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  • TAI Physical Therapy at The Athletic Club of Bend
  • 61615 Athletic Club Dr.
  • Bend, OR 97702

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  • Mon-Fri 7:00am-6:30pm

TAI Physical Therapy at The Athletic Club of Bend

About the Clinic

TAI Physical Therapy is located inside the Athletic Club of Bend in Bend, Oregon and provides exceptional orthopedic physical therapy for patients of all ages. Our goal is to get you better faster so that you can get back to enjoying the activities Central Oregon has to offer. Our specialities include aquatic physical therapy, golf fitness/performance/rehabilitation, therapeutic yoga, women’s health, pediatic orthopedic physical therapy, and ASTYM™. We focus on manual therapy and functional strength and conditioning that is specific to you in order to enhance your recovery and experience.

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Golf Fitness & Performance Program

Golf Fitness & Performance ProgramPhysical Therapist Chris Cooper, PT, DPT, CSCS is a Level 3 Certified Medical and Fitness Professional through The Titleist Performance Institute as well as a Nike Golf Certified Performance Specialist. These certifications allow Chris to develop a golf-specific fitness program to address imbalances in mobility and stability as they relate to an efficient and powerful golf swing. Chris works with numerous local PGA Golf Professionals to create body-specific programs.






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GOLF SEMINAR :: August 20th

Low Back Pain & Golf :: Non-Surgical Options and Rehabilitation Considerations   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER (PDF)     Join us for PART TWO of a two part series to learn more about the latest non-surgical options for low back injuries.. Seminar Details: DATE: Thursday, August 20th, 2015 TIME: 6:00pm - 7:00pm WHERE: Tetherow Golf Academy COST: $10 / Participant RSVP: ccooper@taiweb.com (limited seating available) INCLUDES: Injury Prevention and Treatment/Rehabilitation Tips Q&A Session Raffle Prizes and Refreshments Seminar Presenters: Chris Cooper, PT, DPT, CSCS Doctorate of Physical Therapy form University of Montana Level 3 Certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical and Fitness Professional Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist James Nelson, MD Board Certification - American Association of Physical Medicine & ... read more »


Evening on the Range – Saturday, July 18th

Brasada Canyons Golf Team is hosting the 2nd evening on the Range of the Summer. This is a fun and eduational evening planned at the practice range facility. Chris Cooper with Therapeutic Associates, a Level 3 Certified Golf Fitness Instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute, a Nike Golf Certified Performance Specialist, as well as a Level 2 K-Vest Certified, will be on hand to answer any questions and assist in improving your swing by giving key principles in golf therapy and performance. Spa Brasada will be providing chair massage and promoting their newest treatment, "Golfer's Best Game Massage." Come on down and enjoy ... read more »


Chris Cooper is now Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Chris Cooper PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, of Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy at the Athletic Club of Bend recently sat for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties exam and passed. Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists are recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) as individuals whose clinical specialization in orthopedic physical therapy demonstrates knowledge, skill and experience exceeding that of an entry level physical therapist. The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in this special area of practice and to assist consumers and the ... read more »


Awbrey Glen Festival of Golf – Saturday, June 20th


Don't miss out on the 2015 Festival of Golf! Open to the general public. Bring your friends and your family! Chris Cooper of Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy will be on hand to provide physical screens and exercise demonstrations, as well as 3-D swing efficiency analyses. See below for further details. Schedule of Events: Festival of Golf - June 20th, 2015 9:30am - Sand Trap Demonstration by our PGA Professionals 10:00am - Officially Festival of Golf begins 11:00am - Fastest Texter – US Cellular winner receives LG GPAD Tablet valued at $300 11:30am - Family Skills Challenge First Raffle Drawn – 3 places 12:00pm Putting Contest to Qualify Play Foot Golf 12:30pm - ... read more »



Shoulder Injuries & Golf Seminar

SURGICAL & CONSERVATIVE CONSIDERATIONS Join us and learn the latest surgical and non-surgical options to treat your injured shoulder. Emphasis will also be placed on shoulder injury prevention as it relates to the game of golf. Seminar Details: DATE: Thursday, May 28, 2015 TIME: 6:00pm - 7:00pm WHERE: Tetherow Golf Academy COST: $10 / Participant RSVP: ccooper@taiweb.com (limited seating available) INCLUDES: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Tips Q&A Session Raffle Prizes Refreshments Seminar Presenters: Chris Cooper, PT, DPT, CSCS Doctorate of Physical Therapy form University of Montana Level 3 Certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical and Fitness Professional Blake Nonweiler MD Board Certified Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Specialist. Specializes in all arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery.  

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Testimonials for TAI Physical Therapy at The Athletic Club of Bend

  1. With retirement came the dream of playing lots of golf. A bad fall on the ice, however, totally shattered that dream. It’s been seven years since I had fusion surgery in my back. Surgery allowed my spinal cord to decompress, and in that sense it was successful. After about 3 months, however, chronic pain developed throughout my entire back that at times has been excruciating. Determined to find a solution , I sought treatment from just about every medical discipline and alternative medicine throughout the northwest. I even had eastern medicine treatment while visiting China. Only medication provided modest relief.

