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I came across Tessah with the help of a young patient with scoliosis. When this patient, a 12 year old girl, told me that she was using Pilates to help her scoliosis I was concerned. I knew that it would take a special, very attentive instructor to modify the exercises so that they would be appropriate for the unique needs of scoliosis in a young teen. Fortunately for this patient, her Pilates instructor is Tessah Joseph. Fortunately for me and all of my patients, Tessah accepted when I invited her to work with me and help all of my patients--those with scoliosis and those without--to improve their stability, strength, flexibility, and body awareness.

For many of my patients who have heard me say over and over that without movement and exercise, your muscles and joints will not hold a treatment, we now have Tessah to help you put those words into action. She is attentive, knowledgeable, gentle, and dedicated to her work. I am so pleased that she is joining us.

Tessah writes:

I completed Mat Pilates Certification from Body Arts and Sciences International in January 2014, and I will complete my Comprehensive Pilates Certification from Pilates Sports Center in February 2016. I began Pilates to alleviate back pain from scoliosis and, in addition to the decreased back pain and improved postures, discovered that my whole body became stronger and more flexible. My rehabilitative teaching style focuses on functional muscle development, core strength, and postural awareness, providing a solid foundation that complements many other treatments and exercise regimens.

Prior to my career in Pilates, I worked in nonprofit development, marketing and operations for Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest. I hold a B.A. from the University of Oregon in International Studies and Communications.

I am grateful to Dr. Russ for the opportunity to work in this environment with patients of all ages and conditions! Though I do share Dr. Russ's special interest in scoliosis, I love working with patients recovering from injury, degeneration, pain, or those that just need a little direction to help them improve their daily self-care.

If you are wondering if Tessah might be able to help you, click here to send us an email. We will be happy to answer your questions!

You can also visit Tessah's private practice website here.