More about Sandi

After years in mainstream physical therapy, Sandi grew tired of insurance companies putting restrictions on her treatment and going by company standards where "assembly line" physical therapy is normal. In 2014, Sandi started her own business to treat individuals the way she felt they deserved to be treated. Pivotal Connections was established in Lexington Park, Maryland and in a few short months Sandi had created her perfect job, treating in a unique style and getting great results.  Following a cross-country move due to her husband's job as a university professor, Sandi re-established Pivotal Connections on the West Coast.  Since arriving in Humboldt County in 2016, Sandi's unique treatment style has caught on and her business continues to grow each year. 

Education and Experience

Born and raised as a Midwest girl from Wisconsin, Sandi's undergraduate degree is in Biology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. After traveling and gaining some life experiences, Sandi received her clinical doctorate in physical therapy in 2008 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2017, she obtained an additional board certification as an Orthopaedic Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association. Although her training has been diverse and widespread (including Sports and Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and Women’s Health), her love is INJURY PREVENTION and TREATING MOVEMENT DYSFUNCTION.  An injury is easier and more cost effective to prevent than to treat.  That's one of the reasons why most evaluations for new patients includes a full body assessment (Selective Functional Movement Assessment, SFMA) which is the foundation of establishing her treatment plan and is a key tool for preventing future injuries.

Athletics

Growing up Sandi's primary sport was soccer, and that continued from the age of 5 through college.  She played 4 years of Division III soccer at Lawrence University.  Upon graduation she had a lengthy period of competing as a long distance triathlete and managed to complete several full marathons.  She also participated in multiple long distance open water swims while living in Virginia.  In her 30's she began a love with CrossFit which eventually turned into a love for Olympic Weightlifting.  Olympic lifting is her current primary sport. 

The Most Important... Family.

Sandi and her family reside in Humboldt County, in Northern California, wayyyy north.  She has an amazing husband who works as a professor at Humboldt State University, along with 2 adorable children Luciana and Teo. Last, but not least, is the family dog Mace who is also the "public relations liaison" for Pivotal Connections. You can find him sitting in the lobby of Pivotal Connections on most work days. 

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