    About a year ago, my pain management physician referred me to Chris Cooper. While physical therapy was a part of my 6 year search, Cooper was certified with specialty training for golf injuries. While my injury did not occur while playing golf, he immediately diagnosed my condition as treatable. At the same time, he rekindled my dream of playing golf again. In a nutshell, his physical therapy treatment and at home exercise program has made a huge difference. While the pain isn’t totally absent, suffice to say I have enough relief to play 18 holes of golf, sometimes twice a week.

    Thanks, Chris Cooper, for your profound treatment and work with my condition.

    Chet Evenson
    Redmond, OR

    Chet Evenson
  2. The long-awaited moment had finally arrived…I was about to attend my first yoga class, EVER, at age 56! This was something I had wanted to do all of my life. Multiple pain-management doctors had been recommending this particular form of exercise for years. My doctors had all concurred; the current medical studies/data pointed to yoga being the best solution for chronic pain.

    Kat, the instructor, greeted me so warmly. (I found out, we came from the same hometown, for heavens sake!) Her words encouraged me, her instruction was clear. Kat’s explanations were articulate; with humor & transparency thrown in. Laura, the Physical Therapist, was on hand to gently ‘tweak’ my positions, or provide solutions, tailor-made to my physical ‘issues.’ The session ended with deep, relaxation on many levels; aromatherapy, music, blankets & a light massage. (Only if desired) I left feeling as though I was ‘floating on a cloud!’

    I would HIGHLY recommend the therapeutic yoga class to ANYONE with trauma, injuries or on-going pain.

    Ruth Ann Bacon
  3. For more than 10 years, spinal disorders—primarily scoliosis and stenosis, later complicated by Parkinson’s—have subjected me to surgical procedures, an increasingly complex medication regimen, chiropractic, osteopathy, and acupuncture, all yielding little or no observable relief. Meantime, a rigorous physical training program, designed and monitored by Therapeutic Associates, Inc., at the Athletic Club of Bend has enabled me to retain and improve muscular strength, balance and range of motion. Occasional acute pain episodes have been relieved by stretch and massage protocols.
    Overall, what’s most impressive is the degree to which Laura Cooper and her exceptionally well-trained TAI staff always craft and adjust their treatment programs to fit the individual patient’s changing needs, often while coordinating with one or more prescribing physicians.
    Anyone whose condition may be responsive to professional-level physical therapy could not, in my judgment, find a care provider to equal Therapeutic Associates, Inc., at the Athletic Club of Bend.
    John J. Mathews

    John Mathews
  4. Matt recently helped my 12 year old son, Riley, with an overuse injury in his arm/elbow. He was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. What impressed me most was how he treated Riley. He really focused on Riley and treated him like a person (vs. the doctors who only talk to the parents). Riley really liked Matt, so it made PT really easy, enjoyable and effective.

    I know companies usually only hear the complaints, so I wanted to be sure to pass along how impressed Riley and I were with Matt. What a great asset for Therapeutic Associates to have him.
    Best regards,
    Katy Boos

    Katy Boos
  5. Chris Cooper has been my physical therapist for 10 years. He has helped me with various joint issues related to arthritis. I appreciate Chris’ low key approach. He listens then tells me what we are going to do and why. I like the take-home sheets that describe all the exercises.They help remind me what to do at home and are useful for future “tune-ups”.Most important-I trust Chris. He has never failed to help me. Thank you. Diane Crupi

    Diane Crupi
  6. I recently had back surgury and after 6-8 weeks I decided to get physical therapy to help progreess the healing process. By the time I saw Craig Boswell I could hardly walk, couldn’t sit and was still in a lot of pain. Four weeks later after pool and hands-on therapy, I am 100% better. He was so focused on my recovery and helped me mentally as well as physically. He’s wonderful and I am very, very grateful to him. Sincerely, Marlene Boynton

    Marlene Boynton
  7. Last year I was in a horrible motor vehicle accident. The driver ran a stop sign and hit me at a high rate of speed.
    I was left with severe whiplash and a sprained colar bone. The pain was excrusiating, my range of motion was little to none. I saw my doctor and he sent me to see Laura Cooper at Therapeutic Associates. Being that Im a very active person I wanted nothing more than to get back to living my normal life. Laura was more than I can ask for! She was very professional, knowledgeable and after only 3 months I was back to most of my normal activities. She and her staff were just amazing! They treated me with gentle and individualized care and made me feel like more than just another patient. Needless to say I am now fully recocvered and back to my busy lifestyle. I would strongly recommend Laura and Therapeutic Associates anytime! Thank you from the bottom of my heart…thank you for being not just my doctor but also a a beautiful person and a friend!

