About Kellie Barnes

I have been practicing physical therapy since 1993 recognizing that physical therapy was my calling at age 12, as a volunteer candy striper at a hospital.

I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology (1991) and a master’s degree in physical therapy (1993) at the University of Delaware. In 1997 I moved to Portland, Oregon to complete post-graduate residency training in orthopedic manual therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute. I received my master’s degree in orthopedic manual therapy in 1999, and passed my clinical and written exams for a doctorate degree in orthopedic manual therapy in 2005.

My introduction to Counterstrain began under Dr. Lawerence Jones DO in 1994. Counterstrain was fundamental in my training. However, it was the development of Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) by Brian Tuckey PT, OCS, JSCCI and the education I received through the Counterstrain Academy that most influences my practice. I began training in FCS in 2014 after receiving a treatment by Tim Hodges LMT, JSCCI, CACI. I could immediately sense the effectiveness and depth of this work. Inspired to want to share FCS with my clients I immediately began attending all of the FCS courses in the Jones Institute, and Counterstrain Academy that were available. In 2019 I was honored to be invited to be part of the instructor training program for the Counterstrain Academy. I am committed to sharing this work with clients and health care practitioners. The training program allows me to deepen my learning, and to share it with others.

I have a wide range of clinical experience including specializing in rehabilitation of the spine, shoulder and lower extremities, however I have a strong interest in thinking big picture and how various systems of our bodies may be interacting to perpetuate a health condition.

I like to view the body as a whole, and I recognize the complex relationships between systemic sources of tissue injury and inflammation. I have extensive experience treating individuals with complex health conditions including post-concussive syndrome, traumatic brain injury, whiplash, chronic Lyme disease, co-infections, mast cell activation disorder, mycotoxin/mold toxicity, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, tethered cord syndrome, and spina bifida occulta. My training and experience enable me to understand the relationship between hormones, metabolic changes, the immune system, and how these systems can affect inflammation, drainage, and the overall health of collagen. Due to my interest in systemic inflammation and collagen I tend to treat many clients with complex and layered conditions. I also draw on my comprehensive sports background and experience to treat athletes, including runners, rock climbers and professional dancers.

It brings me true joy to help clients achieve wellness from such conditions, and I use FCS to navigate the complexity of these clinical presentations. Each client presents with such uniqueness. I am grateful for FCS,  and its gentle but effective results that allow clients to achieve wellness each day.

When I am not clinically deepening my learning of FCS and supporting clients in achieving their health goals, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing in the outdoors, and engaging in local social and political events.

Photo courtesy of Kristal Passy