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Physical Therapy Team

Shawndi - PT, MPT

Shawndi - PT, MPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • Masters in Physical Therapy
  • Director of Physical Rehabilitation

Shawndi has always been intrigued by the human body and has known from the time she was a little girl in New Mexico that she wanted to pursue healthcare when she grew up. She was drawn to Physical Therapy because of the amazing power the body has to heal itself with the proper guidance and encouragement.

Shawndi pursued a Bachelor's degree in Biology and graduated in 1996 from University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She then went on to attain her Masters of Physical Therapy in 2001. After settling in Bend, she was hired by St. Charles hospital in the inpatient rehabilitation department. She became so drawn with the challenge of neurological rehabilitation that she sat for the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialists neurological exam in 2008 and became a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy.

It was fate that brought Shawndi to Falling Waters. After winning a free massage and discovering this unique clinic, she was instantly impressed with the amazing customer service, quality healthcare and holistic / balanced approach taken with each patient. She quickly realized they shared the same passion for helping others and for empowering them to make positive, long-lasting changes in their lives. Shawndi is thrilled to work alongside the Falling Waters team with the goal of giving the gift of health to those they serve.

Shawndi can be found outside whenever possible with her family (son and daughter) and friends. She loves rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, skiing, hiking, running, dancing, cooking and just generally frolicking in the delightful Oregon outdoors. Shawndi strives to brighten other's lives with her smile, her laughter, and her positive outlook on life. She is inspired by the words of Emerson, "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

Bradley ? PT, DPT

Bradley - PT, DPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

Brad received his Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at Oregon State University in 2016. He spent the next two years in Washington working as a rehabilitation aide, before moving again to pursue his doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Miami. Throughout graduate school he was able to volunteer with several organizations, and he was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the Special Olympics at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, as a health screener.

Brad is extremely dedicated and passionate about providing evidence-based research to every patient using a multidisciplinary team approach. He is devoted to helping people of all ages and fitness levels with injury through exercise, manual therapy, and education so they can achieve their goals in a safe and efficient manner. He finds incredible fulfillment in encountering patients in the community who are regaining the ability to function in their home, work, or on the field of play. Brad is inspired by the words of Kara Goucher - "Don't try to rush progress. Remember a step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Keep believing."

A native Oregonian, Brad enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife exploring the wonderful landscape that Central Oregon has to offer. He loves living an active, healthy lifestyle consisting of playing golf, lifting weights, hiking, traveling and really any indoor/outdoor recreational activity.

Elizabeth (Liz), PT, DPT

Elizabeth (Liz) - PT, DPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

Liz graduated with a degree in Exercise Physiology in 2012 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She spent time working in outpatient Physical Therapy clinics and traveling, before pursuing her graduate schooling. Liz earned her doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Eastern Washington University in 2020. She completed her final internship at St. Charles Medical Center, and as a mountain lover and outdoor enthusiast, she quickly fell in love with all that Bend has to offer.

Liz has spent several years working with adaptive sports organizations, where she cultivated a passion for making outdoor recreation accessible to individuals of all ability levels. She draws from a diverse movement background of running, Brazilian jiu jitsu, figure skating, climbing, and more, which has helped her develop a unique understanding of activity-specific injury prevention and rehabilitation. Liz incorporates this knowledge into her practice to empower patients to heal through proper movement and strengthening, to get them back to doing the things they love. 

When Liz isn?t in the clinic, she enjoys spending time outside or eating delicious food with friends and family. Her favorite hobbies include hiking, paddle boarding, trail running, and mountain biking. Liz and her fiancé love to travel and are excited to start their next chapter in beautiful Bend, Oregon!

Hannah - PT, MPT

Hannah - PT, MPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • Masters in Physical Therapy

Hannah comes to Falling Waters through her contact working with Shawndi Stahl, PT where they initially worked together at St. Charles Medical Center in the In-patient rehabilitation department. She and her family moved to Vermont 5 years ago to be closer to family, but both she and her husband found themselves missing the Central Oregon landscape and lifestyle. Hannah re-connected with Shawndi last year and was delighted to find an opportunity to return to Bend, and is very excited to be a part of the Falling Waters team.

Hannah earned her Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut in 2000. Over the last 10 years, Hannah has worked in a variety of clinical settings and has experience in both hospital and outpatient orthopedic practice settings.

Hannah is very passionate about providing compassionate, caring, research based approaches to injury recovery. She is excited to be a part of the Falling Waters team and enjoys the comprehensive approach taken with each patient. She works hard every day to educate, motivate, and assist patients on their road to recovery. Hannah is inspired by the words of Aristotle both in her life and work, and believes that "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."

Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 children, and dog, exploring the glorious scenery that Central Oregon has to offer. She loves road & mountain biking, yoga, running, camping, and hiking.

Jennifer - PT, DPT

Jennifer - PT, DPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jen received a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science at Creighton University in 1997, going on to pursue her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2002. She has since worked in a variety of different clinical settings, with the last 10 years spent specializing in outpatient orthopedics.

She is excited to be working with Shawndi and Hannah again, as they were co-workers at St. Charles years ago. Jen and her family have recently returned to Bend after spending the last decade in Alaska. She is passionate about helping others recover from injury, getting them back to their lives, be it regular daily activities or their chosen sport. She is excited to be a member of the Falling Waters team and play her part in their comprehensive approach to patient care.

