“Do you have to go to school for this?”

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Believe it or not, we get asked this a lot.

Unfortunately, I feel that the profession of physical therapy does a lousy job at promoting and informing the public on who we are, what it takes to become a physical therapist and what it is we do.

So, let’s start with what it takes.

All physical therapists (PT’s) must graduate from an accredited physical therapist (PT) program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), by the year 2015, all programs must offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This requires a  bachelor’s degree plus a 3-year professional PT program.  This is followed by optional clinical residencies,clinical fellowships and board certification.  To maintain Washington State licensure, a minimum of 40 credits every 2 years is required for both PTs and PTA’s.

The clinical team at MOSAIC is highly educated.

  • Dr. Laura received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Seattle Pacific University in 2007 and her doctorate (DPT) from the University of Puget Sound 2010.  She is considering board certification in a few years.
  • Dr. Sally received her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY) in 1998 and her doctorate (DPT) from MGH Institute of Health Professions (Boston, MA) in 2002. She completed a clinical residency in 2003 and was board certified as and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2007.
  • Adam Main is a physical therapist assistant (PTA).  He has a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from St. Cloud State (Minnesota).  After this schooling, Adam completed his PTA education.  PTA’s must graduate from an accredited two-year associate degree program.  Washington State requires that PTA’s pass the national licensure examination.
  • Rachel Turner is a licensed massage practitioner (LMP).  She graduated from Cortiva Institute: Seattle School of Massage in 2012.  Currently, she attends monthly continuing education seminars to further her practice and is a teach assistant at Cortiva.

The clinical team at MOSAIC has over 20 years of combined clinical experience. We continue to learn and grow in our professions.  However, long before we became excellent clinicians:  “We had to go to school for this.”

Thank you for your time.  Please post comments or questions.

Dr. Sally


if not now, WHEN?

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Welcome to my first ever blog post.  The caption above is fitting as I have been asked (several times), and have been putting off (several times), writing a blog for over a year.  There were and are many excuses, but that is what they are, excuses.

This will be the official blog of MOSAIC Physical Therapy & Massage. I will author most of the posts, but there will definitely be interesting content from my colleagues.

The goal for this blog is to be a medium in which I can convey my excitement at the privilege of being a Physical Therapist.  There will be information about current PT and massage topics, effective new (or new to me) treatments, interesting cases studies; I’m even going to throw in some insurance information (Mary’s probably the only one excited about that).

I guess “when?” is now.  Hope you like what we have to offer!

Dr. Sally