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.
She was raised in Mudgegonga, Australia, which is not close to Sydney or Melbourne. After working in a regional hospital center for a couple of years, she traveled to the USA and moved around several states until managing an outpatient clinic in North Carolina for the Carolinas Heathcare System.
Clare is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) with the American Physical Therapy Association in 2005 and renewed in 2015. She is also a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT) 2006 and currently in the 10 year renewal process.
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 recently completed her 10 year renewal.
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 has presented at physical therapy conferences around the USA. She attends manual therapy conferences and courses regularly, currently taking the year-long Connect Therapy Series with LJ Lee in Canada.
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.