Our Clinic is proud to be on the medical technological forefront by offering MLS Laser Therapy. We have invested in the very best technology as a key component of our continuing quest to offer you the finest in health care.
Laser therapy has been cleared by the FDA and proven successful as evidenced by extensive and credible studies conducted in our country’s finest institutions, including Harvard University.
MLS Laser Therapy uses specific wavelengths of light that have a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema effect on tissues that are exposed to the laser. Painful conditions accompanied by swelling or inflammation benefit from this technology.
Photons of laser energy penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. As a result of exposure to the MLS Laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles repair themselves faster. As inflammation is reduced pain subsides very quickly. In simple terms, laser energy kick-starts the healing process, thereby speeding recovery.
MLS Laser Therapy has shown to be an effective alternative modality of treatment. It’s non-invasive and pain-free. For patients who want to avoid surgery, injections, or to limit their consumption of oral medications, MLS Laser Therapy is a viable option. For patients who have tried chiropractic therapy, massage therapy, or other non-invasive treatments with little relief, MLS Laser Therapy can be another option before resorting to more traditional treatment modalities.
Both acute and chronic conditions can successfully be treated with MLS laser therapy.
This is not limited to but include:
FASA initially obtained the laser in 2013 and has since treated nearly 1,000 individuals. For those that followed the recommended course of therapy:
More than three-fourths of patients reported significant improvement. These patients often report being pain-free and do not have to limit their activities. While some still report slight discomfort, it is not enough to merit NSAIDs, opioid pain medications, lidocaine patches, etc.
Less than one-fourth of patients reported limited relief. These patients noted diminished pain but still utilized oral medications or had to limit their activities somewhat.
Less than 1% of patients have reported no change in their condition.
Individual treatments take between four and ten minutes depending on condition and size of area being treated. An entire course of therapy will typically take three or four weeks with the patient being seen two or three times per week.
Acute conditions typically take between seven and ten treatments to achieve desired results.
Chronic conditions typically take ten treatments with regular maintenance thereafter. Maintenance treatments occur just once every 1-3 months.
Typically the pain relief is short-lived and lasts anywhere from just a couple hours up to the entire day of treatment. Most often the relief has faded away by the following morning. Often patients will comment that their pain had been cut by up to 50% temporarily after the first or second treatment.
Range of motion is typically only modestly improved after the initial treatment. And, just as the pain relief does, it tends to fade away by the next morning.
Warmth and slight tingling is common in the treatment area, however, not everyone experiences this sensation.
The cumulative effect of the laser treatments becomes noticeable. The increased range of motion and decrease of pain begins to last longer. Typically the relief is felt for 2-4 days at this point.
The original pain and discomfort is still experienced, but overall improvement is felt day-to-day.
Greater amounts of relief and improved range of motion are noted after each successive treatment. With the relief lasting for longer periods of time.
While dependent on type of condition and severity of condition, most patients report having comparatively minor pain at this point in their therapy.
Bryan graduated from Stetson University, a small private university located north of Orlando, with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. He worked at One Stop Cooling & Heating in Orlando as their Chief Financial Officer for nearly 7 years until moving to Olympia in early 2019. He moved to Olympia so that he can enjoy the beautiful environment and all of the rainy days.
With just under a decade of experience in the HR field. Marta Bushay serves as the HR Coordinator, Co-leading the HR team for FASA Family Wellness.
Marta offers a unique blend of leadership, vision and Knowledge of the HR world. She has helped increase productivity through implementing policies and procedures and employee growth and satisfaction.
Marta has a diverse HR background and is a subject matter expert in the areas of HR administrative, HR compliance, handbook development, policy and procedures, reviews and updates, employee relations issues and training and development.
Prior to taking on her current role with FASA. Marta spent the first 7 years of her career serving as an Hr Manager for the Olympia Toys,r,us in Washington State. There she provided strategic HR support and acting as a team mentor.
Marta earned her HR Business Professional Certification in November 2019. She is currently working on receiving her SHRM Certification as well as completing her Global Professional HR Certification.
