About Caryn Pierce

Caryn Pierce, PT, DScPT, JSCC, BCSI, MTC

After growing up in Portland, Oregon, I earned my BS in Anatomy and Physiology (1994) and MS in Physical Therapy (1995) from Andrews University in Michigan. I initially practiced in the Puget Sound area in an outpatient orthopedic setting, where I enjoyed interprofessional collaboration while working with complex patients experiencing persistent pain or multiple areas of dysfunction. After four years of teaching at my alma mater and earning a DScPT degree with an emphasis in orthopedic manual therapy (2018), I returned to the Portland area to practice physical therapy and devote time to researching Fascial Counterstrain.  

Thanks to my background in competitive gymnastics and outdoor sports as well as classical violin and viola performance, I understand both the rigorous demands on the athlete’s body as well as the refinement required by the artist’s body. I like to look at injured or painful areas in the context of the entire body structure and life of the person, which inspire customized treatment plans to meet each individual’s unique goals. Like Kellie Barnes, PT, I have been following the work of Brian Tuckey, PT, in the development of Fascial Counterstrain and I use tissue-specific exercise prescriptions to promote healing.

My manual therapy technique certifications include Strain/Counterstrain (www.jiscs.com), Structural Integration (www.anatomytrains.com / www.theiasi.net), and Manual Therapy–joint manipulation (www.usa.edu/manual-therapy-certification-mtc/). My exercise prescriptions are informed by Sahrman Movement Systems, Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement, and Grimsby Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Prescription (MET/STEP). My particular passion is treating instrumental musicians with playing-related pain, but I enjoy learning about the diverse interests of all my patients and facilitating their full participation in activities they love.

I appreciate the love and support of my husband, Lonnie, and company of our dog, Gretta. Hiking, vegetarian cooking and nutrition, and playing violin and viola are among my hobbies, and I’m intrigued by the common spiritual themes found among the world’s religions.