About The Center for Muscle and Joint Therapy: Physical Therapy, PT Solutions, PT Treatment for Injuries, Injury Therapy, Industrial Testing, and more.
We have experience working with an array of different injuries and illnesses for patients of all ages, backgrounds, and physiques. From minor to major injuries we assist you with it all. It’s our goal to encourage the best possible healing strategies to improve your health, and make you feel like you again.
Meet Our Team
Our team of licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants work diligently to provide you with the best tools and practices available to help improve your mobility and alleviate pain associated with a variety of ailments & injuries that compromise physical health. Click on a team photo to learn more.
JAMES G. RAUZI
Founder / Physical Therapist
James graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1988 with a degree in Physical Therapy and emphasis on orthopedic (muscle and joint) physical therapy. James started looking for ways to provide a higher level of personal care that really focused on developing a personal understanding of the patient’s needs in order to serve them better. This led to his founding of the Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy in 1991. James is the lead physical therapist, specializing in evaluation and care for treatment of all muscle and skeletal injuries and pre and post-surgery care with an emphasis on manual therapy or hands-on techniques to achieve the restoration of function.
In addition to being a certified Physical Therapist, James is a certified practitioner of the Graston Technique, and a Certified Kinesio Technique Practitioner. James (along with his entire staff) continues to attend extensive orthopedic outpatient classrooms on shoulders, hips and knees in order to stay abreast of the latest techniques and procedures.
How does James describe CMJT?
“When I opened the Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy, my focus was to make every patient feel as if their individual care was the single most important thing to us. We work very hard at making sure each patient is treated this way and it’s really not something we have to consciously aim for: it’s simply a by-product of the attitude and commitment of everyone here and I couldn’t be prouder of the staff we have. Our company motto is a quote by James C. Penny and it really points to the heart of who we are. ‘It is the service we are not obliged to give that people most value.’ “
Jane graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy in 1989 and started practicing at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin where she focused on rehab after orthopedic trauma surgery. During this time, Jane earned a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology/Therapeutic Science in 1997.
Relocating to Duluth, Minnesota in 1997, she became the director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lake Superior College where she continues to teach.
Jane joined the team at Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy in 1998 on a part-time/per diem basis where she practices in all areas of orthopedics, especially post-operative rehabilitation and manual therapy.
Lindi graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training in 2004. Her areas of specialty include sports rehabilitation, foot and ankle disorders, custom and over-the-counter heat moldable foot orthotics, general and spine-specific manual therapy, cancer rehabilitation, and Functional Dry Needling.
Lindi is a Kinesio Technique Practitioner, Graston Technique Practitioner, and a Certified Functional Dry Needling Practitioner. Lindi joined the team at Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy in 2014.
Chad graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota in 2000 with a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education with concentrations in Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training.
Chad has been an Athletic Trainer for The University of North Dakota Men’s ice hockey team, Instructor/Adjunct Professor for UND Department of Family Medicine, College of St. Scholastica and Lake Superior College, and Staff Physical Therapist for various Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinics in the area.
Chad joined The Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy in 2017.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
Physical Therapist Assistant
Kathy graduated in 1990 from Duluth Technical College and Hibbing Community College – now known as Lake Superior College. She initially worked in neuro-rehabilitation before moving to Sports Medicine and outpatient orthopedics. She is trained in Graston Technique, McConnell taping and Kinesio taping. Kathy’s specialty is core training, retraining and stabilization. Kathy teaches Pilates at The Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy. Kathy is also a Personal Trainer.
Kathy joined the team at Center for Muscle and Joint Therapy in 2012.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Teresa Zupancich has an Associate of Applied Science degree from Lake Superior College as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Corporate and Community Fitness and a Masters in Applied Kinesiology-Sports Management. Teresa is a yoga instructor and has advanced training in Therapeutic Yoga. She is Graston certified and has past experience working in short term rehabilitation and skilled nursing. Additionally, she serves as a Clinical Instructor for students in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Lake Superior College.
Teresa joined the team at Center for Muscle and Joint Therapy in 2016.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Debbie graduated from Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota in 2003 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She received the Mary McMillan Scholarship Award for Outstanding PTA Student – one of only 2 students in the United States to receive the award in 2003.
Debbie has held Physical Therapist Assistant positions in Outpatient Physical Therapy, Inpatient Rehabilitation, and Home Care. Debbie is a Certified Practitioner of the Graston Technique, and a Certified Kinesio Technique Practitioner.
Debbie joined the team at Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy in 2010.
Committed to Your Health Since 1991
We have nearly 30 years of experience serving the communities of Superior, Wisconsin, Duluth, Minnesota and surrounding areas to provide physical therapy solutions that alleviate pain and improve the well being of our patients. With your health in mind first, it’s our honor to provide you with the tools and support that you need to succeed.
At the Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy we know that no two patients are the same, which is why we work with you to create a personalized care plan that is tailored to your needs and physical therapy goals. With your budget in mind, we work alongside you to provide the best care possible at great rates without compromising quality.
We offer a wide selection of physical therapy services to help our patients achieve their physical therapy goals and promote healthy living. Whether seeking physical therapy solutions or engaging in wellness therapy to improve health, we offer the physical therapy solutions that you deserve at the price that you need.
Some of the services we offer at the Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy include:
- Manual Therapy
- Home Exercise Program Development
- Vertigo Treatment
- TMJ Treatment
- Balance Training
- Kinesio Taping
- Graston Technique
- Dry Needling
- Industrial Screening & Testing
- And more!
Your First Appointment
Your first physical therapy appointment may be intimidating, frightening or even overwhelming. But we pride ourselves on offering our patients the tools and advice they need to prepare for their first physical therapy appointment. With our friendly staff ready to make you feel as comfortable as possible, we offer a checklist to ensure that your first appointment goes smoothly.
- Show up to your appointment at least 30 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.
- Dress comfortably.
- Bring your insurance card, identification, physician referral, and other medical records provided by your physician.
- Come prepared to spend at least 1 hour for a full physical therapy assessment.