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Hands on Physical Therapy

Hands On Physical Therapy has been providing individualized, comprehensive, hands-on Physical Therapy in Bend for over a decade.  From the sports related injury, to the motor vehicle accident to the pain that occurred without a specific cause, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals and reach a better state of Wellness/fitness.

Meet Our Physical Therapists

Stephen M. Leary, PT

Degree:  Bachelors of Science, Physical Therapy | Bachelors of Science, Psychology

College Attended: California State University at Long Beach

Year Graduated: 1992

Certifications: SASTM, Total Motion Release,  Applied Functional Science through the Grey Institute

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Postural Restoration Institute:  Postural Respiration

Rib Cage and the thoracic out

The Relationship between Concussions and Vestibular Dysfunction

Gray Institute Certification in Applied Functional Science

Total Motion Release Levels 1,2 & 3

Upledger Institute CranioSacral Levels I & II

Current concepts for the Foot and Ankle

Sports-Related Shoulder Injury Management

Spinning Beyond Basics: Advanced Vestibular

Pain Management for Physical Therapists

Sports-Related Shoulder Injury Management

The Running course Biomechanics, Analysis, Training and Rehabilitation

The Running Course through North American Seminars

Kinesio Taping levels 1,2, 3 and 4

Spinning Out of Control – Vestibular 

Video Analysis of Golf Biomechanics

Mulligan Approach to Golfing Mechanics

Injuries of the Throwing Athlete

When the Foot Hits the Ground Everything Changes

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Weight Bearing and Non-Weight Bearing Foot

Jones Institute Counter Strain Levels 1, 2 & 3

McConnell Approach to the Problem Shoulder

Headaches and the Upper Cervical Spine

Locomotor Biomechanics and Applied Orthotic Therapy

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: The Cervical Spine

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Evaluation and Treatment of Headache Disorders

Strain Counter Strain through the Jones Institute:  Levels 1, 2 and 3

Gray Institute Functional Video Digest Series & Chain Reaction 

Gray Institute Chain Reaction & Chain Reaction Explosion

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Dynamic Stability and Muscle Balance of the SI joint

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: A muscle Balance Approach for Trunk Stability/back pain

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Muscle Energy Techniques of the Thoracic Spine and ribs

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Multisystem Approach to the Ribs

Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Vestibular Dysfunction

Mulligan Concepts Upper and lower quadrants

NAIOMT :  Differential Diagnosis, Level I,II, and III of the Upper and Lower Quadrants & Level IV Lower Quadrant

McKenzie Institute Parts A & B

Muscle Energy Techniques for the Pelvis, Sacrum, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

Rocabado Evaluation and Treatment of TMJ

David Butler’s Neurodynamics Levels I & II

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

There could be no better fit in careers than Physical Therapy for Steve.  He chooses to spend portions of his free time furthering his education and interest in biomechanics and how the sum of the parts is much greater than the whole – thus, furthering his belief in the importance in treating the whole body versus the isolated portion of the body, an individual may have a complaint about.  Steve’s strong background in manual therapy, movement and biomechanics play into his strong belief that you must restore normal or at least functional mechanics of the affected joint and those muscles and joints surrounding the affected joint before you can functionally begin strengthening that affected area. He is genuinely invested and cares for every patient he takes on.

What Fills His Soul When Not at Work:

There is nothing more important in Steve’s life than his incredible wife and his amazing 3 children.  Like many Bend-ite’s, Steve loves the wonderful piece of the country we live in – he enjoys hiking, Stand Up Paddling, camping, spending time on the ski hill, meditating and playing his guitar.

Lisa Kennedy-Leary, PT

Degree:  Bachelors of Science  in Physical Therapy

College Attended: California State University of Long Beach

Year Graduated: 1991

Certifications in:  Schroth Method for Scoliosis, (C1 and C2), Pilates, SASTM,  Applied Functional Science through the Grey Institute

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Postural Restoration Institute:  Postural Respiration

Certified in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute

First level Scientific Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS Method)

Functional Movement Techniques Series

Certified in Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM)

Certified in the Schroth Scoliosis Rehab Training through BSPTS initial and advanced training

Postural Restoration: Myokinematic Restoration

Current concepts for the Foot and Ankle

Sports-Related Shoulder Injury Management

Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement system Impairment syndromes

