Raised in Washington tulip country, humbled during 5 years of commercial fishing in Alaska, and trained by some of the leaders in his field, Paul brings a diversity of personal experiences and unique interpersonal investment to his clinical practice. After graduating from the University of Portland with a degree in Biochemistry, Paul received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Columbia University and participated on the medical school’s rugby team. While recovering from his own childhood weight gain, injuries, aches, and pains, Paul has observed that people are not just muscles and bones, but complex individuals with goals, expectations, social needs, and anxieties. During his training and multiple years of clinical practice, Paul has taught at Pacific University’s Physical Therapy program, participated in medical missions to Haiti, and initiated multiple adaptive sports programs to assist those with different abilities the joy of movement and community.
Paul is a 5th generation Oregonian and has been part of the North Portland community for 11 years. He believes the steady state of the body should not be a pain, and anyone who needs their body to work for them should consider themselves an athlete.