Michèle Masset is a pioneer in integrating manual physical therapy, acupuncture and functional rehabilitation. She has been in practice for more than 25 years and studied in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium in 1986 and received her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1997. Michèle also studied at the International Yokai School in Brussels, where she received a degree in shiatsu therapy (Japanese acupressure).
Michèle spent many years abroad honing her skills to complement her training. She worked with pediatric patients in Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel; volunteered with Mother Theresa as a physical therapist in an orphanage in Calcutta, India; and did a two-month internship in the Tuina (Chinese medical massage) department in Long Hua hospital, affiliated with the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China. After seven years in private practice in Brussels, Michèle moved to Washington, D.C. in 1994, and worked with pediatric and adult patients in hospitals and outpatient orthopedic, sports medicine, and pain management clinics. In 2000, she opened the Masset Acupuncture & Physical Therapy Center to offer a more comprehensive quality of care than is currently found in mainstream physical therapy.
Michèle’s specialties include integrative neuro-orthopedic rehabilitative medicine and pain management. She trained with Dr. Robert Gerwin at his renowned Pain and Rehabilitation Medicine program in Bethesda, Maryland. Michèle also completed the full training in trigger point manual therapy and dry needling developed by Dr. Janet Travell, the pioneer in applying these techniques to myofascial pain.
Michèle is extensively schooled in hands-on therapies. She received her integrative manual therapy certification from Great Lakes Seminars, one of the leading programs in this specialty, and completed additional courses on the role of brain plasticity and pain management at the Neuro Orthopedic Institute, led by Australian physical therapist and neuroscientist David Butler. She has studied visceral mobilization and neural manipulation at the Barral Institute, developed by French osteopath Jean-Claude Barral, as well as craniosacral therapy at the Upledger Institute in Florida.
Michèle is continuously finding and applying innovative techniques to help ensure her patients’ rehabilitation is comprehensive. In 2001, she completed training in Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) and is the most senior YBR instructor in the Washington, D.C., area, teaching this technique privately and in group classes. Michèle incorporated the Gyrotonic® Expansion System into her functional rehabilitation practice in 2003. She also draws from the French osteopathic postural rehabilitation technique called les chaines musculaires de Busquet.
It is this broad range of skills training and her constant eye toward applying the latest holistic and innovative techniques that enables Michèle to deliver a unique, comprehensive and highly effective care to her patients.