Ron Carpenter, PT, OCS
While growing up in the Colorado mountains, Ron developed an early love of skiing and later running. He competed in cross-country running at Adams State University, which has a long tradition of winning National Championships. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and later a Master’s Degree in teaching. After working as a special education teacher for a couple of years, Ron felt a calling to help people in a different way. Anatomy and movement were more in line with his interest, and Physical Therapy was a natural avenue. As a competitive runner, Ron was chronically sidelined with Achilles tendinitis. The solution for him was physical therapy and shoe orthotics which helped him remain injury-free for many years. Having never met a PT that disliked their job, he decided to become a Physical Therapist.
After working in education for several years, Ron felt a calling toward a different career – one more aligned with athletics or maybe Physical Therapy. As a competitive runner, Ron was chronically sidelined with Achilles tendinitis. The solution was Physical Therapy and shoe orthotics, a combination that helped him remain injury-free for many years. Having never met a PT that disliked their job, he decided to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to complete his extensive education.
Education & Training
University of Utah Physical Therapy Program
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) Certification
McKenzie Institute USA: Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Advanced Training in Manual Therapy
Ron takes an eclectic approach to treating orthopedic patients. He uses manual therapy and exercise to treat both post-operative patients and those looking to avoid surgery. His post-graduate coursework has given him the tools to treat a wide array of problems. He has years of experience treating the spine, shoulders, and lower extremities. He believes patient education is key in the process of recovery.
Ron Loves Central Oregon
After living in Portland for two years, Ron moved to Bend in 2004 to experience the drier weather and an active lifestyle with his family. When not working, Ron enjoys spending time with his family and going on road trip adventures. A typical winter weekend finds Ron alpine skiing with his daughter or Nordic skiing at Meissner Sno-Park. During the summer, you can find Ron mountain or road biking.
FUN FACTS ABOUT RON
Ron grew up in Leadville, Colorado (elevation 10,152ft), which is 1,000 feet higher than the summit of Mt. Bachelor. He continues to play the guitar despite being certain he lacks the music gene.