Dr. Rachel Herron is a graduate of Pacific University’s Physical Therapy program, where she graduated with distinction and served as Class President. During her time at Pacific University, Dr. Herron worked as a Pelvic Health research assistant and co-founded a student-led group called The Collective for Diversity and Social Justice, to address systemic health disparities. In 2020, Dr. Herron received the American Physical Therapy Association Minority Scholarship Award and her Physical Therapy Programs Outstanding Graduate Award for her professional character, academic excellence, social justice work and community involvement.
Prior to her time at Pacific University, Dr. Herron earned her Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College, where she majored in Biology, double minored in Spanish and Kinesiology, and served as Captain of her Division I soccer team. Dr. Herron loves how her student-athlete career provides her valuable insight into understanding the body, empathizing with patient adversities, and treating athletes of all ages.
In addition to being an Orthopedic Physical Therapist, Dr. Herron is also a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist and Reiki practitioner. She is a trauma-informed care provider and very passionate about mental health, sexual wellness, and recovery from sports injuries. Dr. Herron has completed additional training in Visceral Manipulation (VM1) through the Barrall Institute.
Outside of work, Dr. Herron is proud to be an active community member. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Association of Black Physical Therapists. She has served as Chair of the American Physical Therapy Association Washington State Chapter Committee for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging since 2020.
In 2022, Dr. Herron received the American Physical Therapy Association Washington State Chapter Physical Therapist of the Year Award, in honor of her community involvement and continued work to address health disparities. In her spare time, Dr. Herron enjoys watching Disney and Marvel movies with her family, road biking, hiking, spending time with her pups Shelby and Luca, and coaching soccer.