Bettina Bardin-Sorensen, Owner, PT, MSPT, Certified KAATSU Specialist, TPI Certified

Bettina Bardin-Sorensen - Owner, PT, MSPT, Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified KAATSU Specialist, CAFS, TPI CertifiedBettina grew up in Colorado and received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology in 1989. She then moved to Park City UT, where she attended the Utah College of Massage and became a licensed massage therapist in Utah then Oregon. From there, she attended Pacific University in Oregon and received her Masters in Physical Therapy, with distinction in 1995. In 1997 she started Columbia Gorge Physical Therapy in Hood River, OR. She is Stott Pilates trained and continues her rehabilitation pilates training through the Stott Training Center in Portland, OR. Bettina is certified in Graston Technique, and is an active member of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association (sections on orthopedic and sports physical therapy).

Over the past 18 years, Bettina has continued to integrate her manual and myofascial release skills and study of movement and sports medicine with her knowledge of Pilates. This integration effectively rehabilitates her patients to a high level of function. She has worked with all levels of athletes including olympic and professional athletes. She specializes in upper and lower extremity dysfunction/injuries, injury prevention, biomechanical assessments related to sports injuries/running/walking, postural retraining/strengthening and pilates based core stabilization work for patients with spine and extremity pain. Bettina has coached conditioning and fitness classes for middle school and high school teams and finds working with our local youth sports teams to be a very important and rewarding experience. She is passionate about educating adults and children about the importance of taking care of their “whole” body through exercise and proper nutrition. She finds great satisfaction in empowering her clients to live their best life and reminds her clients often that they “have one shot at this life, so they better get moving.”

Bettina is a long time outdoor enthusiast who has made sports participation and exercise a big part of her life. Besides enjoying as much time as possible with her family and friends, she enjoys road and mountain biking, alpine skiing, nordic skiing, kiting and and fly fishing. She also finds great joy in working in her garden, and walking her dog.