In her free time, Jen enjoys getting outdoors and spending time with her husband and their two children. She is excited to explore the Pacific Northwest with family and friends in the years to come. She loves hiking, running, biking, skiing and enjoys almost any sport. Jen's favorite thing to remind her patients is that "what you do today, can improve all of your tomorrows."

Cory - PTA

Cory - PTA

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Cory first moved to Bend in 1994 and quickly became immersed in the many outdoor opportunities Bend offers. He worked in retail and also as a journeyman electrician until he realized that helping others attain their physical goals was what piqued his interest. He became a Certified Personal Trainer, training clients at local gyms, including the Athletic Club of Bend. With a strong desire to continue his education, he and his family moved to Southern California for 4 years so he could attend Loma Linda University's rigorous Physical Therapy Assistant's program.

Cory earned his degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in September 2015, and shortly after receiving his degree, he and his family moved back to Bend to reconnect with close friends and their active outdoor lifestyle.

Cory is passionate about strength and functional training and believes that exercise has a significant positive effect on mental, physical, and spiritual health. He knows it's important to have fun while embracing life's challenges. In the warmer months, you can find Cory spending time with his family camping, hiking, or riding his road or mountain bike among the many beautiful routes in Bend. He loves athletic challenges and teamwork, and joined Bend Oregon Outrigger, leading to several years of competitive outrigger canoe racing up and down the west coast, Canada, and Hawaii. When the snow flies, a weekend skate-ski with friends is how he unwinds as well as listening to music and playing guitar. 

Jocelyn

Jocelyn - PTA

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Jocelyn was an elementary teacher and fitness instructor for many years, before deciding to make a career change and go back to school to become a PTA. After sustaining an injury herself and being a patient in Physical Therapy, she realized how impactful it is and how powerful movement of the body can be in the rehabilitative process. She also loves the connections she builds while working with patients, and loves being part of an amazing team of people at Falling Waters. 

It had been a 5 year plan for her family to make the move to Bend, and they finally made it happen in 2019. Most of her spare time is taken up by having two teenage daughters in sports, but she tries to make time for exercise in the outdoors whether it be hiking with her dog Ruby, cycling, skiing, or paddle boarding.

Marit - PTA

Marit - PTA

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Marit received her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. She then went on to get her Physical Therapist Assistant/Associate of Applied Science at Saint Catherine's University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2015. During this time she also became a Registered Vinyasa Yoga Instructor.

Marit has worked in both acute care and outpatient settings in Minnesota since graduating in 2015. She moved to Bend with her fiance in May of 2017 to explore a new chapter out West!
She is a firm believer that the body should be treated as a whole integrative unit. Her passion for alternative and preventive medicine, physical movement and yoga lead her to become a PTA. Marit is compassionate about helping others recover quickly and effectively so that they can get back to enjoying the activities they love.

Outside the clinic, Marit enjoys doing yoga, hiking, music, camping, culture, cooking, travel, crafting, interior design, dogs, friends and family. Marit feels "at home" when she is out in nature.

Michelle - PTA

Michelle - PTA

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Michelle first experienced a connection with Physical Therapy after suffering some of her own injuries. She brings a positive energy and encouraging attitude, and enjoys helping others on their journey to recovery, while also educating them on methods of self-care. Michelle earned her Associate of Occupational Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree from PMI in Seattle, Washington prior to moving to Bend. Her clinical philosophy revolves around strong patient communication and evidence-based practice, and she is drawn to working in the water, which helped attract her to Falling Waters.

Before her journey towards becoming a PT assistant, Michelle was a former small business owner. She is originally from Alaska and spent her youth living in Hawaii, Virginia, and Florida.

She enjoys spending time with her family and being out in nature. Her hobbies and interests include fishing, gardening, swimming, puzzles and exploring new places.

Sarah - PTA

Sarah - PTA

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Sarah received her Bachelor's degree in Biopsychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2009, with a minor in Sports Management. She has worn many hats over the years with experience selling real estate, managing an aquatic center, and teaching swim lessons. It was her background in psychology and her experience as an athlete, however, that drew her to Physical Therapy. She received her Physical Therapist Assistant education in Lake Havasu, Arizona, and through this program was able to work in a variety ofsettings including skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and a women's health clinic.

Sarah is fascinated with the psychology behind injury and recovery, and understands that the rehabilitation process is unique for each individual. She strongly believes that fitness should be fun, and loves to learn about her patients' interests outside the clinic, in order to personalize their programs to promote a healthy, active lifestyle.

Outside of Physical Therapy, Sarah enjoys playing volleyball, doing Pilates, swimming, cycling, and being around animals. She has a passion for learning new things, and plans to become a certified Pilates instructor as well as a strength and conditioning specialist.

Matthew Crockett Rehab Aide

Matthew - Rehab Aide

Matthew is an alumnus of Humboldt State University, where he received his degree in Kinesiology with emphasis in exercise science and health promotion. He has worked in various orthopedic and neurological rehab settings, and believes in enacting changes in patients' lives through communication, education, and proven rehabilitation techniques. He loves seeing the lightbulb go off for patients when they understand concepts and realize the change they have enacted in their recovery.

He plays the drums, is an avid climber, disc golfer, and is getting more into mountain biking as a way to explore Bend's local trails. Matthew feels a sense of adventure and a calling to explore the unknown.