Pat became a therapist as an offshoot of his previous experience as a collegiate athlete. A transplant from Montana, he attended the University of Portland on a baseball scholarship while pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences. His own injuries – related to athletics – challenged him to become a better student of the body, and provided deeper insight into the physical and emotional aspects of healing, rehabilitation, and human performance. When that chapter of life ended he returned to his hometown, Missoula, MT to receive formal physical therapy training at the University of Montana School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.
Patrick currently teaches Human Anatomy to undergraduate students at the University of Portland, a job he loves. His career as a clinician is informed by time spent between orthopedic private practice, inpatient hospital settings, and 2 years with the University of Oregon Ducks Track and Field and Cross Country teams, where he practiced alongside his great friend and mentor David McHenry of the Oregon Project. Pat’s therapeutic approach is also heavily influenced by his collaboration with Michael McMahon of Portland’s Moving Mountain Institute and by the endless lessons found in consistent asana practice. Pat feels so fortunate to continually have the opportunity to study with Sarah Robinette (The People’s Yoga), a student and ambassador of the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.
Patrick has worked with patients suffering from myriad musculoskeletal pain types, sports injuries, joint replacements, other conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s, and traumatic brain injury. He utilizes tools that he’s picked up along the way and include yoga posture and breathwork, Myofascial Release, deep tissue mobilization, and Active Isolated Stretching.
“My interest lies specifically in what happens when individuals learn to more fully inhabit, listen to, and create dialogue with their own bodies. The unique story of the client is important, and I see the discovery of the root of a physical symptom as a collaborative process between the patient and the practitioner; It’s more fun and interesting to work together. I try to stay open to and conscientious of what personal and environmental factors might be coming into play related to pain and healing. I believe that all pain is simultaneously emotional.”
Outside the clinic, Pat spends his time making or listening to music with friends, getting out in nature, backpacking, practicing yoga, and reading all sorts of things.