Bernadette Gauna PTAr, LMT CFT
Hello everyone. My name is Bernadette Guana and I am your Myofascial Release Therapist.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself, so have a seat and make yourself comfortable.
I am a born and raised Pueblo county girl. I am the youngest of seven siblings. We are all still in Colorado with two in the northern part of the state. We love each other dearly.
I am married with a blended family that has given me five adult children. I graduated from Pueblo County High School in 1984, GO HORNETS!
After high school graduation, I moved to Florida for seven years. That was a huge culture shock for a county girl. In that life, my profession was retail management.
After moving back to Pueblo, it became apparent to me that retail was not my calling. This inspired me to go to college and get a degree that would allow me to provide better for my young son and myself.
I graduated in 1996 from Pueblo Community College, PHI THETA KAPPA national honor society with an AAS degree in Physical Therapy Assistant. During my college days, I gave birth to my daughter. This made life and school a huge challenge with an eight-year-old son and a newborn baby.
In 1995 I began working as a Physical Therapy Aid at Southern Colorado Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As soon as I graduated, I was able to work as a PTA in my chosen field at this same facility. I had the privilege and joy of working for Dr. Louis Cabiling and under the direct supervision of Wendy Morgan, PT. She was a most fabulous teacher and mentor. She was an amazing Myofascial Release Therapist and functional therapist. Brand new out of college, I was beyond excited to begin my career helping people. The day I was hired, I was informed that I was required to take continuing education training courses for MFR (Myofascial Release). At that time, I had a very limited understanding of this specific treatment. The more I had been observing Wendy do her assessment and treatment magic, I knew this was for me.
Within a couple of months of being a PTA, I traveled to take my first MFR class. I was so blown away by what I was learning as the knowledge and understanding of Fascia was at the most, a minimal part of my college education.
Over the years, I have taken the majority of my classes from John Barnes, PT. I have also taken classes from Tom Myers, Lmt, Nctmb Arp. These men have been groundbreaking in treatment training and education of fascia.
In 2001, my clinic closed its doors. What a huge change in my career path. I could have gone to work in another Physical Therapy facility and not practice MFR or work for myself and continue to help people with my passion for MFR. You probably guessed I couldn't give up what I had spent so much time learning and practicing.
I took a new step and became a Massage Therapist. First with my city license and then my state license with DORA. I also became a Certified Fitness instructor which allows me to continue to give exercises as needed to my clients.
I have also worked for 7 years as a consultant at Pueblo Community7 College in their Massage program to teach structural and postural analysis as well as in introduction to Myofascial Release.
My mission: To use my full knowledge and training of MFR, posture, function, and physical therapy. To improve structural alignment. To reduce connective tissue restrictions. To increase function. To reduce pain. To promote body awareness through education and self-care. To help my clients help themselves.