Laura May recently moved to Eugene from Oakland, California where she received a certification through the Pilates Method Alliance and taught Mat and Apparatus classes in small group settings. She fell in love with Pilates after finding out that it might help her avoid surgery for her thoracic outlet syndrome; after her first Reformer class she felt better and by her tenth was pain-free. A year later she decided to switch careers and become an instructor to help others overcome their limitations, and learn how to use their bodies properly in daily activities. She has a passion for teaching both movement and anatomy to help others integrate Pilates concepts and mind-body connection to achieve their personal fitness goals.
Jessie grew up exploring the Colorado Rocky Mountains; on foot, cross-country skis and mountain bike. At the age of three, she discovered her love of creative movement and dance and has not stopped moving since. Early on though, she experienced some recurring, over-use injuries and physical therapy was the “go-to” solution for rehabilitation, and balanced strength training to prevent future injuries.
This experience peaked Jessie’s curiosity of “how the body works” and was the impetus for pursuing a PT education.
She moved to Eugene and graduated from the University of Oregon in 2005 with degrees in Human Physiology and Dance Kinesiology. Jessie then pursued her passions; continuing as a principal dancer in the U of O Dance Africa company, serving as the Assistant to the Executive Director of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) and Conference Coordinator for eight conferences both abroad and within the states, and working in an out-patient physical therapy clinic.
Jessie soon realized how the Pilates method complimented all aspects of her life, from daily activities to sport-specific movements. Pilates has been a staple in Jessie’s life whether traveling or at home due to its versatility, accessibility and dynamic movement principles. Immediately after completing the rigorous Stott Certification Program, Jessie started changing people’s pains into movement gains; helping her clients’ return to the life they aspire to.
Collaborating with like-minded professionals in a physical therapy setting was the ideal environment. To complement this dynamic, Jessie became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist; providing a holistic approach to treatment, movement, and goal achievement.
In Jessie’s free time, she can be found frolicking with her children; splashing in waves, traversing mountains, sliding down snow-covered slopes, dancing in her kitchen, or snuggled up reading books.
Bri is a Certified Personal Trainer-Restorative Exercise Specialist and Level 2 MovNat Certified Trainer as well as a yoga teacher. She first fell in love with movement playing basketball on the playground as a kid, then again playing volleyball and running in high school. Growing up with a dad who was a chiropractor made her realize the importance of not only moving, but moving well. This lifelong interest led her to pursue certifications that get clients moving in a way that is challenging, while also building foundational alignment and strength. Movement has always been a grounding and empowering force in her life and she seeks to help others find the same inspiration.
Bronwyn Gill (Broni for short) has lived in Springfield for most of her life. She moved to Tacoma, Washington after getting married to be with her husband who was enlisted in the Army. They moved back when they had their first son. Bronwyn has worked at the clinic her entire work career and loves being able to work with people on a daily basis. She takes pride in knowing she can make someone else’s day a bit easier.
When not at work, Bronwyn loves spending time with her son, husband and animals. She is huge on family and whenever she has free time she thinks of ways to be with them. She also enjoys decorating, swimming, cooking and baking.
Laurie graduated from The Cascade Institute of Massage and Body Therapies. She has been licensed in massage since 2000. Her training includes Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone Therapy, PNF, Pregnancy Massage and Trigger Point Therapy. Most recently, Laurie became certified in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy (foot massage). She enjoys customizing each massage to meet her clients individual needs, from pain management to relaxation and everything in between. She has a passion to learn and is always learning about new ways to help clients.
Laurie has been married to her husband, Shaun, for 21 years and they have 3 children. She loves being a mom, hiking, vacationing, reading, floating the river, being a U of O fan, decorating and has recently become fond of yoga. She feels blessed to have the most wonderful family and friends to share these things with.
After pursuing a degree in Spanish at the University of Oregon, I decided to return to school to become a massage therapist. I graduated in 2014 from the massage program at Lane Community College. My focus in massage is injury recovery and pain relief. I have had training in deep tissue, trigger point, Hawaiian Hot Stone, pregnancy massage, Swedish, and cupping.
In my free time, I love to travel, take photographs, garden, spend time with animals and volunteer for a non profit that provides free bodywork for returning veterans.
Jill recently moved to Eugene from Chicago where she has called home for the past 6 years. Jill earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 2015. She is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Jill enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic conditions along with vestibular and balance dysfunction. She became interested in PT after undergoing ACL reconstruction surgery at age 17 and participating in several months of PT. She was amazed and inspired at how the human body works and what an impact PT can have in a person's life.
Prior to becoming a PT, Jill served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, East Africa for 2 years. It's here that she started to develop a life-long love for travel, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and exploring the outdoors. Jill is very excited for all of the adventures that lay ahead in Oregon for her and her dog, Fitz!
Brynna is an Oregon native, growing up in Springfield. She found a passion for reception through the beauty industry and found a hunger for more, leading her to Staszak PTWC and beginning a journey in medical reception. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Oregon and hiking to waterfalls with her family and bull terrier, Bruiser. She also enjoys cooking and cleaning, lounging around with her pets, and going camping whenever possible.
Originally from Chicago, Michael Staszak moved to Eugene in 1994 and has been living here and practicing as a Physical Therapist ever since. He has been a private practice owner since 2001, initially as co-owner of Bodywise Physical Therapy, then he opened Staszak Physical Therapy & Wellness Center in 2010. He feels privileged to be in this healing profession and be able to help people on a daily basis.
Michael has attended dozens of continuing education courses over the years and has taken bits and pieces from each to create his own approach to manual therapy, education, and exercise. His focus goes beyond just the specific area of injury, he addresses the various causal factors that help bring on an injury, and that often include compensations throughout the entire body. This approach has proven to be extremely effective in helping people recover from an injury but also helps prevent them from having problems in the future.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, traveling, gardening, and the outdoors.
Erin initially found herself in the massage therapy world after her first pregnancy and birth. She became aware of the importance of taking charge of your own health and worked in a holistic medicine center working with lymphedema and detoxification. After losing her mother to complications from back surgery, Erin became impassioned to help others find relief from their myofascial pain without surgery. She trained in Chicago from some of the most respected Myofascial Trigger Point experts in the field and continues to seek out techniques that are well tested and proven to be effective.
Being a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist means knowing what muscle to release for specific areas of pain. Erin approaches her treatments by releasing the trigger point with compression and then taking the muscle into its fullest range of motion. By working within the client’s comfort levels she is able to eliminate trouble spots and regain function. Sometimes this can be done in one short session, sometimes it takes longer.
Erin’s varied background enables her to work with people on many different levels. For Erin, she has found that performing at a high physical level requires a very holistic approach. The top five aspects being: biochemistry , full range of motion, form, mental aptitude and sleep habits. No matter what a person’s physical goals, these five things make the biggest difference in achieving them.
Erin works with her clients to empower them with skills so that they can continue to target areas of pain outside of their sessions by using specific self-compression exercises and stretching. She also looks at perpetuating factors such as diet, posture and sleep to correct those things that undermine our ability to be pain and inflammation free.
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