Colleen Bickel



I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. After obtaining a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, I was able to tour as a professional dancer for many years. I traveled all over the United States before settling in the concrete jungle of NYC. Living the artist’s life in NYC was a dream come true, but after a while I realized I was longing to reconnect with mountains and nature. I graduated with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington and have called the gorgeous PNW home ever since.

My passion has always been to understand the inner mechanics of the body, whether for the everyday functions of life or for the more intense activities of the professional athlete or weekend warrior. I worked as a bookkeeper for many years (which helped pay the rent for my artistic life), and I feel passionate about proper ergonomics and fitting physical activity into daily life. I love learning and am a certified Level 5 Romana’s Pilates Instructor and a MELT (Myofascial Energetic Lengthening Technique) Level 1 practitioner. I have taken classes in Ideokinesis, the Franklin method, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and other myofascial release systems. Additionally, I am working towards my Certificate in Manual Physical Therapy and Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health. I believe in looking at the body as an entire system rather than piecemeal parts in order to treat the whole person.

In my spare time you’ll find me dancing, reading, cooking, checking out wine tastings, hiking, shooting my recurve bow, or fencing (foil is my sword of choice). I love trying out new activities, and lately you might see me falling spectacularly down a mountain on either skis or a bike or falling into the lake off a paddleboard. (They say dancers have great balance, but I am a royal klutz on anything but a stage.) I look forward to seeing you in the clinic to help you achieve your goals!