Hi! My name is Carrie Schuessler. I have been a physical therapist in Flagstaff and the surrounding areas since 2001. I spent much of my career in pediatric therapy, traveling to schools and homes to work with children with special needs. In 2013, my career and my life took a "New Path" as I experienced health challenges that encouraged me to look beyond mainstream Western medicine. Because of the profound relief I experienced with a mindful approach to my own body, I started New Path Physical Therapy, a PT practice emphasizing gentle manual therapy in a safe, focused, trauma-informed environment. My specializations include the Perrin Technique for neurolymphatic drainage, the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, HeartMath Heart Rate Variability training, Visceral and Neural Manipulation through the Barral Institute, and Frequency Specific Microcurrent. These therapies complement my previous studies in NDT, Strain- Counterstrain, pediatric development, and exercise to form a holistic, effective approach to pain and dysfunction for patients of all ages.
My current interests include the Polyvagal Theory and the neurobiological associations between trauma and chronic pain. I am currently in my second year of the Interdisciplinary Health PhD program at Northern Arizona University, with a psychosocial emphasis. I plan to focus my dissertation research on heart rate variability and chronic pain.
When I am not working or studying, you will find me trying to keep up with my two teenagers, running and biking on our amazing Flagstaff trails, backpacking with my husband, or playing keyboard and singing in the band The Flag 5. My life is fulfilling and beautiful despite years of chronic health issues. I want to work with you to help you achieve your goals and restore or improve your health and wellbeing.
We are all worth it!