We help individuals grow to better their practice of physical therapy.

Physical Therapy Pledge

As a physical therapist, I am committed to the education I was given at my university/college and I will pursue and continue my knowledge base through individual pursuits and continuing education courses. I am committed to providing the highest quality care for my patients through evidence-based education. As a practicing therapist, I will provide care and compassion for each patient’s health and well-being as a teacher, guider, supporter, and caregiver.

Vision Statement

As a physical therapy provider, we will provide hands on treatment to all individual patients in a caring, legal, ethical, and high quality manner. We will work towards encouraging individual ability and creativity, while adhering to basic ideas and clinical research to improve quality of life for all patients. Each individual therapist will pursue an active responsibility for educational expansion and the ability to think multidirectional for the growth of themselves, the physical therapy profession, and the well-being of the people he or she serves. MotionCare will strive for our vision through work in a private outpatient clinic and additional experiences that help each individual grow to better their practice of physical therapy.

Our Treatment (FRMT®)

MotionCare® physical therapy has its own branding at this time. Facilitation Release Manual Therapy (FRMT®) was developed and owned by MotionCare® using evidence based research. The care is a hybrid of techniques taught by Mariana Rocabado, PT from Santiago, Chile, Ola Grimsby, PT from Kristiansand, Norway and Gregory Grieve, PT, from England.

The basis of patient intervention at MotionCare® is directed by a trilogy of dysfunction. 1. Mechanical dysfunction elicits some level of 2. irritation, which then causes a tertiary 3. spasm above and below the joint. Mennell, MD was the first to describe this fundamental trilogy and has written several books covering joint, back, foot and musculoskeletal pain.

Muscles spasms are almost always a tertiary event as a protective phenomenon to a primary dysfunction. Therefore, tertiary muscle spasms and primary joint dysfunction direct care and intervention with the patient at MotionCare®, not pain. Pain is only a reactor.

Facilitation Release Manual Therapy (FRMT®) is the label coined for the hybrid treatment at MotionCare®. Joints are facilitated at MotionCare®, not manipulated. Joints are released from their dysfunctional position and facilitated to be in their normo-function position. This is done through manual therapy techniques that are gentle, specific, and highly effective interventions. The basis for treatment is established by manual therapy evaluation tests that are used to detect segmental or micro dysfunction. These tests are not only for practitioner recognition, but are established as a basis for patient recognition and understanding.

The care at MotionCare® is more specific, gentle and effective than the manipulation, stretches and exercises found at other practices. The care at MotionCare® elicits a sense of awareness by the patient to understand the change in their condition.

Our Practitioners

  • James R. Olson

    James is a licensed physical therapist, certified by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy with a strong interest in manual therapy and athletics. He is a graduate of The College of St. Scholastica, and received his Psychology degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Jim is also a certified athletic trainer. He completed his certification at Bethel University.
    • Credentials
      • Licensed Physical Therapist, certified by the MN Board of Physical Therapy
      • Athletic Trainer Registered, certified by the MN Board of Medical Practice
      • CPR/AED/Professional Rescuer certified by American Red Cross
    • Education
      • Bachelor of Arts, Physical Therapy, The College of St. Scholastica
      • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Minnesota
    • Professional Highlights
      • Founded MotionCare, Inc, 2000
      • International Paralympic Classifier, Ice Sledge Hockey
      • USA Paralympic Ice Sledge Hockey Team Athletic Trainer
      • Twin Cities Marathon Medical Team
      • Minnesota State High School League Medical Board
      • Member of Private Practice Section of APTA
    • Professional Interests
      • Manual Therapy
      • Sports Medicine
      • Orthopedic (Joint Dysfunction)
      • Elite Athlete Performance
      • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Erin F. Blackford

    Erin F. Blackford, MPT is an established and highly skilled licensed physical therapist with over 14 years of experience. Erin is a graduate from The College of St. Scholastica with a degree in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology. She then pursued her Masters of Physical Therapy degree at The College of St. Scholastica. Erin played 4 years of women's basketball for St. Scholastica and received Academic All-American awards while playing. Erin has a strong interest in manual therapy (FRMT), MotionCare's hands on approach for patients. "I especially enjoy caring for and teaching people; building relationships and working with patients to establish better direction with their healthcare goals and needs." In addition to her practice at MotionCare, Erin is active in the Private Practice Section for physical therapy and recently completed an Administration Certificate Program. She continues to be a lifelong supporter of the American Physical Therapy Association, Private Practice Section.