She resides in Tumwater, WA, with her three children Zander, Romen and Scarlett
Destini is born and raised in Washington state. She is currently pursuing her bachelors degree in elementary education to follow her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. Helping and bonding with children is one of her passions. She began working at Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates as a receptionist, but found herself helping in the marketing department more and more and eventually fell for the work related to the department. You may see her driving around in the FASA foot car, popping into local offices regularly or maybe at a local event. She rarely sits still! She just welcomed a beautiful baby girl to the world and has been enjoying spending time as a family with her husband, daughter and golden retriever, Diamond.
I’m from Olympia born and raised, I graduated from Olympia High School and did my PTA program up in Bellingham at Whatcom Community College. I decided to get into physical therapy after injuring myself and becoming interested in healing people as a career. When I’m not nerding out on Marvel Comic books, my hobbies include skateboarding, snowboarding, hiking, camping, really anything being outdoors and active; injuries are nothing new to my friends and I! Physical therapy has and continues to be a fun and fascinating world that I continue to learn and grow from every day. I love our FASA team here and am excited to be part of our family.
Kali Beaird graduated from the Massage Studies program at Clover Park Technical College in 2008. She worked at Chiropractic offices for 8 years before joining FASA in 2016.
Kali incorporates a relaxing environment and touch with deep tissue treatment to areas of concern while treating other muscles that could be contributing to the problem. She specializes in injury treatment with years of experience treating patients with chronic back pain, migraines, surgeries and more.
In Kali’s spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking and home renovation projects. She also teaches continuing education to massage therapists. Kali lives in Tumwater with her son and daughter.
As the CEO of FASA Family Wellness, Joelene is responsible for the strategic growth and innovation of the company. Joelene came on board in 2014 to create the foundation for Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates to grow and help more patients, not only in expanding podiatry but also in areas that serve the wellness of the entire patient like physical therapy, family practice, nutrition and massage and in 2015 FASA Family Wellness was born.
Since joining FASA Family Wellness she has succeeded in growing the company by 103%. Her strategic plans for the company moving forward is providing a world class patient experience by achieving operational efficiencies and continually investing in the staff and the community.
Joelene believes that investing in the lives of others ultimately positively affects the bottom line of business.
Joelene has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience in the leadership field. Prior to joining FASA Family Wellness, Joelene worked in the health and wellness field with a history in Human Resources and regulatory compliance.
Joelene is a Washington native with three amazing grown children. In her spare time, she has a passion for mentoring incarcerated youth and youth at risk. For fun she loves the lake life of wake surfing, paddle boarding and enjoying the sunsets, when there is no sun to be found you can find her on the slopes, hiking or traveling to the sun.
Doctor Saleh is a highly energetic and motivated foot and ankle surgeon with over three years of practice under his belt. With his captivating personality and motivation to succeed, he has a remarkably promising future in medicine. He finished his three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgical residency in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is coming up on his 1 year anniversary at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates.
Not only is he board eligible in foot and ankle surgery, he is also impressively certified in Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment. In addition, Doctor Saleh carries prestige certifications in microvascular surgery from the Cleveland Clinic, and advanced lower extremity orthopedics from the Rubin Institute.
With Foot & Ankle Surgical associates recent PIE partnership with the North Thurston school district Dr. Saleh has also been avidly working with students as a coach and mentor for those interested in entering into the medical field.
When Doctor Saleh is not working towards his career in medicine, he embraces his love for traveling and experiencing what the world has to offer. He is also avid in his physical health, proudly entering in competitive weightlifting competitions.
He is an extremely determined, caring, and patient-driven person. Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates is lucky to have such an ambitious and talented team member like Doctor Saleh.
Born and raised in Colorado, Doctor Lundborg has had a lifelong passion for medicine. Over the course of the last four years, he has successfully performed well over 1,300 surgeries in areas such as diabetic wound care, forefoot and bunion procedures, and trauma and reconstruction. He is adamant in giving every one of his patients the best solutions to ensure their confidence that they are in the best care.
After earning his Integrative Physiology Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, he shadowed a wide variety of experienced physicians, where he ultimately gravitated towards foot and ankle specialization as his desired career path.
Doctor Lundborg received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, where he proudly graduated at the top of his class. In order to complete his residency training, he traveled to Boston, where he spent three years focusing on trauma and reconstructive surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.
