Meet the team of In-Motion Physical Therapy Services.
Michele Firra Ward, PT, owner of In-Motion Physical Therapy Services, received a BS in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University in 1981, and completed her BS in Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas in 1988. She completed postgraduate course work in biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her continuing education includes training in industrial consulting, advanced education in gait analysis and orthotic prescription, athletic and performing arts repetitive strain injuries, general orthopedics and spinal and manual therapy topics.
Michele's areas of expertise are shoulders and lower extremities and she is an expert in manual therapy techniques. Other areas of professional interest include all aspects of motion analysis, ergonomic considerations in the workplace and work site modification/injury protection. She practices Pilates and incorporates Pilates into her patient's exercise program when appropriate.
Michele is also an avid organic gardener and canine enthusiast. Nutrition and wellness are also keen interests and natural extensions of her first love of chemistry. If not in the garden, Michele loves cooking, photography and attending live performances and art shows.
Leaving behind a career of 32 years in corporate America, I have dedicated over 800 hours to yoga training, delving deep into the powerful synergy of yoga and breathwork. After achieving a 500-hour yoga teacher certification with Advanced Yoga Studies, I invested another 200 hours specifically in psychotherapeutic yoga with Lifeologie International School for Psychotherapeutic Yoga. My passion as a yoga educator also includes collaborating with peers outside of the yoga community, in the fields of physical therapy, trauma-informed therapy, and exercise physiology. These partnerships have enabled me to offer the most up-to-date techniques in a spectrum of yoga modalities, such as restorative, trauma-informed, chair, deep stretch, and hatha. My most recent education has been with Dr. Loren Fishman, MD to learn a medical yoga program designed for the management and prevention of osteoporosis. I aim to assist my students in gaining insight into the mechanisms and reasons behind the effectiveness of yoga. In my leisure time, I love playing tennis, travelling with my family, and spending time with my beloved doodle.
I first met Michele while strolling my first-born daughter through our neighborhood years ago! We became fast friends, and Michele asked me to be her first-born daughter's babysitter! Through the years, we have kept in touch, and now I am so happy to be here at In-Motion Physical Therapy greeting her wonderful patients and doing all the things to keep the clinic "in-motion". I have worked in the dental field and in the wonderful world of retail service... hahaha!! I enjoy gardening, crafting, and cooking. My greatest joy, however, was raising my 3 daughters. I spent many years on those hot/cold soccer fields cheering them on! Now, I am a proud "GaGa" of 4 precious grand-daughters and continue with joy watching them grow... and the cheer continues!! Such fun!!