Meet Dr. Kirsten Clarke-Hollingbery, a dedicated physical therapist committed to promoting women's optimal health and wellness. Her passion for physical therapy was ignited during her time as a track and cross-country runner at CWU, where she overcame several injuries. After earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Chapman University in Orange, CA, Kirsten worked at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in the Yakima Valley for over a decade before establishing, Vitality PT.
Kirsten is a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS), having completed a fellowship program through the Gray Institute in Applied Functional Science. She has also pursued advanced manual therapy courses to broaden her clinical knowledge. After experiencing postpartum pelvic pain while trying to return to running after the birth of her first child, Kirsten developed a special interest in prenatal and postpartum physical therapy. She recognizes the unique changes and demands that women's bodies undergo during pregnancy and postpartum, and has pursued numerous continuing education courses in Women's Health/Pelvic Floor to provide her patients with comprehensive care. Combining her background in Applied Functional Science and Orthopedics, Kirsten can treat the entire woman from head to toe, addressing the underlying cause of pelvic floor/core dysfunction.
Kirsten is passionate about educating her patients on the importance of healthy lifestyles and empowering them with strategies and exercises to manage symptoms independently.
Beyond her professional commitments, Kirsten enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children, running, cross-country skiing and coming up with new exercises. She believes in the importance of spending time outside, daily exercise, healthy eating, and quality family time.
Meet Dr. Becky Paulson. Becky is a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in pelvic health for men and women.Becky's pelvic health journey began in 2018, the year she graduated from Chapman University in Orange County, California. She was accepted to a 6-month fellowship training program at Sarton Physical Therapy, the leading pelvic health clinic in Orange County. Becky treated almost exclusively pelvic health patients for over 2 years while being mentored by Julie Sarton. It was here that Becky became a clinical expert in pelvic physical therapy and case management for this complex population of patients. Becky's favorite cases to treat include: tailbone pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, constipation, headaches, low back pain, and dyspareunia, aka painful sexual intercourse. Becky has a passion for empowering women and men in their sexual health and wellness, as well as getting people moving and taking control of their lives.
Outside the clinic, Becky carries her passion for holistic health and wellness into all aspects of life. She devotes her free time to learning about new ways to help patients, taking continuing education courses on orthopedic manual therapy, visceral manipulation, pelvic pain, and myofascial release in order to stay well rounded in her clinical skills. Personally, Becky places a large focus on mental and emotional well-being. She has a daily meditation practice, enjoys reading, practicing and studying Spanish, running/hiking, yoga, and lifting weights. Becky spends time each day preparing home-cooked meals made from organic whole foods in order to properly nurture her body for healing herself and others.
Meet Katie, a Yakima native who has been practicing physical therapy in the Yakima Valley since 2011. The majority of her career has been in the outpatient orthopedic setting, but also has experience with complex pediatric diagnoses.
Katie was a Division I collegiate athlete, competing in both cross country and track and field throughout her undergraduate studies while earning a Bachelors in Nutritional Sciences. She then went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University. She has since become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as a Fellow of Applied Functional Science.
Katie has a passion for staying physically fit and healthy, and enjoys encouraging and empowering others to maintain an active lifestyle. Katie is a sub 3 hour marathoner, and has won many road and trail races over the past decade. She enjoys and is energized by getting to work with athletes of all levels. She can guide patients with proper exercises, manual therapy techniques, and nutritional advice to help each individual achieve the goals they have set. She offers running analysis and development of race training plans. She has worked with athletes of all levels, from young recreational kids to competitors in
the Olympic Trials.
When she is not working, Katie is busy raising three beautiful daughters with her husband. She loves to watch them grow and participate in various sporting activities. Besides running, Katie enjoys road cycling and baking.