Physical Therapist, Manager of Therapy Services
Interests: Orthopedic, Neurologic, Geriatric, Functional Conditioning, Gait, Orthopedic Surgery Rehabilitation, Joint Mobilization, Spinal Cord Injury, Work Hardening, Vestibular, Recreational and Adaptive Sports, and Posture Driven Pain Management,
Years of Experience: 6
Education: Eastern Washington University: Bachelors of Science – Exercise Science, University of Puget Sound: Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Professionally, I’ve been a bit of a generalist my entire career thanks to never ending up quite where I expected, but thanks to the therapy field, always where I was needed. I went into my doctorate program thinking I’ll always be in physical conditioning and performance improvement type in sports orthopedics. I graduated thinking I’ll never leave the neurological unit, exited screaming out of the concrete jungles where spinal cord injury facilities live then started a career with the geriatric population to live in Bend Oregon. I ended up greatly enjoying transitional rehabilitation and made a career out of managing them in three different States, and finally find myself settling where I am able to combine them all. My treatment approaches are based in biomechanics and exercise physiology adaptation that paired quite well with my functional outcomes driven goals. As therapists, we have the unique opportunity to help each patient get back to what is important to them, which should always be our main goal. I am excited to find myself in this close-knit community where I can capitalize on my varied background to treat the breadth of diagnoses found in rural settings. Like many PTs, my lifestyle has also paired well with my career choice and helped further my understanding as a professional. My favorite pastime, mountain biking, has also blessed me with multiple experiences to see both sides of physical therapy during my twenties. Olympic lifting, a hobby I have kept up with since high school, is a study of biomechanics, leverage angles, and force vectors that has aided me considerably in problem solving deficits. I believe that being able to enjoy recreational activities and ease of movement is a boon during our time on Earth, and I am so happy to be in a career designed to assist people with these goals.