Heather Purdin, M.S., P.T.
1997 M.S. in Physical Therapy, Duke University, Durham, NC
1995 B.S. in Psychology, Magna cum Laude, Duke University
Fall 1993 Study Abroad, Edinburgh University, Scotland
1991 High School Diploma, Valedictorian, Citrus High School, Florida
Physical Therapy Internships:
3/97 – 5/97 Keith Kleven Institute of Orthopaedic, Sports, and Dance Rehabilitation. Outpatient Orthopaedic Rehabilitation. Offered advancement to Staff Physical Therapist position.
1/97-2/97 Sharp Memorial Hospital, Outpatient Rehabilitation for Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury.
7/96 – 8/96 Watauga Medical Center, Acute Care.
6/96 – 7/96 Duke University Medical Center, Inpatient Orthopaedic Rehabilitation.
Leadership Positions/Volunteer Experience:
2013 Chair, Oregon Area Ehlers Danlos Support Group
3/06-4/08 Public Relations Committee, Oregon Physical Therapy Association
3/02 – 3/06 Secretary, Oregon Physical Therapy Association
12/98-3/02 Member Continuing Education Committee,OPTA Responsibilities: Recruiting speakers and coordinating continuing education courses offered through the OPTA.
Fall 2000 Zenger-Miller Leadership 2000 Management Training Course Attendee
8/95 – 5/97 Member Cultural Diversity Committee, Duke University Department of Physical Therapy. Responsibilities: Leading discussions/Recruiting speakers regarding personal and professional cultural/racial awareness.
2/95 – 4/95 Co-facilitator Dialog Racism, Duke University, seven week series of discussions about race relations.
9/94-5/95 Peer Facilitator, Counseling and Psychological Services, Duke University. Responsibilities: Leading discussions/teaching about stress management, race relations, gender issues for student groups. .
8/94 – 5/95 Student Minister for Social Activities, Catholic Student Center, Duke University.
Summers of Rotary Leadership Seminar, 1992 Senior Staff, Lakeland, FL.
1995 – Present American Physical Therapy Association member:
Public Relations Committee 2006-2008
Secretary Oregon Chapter 2002-2006
Continuing Education Committee 1998-2002
Orthopedic section 1998
Neurological section 1996-97
2018 Portland Monthly Top Doctor
2015 Opencare Patients Choice Award
1997 Special Initiatives Award, Duke University Department of Physical Therapy, “for exceptional contributions to enhance the awareness of Cultural Diversity in our program and profession.”
1995 Helen Kaiser Award/Scholarship, Duke University Department of Physical Therapy. Recognizes students who display an appreciation and respect for diversity in life and physical therapy.
1995 Magna cum Laude, Duke University.
1994 – present Golden Key National Honor Society, Duke University.
1992 Phi Eta Kappa, National Freshman Honor Society, Duke University.
1991 Valedictorian, Citrus High School, Inverness, FL
“How Physical Therapy can Assist the Hypermobile Patient” Oregon Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Group Mini Conference, Portland, OR, May 2013
“Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Hypermobile Type: Understanding and Treating Systemic Effects” Oregon Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, Portland, OR, April 2013
“Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Hypermobile Type: Understanding and Treating Systemic Effects” Oregon Ehlers Danlos Support Group, Portland, OR, January 2013
“Exercise Guidlines for Type I and II Diabetes” Diabetes Support Group, Milwaukie, OR and Oregon City, OR, 2013
“Exercise Guidlines for Type I and II Diabetes” Oregon Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, Portland, OR April 2011 and April 2013
“Oh, My Aching Back” segment on KATU Channel 2 morning show, Portland, OR August 2002
“Functional Fitness” segment on KATU Channel 2 morning show, Portland, OR November 2002
“Proper Warm Up and Training for Youth Baseball Players” Oregon City Little League Baseball Coaches Conference, Oregon City, Oregon, March 2002.
Purdin HA, McDonald P, Schenkman M. “Clinical Tests of Motor Planning for Adults with and without Parkinson’s Disease.” Abstract: Published in Physical Therapy, Volume 78 Number 5, page S63, May 1998.Platform Presentation: Physical Therapy 1998: Scientific Meeting & Exposition of The American Physical Therapy Association, Orlando, FL, June 1998.
Purdin HA, McDonald P. “A Reliability and Correlational Analysis of Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, and Whole Body Motor Planning Tests.” Master’s project presented December 1996, Duke University.
