Doctor of Physical Therapy, Eastern Washington University
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Western Washington University
CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
Extensive training in women’s health including: Pelvic Floor dysfunction/pain, Diastis recti, and Pregnancy/Postpartum
Stephanie was born and raised in South Bend, Washington. She grew up participating in basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and track and wanted to combine her love for sports with her interest in the medical field. Stephanie attended Western Washington University and received her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science in 2003. She also spent her Junior year studying abroad at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. She then attended Eastern Washington University where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008.
Patient Care: Stephanie has been working in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy since 2003. She loves being able to use her manual skills and exercise prescription knowledge to help patients of all ages recover from a variety of injuries and surgeries. She knows that educating her patients about their specific impairments and setting realistic goals together will allow her patients to reach their full rehab potential. Her goal as a therapist is to provide individualized care to each patient and enable them to assume an active role in their recovery.
After starting her own family, she found a new area of interest in Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor rehabilitation. She recognized how challenging it was to find therapists that provided advanced pelvic floor evaluations and treatment so she has completed extensive training in the area to be able to provide that service to her female patients. She now treats a variety of women’s health issues including: pregnancy and post-partum care, incontinence and bowel/bladder issues, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti, pelvic floor weakness, and sexual dysfunction. She loves being able to support these women through some of the most physically and emotionally challenging times in their lives and being able to show them that there is hope, no matter how long they have been dealing with their symptoms.
Most of Stephanie’s time these days is spent playing with her 3 small children. Her and her husband enjoy traveling, exploring the outdoors with the kids, playing sports in the backyard (especially basketball), and being near the ocean whenever possible.