Kate Holmer, PT, DPT
Katharine (Kate) Holmer was raised as a corn-fed Iowan with a passion for adventure and music. And while her love of music kept her injury-free, her love for adventure didn’t. Kate’s first intro to physical therapy was after the repair of an ACL injury in high school. But Kate likes to say that she took the “scenic route” to becoming a physical therapist.
While attending the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Kate taught swim lessons. She developed an interest in the human body and how it moves and adapts while teaching a friend with dwarfism how to swim. After completing her degree in Music, Kate headed to the Willamette Valley to manage the events at a music venue. And while she was supposed to be using her degree in music, Kate ended up falling in love with the mountains. This passion for the mountains led to quite a few injuries, which fed her interest in physical therapy. Kate moved back to Iowa to attend physical therapy school at Des Moines University, where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Specialties and Approach to PT
Kate specializes in orthopedic physical therapy and has a special interest in the treatment of pelvic disorders. Her experience as a PT patient has enhanced her appreciation for the frustrations of limiting activities and the ups and downs of recovery. She’s been there, she gets it. She uses this experience and knowledge to better support her patients during their treatment. Kate loves guiding people back to function and rediscovering joy in an active life.
Kate Loves Oregon
Kate initially moved to Oregon for music but the mountains captured her heart. When she is not working, Kate likes to mountain bike, rock climb, ski, and trail run, usually with her two dogs not far behind…or in front of her. She also took up ice hockey. At the end of the day, you can find Kate in her favorite spot sitting next to her firepit with a glass of whiskey and a cribbage board.