Purdin HA. “Assessment of Medical Staff Behaviors with Children Undergoing Painful Medical Procedures.” Undergraduate Honors project defended/presented April 1995, Duke University.
Purdin, HA. “Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and the Hypermobile Patient: Understanding and Treating Musculoskeletal, Systemic, and Biopsychosocial Effects”, Oregon Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, March 2017,
Purdin, HA. “Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and the Hypermobile Patient: Understanding and treating Musculoskeletal systemic and Biopsychosocial Effects” NEXT, June 2017, American Physical Therapy Association, Boston, MA.
Purdin, HA. “Ehlers-Danlos/Hypermobility Syndrome – Succeed with Complex Cases” Next, June 2017, American Physical Therapy Association, Boston, MA.
Purdin, HA. Russek, LN. Simmonds, J. “A Zebra Among Us: Recognition and Management of Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders” American Physical Therapy Associations Combined Sections Meeting, February 2018, New Orleans, LA.
Purdin, HA. “A Zebra Among Us: Recognition & Management of Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders” Pain Study Group, June 2018, Portland, OR.
Clinical skills: Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment of diverse patient diagnoses with particular strengths in orthopedic and manual therapy, Athletic taping, Brace fitting/adjustment, Knowledge of cultural diversity issues in healthcare.
Manual skills: Joint mobilization utilizing Paris and NAIOMT approaches, Soft tissue techniques including myofascial release, Strain Counter Strain, trigger point, Functional Indirect Technique, Muscle Energy Technique, Mulligan Concepts NAGS and SNAGS, Craniosacral treatmentCPR
Certification: Adult, Infant and Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
- Chronic Pelvic Pain: An Integrated Approach by Ann McConville, PT, Charlotte, NC, 9/96, 3 hours
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment by Florence P. Kendall, PT, Duke University, Durham, NC 11/96, 12/95, 16 hours
- TMJ Evaluation by Danny Antonio, PT, Las Vegas, NV 4/98, 2 hours
- The Problem Shoulder by Jenni McConnell, PT, Orlando, FL 6/98 4 hours
- Basic Hand Therapy by Russ Ridenhour, OTR, CHT, Las Vegas, NV 5/98 19 hours
- Total Joint Replacement and Rehabilitation by Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Tammy King, PT, and Thomas Bernasek, MD, Las Vegas, NV, 9/97, 16 hours
- AIDS Impact/HIV/AIDS Series, Home Study Course by: Health Impact 12/98, 7 hours
- Diagnostic Imaging of Bones and Joints, Home Study Course by: APTA Orthopedic Section 1/99-6/99, 30 hours
- If You Can’t Breathe You Can’t Function, Portland, OR by: Mary Massery, 5/1-5/2/99, 10 hours
- Treatment of Adult Hemiplegia with an Emphasis on NDT , Portland, OR by: Steve Anderson, PT, 7/17-7/18/99, 13 hours
- Applying the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, Portland, OR, OPTA fall Conference, 10/16/99, 5.5 hours
- Muscle Energy Techniques – Below the Diaphragm, Portland, OR, by: Iris Wolfe, PT, 2/19/-2/21/99, 19 hours
- Muscle Energy Techniques – Above the Diaphragm, Portland, OR by: Iris Wolfe, PT, 8/4/-8/6/00, 18 hours
- Leadership Development and Teambuilding, Portland, OR, Skill Path Series, 8/16/00, 7 hours
- Mulligan Concepts – Upper Body, Tacoma, WA, by: Northeast Seminars, Donald Reordan, PT, 5/20-5/21/00, 13 hours
- Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (“forced use”) and Stroke Recovery, Portland, OR, OPTA Fall Conference, by: Carolee J Winstein, PT 10/00, 5 hours
- Rehabilitation in the Presence of Wounds, Portland, OR, by: Judy Bailey, RN and Tom Devita, PT, 11/15/00, 2 hours
- Introduction to Multicultural Leadership, Battlefield, WA, by: New Science Consulting Group, Tom Griggs, PhD, 2/01, 25 hours
- Clinical Anatomy: Low Back, Neck and Shoulder with Implications toward Evaluation and Treatment, Portland, OR, OPTA Spring Conference, by: Carl DeRosa, PT, 3/10-3/11/01, 9.75 hours
