What is Physical Therapy and what does a Physical Therapist Do?

Physical Therapy is therapeutic treatment that is provided in circumstances where function and movement are effected by disease, injury, aging or other factors. It uses physical methods of treatment, rather than drugs or surgery. Physical therapist use a physical exam and a patient's health history to diagnosis and attempt to treat injuries and illnesses that limit the performance of daily activities. While managing patient's care, a physical therapist may use specific exercises, manual therapy and mobilization, traction devices, cold/heat and other interventions.  A physical therapist can be of assistance to prevent further loss of mobility by developing a plan for a healthier lifestyle, that includes exercises, that will restore functional ability and maximum movement.  

 

Dr. Catyann Parker, Physical Therapist

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Dr. Catyann Parker graduated from the University of Washington’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program as Class President. Her clinical background is in treating neurological and orthopedic conditions in clients ranging from 2 months to 90 years old. She has a passion for working with infants with torticollis and developmental delay. Her other professional interests include programming for pre and post-operative patients, helping athletes with sport-specific injuries, and promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Parker grew up in Federal Way, WA and is excited to be actively serving her home community. Having stayed in the Pacific Northwest throughout schooling, her and her husband Jack take full advantage of the water, mountains, and landscapes the area has to offer. She believes that fitness is a solid foundation for optimal health. Whatever your age, injury, or goals, Dr. Parker will help lead you down the path to recovery and optimal function.

Bri Fradet, Physical Therapist Assistant

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Motivated by her desire to help others live a well-rounded, mindful, and healthy life, Bri earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado at Boulder before she decided to combine her passions – helping people and understanding how the human brain and body function – into her career in physical therapy. Eager to learn, make connections, and deepen her scope of interests, she joined the International Honor Society in Psychology and worked as a PT tech at two physical therapy clinics to gain experience and insight in rehabilitation and body movement. These experiences eventually lead her to pursue her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) at Pima Medical Institute in Denver. In this program, she was again fascinated by the field of neuroscience and completed her clinical rotations in neurological rehab settings—a Stroke Day Program and Long Term Acute Care Hospital—as well as an outpatient orthopedic setting. She graduated at the top of her class in 2017, and shortly after, Bri and her fiancé, Max (also in the field of physical therapy), relocated from Colorado to Washington, to live closer to her brother and explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Outside of physical therapy, Bri is passionate about experiencing the outdoors and staying active—she especially enjoys exploring nature with Max and her two dogs through hiking, backpacking, camping, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, and has been an avid yogi for many years.