Meet the Team
Jason Schuster, PT, DPT, MTC, IAMTC, IADN Cert. Specialist (Owner)
Jason grew up outside of Boston and played division 1 ice hockey at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Studio Art. 7 days after graduation, he flew to southwestern Alaska to work as a fly fishing guide. He traveled back and forth between Alaska and Patagonia for 10 years: AK 4 months of the trout and salmon seasons, and 8 months of the year operating a fly fishing lodge on a river in southern Patagonia, Chile.
In 2011, Jason decided to go back to school and pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. He was initially introduced to Physical Therapy when playing hockey, and held a special interest after undergoing extensive rehab following multiple surgeries. Jason had to retake all his prerequisite courses required for graduate school entry, as no DPT programs would accept credits from his college courses, as there were over a decade old. Totally understandable. Jason spent a year and a half at Portland State University then transitioned to the University of Saint Augustine, St. Augustine, FL, where he obtained his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, 2015. During his time at the University of St. Augustine, he was introduced to dry needling and started pursuing his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC). In 2017, Jason officially received his MTC, after attending an extensive week of oral, practical, and written exams.
Following graduation, Jason worked as a traveling PT in outpatient clinics. Early in his career, he became dry needling certified and soon transitioned to teaching both dry needling and manipulation courses. While on his first assignment out of school in a small town in Oregon (nearest was Walmart 154 miles away!), Jason met Angela, who was working at the same clinic as a traveler. Angela lent Jason the money he needed to start Intricate Art, and has worked for the company from the beginning. Angela instructs dry needling and is the CFO of the company.
While working as a fly fishing guide and following obtaining his doctorate, working and teaching if physical therapy clinics, Jason realized one of his passions was teaching. In 2020, Jason was laid off, as so many people were, so, he started Intricate Art Spine & Body Solutions. Jason is the company’s owner and lead instructor. Throughout the week when he is not teaching, he treats patients pro bono and is an avid blog writer and researcher for the company. And fisherman...
Favorite Hobbies: Jason enjoys most in life are traveling, fishing, golfing, reading, feeding his squirrel and bird friends, surfing, rock climbing, hiking, painting, drawing and what he does for work.
Angela Carlson, PT, DPT, GCS, IAMTC, IADN Cert. Specialist, ASTYM cert.
Angela grew up in a small town in western Nebraska. In her early years, she was a competitive trap shooter and played various sports. She also enjoyed hunting and fishing. She joined the Marine Corps right after high school and spent 3 years in Okinawa, Japan, where she learned how to scuba dive.
While in the Marines, Angela received her Associates Degree in General Studies. Upon discharge, Angela went back to school and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino, 2011. In 2014, she graduated with her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine, San Marcos, CA.
Following graduation, Angela began working as traveling physical therapist and has continued down that path. She met Jason while on assignment in Oregon and he is the one that showed her the true value of dry needling in the clinical setting. She eventually received her board certification in Geriatrics (GCS) and is actively working toward a Book Keeping Certificate. She is a manual based therapist and dry needling is her modality of choice. She enjoys introducing dry needling to clinics that do not yet have it established and has successfully brought it into new areas.
Angela is one of the original co-founders of Intricate Art Spine & Body Solutions and she transitioned to an owner of her own LLC in which she hopes to eventually treat patients part time. She currently serves as both a dry needling instructor and manipulation co-instructor for Intricate Art Spine & Body Solutions.
Angela occasionally lives in her 5th wheel camper while on travel assignments and enjoys the outdoors. She remains an avid traveler, abroad and in country.
Favorite Hobbies: Angela enjoys walking, hiking, reading, spending time with animals, and taking naps. She hopes to eventually return to trap shooting, as a coach and a competitor.
Gabriel Pallante PT, DPT IADN Cert. Specialist
Gabriel was born and raised in the heart of Philadelphia. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy close to home, at University of the Sciences - once Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, now Saint Joseph’s University. Shortly after graduating in 2021, Gabriel became an Intricate Art Dry Needling Certified Specialist.
He was first introduced to physical therapy after a snowboarding injury in 2011. A few years later, Gabriel committed to Juniata College as a Division 3 soccer player. Only a few weeks into pre-season he ended up in the hospital, then moving home. On the train ride back to Philadelphia, he called University of the Sciences to see if he could enroll in the fall semester. Thankfully, they said “yes!”. The train pulled into 30th Street Station the same day classes began, and he had a seat in the accelerated doctor of physical therapy program.
While at USciences, he joined the Delta Chi Fraternity, was named Greek Man of the Year, became the student government president, was named student leader of the year, designed and 3D-printed prosthetics, won an innovation award, and graduated cum laude with his doctorate. After graduation, Gabriel accepted a job at 3 Dimensional Physical Therapy in South Jersey where he practices.
Gabriel comes from a long line of teachers. Being the first in his family to go into healthcare, he was sure that he had missed out on the teaching gene. It was not long before he realized that he was wrong. Not only did he get the teaching gene, but it was a dominant trait. He attributes his passion to all of the helpful lessons growing up. One of the lessons that stuck with him his whole life is: “those who can’t do, need a teacher.”
Through his experience, he has collaborated with many great teachers. Some were chiropractors, certified specialists in manual therapy, hand therapy, orthopedics, sports, women’s health, and strength and conditioning, as well as medical doctors and podiatrists. After acquiring a range of hands-on healing techniques his favorites are dry needling and manipulations.
The more he would learn, the more he would want to share what he learned. His favorite part of physical therapy was teaching his patients how to help themselves. Gabriel enjoys having student physical therapists, giving seminars and lectures, and teaching people how to achieve natural healing by optimizing the built-in capabilities of the human body - especially the power of the autonomic nervous system.
Favorite Hobbies: cooking, traveling, reading, eating, and outside of work can be found spending time with his family, at a concert, playing chess in the park, or exploring the north woods of Maine.
Ryan McDaniel (COO)
Ryan grew up outside of Boston with Jason and attended Hofstra University on Long Island. He moved to Santa Monica after college and worked in K-12 education for 15 years as an Advancement Director throughout Los Angeles. Having managed multi-million-dollar capital campaigns, raising the funds, managing the construction projects, creating the marketing materials and everything in between, he thought it was an exciting opportunity to come help build Intricate Art. If you need help with any non-medical question about the business, classes, or materials, he’s your go to!
Favorite Hobbies: Golf, all things Boston sports, cars, and travel.