Doctor Lundborg is an extremely hard-working individual and always looking to better himself. However, to make sure he is able to thrive every day with recharged batteries, he invests time into his other interests. In this spare time, he happily spends it with his wife and dog as well as enjoying diverse outdoor activities such as golfing, hiking and skiing.
It is no secret that Doctor Lundborg is an excellent care provider, with a wide array of experience adding to his diversity as a foot and ankle surgeon. Though he is fully capable of handling any challenge, his favorite cases are flatfoot and cavus reconstructive surgery, trauma, sports medicine, biomechanics, and diabetic foot ulcers. When you come to Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, you can be confident that your needs and expectations will be exceeded with a patient-focused person like Doctor Lundborg.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Doctor Dang is a podiatric physician that has been proudly practicing medicine in the Northwest for over 13 years. He has a variety of specialties that patients can benefit from, which include wound care, pediatrics, and foot and ankle reconstruction. With his skill and experience he ensures each and every patient’s needs are met completely.
Doctor Dang always knew he wanted to become a surgeon someday. To make this passion come to life, he started his journey by graduating from Dr. Scholl Podiatric Medical School at Finch University/Chicago Medical School in 2004. Upon earning his degree, he decided to relocate to the Northwest, where he successfully completed a three-year foot and ankle reconstructive surgical residency. During this time, he also impressively served as a chief resident for two out of those three years.
When not in the office or focusing on his work, Doctor Dang immerses himself in the outdoors, participating in sports and other activities that involve fresh air. His love for being outdoors and rigorous sports also sparked his special interest in sports medicine and becoming proactively involved in community services. It brings him great joy to be able to serve the community with his podiatric services and humanitarian efforts. Doctor Dang has a monumental aspiration to start his own non-profit canine sanctuary and rehabilitation center in the future.
Doctor Dang is excited and looking forward to becoming an integral part of the Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates involvement in the community. He is always learning and avidly improving himself professionally and personally to enhance his skills in order to give his patients the best experience they can possibly have.
Doctor Duncan brings his physical therapy expertise to enhance every patient’s experience at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates. He has worked with innumerable physical therapy situations and firmly believes that every patient deserves to reach the highest level of clinical outcomes.
In 2001, Doctor Duncan graduated from Creighton University, where he successfully earned his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. Afterwards, he decided to relocate to Washington State to begin his career as a physical therapist at Riverside Nursing Home in Centralia. This is when Doctor Duncan first met Doctor Hess and started to form their working relationship, bounded by mutual respect for patient care.
While in Centralia, Doctor Duncan started to work for Foster Farms in Kelso, treating all work-related injuries for those who were employed there. Later, he started working for Costco in Tumwater, providing similar services.
In 2003, Doctor Duncan took on a new journey and opened a clinic called Physiotherapy Associates, where he was proudly the clinic director who provided orthopedic outpatient physical therapy for his patients. What makes this so ironic is that his clinic was directly across the parking lot from Doctor Hess’s prior clinic, which only sharpened their patient-focused relationship.
In 2010, Doctor Duncan decided that he wanted to be a part of the Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates team, expanding his practice at what he believes is the best association for communication between physical therapists and doctors in the area. In addition, on the weekends, Doctor Duncan started working at Shelton’s Mason General Hospital, where he provides care to the patients there.
Doctor Duncan is incredibly diverse and willing to take on any challenge he faces with confidence and determination. His philosophy is to provide every patient with individual care while obtaining the highest level of manual therapy and therapeutic exercises so they can return to their healthy lifestyles.
Born and raised in Lacey/Olympia, WA, Doctor Bowles is extremely patient-driven and actively demonstrates his passion for foot and ankle surgery. With his extensive background he gives every patient a positive experience when they come to Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates.
After graduating from North Thurston High School with honors, Doctor Bowles attended Brigham Young University, successfully obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. During this time, he also actively served at his church in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For two years, he was able to help the community there and become fluent in Spanish.
Doctor Bowles has always shown a particular interest in Biomechanics and Pathology and knew he would choose a career in medicine. Initially, he had his eye on becoming a Dentist and almost attended dental school instead.
While studying for his Dental Admission Test, Doctor Bowles had the opportunity to work at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates as a back-office assistant. During this position, he had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Nicaragua for a medical mission. This gave him the ability to observe surgical practices and methods, which drove him down a new inspirational path to become a surgeon himself. With his new career mission in sight, he quickly started his education at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, where he proudly achieved his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree.
