I grew up in Oregon, attending Oregon State University with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. I competitively swam and ran throughout high school which sparked my interest in sports rehab. Upon graduation, I went to South Africa to gain experience in a hospital setting and was awe-struck by the physical therapists I worked with. This brought me to Denver, Colorado, where I received my doctorate in physical therapy at Regis University. As much as I loved Colorado, I missed the Pacific Northwest.
I developed an interest in physical therapy based on the idea that we could heal through the use of our own body and mind. I chose The Portland Clinic as this allows a comprehensive approach, closely working with multiple specialties to provide optimal care. I think the most important aspect of my practice is education, teaching patients about their problem and providing them with the tools to self-manage in a way that fits their lifestyle.
I incorporate manual therapy, exercise prescription, and pain education to provide sustainable results. Special interests include persistent pain, women’s health, and running-related injuries. However, I enjoy a wide variety of conditions as I believe this makes me a better provider. I recognize that we live in a stressful society and aim to integrate a bio-psychosocial approach (stress management) into my treatment as I believe this facilitates better healing.
In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, camping and cooking (mostly eating) with my friends and family. I utilize social support and meditative techniques/yoga for my own stress management and I like to incorporate these into my treatment approach.
Specialty: Physical Therapy
Locations: Downtown, Northeast