Jamie VandenHouten, PTA, Mobility Stretch Specialist
Jamie has always had a passion for helping others. Graduating as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Jamie worked in an outpatient physical therapy clinic for over 21 years prior to joining the Inspirit Therapy team in January of 2021.
Using all of the skills she’s developed over the years, she runs the Mobility Stretch Program and most recently was an integral part in the successful launch of the POTS Management Program at Inspirit.
Jamie strives to give her clients quality care and emphasizes a team approach every step of the way. Education is a key factor and Jamie believes in delivering this education in a fun and down to earth manner. Jamie and her husband, Greg, have 2 daughters and one son. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys reading, taking bubble baths, gardening and going for walks. To learn more about why the POTS Management Program is such an important
part of Jamie’s life, Read Below.
Hey everyone! My name is Jamie VandenHouten and I am a Physical Therapist Assistant at Inspirit Therapy Associates. Our POTS Management Program is an
exciting program for us and one that we feel is very important. A little background on myself: When my oldest daughter was a senior in high school, she started randomly passing out. These episodes then became more and more frequent along with some other “weird” symptoms. Fortunately/ unfortunately, she was given a POTS diagnosis quite quickly. As a full-fledged “mama bear”, I dove right into all the research – trying all the different suggestions out there. We have been to numerous facilities in and out of state – all with the same outcome: try this and hopefully you’ll outgrow it. I never really felt like I had great local support – relying heavily on online groups. I was very
passionate about advocating for my daughter and others who suffered as well. I wanted to be that resource and support system I didn’t have. Early on with COVID, I was furloughed from my job so my daughter became my “science experiment”. We had already been working with her diet and had a port placed for extra fluids that she gave herself daily. I instructed her in and progressed specific exercises to help improve her strength and endurance. That summer, she babysat my 2 nieces and was able to keep up with them all day long, “running” in her wheelchair (using her legs to propel her) while playing kickball with them and then going for “walks”, building blanket forts on rainy days and making sidewalk chalk hop scotch outlines on the driveway. As long as she stayed consistent with her exercise program, her flares were minimal.
I was then led to Inspirit Therapy where I relayed my passion for wanting to start a POTS program to help others manage their symptoms. I was met with as much, if not more passion than I already had. As a team, we were able to put all of our experiences and knowledge together for this amazing opportunity. We understand there is no cure for POTS and we recognize the limited support out there. Our program was officially launched in October of 2021, but we are continually adding and adapting. We utilize many tools: exercise, manual therapy, deep thermal laser, ultrasound, education, taping, dry needling, visceral therapy, craniosacral and cupping to name a few. We also discuss the following pillars: hydration, nutrition, sleep, movement/exercise and lifestyle. The goal of our program is to provide support, education, and resources as well as research based treatment for all patients with dysautonomia and its related conditions.