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Winghaven Manual Physical Therapy

Redefining the Physical Therapy Experience

Winghaven Manual Physical Therapy (WMPT) is a therapist-owned outpatient clinic committed to providing one-to-one personalized treatment. Dan Washeck and Cindy Washeck are fellowship trained manual physical therapists and experts at manual physical therapy.  Our promise to you is to treat the source of your pain/dysfunction with our hands-on approach and use specific exercise customized to help you meet your goals.  

You will never be seen by a Tech or Therapy Aide at Winghaven Manual Physical Therapy. 


Why choose Winghaven Manual Physical Therapy?

Dan and Cindy have elected to avoid the industry standard of scheduling 2 or more patients per hour with unlicensed staff or physical therapy assistants. Winghaven Manual Physical Therapy provides one-to-one physical therapy services with post-graduate trained and certified manual physical therapists.  


Value: With the rising costs of healthcare and increasing out-of-pocket expenses, you will get the best possible level of care with a focus on hands-on manual therapy, individually dosed exercises and education to get you back.

Quality: Individualized treatment plans designed by your therapist after a thorough evaluation.  You will not be left on a machine or given a "one size fits all" exercise sheet.

Consistency: Ability to keep the same therapist every visit.

Privacy: Private treatment rooms available.

Education: Our manual therapists are highly qualified to perform a tissue specific evaluation and design, dose and progress your exercise program. 

What is Manual Physical Therapy?

Manual therapy is an advanced level of physical therapy training that includes skilled, specific, hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat soft tissue and joint structures. Examples include joint mobilizations/manipulations and soft tissue work, including therapeutic massage, myofascial augmentation along with dry needling techniques. Our particular training emphasizes dosed therapeutic exercise with specialized equipment for everything from early rehabilitation of the most acute injuries to sport specific training. 

Who can claim to be a "Manual Therapist?"

Many therapists who use their hands claim to be "Manual Therapists," but you may want to ask what exactly is their level of qualification?

Certified Manual Therapist: While a majority of orthopedic physical therapists claim this title, there is no national or international standard for a "Certified Manual Therapist." Several programs and clinics around the country offer Manual Therapy Certification, which can vary from a few weekends in duration to over one year. Some emphasize on-line module learning while other programs are more intense and include more practical time in lab. The content and even the graduation standards (written examination, practical examination, oral examination, etc.) vary per program, so the quality and content must be judged on an individual basis.  

Residency Trained Manual Therapist: Residency training (similar to the medical model) has to be completed under an organization that has met credentialing requirements through ABPTRFE (the accrediting body of the APTA-American Physical Therapy Association). Residency programs require at least 1,500 hours of training and can range from 9-36 months in duration. Residency programs also require therapists to complete 150 hours of clinical 1:1 patient care mentoring with clinical instructors and to pass a written and practical/oral examination. 

Fellowship Trained Manual Therapist: Fellowship training (similar to the medical model) has to be completed under an organization that has met credentialing requirements through ABPTRFE (the accrediting body of the APTA-American Physical Therapy Association) and clinical guidelines from the AAOMPT (American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists). Fellowship programs require at least 1,000 hours of training and can range from 6-36 months in duration. A fellowship is designed for the graduate of a residency or a board-certified therapist to focus on a subspecialty area of clinical practice, education, or research. Fellowship programs also require therapists to complete a minimum of 100 hours of clinical 1:1 patient care mentoring and to pass a written and oral/practical examination

After successful completion of a Manual Therapy Fellowship program you are recognized by the letters FAAOMPT (Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists). Fellowship training is globally recognized by IFOMPT (International Federation of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists) and represents the highest level of achievement in clinical excellence in orthopaedic manual physical therapy.

According to AAOMPT there are only 16 Fellowship trained Manual Physical Therapists in the entire state of Missouri.

Dan and Cindy have both completed training beyond Fellowship level. Cindy writes academic blogs for Herman&Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and has lectured at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association conference. Dan is the Residency Program Director for the OGI (Ola Grimsby Institute) and has taught short term courses and Certification, Residency and Fellowship programs across the USA and internationally, including Italy, South Korea and the Philippines. (See Biographies Below)

At Winghaven Manual Physical Therapy, you are in good hands!

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 Enjoy true 1:1 therapy in our beautiful clinic at the Meadows in Lake Saint Louis. 

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Easy Access from Highway 64 right off Lake Saint Louis Boulevard.  Just minutes from Highway 364 and Highway 70. 

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21 Meadows Circle Drive, Suite 320

Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367

Phone: 636-625-0408

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Dan has been working in orthopedic physical therapy with a manual therapy emphasis for nearly 20 years. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998 and then completed 4 years of Post-Graduate training, including Residency, Fellowship, and PhD programs in orthopedic manual therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI). After this training, he completed an additional year of Instructor apprenticeship and became an instructor for the OGI in 2005. Dan was the lead Residency instructor for Seattle in 2011-2012 and for St. Louis from 2013-present. He also completed a 1-year Residency in Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression (S.T.E.P.) in 2007. He is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dan has authored several chapters in the book series Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and has taught Manual Therapy seminars both nationally and internationally over the past decade. He is currently on the OGI board of directors and the board of examiners, and he is the Residency Director.  

After working in Seattle for 10 years, Dan moved back to Missouri and settled with his family in Lake Saint Louis in 2014. He became partner and director of the STL PT- Winghaven and established a strong client base there. He and his wife, Cindy, decided to create their own niche in Lake Saint Louis, opening Winghaven Manual Physical Therapy at the Meadows in the summer of 2017.

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Cindy began her physical therapy career in 2000 in her home state of Delaware. The next year, she moved to Nashville, TN, where she was introduced to manual therapy. In 2003, she worked for one of the original instructors for the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI) and then immersed herself in post-graduate studies for 2 years. She completed her doctorate of manual therapy in 2004 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2005. She left Nashville to work in Naperville, IL, for 2 years before moving to Seattle in 2007 to work for MTI (Manual Therapy International). She then completed a residency in Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression (STEP) through the OGI. Cindy has been a clinical instructor for physical therapy students from the University of Washington, Midwestern University, and Belmont University and for residency and fellowship students. In 2014, she moved to Lake Saint Louis where she worked with her husband, Dan (former co-owner of STL PT Winghaven), until opening their own practice, WMPT, in the summer of 2017. In addition to clinical work, Cindy has been writing academic blogs for the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute since July 2015, and she performs continuing education course reviews, writes practice test questions for the physical therapy licensure exam, and has written the manual therapy section of an online course on arthritis.

Cindy was a state champion cross country runner as a junior in high school and couldn’t compete her senior year because of an injury that required physical therapy, thus inspiring her career choice. She went on to compete in college and has since run 10 marathons, winning the Delaware marathon in 1997 and posting a personal best time of 3:04:06 in the Virginia Beach Marathon in 2003. She was a physical therapy tech and a chemistry adjunct professor at Delaware Technical and Community College before going to PT school in 1998. Cindy enjoys running, kayaking, writing, traveling, and spending time with her 2 kids, Riley and Blake.

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