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Join top-40 Physical Therapy Influencer, Doc Jen, and her Physical Therapy fiancé Dr. Dom, as they bring you the body tips and PT Pearls you need to help you understand your body, relieve your pains and restrictions, and answer your questions. Along with expert guests, the goal of The Optimal Body is to help you discover what optimal means in your own body.

The Optimal Body Jen Esquer & Dom Fraboni

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Join top-40 Physical Therapy Influencer, Doc Jen, and her Physical Therapy fiancé Dr. Dom, as they bring you the body tips and PT Pearls you need to help you understand your body, relieve your pains and restrictions, and answer your questions. Along with expert guests, the goal of The Optimal Body is to help you discover what optimal means in your own body.

    33 | Exploring How Self-Love Can Affect Overall Health, Illness, and Recovery with Sierra Nielsen

    33 | Exploring How Self-Love Can Affect Overall Health, Illness, and Recovery with Sierra Nielsen

    Confused what self-love really means? Why is everyone talking about it? Join us as Sierra Nielsen –personal trainer, nutritionist, and transformation coach –gives us wisdom on what self-love is all about and her journey with it.  Tune in as she explains what it's like to go through traumatic life events, even with a lack of support around, and how to work through loneliness along the journey. She dives in to how you can take your power back by bringing awareness and acknowledgement to those feelings surrounding your trauma; why vulnerability, although scary at first, is therapeutic and healing.  Lastly, listen as she gives advice on how you can truly focus on your self-love journey, without the distractions of social media, and how much the body and mind are intertwined.

    What You Will Learn in This Interview with Sierra Nielsen: @sierranielsen

    02:20 – Why Sierra started her self love journey

    05:30 – How Sierra addressed the pain she felt with the gaps she noticed in the medical system and her mothers fight with cancer - Why honoring your feelings is so important

    12:25 – What Sierra recommends if you feel alone or feel people around you don’t understand you

    15:25 – How our external world is a reflection of our internal selves - Why self love is not a destination journey but a daily practice

    20:45 – How you can shut out the negative, or social media, and focus on your own self love journey - Why awareness and acknowledgement gives you your power back

    25:50 – Why sharing your experiences and being vulnerable is a powerful way to connect to your own and other’s humanness

    27:10 – How sharing your story gets easier the more you do it

    28:42 – Sierra’s experience with physical issues due to her mental trauma

    33:02 – Why understanding what stressors are going on within you body are so important

    About Sierra Nielsen:
    Sierra Nielsen is a speaker, entrepreneur and transformation coach.

    As a well-known entertainment executive she had produced 3 movies before she turned 28 and was executive producer of 2 notable movies with an A-roster celebrity clientele with the likes of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Anniston and even Harry Potter himself (Daniel Radcliffe). But that’s just the beginning. Sierra holds a degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, is a certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition coach and meditation specialist as well as the founder of Your Soul Sexy, an online program and virtual community dedicated to helping you to own your worth and become healthy from the inside-out.

    Sierra has an online following of hundreds of thousands of individuals who tune into her message on emotional resilience, body positivity, inner confidence and personal empowerment. As a popular performance and transformation coach she has been featured in national media including USA Today, Variety and Self Magazine and has worked with anyone from D.C. Politicians and Hollywood Models/Actors to Award Winning Producers and NYT best selling authors.

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    Sierra’s Website:http://www.sierranielsen.com/

    To see Sierra Nielsen's full bio and links, head over to the complete show notes here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode33


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    • 36 min
    32 | Doc Jen's Journey: Scoliosis, Hip Flexor Strains, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and more!

    32 | Doc Jen's Journey: Scoliosis, Hip Flexor Strains, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and more!

    Ever feel like your body is trying to tell you something? Listen as Doc Jen dives into her own movement journeys as a gymnast and her experiences with pain and injury.  Tune in as she explains what it was like being injured as a gymnast and how those injuries have impacted her body through today.  She also demonstrates from her own body why structure and diagnoses, although good to have at times, should not become a crutch for your everyday life; why it shouldn’t cause you to avoid certain movement patterns.  Doc Jen explains her scoliosis diagnosis and how she learned to take control of her body through her breath.  Lastly, hear how Doc Jen’s body talked to her, or gave her signs, and how you, too, can gain confidence within your own body.

