David Saelens, Director of Physical Therapy

David Saelens, MPT, brings 20 years of clinical experience to Northwest Wellness Center as its first Director of Physical Therapy. A graduate of the University of St. Augustine, David studied under Dr. Stanley Paris and built on a foundation of manual skills designed to alleviate pain, improve fluid movement and regain strength and endurance. He was certified in manual therapy in Colorado before moving to Washington in 2014.  He specializes in shoulder and knee injuries, and rehab following surgical repair and joint replacement. He has worked closely with neck and back surgeons at Steadman Hawkins in Vail and contributed to research that advanced the treatment of back and neck pain and dysfunction. David has taught Anatomy & Physiology at college levels, been a guest health-reporter on television and radio, and arms every patient with knowledge about how their bodies age and heal. Northwest Wellness Center’s whole body approach to healthcare, now includes a full complement of Physical Therapy services and modalities in a state-of-the-art gym. 

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 manipulation, 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.