About Kellie Barnes
Kellie Barnes MOMT, MPT is the founder of Core Physical Therapy LLC. Kellie has been practicing physical therapy since 1993. She recognized that physical therapy was her calling at age 12, as a volunteer candy striper at a hospital.
Kellie earned a bachelor’s degree in biology (1991) and a master’s degree in physical therapy (1993) at the University of Delaware. In 1997 she moved to Portland, Oregon to complete post-graduate residency training in orthopedic manual therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute. She received her master’s degree in orthopedic manual therapy in 1999.
Kellie passed her clinical and written exams for her doctorate degree in orthopedic manual therapy in 2005.
“I was inspired to learn according to the customs of European physical therapy programs,” says Kellie. “These programs allow hands-on training under the guidance and teaching of gifted practitioners. This sort of educational experience allows one to develop clinically in a unique way, integrating a high level of manual skills with advanced clinical problem solving.”
Kellie’s clinical passion is fascial counterstrain (FCS) and other indirect manual techniques which are informed by European osteopathic traditions. Kellie has had the privilege of studying under osteopathic physician Dr. Larry Jones, the original founder of counterstrain; Brian Tuckey PT,OCS, JSCCI, originator of FCS; and Timothy J. Hodges, LMT, JSCCI, CPT. She is currently completing a multi-year mastery level residency program through the Fascial Counterstrain Academy, with the goal to share this effective technique with other practitioners as a clinical instructor.
Kellie’s wide range of clinical experience includes specializing in rehabilitation of the spine, shoulder and lower extremities. She views the body as a whole, recognizing the complex relationships between systemic sources of tissue injury and inflammation.
She has extensive experience treating individuals with complex health conditions including post-concussive syndrome, traumatic brain injury, whiplash, chronic Lyme disease, co-infections, complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, tethered cord syndrome, and spina bifida occulta.
Her training and experience enable her to understand the relationship between hormonal metabolic changes and the immune system, and how these systems can affect inflammation, drainage, and the overall health of collagen.
Kellie also draws on her comprehensive sports medicine background and experience to treat athletes, including runners, rock climbers and professional dancers.
Kellie is passionate about tissue-specific diagnosis, and about individualized exercise prescription which specifically addresses the needs and goals of the client. She engages in a broad spectrum of healing techniques, including fascial counterstrain, gentle osseous techniques, soft tissue mobilization, STEP (Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Prescription), myofascial release, scar release, arterial release, venous/lymphatic release, neural release, treatment of the autonomic nervous system through the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, and visceral mobilization.
When Kellie is not clinically supporting clients in their wellness, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing in the outdoors, and engaging in local social and political events.
Photo courtesy of Kristal Passy