Who We Are

JULIE O’DAY, LMT, is the owner of O’Day Manual and Movement Therapy, a massage and craniosacral therapist, and certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® trainer. She specializes in chronic pain relief through movement and manual therapy, with a thorough understanding of anatomy, extensive experience in treating musculoskeletal pathologies, and years of study in Iyengar yoga, Alexander technique and GYROTONIC® Training.

Julie has been a clinical massage therapist since 1997. After completing her basic training at Lansing Community College and the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy, she traveled around the country with Michael Young’s Repetitive Use Injury Workshop as a teaching assistant, taught Sports Massage at LCC and private workshops focusing on treatment for repetitive use injuries. In 2012, she became a certified GYROTONIC® Trainer, bringing her manual work together with therapeutic movement to provide exceptional pain relief and injury rehabilitation. She opened O’Day Manual and Movement Therapy that same year. In 2016, Julie created Strength in Motion® classes, a new system of strength and balance training she continues to develop today.

ALLISON WALACAVAGE discovered pilates and GYROTONIC® while looking for ways to strengthen the core and correct muscle imbalances as a dancer. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College, she worked as a grant writer for arts and cultural organizations and taught Pilates on the side, eventually certifying in STOTT® Pilates in 2008. Looking to delve deeper into movement and break away from her desk job, Allison went on to certify in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® in 2010. Since then she has worked primarily in rehabilitation settings, designing post-rehab programs that emphasize movement re-education, functional movement, and mind-body awareness.

SHARON REYNOLDS, PT specializes in orthopedic physical therapy and helps her patients increase strength, decrease pain and improve their ability to move well. She brings 29 years of professional experience to her practice and follows a progressive, whole-body approach to patient treatment, training and recovery. Though she is versed in all aspects of orthopedic physical therapy, Sharon has a particularly strong interest in foot and ankle biomechanics – an interest that she developed after suffering a near fatal automobile accident in 1999 that severely injured her ankle and lower leg. Though doctors questioned whether she would ever walk again after her accident, she was determined not only to walk again but to return to high levels of athletic performance. Following recovery and rehabilitation from her accident, Sharon trained and returned to triathlon competition. She then transitioned into high-level road cycling for several years.

Sharon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in 1989 and spent her first three years working in in-patient neurologic rehabilitation. She then served for 16 years in outpatient physical therapy clinics as part of the Sparrow Health System and the Spine Center prior to giving birth to twin boys, Samuel & Quinton in 2008. Before joining O’Day Manual & Movement Therapy, Sharon served as a staff therapist for nine years at Mindful Movement & Physical Therapy, an integrated physical therapy/movement studio in East Lansing, Michigan. Her experience at MMPT helped to expand her knowledge and skill in treating and training the whole body using a wide array of Pilates principles and methods. When not treating patients, Sharon enjoys spending time with her husband and sons, usually engaging in some form of ‘physical/sport activity’ such as running, biking or gardening.

HEATHER VAUGHAN-SOUTHARD, MFA, is a movement designer and educator who uses movement to help clients connect with themselves, with others, and with the human experience. With the approach of teaching movement as a liberal art and an empathy-based process, she creates dynamic movement experiences that reintegrate the whole person physically, cognitively, and socially-emotionally.

She was named a Chris Clark Fellow by the ACGL in support of her researched-based curriculum, Creative Self- Care, a practice that employs therapeutic pilates, somatic dance, and creative practice to increase functional movement and social-emotional intelligence. She hosts teacher training for movement practitioners and women’s retreats for those seeking to create a life of quality.

Heather’s pilates practice focuses on reconditioning the nervous system and diagnosing movement for optimum efficiency. She sees clients of all ages who share goals such as balance and control, strengthening and lengthening, increasing range of motion, and recovering the joy of movement.

Heather is the Professional Learning Director for the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment project (MAEIA), the Director of HVS_MovementStudies, an inquiry-based performance ensemble, and writes about teaching as an artform. She danced professionally in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and through-out Michigan and has extensive experience directing dance programs in K-12, higher education, and arts-in-healthcare settings. She was invited to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dance Education and is a national conference presenter in the fields of dance, movement education, pedagogy, and student assessment.

She received comprehensive pilates training through the McEntire School and is a frequent presenter at the McEntire Summit. She holds MFA and BFA degrees in Dance Performance and Choreography.

To learn more about Heather and HVS Movement Studies, go to heathervaughansouthard.com.

BOB TEACHOUT has been practicing the internal arts of tai chi, qigong and meditation for over 35 years. In 2002, he began teaching to promote the many health benefits of regular practice. His writings on the internal arts have been published locally as well as in international journals. In addition to weekly classes at O’DayMMT, Bob is available for workshops and speaking engagements.

SUSAN KIEFFER has been an integral part of the O’Day Manual and Movement Therapy community since 2013. Her various roles include Reiki / Restorative Energy Balancing Practitioner, bookkeeper, and student of GYROKINESIS® and Strength in Motion®.  She is also an artist who creates jewelry and paintings inspired by the beauty and spirit of the natural world. Her paintings are found throughout ODayMMT, and her art and jewelry are available at galleries in Lansing, East Lansing, Grand Rapids and Ludington.

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