NIKKI SMITH, PTA, RYT
Nikki is a board-certified Physical Therapist Assistant with a strong background in therapeutic yoga, neuro-rehabilitation, and orthopedic physical therapy. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Whitman College in 1999, and spent nine years doing social work with youth before transitioning her career to the field of health and wellness. Nikki completed two 200-hour yoga teacher-trainings and a year-long apprenticeship in 2008 to become a therapeutic yoga instructor. She excels as a teacher and feels honored to educate her clients about body awareness, breath, alignment and stability.
From 2010 through 2012, Nikki was the first clinical staff person hired at Shine. As a Physical Therapy Aide, she developed a passion for combining yoga with subtle manual therapies and movement training techniques. Nikki returned to school in 2012 to earn her Associates of Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2014. During this time she began working in community-based neuro-rehabilitation and became fascinated by the complex ways in which the brain influences the body and healing. Nikki has pursued extensive training with both the Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) and the Upledger Institute for Craniosacral Therapy. These treatment techniques, along with complementary manual therapy and movement education, serve as the basis for most of Nikki's treatments. Nikki is a member of both the American and Oregon Physical Therapy Associations and has participated on Board committees.
Emily Soiney Iverson, PT, DPT, PRC, CST, RYT
Dr. Emily Soiney Iverson grew up in McMinnville, Oregon in a family of health care professionals. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2001 with a Bachelors in Science in Exercise and Sport Science and a Bachelors in Arts in International Studies with a Spanish minor. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2004. She worked at the Courage Center in Minneapolis with clients in the neurological, pediatric, chronic pain, and aquatic rehabilitation departments before returning home to Oregon in 2006. She worked at an outpatient orthopedic clinic for three years before creating Shine in June of 2009.
Emily is a board-certified physical therapist and passed rigorous testing to earn a certification as a Craniosacral Therapist (CST-T) with the Upledger Institute in 2009, as well as her Postural Restoration Certification (PRC) with the Postural Restoration Institute® in 2012. She was the first physical therapist on the West Coast to pass the extensive 2-day PRC exam. This established Shine as the first Certified Postural Restoration Center® on the West Coast as well. She has also attended coursework by the North American Institute of Manual Therapy, the Barral Institute for Visceral Mobilization, and Osteopathic Methods for Vascular Mobilization. In 2015, she was honored to be one of only seven physical therapists selected by their peers as Top Doctors in Portland by the Portland Monthly magazine.
Emily began studying yoga in 1998 to assist in recovery from her own chronic pain. She has taught since 2004 as a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and has guest lectured a number of anatomy and therapeutic yoga workshops at various yoga studios. Emily also led the Shine Yoga Studio from 2011-2015. She developed an integrative therapeutic yoga style and presented it to a national audience in 2014. Please read her interview with the Postural Restoration Institute here.
Emily is a member of the International Alliance for Health Care Practitioners, the Yoga Alliance, and both the American and Oregon Physical Therapy Associations. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, spinning, Barre, running, knitting, baking, gardening, and trying to play the ukulele. On weekends you will find her hiking with her husband Josh and their dog. You may get to meet Bandit the therapy dog when you come by Shine!
Abstract of Emily's Doctoral Research published in the Journal of Applied Biomechanics.