Penrose Physical Therapy

Welcome to the “Stay Healthy South Sound” Podcast!

Dr. Jennifer Penrose interviews doctors, fitness and health experts once a month to help you stay healthy and enjoy the South Sound!

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Episode 1: Introduction of why this podcast is starting and who it is for.


Episode 2:  Interview with Dr. Erin Kershisnik “How much alcohol is truly safe to have?”

Her practice: Vantage Physicians

Role / Title: Owner, Family Practice Physician


Episode Title: Obesity: Advances in managing this complex chronic disease.

Episode #: 3

Scheduled Release Date: 6/19/2019

Name: Leila Borders, MD

Company: Olympia Orthopedics

Role / Title: Physician at Olympia Orthopedics specializing in obesity, bone health/soft bone/osteoporosis, and sports medicine.

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Episode Title:  What can you do to keep good mental health? How to identify when someone needs help before it is a crisis? 

Episode #: 4

Scheduled Release Date: 7/17/2019

Interview with mental health counselor: Craig Dickson

Company: Kaiser

Role / Title: Mental Health Counselor

Location: Kaiser in Olympia, WA

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Dr. Jennifer Penrose interviews Craig Dickson who has his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling.  He has worked with kids and adults regarding loss, negative thought patterns, anxiety, depression and troubled teens and families.   We discuss what is good mental health and how all of us can practice good mental health and how to recognize when others and children are not exhibiting good mental health.


Only about 40% of all US adults suffering from anxiety get treatment.  And many times anxiety leads to more negative thought patterns and into depression and then that if left untreated can lead to suicide.  Teenagers especially need more help navigating the social media world and recognize when negative thought patterns are not true and establish good mental health practices.


We discuss how we continue to find out how nutrition and vitamin deficiencies affect mental health.  Psychiatrists can tell you that many times lack of Vitamin B12 can present as chronic fatigue, mood disorder, and even hallucinations.

Overall some great tips to keeping good mental health: journal, meditate, pray, read, go outside, exercise, find your “tribe” or community that you identify with, sleep, take vacations and time to rest and re charge, and nutrition!  Eat fresh and avoid processed foods, sugars, and refined carbohydrates.

Episode Title: How to Stay Out Of Doctors’ Offices After 50+

Episode #: 5

Scheduled Release Date: 8/20/2019

Interview with Marissa Ang, Certified Athletic Trainer

Company: Penrose Physical Therapy

Role/Title: Head Trainer and Office Assistant

Dr. Penrose interviews our very own Marissa Ang on what tips they have for staying out of doctors’ offices, even past the age of 50! As our head trainer and yoga instructor, Marissa brings research and real-world application to the table in this discussion to get you living your best life. Many people think that aging naturally means a plethora of doctor’s office visits throughout the year but this episode is going to dismantle a lot of those so don’t miss it!



Episode Title: A Powerful Tool to Take Charge Of Your Health And Wellness!

Episode #: 6

Scheduled Release Date: 9/20/2019

Interview With: Hawk Mason, Licensed Massage Therapist

Company: Penrose Physical Therapy

Role/Title: Lead Massage Therapist

In this episode, Dr. Penrose interviews Hawk Mason our lead massage therapist on staff. They talk about a lot of the benefits that massage therapy can have on multiple conditions from chronic pain to more temporary muscle tightness. Massage therapy has been an underappreciated and often misunderstood practice and this episode brings it to all to light.

Hawk is trained in multiple forms of massage therapy from deep tissue and sports massages to simply therapeutic massages and discusses what techniques of massage can help and what a massage therapy session can really accomplish for you. Take a listen!


Episode Title: Physical Therapy’s Role in Weight Loss, Nutrition, & Inflammation

Episode: #7

Scheduled Release Date: 10/20/2019

Interview Guest: Dr. Nancy Miller-Ihil

What does a PT do and what role do they play in the realm of health and fitness? Listen to Dr. Penrose discuss these questions with this month’s guest, Dr. Nancy Miller-Ihil and help you better understand a PT’s role in the health community! Listen now at the links below!

Foot and Ankle: Common Injuries and What to do About Them

Episode: #8

Scheduled Release Date: 11/20/2019

Podcast Guest: Dr Richard Lamour, MD

This episode features one of the premiere ankle surgeons in the South Sound area. He offered incredible insight to common ankle injuries, what we can do about them and what his experience and the research says. Do yourself a favor and don’t skip this one!

Pain Management With Opioid Alternatives

Episode: #9

Scheduled Release Date: 12/20/2019

Opioids and associated addictions have been on the climb for the last few years. It has become a serious problem in the United States alone, with a nearly perfect linear growth rate in opioid overdoses and addictions with the rapid prescription of them. As a physical therapist, it is my job to offer alternatives for your pain management. This podcast covers those alternatives such as CBD, TENS and more.

Top 3 Reasons Why Knee Pain Is On The Rise During COVID

Episode: #16

Scheduled Release Date: 8/23/2020

COVID-19, protests/racial injustices, kids learning remotely

Episode: #17

Scheduled Release Date: 9/29/2020

It starts with mental health and what you choose to focus on. Chronic stress causes the brain to release signals to the endocrine system that cause cortisol levels to stay high which decreases our immune system.

We discuss practical strategies for stress management and how important it is to schedule de-stress times in your day. Simple practical tiny habits make all the difference over time. Managing your stress and keeping your cortisol levels down will decrease your risk for diseases and viruses. We also discuss nutrition and things that are found to help with your immune system during this time. We are not claiming to prevent COVID 19 with these strategies, but we are trying to help give you all the things you can do that will help you stay as healthy as possible and give you control over many areas when everyone feels they have very little control these days.

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