My name is Susan Frikken. I am a therapist specializing in whole-person health promotion and rehabilitation.
I received my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and I combine these skills with my massage therapy and bodywork training. I graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, DC, and have continually invested in incredible continuing education opportunities. I started my business in Northern Virginia in the 1990s and began my current practice—Yahara Therapy—in 2006 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Special areas of practice and interest are pain management, neurological issues, balance and vestibular rehabilitation, postural dysfunction, fitness, and wellness and preventive care. Community health and wellness is important; I am committed to participating in health promotion and creating stronger neighbors and networks, and in reducing the cost of and increasing access to quality health care.
As of November 2014 I am trained as a practitioner in three-dimensional (3D) scoliosis rehabilitation at the basic (C1) level by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS).
I am especially focused on helping those who are "beginners" in learning about their bodies, including changes or injuries, as well as those just starting fitness and wellness practices.
I believe in creating safe space for exploration and transformation, and in providing dependable information so you are more fully educated, empowered, and a voluntary participant in your own care and body awareness. I like to draw, use photo and video, and even to act things out to help things make sense—to me and to you!
I am a trained instructor in Dane County for Stepping On, a program proven to reduce falls and build confidence in older people. I am also a founding member of the Madison Area Wellness Collective, a diverse group of local providers dedicated to changing the face of health care by bringing together professionals who provide people-centered care and direction.
During my first pass through Wisconsin many years ago, I received my undergraduate degree at Ripon College. I have had a variety of interesting occupations and life experiences, including working in an LGBT/HIV health care organization for nine years and on archaeology digs. I have also been an educator of many kinds for all ages, including outdoor and environmental education, classroom teaching, ballroom dance, and sports coaching.
Originally from metro Detroit, I have lived in Louisiana, the northeastern US, the Washington, DC, area and am now a resident of Madison, WI with my partner, two dogs and two cats.
I balance work life with copious bicycling, blogging, amateur photography, dabbling in other creative and physical pursuits--including a new passion for the German Wheel at the Madison Circus Space—and spending time with friends, family and pets.