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Heather Purdin, M.S., P.T., CMPT, Business Owner

  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Duke University 1997
  • Bachelor of Science with Honors in Psychology, Duke University 1995
  • Chair for the Oregon Area Ehlers Danlos Suppport Group
  • Manual therapist with an emphasis in alignment work, muscle balancing, chronic pain, muscle and joint injuries, sports rehab, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, nervous system disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, balance/vestibular rehab, pre/post pregnancy rehab
  • Custom foot orthotic fabrication
  • Trained by Keith Kleven, Physical Therapist to highest level professional golf, baseball, boxing, wrestling athletes
  • Student Athletic Trainer at Duke University with an emphasis in football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, track, cross country running, and fencing
  • Personal Trainer for 14 years

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Judy Spaniol Turner, P.T., O.C.S, COMT, FAAOMPT 

  • Graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Therapy and with Honors and is a board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapy Specialist.
  • Graduated from Portland State Unviersity with a Bachelor of Science and a Certificate of Public Health.
  • A highly experienced physical therapist, Judy has been working in the field for more than 30 years, bringing a wealth of experience to the Good Health Team.
  • Judy is a former NAIOMT Credentialing Committee Member and Co-Chair as well as ABPTRFE Committee Member.
  • She has a significant amount of experience working with individuals suffering from chronic pain, with orthopedic injuries or with post surgical treatment requirements.

Noriko Yamaguchi D.P.T

  • Noriko is a proud alumna of Smith College (class of ’96) and earned a Master’s degree in Biology from UCLA in 1999. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2008 with honors and has been Board Certified in Geriatric Physical therapy since 2013. She is also a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
  • Noriko has experience working with diverse patient populations in private practice, outpatient, skilled nursing, and clinical research settings. Her experiences working in orthopedic, oncology, neurologic, and geriatric rehabilitation helped her develop a holistic and integrated view of how physical therapy can enhance a patient’s health and wellbeing.
  • Through a combination of manual therapy, neuromuscular movement re-education, therapeutic exercise, and health promotion counseling, Noriko’s evaluation and treatment approach centers around optimizing movement and body awareness and empowering her patients to achieve and maintain their physical wellness.
  • Before moving to Portland, OR in 2017, Noriko was Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at USC and continues to teach in USC’s hybrid clinical doctorate program.
  • Committed to health equity and social justice, Noriko has been involved in inter-disciplinary health promotion, physical therapy, and wellness programs for underserved patient populations, including the homeless, elderly, and disabled, in Los Angeles and in Portland.
  • Noriko is a member of the Orthopedic and Geriatric Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.
  • She is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Ask her about her experience in animal rehabilitation!

Abby Richards P.T., D.P.T

  • Earned both her Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University.
  • She has experience treating patients with neurological dysfunction such as chronic pain, acute and chronic spinal cord injuries, and Parkinson’s Disease. She has done extended studies on the bio-psycho-social mechanisms for pain and has found success in using therapeutic neuroscience education to improve the lives of patients dealing with chronic pain.
  • She also has experience working with LGBTQ healthcare advocates and physical therapists to educate students in professional programs on cultural sensitivity and treating of patients in the LGBTQ community. She is passionate about providing appropriate and quality care to everyone, regardless of their background, and especially those who may have had negative experiences with healthcare providers in the past.
  • Abby believes in exercise-based rehabilitation, gentle manual therapy techniques and education as the best ways to assist her patients in achieving their goals and leading more active and healthy lifestyles.

Emily DeCarlo, MPT

  • Graduated from the University of Delaware with a masters in physical therapy in 1993.
  • A versatile physical therapist, Emily has been working in this career that she loves for more than 25 years.
  • Emily is now an Expert John Barnes Myofascial Release Bodyworker.
  • After 20 years of personal practice, in 2016, Emily earned her registered yoga teacher (RYT) certification. She teaches Amrita Yoga which emphasizes alignment, mindfulness, neuroscience and Ayurvedic principles, following the style of her mentor Sara Joy Marsh of the Daya Foundation.
  • Emily has been treating chronic pelvic pain since 2014 with great success.
  • She worked for OHSU and the Legacy system for years.  Working largely with trauma patients, Emily learned early that everything in the body is connected.  What happens to one part affects the others holistically.  Postural alignment, core stability, and free breath support lead to less pain and improved function.
  • After a few more years working mostly with a chronic pain population, she started using John Barnes Myofascial Release bodywork, in combination with her other skills, with great success.  Emily happily endorses this hands-on, gentle technique with lasting results for the treatment of pain from trauma (emotional and physical), inflammatory responses, and/ or for surgical restrictions. Visit the John Barnes Myofascial Release website for more information this type of bodywork. http://www.myofascialrelease.com
  • Emily also specializes in balance and vestibular dysfunctions.  After years spent with neurologically involved clients, she has an excellent “eye” for movement and coordination problems, as well as good facilitation skills to promote much improved motor control.   This clinical skill allows Emily to provide exceptional care for the client with a stroke, rotator cuff problems as well as those with back pain or sprained ankles.
  • Shirley Sahrmann’s (PhD, PT, FAPTA) works on Movement Impairment Syndromes also make up a large part of Emily’s clinical treatment philosophy and techniques.
  • With two kids, her husband, and a herding dog, Emily spends her free time outdoors as much as she can appreciating the Pacific Northwest lifestyle.

Tina Esquivel, P.T.

  • Graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2005.
  • Tina brings a diverse background with an emphasis on Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT).  Please see our blog page for a post on what makes IMT such an effective treatment method.
  • Her background is primarily outpatient care, but also includes home health, aquatic therapy, sports rehabilitation and nursing home care.  Tina provides patient care ranging from infants to geriatrics.
  • Tina has a personal passion for exploring how incorporating good dietary choices can yield improved physical outcomes.  Specifically, Tina excels at helping her clients find unknown food sensitivities that may be producing problems in the body.
  • In addition to IMT, Tina excels in manual therapy techniques such as Cranial-Sacral therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Functional Indirect Techniques, Visceral Mobilization, Myofascial Release,Strain/Counter Strain and Neural Tension Techniques.

Liz Finley, MSPT

  • Graduated from Pacific University with an MSPT degree in 1991.
  • Liz first developed her interest in Physical Therapy  as an injured All American Swimmer in college and initially focused on sports medicine.  She soon developed an interest in treating patients with chronic pain and spinal injuries.  She finds great enjoyment in helping her patients regain their pre-injury abilities and activities.  Her treatments focus on using a combination of gentle manual therapies that work with a patient’s own healing mechanisms and incorporating this with progressive exercises.
  • Liz has trained in multiple treatment techniques including: Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Strain-Counter Strain Lymph Drainage and Muscle Energy.  All of these approaches have in common a belief that using the lease amount of force to affect a change is desirable.  This allows the patient’s body to better accept the change and to incorporate it.  These techniques have very deep affect with very light pressure ensuring that the body’s protective mechanisms are not challenged.
  • Liz is certified in Dynamic Manual Interface, a treatment approach developed by Frank Lowen, that is very effective and treats the whole body.  Dynamic Manual Interface techniques utilize the body’s self corrective mechanisms and treat myofascial synergistic patterns used for movement  and coordination. These techniques are gentle and often allow quick and long lasting gains with mobility providing for earlier return to function and strengthening. They are effective for both acute trauma as well as for chronic conditions.

 

 

Chie Tadaki, P.T., D.P.T.

  • Chie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science at the University of Michigan and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.
  • She has earned her 200-hour yoga instructor certification, studying in Rishikesh, India before physical therapy school.
  • Yoga often influences her practice of physical therapy, just as her physical therapy knowledge influences her yoga practice and instruction.  Chie attributes her interest in yoga and physical therapy to her mother, a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic. Growing up with an appreciation of the human body’s ability to constantly change and adapt, Chie has an integrative and holistic view of health and healing that involves both mind and body.
  • Chie has a strong interdisciplinary physical therapy background and utilizes all types of treatment interventions and she enjoys working with a variety of patient backgrounds.  Her personal experience participating in sports leads to her interest in treating patients with goals towards returning to an active lifestyle. Her strong educational background in neurological dysfunction contributes to a passion for treating patients with neurological conditions alongside treating people with orthopedic and sports injuries.
  • With post-graduate experience working with patients experiencing chronic pain, Chie has developed skills in working with patients striving to live a full life living with chronic pain or illness.
  • Chie has trained with clinic owner Heather Purdin in providing quality physical therapy for individuals with conditions along the hypermobility spectrum disorders, including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  In addition, Chie works collaboratively with Heather Purdin providing case management for our EDS patients.
  • Chie is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the APTA Orthopedic Section, and is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.
  • In her free time, Chie enjoys being in nature, hiking, developing her skills in rock climbing and skiing, camping, traveling, and just enjoying time with family and friends over good food, beer, and wine.

 

Maria Cecelia Cruz Mueller, P.T. 

  • Earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Cebu Doctors’ University in 1988
  • Began her work as a Physical Therapist at the Miami Parkway Regional Medical Center in Miami, Florida.
  • Has been practicing Physical Therapy for for 30 years.
  • A practitioner of Electro Therapeutic Point Stimulation (ETPS), Cecelia can help patients with stubborn join pains find relief using ETPS which blends the principles of acupuncture and neurology with micro-current stimulation as a method of pain management.
  • Cecelia enjoys treating patients suffering from muscle and joint pain as well as injuries sustained on the job or during a motor vehicle accident.

 

 

 

Ruth Hurst, P.T.

Ruth is the instructor of the Feldenkrais®, Awareness Through Movement® class taught at Good Health.  A 1964 graduate of Duke University, Ruth has a successful and diversified career as a Physical Therapist and Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner.  Her over 45 years of practical experience include hands-on and management experience in the military, small community settings as well as a large university hospital.  Becoming a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner in 1992 she eventually specialized in chronic pain care, sensing feeling, movement and awareness.  She is currently studying Integrative Manual Therapy.  Her goal today is to help as many people as she can feel better physically and emotionally.

 

 

DeVaughn Wilhoite, Marketing Director

  • Received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences with a Minor in Psychology from Portland State University in 2016.
  • DeVaughn has significant experience dealing with vulnerable populations through his past volunteer work with the homeless populace and his previous employment with the Urban League of Portland.
  • As a Portland native and avid bird watcher, he takes pride in our communities focus on conservation and protecting our native wildlife. On many weekends you may find him out in the brush with a large camera, waiting for the perfect shot of a nearby bird.
  • As Marketing Director it is his goal to be as accessible as possible, please don’t hesitate to contact him if you have a marketing opportunity you feel may be appropriate for Good Health Physical Therapy and Wellness.

 

 Eleni Larue, Administrative Assistant

  • Received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences with a Minor in Psychology from Whitworth University in 2016 and is currently applying for her doctorate.
  • She has had experience working at Spokane Regional Health Districts Out Reach program and with ParaSport Athletes.
  • In her free time she enjoys camping, back packing, cycling and running.