Wyoming Center for Dizziness and Balance - Education Dr.
Dizziness and balance disorders can affect anyone - young or old - but the resulting impairments vary considerably. Symptoms of a dizziness or balance disorder may include:
- A constant sense of dizziness, wooziness, or unstableness that is intensified by performing everyday activities such as walking, rolling over in bed, or glancing around a room.
- Inability to walk independent of assistance from people or objects.
- Continual falls or stumbles while performing normal, everyday activities.
Symptoms of dizziness and balance disorders such as these make performing simple, everyday tasks stressful, and fulfilling job responsibilities even more taxing. Some patients find the idea of leaving their home without assistance unbearable. Without treatment, patients cannot function normally and enjoy everything life has to offer.
At the Wyoming Center for Dizziness & Balance, our team approach to treatment offers patients the freedom to return to their lives.
Together, our team implements an effective treatment plan to help patients regain mobility and the quality of life they deserve. Treatment reduces, and often eliminates, the symptoms of dizziness and balance disorders, allowing patients to feel more comfortable with daily activities. Treatments also allow for patient education to help reduce the chance of injury or relapse, giving patients added confidence and comfort to perform everyday activities on their own.
Kathy Blair, PT, DPT, OCS: is the physical therapist owner of Wind City, Hands On and High Country Physical Therapy. She grew up outside of NYC and was an avid varsity runner in high school and in college. She graduated from Ithaca College in 1992 with her Bachelor's in Physical Therapy and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009 from Regis University. She migrated to the West in 1994 and has made her home in Casper since then. She is married to Brent and has 2 fantastic children Aleka and William. She hopes that Aleka’s swimming skills will allow them to join triathlons as a team (she desperately needs a swimmer to pull her along!)
She is dedicated to quality patient care and providing evidenced based treatments that allow her patients to achieve the best outcomes. Her vision and commitment to her patients has allowed her to expand into 5 facilities between Casper, Cheyenne and Laramie.
Kathy is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and works with students from all over the country. She is actively involved in local, state and federal physical therapy issues and legislative agendas and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. In 2004, she was awarded the National State Legislative Leadership Award by the APTA, for her work in attaining direct access in Wyoming.
She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, credentialed McKenzie therapist for treatment of spine disorders, certified in trigger point dry needling and ASTYM techniques, and is the only certified vestibular therapist in Wyoming. She is a lifelong learner and continues to gain new skills to help her patients.
Jessica Schlagenhaufer, PT, DPT, graduated from Montana State University-Bozeman with a Bachelor's in Exercise Science in 2008 and then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Husson University in Maine in 2011. She has been working at Wind City since early 2012 and now spends her time at both clinics in Casper and Glenrock along with treating patients at Mountain View Regional Hospital. Although she enjoys working with patients of all diagnoses, Jessica has a strong interest in headache and low back pain treatment and prevention. In addition, she has considerable experience with joint replacements and a variety of orthopedic populations.
When not working, Jessica enjoys running, cycling, skiing, hunting, and doing anything outside with her Wyoming man, Tucker. Even though she is originally from Northwest Montana, she is starting to experience all that Wyoming has to offer and loving it!
Certifications: FMS Level 1, Trigger Point Dry Needling, and coming soon...SFMA Level 1 and 2
Member: American Physical Therapy Association