Mind, Body, Soul

Has a story to tell

Integrated Wellbeing

Begins at home…

for everyone

MBS PT

Home, for MBS PT, was and still is Eagle River, AK. But 8 years ago life brought the unexpected to MBS PT, as it does for all of us. We responded with the open heart of healing, as we do when we tend to our clients, and found an equally unexpected solutions to life’s surprise: we opened a second location.

Our second location is down the road a piece. We now serve in Eagle River, AK and Boise, Idaho.

This move demonstrates an aspect of healing: Paying Attention. That is what Melanie Michaels and Meg Vandergon do.

Mind, Body, Soul PT faced a life challenge and grew because of that challenge.

This is what the practitioners at MBS PT will do with you: pay attention and respond.

Through paying attention to what life brings and being grounded in a trust that we each have the capacity to respond, Mind Body Soul PT witnesses the miracle of healing happen. We trust that you have that capacity, we trust that everyone does.

Melanie and Meg are looking forward to serving you.

I went to Mind, Body, Soul PT, for 10 months after undergoing Tibial Plateau Fracture , repair surgery, after a fall.  My surgery included 2 metal plates & 9 screws.

For 10 months Meg always welcomed me with a cheerful & positive attitude & always encouraged me with her superior knowledge of body strengthening & mind healing therapy.  She always lifted my spirits with her lively conversation & encouraging ways.

I will be forever grateful

Ann Grennon

The Body Is an Expression of Nature

To say that we practice Integrative Wellbeing means that we take everything into account when it comes to your health. Physical therapy is directly conscious of the body at the level of muscle and bone, tendon, and functionality and health of joints. But it doesn’t stop there. To integrate the Mind and the Soul into what we consider the physical wellbeing of the Body, means that at MBS PT we have our eyes and ears wide open. Every human being is a sensitive creature – usually much more sensitive than we recognize in the repetative habits of our days.

At MBS PT, Melanie and Meg slow down and open up to what is really going on with your health. The clues to health and wellbeing are everywhere. The clues are in our physical body and are very noticeable when out of balance. The clues are in our relationship with ourselves and with others. The clues are in subtle vibrations energy in and around each of us.

To integrate mind, body, and soul into our approach to healing means we use a natural approach. From where we stand, it would be unnatural to treat only the body.

The body is an expression of nature and nature is mutlidimensional and mulitfaceted. Our modalities extend themselves to perceive at sublte levels and allow us to respond more fully to you needs.

Meet your practitioners

Mind, Body, Soul Physical Therapists know blanced health is rooted in nature.

Melanie Michaels

After graduating from the University of North Dakota in 1997 with my Master’s in Physical Therapy, I practiced traditional Western-based physical therapy for about 5 years in a variety of settings. It was the birth of my daughter in 2001 that nudged me into another direction with my physical therapy career. At 6 months of age, my daughter had been treated for 6 ear infections with antibiotics. I had no knowledge at the time of any alternative options, but when her pediatrician suggested that it was time for tube placement, my response was an internal “no!”. The timing of this coincided with my first Myofascial Release course, as was mandated by employer at the time. While I was there, I lamented my woes about my daughter to the man sitting next to me. He said, “She needs craniosacral therapy”. My response was a quizzical and skeptical “Is that even legitimate therapy?”. He affirmed that it was. That interaction forever changed not only the course of my career, but the course of my life.

By the time my daughter was 8-months-old, I was in my first craniosacral therapy class. On the second day, we learned the temporal decompression technique. I performed the technique at the break on my baby girl; her little head gently released. She didn’t have another ear infection. In her case, it was exactly what was needed to correct a structural dysfunction that began likely during her c-section delivery. The two bruises on each side of her temporal region after birth were telling as to the force necessary to extract her from the womb. The compression that occurred disallowed for proper function of the eustachian tubes. A very gentle and quick release of the temporal bones opened up the flow through those structures, and allowed her ears to drain properly.

I love that story; however, it was the entry point to an expansion in my awareness of the healing potential for the body when it is held in a healing environment. Craniosacral therapy has taught me about the subtle energy body, the emotional body, the fascial body, and how all of this intertwines and affects the structural body.

In 2006, I opened Mind, Body, Soul Physical Therapy in Eagle River, Alaska. Through mainly word-of-mouth referrals, the practice has steadily grown to include the clinic in Eagle River and in 2011, the Boise, Idaho clinic. With the help of Meg Vandergon, PT and some tremendous office help, the Eagle River clinic has continued to have open doors for former and new clients.

Meg Vandergon

Licensed Physical Therapist.

Meg Vandergon was born and raised in Ottawa , Ontario, Canada. She graduated from McGill University and obtained her Physical Therapy degree from Daemen College in Amherst, NY in 1990. Meg worked at University of Virginia Health Science Center for 7 years where she became the Neuro Senior PT and was instrumental in establishing the Acute Spinal Cord Center.

After moving to Alaska in 1997, Meg worked at Providence Alaska Medical Center Rehabilitation Unit for 14 years.  Her service there was interrupted when an accident left her with a broken arm. Meg understands what it is like to be the patient in need of care.

While healing from her broken arm, Meg became curious about integrating complimentary medicine, like CranioSacral Therapy, with the Western medicine she was trained in. She began working at Mind Body Soul PT in 2012.  With her strong rehabilitation and medical background, NDT (Neuro Developmental Treatment) certification and training in CranioSacral Therapy, Somatic Emotional Release, Myofascial Release, Polarity Therapy and Healing Touch, Meg indeed treats the mind, body, and soul of her patients.

At Mind Body Soul Physical Therapy Meg Vandergon has found true patient-focused, hands on care, in which the client and their body dictates the treatment and healing course. Meg enjoys that sessions with her patients are one on one and she spends the entire hour with the patient, which is different from the hospital model where the therapist spends much less time with the patient.

Meg’s treatments include a wide variety of modalities with each individual program being created to optimize the person’s health and well being from a mind body soul perspective.

What motivates Meg, in her own words: “I enjoy getting to know people and becoming more attuned to each individual. I am moved when I witness people participate in their own healing.”

Meg lives in Anchorage with her husband Mark, 2 daughters and her dog Lilly. She loves being outside in nature, exploring the wonders outside and within.

Find Our Offices

Our amazing providers

are serving you in

two communities,

a few (thousand) miles apart.

Melanie Michaels’ Office, 6540 Emerald Street, Suite 124 Boise, Idaho 83704

6540 Emerald Street suite 124

Meg Vandergon’s Office, 16941 N Eagle River Loop Rd,  Eagle River, AK  99577

16941 N Eagle River Loop Road