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Erik Bies, DPT

Erik Bies, DPT

Clinic Director

Erik is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and performance running coach who is equipped with the expertise and knowledge to guide clients back from pain, injury, surgery, and limited mobility as well as guiding clients to high performance goals at any age.

ADVICE FOR FUTURE PATIENTS:
Be clear about your goals so your highest priorities are put first in your rehabilitation experience.

HOW DO YOU STAY ACTIVE:
Running on road, track, and trail, weightlifting, skiing, fly fishing, backpacking, frisbee with Max (Border Collie), yoga, golf, and cycling. Diversity is the key.

FAVORITE RECOVERY FOOD:
A fully loaded supreme pizza… less mushrooms

CREATIVE OUTLET:
Skiing or Flyfishing…sometimes in the same day

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:
Clear water and snowy mountains

FIRST JOB:
Middle school lawn mowing business.

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM:
Seattle Seahawks.

ALTERNATE UNIVERSE CAREER:
Venture Capitalist and Entrepreneur investing in and creating a better planet for all to enjoy for a very, very long time.

PHYSICAL THERAPY PHILOSOPHY:
With each interaction, meet the person in front of you as he or she is that day. Listen. Diagnose and evaluate. Teach and guide. Every session, however it can be accomplished, focus on building the capacity and confidence to move.

SPECIALTIES, CERTIFICATIONS, SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics with a bend toward running performance. USATF level 1 coach. Previously an assistant cross-country and track and field coach at Western Washington University.

TREATMENT APPROACHES YOU KNOW BEST:
Modifying movement behavior through hands on and hands-off techniques to change pain. Therapeutic and performance exercise prescription.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:
Movement Systems Run running group on Mercer Island. Every Monday at 5:30pm. Rain or shine. Dark or light (bring a headlamp). Seattle Pediatric Sports Medicine group and Hip Task Force.

HOMELAND:
The plains of South Dakota.

FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORLD:
Madison River Valley, Montana.

COLLEGE(S):
(BA) Luther College, Decorah, IA.
(MS) Western Washington University.
(DPT) University of Washington

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED:
Treat others as you would wish to be treated.