Pain Management in Healthcare

The Running course Biomechanics, Analysis, Training and Rehabilitation

Balanced Body Exo Chair

The Running Course through North American Seminars

Current Concepts in Wound Healing

Kinestiotaping for the Upper and Lower Extremities

Integrating Kinesiotaping to Achieve Positive Outcomes Quicker

Polestar Pilates Certification Program for Rehab Professionals

Headaches and the Upper Cervical Spine

Locomotor Biomechanics and Applied Orthotic Therapy

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: The Cervical Spine

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Evaluation and Treatment of Headache Disorders

Strain Counter Strain through the Jones Institute:  Levels 1, 2 and 3

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Dynamic Stability and Muscle Balance of the SI joint

Introduction to Hand Therapy

Mulligan Concepts of the upper and lower quadrant

McConnell Approach to the Lower Extremity and to the Problem Shoulder

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: A muscle Balance Approach for Trunk Stability/back pain

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Muscle Energy Techniques of the Thoracic Spine and ribs

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Multisystem Approach to the Ribs

Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Vestibular Dysfunction

Certified as an Aquatics Fitness Instructor

NAIOMT :  Differential Diagnosis, Level I,II, and III of the Upper and Lower Quadrants

Functional Relationships of the Lower Half

Maitland Australian Spinal Workshop

Muscle Energy Techniques for the Pelvis, Sacrum, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

Richard Jacksons Muscle Energy Techniques for the pelvis

An Integrative Approach to the Examination and Rehabilitation of the Shoulder

Synthesized Gait Restoration Training for the Spinal Cord Injured

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Lisa could not have selected a more suitable career.  She absolutely loves being a Physical Therapist and finds much fulfillment working with and helping others reach their goals.  Lisa utilizes a comprehensive hands-on treatment approach that draws from many years of clinical experience, including numerous advanced training courses in manual therapy, functional exercise, pilates, and scoliosis.  Incorporating a detail oriented, problem solving approach, she addresses the cause of the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms.  She works closely with each patient to establish an exercise and treatment program that is both effective and motivating.  This all-inclusive approach helps to ensure the best possible outcome for each of her patients.  Lisa constantly is striving to learn new techniques and  research to help her patients thrive.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

Lisa believes “Life is what you make it”  and therefore strives to embrace life to it’s fullest.

Every day Lisa is grateful for her supportive and loving husband and 3 children.  She loves the outdoors and is most happiest when she is with her family and miniature golden doodle taking in the beauty of her surroundings either on ski’s, mountain bike, paddle board or feet. 

Morgan Stewart, PT, DPT, CLT

Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Bachelor in Health Science Studies

College Attended:  Baylor University (Waco, TX)

Year graduated:  2021

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Advanced Coursework:

  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) from Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy for Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for those with Lymphedema and other disorders of swelling/inflammation.
  • The Complete Vestibular Rehab Certificate Course: An Evidence-Based Approach to Improve Balance, Reduce Fall Risk and End Dizziness
  • Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders
  •  LSVT Big Certified

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Special Interests: Morgan cherishes being a Physical Therapist because of the opportunity to get to know her patients and listen to their individual stories. She strives to empower her patients to take control of their own health and reach their unique goals. She loves to help patients with chronic pain and orthopedic injuries get back to the things they love to do.  She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and is uniquely positioned and qualified to serve those with lymphedema and other chronic swelling disorders. Morgan additionally has special interests in treating dizziness, concussions, or other vestibular disorders and has a passion for creating awareness of these often “invisible” conditions.  Morgan is an avid and lifelong learner and remains eager to expand her knowledge and skillset in this growing field. She loves to collaborate with other health care professionals to share perspectives and get her patients the most holistic care.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

What Fills Her Soul When not at Work:
Morgan grew up in both Maui and Bend and loves staying active and outside. You can most often find her in the mountains skiing, hiking, or mountain biking, or in the water surfing, wakeboarding, or paddle boarding. She enjoys cooking and reading and in her spare time she also loves to write songs, sing and play piano and guitar.