    Erin contributes to her community through 10 plus years of volunteering at the Twin Cities Marathon. She is a clinical site supervisor for Bethel University Athletic Training Curriculum promoting continued growth of the physical therapy and athletic training community. Erin also gives her time as an International Paralympic Classifier for sledge hockey, which has taken her all over the world and to numerous hockey rinks!
    • Credentials
      • Licensed Physical Therapist, certified by the MN Board of Physical Therapy
      • CPR/AED/Professional Rescuer certified by American Red Cross
    • Education
      • Master of Arts, Physical Therapy, The College of St. Scholastica
      • Bachelor of Arts, Health Sciences, The College of St. Scholastica
    • Professional Highlights
      • Co-owner MotionCare (2012-Present)
      • International Paralympic Classifier, Sledge Ice Hockey
      • Twin Cities Marathon Medical Tent Support
      • Member of Private Practice Section of APTA
    • Professional Interests
      • Manual Therapy
      • Sports Medicine
      • Orthopedic (Joint Dysfunction)
      • Elite Athlete Performance
      • Post-Surgical Rehab
      • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Kris A. Olson

    Kris A. Olson, DPT is a licensed physical therapist, certified by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy, with a strong interest in manual therapy. At St. John’s University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Kris was a member and voted captain of the lacrosse team. He later went on to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at St. Catherine University. Kris engages patients through clear education of their condition and delivery of the hands-on approach to treatment for which MotionCare is known.

    Kris participates in the American Physical Therapy Association and its Private Practice Section. He gives his time to his local youth athletics association, where he coaches and encourages his sons and their peers to be active. As an International Paralympic Classifier for ice sledge hockey and a volunteer in the medical tent for the Twin Cities Marathon, Kris continues to support athletic participation for the greater communities.
    • Credentials
      • Licensed Physical Therapist, certified by the MN Board of Physical Therapy
      • CPR/AED/Professional Rescuer certified by American Red Cross
    • Education
      • Doctor of Physical Therapy, St. Catherine University
      • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, St. John’s University
    • Professional Highlights
      • Co-owner MotionCare (2015-present)
      • International Paralympic Classifier, Ice Sledge Hockey
      • Twin Cities Marathon, Medical Tent Support
      • Member of APTA, Private Practice Section
    • Professional Interests
      • Manual Therapy
      • Sports Medicine
      • Orthopedic (Joint Dysfunction)
      • Elite Athlete Performance
      • Post-Surgical Rehab
      • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Levi J. Hibma

    Levi J. Hibma, DPT, ATC is a licensed physical therapist with a background in athletic training and sports medicine. Levi is a graduate from Bethel University with a degree in Athletic Training, (receiving his athletic training certificate from the Board of Certification). He then pursued his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Southwest Baptist University. Levi played 4 years of football for Bethel University, receiving Academic All-Conference awards while playing.

    Levi has had a variety of clinical experience, including inpatient rehabilitation, home health, and long-term care. His passion for sports medicine, along with manual therapy, led him to pursue a career at MotionCare. Levi participates in our American Physical Therapy Association and National Athletic Training Association.
    • Credentials
      • Licensed Physical Therapist, certified by the MN Board of Physical Therapy
      • Athletic Trainer Registered, certified by the Board of Certification
      • CPR/AED/Professional Rescuer certified by American Red Cross
    • Education
      • Doctorate of  Physical Therapy, Southwest Baptist University
      • Bachelor of Arts, Athletic Training, Bethel University
    • Professional Highlights
      • Member of APTA
      • Member of NATA
    • Professional Interests
      • Manual Therapy
      • Sports Medicine
      • Orthopedic (Joint Dysfunction)
      • Elite Athlete Performance
      • Post-Surgical Rehab
      • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Barb A. Vice