    What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

    00:56 – What movement meant to Doc Jen as a child - Her experience with injury

    03:44 – Why Doc Jen is grateful for the injuries she experienced - How coaches responded to injury

    05:38 – Why it’s important to see a physical therapist as an athlete

    06:57 – What types of injuries would pop up for Doc Jen after she retired from gymnastics

    08:47 – When Doc Jen started to figure out her own limitations

    10:57 – What “squinting patella” means and its role in Doc Jen’s life - Why body awareness is important

    13:46 – Doc Jen’s journey with her scoliosis diagnosis - Why a diagnosis shouldn’t become an excuse

    17:04 – How Doc Jen responds to her pain with breath and mobility

    21:16 – What Doc Jen continues working on daily - What movement brings Doc Jen back to peace

    23:08 – How important internal support is vs needing external support like with orthotics

    24:31 – Doc Jen’s take home message 

    To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/U8cvH4AtwtQ

    About Doc Jen:
    Jen Esquer, PT, DPT, is an internationally-renown physical therapist who specializes in helping people overcome chronic pain and maximize physical performance. As the founder of two transformative programs, “The Mobility Method” and “The Optimal Body,” she brings a unique, whole body approach to strength, mobility and pain-free living. In 2019, Jen was named one of the top 50 most influential healthcare professionals. Jen’s easily accessible approach has garnered her more than half a million followers on social media and more than more than 5+ million views of her health and fitness videos. Jen has been featured in Shape Magazine, Self Magazine, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness and recently graced the cover of Oxygen Magazine. She was recently featured on Good Morning America, and has made other appearances on CBS, the RISE podcast with Rachel Hollis and much more. She is co-host of one of the Top New Shows in Health called “The Optimal Body Podcast” with her fiancé who is also a doctor of physical therapy. When they’re not busy, they’re doing breath work and AcroYoga together in sunny Los Angeles, California.

    To see this episode's full show notes and check out the rest of Doc Jen's website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode32


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    • 28 min
    31 | An Army Veteran's Journey to Healing His Emotional And Physical Injuries with Chase Chewning

    31 | An Army Veteran's Journey to Healing His Emotional And Physical Injuries with Chase Chewning

    Wish you could be vulnerable with people about your traumatic past? Join us as we interview Chase Chewning – Army Veteran, podcast host, and certified coach – as he explains his own traumatic story and how he has gained the courage to speak about it; his advice on how you can too.  Listen as he dives into his life in the Army, enrolling at 17 years old, and how it affects him in his current life.  He explains how his emotional traumas took a big role in his severe physical injuries and how he’s conquered those obstacles.  Lastly, listen in as Chase talks about how the body communicates to us and why it's so important to acknowledge those signs rather than ignore them.

    What You Will Learn in This Interview with Chase Chewning: @chase_chewning

    02:22 – When Chase enlisted in the Army and why

    05:27 – What Chase learned from the Army as a young man

    07:00 – How Chase has applied those lessons to his current life and relationships

    11:35 – What types of physical and emotional traumas Chase experienced during his service - How emotional health was confronted in the Army during his time serving

    19:19 – How Chase’s disassociation of emotional health brought him to his severe physical injuries - How it led to his spiritual and emotional journey

    22:52 – Chase’s advice for those who are hesitant to tell their own stories - The power of journaling and mental health awareness

    26:10 – How Chase feels, physically and emotionally, when he begins to repeat unhealthy patterns

    30:29 – How the body communicates with us - Why we shouldn't ignore those signals, despite ego

    35:05 – Information on Chase’s podcast

    About Chase Chewning:
    Living a life of wellness has always been a part of him - since growing up eating fresh food from his grandparents' garden, playing baseball throughout school and enjoying time in the mountains surrounding his family's southwest VA home. After six years of active duty, Chase was medically discharged from the military due a string of injuries that ultimately required him to have bilateral reconstructive hip surgeries. After learning how to walk again, twice, exercise as medicine and healthy lifestyle modifications became his passion. He received his BS in Exercise Science, MS in Health Promotion and has been an ACE Certified Health Coach since 2015.

