My role as a Physical Therapist is simple. I guide and provide the tools patients need to get back to their functional lifestyles by educating the patient, engaging the patient in their individualized and progressive program, and preventing further injuries and problems in the future.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, learning to play hockey (Go Greenhorns!), camping/hiking, watching movies (with good character development) and reciting nerdy movie quotes.
As a tai chi instructor and practitioner, I enjoy integrating similar dynamic movement/balance patterns in my own therapy exercises.
I am also a trained classical violinist, and I am in a position to address the overuse and postural problems often incurred by musicians (that’s one of the reasons I got into this business).
After working with Everett Aquasox players and other repetitive throwing athletes in my nascent years, I continue to love working with shoulder injuries and sports biomechanics.
Masters in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. As a specialty, I studied neuromuscular imbalances in relation to functional movement patterns.
Consultant for injury prevention and diagnosis to Super Jock N Jill, EarthCorps, Seattle Parks and Rec, and other fine organizations in North Seattle
Veronika utilizes the latest research in guiding her clinical approach to treating patients of all ages from youth to elderly with cutting edge techniques to restore structural and muscular imbalances, deactivate stress responses, with an integrated whole body approach.
She invites her patients to be active participant in this journey with teaching self assessment, self treatment strategies to help with mange/abolish the symptoms to allow them to reach their prior functional level and beyond, prepare them to prevent reinjury.
Her love of movement and energy allows her to giving back to the community with coaching her kids sport teams (basketball, ultimate frisbee and archery) and enjoy with her family the great outdoors should that be Magnuson Park or the Cascade Mountains with mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, sailing, drumming and belly dancing.
Her areas of clinical expertise include spinal injuries, jaw pain, post surgical care, overuse injuries, car accidents, work injuries, sport injuries (runner, biker, skier, rock climber, swimmer, team sports, dancer, musician) balance-vestibular issues, chronic pain, concussion.
Veronika’s personal interest and professional skill set combine results with great achievements with rock climbing injuries and youth sport injuries including concussion.
Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) by The McKenzie Institute
by the German Association for Manual Therapy (Maitland Concept)
Certified in Neurorehabilitation ( PNF- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation)
IPNFA level 4 status following a 6 month Residency Program at Kaiser Foundation
Neuro Rehabiliation Center, Vallejo, CA
Certified in Sports Medicine by German Physical Therapy Association
Certified in Reflex Based Breathing Therapy by Bruene and Dr. Schmitt (Germany)
Advanced training in Vestibular Therapy, Climbing as a Therapy, Running Analysis, Aquatic Therapy, Pain management, Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion, NASP archery coach
BS Physical Therapy, Albert Szent Gyoergyi Medical University, Hungary, 1995
2018, 2019 WA State Archery Tournament (NASP); coach, qualified students for nationals and world
2006-2019 US Climbing Competitions in Stone Gardens, Seattle,WA: judge
2007-2014 Billion Belly March, Fremont Parade, Seattle, WA
2007 Vancouver Marathon, BC, CAN
PT, COMT, ITPT, Cert MDT
Darshana is very passionate about analyzing human movement and optimizing daily functions to improve quality of life. She takes a special interest in helping people return to what matters most ranging from competitive crossfitters to a busy pregnant mama chasing her toddler. As a part of your team she advocates for your well being with her holistic approach with helping you learn about your own body and enabling you with tools to reach your full potential.She does extensive community outreach to facilitate preventative care and increase awareness.
Darshana’s fascination with the miracle of birth and her calling to help women across the lifespan has led her to follow a path of clinical excellence in Women’s health physical Therapy. She has pursued extensive training within the specialty of Women’s Health Physical therapy particularly pelvic health for birth and beyond. Darshana has developed strong ties with her local birth community by collaborating with professional care teams and it is her vision to make physical therapy the “new normal” for helping women heal after birth.
In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends and dancing with her performing arts group.
Darshana is a Board certified Clinical specialist in Women’s Health as well as Orthopedic Physical therapy.Her areas of clinical expertise including: complex lumbo pelvic pain, pregnancy related low back /hip/pelvic pain, preparing for labor and delivery, Urinary or fecal leakage, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis rectus abdominis, cesarean scar, painful sex, endometriosis, tailbone pain.
Doctor Of Physical therapy (DPT) from the University of Montana
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy (WCS)
with American Board of Physical Therapy Specialty
Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)
Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) by The McKenzie Institute
MS in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy ( MSPT) from the University of Pittsburgh
Bachelor in Physical Therapy (BPT) from T.N.Medical College Mumbai, India
Public speaking in the area of women’s health in her local and global community:
Keynote speaker at NW Doula conference 2019
Guest speaker at PEPS group meetings since 2018
Guest speaker at wellness fair in Lakecity Community center 2019
Clinical instructor for DPT students since 2012
Clinical Mentor PT residents NYU 2013
DPT, MS, WCS, OCS, Cert MDT
Being physically active and healthy makes me a happier person. This is one reason I chose a profession where I can encourage others to move more freely and confidently, and to return to the activities that bring them happiness.
I came to Seattle by way of international sports. I was born in Japan, where I took up women’s rugby in high school. I moved to Seattle in 1991 to continue playing rugby. I was fortunate to be one of the first Japanese female rugby players and to participate in two World Cups as a member of the Japanese national team. Although I don’t play anymore, I still enjoy watching the sport and supporting local teams. In my spare time, I like to cook, walk, practice yoga, hike and spend time with family and friends. I also love to travel, as much as my budget and time allows!
My training in physical therapy at the University of Washington included a wide range of clinical internships in various settings, from acute hospital care to rehabilitation to outpatient clinics. I came to appreciate the challenges that patients must overcome or accommodate when dealing with conditions such as osteoarthritis, chronic pain, acute injury and post-surgery recovery. I enjoy working with people of many backgrounds, ages and conditions. Besides a doctorate in physical therapy, I also have advanced degrees and research experience in nutrition and environmental health. I am interested in using nutrition, combined with physical therapy, to help clients prevent injury. (I am currently working to establish nutrition practices within the scope of physical therapy.)
DPT – Doctorate in Physical Therapy, University of Washington
MS – Master of Science in Environmental Sciences, University of Washington
MPH – Master of Public Health in Nutrition, University of Washington
BS – Bachelor of Sciences in Nutrition, Bastyr University