    Barb is a licensed physical therapy assistant, certified by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy with an interest in extremity manual therapy. She earned her Associate of Applied Sciences degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from St. Mary's Junior College.
    • Credentials
      • Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, certified by the MN Board of Physical Therapy
    • Education
      • Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapy Assistant, The College of St. Catherine
    • Professional Interests
      • Manual Therapy
      • Post-Surgical Rehab
      • Orthopedic (Extremity Joint Dysfunction)
  • Patient Success Stories

    To all the staff at MotionCare, I just want you to know that I completed walking 60 miles last weekend at the Breast Cancer 3-Day. I walked 20 miles a day for 3 days in a row without so much as a blister. Several years ago that would not have been possible with the plantar fasciitis and knee ache that I was living with. I am so thankful that I discovered you and that you have “fixed me up” so well that I was able to accomplish that. Just wanted you to know what a difference you have made in my life!

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    Deb Cowan at the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

    I am a former All-American collegiate distance runner who has taken pride in my continued athletic ability well into my thirties. Unfortunately, over the last two years my health started to rapidly decline. After a complicated pregnancy, giving birth to twins, and being side-struck in a car accident, I was having back and neck pain as well as breathing complications. The countless doctors and specialists I saw diagnosed me with allergies, asthma, and anxiety- none of which seemed accurate to me. After one treatment at MotionCare I saw more improvement in my overall health than any medications given to me by the doctors. Thank you MotionCare.

    Krista Fragola, Former All-American Distance Runner at St Thomas University

    I have been receiving treatment from Kelly Roberts since Aug. 2007 and it’s the best thing that’s happened to me. Prior to that, I had been experiencing pain in many parts of my body but especially in my knees for at least 3 years. I had gone to seven different physical therapy clinics throughout the twin cities to look for help. Most of them gave me strengthening and stretching exercise which only made my pain worse. Due to the pain, I started to limit my exercise which was a huge part of my life. After 10-15 treatments at each place, they’d tell me not to come back but to continue with the exercise they’d given me. Because the pain got so bad, I finally started wearing an electrical stimulation unit. I also saw different surgeons and in Oct. 2006, I had surgery on my left knee to try and release the tightness in my IT band on the outside of my leg. Once again, the pain was still there only now with a lot of scar tissue. Another orthopedic surgeon finally told me that I should just become a couch potato. This was very depressing. After another referral for PT, I decided to try MotionCare. By this time, I could hardly go for a walk. Due to the treatment I’ve received at MotionCare, I’m back to running and all the activities I love. Since I’m only 45, I wasn’t willing to become a couch potato.

    I’ve also referred my husband for planter fasciitis and several of my friends to MotionCare. Each one of them has been pleased with the results.

    If I can ever help in being a spokesperson for MotionCare, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I 100% believe in this treatment!! It’s like no other that’s out there.

    Machelle Applegate, Your Biggest Fan

    I cannot say enough about Jim and the awesome staff at MotionCare! Thank you for giving me my life back!!! I am now living, not just watching my life. I had been receiving treatment for a herniated disc at L4/L5 in Alaska. My pain kept worsening over the years. Nothing seemed to help and I was taking more and more prescriptions for pain. My quality of life was poor. With Jim, I learned that my sacroiliac joint was the main culprit, not my disc. Jim’s specialized treatment over the course of one week enabled me to get off meds and head back home with a treatment plan. I would have flown half-way around the world to see this man. He did in one week what MD’s, PT’s, DC’s and NP’s tried for years to do: alleviate my chronic pain.

    Amy Ippolito
    Palmer, Alaska

    Dear Jim, I just wanted to thank you for all of the great care I have received over the past year. I am happy to let you know that I shot my career best round of 73 at 56 years of age last week! Prior to seeing you I was in constant pain and had a difficult time even getting 50% of my potential rotation in my backswing. I had seen two doctors and a highly regarded physical therapy group and no one was able to diagnose the problem let alone fix it. After working with you I have a much better understanding of how the body functions and the exercises you suggested have helped immeasurably. Your treatment method is far different than any other physical therapist I know of, and it’s unfortunate they aren’t able to offer their patients the same level of care that you provide to yours. Thanks again for your help, you’re the best!
    Sincerely,

    Betsy Larey
    LPGA Teaching Professional
    St Paul MN
    St Augustine FL