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Brendan Cassidy DPT, MSA, SCS

Acupuncturist, Physical Therapist, Sports Certified Specialist

 

Brendan has been lucky enough to treat some of the top athletes in the world which include NFL hall of fame players, PGA Tour golfers, all-american NCAA division I basketball players, and Turkish national team basketball players.  He has worked with UW division I soccer players, UW volleyball players, UW ultimate Frisbee players, and the entire University of Maryland division I men's and women's basketball teams, along with many NW IronMan triathletes, marathon runners, and rock climbers.   

 Education

Brendan trained with the UC Berkeley club basketball team as an undergrad.  Brendan’s first job after graduating from Cal was teaching and being a head coach for the Oakland Tech High School basketball team in California.

He then moved to Seattle to complete a three year Master’s Degree of Science in Acupuncture from Bastyr University. Brendan had the unique opportunity to perform acupuncture internships in China.  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 Tai Chi and Medical Chi Gung exercise therapy. Brendan also completed manual therapy 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 an certification in manual lymphatic drainage for sports injuries under Seattle Super-Sonic therapist instruction. Brendan is certified in clean needle technique and has been practicing as a licensed acupuncturist for over 10 years.

In order to expand his sports injury focused 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 doctoral 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.

Brendan has been trained in the FIBA medical and research center's dynamic warm up for soccer players. The dynamic exercises have been studied and show to reduce injury rates in NCAA soccer teams.

He has special training in corrective exercises for basketball players from the National Academy of Sports Medicine which was designed by the Phoenix Suns physical therapist and training staff.

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.  Brendan is a member of the APTA Sports Section and University Athletics special interest group.  

Personal Interests
He enjoys spending time playing and watching hoops, running, snowboarding, and traveling the world with his wife and (soon with newborn), when they get the opportunity. Just last spring he traveled to the International Rehabilitation Conference on Football/soccer injuries at Wembley Stadium in London. Brendan has participated in the Seattle half and full marathons in addition to the ChelanMan olympic distance triathlon and the Seafair Olympic Triathlon this past summer and has volunteered at the Seattle Marathon post race sports acupuncture area.

Brendan likes 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.