Sarah Hanna, MPT
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.