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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist

Brenda McKenzie, MPT has been a practicing physical therapist since 2000. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and her graduate degree in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Her career began at Harborview Medical Center in-patient department working with a variety of neurological and orthopedic patients. Later she transferred to the University of Washingtonʼs Medical centerʼs outpatient outreach clinics working with primary orthopedic injuries and post-op rehabilitation.

Post graduate work has been in various manual therapy techniques. Brenda has recently completed her Certification of Manual Therapy (COMT) program through the Ola Grimsby Association.  She has studied with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual therapy (NAIOMT Level 1-II), the URSA foundation and Brian Mulligan Mobilizations for the upper extremity. Her love of running has propelled her to study the biomechanics of the foot and treatment of running injuries. Brendaʼs emphasis in her practice is to work on the individualʼs needs and abilities. Working on correcting muscle imbalances and efficient movement patterns so you can return to your activities.

Brenda participated in a 4-year soccer study with Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. This study assessed functional abilities to predict risk of injury in female soccer players. Involvement in this study enhanced Brenda's use of video techneology for biomechanical assessments.

Brenda is a clinical instructor for UW physical therapy graduate students. Brenda facilitates the graduate student physical therapy clinic during Spring quarter at Hall Health PT clinic.

Personal Interests
Brenda leads a full life at home sharing her time with her husband and two children. When not helping with her children's sporting activities, Brenda is busy running & biking (with and without kids in tow), swimming, training for triathlons, weight lifting to prevent injury, trail running, playing in the snow, and traveling.

Brenda competed in and finished her first full IronMan triathlon this summer! She enjoys working with other runners/triathletes on running form and mechanics for treatment/prevention of training injuries.  

Physical Therapist

Howard Levine, PT,COMT, FAAOMPT is a certified orthopedic manual physical therapist, who completed both the postgraduate coursework and exams of the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy and a fellowship with them. He graduated from Brandeis University and in 1994 attained his PT degree from the UW. He also attended Bastyr University for 2 of the 4 year naturopathic medicine program before taking a leave of absence that eventually became a permanent one.

Professional Interests
Howard has a particular interest and expertise in problems of the back and neck.

Personal Interests
Outside of work he enjoys playing tennis, hiking and tai chi, as well as spending time with his wife and special needs son.

Supervisor: Physical Therapist

Sarah decided her career path while volunteering at the UWMC physical therapy rehabilitation center during her first year of undergraduate study. Sarah graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1995. With her love of downhill skiing and the outdoors, Sarah then attended the University of Utah, graduating with a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1998. While living in Salt Lake City, Sarah took advantage of the many ski slopes, national parks including Zion and Bryce Canyon, and mountain bike riding in Moab, Utah.

Sarah returned to Seattle post-graduate studies and began working in physical therapy at Hall Health Center in 2000 after working in a private practice setting for 2 years. With an involvement in soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and running over the past several years, Sarah felt drawn to a career path which integrates health, well-being, and optimal function. Sarah focuses her physical therapy practice in outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis in sports-related injuries and helping clients return to desired levels of functioning. Addressing kinetic chain function, positioning, and motion is part of Sarah's daily practice.

Sarah was Co-Chair of the Seattle Orthopedic Special Interest group (OSIG) from 2002-2004.

Furthering her professional career through advanced education is a priority for Sarah. Currently, she is pursuing classes with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). Sarah is a certified Graston provider and has completed classes in custom orthotic fits, bike fits, manual therapy as taught by Brian Mulligan, FNZSP, Dip MT, and Movement Impairment Syndromes as taught by Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD. McKenzie techniques, core strengthening, Pilates are also incorporated in Sarah’s physical therapy treatments.

During Spring and Summer quarters, Sarah helps run the Student Physical Therapy clinic at Hall Health Center where she mentors UW PT students during their graduate school education.

Sarah practices with an emphasis in treating the individual with a differential evaluation, manual therapy as indicated, gait analysis and specific therapeutic exercise to improve movement patterns, motor control and muscle balance. She and the patient work as a team for their return to daily activities, hobbies, and/or sport as comfortably, safely, and effectively as possible.

1. Why is it important to maintain a medical record?

Each time you visit a Hall Health Center provider, a record of your visit is made. Typically this record contains your symptoms, examination and text results, diagnoses, treatment, and a plan for future care or treatment. This information, often called your health or medical record, serves as:

No, but we may recommend over-the-counter insoles if deemed necessary.

Both. One of the great advantages of seeing a physical therapist is that you can learn things about your body that can stay with you forever. Whether it's how to properly stretch a particular muscle, strengthen your abdominal muscles, properly run, sit with proper posture, or fit a bicycle, we can help you. Remember, preventive medicine is the best medicine.

Yes. Hall Health Center requires a referral to see a physical therapist. 


To schedule an appointment, call (206) 616-2495 or visit the Patient Service Center on the main floor of Hall Health.  Click here for more information about your first visit.

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