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Terri Sullivan, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Certified Yoga Instructor

My Philosophy of Care

I would probably call myself a ‘Jane of all Trades’ as I have learned several different specialties to help a variety of patients.  Now, as a physical therapist with 20+ years’ experience, I have settled into devoting my skills to helping women with pelvic floor issues.  I also have a very strong background in orthopedic physical therapy, which not only helps in women’s health but makes me versatile and able to assess a multitude of injuries and conditions.  When caring for my clients, I listen closely to formulate the most effective way to address their concerns and improve their function.  I like to address the whole musculoskeletal system during treatment.  Everything is connected and can be a cause of source of a patient’s problem. Lastly, I am an exuberantly happy person, and I will try to make your session not only beneficial, but fun.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education / Western Washington University

Bachelor of Science in Biology / Western Washington University

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy / University of Washington

Doctor of Physical Therapy / Regis University.

My Clinical Interests

  • Pelvic and women’s health
  • Bike fitting
  • Orthotics

Blogs

Everything Works, but Nothing is Effective

Yoga and Physical Therapy

Recommendations for “Stuck at Home” Workout Online

Cancer and Exercise

101 Tips to Make the Most of your Yoga Practice

Urinary Incontinence

My Personal Story

I grew up in Seattle and have stayed in the Northwest my entire life.  My husband and I live in University Place and have a wonderful 3-legged dog named Sheena.  I like to stay active by doing yoga, running, cycling and hiking.  My hobby is cooking, and I belong to a literature group that meets monthly and reads a variety of fiction and nonfiction.  I became a P.T. because I love to work with people, and I wanted to help patients improve their function and achieve their goals.

After two strokes 5 years ago, I started going to Movement Systems for healing support. I chose Terri as my physical therapist–a very wise decision. She supported me through the early stages of healing, giving me exercises that were doable and worked. After a while I thought, aha! There’s been a glitch in this hip for years–a different set of exercises–improvement. After moving into a retirement home 3 years ago, I took a couple falls on the sidewalk before I learned to watch where the sidewalk gets uneven. An arm was impacted, some other places–exercises, all of which have worked. You don’t have to live in pain/discomfort, slowing down, not as limber as before because of age. She’s given me exercises that has me doing things like squats, flexibility, strong core muscles–I got back flexibility I thought was gone because I was old. I’m 81, see her only if needed, but I keep up with a series of her exercises that support balance, flexibility, core strength. I REALLY appreciate having her and Movement Systems in my life!

Diane S.