Julia Anderson MPT, has helped hundreds people recover from injuries and get back to the activities and lifestyle that they love. She has worked extensively with people after car accidents, sports injuries, and repetitive strain, advocating and supporting them in returning to or implementing a happy healthy lifestyle.
I have been working as a physical therapist for over 20 years, and I have worked in hospital and outpatient settings in nearly all realms of physical therapy. I constantly pursue further knowledge and frequently attend coursework to strengthen my diagnostic and treatment skills to serve the general out-patient population in treating musculoskeletal problems.
In my early years as a therapist I worked in several different venues. One day, while working as a private contractor at an outpatient orthopedic clinic, the owner pulled me aside, he wanted me to utilize more modalities and the aides, so I could see more patients and charge for the modalities. I understood that, he needed to keep his clinic profitable, and needed me to see more patients per hour and utilize the standard modalities to do that. PT modalities can be useful in speeding healing, I just felt like there was more that I could do without them. I didn’t enjoy prescribing equipment or machines and stepping away. In my experiences I noticed how much I enjoyed working closely with the patients, using hands-on manual skills, movement and dialogue to help them make the changes in their bodies that needed to be made to heal. While taking myofascial release and manual therapy courses, I was introduced to Hellerwork. I felt at home. Here I could address all the aspects of the person, approach healing on all levels. I’ve added much to the process that I learned there and bring my own unique experiences and expertise that I have gained over the years. I learned to follow my heart, my gut and my mind when it comes to what I want to learn and what techniques I want to bring to my practice to better serve the people I am privileged to work with.
My approach is more holistic than the typical physical therapy practice, my focus is on the whole individual. Together with the patient we will investigate the causes for the pain or problem that brought them to therapy. The person’s whole structure and movement patterns will be assessed, belief systems discussed.
Graduated from the University of Washington, BS in Psychology, 1986
Graduated from University of Puget Sound MPT, 1990
Hellerwork certification 1996
Member of IAOM, APTA, KTA