Peter Dills - East Portland Physical Therapy

Peter Dills, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
  • Therapeutic Pain Specialist

Peter graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2008 before earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, CO in 2011. He has been the director of Therapeutic Associates East Portland Physical Therapy since 2013.

Peter has completed post-doctoral work through the International Spine and Pain Institute and is now certified as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist. He is one of only a few physical therapists in the Portland Metro region to hold this distinction. He has also worked towards certification in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. As a former high school and Division III college athlete, he still has continued interest in athletics and has also directed injury prevention programs with student athletes of many ages and experience levels. He enjoys treating individuals of all ages and backgrounds, with special emphasis on complex conditions including chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders of the foot and ankle.

“I believe that individuals of all backgrounds and life experiences deserve the opportunity to get better. My job as your physical therapist is to provide you an avenue to get there. I will be here to guide you in that process through evidence-centered treatment, comprehensive patient education, and complete commitment to your needs as my patient.”

Peter is a native Oregonian and grew up in the Hood River Valley, where he also met his wife Caitlin. They now call a different valley home, having moved to Happy Valley in 2013. They have two wonderful children Audrey and Riley. Peter spends his free time running, though often states he never expected himself to become a runner. He participates yearly in the Hood to Coast Relay and has a goal of completing a marathon for the first time in 2017.

Articles written by Peter Dills

Shared Decision Making
Shared Decision Making and the Treatment of Pain

Physical therapists understand that pain and function are two different concepts. When we focus on understanding pain while simultaneously assisting patients back to doing what they love or need to do, pain often subsides. A theory toward pain and function was published in 2014 by the late Louis Gifford, a world-famous pain scientist. Those seeking more collaborative care can work together with their physical therapist to gain better control of their pain, and more importantly, their life and general function, by seeing their recovery as a two-phase approach. This is the essence of Shared Decision Making — patients and providers collaborating on the best plan and the desired outcomes.

Blog Posts written by Peter Dills

Clinic Move Q & A with Clinic Director

I have always wanted Therapeutic Associates East Portland Physical Therapy to be a resource for a community where people both live and work. After becoming familiar with Montavilla, I found local businesses that I loved as well as an engaged and active community. My vision for this clinic and Montavilla East Tabor Business Association’s (METBA) vision for this neighborhood just fit together so well, I wanted my clinic to be a part of Montavilla.

A New Year Message From Our Clinic Director

Hello, and welcome to the start of another new year! This new year marks a point of change for many things in our country's healthcare landscape. Rising costs of healthcare services, increasing insurance deductibles, changes in access to health plans, and evolving information about the cost/benefits of use of medications continue to grow in the minds of most Americans.