Dawn-Marie Ickes, MPT, PMA-CPT, an industry leader and past contributor to Physical Therapy Products has been appointed director of physical therapy and integrative wellness at Ella Health. In her new role, Ickes will oversee programs designed specifically for women, including individual treatment and small group classes. A news release issued by Ella Health notes that Ickes promotes a holistic Pilates-based approach to physical therapy, intended to strengthen and heal women more quickly and effectively.

Ickes’ focus rests on educating women and helping them improve their health with specialized exercises and lifestyle changes to avoid issues and minimize the need for surgery or medication.

Melissa Dyrdahl, chief executive, emphasizes the organization’s pride in welcoming a person of Ickes’ “high caliber” to the Ella Health team.

“Her tremendous depth and breadth of experience, combined with her passion for women’s health, will truly benefit our patients as we expand our business, launch additional services, and introduce new products,” Dyrdahl adds.

Ickes is the founder and clinical director of Evolve Integrative Wellness and an adjunct professor in the DPT programs at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, and California State University, Northridge. Additionally, she serves as a faculty member for Balanced Body Pilates and Redcord US. Ickes lectures internationally on the importance of integrating movement education, rehabilitation, and wellness. She is vice chair of the California Private Practice Group, dedicated to promoting, educating, networking, and growing private physical therapy practices. She earned a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s College (now Mount St Mary’s University), has a postgraduate certification in Pilates, and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Youth Exercise Specialist.

[Source: Ella Health]