Our Team at CMJT: Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation and more
JAMES G. RAUZI
PHYSICAL THERAPIST / FOUNDER OF THE CENTER FOR MUSCLE AND JOINT THERAPY
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 where 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 and is a certified practitioner of the Graston Technique, and a Certified Kinesio Technique Practioner. 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 do patients describe James?
Patients are generally impressed with James’ genuine interest in their progress. His patients appreciate the personal attention, never being made to feel like one of many ‘cases’. It’s the kind of personal approach that makes it easy for patients to trust James with their care.
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 full time.
Jane joined the Center for Muscle and 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. She joined the Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy in 2014. Her areas of specialty include Sports Rehabilitation, foot and ankle disorders, custom and over-the-counter foot orthotics, general and spine-specific manual therapy, cancer rehabilitation, and Functional Dry Needling.
Lindi is a Kinesio Technique Practioner, Graston Technique Practioner, and a Certified Functional Dry Needling Practioner.
Chad graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota in 2000 with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. He also holds a Masters Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, as well as a Bachelors 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 / PILATES INSTRUCTOR
Kathy graduated in 1990 from Duluth Technical College and Hibbing Community College – now known as Lake Superior College. She initially worked in neuro-rehabilitation at Polinsky Rehab in Duluth, MN before moving to Sports Medicine and outpatient orthopedics with Essentia Health. She is trained in Graston Technique, McConnell taping and Kinesio taping. Kathy’s specialty is core training, retraining and stabilization.
Kathy is also a fitness instructor and teaches Pilates at The Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy. She has taught all levels of exercise from high intensity, high impact aerobics to SPIN classes to toning and sculpt classes. Kathy is a certified Personal Trainer through ACE fitness since 2001 and a certified Group Fitness Instructor through NETA since 2008. In 2015 Kathy became a Certified ACE Orthopedic Exercise Specialist. Kathy is a certified Basic Life Support CPR Instructor though the American Heart Association.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT / YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Teresa Zupancich has an Associate of Applied Science degree from Lake Superior College as a Physical Therapist Assistant. In addition to this, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate & Community Fitness, and a Masters in Applied Kinesiology-Sports Management. Teresa has experience as a yoga instructor, kettlebell instructor and cycling instructor. Along with this, she has teaching experience in strength training for women, triathlon training, diabetes awareness and healthy lifestyle.
Teresa joined Center for Muscle & 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 Practioner of the Graston Technique, and a Certified Kinesio Technique Practioner.
Debbie originally joined The Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy in 2010, took a short break and rejoined our team in 2017.
The rest of the team: