Dawn M. Cox, PT, MSPT, CFMT
Dawn is a late bloomer by most physical therapist standards. After
graduating from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a fashion
business degree in 1989 she quickly fled the Midwest to New York City
and landed a job in public relations. All the while Dawn kept her love of
the human body fed by teaching fitness/dance classes and personal
training. Once seven years went by and these activities were not enough
to satisfy her appetite, she found herself in PT school at the age of thirty.
In an effort to then be on the fast-track immediately after graduating,
she signed up for her first functional manual therapy™ course with the
Institute of Physical Art (IPA) in 2001 at the recommendation of a
respected mentor. She was blown away at the specificity and efficiency
the IPA philosophy provided and quickly registered for as many physical
therapy continuing education courses as her schedule would allow while
working two jobs.
After time spent in pediatrics with the New York City school system by
day and working nights at an out-patient orthopedic and sports facility,
she then went to work at PhysioArts, the premier performing arts physical
therapy clinic in the heart of Broadway. Not only was she mentored by
a primary instructor in hands-on manual therapy daily, she worked with
such Broadway shows as The Lion King, Producers, Movin’ Out, 42nd Street,
dancers from world-renowned dance companies such as Paul Taylor
and Twyla Tharp and the Rockettes for RadioCity’s Christmas Spectacular.
This was an invaluable experience for practicing her hands-on skills.
After being in New York City for 16 years she and her family made a
tough decision to leave “the City” and move to Lancaster, PA to be
closer to family. Although a challenging transition at first, Dawn realized
that she was bringing a new approach to treatment to the area with
her functional manual therapy techniques in her “tool bag.” Doctors
and other members of the community were quick to recognize the
differences from traditional physical therapy. This gave her the drive
to continue her education by achieving her certification in Functional
Manual Therapy™ (CFMT™) in which she passed with distinction. She is only
one of two physical therapists in Pennsylvania with this qualification. And
now, she is thrilled to bring her “physical art” to Prana Functional Manual
Therapy as owner.
Dawn is active in the downtown Lancaster community including serving
as a James Street Improvement District board member. In early 2011,
she was recognized by SCORE Lancaster with an award for excellence
in business development. She also gives regular seminars at local
businesses and organizations on back health and jokes about being
known on the street as the “chief of the posture police.” She will give
postural tips to anyone who listens!
When not at work, Dawn can often be found dancing in her kitchen and
lip-syncing into a spoon with her two children Georgia and Liam while her
husband Jim looks on with a grin on his face and a nod of his head to
keep the beat.
HEATHER LINDSLEY, PT
Heather Lindsley is a Lancaster County girl who when it came to searching for the perfect career, found that three was the charm. A 1981 graduate of Ephrata High School, she attended the College of William and Mary.
After graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Heather took off for the bright lights of NYC for a short stint in retail management with Macy’s. Neither the city life nor the job fit her personality, so she changed gears and accepted a job in healthcare recruitment for the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY. There she was introduced to the physical therapy profession and found a career niche that fit her like a glove. A move back south to Chapel Hill, NC was the final piece of the puzzle. She was accepted into the UNC Chapel Hill PT program and graduated as a genuine Tar Heel in 1985.
Heather has worked in various areas of patient care since graduating. She and her family returned to Lancaster in 1997 to be close to family, and she was fortunate to meet Dawn Cox while working in a local clinic. Through Dawn’s instruction, Heather learned some basic manual techniques and found them invaluable in her practice. She is thrilled to join Dawn’s adventure at Prana Functional Manual Therapy® and looks forward to continuing to grow in her chosen field.
Heather met her future husband, Todd, as he ran cross country workouts around the hockey field where she played field hockey at William and Mary. She has kept her interest in sports alive by coaching – she was an assistant lacrosse and field hockey coach for SUNY Oneonta for a season each. She has coached the youth and the middle school girl’s lacrosse teams as her daughter grew through the program. She also coached the 2014 club lacrosse team for the Lancaster Area Xtreme program. She has recently signed up with the “Girls on the Run” and looks forward to getting into coaching for a local program.
Heather and Todd live south of Millersville with their three children: Cooper, Greta and Lou … along with three dogs and two cats. You may find her working out at the Lancaster Family YMCA or helping with the local chapter of Girls on the Run. She also loves working in her vegetable and flower gardens, cooking up a storm, water and downhill skiing, and of course, cheering on her amazing kids in their varied sporting adventures.
JUSTIN GEISSINGER, PT, DPT
Justin Geissinger is a Lancaster County native with a passion for building community in Lancaster City. A 1999 graduate of Conestoga Valley High School, physical therapy is a second career for Justin and an adventure that marries his interest in the workings of the human body and his desire to build impactful relationships with people in his community.