- Pathophysiology of Chronic Conditions and Approaches Toward Treatment, Portland, OR, by: Margi Morris, PT, 3/24/01, 4 hours
- Direct Access, Portland, OR, by: Dr. David Musnick, 4/6-4/8/01, 18 hours
- Demystifying RSD, Portland, OR, by Dr. Dennis Davin, 5/2/01, 2 hours
- Maximizing the Golfer’s Game – A Physical Therapist’s Approach, Hillsborough, OR, by: D. Keith Kleven, MSPT, ATC, 9/8/01, 5 hours
- Vestibular Therapy for the Non-Vestibular Therapist, Portland, OR, OPTA Fall Conference, by: Jim Cavanaugh, PT, 10/13/01, 5 hours
- North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy level I videos, Home Study Videos, January- March 2001, 16 hours
- Jones Strain – CounterStrain, Self Study of Text by Lawrence H. Jones, DO with Randall Kusunose, PT, Ed Goering, DO, 2001-present
- Zenger-Miller Leadership 2000, Management Training Course, Portland, OR, by Sue Yount, RN, Fall 2001, 28 hours
- Chronic Pain in the Elderly, Portland, OR, Providence Medical Group, 10/31/01, 1 hour
- Differential Assessment of the Cervicogenic Headache, Portland, OR, by: Mike Nored, PT, 2/27/02, 2 hours
- The PT’s Role in Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis, Eugene, OR OPTA Spring Conference, by: Kerry Hertel, PT, 3/02, 2 hours
- Craniosacral Integration Part I, Portland, OR, by: Iris Wolfe, PT, 7/19-7/22/02, 28 hours
- North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy Lower Quadrant, level II, Part A, Portland, OR 10/18-10/20/02, 21 hours
- North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy Lower Quadrant, level II, Part B, Portland, OR 11/22-11/24/02, 21 hours
- An Evening on Feldenkrais, Portland, OR , by: Jeanne Dunnewind, PT & Donna Maebori, 03/03, 2 hours
- Advanced Training Specialists for Physical Therapist, Portland, OR, by: Colin Hoobler, MPT, MS, 6/7 – 6/8/03, 14 hours
- Reimbursement Town Hall Meeting – Taking the Headache out of Reimbursement Portland, OR, by: Carol Schunk, PT & Ricci Susick, PT, 2hours and 50 minutes
- When the Feet Hit the Ground…Everything Changes, Seattle, WA, by: Keith Larson, PT, 10/24 – 10/26/03, 22 hours
- MS Fibromyaglia and Regional Pain, Portland, OR, Institute for National Resources, by: Dr. Katz, 1/13/03, 6 hours
- 2004 Medical Screening Refresher for the Physical Therapist, Portland, OR by: Richard Gicking, MD & Jill Pruett, MD, 3/12/04, 6 hours
- Introduction to Myofascial Release, Eugene, OR, by: Rita Margy, 3/12/04, 2 hours
- Mulligan Concepts – Lower Quarter, Eugene, OR, by: Don Riordan, 3/13 – 3/14/04, 12 hours
- North American Institute of Orthopedic and Manual Therapy LevelII Upper Extremity Part A, Portland, OR by: Kent Keyser, 9/10-12/04, 21 hours
- North American Institute of Orthopedic and Manual Therapy LevelII Upper Extremity Part B, Portland, OR by: Kent Keyser, 10/24-10/26/04, 21 hours
- Integrating Pilates Into Your Practice, Portland, OR by: Debbie Lehner, MPT, 10/15/05, 6 hours
- Getting Paid for What You Do, Eugene, OR by: Danielle Ewing, PT & Ricci Susick, PT, 03/10/06, 2 hours
- Diagnosis & Treatment of Movement System Impairment Syndromes: Lower Quarter, Eugene, OR by: Shirley Sahrmann, PhD, PT, FAPTA, 03/11/06-03/12/06, 10 hours
- Manually Managing Pain: The Use of Simple Contact for Neural Tension and Chronic Pain, Portland, OR by: Barrett Dorko, PT, 02/08/07, 6 hours
- The Mulligan Concept: Follow-Up Course, Portland, OR by: Dan Reardon, MS, PT, OCS, 03/10/07-03/11/07, 12 hours
- Body Worlds 3, Portland, OR by: OMSI, 06/27/07
- Mobilization of the Nervous System, Portland, OR by: Bob Nee, PT, M.App.Sc., ATC, 10/06/07-10/07/07, 14 hours
- New 2008 PT Practice Act and Physical Therapist Licensing Board Rules-What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, Portland, OR by: Sherri Paru, PT and Diana Godwin, Attorney at Law, 10/20/07, 2 hours
