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


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.


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.


Patient Testimonials

Pain relief!

Thanks for the pain relief! I don’t think anyone could improve on your service.

Comprehensive description of how my body works and what’s going on in it.

My intelligence is never “insulted,” and if I don’t quite grasp something technical, I am always–ALWAYS–given an analogy that makes things crystal clear!