I have a strong science background with focus on neurological, psychosocial & biochemical approaches to providing therapy.
My interests emphasize patient populations with orthopedic based dysfunctions, as well as neurogenic injury and persistent pain. I thrive on diversity and challenge, and command excellent critical thinking and communication skills. I practice with a balanced approach of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, obtained from a background with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (NAIOMT) and Ola Grimsby Orthopedic Institute.
From a young age I was athletic and enjoyed playing sports. I played soccer from elementary school through high school and also participated in Track & Field with emphasis on hurtles. After college, I started training martial arts and after graduation, I worked as a Physical Therapy Aide at New Heights Integrative Therapies in SE Portland.
It was there I became interested in Physical Therapy as a career. I'd suffered a number of injuries through high school, college and beyond as an athlete, and was experienced as a physical therapy patient. While working at New Heights I discovered that I had a knack for applying my Biochemistry background to the workings of the physical body and that I enjoyed the challenge of puzzling out the function and dysfunction of different injuries in different people.
Now with advanced certifications and solid experience in a variety of settings, I love it all. I enjoy putting my skills to work on simple injury and surgery recovery cases and I thrive on complex issues that require a critical eye and deft touch.
In 2012 I was honored to present the Western States Annual Pain conference.
I have received my CMPT, advanced orthopedic certification from North American Institute of Orthopedic & Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and am an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association. Additionally I was accepted into NAIOMT’s manual therapy Fellowship program in 2017.
I am also trained in concussion pre- and post-screening techniques in the return to play program.
My Free Time!
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family in the outdoors. I have personal experience rehabilitating injuries from soccer, track and field, skiing, basketball, marital arts, equestrian events, target events and archery.
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