Clinic & Staff

Heather Purdin, M.S., P.T., CMPT, Business Owner (She/Her)

  • 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 Support 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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Mark Melecki P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S.(He/Him)

  • Graduated from the University of Dayton, in Dayton, OH with a Bachelor of Science and Received his Doctorate from the Evidence in Motion Institute with a specialization in Orthopedics as well as his certification as a therapeutic pain specialist, and has been board certified in Orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.  
  • Currently in his 34th year of practice, Mark tries to begin each therapy session with an unspoken question: how may I serve you today?
  • Mark has pursued an eclectic professional course including both mainstream and complementary approaches to healing. 
  • He has also undergone extensive training in soft tissue manual therapies including positional release, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy. 
  • He practiced massage therapy as both a practitioner and instructor for over twenty years and has written and instructed national continuing education courses for both physical and massage therapists alike.
  • He has experience in personal training both professionally and personally in his training for triathlons. 
  • Mark is also the proud father of two adult children and now the overjoyed grandfather of a beautiful granddaughter. He loves the northwest for its natural beauty and cultural opportunities. On free weekends you can often find him attending plays or off somewhere with his camera pursuing nature photography. 

Chie Tadaki, P.T., D.P.T. (She/Her)

  • Graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
  • Certified yoga instructor. Chie has a 200 hour yoga instructor certification from when she studied 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 is interested in all types of treatment interventions and patient backgrounds.  Her personal interest in a variety of activities such as hiking, rock climbing, bicycling, kayaking, jogging, backpacking, among others,  leads to her interest in treating patients with goals towards returning to an active lifestyle.  Her strong educational background in movement training contributes to an interest in treating patients with a variety of conditions and injury types.
  • With post-graduate experience working with patients experiencing chronic pain Chie has developed skills in working with patients striving to live as full of a life as possible with persistent pain or illness.
  • Chie has 6 years of experience working with patients with persistent pain and 5 years experience working with the EDS/hypermobility patient population.
  • In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, camping, practicing yoga and eating good food.
  • Chie is an APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) Credentialed Clinical Instructor and member of the APTA orthopedic section.

Jason Bouwkamp, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS, SFB (He/Him)

  • Orthopedic-residency trained through UFHealth at the Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute 2013-2014.

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy through the College of Public Health and Health Professionals at the University of Florida 2013.

  • Masters of Science in Human Performance with a concentration in Biomechanics and a minor in Human Nutrition through the College of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida 2009.

  • Bachelors of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science with a minor in Chemistry through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida 2006.

  • An evidence-based, exercise-focused therapist with broad training in manual therapy, but concentration in the use of education and the habit of exercise on orthopedic issues, neuromusculoskeletal issues, sports rehab, over-use injuries, injuries of aging and geriatrics, and chronic pain.

  • Jason enjoys the utilization of the physiological concept of progressive overload in conjunction with barbells, kettlebells, bodyweight movement, and activity-specific movements to assist in the education of movement and the discussion of movement habits in order to improve function, quality of life, and patient independence.

  • Jason has completed a number movement discipline courses ranging from olympic weightlifting to power lifting to MovNat to developmental patterning to FMS and he pulls from this varied experience to help the patient improve their movement quality and understanding

  • Jason enjoys parkour, bouldering, weight-training, kettlebell training, hiking, and deep dives into epistemology

Emily DeCarlo, MPT, RYT-200 (She/Her)

  • Graduated from the University of Delaware with a masters in physical therapy.
  • A versatile physical therapist, Emily has been working in this career that she loves for more than 20 years.
  • Emily is now an Expert John Barnes Myofascial Release Bodyworker.
  • 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.
  • Yoga has also been instrumental in her treatment method, promoting an unhurried, relaxed style and patient techniques with a focus on feeling and breathing to help treat all diagnoses.
  • 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.(She/Her)

  • 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 Craniosacral 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.

Rebecca Gordon, Current Office Manager (Future Billing Manager Effective 12/1/2022) (She/ Her)

  • Becky received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin in 2001
  • Prior to working at Good Health Becky worked for adidas in Germany as a member of their global reporting department, and with Portland Public School District assisting the Special Education department
  • In her free time she enjoys anything outdoors, from gardening, camping, hiking, fishing, clamming, and bonfires on the beach.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Shola Wilhoite, Marketing Director/Authorization Coordinator (She/Her)

  • Shola earned her Masters Degree in Healthcare Business Administration from Oregon Health and Science University in June of 2022 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences and Minor in Psychology from Portland State University in 2016.
  • She has had significant experience dealing with vulnerable populations through her past volunteer work with Oregon’s homeless populace and her previous employment with the Urban League of Portland.
  • As a Portland native and bird watcher, she takes pride in our communities focus on conservation and protecting our native wildlife.
  • As Marketing Director it is her goal to be as accessible as possible, please don’t hesitate to contact her if you have a marketing opportunity you feel may be appropriate for Good Health Physical Therapy and Wellness.
  • As Authorization Coordinator Shola works with Patients and Therapists to navigate the authorization process, aids patients in effectively utilizing their benefits and coordinates appeals of denied authorizations.

Sarah Van Emmerik, Current Administrative Assistant (Future Office Manager Effective 11/1/2022)  (She/Her)

  • Currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration through Purdue University Global
  • Member of the American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP)
  • Has extensive experience in management, mentoring others and helping them advance their careers
  • Passionate about supporting local businesses and communities
  • Enjoys traveling, historic house tours, concerts, and exploring nature
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Becca, Administrative Assistant (She/Her)

  • Born in Landstuhl, Germany, Becca spent most of her childhood in Vass, North Carolina.
  • She enjoys paddle boarding, camping and hiking. And plays both the flute and the banjo.
  • Becca also volunteers with Cascadia Wild completing wildlife surveys, with a special focus on the wolverine tracking project.
  • She is also the happy owner of two cats, Towhee (Tuxedo) and Wesley (Orange)