Justin attended Virginia Tech, where he graduated with a degree in Marketing in 2003. During that time he developed a taste for fine southern living that includes an affinity for bluegrass, hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Hokie football. He spent six years working in the business world as a Purchasing Manager for a local company. Though there were parts of his job that he enjoyed, Justin felt something was missing from his professional life and he sought to make a change. After considering a number of different career paths and shadowing professionals in various careers, it became increasingly clear physical therapy would be a perfect fit. So, in the summer of 2008, Justin quit his job in business to begin taking classes towards his physical therapy degree. While in school, Justin juggled multiple part-time jobs, his course work and being a stay-at-home dad of a newborn baby girl. Finally, in May of 2012, Justin graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Neumann University and was happy to join the Prana team shortly thereafter. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn the newest techniques of functional manual therapy and incorporate them into the treatment of his patients, whether it be to get them back out on the track or athletic field, or back to playing with their grandkids pain-free.
Justin is an avid runner, often seen running around the West End of Lancaster City, or on the trails of the County Park. He is constantly chasing down new PR’s (personal records) at local road races, specifically 5k’s, 5-miler’s and the occasional marathon. Justin seeks out ways of building community, whether it’s “on the block,” in the city, or at his church. He is also a dedicated gardener, amateur foodie and budding ice-cream maker. When he’s not at work, Justin can be found playing with his beautiful children Kristin, Ella and Ethan. His wife, Sarah, is obviously the best thing that ever happened to him, and the Geissinger family loves living in the West End.
CHARLES O'MALLEY, PT, DPT
Charlie grew up not too far away in West Chester, PA but has definitely taken the scenic route to finally end up in Lancaster. His first big move was to the Philadelphia area where he graduated from Drexel University with a degree in biology in 2006 before attending physical therapy school at Arcadia University. After graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009, he began his career working at a rehab hospital where he treated patients with multiple neurological issues such as stroke, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. In addition to this, he spent time as the lead inpatient amputee rehab therapist.
In 2011, he married fellow Arcadia University PT school graduate and Ephrata native Amanda Funk. Together they embarked on a two year journey across the country working in under-served areas as traveling physical therapists. Their travels took them through the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and as far away as Alaska. It was in Alaska where Charlie was exposed to outpatient manual therapy.There was certainly a temptation to remain in Alaska, but Charlie and Amanda decided to return to PA in 2014.
While living in Bloomsburg, PA for two and a half years, Charlie managed an outpatient physical therapy office while honing his manual therapy skills and combining them with his neurological rehab background. In addition to this, Charlie and Amanda completely renovated their home over these two years and had their first child in October of 2015. When the opportunity to work at Prana came about, Charlie jumped at the chance to serve with such a great team of manual therapists and move closer to family.
In case you didn’t guess from his desire to live in Alaska, Charlie loves the outdoors. This includes hiking, biking, fishing, running, kayaking, snowshoeing, and snowboarding. Charlie has visited 22 different National Parks and would love to visit all 59 someday. He is also SCUBA certified. So if you have any advice on great adventures, either local or far away, in the summer heat or winter chill, on land or in the water, Charlie is all ears!
SHANNON K. MUNLEY PT, MPT
Shannon may be a newcomer to Lancaster, but she is Pennsylvania girl at heart. Born and raised in Scranton, she spent many years in local dance studios, community theaters and vocal groups. She received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton, and plans to pursue her Doctorate with the University of St. Augustine. She is a Certified KinesioTape Practitioner and a STOTT PILATES certified rehabilitation Pilates Instructor (mat and reformer).
Growing up in Scranton, she loved being close to New York City and Philadelphia. There were frequent day trips with her aunts to NYC for Broadway matinees and bus trips to Philadelphia, taking in the history of the city. Throughout college, she took any chance she had to sneak off to either city and audition for any show, company, or cruise ship! It was a perfect fit when a professor pointed her in the direction of performing arts physical therapy. While continuing to perform locally, she geared her studies toward treating performers and all those involved in stage productions. This lead her to an internship with Sean Gallagher at Performing Arts Physical Therapy in NYC – working on shows such as A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!, American Idiot, and Legally Blonde.
After graduation, Shannon spent two years in a mentorship at Allied Rehabilitation Services in Scranton where she had the opportunity to work closely with PTs and PTAs working in orthopedics, stroke rehabilitation, and neurological physical therapy. She also took this time to expand her experience in dance medicine by working part-time for Performing Arts Physical Therapy by driving into the Big Apple on weekends to continue treating at Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters. She moved to New York in 2010 to audition and treat full-time. She was lucky enough to spend the next five years performing in NYC and on regional stages, while continuing to treat in the Theatre District and Financial District. She left NYC only to test the waters in Los Angeles in 2015, and while the temptations of beautiful Southern California are many, a fateful meeting with a mutual friend of Dawn’s brought an opportunity too perfect to resist.
Now, she finds herself tucked away in a gem in central Pennsylvania, with her favorite cities just a train or bus ride away. While she wouldn’t trade her time away for anything, Dorothy had it right all along: “There’s no place like home."
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NATALIE SMITH and STEPHANIE SHELDON Directors of First Impressions
Natalie Smith, Office Manager
Stephanie Sheldon, Administrative Coordinator