    Leaving the corporate world in late 2017 as the Wellness Director to a string of concierge medical practices along the East Coast, Chase stepped into entrepreneurship by launching podcast, Ever Forward Radio, now with over one million downloads and creating his own coaching and consulting business, Ever Forward Coach. He is also the founder of the podcast education, consulting, and production company Operation Podcast that helps others successfully launch, grow, and monetize their own podcasts.

    He now resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife May, RN, BSN and Family Nurse Practitioner, and their dog Nella.



    To see Chase Chewning's full bio and links to his podcast and website, head over to the complete show notes here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode31



    Chase’s Podcast “Ever Forward”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ever-forward-radio-with-chase-chewning/id1195967486?mt=2


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    • 38 min
    30 | Dr. Dom's Journey: Pelvic Floor Issues, Diastasis Recti, Low Back Pain and More!

    30 | Dr. Dom's Journey: Pelvic Floor Issues, Diastasis Recti, Low Back Pain and More!

    Join us as Dr. Dom dives into his personal journey with injuries as an athlete.  Listen as he explains that, although a physical therapist, he still has functional limitations within his own body. He explains what type of injuries he has ran into, what he did in the past for them, and how he treats them now. Listen as we dive in to male pelvic floor control issues, knee injuries, and neck injuries with Dr. Dom and what he has learned from it all; explaining how daily practices are so important for the body.

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    What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

    03:17 – Dr. Dom’s athletic background

    05:45 – Dr. Dom’s first injury and physical issues he ran into early on - How it was handled

    07:55 – Dr. Dom’s recovery, post surgery - Why fixing the symptoms don’t always fix the cause

    10:01 – Why pelvic floor control issues are not just limited to pregnant women - What it entails

    13:23 – Misconceptions of gaining pelvic floor control - What helps Dr. Dom gain pelvic floor control

    14:59 – Why this limitation within Dr. Dom may have caused other functional limitations

    15:52 – Dr. Dom’s knee injuries explained - How they affected Dr. Dom’s athletic performances

    17:43 – What Dr. Dom is doing to gain his athletic abilities back

    19:03 – Dr. Dom’s mobility journey - How one tight joint led to compensation of others

    21:25 – When Dr. Dom started to find his neck to be problematic - Why he decided to get an MRI

    24:48 – Where Dr. Dom has mentally landed with his neck injury - His daily breathwork routines

    28:42 – What Dr. Dom does to help guide him foundationally, from the feet up - How long he’s been doing it and what to be aware of

    To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/jOppkJFRKV8

    About Dr. Dom:
    Domenic Fraboni is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Lifestyle Coach. He earned his doctorate from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN in 2018. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and recent APTASA Board of Director member. In this position he was an active advocate for the advance of national healthcare quality and access to care in the USA. Domenic was an avid coach, unified partner, and volunteer coordinator for Special Olympics, and has assisted in coordinating events nationally for the NCAA and APTA. He has recently relocated to Los Angeles where he coaches people into their bodies using a unique approach of Health and Lifestyle consulting in the areas of mindset, movement, and meals. Domenic believes that true human healing happens through empowering individuals to independence in their journey. As cohost of The Optimal Body Podcast, he always hopes to continue to get this message of empowerment out to the masses.



