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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