Therapist, ATC, LAT, LMT
Allison became interested in health and wellness in her teens, as well as an interest in massage. She developed a fascination with how the body works like an intricate machine, and how it adapts to protect itself after injury. As she learned new ideas, it only increased her interest in finding ways to help correct muscular imbalances that develop from altered mechanics that can lead to further injuries and issues, if left untreated.
Allison believes that pain is there for a reason, to guide us in what we can do without causing further injury. She feels that you don’t have to endure pain, in order to see results in your massage, and she utilizes a variety of techniques and pressure that is designed to give you the best results for your specific needs. She focuses on the principle that pain is there for a reason, it needs to tell us something. The problem isn’t always where the pain is, but it can help us to discover the problem and work towards some resolution of symptoms. She strongly believes in collaboration with other healthcare providers. She believes in referring out to other providers that are outside the scope of massage therapy, when she deems that it is in the client’s best interests, because that is what is most important to her, at the end of the day.
Allison enjoys athletic endeavors like hiking, cycling, yoga or simply walking her dog. She is an avid sports fan who not only loves sports but worked with them for years, which led to following her passion for helping others, into the massage realm.
She is an Iowa State University grad, where she studied Athletic training. While at ISU she worked with a variety of sports including, football and track and field, before heading to grad school at Minnesota State-Mankato. While at MSU she primarily worked with track and field but helped with other sports as well. After graduate school, Allison returned to Iowa and accepted a position as a licensed athletic trainer with UnityPoint Health System and Grandview University (GVU). While at GVU, she worked with several sports initially, including football, soccer, baseball and softball. As GVU Athletics grew, her responsibilities changed to women’s volleyball, wrestling, track & field and bowling. During her time at GVU, she saw them achieve 7 consecutive Wrestling National Championships, and multiple national championship births for the women’s Volleyball team and Track & Field teams.
Allison followed her passion and attended massage therapy school at Body Wisdom, where she specialized in sports, orthopedic, and medical massage therapy. Upon obtaining her massage therapy license, she entered private practice as Serene Strength Massage. She is excited to join Jon Schultz in the Optimum Performance Physical Therapy Clinic a sports massage therapist while still maintaining her Certified Athletic Trainer credentials.
Licensed Massage Therapist, State of Iowa, 2018-present
Association of Massage and Bodywork Professionals, 2017-present
Licensed Athletic Trainer, State of Iowa, 2008-present
NATABOC (National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification), 2008-present
NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association) Member, 2005-present