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Ed grew up in Longview and attended R.A. Long High School and Lower Columbia College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Brigham Young University in 1989. He then completed a Master of Science program in Exercise Science/Athletic Training at BYU in 1992. He served as a graduate athletic trainer for the Cougars from 1988-1990.Before coming to Longview Physical & Sports Therapy in 2005, Ed worked as staff athletic trainer for New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm, Minnesota, and for HealthSouth Physical Therapy in Longview. Ed is a certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He has been an examiner for the NATA’s Board of Certification since 1991. Ed recently in 2013 earned his PTA licensure through Whatcom Community College.

He has taught courses in sports medicine at Kelso High School and prevention and care of athletic injuries at Lower Columbia College. Ed’s interests include mountain biking, basketball, camping, skiing, and custom cabinetry.

 

 

 


Suzanne Gerhart, physical therapy longview, physical therapist longviewSuzanne Gerhart, PT

Suzanne graduated from the University of Oregon in 1992 with bachelor’s degrees in biology and Spanish. She then earned a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1995. Before coming to LPST in 2008, she worked as a physical therapist at Rebound/Southwest Washington Medical Center, Weyerhaeuser Company, and Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), where she was the primary therapist for the trauma, general medicine, oncology, and transplant teams. Recently Suzanne became a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2014.

Suzanne has taught anatomy, physiology, and biology at Mount Hood Community College. She has experience working with patients who are rehabilitating from orthopedic and neurological surgeries, motor vehicle and industrial accidents, and sprain and strain injuries.

She enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, and spending time with family.

 

 

 


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John began working at Longview Physical & Sports Therapy in 2009 and became co-owner of Longview Physical & Sports Therapy in 2014. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a board-certified orthopedic specialist. John has completed course work focusing in manual therapy through North American Institute of Manual Therapy and Mulligan Institute, ErgoScience, Occupro, and Joule for work conditioning/functional capacity exams, and continues to take a wide variety of orthopedic education. He feels that being well rounded is important in a field where each patient has individual needs. His hobbies include biking, hiking, and adventuring with my wife and daughter.
 
John completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in 2007 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy – also at Marquette – in 2009. He previously served as fundraising coordinator for Georgia State-Marquette Challenge in Milwaukee.

 

 


Beth Murphy, DPT

Elizabeth (Beth) has been employed with Longview Physical and Sports Therapy for 4 years. She grew up in Rainier and returned to the Longview/Kelso area after completing her doctorate of physical therapy at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She still has strong ties to the South Sound area with being involved in adaptive sports, particularly wheelchair basketball. 

Over the last couple of years she has gained new certifications, including becoming a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, recently earning her MDT Certification from The McKenzie Institute® USA Center for Postgraduate Study in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT), and becoming certified to perform functional capacity evaluations. Further, she has undergone additional training for vertigo/vestibular rehabilitation. 

Beth has a passion for sports, both playing and watching them. She also has a passion for growing and propagating succulents. She enjoys gardening, spending time with friends and family, and spending time in the outdoors.

 

 


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Bruce has been the co-owner of Longview Physical & Sports Therapy since 2004. He has nearly three decades of professional experience and has received certifications from the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists and from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist.

Bruce started his professional career with Longview Physicians Physical Therapy Services. He later worked for St. John Medical Center and HealthSouth Rehabilitation. In his spare time, Bruce enjoys playing golf, bicycling, and woodworking.

 

 

 

 

 


Katlin Snow, DPT

Katlin Snow earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology at the University of Alabama, followed by a doctorate in physical therapy at University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2016 to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and not be in Alabama. She worked in subacute rehabilitation in Portland for 2 years before joining the staff of Longview Physical and Sports Therapy. 
Katlin enjoys gardening, travel, and spending time outdoors.

 

 

 

 


Shonn Tanner, DPT

Majoring in exercise physiology and minoring in Chemistry, Shonn spent a lot of time studying the complexity of humans. While the interactions are complicated they can be understood in simple ways. Shonn uses a biomechanical perspective in treatment and try to help his patients understand their bodies in terms of simple machines.

"I consider education part of my job, to help patients understand what is complicated and make it simple so they can make informed decisions in their daily actions,” Shonn says. "I believe my role in healing is as a guide this is why people need a physical therapist. It requires one on one time, analysis and hands on problem solving to help the patient make improvement they could not make on their own otherwise. I chose physical therapy because I have time to problem solve getting to the root of the issue, rather than just treating symptoms. That is why I love my job, I interact with people from all walks of life and help them move from an area of frustrated limitation to long lasting freedom and strength.”

Born in Oregon then growing up in Utah Shonn is excited to return to the green Northwest. He studied at the University of Utah for both bachelor’s degree and doctorate in physical therapy. Outside of the clinic, Shonn enjoys spending time with his wife, son and twin daughters, serving in scouting, and honing his skills as an amateur bladesmith.


Dr Nichole Winiger doctor of physical therapy, physical therapist longview WashingtonDr. Nichole Winiger, DPT

Nichole Winiger was born and raised here in Longview, Washington graduating from Mark Morris High School. She worked summer help at the Norpac mill locally throughout her college years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) and minor in psychology at Washington State University in 2006 and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Eastern Washington University Spokane in 2009. A few months later, Nichole began working at Longview Physical and Sports Therapy. She has also worked in acute care physical therapy at PeaceHealth St.John's hospital in Longview. 

Nichole recently got her MDT certification in the McKenzie method, a classification and treatment technique for the neck, back, and extremity regions designed to empower patients to take control of their pain. She is ASTYM certified, a soft tissue treatment technique that has proven to be effective for tendinopathies. Additionally, she has training in Pilates for rehabilitation, a neuromuscular reeducation approach focusing on both stabilization and strengthening. Nicole is one of two physical therapist certified in Pelvic Health.

Nichole enjoys snow skiing, running, hiking, basic mountaineering, biking and kayaking. She also has a background in tap, jazz, and ballet dancing. She is an avid runner and has completed two full marathons and several running/multisport relays including Hood to Coast and Pole Pedal Paddle. She has two cats, Chole and Smokey. Nichole is also an avid Washington State football fan and enjoys traveling to games to cheer on her team. Go Cougs!

 

 


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Tanya completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Concordia College, in Portland, Oregon, before earning certification as a Physical Therapy Assistant at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington. She then served clinical internships at Longview Physical & Sports Therapy, Northwest Continuum Care Center, and Peace Health St. John Hospital.

Prior to coming to LPST, Tanya worked as a Physical Therapy Aide at Physical Therapy Specialists in Longview from 2008 through 2012. Her duties included assisting with therapeutic exercise and administering electrical stimulation and ultrasound.

 

 

 

 

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