- Will Your Documentation Trigger an Audit? Session 1: Understanding Medical Necessity: Keys to Compliance with Medicare and Private Payers, Teleconference by: Helene Fearon, PT and Steve Levine, PT, 1/29/08
- Will Your Documentation Trigger an Audit? Session 2: The Big Three for Audits: Diagnosis, Time, and Direct Contact, Teleconference by: Helene Fearon, PT and Steve Levine, PT, 2/12/08
- Lessons Learned in Operation Iraqi Freedom III: How Wartime Traumatic Injuries Increase Improvements in Medical Technology, Eugene, OR by: Martin Schreiber, MD, FACS, 3/14/08, 2 hours
- The Emerging Role of the Physical Therapist with the Female Athlete, Eugene, OR by: Teresa Schuemann, PT, SCS, ATC, 3/15/08, 6 hours
- The Emerging Role of the Physical Therapist & Childhood Obesity, Eugene, OR by: Teresa Schuemann, PT, SCS, ATC, 3/16/08, 6 hours
- BAM! Brand Active Marketing, Teleconference by: Heather Rooney, President of H2 Marketing, 4/29/08
- NAIOMT 665 Foot and Ankle Course, Portland, OR by Kathy Stupansky, DScPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, 09/13/08-09/14/08, 14 hours
- OPTA Hip Arthroscopy & Rehabilitaion Doc Talk, Portland, OR, 09/23/08, 2 hours
- Clinical & Medical Diagnosis of the Cervicogenic Headache: A Callaborative Approach, Portland, OR by Karleen Swartztrauber, MD & Sandra Stryker, MPT, 10/18/08, 2 hours
- Take The Next Step Level II Course, Portland, OR by Susan L Lefever, PT, ATC, 10/31/08-11/02/08, 22 hours
- Myofascial Release I, Portland, OR by John F. Barnes, PT, 05/01-05/03/09, 20 hours
- NAIOMT 640 Level II Thoracic Spine, Portland, OR by Kent Keyser, MS, PT, OCS, COMT, CFMT, ATC, FAAOMPT, 11/21-11/22/09, 14 hours
- Advancing Pain Management in Oregon, by The Oregon Pain Management Commission, 01/31/10, 1 hour
- Improving Patient Safety:Practice Errors and Sentinel Events in Physical Therapy, by Gannett Healthcare Group, 08/16/10, 1 hour
- Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases, Gannett Healthcare Group, 2/21/11, 1 hour
- Using the APTA Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument for Students, by American Physical Therapy Association, 5/12/11, 2 hours
- NAIOMT 700 Level III Upper Quadrant Part A, Portland, OR by Ann Porter Hoke PT, DPT, OCS, FCAMT, FAAOMPT, 5/13-5/15/11, 21 hours
- NAIOMT 700 Level III Upper Quadrant Part B, Portland, OR by Ann Porter Hoke, PT, DPT, OCS, FCAMT, FAAOMPT, 6/3-6/5/11, 21 hours
- Update on Implementation of Accountable Care Organizations, Oregon Physical Therapist in Independent Practice. November 5, 2011
- Arthroscopic Treatment of Ankle Instability and Related Disorders, Portland, OR by Jeff Feinblatt, MD, PC and DanMorland, PT, 01/18/12, 2 hours
- Integration of the Cervial and Thoracic Spine with the Shoulder Girdle, Portland, OR by Karl Kolbeck, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, 4/21-4/22/12, 16 hours
- Understanding Fatigue: Focus on Stress, Habit, and the Brain, Portland, OR by Bill Sieber, Ph.D, 9/24/12, 6 hours
- Fascia & Breathing, Portland, OR by Laurie McLaughlin PT, DSc, FCAMPT, CMAG, 9/20/13, 3 hours
- NAIOMT S-901Manips for Chicks, Portland, OR by Laurie McLaughlin PT, DSc, FCAMPT, CMAG, 9/21-9/22/13, 14 hours
- Understanding the Gut Brain: Stress, Appetite, Digestion, and Mood, Clackamas, OR by Merrily Kuhn, Ph. D., 9/23/13, 6 hours
- National Soccer Coaches Association of America Level 2 Diploma, Hillsboro, OR by National Soccer Coaches Association of America, 7/20/13, 5 hours
- EDNF Annual Conference, Houston TX 7/10/2014-7/12/2014, 16 hours (Conference on Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome)
- EDNF 2014 Physician’s Conference(EDS) September 15, 2014, 8 hours
- EDNF 2015 EDNF Annual Conference,. Baltimore, MD August, 2015
- 2015 OHSU Physical Therapy Symposium 4/11/2015 7.5 Hours
- Lowen Systems Dynamic Manual Interface: Core Concepts and Skills for Dynamic Manual Interface. Portland, OR November 13-15, 2015. 19.5 contact hours.
