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Colleen Whiteford

Colleen Whiteford, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Whiteford graduated from Saint Louis University in 1984 with a BS in physical therapy, and received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Shenandoah University in 2011. Board certification as an orthopedic specialist was awarded in 2000 and renewed in 2010. Dr. Whiteford has worked as a full-time practicing clinician and owner at Appalachian Physical Therapy since 1986. Long appreciating the role of soft tissues in pain and movement dysfunction, she became certified in dry needling in 2010 and joined the faculty of Myopain /Eureka Seminars® in 2012 to assist with continuing education courses on dry needling and the Fascial Manipulation-Stecco®(FM) method. She has completed over 400 hours of formal training in FM, and in 2018 traveled to Italy for further training and testing to become the first physical therapist in the United States certified in this approach. She contributed a chapter on resolving urinary incontinence in a post-partum runner in the 2018 book, “Fascial Manipulation: The Practitioner’s Perspective.”

The global nature of FM® has expanded Dr. Whiteford’s practice to encompass a wide variety of diagnoses usually isolated to specialties such as dysfunction for women’s and men’s pelvic health, arm/hand, internal organs, autonomic nervous system, vestibular, headache, temporomandibular, and orthopedic cases. A passion to promote these concepts fueled by results has motivated her to present and teach FM® in multiple settings to a variety of practitioners. She is originally from Warren, Michigan, and enjoys time at home with Bill and their dogs.