Patient Stories

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  1. After an unfortunate fall on the ice fracturing my humerus I was so glad that a friend recommended Therapeutic Associates at the ACB. Bren Schmidt has given me the confidence and encouragement that I will recover fully. His expertise coupled with his gentle nature and clear guidance has already made a huge difference. The ability to obtain aquatic therapy at ACB has been rewarding. I look forward to my continued healing progress with Bren by my side!

  2. I can’t say enough good things about Chris Cooper, the team of therapists, and the entire staff at Physical Therapy Associates at Bend Athletic Club. Personable, professional, engaging and engaged!

    I had total knee replacement and they worked me through some challenging times, both physically and emotionally, with humor, sincere caring, and “tough love” when needed!

    On a 1-10 scale, this gang is an 11!

  3. Though I have had a myriad of issues resolved by the professionals over at Therapeutic Associates, I most recently found myself in a position where I was about to run 120 Miles through the Rockies in Colorado, during the Transrockies Run, when my right foot became most disagreeable – swearing off running for life without my consent. Having been to Therapeutic Associates previously, I limped my way in and described the several months’ worth of discomfort I had while training for the race, leading up to the all-out boycott of my right foot.

    Most healthcare professionals, in my experience, might have rolled their eyes and told me not to run, not to climb, not to bomb down hills at a controlled fall, all the time repeating the mantra “I like my teeth, I like my teeth, I like my teeth”. Chris Cooper just looked at me and asked how long we had to work on this issue, in order to give me the best possible experience in Colorado. Then he did everything in his power to make that happen. I had an amazing time in Colorado and I can honestly attribute that to his efforts… and having successfully reached the bottom of the hill each day.

    Thank you Chris and all of the folks at Therapeutic Associates for your support.

    – Lizz R.

  4. I had a wonderful experience with my PT , Brittany Jones. She was excellent. Guided me in a very supportive way and was very encouraging during our sessions. The staff is positive and work really well as a team. Thank you Brit!

  5. I just wanted to say that if you need a caring, thorough, informative and great PT, Kevin LeNoir is your guy. He truly has helped me in gaining back my strength and stamina after my reoccurring flare-up that I’ve been dealing with for ten plus years. He worked with me to regain strength in my back and shoulders, and also kept me informed on outside sources for optimizing my recovery. He was honest, informative and even cared enough about my mental health and the toll it was taking on me. I just can’t say enough good things about him. I have respect for him and his work. And he’s truly been a great asset to me and my healing. Thank you Kevin.

  6. I started with PT a year ago with hip pain from a hip replacement (12yr old) and arthritic knees that were stopping me from walking comfortably. Now I can walk my dogs 2-4 miles and still smile. I am part of an intense exercise program and am motivated to keep up special PT exercises.
    Chris addressed my pain with exercise, stretching at clinic, and orthotics. I was so surprised at how much relief from knee pain that I got from changing the distribution of the weight on my feet. He identified my hip issues and has brought on-going relief by increasing the flexibility of my hip, exercises that strengthen supporting muscles, and giving me methods of keeping my hip in alignment. All of this happened over 2 different sets of PT. The first were easy beginning steps and after about 6 months of exercise on my own I returned for a next level. I feel confident that I can keep moving. I will need to have new knees eventually and I will come back to Chris Cooper and Therapeutic Associates PT for my recovery.

  7. Injuries, we all have had them if we live active lifestyles. I am no exception to this, and have incurred quite a few over the years of participating in high impact sports such a mountain biking, snowboarding and skateboarding. Even as a certified personal trainer that had worked with a plethora of clientele, I still needed help on the road to recovery.

    Most notably, were two particular injuries. The most recent, was the rehabilitation of my right foot/ankle after breaking the navicular bone into three pieces and needed hardware installed to aid in the healing process July of 2016. This was my first ever surgery for an injury (not the only time it was necessary, there were other times it should have happened, but due to being young and stubborn, I didn’t seek medical attention). The surgeon, who is a foot/ankle specialist was impressed by the injury stated it would be around 4-6 months before being back to riding/racing mountain bikes.

    With the attention, expertise of Chris and Laura Cooper, I was back to rebuilding strength and riding single track in less than three months! If you are persistent and follow their plans and do the exercises, you will recover and get back to doing what you love. You MUST push your self as well as follow their directions!

    The other more notable of the injuries I had treated by Laura were: bilateral bicep tendinitis from over use injury from work, as well as low leg injury to my left ankle/calf from snowboarding. Thanks to Laura’s care and instruction I was able to get back to work in about 6 weeks from the tendinitis, and the lower leg injury was treated and was back to strength training and running in under 3 months. There are a few other injuries that were treated by these two beyond what I have listed here, of which did not take nearly as much treatment/care as the aforementioned.

    I have received by far the best care and treatment from the TAI team at Athletic Club of Bend, and would recommend them to anyone. Things to consider when going in for treatment: Communication and program adherence is key! The more you are able to communicate to the therapist and dedicate the prescribed time to rehab exercises they give. You will recover!

    Best of luck on your recovery and much love and respect to the Coopers as well as the entire TAI team at Athletic Club of Bend!

  8. Laura Cooper helped get me back to 100% after pregnancy! From back issues, to women’s issues, her help was paramount in my success. Friends told me that there were some things you just had to “accept” about your body post pregnancy, and I’m here to tell you that’s wrong! With the correct physical therapy focusing on pelvic floor work, you can regain control and feel back to normal. I am so grateful for Laura’s help!

