2000 and was accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2001, the 3rd of its kind in the nation. A Fellowship program in Orthopedics was approved in 2004, the first of its kind in the nation. Dr. Carin Shuler, DPT was the administrator of these notable programs.
Dr. Shuler became the Director of Rehab for the Visiting Nurses Association until she and her family returned to Colorado in 2014. During her tenure there, she also served on the Dean’s Executive Counsel for Health Sciences at California Baptist University.
Dr. Shuler has had extensive orthopedic manual therapy training through Stanley Paris courses, Joe Godges’ Year Long Orthopedic Board Certification Prep Course, advanced courses at USC and Functional Orthopedics and Soft Tissue Mobilization through the Institute of Physical Art where Dr. Shuler then became a lab instructor for the Institute’s continuing education courses. She attained her Board Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2002 through 2012. Dr. Shuler also served as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member at the University of Southern California teaching Therapeutic Exercise to entry level DPT students.
Dr. Shuler has provided extensive guest lecturing at Southern California area universities, PT conferences and other Occupational Health and Insurance Associations.
In addition, she has conducted national and international courses and job demands analyses for ErgoScience, Inc of Alabama. Several assignments were in third world locations. She served as an Independent Consultant, Faculty member, Trainer and Analyst with ErgoScience. She is also a Certified Associate Ergonomist (CAE).
Giving back to her profession, she has provided extensive professional association voluntary service on the local and state level including serving as the elected Chairperson of the California Private Practice Special Interest Group as well as the Inland Counties District of California
Her current clinical interests include exercise intervention for the treatment of bone health and osteoporosis; resistance training across the lifespan, Pilates, myofascial work as well as nutritional support for health, wellness, rehab and recovery.
Dr. Shuler also enjoys providing home health services in patient’s homes as well as emerging into telehealth to best serve patients with the recent COVID19 challenges.
Dr. Shuler has been an Independent Contractor with Wetzler Integrative Physical Therapy since 2016 in the Denver, CO area and enjoys providing Cranio Sacral Therapy (CST) and therapeutic exercise programs across all diagnostic groups there. She obtained her CST training through John Barnes PT programs and is continuing her education through the Barral Institute with interest in expanding her skills in Visceral Mobilization and CST.
At Wetzler Integrative Physical Therapy, you will encounter a whole body approach to your symptoms. Each patient will receive their own specialized care and individualized treatment. We will go deeper than just pain relief to really get to the cause of the problem.
Our role is to identify the underlying dysfunction that is perpetuating the presenting symptom. The therapist and patient will work together to develop and implement a personalized treatment program.
Our therapists will function as a team and will often consult with one another on complex cases to ensure the highest level of care. Because of the diverse specialties offered by each therapist, patients may often be scheduled with multiple therapists in the office.
Because of the type of work we do and the limitations and constrictions that are placed upon our therapists, our office is not contracted with any insurance companies. No referrals are necessary.
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