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Kari Szukalski, MPT

Kari Szukalski

“I am fortunate that I can work in a field that doesn’t feel like “work”. There is no better feeling than seeing one of my patients out in the community enjoying what they want to do and knowing that I helped to provide them the tools to enable them to pursue their passion as well. I feel that it is a rare opportunity to be a part of a cohesive team that we have here at Focus Physical Therapy.”

Originally from Charlotte, NC. Playing in the snow as a child and living in the mountains of Western Carolina made her realize she needed the best of both worlds. One summer while working in Denali National Park she enjoyed a Black Butte Porter beer in a Deschutes Brewery glass, and the rest is history. Kari grew up playing year-round competitive sports. After completing physical therapy for various sports injuries though the years, she realized that Physical Therapy was her passion.

E-Mail: kari@focusptbend.com

Education

MPT: Physical Therapy, Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC
BS: Biology, Minor: Chemistry and Exercise Physiology and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC

Advanced Certifications

  • Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT)
  • PMBIA Professional Mountain Bike Institute of America Certified Coach
  • Ergonomic and Injury Prevention Specialist.

Interests

You can find me pedaling any available mountain bike trail or on the lifts at Mt Bachelor riding a downhill bike or my snowboard over sweet jumps. I volunteer as a Dirt Diva Ambassador for Pine Mountain Sports coaching and leading mountain bike rides on the local bike trails. I enjoy gardening, chasing my backyard chickens and my two kids, and putting the finishing touches on my historic 1920s eco-retrofit house.

Location

Patient Testimonials

Kari and Jen’s patient says:

The combined efforts of the therapists (Kari and Jen)…better my treatment and lessen my pain. She is willing to put in the time to improve my overall health.

Knee patient

Kari was very compassionate and helped with my pain (and) provided compassionate, knowledgeable care! I couldn’t be happier and am looking forward to knee rehab after my surgery.