Ryan describes himself primarily as a family man. His most fond memories growing up are the many family outings surfing, skiing, hiking, and laughing at dinner time. With two sons and a daughter of his own, Gavin, Abram and Stella he is starting his own family traditions. “The thing I love most about being a dad is seeing my kids progress. We have had to work through a few tough times and seeing hard work lead to valuable lessons learned is priceless.” His family moved to Oregon from Northern California in 2012.
Ryan’s dad was very influential to him and decided to follow in his footsteps by becoming a physical therapist. It was dinner conversation to him his entire life. He spent time in his dad’s clinic seeing him work and receiving therapy of his own from running and martial arts injuries. “The profession fits me like a glove. I love people, solving problems, and human movement. My dad always taught me that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Ryan finished his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005 from the University of the Pacific. He has always been most interested in spine care and spent his research time in school exploring lower back pain prevention. Research led him to the work of Robin McKenzie also known as the treatment philosophy of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). “This process quickly allows us to come to the correct diagnosis before implementing treatment which leads to the best outcome and therefore the best prevention strategy”. Ryan completed MDT certification in 2007. He went on to complete the highest level of training in this method receiving his Diploma in MDT in 2011. Following this Ryan completed his Fellowship from the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2019 which is the highest clinical education achievement available in the profession of physical therapy. In 2019 he also completed a post graduate masters in orthopedic manual therapy.
“I love to learn and I love to progress. My goal is to help others do the same whether it be my family, staff or patients that I serve. Progress leads to personal fulfillment and anything standing in the way of that I hope to conquer. For our patients that may be an injury or the worry and fear the injury creates. I hope to treat the physical body with the highest level of expertise possible and couple that with inspiration to do whatever it takes to help others progress towards their personal goals.”