Sarah is an orthopedic physical therapist who has practiced in Seattle since 2007.
She combines evidence-based treatments and clinical expertise in order to best suit her patients’ needs, utilizing manual techniques as needed but emphasizing specific and individualized exercise programs designed to improve motor patterning and biomechanics.
Specialties include adult and pediatric sports injuries as well as spinal and peripheral joint stabilization. Sarah has a particular interest in treating conditions of the hip and pelvis such as femoroacetabular impingement and labral tears, but also enjoys treating orthopedic injuries of the shoulder, neck, knee, foot/ankle, jaw and spine.
Sarah has specialty training and certification in:
- CrossFit medicine
- Functional Movement Assessment
- Graston Technique
- Treating patients post-motor vehicle accident
- Treating pregnant and postpartum patients
Sarah has a background and interest in treating CrossFit athletes, runners, dancers and gymnasts.
In 2013, Sarah was awarded a Board Specialty in orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition, post-graduate education and certifications include:
- Training through Level III and certification through Level II of the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT)
- CAPA (Certificate of Academic Proficiency Achievement) for treating pregnancy and postpartum through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute
- Certified Clinical Instructor through the APTA
- Certified Graston Technique Provider
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
- CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
- SFMA Level 1
- CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Gonzaga University in 2004 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington in 2007. Beginning ballet at age 3 and dancing through her late-20’s, Sarah has a particular interest and deep understanding of the movement mechanics required and demands placed on the dancer. She has an appreciation for the art, despite no longer dancing.
Currently, her passion lies with CrossFit and barbell training. CrossFitting for several years now, Sarah greatly enjoys working with this patient population and helping to increase community awareness about injury prevention and correct motor patterning. She is also a CrossFit Level 1 trainer. She places great value on educating the medical and rehabilitation public as well as CrossFit community about correct mechanics for weightlifting and proper rehab for these patients.
With all of her patients, Sarah employs a movement-based emphasis. Correcting movement patterns takes time and practice but will yield the best outcome.
Outside the walls of the clinic, Sarah coaches at Ballard CrossFit in Seattle. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. She finds time for CrossFit, rock climbing, backpacking, staying as active as possible, enjoying local dance and theater, and cheering on our Seattle Seahawks! She also frequently finds herself spending time as a teaching assistant for the University of Washington’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program and offering stability/mobility clinics and screenings to CrossFit athletes in the greater Seattle area.