As a former basketball player at OU, Higgins underwent two ACL tears while playing for Sherri Coale. The experience of a debilitating injury, as well the experience of overcoming the injury to play out the remainder of her career at OU, makes Allen an understanding therapist and an encourager for those who might not see themselves overcoming an injury.
Allen has specialized training in the treatment of spinal dysfunction, as well as shoulders, knees, ankles and hips. Allen has a knack for relating to people of all ages and walks of life.
She is often asked to treat infants with torticollis or a child who is having difficulty with the development of their gait. She is just as enthusiastic about working with an older person who has difficulty with balance or having a history of falling.
The newest member of the staff is Eden Woznick, PTA. Woznick balances her PT profession with her commitment to Air National Guard.
“When I first interviewed Eden, she was a new graduate of physical therapy,” McConnell said. “Having watched my son-in-law transition from being an active duty Marine to employment in the private sector, I had an insight as to what a military background can bring to the work place.
“Eden has not disappointed. She has a sense of professionalism, loyalty and commitment that is above and beyond what I would expect. Having served active duty in the Air Force, she comes to us with the maturity that most new grads would not have. I can teach a lot of things to employees to improve their clinical skills, but these are not traits that can be taught. Eden has a special gift of caring for each and every person who crosses her path.”
The diversity of the staff brings depth to the clinic. A common thread of each staff member is that they are all encouragers.