Shine Physical Therapy is the team of Dr. Emily Iverson and Nikki Smith. They have worked together since 2004 as yoga teachers, yoga studio managers and physical therapy providers.
Dr. Emily Soiney Iverson, PT, DPT, PRC, CST, RYT
Dr. Emily Soiney Iverson grew up in McMinnville, Oregon in a family of health care professionals. Her youngest sister has a physical disability which exposed Emily to the world of rehabilitation at a very young age. 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 went on to earn her Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Minnesota in 2004. She worked at the non-profit 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.
Dr. 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 attended extensive coursework by the North American Institute of Manual Therapy and Osteopathic Methods for Vascular Mobilization. Since 2007, she has actively studied with the Barral Institute for both Osteopathic Visceral and Neural 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.
Dr. Emily began studying yoga in 1998 to assist in recovery from her own chronic pain. In 2004, she began teaching as a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and has guest lectured a number of anatomy and therapeutic yoga workshops at various yoga studios. Dr. Emily also owned and led the Shine Yoga Studio from 2011-2015. She developed and taught an integrative therapeutic yoga class at the studio. She presented this nationally to a professional audience audience in 2014 through the Postural Restoration Institute®.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, spinning, Barre, knitting, baking, and working in her yard. On weekends, you will find her hiking with her husband Josh and their dog.
Dr. Emily's Curriculum Vitae
Read Dr. Emily's Doctoral Research published in the Journal of Applied Biomechanics.
Read Dr. Emily's Interview with the Postural Restoration Institute.
Read Dr. Emily's Yoga Therapy Articles:
Considerations for Integrating Postural Restoration® and Yoga: General Overview and Recommendations
Postural Restoration-Inspired Yoga: The Sagittal Plane
Nikki Smith, PTA, RYT
Nikki Smith grew up in Portland, Oregon and earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Whitman College in 1999. She spent nine years doing social work with youth before transitioning her career to the field of health and wellness. She is a board-certified Physical Therapist Assistant with a strong background in therapeutic yoga, neuro-rehabilitation, and orthopedic physical therapy. Additionally, 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 PT. 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.
In her free time, Nikki enjoy reading, hiking, Barre, and gardening. On weekends, she loves spending time with her husband Gene and their dog on their forest property.
Bandit, Therapy Dog
Bandit has rounded out our friendly therapy team for the past 8 years. He and Dr. Emily earned the highest level of therapy dog certification through Pet Partners and he was recently promoted to CFO (Chief Fluffiness Officer). He loves to greet clients, walk them back to their treatment room, and offer a furry head to pet if you need one. Bandit is equally good at providing relaxing sighs during a bodywork session as he is with laying down next to you for moral support while you learn a new exercise. You may also find him munching on treats because he is a very good boy. Bandit especially loves kids and helps our youngest clients feel comfortable by acting as a leg bolster if they need to lie down.
He lends his welcoming and calming presence to the clinic a few days each week. When he is not working, Bandit enjoys playing fetch with high-pitched squeaky toys, digging holes, taking naps and hiking. He will live up to his name and “steal” your heart!