Matt grew up in Oregon City and was valedictorian and captain of the football and track teams at Oregon City High School (OCHS). After having a few knee surgeries in high school, Matt was unable to play college football but continued with weightlifting and fell in love with running which led to completing the Portland Marathon in 2005. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated in 2006 with a BS in Human Physiology and a minor in Religious Studies. While there, he worked as a student athletic trainer for intramural sports and varsity volleyball and softball and was the athletic trainer at Thurston High School. After graduation, Matt married his high school sweetheart, Amanda.
Shortly after, they moved to Omaha, Nebraska where Matt received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University in 2009, graduating with honors. While there, Matt was the president of the Sports Physical Therapy Association and contributed to research on fatigue in Parkinson’s Disease. As a student PT on clinical rotation at Therapeutic Associates – North Portland (PACE), Matt learned under David McHenry who is the lead therapist and strength coach for the Nike Oregon Project.
Upon graduating, Matt joined up with Shawn Dailey at Therapeutic Associates – Lake Oswego and was part of an elite team of PT’s that specialized in manual therapy, advanced athletic performance and holistic patient care. He was also the team PT for Lakeridge HS track & field and strength & conditioning coach for the Lake Oswego High School lacrosse team. In 2011, Matt graduated from an APTA Orthopaedic Residency Program and became a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).
In 2012, Matt branched off to return to his hometown to open Therapeutic Associates Oregon City Physical Therapy, teaming up with fellow Oregon City native, Ryan Wells. In 2013, Matt became a board-certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) to be able to better help athletes return to sport and train appropriately. Together, they have built a multi-disciplinary “hub” for the community with a focus on physical therapy, sports performance training and brought in other providers including massage therapy, acupuncture, nutrition, personal training, and athletic training.
Matt is trained in the NAIOMT program for manual therapy and is also Astym™ certified. He is certified in SFMA, and FMS which have been great tools to help screen patients and various sports teams for movement dysfunction. Throughout his career, Matt has worked with athletes of all level including those competing in the Olympics, MLB, NFL, UFC and Division 1 athletes in football, basketball, soccer and volleyball. Matt is the team PT at OCHS and provides sideline support during football games. He is also the club PT for Arrowhead Golf Club and specializes in golf swing movement analysis. He is a consultant for Baseball NW and 503 Baseball for movement and pitching analysis. Matt also has a special interest in working post-amputation patients including veterans and first responders.
He is passionate about community outreach and is the Chair of the PT For Humanity Committee, an arm of Therapeutic Associates aimed at global and local community service. Matt is also part of the men’s ministry team at his church, Grace Chapel, in Wilsonville. He spends his free time with his wife and three daughters and enjoys golf, running, weightlifting, hiking and camping in the great Northwest.