Jordan Bahnsen Jordan Bahnsen is a communications associate in DMU’s marketing and communications office. August 18, 2014Provider Profile: Meet Sharon Johansen Name:Sharon K. Johansen, M.S., ATC, PTATitle:Physical Therapist AssistantClinic:Physical Therapy ClinicUndergraduate School:Truman State University, Kirksville, MissouriAdditional Degrees/Training:Master’s Degree in Sports MedicineCertified Athletic TrainerMassage TherapyWhat Attracted Me to Physical Therapy:I was working at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Sports Medicine Department. I spent mornings in the VCU Sports Medicine Clinic in the Physical Therapy Department and afternoons/evenings in the athletic department. While I enjoyed working with the athletes, I found more challenge, variety and satisfaction working with the general orthopedic population. Eventually, I moved to physical therapy full-time as an athletic trainer. I then went to school to get my license as a physical therapist assistant.Specialties/Clinical Interests:I still enjoy sports medicine and general orthopedics. A newer interest of mine is working with patients with neurological disorders.Conditions I Treat:General and post-operative orthopedicsKnee, foot, ankle and shoulder injuriesNeurological conditionsHow Physical Therapy Can Benefit Patients:We can help people find a safe way back to the activities they love, and to avoid future injuries by identifying muscle imbalances or mechanical issues that can increase stresses on a joint.How I Spend My Free Time:I love to hike, play guitar, kayak, read and teach my dog tricks.Fun Fact:I have spent a lot of time on various portions of the Appalachian Trail and have hiked most of the southern half, but have not hiked above Massachussets (yet). I also have my sights on some trails in the northwest that I hope to hike in the next few years.Health Advice to Live By:The step out the door to exercise is the toughest step of all. Once you can overcome inertia and get moving, the rest of the workout is relatively easy. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.