Kate Gamble, Founder - 904.626.5284
Kate Gamble, BFA, MSPT
Kate Gamble founded Open Door is 2014 with the goal of developing a wellness center and programming that offered a different model for health care delivery. This model is client centered with the goal of allowing the individual or group to have agency through knowledge and pragmatic options in wellness tools.The inspiration for this came from years of working in neurological rehabilitation programs where a team of practitioners met with the patient and family to set goals and map out a plan toward achieving these goals.She has also been inspired by the writings Atul Gawande and the Blue Zones Project along with many other healthcare providers and patients she has had the privilege to work with. She has BFA in Dance from NYU and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the Mayo Clinic.
Kate specializes in working with clients with biomechanical and neurological dysfunction. Her combined training as a physical therapist, somatics practitioner and dancer allows her to facilitate movement experiences that are safe and transformative. She considers the client a partner in the rehabilitation process and focuses on education, independent home programs, and setting individualized goals.
Kate has worked at various healthcare organizations in her almost 30 years as a Physical Therapist, These include the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Virginia, and Mount Ascutney Hospital in Vermont. She was Director of Rehabilitation at Whispering Pines Rehabilitation Center in Florida and Director Of Physical Therapy Services at Longwood Rehabilitation Center in Boston.
Kate’s somatic training includes training in the Feldenkrais Method, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body Mind Centering,Alexander Technique and Axis Syllabus. She is presently working toward a certificate in Somatics at Moving on Center in Berkeley, CA. She trained with the Mark Morris Dance Company/Dance for Parkinson's Disease program. Her dance career included producing her own choreography in New York for three years, founding Lighthouse Dance Project in Massachusetts, and the Full Moon Performance Project in Florida. She was artistic director of Braided Light Dance Project in Florida where she produced several seasons of sold out concerts and established Jacksonville’s first modern dance company. She presently teaches dance at Open Door and also consults for High Horse Therapeutic Riding. Her primary focus is creating optimal wellness programming at Open Door.