Coty Hogue, PT

DSC 7212Coty graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 2019, and is happy to join the family at Bellingham Physical Therapy in manual therapy and community oriented Clinic.

Prior to physical therapy, she worked as a professional musician, and her experience in that field led her to her interest in treating musician-related injuries. In addition, special interests include working with patients needing post-surgical rehab as well as balance/fall prevention training, for which she is certified in the Otago Exercise Program targeting falls prevention. 

When not working, Coty enjoys hiking, skiing, playing music, and going on bicycle tours. She has ridden across America from virginia to Seattle and most recently completed a bike trip from Paris to Rome. 


 

 

 

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Darryl Michelson, PT

DarrylDarryl received a BS in physical therapy from Hogeschool van Amsterdam, NL in 2000. Afterwards, he spent 4 years in a home health practice and then switched to outpatient.

He has completed certification of Orthopedic Movement Specialist with Gordon Brown's Therapeutic Movement Seminars in 2014. He is attending the Neural Manipulation series from the Barrallnstitute and Chikly Health Institute curricula of lymphatic drainage therapy.

Darryl began working at Bellingham Physical Therapy in 2010. Darryl has used SCENAR therapy protocols for pain and movement for 7 years after training with RITM SCENAR Institute, SCENAR Health USA, and SCENAR USA. He incorporates Tai Chi for fall prevention and balance improvement with static and dynamic movements.

Prior to a career in PT, Darryl worked for over 25 years in film production and commercial photography. He enjoys cross-country skiing and hiking with his wife Lori. He is finding challenge in riding the Slackline.

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Natalie Johnson, PT

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Natalie received her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia in 2003. She is a Whatcom County native and shortly after graduating from Washington State University in 1993 with degrees in Biology and Psychology, she went overseas for 10 years.  She began her adventure in Dunedin, New Zealand at the University of Otago where she was a Teaching Fellow, assisted in the Movement Development Clinic and earned her Masters in Biomechanics in 2001.  Natalie moved to Brisbane in 2002 to attend physical therapy school. With her biomechanics background she was asked to assist the Australian Institute of Sport with with 3D movement analysis of the Australian National Swim Team at both the Commonwealth Games Trials and Olympic Games Trials.

Natalie returned to Bellingham in 2004 and joined the team at Bellingham Physical Therapy in 2010.  She enjoys working together with her patients to restore strength and function whilst building lasting relationships.  Natalie loves the challenge of determining the underlying source of one’s symptoms and uses a hands on approach that incorporates manual therapies, myofascial release techniques, neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic exercise to facilitate healing.  She feels education is key to understanding one’s symptoms and creating lasting change.  

She has been on Mt Baker Ski Patrol the past 4 years and is a member of both the American Physical Therapy Association and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Natalie lives in Birch Bay with her husband Spike son Rhys and dog Jazi. She enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest where a variety of outdoor adventures are right at her doorstep.

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Donnie Shea, LMP- Retired

Donnie Shea of Bellingham Physical Therapy

I was born in New England, and after college in New York, I moved to Seattle in 1973.  Except for one year in Alaska, I have been happily replanted west of the Cascades.  Between time recruiting college students, working as an hospital aide on a physical therapy floor, fishing in Kodiak, operating an antique store, teaching adult literacy in Seattle, and then being a vagabond-turned-mailman, I moved to Bellingham in 1980 where I married Gail Pratt.  We are the parents of twin daughters Casey and Jessey, and now lay claim to being a grand dad.  Getting better all the time.

I discovered bodywork after moving to Seattle.  In part due to my own earlier sports and auto injuries, I began to study various massage methods.  My initial instruction that prepared me for massage licensure was provided by both a chiropractor and licensed massage practitioner/LMP.  As an LMP since 1983, I have volunteered with Hospice, served on the WA Board of Massage, assisted the start-up of the WA Sports Massage Team, and operated for 18 years the Acorn Apprenticeship Training, a WA approved massage school.  Having worked at Bellingham Physical Therapy since 1996, I am able to assist our staff in returning patients to their desired activities after an injury or surgery.  My hands-on work has been greatly influenced by two people:  Dub Leigh, from whom I learned Structural Integration which Dub called zentherapy, and John McWilliams, who has provided me with such a wonderful place to practice and to learn more about helping and serving others.

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Rene’ Wendt, PTA

reneRene' has been with Bellingham Physical Therapy since 2006. She has a passion for manual therapy. Her skills include Maitland spine and joint mobilization and extensive soft tissue experience. Her interest in Barra] Visceral Manipulation therapies has provided her with further training for the treatment of the abdomen, pelvis, and thorax.

As an avid runner, she has taken several running courses. She is a certified Pilates instructor and teaches strength classes for runners.

Rene' finds great joy while running the many trails around town, taking a variety of movement classes, and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

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Stacey Stauber, PT, MS

staceyStacey graduated from University of Montana in 2000 with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara in 1991. In the years between her undergraduate and graduate degree, Stacey spent several winters in Utah and Montana working and skiing at ski resorts.

She moved to Bellingham in 2000 and worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic where she developed a Balance and Falls Prevention program. She was hired by Bellingham Physical Therapy in 2006 and has enjoyed working there ever since.

Stacey has augmented her physical therapy education with a variety of continuing education courses that include several manual techniques such as Jones Strain Counterstrain, trigger point release, Mulligan Mobilizations, Manual Ligament Therapy and John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Technique.  She combines this with knowledge gained from courses in muscle imbalance and and movement disorders taught by Carrie Hall, McConnell Institute, Mckenzie Institute and Dianne Lee in order to decrease pain and improve function and performance.

Stacey has also taken several courses in balance and falls prevention and is trained in treating BPPV and other vestibular disorders. Her most recent passion is incorporating John F. Barnes Myofascial Release techniques into her treatments. She has completed nine John F. Barnes Myofascial Release courses in the last 4 years and finds this whole body approach fascinating and effective.

Whether she is helping a young athlete to return to their sport or maximizing the independence and safety of the elderly, Stacey enjoys teaching patients to treat themselves and prevent future injuries. She encourages them to take an active role in their recovery.

When she is not working Stacey enjoys mountain biking, hiking, swimming and skiing. She shares these activities with friends and with her husband Kurt as well as with her two children Ke’ala (10) and Zxavian (7). Often even her 13 year old Husky, Tatoosh, accompanies her.

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