    Adriana Hernandez

    Adriana Hernandez
  8. Thank you Laura and Paige, for the amazing Therapeutic Yoga class!!!! You two are SUCH a great team. Your class is truly unique and taught me things about my body I wasn’t learning at all in other yoga classes. The whole nervous system piece was so new to me, and of course really hit home, since I’ve been operating out of pure stress for so long now.

    I LOVE you guys, and appreciate you so much!!!

    Feeling better because of you,

    Carol Sternkopf
  9. Seven months ago, while teeing off on the 10th hole, I felt a sharp pain in my elbow. The pain continued for weeks until I finally saw the Orthopedic surgeon who had operated on my shoulder. Diagnosis was “golfer’s elbow”, or medial epicondylitis, with a torn tendon thrown in for bad luck. Delays in recovery were due to moving from Colorado to Bend. Through an Orthopedic surgeon in Bend, I was sent to Chris Cooper for physical therapy. Within the first few sessions with Chris, I felt he was certainly the person to help me. He understood exactly the where, why, and how of my pain, and correctly prescribed the exercises to assist in repairing and depleting the pain level within the damaged area in a very short time. I realize at age 67 one does not heal as rapidly as in younger years, but I know through Chris’s therapeutic knowledge and personal concern I will be back on the golf course shortly. I am continuing the exercises Chris has shown me (with drawings), and I am on his “Return to Golf” schedule he has provided. My sincere thanks to Chris and his great staff!!


    Mike Sells
  10. As I am sitting down to write this, I want to say thank you. All of the staff at Therapeutic Associates at the Athletic Club of Bend are professionals that understand the role physical therapy plays in the healing process from the post op patient, the weekend warrior to the elite athlete. From retraining the body post surgery( that’s how I first became a patient there in 2007), to recovery from disease, when my knee flared from Psoriatic Arthritis in 2010, to athletic retraining for performance as this year when thru injury, Psoriatic arthritis,and joint recovery, you and the Therapeutic Associate Crew helped me with retraining, stretching, treatments and taping, that without a doubt helped me to train thru injury, recover and complete two marathons this year,(The Avenue of the Giants in May, and The Portland Marathon this month).I am not an elite athlete but I enjoy the personal sense of commitment marathoning requires and each one requires a deep inward soul searching journey, having pain makes the journey beyond what the soul can endure…physical therapy allowed me to get back on the road and do what I love! Chris, again, Therapeutic Associates at the Athletic Club, thank you!

    Susan Long
  11. Hi Laura,

    I recently completed 15 sessions of physical therapy at Therapeutic Associates at the Bend Athletic Club following hip replacement surgery in January. I wanted to tell you how happy I am with the results. Craig Boswell was my physical therapist and did an outstanding job.

    Craig always asked me at the start of each session how my recovery was going and adjusted the exercises depending on my response. I appreciated that he sought the feedback. I felt challenged by the therapy and I am much stronger than before the surgery. Craig realized how important it was for me to be active again and he did an amazing job to help me get there. I enjoyed the pool therapy and it seemed to tax different muscles than the land based exercises. My surgeon was so impressed with my recovery that he wanted to know the name of my physical therapist.

    I also enjoyed working with other members of your staff during my rehabilitation.

    The front desk staff Tammy and Paula were always cheerful and friendly.

    Hannah, Jeff, Liz and Wyatt were a joy to work with when they put me through the paces and entertaining on the phone with their appointment reminders.

    Holly and Laura F. didn’t miss a beat when filling in for Craig when he was gone.

    I feel fortunate to have worked with Craig and your staff and I highly recommend them to anyone else seeking physical therapy. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Kudos to Therapeutic Associates at the Bend Athletic Club.

    Mike Viles
    Bend, OR

    Mike Viles
  12. As a sporting adventure junkie I have suffered more than my fair share of serious injury and have therefore had to spend a considerable amount of time rehabbing most often under the supervision of a physical therapist. Consequently I feel amply qualified to recognize the skills and services of therapists who excel in every aspect of the requisite treatment.

    My most recent injury was the complete rupture of my Achilles tendon necessitating major surgery to re-connect the ruptured ends. Most athletes will confirm this is a very debilitating injury and the recovery process is long and arduous. Chris cooper of Therapeutic Associates at the Athletic Club of Bend was my dry land therapist; very able assisted by Craig Boswell through his work with me in the pool.

    It was immediately obvious that I was in good hands. Both of these gentlemen have extensive experience with my type of injury and quickly established a treatment regime designed to get me back into action as quickly as possible all the while insuring that no step in the process was overlooked or abbreviated. They knew exactly how hard to push me and how best to encourage me, doing it in a fashion that was sympathetic while still demanding. Not surprisingly my recovery has proceeded very well and I have every expectation of returning to the same level of activity I enjoyed prior to the injury.

    I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending their services and anyone on the injured list looking for expert treatment would be well advised to consider their services.


    Alistair J. Paterson

    Alistair J. Paterson

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