Dr. Patrick was raised in San Francisco, California most of his life. His grandparents were immigrants from China where they worked hard as cooks and seamstresses to provide the family a pathway to the American dream. He took his studies seriously to ensure no opportunities were wasted. He attended San Francisco State University where he majored in Kinesiology. While doing this, he also became very active in the Asian American community fighting social injustices surrounding affordable housing, access to healthcare, and obtaining higher education. His fervor and commitment toward health and community engagement led him down the path to pursue a career focused on changing lives.
Dr. Patrick believes every patient deserves 1-on-1 time with their healthcare providers. As a Physical Therapist, he is the "externist" of the body; for any pain related to movement or positioning, he wants to be the first one to know about it. With his extensive training, he has saved his patients thousands of dollars in healthcare related expenses. He also believes as a Physical Therapist he can connect the communities he belongs to in order to strengthen them from within. From his grandparent's teachings, he believes that his active involvement in helping the community and his patients on a deeper level will create an exceptional experience to those who entrust their health in his hands.
Dr. W Zach Smith attended the University of New Mexico where he graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Dr. Zach currently works as a physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach. He specializes in orthopedic and sports rehab and injury prevention as well as sports performance. Dr. Zach uses a fully integrated approach through the unique use of both physical therapy and exercise science principals to help clients perform at their optimal level while avoiding or recovering from injury. Dr. Zach uses his knowledge of physiology, kinesiology, and anatomy, as well as his experience as a division I athlete, to safely and effectively maximize performance and recovery.
Dr. Zach uses a science and evidence based approach to administer the most effective and current forms of physical therapy, training and injury prevention. Dr. Zach grew up with a passion for movement, fitness, and athletics. He competed at a national level in track and field and was a multi-sport athlete through his childhood. He received a scholarship for track and field from the University of New Mexico, where he specialized in long jump, triple jump, and sprints. Through his athletic journey he has overcome several serious injuries that required physical therapy. From these experiences he found a strong passion for helping others return to and maintain full health and the ability to do the things they love.
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In 2008, Jennifer graduated with her undergrad at University of California, Berkeley where after she sought a way to combine her passion for sports and science. While working as a Physical Therapy aide and observing in additional settings, she witnessed people take their first steps after a stroke, saw children learn how to grab things that used to be out of their reach, and helped athletes return to running after surgery. It was then she discovered how incredible Physical Therapy was. She pursued her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern where her appreciation for the field only grew. Upon graduation from USC in 2012, she returned to Northern California to start her career. In 2017, she reunited with her family in Washington state where she currently resides in Downtown Seattle area with her husband.
Jennifer believes that healing and wellness come through understanding. Patients need to understand what is happening in their body and how their Physical Therapy interventions are helping to address the source of the problem. They need to be able to appreciate when to push and when to rest, what pains are good and what pains are bad. She achieves this through patience, communication, and a mastery and great respect for the science that guides the practice of Physical Therapy. She goes the extra mile and uses your language. If you are an engineer, expect to hear analogies that describe friction, Ground Reaction Forces, and circuits in parallel vs circuits in series. If you have no great love of science, anticipate that we’ll use common metaphors and phrases to find your light bulb moment. If you are an athlete, Jennifer will draw from her background in soccer, running team participation, gymnastics, swimming, and high intensity class-based exercise, to build a program that is meaningful to you. To Jennifer, Physical Therapy starts and ends with you.
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A DPT graduate of Northern Arizona University, physical therapy was the logical career path for me following an injury-ridden collegiate baseball career. Originally with aspirations of becoming a graphic designer, commercial pilot, or even civil engineer, the relationship between movement and my own physical, mental, and emotional well-being relentlessly fascinated me. I realized pursuit of a health care profession would allow me to improve quality of lives while developing relationships and interacting with the neighbors in my community. As a physical therapist, I specialize in applying functional and specific, goal-oriented treatments to orthopedic, sports injury, and post-operative conditions. I am particularly interested in the treatment and recovery of overhead athletes (baseball/softball, tennis, volleyball, track and field), and have done extensive research surrounding prevention and rehabilitation strategies for ACL injuries, as well. Regardless of the condition, I am committed to providing a personalized, patient-centered, and evidence-based approach to recovery.
Compassion, inclusivity, empathy, kindness, connection, and trust are at the forefront of my practice. Having worked as a staff therapist and clinical director for several years, where numbers and productivity were prioritized over people, I became eager to find a more effective use of my skill set. Receiving the necessary treatment to navigate this world with more confidence and less pain or physical dysfunction should not be a burdensome or daunting task. Every patient deserves to have their therapist’s full and undivided attention, as well as the opportunity to communicate with their provider through all steps of the rehab process. By allowing my patients to communicate directly with me and eliminating the need for support staff, I am confident in my ability to provide a more effective and transparent service. In addition to serving my community, I am also committed to supporting various nonprofit organizations in their pursuit of the improvement and sustainability of outdoor recreation and hiking trails in Washington State.
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