Eastside Location

Specialties Include: The Feldenkrais Method

“The first few years of my practice were filled with a number of diverse influences. Since then they’ve blended into a whole that feels pretty seamless. This makes the process of rehabilitation easy and comfortable for my patients, and gets us great results.”

Burke grew up in New Jersey before following the sun, mountains and surfing out west for school. He and his wife Amy are college sweethearts and co-founders of Focus Physical Therapy since 2005. A graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Burke’s practice is eclectic and varied as a result of his interests in the fundamentals of movement and post-graduate training and certifications in Orthopedics, The McKenzie Method and The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. Currently he specializes in fine tuning the physical and neuromotor performance of recreational through professional endurance athletes, as well as providing full care for general sport, spine and postural problems.

EMail: burke@focusptbend.com

Highlights

Sports Medicine Team member for USATF Olympic Trials 2012 & 2016, Diamond League Prefontaine Classic 2013, 2016 & 2018, IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships 2014 and World Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2016. Sports medicine and strength and conditioning provider to members of Nike Trail, Scott running, and Oiselle Little Wing. Team and individual support to local club and race teams and elite through recreational amateur athletes in the community including Boneyard Cycling, Deschutes Multisport Club and others.

Education

Burke Selbst MPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, GCFP
MPT: Physical Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BS: Kinesiology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Advanced Certifications

Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS)
Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT)
Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (GCFP)

Advanced Coursework

Coursework covers many areas of Manual Therapy, Osteopathic Manipulation, Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Orthopedic and Athletic Rehabilitation

Courses instructed include Feldenkrais classes for rehabilitation professionals and athletes, orthopedic treatment of the shoulder and spine.

Memberships

American Physical Therapy Association, the Oregon Chapter (OPTA), International Feldenkrais Association, The McKenzie Institute International, Oregon Physical Therapists in Independent Practice (OPTIP).

Interests

For the last several years Burke has served as the Sports Medicine provider for the Boneyard Cycling team, the Deschutes Multisport Club, the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, the 2013 Prefontaine Classic and the 2014 World Junior Championships at Hayward Field. If he’s not competing (slowly!) in many local races, you can often find him on the sidelines offering morale as well as technical support for racers. In the evenings he enjoys spending time with his wife Amy, travel & studying languages or playing guitar and singing with Crazy Otto at watering holes and celebrations around Central Oregon.

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Patient Testimonials

PT Helpful for Agility Team

Working as an agility teammate with my dog is an excellent exercise for body and mind. It trains focus and awareness for both of us and intensifies the magical connection between my dog, Sahayla, and me. And . . . it is breathtaking fun! Thanks, Burke, for keeping us on our feet.

Focus has been a great partner.

Burke has been sensitive to the pace I’ve needed, to successfully rehab from my broken hip/femur. Not too fast, not too slow. He’s very thorough, and I love the fact he incorporates alternative body work into our process. The best of both worlds.

Knowledgeable Caring Professionals

I am a pre-physical therapy student. Peter allowed me to observe his practice to gain the experience I need before heading off to a PT program. After observing at Focus over the course of several months, I have nothing but praises for Peter, Burke, and the whole Focus PT crew. Peter is extremely knowledgeable, caring and friendly. He does an excellent job of explaining his treatment methods and reasoning to his patients. If I am ever in need of some physical therapy, Peter is at the top of my list!

Mary Hanson, LMT- Bend

Burke Selbst stands out as a physical therapist who takes the time needed to help you get results quickly. His assessments are thorough, his explanations are in plain English and he makes sure you fully understand how best to make progress. I feel confident whenever I refer one of my clients to Burke. I know they will benefit from his expertise.

Athlete looking for quick and effective results

After struggling with many different injuries over the years, I finally decided I needed a change. Burke provided the solutions that I was looking. Burke’s attention to detail is what separates him from many of the other physical therapists that I have seen over the years. I would highly recommend Burke, and the rest of the staff at Focus, to anyone who is looking for a quality physical therapy experience.

Burke is extremely knowledgeable and competent.

He has helped me exceed my goals for knee rehab.

Back pain patient

Having been a long time sufferer of chronic back pain with no hope of sustainable relief I recently had the good fortune of being referred to Burke Selbst at Focus Physical Therapy. Burke’s innate sensitivity combined with his wealth of knowledge and advanced training in a multitude of physio therapy treatments makes for his unique ability to fine tune his treatment for a super custom fit based on the individual. The pain reduction has been truly liberating and Burke’s willingness to share his insights as well as offer good direction is empowering for long term maintenance.  

Mental as well as physical improvement

I understand where I need to work to improve and why, and have the clear information/exercises to do–and know that it’s up to me to do them regularly for success. I also believe that this is not just physical recovery, it’s mental as well and I get an incredible amount of support and empathy for that struggle when frustrated, or have setbacks.

Burke’s Patient says

Burke is the best in the business and he cares.

Trust in the staff

The trust, first of all, but it started with competence and thoroughness every appointment!! Never fails!

Andy Barram

Had a bum shoulder/wing for about a week. Stopped in for a session with Burke Selbst and left with huge increase in range of motion and reduction in pain. Got to sleep through the night too. That boy knows his stuff!!

A Patient says

The focused, individualized care for continuing improvement is what keeps me returning. Burke and Peter listen to my concerns and work to find ways to keep my therapy in line with my needs to lead a healthy lifestyle. Pushing me to become stronger yet managing my limitations is working well. The Recharge Clinic reorganization of space to provide more equipment in a separate Focus Therapy room is a great improvement.

Burke’s Patient says

Burke teaches me how to care for my body along the way so I can be more self-sufficient and then come in when I need assistance. It is really effective in my care and he is so encouraging when I come in. I don’t feel limited in life, we have just established some rules for my body and ways to still excel.

Burke’s patient says:

Burke-your patient rapport-empathy, kindness, knowledge, skills, treatment, humor…the list is endless! Nothing to improve…

Return to activities

I am able to walk with less pain, exercise, move, play tennis and participate in other activities with relative ease which I could not do without following my therapist advice.

Burke’s patient says:

Burke is clearly experienced and took a “can-do” attitude in helping me address my issues. Keep it up!