It is not all work and no play for Doctor Bowles. During his downtime, he enjoys attending musicals and symphonies quite frequently. He is also an avid hiker, embracing the outdoors and challenging himself to a variety of different terrains.
Doctor Bowles has a significant background that helped shape him to become the incredible foot and ankle surgeon he is today. He is extremely compassionate and is always provides excellent service to each and every one of his patients.
Prior to joining Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates, Dr. Huebner was in Great Falls, Montana. Dr. Huebner has his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, with a B.S. degree in Physiology, where he had a full scholarship for football. He then attended the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, earning his DPM degree. After completing a residency in foot and ankle surgery at St. Anne’s Hospital West in Northlake, IL, he practiced in the suburbs of Chicago for two years. He then moved to Great Falls, MT, where he practiced for twenty three years. While in Montana, he served on the Board of Medical Examiners for eight years by appointment from the Governor. He is board certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and maintains active memberships in the American Podiatric Medical Association and state affiliates.
Former president of the Washington State Podiatric Medical Association, and serving on the board of trustees for the Podiatric Association for eight years, Doctor Burghardt is an excellent board-certified physician and surgeon. He is not only extremely proficient in his field, he always ensures to put his patients first to come up with the best treatments for their needs.
Doctor Burghardt began his career by earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology at the University of Washington. From there, he enrolled in Podiatric Medical School in San Francisco, proudly graduating with honors. To complete his training, he went to the University of Southern California Medical Center and Whittier Medical Center, where he became a specialist in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery and diabetic foot care.
Doctor Burghardt established his own private practice at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates at the Tumwater location, providing incredible service to everyone who consults with him. Though he enjoys all of his patients, his favorite area of interest is treating and assisting athletes. This passion stems from his athletic children, who immensely inspired him to go down this specialized route.
In addition to his dedication to medical practice, Doctor Burghardt is a travel enthusiast, avidly preparing and hosting lectures to physician groups, nurses, and non-medical groups to enlighten them on diagnosis and treatments regarding foot and ankle problems. He thoroughly enjoys sharing his knowledge and opening the doors to brainstorming with other Podiatrists on seeking out perfect and customized solutions for difficult cases.
Patients describe Doctor Burghardt as a caring, enthusiastic, and extremely motivated person. His intensive background with surgical procedures and personality make him a perfect person to thrive at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates. He is always pushing himself to improve and actively seeks out innovative ideas to make excellent treatment options for his patients.
Since 1995, Dr Hess has dedicated his time and fed his passion for Podiatric Medicine in the Northwest to improve the lives of his patients, staff and the community.
Doctor Hess started his career by obtaining his degree in Pharmacy at the University of Washington. He diligently worked in the pharmaceutical industry for three years before discovering that becoming a Podiatrist was his real desire in life. In 1992, he graduated from California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco with honors. Continuing his career path, Doctor Hess flourishingly completed his residency training, specializing in foot and ankle surgery at Lakewood Regional Medical Center and Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He then finished out strong and perfected his abilities at Harborview Medical Center, which gave him the drive to establish Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates in 2002.
As the years went by, Doctor Hess’s private practice has only grown and expanded, with now impressively containing six offices in Tumwater, Centralia, Yelm, Olympia, Tacoma, and Lacey Washington. In addition, he now has seven exceptional Podiatric Physicians working with him to ensure every patient has a positive experience.
Doctor Hess not only dedicates his time to his practice, he also is avid in helping and preparing other Podiatrists to understand the evolving and upcoming healthcare transitions. Throughout his career, he has shared his knowledge by giving numerous lectures to physicians, nursing groups, and patients to shed light on foot and ankle pathologies and treatment options. During this time, he also embraced his love for traveling, frequently heading to Central America on surgical mission trips in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
When Doctor Hess is not on duty, he enjoys engaging in water and snow sporting activities, travelling and working on his collection of cars. He also loves spending time with his children, making sure to seize every moment to create beautiful memories with them.
Doctor Hess is passionate about what he does and always puts his patients first. Between his extensive skill set and experience, you will undeniably be in excellent hands with him.