About Us

Bellingham's Physical Therapy clinic since 1981

Serving Bellingham

Strengthening Community

Business Hours
Mon – Thur 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fri 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

306 36th Street, Bellingham

Bellingham Physical Therapy is a private practice orthopedic clinic, providing comprehensive out-patient physical therapy services. We are locally owned and operated, proudly serving the greater Bellingham community since 1981.

Our Mission Statement

To provide exceptional, creative physical therapy in the treatment of the whole person. To create personal interventions which address the source of problems. Offering innovative solutions, combining the art and science of physical therapy to alleviate limitations of the musculoskeletal system. We look forward to assisting you in achieving optimal health and function.

We believe in providing patients with a professional, comprehensive physical therapy experience:

  • We use a combination of approaches
  • We treat all parts of the body
  • We provide private treatment rooms
  • We focus on treatments that support speedy, long-lasting recoveries
  • We use experienced physical therapists providing direct care rather than employing aides

Bellingham Physical Therapy John DonnieBellingham Physical Therapy supports the physical therapy profession and community. All of our therapists are members of the American Physical Therapy Association. We host continuing education classes for local therapists to improve the quality of physical therapy in our community. We mentor future physical therapy practitioners by providing clinical internships to physical therapy and physical therapist assistant students from several schools, including Idaho State University and Whatcom Community College. We also provide opportunities for local college and high school students to volunteer and job shadow, to assist them in planning their education and careers. We have participated in high school and college career fairs to promote health and educate students about physical therapy.

As a part of our local community, Bellingham Physical Therapy supports many local programs and events. We support local athletics, including soccer and ice skating programs, and volunteer services in the training room at Squalicum High School. We contribute to the Arthritis Foundation and participate in their annual Jingle Bell Run. We adopt a family during the holiday season each year through the Lydia House for women and children. We also sponsor booths at local events and races, including the Get Movin’ program for Bellingham Parks and Recreation.

Our employees participate in a vast array of community activities and service. Several promote health and fitness, including participation in Whatcom Sports Commission, Greater Bellingham Running Club, YMCA Strong Kids campaign, strength training instruction at the senior center, and consultation for Team in Training. Many of us volunteer to serve our community with involvement in the Whatcom Volunteer Center ’s Chore program, the Humane Society, Whatcom County Search & Rescue, and the Relay for Life. Employees are active in local clubs and churches, and many contribute to or raise money for nonprofit organizations.



Our hands are the primary tool to assess and treat disorders in the fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joint segments and the nervous system. We routinely treat Orthopedic Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy and Work Related Injuries with immediate, long-term, positive results and provide relief for a multitude of conditions and diseases including Sports Injuries, Neurological Conditions, Chronic Pain Management and more. Physical therapists treat different musculoskeletal disorders and conditions that affect the spine and limit physical function. Below are some common conditions and injuries which may be treated by one of our physical therapists at Bellingham Physical Therapy.


  • Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Swimmer’s Shoulder
  • Biceps strain / tendonitis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome


  • Upper trapezius strain
  • Torticollis (wry neck)
  • Bulging cervical disc / herniated disc
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Upper Crossed Syndrome
  • Headaches / migraines
  • Whiplash Associated Disorder
  • TMJ / TMD


  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) 
  • Golfer’s Elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis


  • Rhomboid strain
  • T4 Syndrome
  • Thoracic 
  • Low back strain
  • Bulging lumbar disc/herniated disc
  • Lumbar spondylolisthesis


  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)
  • Sports hernia (Athletica Pubalgia)
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction – Urinary Incontinence & Pelvic Pain
  • Total hip replacement / arthroplasty
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Greater trochanteric bursitis
  • Lower Crossed Syndrome


  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear
  • Hamstring strain
  • Total knee replacement / Arthroplasy
  • Pes anserine brusitis
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease / Syndrome
  • Chondromalacia patella
  • Knee osteoarthritis 


  • plantar fasciitis
  • achilles teninopathies
  • sprained ankles
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome


  • Upper trapezius strain
  • Torticollis (wry neck)
  • Bulging cervical disc / herniated disc
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Upper Crossed Syndrome
  • Headaches / migraines
  • Whiplash Associated Disorder
  • TMJ / TMD


  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) 
  • Golfer’s Elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

What We do


Our specialties at Bellingham Physical Therapy include: 

  • Manual Therapy
  • Back and neck pain/ spine stabilization
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports medicine
  • Balance and falls prevention
  • Bike fittings
  • Video gait analysis
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Headaches
  • Therapeutic exercise/movement re-education
  • Post-operative care/joint replacement rehabilitation
  • Pediatric and adolescent sports medicine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis
  • SCENAR Therapy*
Bellingham Physical Therapy

*SCENAR THERAPY: The SCENAR Technique℠ can benefit anyone newly referred to physical therapy, as well as those with acute or chronic conditions who have not responded to other forms of physical therapy or medical treatments. We combine SCENAR with traditional physical therapy to dramatically improve the rate and magnitude of recovery from a variety of injuries. This innovative approach has been successfully used on more than 7,500 patients in the past 27 years.