Erin Rodriguez, PT, opened Salish Sea Physical Therapy in 2013.
Born and raised on South Whidbey Island, she grew up in Langley, walking the beaches, exploring the forests, and reading books at Moonraker. She is proud to be part of this amazing community, where her own children are connected to healthy people and a healthy environment.
She is a 1998 graduate of the University of Washington, School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy.
She practiced on the Big Island of Hawaii in rural Kohala and surrounding areas for seven years where she gained experience working with all generations in a community. She performed home visits for 0-3 population, participated in care at a critical access hospital and worked with IRONMAN® triathletes.
In 2005 she returned to the mainland to be closer to family, opening Highland Community Physical Therapy in rural Cowiche, WA. She enjoyed living and working in this agricultural community before moving home to Whidbey Island in 2011.
Erin enjoys sharing her breadth of rehab knowledge with people of all walks of life.
As a rural health provider, Erin treats anyone who can walk, roll, or be carried in the door.
We live in a time of "evidence based practice," filled with "high tech," and electronic health systems.
Erin understands that data collecting has not led to better access or outcomes in health care, but has been expensive, time consuming, and frustrating for patients and caregivers. Evidence has shown that therapists with intuition and experience have better outcomes.
Learning from thousands of patients over the years, she uses a best practice approach to treat each patient as an individual.
Her evaluation and treatment process involves listening to, and learning from, the patient; performing a mechanical examination; then building a unique functional program to help that person achieve their personal goals. Focus of care is on functional restoration and pain management.
Erin expects her patients to physically participate in physical therapy, and apply movement techniques into daily life. Her patients will learn to move first. Hands on modalities may be used if needed, but massage and manual therapy are not used as primary agents in her practice.
Erin graduated at the top of her class, from The University of Washington, school of medicine, division of physical therapy, in 1998.
She has taken extensive continuing education in Applied Functional Science and the McKenzie Method of Diagnosis and Treatment for the spine and extremities.
She has experience working with infants/0-3 programs, youth athletes, children, competitive athletes, workers, fit and frail seniors, and people with complex health problems.
Erin understands the importance of movement across the lifespan. She specializes in creating unique care plans for every individual and is skilled in treating many orthopedic and neurological problems.
Her special interests include: back pain/spine treatment and management, women's health issues (pregnancy/postpartum, incontinence), pediatric sports injuries, and joint problems over the life span.
What is Applied Functional Science?
An approach that integrates:
Erin teaches her patients how to move well within their own unique world.