Dr. Kindra McDougall Kindra earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. She is also certified in emergency medical response for the athlete and is often on the medical staff for tumbling and trampoline in Washington and Oregon. She is a judge for this sport and enjoys coaching private lessons and clinics for tumbling and trampoline, gymnastics, cheer, and acrobatic dance.
As a physical therapist, she thrives on inspiring others to be their best not only in their sport or art, but in life. She uses her knowledge in biomechanical analysis and functional movement to create a whole body treatment approach catered to each person's needs and learning styles. Kindra loves the puzzle of identifying the root cause of a symptom and teaching her patients to fix it with a combination of sport or movement specific functional exercises and self massage, myofascial release, and joint mobilizations techniques. She is well educated in treating hypermobility, including Ehlers Danlos, and vertigo. She is a lifelong learner and is always seeking ways to grow and develop her skills to better help her patients. Her goal is to educate her patients on the tools to maintain a healthy and pain free life so they never have to give up on their dreams.
As a mover, Kindra enjoys pushing her body to its maximum potential. She is a performing artist who specializes in acrobatics and aerial. When on the ground, you’ll probably find her basing and flying for partner acro or stacked on chairs doing hand balancing and contortion. While in the air, you are most likely to see her on the silks or sphere, but she is also proficient in sling, lyra, cube, rope, and harness. She is co-creator of the performance team Duo Mystík and is a member of Vuelta La Luna Circus.
Dr. Elizabeth Corwin Liz holds a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Elon University and is board certified in Sports Therapy. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Puget Sound where she teaches in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. In addition to teaching academically at the University of Puget Sound, she teaches lyra in the local circus community.
As a physical therapist, Liz is dedicated to helping her patients return to the activities that they love, and empowering them with the knowledge and skills to become lifelong, healthy movers. She passionately believes in listening and collaborating with her patients to design rehabilitation programs that meet their specific needs. She has had the pleasure of working with many dancers across the country as a Physical Therapist including for numerous dance companies around Seattle and the dancers of Ailey II.
As a mover, Liz is focused on maintaining health and longevity while still reaching for her physical limits. She has studied many movement styles in addition to aerial, including ballet, modern, Argentine tango, acroyoga, African, salsa, and other social dances. Her dancing has taken her to Europe and South America in addition to around North America. When flying you’re mostly likely to find Liz on a lyra or straps. She loves moving and helping others move too!
Dr. Emily Scherb Emily received her graduate training at Washington University in St. Louis where she focused on learning human movement as a system. She continues to be involved with education as a fellowship mentor and as a provider of continuing medical education. Her focus as an educator is on circus and aerial artists.
As a clinician, Dr. Scherb uses a thorough evaluation process to focus on the underlying cause of symptoms and to recognize patterns of movement that can cause or perpetuate injury. Her unique background in movement as a dancer and aerialist and teacher uniquely prepare her to address all of your aches, pains, and movement questions.
She is comfortable with a challenge and has worked with many patients who have not seen results with traditional physical therapy due to her unique approach centered on patient education and movement training for a long-term solution.
Dr. Scherb is the author of the book Applied Anatomy of Aerial Artists and works with professional and pre-professional circus artists through her positions as Resident Physical Therapist at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts and as the Company Physical Therapist for Acrobatic Conundrum, a contemporary circus company
Emily is on the board of Seattle Dance and Performing Arts Medicine and the American Youth Circus Organization/American Circus Educators
Emily Scherb, PT, DPT - C.V.