Heather graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry & Psychology from the University of Denver in 1998. She earned a Master of Physical Therapy from Idaho State University in 2001. She then moved from Idaho to Washington and joined the team at Bellingham Physical Therapy. In 2008, Heather earned clinical specialist certification in Orthopedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Heather enjoys helping patients with all types of orthopedic complaints improve their health and function through individualized treatment. She thrives on discovering and addressing the root cause of each patient’s symptoms, educating and empowering them to create change in their own bodies, and facilitating change through therapeutic touch. She has taken a variety of continuing education courses including joint, soft tissue, neural system and visceral mobilization techniques, analysis and restoration of movement systems, and running rehabilitation. Her most recent focus in training is Diane Lee’s Integrated Systems Model.
In addition to her clinical practice, Heather has instructed in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Whatcom Community College. She is an American Physical Therapy Association certified clinical instructor for physical therapy and physical therapist assistant students. Heather has also performed injury prevention screenings for runners and walkers at Fairhaven Runners. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and presented research at their Combined Sections meeting in San Antonio, Texas in 2001.
Heather’s first love is being outdoors. She is happiest skiing down snowy slopes, riding her bike, or playing with her dog Charlie. She enjoys hiking, sailing, camping, swimming, reading, and spending time with her husband, friends and family.