About Catherine
A Short Biography
I graduated from Liège University (Belgium) in 1989 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy, and from Des Moines University
with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008. I Worked as the resident representative of Handicap International  in
Laos from 89 to 91, treating special needs children and amputees, and teaching Physical Therapy. I then came to the
US where I specialized in orthopedics with an emphasis on back and neck problems and sports injuries. Because my
husband's job requires him to live overseas, I have volunteered and setup private practices in Laos, Taiwan, China,
Burma and Austria. I currently work with both adults and children with orthopedic and neurological issues in my
private practice and teach continuing education workshops for physical therapists.  I hold a physical therapy license
in Virginia, D.C. and Belgium, was trained in Myofascial Release and am certified as a Feldenkrais practitioner in the
US and Austria.  I am a PATH registered therapist, a h
ippotherapy clinical specialist and a registered therapeutic
riding instructor. I completed the Mastery for children advanced training for the Anat Baniel method in January 2010.

I am also a Certified Kinesiotaping practitioner.


Languages spoken: French and English.

I am a member of the following professional organizations:
  • The American Physical therapy Association (APTA)
  • Path International
  • The American Hippotherapy Association (AHA)
  • The Feldenkrais Guild of North America (FGNA)
  • Kinesio Taping Association International (KTA)

My treatment philosophy:
  • You should be in control of every aspect of your treatment, and therefore should be given all the information
    you need to make an informed decision. There are no stupid questions, and no maximum number of times
    something needs to be clarified.  We will discuss any issue until you feel that you have understood it
    thoroughly.
  • Pain should not be part of the treatment.
  • If you know what you do, you can do what you want.
  • In never giving up: together we will get you better.
  • That at the end of each session, you should have learned a little bit more about how to use yourself
    efficiently and without pain.
  • That one should never stop learning.

Professional activities:

I have presented at conferences, conducted in services and taught workshops for physical therapists on the
following subjects:

-Practical applications of Neuroplasticity in physical therapy practice for treatment of orthopedic and pediatric
pathologies. ( 2012, 2013 CEU's workshop for PT's, Herndon, VA)
- Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education (2009 CEU's workshop for PT's, Herndon, VA)
-Use of the Feldenkrais and Anat Baniel Method in a comprehensive treatment plan (2012 presentation at circle of
support conference, Woodbridge, VA)
- A different Approach to Stroke Rehabilitation (2012 CEU's workshop for PT's Herndon, VA)
-New concepts in Stroke Rehabilitation (2009 in service, Fair Oaks, VA)
-Practical strategies to facilitate Motor Learning in therapeutic Riding lessons (2011 PATH conference presentation,
Williamsburg, VA)
-Introduction to Hippotherapy (2012 CEU's workshop for PT's, Leesburg, VA)
-Role of the self Image in our choice of motor pattern (2008 advanced workshop for Feldenkrais practitioners)
-Mirror neurons and their role in stroke rehab (2009 in service Fair Oaks, VA)

I have been a peer reviewer for  Des Moines University Post Professional  Doctorate in Physical Therapy (PPDPT)
students' capstone papers since 2011.

Professional Interests:

Neuroplasticity and its application into everyday life, new research on the brain and its function, the Feldenkrais
Method and the Anat Baniel Method as well as the use of the horse's movement into physical therapy treatment
have guided my learning throughout my career.

The following books have greatly contributed to my knowledge base:

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
Ph.D., Jill Bolte Taylor
The brain that changes itself, Norman Doidge, MD
A Damasio: Descartes's Error
Mapping the brain, Rita Carter
Trauma and Recovery, Judith Herman
Touching, Ashley Montagu
Welcome to your child's brain, Sandra AAmodt and Sam Wang
The power of Neurodiversity, Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain, Thomas Armstong, Ph.D.
Train your mind to change your brain, Sharon Begley.

Books by Moshe Feldenkrais: The potent Self, The case of Nora, The elusive Obvious, Awareness Through Movement,
Practical Judo, Embodied Wisdom, The Master Moves

Books by Anat Baniel: Move Into Life and Kids Beyond Limits

Books by V S Ramachandran : Phantoms in the brain and A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness
(For use of mirrors in therapy, phantom pain)

Books by Oliver sacks: A leg to stand on, The man who mistook his wife for a hat, An anthroplogist on Mars,
Musicology.(practical neurology)

Books by Temple Grandin: Emergence: labeled autistic, Thinking in pictures, Animals in translation, The way I see it,
Animals make us Human (Autism, human and animal behavior)

Peer reviewed papers:

The Feldenkrais Method

Resources for living fully with degenerative ataxia in Northern Virginia

Physical Therapists’ role in the management of inherited degenerative Ataxias,
with special emphasis on Friedreich’s ataxia.
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