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Welcome to Healthy Focus PT

At Healthy Focus Physical Therapy we are dedicated to serving you with compassion and skill. Years of experience and professional education demonstrate a commitment to excellence by each member of our staff. Treatment at HFPT is quality rehabilitation where extended appointment times make us unique and allow us to provide integrated treatments in a relaxed atmosphere. Our goal is to help you get better.

Fall Continuing Education Calendar

Kate Tomlin PT Assistant/ Licensed Massage Practitioner

September 16, 17, 18 in Tualatin, Oregon

Visceral Manipulation for the Urologic Organs

Taught by Ramona Horton MsPT of the

Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute

December 1 to 4, 2011

Vancouver BC, Canada

Visceral manipulation for the Thorax

Level 4

taught by The Barral Institute



Julie DePaul PT

October 21- 23, Las Vegas NV

International Pelvic Pain Society Annual

Fall Meeting on Chronic Pelvic Pain

to Achieve Optimal Mangement of

Chronic Pelvic Pain Disorders


December 1 to 4, Vancouver BC

 Visceral Manipulation for the Thorax,

Level 4. Taught by The Barral Institute


You don’t have to birth children to have incontinence!

Sept 11, 2011

This study concludes that up to 1 out of every 8 healthy women who have not carried or birthed children have urinary incontinence. 1000 healthy, young women (age 16-30) in Melbourne, Australia were surveyed regarding continence status. The results not only concluded that as many as 12.6% of the 1000 women experienced urinary incontinence (UI), it also suggests that UI significantly affects quality of life for these women. This comes from an article shared on the MONASH University website, discussing the incidence of urinary leakage in young women.

Most studies correlate UI with childbirth history, therefore this study is unique in its look at such a large population of young women who do have pregnancy and childbirth as a risk factor. Researchers found that 6.2% of the women reported stress urinary incontinence, 4.5% reported urge incontinence, and 1.9% of the women reported experiencing both stress and urge leakage. Women were more likely to experience UI if they reported bedwetting history beyond the age of 5.

This research is being presented this weekend at the 15th Australasian Menopause Society Congress. This study brings to light the importance of sharing these statistics with younger populations of people and with the healthcare providers who reach these young women.

It may also be helpful to reach out to your local coaches, coaching educators, associations, or high school and college athletic trainers, college athletic directors, school nurses, high school health education teachers, or to life fitness programs at colleges. What better place to start than with the people who are working with our younger women? Through creative education strategies on our part we can continue to increase the public’s awareness so that fewer people have to suffer these issues in silence.

Our current research comes from Herman and Wallace. Check out their website for more information and listing of professional education classes.

New Breast Cancer Recovery and Fitness Program

Having breast cancer can be an overwhelming emotional and physical experience. Healthy Focus Physical Therapy offers skills and knowledge to help you get back to what you were doing before surgery. Women often accept pain and limited mobility that linger after surgery and radiation, but even years later, physical therapy can make a change in reducing these symptoms.

Talk With Your Doctor

A referral from your doctor is usually required by your insurance company to see us. Your doctor will evaluate your condition and may do additional testing before determining whether physical therapy may be helpful. You can start the referral process by asking your doctor if physical therapy is right for your condition. If you want to avoid relying on medications or surgery, physical therapy is often the best treatment choice.

Physical Therapist Returns from Haiti

The Bellingham Herald
Sunday May 30, 2010
Out And About by Julie Shirley

Bellingham physical therapist Julie DePaul tells me she provided care to victims of the Haitian earthquake as part of an emergency medical team sent by Children of the Nations. She worked at the field hospital in Fond Parisian, outside of Port au Prince, operated by Harvard Humanitarian Initiative out of Boston. She also helped start a physical therapy clinic at the American refugee camp.

Julie says rehabilitation medical care is the priority, now that the emergency is over. HHI closed its field hospital and trauma center, discharging the last of 2,000 patients on May 5. The new physical therapy clinic at the American refugee camp is a large, open-air tent with a smaller supply tent alongside. Each day, treatment tables and supplies are moved in and out for therapy.

Volunteer teams of therapists from the U.S., sent by the nonprofit organization Hands of Light in Action, will provide care into August. Physical therapy included exercise, gait training, nerve mobilization and back care using minimal equipment, translated teaching, and hands-on skills. Many patients had broken bones, amputations, injuries caused by falling objects, or nerve injuries from being pulled out of the rubble by an arm. Julie specializes in orthopedics and women’s health physical therapy at her clinic, Healthy Focus PT, 1400 King St., Suite 102.

She says her favorite memory from Haiti was singing a hymn in English, along with Haitians singing it in Creole, while providing physical therapy.