  9. Just 10 days prior to the Duathlon National Championships in Bend, I found myself with a Grade 2 hamstring pull and could barely walk. I knew typical recovery times for this level of injury were anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks to resume “normal” activities, let alone racing. I had trained specifically for this event 6 days a week over an 8 month period, but ironically the injury came on the last 20 yards of running I had planned to do leading up.

    To add to my troubles, I had to travel the week prior and knew I wouldn’t be able to seek treatment from my usual specialists in Kansas City. At this point I was completely shaken and had little to no hope of being able to participate in the event I had thought about for so long.

    Despite not being totally in my nature, I made the choice to remain positive and optimistic that my training and our family vacation would not be in vain. Not knowing anyone in the Bend area, I did a quick search and found Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy at The Athletic Club of Bend. I reached out not expecting much in the way of help, but little did I know that I had found the best possible resource I could ask for.

    From the over the phone setup details with Liz, to the initial consultation with Laura, to the multiple sessions of PT with Brittany, I literally could not have had a better scenario to provide healing to my leg and hope to my situation. The staff was not only extremely nice, but they were intently engaged and focused on providing the best possible chance of me still being able to race.

    It was evident they had the knowledge and experience to know exactly what treatment I needed and how to administer it. Even though my nerves still gave me doubts, they made it easy to trust in their instruction and commit to their plan. They really made it feel like home.

    After 4 consecutive PT sessions, I still had significant bruising and soreness, but the big day had arrived and I knew I had to give it a shot. I figured I’d be able to start the race, but literally had no idea if I’d be able to finish when I toed the line.

    While it wasn’t as pretty or smooth as I envisioned the months prior, I was able to compete and give the course what I had that day! I’m so grateful for @TAIACB who helped me get back up and when all seemed lost. I literally could not have accomplished this goal without them.

    I want to extend a special thanks to Laura and Brittany who took time out of their weekend to come out and watch me race. This not only gave me an extra mental boost, but also showed the level of commitment and caring they provide to their patients. I cannot recommend this place and these people enough!

    – Scott Nelson
    Lawrence, KS

  10. Ryan Salyer is the new kid on the block at Therapeutic Associates, but he is a natural at coaching people through the surgery recovery process.
    I have been seeing Ryan for rehab after a total knee replacement. He pushes me when he needs to, and has been great about explaining each step of the process after my surgery. That has been extremely helpful since the surgeon and his team don’t really give you the scoop on how challenging the recovery process can be., and what to expect as you go through the process.
    Ryan has also been a great motivator-this has been a much tougher recovery than I anticipated. Ryan also knows when to push, and take it easy, and he really listens to not only what you say, but reads your body language as well.

    I worked with some of the other therapists as well, and everyone was great, and I learned something different from each one.

    Raoul and Conner have also been really helpful and considerate, which is much appreciated. The other folks at the front desk have been good to work with- you have an awesome team.

  11. I have worked with Chris Cooper for physical therapy following two surgeries. The first was in 2011 following rotator cuff surgery when I tore two tendons, and then again in 2013 following hip replacement surgery.

    Following both surgeries, Chris worked with me to regain the mobility and flexibility needed for everyday activities, and to rebuild the muscles that had atrophied as a result of the injuries suffered and recovery from surgery.

    I am a golfer, and my motivation was to get back in shape to play golf without risk of further damaging these joints. Chris was excellent. I met with him three times per week initially, then moved to two times per week. At each session he measured my progress relative to flexibility and strength. He worked with me on specific exercises, showed me the correct movement, and explained the purpose of each exercise. He developed a plan for me to get back to golf – first to regain flexibility and strength and then to ease into golf – e.g. starting with chipping and putting.

    I followed his guidance and it paid off! I have fully recovered from both surgeries. I play golf three-four times per week, usually walking the course, and have absolutely no pain or discomfort in either joint. I also work out regularly and hike – again, no issues.

    I trust Chris Cooper completely. He was focused on my needs. He did not rush the recovery, but developed a plan that would ensure my full recovery. He was thorough in his explanations and open and responsive to my many questions. I also appreciated his style – calm, attentive, respectful – and he has a wonderfully gentle sense of humor. It was a delight working with Chris.

    In addition, the whole team at Therapeutic Associates was on board with my plan. The scheduling of appointments and work with other specialists was easy and efficient. All the staff was very pleasant.

    I wholeheartedly recommend Chris Cooper and Therapeutic Associates at the Athletic Club of Bend.

    Mary Jensen

  12. As a sporting adventure junkie I have suffered more than my fair share of serious injuries and have therefore had to spend a considerable amount of time in rehab, 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, which necessitated major surgery to reconnect 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, and he was assisted by Craig Boswell working 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

  13. 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 my feedback. I felt challenged by the therapy and 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

  14. 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 to 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, you and the Therapeutic Associate Crew helped me with retraining, stretching, treatments, and taping that without a doubt helped me to train through 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 running marathons 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!

  15. 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!!


  16. 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,

  17. 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 collar bone. The pain was excruciating and 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 I’m 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 and 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 recovered 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 beautiful person and a friend!

    Adriana Hernandez

  18. I recently had back surgery and after 6-8 weeks I decided to get physical therapy to help progress 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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 home town, for heaven’s sake!). Her words encouraged me and 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.

  23. 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 six-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