Kellie Barnes MOMT, MPT is the founder of Core Physical Therapy LLC.
I have been practicing physical therapy since 1993, recognizing that physical therapy was my calling at age 12, as a volunteer candy striper at a hospital.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology (1991) and a master’s degree in physical therapy (1993) at the University of Delaware. In 1997 I moved to Portland, Oregon to complete post-graduate residency training in orthopedic manual therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute. I received my master’s degree in orthopedic manual therapy in 1999, and passed my clinical and written exams for a doctorate degree in orthopedic manual therapy in 2005.
My introduction to Counterstrain began under Lawrence Jones, DO in 1994, and was fundamental to my training. However, Fascial Counterstrain (FCS), as developed by Brian Tuckey, PT, OCS, JSCCI, and my education from Tim Hodges LMT, JSCCI, CACI and the Counterstrain Academy most influence my practice.
I began training in FCS in 2014 after receiving a treatment from Tim Hodges. I could immediately sense the effectiveness and depth of this life-changing work. Inspired to share FCS with my clients, I immediately began attending all available FCS courses in the Jones Institute and the Counterstrain Academy. In 2019 I was honored to be invited to participate in the instructor training program for the Counterstrain Academy, as I am committed to sharing this work with clients and health care practitioners.
I have a wide range of clinical experience including specializing in rehabilitation of the spine, shoulder, lower extremities, and various complex health conditions. I have a strong interest in thinking big picture about how various systems of the body may interact to perpetuate a health condition.
I like to view the body as a whole, and I recognize the complex relationships between systemic sources of tissue injury and inflammation. I have extensive experience treating individuals with complex health conditions including post-concussive syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, co-infection, mast cell activation disorder, mycotoxin/mold toxicity, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, tethered cord syndrome, and spina bifida occulta.
My training and experience enable me to understand the relationship between hormones, metabolic changes, the immune system, and how these systems may affect inflammation, drainage, and the overall health of collagen. Due to my interest in systemic inflammation and collagen I tend to treat many clients with complex and layered conditions. I also draw on my comprehensive sports background and experience to treat athletes, including runners, rock climbers and professional dancers.
It brings me true joy to help clients achieve wellness from such conditions, and I use FCS to navigate the complexity of these clinical presentations. Each client presents with such uniqueness. I am grateful for FCS, and its gentle but effective results that allow clients to achieve wellness each day.