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ST PETE
DRY NEEDLING

Dr. Tania Schmitfranz, PT, DPT, MS, C-IDN, GTS

I am a licensed Doctor of Physiotherapy experienced in providing patients with a welcoming and comfortable environment for treating all types of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular pains, aches, and injuries. In 2021, I opened St Pete Dry Needling, a small, private clinical practice offering highly specialized manual treatments and modalities in sunny St Petersburg. As a private-pay practice there are none of the negative confinements associated with accepting insurance or requiring referrals. Come when you want, how often you want, and for whatever you need - no one knows your body better than you.
Read on to find out how I can help you get moving again.

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ABOUT DRY NEEDLING

Integrative dry needling is not acupuncture (traditional Chinese medicine), it is based on neuro-anatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain. Dry needling works by causing a micro lesion within the pathological tissue thus breaking up shortened tissues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain. This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.


My goal is to restore your mobility, keep you moving, and ensure your rehabilitation is effective, efficient, and stress-free. Since I opened St Pete Dry Needling in 2021, I have offered the highest standards of treatment and patient care and am committed to my clients health and long-term wellness. Book your appointment with me today.

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TREATABLE CONDITIONS

diagnoses and conditions that can be treated with dry needling:

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SPINAL CONDITIONS

degenerative disc disease (DDD)
herniated/bulging disc
low back pain
neck pain
pinched nerve
radiculopathy
sciatica
spinal stenosis
thoracic pain
whiplash

CRANIAL & VESTIBULAR CONDITIONS

cervicogenic headaches
migraine
TMJ/TMD
vertigo

CHRONIC PAIN

complex regional pain syndrome
fibromyalgia
neurogenic pain
osteoarthritis
thoracic outlet syndrome

SPORTS INJURY

joint sprain
muscle strain
muscle tension/tightness
sports performance
workout recovery

HIP PAIN

femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI)
labral tear
psoas tightness

KNEE PAIN

ACL tear
LCL tear
MCL tear
meniscus tear
osteoarthritis
patellar tendinopathy

ANKLE/FOOT PAIN

calf tightness
high ankle sprain
lateral ankle sprain
plantar fasciitis
shin splints

SHOULDER PAIN

adhesive capsulitis / frozen shoulder
bicep tendinopathy
labral tear
rotator cuff tear
SLAP lesion
subacromial impingement
upper trapezius tension

ELBOW PAIN

golfer's elbow / medial epicondylitis
tennis elbow / lateral epicondylitis
ulnar nerve entrapment

WRIST/HAND PAIN

carpal tunnel
De Quervain tenosynovitis
scaphoid fracture

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DR. TANIA SCHMITFRANZ, PT, DPT,  MS, C-IDN, GTS

Doctor of Physiotherapy

Dr. Tania Schmitfranz is a doctor of physical therapy who opened her own clinical practice, St Pete Dry Needling, in January of 2022. She received her Bachelor's degree in International Business & Economics and her Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Arkansas, then went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida. She has clinical experience in various settings, working with an assortment of populations such as professional/collegiate athletes, US Army special operators, amputees, Parkison's disease, and post-surgical patients. Dr. Schmitfranz specializes in sports and orthopedics, holding certifications in Advanced Dry Needling, Graston, Functional Movement Screening, Kinesio/Rock Taping, and USA Weightlifting. Her interests outside of work include Olympic weightlifting, crossfit, sand volleyball, SUP, and kayaking/hiking with her dog Taro.  

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USA Weightlifting - Level 1

Integrative Dry Needling - Foundations/Advanced

Graston - M1/M2/GTS

Rock Tape - FMT Basic/Advanced

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TARO

Therapy Dog

Taro is a certified therapy dog under the Alliance of Therapy Dogs who cofounded St Pete Dry Needling in January of 2022 with his owner, Tania. He graduated therapy dog training in 2017 and has since worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, schools/universities, and outpatient clinics with patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics and everything in between. In his free time he enjoys going to the dog park, taking long walks, swimming (with the help of a doggie life vest), kayaking/paddle boarding, accompanying his mom to their local CrossFit gym, and hanging with his friends at The Dog Bar.


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Alliance of Therapy Dogs - Therapy Dog

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