    Items mentioned in this episode include:

    Vivo Barefoot Shoes:  https://bit.ly/3cDHcAx

    The Optimal Body: https://docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody

    To see this episode's full shownotes and check out the rest of Doc Jen's website, click here: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode30/


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    • 34 min
    29 | Intermittent Fasting, Hormones, and Women's Health with Registered Dietitian Julia Glanz

    29 | Intermittent Fasting, Hormones, and Women's Health with Registered Dietitian Julia Glanz

    Feel like you’ve tried everything, from working out to eating healthy, and still have little to no results? Listen to the interview with Julia Glanz – registered dietician, strength and conditioning coach, speed and agility coach, and former D1 athlete for soccer – as she enlightens us on what might be the true cause.  Tune in as Julia explains how stress levels can affect your weight loss progress and what tests and clinicians she recommends; going into detail on where to start.  She also lets us in on her own lab results (something she's never shared publicly) and the current steps she is taking toward healing her body through adaptation of her environment and behaviors; explaining the power of dialing it back.  Lastly, Julia goes over what time restricted eating, or intermittent fasting, is and how it differs from men to women. She gives us a glimpse into how women can schedule their exercise and nutritional habits around their menstrual cycle for an optimal balance. This podcast is full of juicy education. Get your pens and paper out because you will WANT to take notes!

    To start your journey with intermittent fasting and get your copy of Ultimate Guide to Intermittent Fasting Guide for Women by Julia Glanz, click here: https://juliaglanzlifestyle.thinkific.com/courses/intermittent-fasting-guide-for-women?ref=3a85db

    What You Will Learn in This Interview with Julia Glanz: @juliaglanz

    02:35 – Why you, even if doing all the “right” things, may have no results - How stress comes in

    08:27 – Understanding what you can and can’t control - Where supplementation comes in

    10:40 – How long it takes to feel results - Why it varies

    12:09 – What types of testing and clinicians Julia recommends - Where to start

    15:46 – How Julia found more from her thyroid results - What Hashimotos Disease is

    19:40 – How Julia has changed her environment and behaviors to combat her results

    25:51 – Why it's important to listen to your body and dial it back - Why more isn’t always better

    29:35 – What time restricted eating means and the benefits of it - Problems that arise with women

    31:43 – What it means to work with your menstrual cycle

    About Julia Glanz:
    Julia Glanz is a Registered Dietitian with her Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and former Division 1 soccer player.

    Julia specializes in women’s health, hormones and metabolism. She combines her knowledge and passion for exercise science and nutritional biochemistry to help women balance their hormones so they can reach their wellness goals in a way that’s healthy, sustainable and fits into their lifestyle.

    Julia helps you navigate your unique journey to optimal health in your body by unraveling the layers of what’s truly in the way. She customizes nutrition care plans with each individual’s biochemistry and lifestyle factors in mind. With the tools, knowledge and guidance she provides, you’ll go from feeling stuck, overwhelmed and frustrated to feeling free, clear and confident knowing what works for your body.

    It’s Julia’s mission to empower you to become your own health expert.

    To see the episode’s full shownotes and check out the rest of Doc Jen’s website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode29


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    • 41 min
    28 | Hip Shift? Rotated Pelvis? What Does It Mean?

    28 | Hip Shift? Rotated Pelvis? What Does It Mean?

    What does it really mean to have a leg length discrepancy? Why do we feel better after getting our pelvis adjusted? Does it stay in place after it is adjusted? When did it fall out of place in the first place? How do I know this initiated my pain? How do I know if it will last? Adjusting the pelvis is one of the most commonalities we see amongst clinicians from PT to Chiropractor to Osteopath. Why is it so common? Listen in as we explain what these diagnoses mean and how common they really are.  Join us as we dive into why these diagnoses or manual techniques may not be the most beneficial for you long term.  Lastly, we go into detail on how you can create real, long-lasting change within your own body, without relying on a clinician for an adjustment!

    What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

    00:58 – Hip related diagnoses that you might have heard - Why these discrepancies are common

    03:07 – How practitioners diagnose leg or hip discrepancies - Why they may not always be accurate

    06:21 – Why these methods and manipulations from someone else may not be useful long term

    09:05 – Why radiographs are the most reliable tests BUT still not the best option

    11:14 – Why those manual methods feel better right after - How they work

    13:06 – Why activation of the muscles are needed - What the “shotgun technique” is

    17:02 – How to create real, long term change

    To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/YTBQWPUQixg



    Items mentioned in this episode include:

    The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/



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    • 24 min

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