Betsy Rigsbee, DPT, OCS, COMT
Betsy grew up on Mercer Island, graduated from MIHS in 2000 then traveled across the country to New York City to attend Barnard College, Columbia University where she double majored in dance and psychology with a minor in biology. She then returned home and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Washington in 2008.
Betsy has exclusively practiced physical therapy in outpatient orthopedics since earning her DPT and enjoys treating athletes of all ages and levels. She believes her role as a physical therapist is to educate and guide each client not only through the rehabilitation of each injury, but through all musculoskeletal or movement pattern changes throughout the lifespan.
Betsy is certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, a division of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2011. She has advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skill that enable her to treat any joint in the body including the spine, hip, knee, foot/ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and TMJ. Betsy is also a Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy since 2014, which means she has achieved advanced level skill in administering therapeutic techniques with her hands and body to facilitate normal movement and muscle function. Manual therapy is only one part of the comprehensive treatment plan Betsy provides each client. She often uses manual therapy to provide an optimal window of opportunity in which her clients can better learn new movement patterns or therapeutic exercises that will help them achieve their functional goals.
Betsy’s niche expertise is in the rehabilitation of dancers and performing artists. Before beginning PT school, Betsy knew she was passionate about working with dancers, so she sought out advice from experts in the field of dance medicine and followed in the footsteps of her mentors. In PT school, Betsy completed an independent study at UW and continuing education at NYU’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in the rehabilitation of performing artists. She currently works part time as therapy staff for Pacific Northwest Ballet, screening and treating company members for acute and chronic injuries. She has become known in the community as a knowledgeable resource for dancers, figure skaters, and musicians. Betsy has consulted for various local dance studios providing educational talks, screenings, and classes for optimizing technique and reducing injuries.
Outside her time in the clinic, Betsy really enjoys being a mom and spending time with her family. She loves to travel, swim, run with her dog, and practice yoga or Pilates. Her husband transformed her into a Seahawks and Sounders fan, so they enjoy attending games or cheering from home.