Clare graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy from LaTrobe University, Melbourne Australia in 1991. She joined the team at Bellingham Physical Therapy in September 2003.
Clare is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) with the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT).
Clare has pursued advanced training in manual therapy skills, achieving certifications from Maitland Australian Physiotherapy seminars -Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), and a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) with the Institute of Physical Art. She has just completed a year-long course with LJ Lee in Canada and has become a graduate of the Connect Therapy Approach, furthering her goal to look at the patients system as a whole and find the best/most appropriate area to treat.
Clare’s approach to treatment is to use movement and palpation to analyze imbalances that people may have developed in their systems. She attempts to find the root cause of the presenting problem as well as relieve the symptoms currently causing a person to seek help from a therapist. Hers is a patient-centered approach, with the patient taking an active role in his or her care. She uses a blend of manual, hands-on techniques to restore balanced symmetrical motions. Exercise and neuromuscular education is incorporated to restore the control of mobility, and in doing so, potentially prevent future issues. Her goal is to reduce the strains and stresses in the human system as a whole and improve overall efficiency of motion. Clare has a particular interest in pain science and the close relationship of the body and mind. No issue happens in isolation.
Clare is an educator, and senior faculty member with Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars since 1998. She mentors fellows in training- therapists seeking to become Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She has presented at physical therapy conferences around the USA. She attends manual therapy conferences and courses regularly to stay current and involved.
On weekends you will find Clare and her husband Steve exploring the trails of the beautiful Pacific Northwest whether it be day hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing or mountaineering.
Life is an adventure, not a guided tour.