Ryan Short, PT, DPT

Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Bachelor of Exercise Science

College Attended:  Rocky Mountain University (Provo, UT), University of
Utah (SLC, UT)

Year graduated:  2018

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Advanced Coursework, Training, and Certifications:

  • ASTYM (Augmented Soft Tissue Manipulation)
  • Manual Therapy Certification:
    • Principles of Manual Therapy
    •  Therapeutic Neuroscience Education
    •  Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders
    •  Management of Lower Extremity Disorders
    •  Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders
    •  Management of Upper Extremity Disorders
  •  Sports Across the Ages
  •  ACL Reconstruction Rehabilitation: Beyond the Protocol
  •  Assessing and Treating Athletes with Extension-Oriented Low Back
    Pain
  •  The Movement System: Syndromes of the Foot and Ankle
  • Work Rehabilitation Programs
  • Advanced Ankle and Foot Rehabilitation
  • The Athlete Movement System: Rock Climbing

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Special Interests:

Ryan enjoys helping people get back to what they love to do, whatever that may be. He typically does this by first working on decreasing pain and improving mobility through a variety of methods such as manual interventions, exercises, and modalities. Then as appropriate will help to build strength and endurance in proper movement patterns, helping people safely return to doing the things that they enjoy. He likes working with a wide variety of patients from adolescents to geriatrics, sports-related injuries, post-op care, and anything in-between.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

What Fills His Soul When not at Work:

Ryan loves the outdoors activities that Central Oregon has to offer. He enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, golfing, paddleboarding, camping, basketball and football, and spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Sara Rattigan, PT, DPT, MHA

Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Healthcare Administration, Bachelor of Science in  Communication 

College Attended:  Pacific University, Boston University

Year graduated:  2021

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Advanced Coursework, Training, and Certifications:

  • CES Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist  
  • APTA Intrapartum Topics of Obstetric Physical Therapy 
  • APTA Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy and Postpartum 
  • APTA Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 
  • CorePower Yoga Certified Instructor (200hrs) 
  • BASI Pilates Certified Instructor (600hrs) 

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Special Interests:

Sara is passionate about pelvic health, pregnancy, and postpartum care. She is a certified Pilates  and yoga instructor, who enjoys incorporating elements of each into her PT practice. She strives  to support, strengthen, heal, and empower patients. She brings a holistic approach to her  practice that involves exercise, mindfulness, and stress-relieving techniques. 

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

What Fills His Soul When not at Work:

Sara loves spending time with her one-year-old daughter and husband. She is often found in  strenuous yoga classes, walking her two senior dogs (12 and 13!), and enjoying the outdoors.

Meet Our Physical Therapist Assistants

Ashley Johnson, PTA

Degree:  Associates of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant

College Attended:  Community Based Education and Development College, University of Oregon – Human Physiology coursework

Year Graduated:  2018

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

The Movement Systems:
  • Scapular Syndromes
  • Humeral Syndromes of the Shoulder

Theraband Kinesiology Tape:

  • Basic Application of lower quadrant
  • Basic Application of upper quadrant
LSVT Big Certified
AromaTouch Therapy Certification

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Through my own healing journey, which started as a child, I gained a true appreciation and passion for the PT profession. I provide patient education and use a blend of manual therapy, cupping, taping, and strength training based on the individual’s needs. I actively seek learning opportunities to provide quality care.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

My happy place is being outside. I enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, floating the river, playing basketball, camping, thrift shopping and live music.

Meet Our Pilates Instructor

Dave Zimmerman

Degree: BS in Exercise Science 

College Attended:  Michigan State University

Year graduated:  1992

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Certifications:  Pilates (PhysicalMind Institute), Power Pacing(cycling), ViPR Movement Training, Certified Pilates Instructor  1997, Personal Trainer since 1996

Advanced education:  Extensive Coursework in Joint Anatomy and Therapeutic Exercise; T’ai Chi Ch’aun and Chi Kung(starting in ‘92); Cancer Wellness; Complementary Care; former Certified Snowboard Instructor

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Dave has been teaching Pilates for over 20 years.  He spent 10 years teaching  in Minnesota before moving to Bend in 2007.  He has been teaching at Hands On Physical Therapy since that time.  Dave remembers being  immediately taken with Pilates; the combination of healthy movement, the spirit of play, the aesthetic  beauty, and the development of awareness.  He finds it a joy and honor to be able to work with his clients helping them become more Physically fit, and continuing on with or returning to lifelong activities that they might not have been able to do prior to practicing Pilates.

What Fills His Soul When Not at Work:

Dave spends a lot of time outdoors, especially with his dogs: Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Camping and hiking.  Dave is also a big fan of Dual Sport Motorcycles, books(mostly Audible these days) and  Modern Board Games.

Meet Our Office Staff

Mary McMillan

Our Billing Specialist 

Karen Woelfle

Our Patient Care Coordinator

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