Swen-Marie Germann, MSPT
Swen received her Master of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in January 2000. She graduated first in her class and was awarded the Paris/Patla Manual Therapy Award. As an active woman and married mother of three, Swen is passionate about healthy living, and improving quality of life through rehabilitation, education, exercise, and wellness. She strongly believes in establishing trust and positive rapport with every patient. Swen enjoys working with a variety of orthopedic injuries including low back and neck pain, and pre and post-surgical patients. Applying current evidence-based practice, Swen uses manual therapy techniques, functional strengthening, and other individualized therapeutic approaches to assist her patients’ full recovery. As a former All-American volleyball player and current beach volleyball player and Vital Volleyball coach, Swen also finds it easy to relate to athletes and help them with their sports related injuries.
ARE YOU SWEDISH?
The first questions that most people ask of Swen are: “Are you Swedish?” or “Where did you get your name?” Well, the story as she knows it goes like this: Swen’s Dad is a proud Dutchman, and former competitive basketball player. Swen was named after Swen Nater, a former NBA and ABA player in the 1970’s, who also happened to be Dutch. A recent Google search revealed that he actually wasn’t a bad player! Anyone who knows Swen, knows that competition is in her DNA. Swen was always under the impression that her mom added the -Marie to make her name more feminine, but when Swen recently asked her mom about this she replied, “Did I do that?”
- BA, Biomedical Science, St. Cloud State University; Summa Cum Laude
- MSPT, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences; Academic Achievement Award/ Valedictorian, Manual Therapy Award.
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Certification (October 2013)
- Functional Dry Needling Certification, Levels 1 and 2
- Functional Movement Screen Certification
- Y Balance Test Certification
- A member of Therapy Partners, Inc.
Nannette L. Washko, MA PT
Nannette Washko PT, MA, received the BS in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978 and the MA in Pathokinesiology from New York University in 1984 with coursework at Columbia University’s Motor Learning Program. Originally from New York City, Nannette started her career working with people across the age span. From neonatal ICU to transitional care in nursing homes, Nannette’s diverse initial clinical experience in two New York City hospitals provided valuable insight into the numerous medical, orthopedic, and neurological problems. Before moving to Minnesota, Nannette was an Associate Professor at Long Island University in Physical Therapy. It’s no wonder that Nannette was then asked to teach at the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University upon moving to our fair state.
Nannette returned to full time patient care when she moved to Minnesota in 1986. At Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Sister Kenny Institute she pioneered the position of neuro-clinical specialist. Her work with the hospital’s Neuroscience Institute established treatment protocols in the treatment of vestibular and balance patients. Her experience there led her to publications and travel around the country educating physicians and therapists about the treatment of dizziness and imbalance. Nannette opened her own private physical therapy practice in St. Louis Park, which she operated for 8 years prior to joining Creekside Physical Therapy in Hopkins from 2003-2015.
Nannette brings unique specialties to our clinic, including the treatment of post-concussive syndromes, vestibular disorders, headaches and cervical vertigo. She is an expert in balance re-training with a keen integration of neurological techniques into orthopedic disorders. She is experienced in the treatment of spinal and extremity orthopedics, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and peripheral CNS neurological disorders. Her communication style makes her effective with all populations from teenager to geriatrics.
Nannette and her husband are now enjoying their time as empty nesters with their three daughters successfully launched in their chosen careers.
AGADA Physical Therapy is thrilled to have Nannette on our team! We consider ourselves very fortunate to have a physical therapist with Nannette’s experience and expertise as part of our clinic.