Ruth Mitchell, PT, ESMT, CMT

As a physical therapist, massage therapist, equine sports massage therapist, gentle horsemanship practitioner, and lifetime animal lover, Ruth Mitchell is able to combine knowledge with love while caring for the equine population.
Ruth, a Texan, received her graduate degree in physical therapy from The University of Iowa in 1972 and opened a private practice in 1978. She then attended The Institute of Natural Healing Sciences in Colleyville, Texas and became nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 1991.
In 1994 she became a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. Ruth began her Myofascial Release education in 1987, has taken all of the John Barnes MFR courses (including equine), and for 15 years was a Senior Instructor/Coordinator and co-lecturer for John Barnes, teaching over 100 seminars for him.
Ruth began working with horses in 1990 and now specializes in the equine population. She is the owner of the Equine Therapeutic Center, Inc (now based at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia), where she provides therapy for horse and rider. She uses her biomechanical knowledge to assist in determining a problem with the horse and then primarily use Myofascial Release techniques to decrease the symptoms and/or dysfunction.
In addition, she uses electrical stimulation, ultrasound and laser.