Brendan received an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Ecology with special interest in Medical Anthropology. Brendan’s first job out of college was teaching math and coaching high school basketball for the Oakland California Public Schools.
He then moved to Seattle to finish a three year Master’s Degree of Science in Acupuncture from Bastyr University. Brendan had the unique opportunity to perform internships in acupuncture in both Havana Cuba and Shanghai China. In Cuba, Brendan donated acupuncture supplies and worked alongside medical doctors who are required to take acupuncture coursework. Brendan finished his final quarter of clinical rotations in acupuncture at Chengdu and Shanghai University Hospitals’ TCM orthopedic departments.
During Brendan’s study at Bastyr he studied Medical Chi Gung and Tai Chi Chuan short and long forms of exercise therapy. Brendan also completed practical studies in cupping, Gua Sha and Tui Na manipulation which he uses to treat soft tissue injuries in his PT practice. In addition he completed certification in manual lymphatic drainage for sports injuries. Brendan is certified in clean needle technique and has been practicing as a licensed acupuncturist for over 10 years.
In order to expand his practice Brendan returned to school and finished his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland. There he finished coursework and internship training in Greenman’s Osteopathic manipulation techniques. He also designed and conducted a group research study in aquatic plyometrics and looked at dynamic knee mechanics and performance changes. The study was performed with division one basketball players both male and female and demonstrated significant improvement in performance variables.
Brendan finished his final quarter of clinical internships at Villanova Sports Medicine located on campus in their athletic training room. Brendan has been certified in sports medical emergency CPR and the Functional Movement Screen for potential injury risk, which is used during the NFL combine.
He is the only health professional in the northwest with the combination of a U.S. accredited master’s of science in acupuncture and a doctorate in physical therapy along with being a board certified sports physical therapy specialist, through APTA's American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
He enjoys spending time playing and watching hoops, running, snowboarding, and traveling the world with his wife when they get the opportunity. Brendan has participated in the Seattle half and full marathons in addition to the ChelanMan olympic distance triathlon this summer and has volunteered at the Seattle Marathon post race sports acupuncture area. Brendan runs the DawgDash yearly as well.
Brendan enjoys working with high level athletes and helping them safely return to sports and at the same time giving them tools to remain healthy in the long run.