- Pranic Healing– January 2016 2 contact hours.
- Patellofemoral Instability January 21, 2016. Jacqueline Munch, MD, Jim Cenova, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT 2 Contact Hours.
- EDS 2016 EDS Annual Conference,. Baltimore, MD July, 2016
- Oregon Ehlers-Danlos Conference, October 22nd, 2016
- Below the Diaphragm: A course in Functional Indirect Techniques by Joe Keeney PT, May 20th to the 22nd, 2016. 22 contact hours.
- Visceral Therapy Module I: A course on the Osteopathic Treatment of the Internal Organs – The Digestive System – Iris Wolf, PT, LMT, September 9th to the 10th, 2017. 16 contact hours.
- Visceral Therapy Module 1 part 2: A course on the Osteopathic Treatment of the Internal Organs – The Digestive System Iris Wolf, PT, LMT, January 27th to the 28th, 2017. 16 contact hours.
- Visceral Therapy Module 3: A course on the Osteopathic Treatment of the Internal Organs – The Urinary System – Iris Wolf, PT, LMT, November 15th, 22nd and 29th 2019. 4.5 contact hours.
- Visceral Therapy Module 4: A course on the Osteopathic Treatment of the Internal Organs – The Urogenital System – Iris Wolf, PT, LMT, February 2nd and 3rd, 2019. 16 contact hours.
- Visceral Therapy Module 5: A course on the Osteopathic Treatment of the Internal Organs – The Thorax – Iris Wolf, PT, LMT, February 1st and 2nd, 2020. 16 contact hours.
- Visceral Therapy Module 6: A course on the Osteopathic Treatment of the Internal Organs – The Thorax – Iris Wolf, PT, LMT, September 28th and 29th, 2019. 16 contact hours.
- Presenter American Physical Therapy Associations NEXT Conference, February 3rd 2018, A Zebra Among us: Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders, 2 hour presentation. 6 total contact hours.
- Clinical Instructor for Physical Therapy Student, George Fox University, May 2017. 160 hours.
- Clinical instructor for Physical Therapy Student, Duke University, Fall 2017, 6 weeks.
- Clinical instructor for Physical Therapy Student, Duke University, Spring 2018, 4 weeks.
- The A.R.T of alignment Rehabilitation Technique – May 16, 2020 – By Melanie Carlone DPT, MPT, RYT and Lauren Bailey, ASI, LMT = 2 contact hours
- Opiod Education for High School Students and Other Societal Change Pain Programs – May 16, 2020 – By Sharna Prasad, PT, DPT = 2 contact hours
- Plus One for the Party: Strategic Inclusion for a New Reality – By V. Kai Kennedy PT, DPT – March 2020 – 1 contact hour
- An Evidence Based Walking Resource for Arthritis Management – April 18, 2020 – By Jose Reyna, PT, DPT – 1 contac thour
- Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders: Understanding and Treating Unique Musculoskeletal Subluxations with manipulative Techniques and modified exercises – April 18, 2020 – By Heather Purdin, PT, CMPT – 2 Contact Hours
- C-725A “Virtual Choise” Advanced Spinal Manipulation Part A – October 16-17, 2021 – By Bill Temes PT. MS, OCS FAAOMPT and Kent Keyser MS, RT, OCS, COM, ATC, FFCFMT, FAAOMPT, CKTP – 14 Contact Hours
- C-725A “Virtual Choise” Advanced Spinal Manipulation Part B – November 20-21, 2021 – By Bill Temes PT. MS, OCS FAAOMPT and Kent Keyser MS, RT, OCS, COM, ATC, FFCFMT, FAAOMPT, CKTP – 14 Contact Hours
- Changing the Conversation about Pain – 76th Oregon Legislative Assembly – Oregon Health Authority – February 16th, 2022 – 1.5 Contact Hours
- Working with Specific Populations: Hispanic/Latino – Quality Interactions/Amedco – March 16th, 2022 – 1 Contact Hour
- EDS ECHO Summit Series: cEDS – Project Echo – April 2-3, 2022 – 11 Contact Hours
- The “Invisibles” Update: Chronic Pain, Dizziness, Functional Disorders and Anxiety as Related to your Rehabilitation Plan – JoAnna Mullett, MSPT, CSCS – April 23, 2022 – 7 Contact Hours