Des graduated from California State University of Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2000 and finished with a spot on the Dean’s list with academic honors. She then moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2008 where she graduated from the University of Oregon with a 4.0 GPA and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Physiology. She went on to obtain a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University where she served as Class President throughout the program. She has spent the better part of her life participating in, and coaching, a variety of sports including softball, hockey, martial arts, and roller derby and during this time, rehabbing her own injuries fueled her interest in this profession.
Des enjoys helping those recovering from a variety of orthopedic conditions such as sport-related injuries, joint replacement surgeries, work-related injuries, and low back pain. She also has a special interest in balance and vestibular disorders and other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and stroke. Des is committed to treating each patient individually and holistically. She builds a rapport with clients and takes personal goals, interests, and schedules into consideration when planning treatments.
Des is passionate about lifelong learning and consistently seeks new opportunities to expand her knowledge and skills. It is her professional goal to seek advanced specialty certification in orthopedics to further her knowledge in the field. She uses a combination of manual therapy and individualized exercise therapy to facilitate healing and empowers patients to take their rehab into their own hands as they return to their meaningful daily activities.
Outside of work, Des enjoys traveling around the world, and exploring Oregon. She takes full advantage of all the amazing things Eugene has to offer and especially enjoys roller skating on the many trails, hiking, and trying new food at local restaurants.