Curtis Dodson, PT, DPT, USAW-1


Physical Therapist

Therapeutic Associates: LO FITT

17355 Boones Ferry Rd, Suite B, Lake Oswego, Oregon, 97035

Academic Background

BS in Exercise and Sports Science at Oregon State University and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at George Fox University in Newberg OR. 

In PT school, his primary focus for research was in coaching science, specifically the optimal methods and delivery of cueing in order to promote skill acquisition and task transfer as it relates to motor control and motor learning. A particular area of interest for study consists of the work by Gray Cook in order to efficiently assess each patient for underlying movement dysfunctions and/or asymmetries. 

Specialties & Certifications

  • Sports Orthopedics
  • Weightlifting
  • Powerlifting
  • Football

Athletic & Training Background

Played football throughout high school, which lead to a walk on position at Oregon State University where he played DE and FB for two seasons (07-08 and 08-09). It was at OSU, that he had his first exposure to the olympic lifts and periodized programming for sport. Having trained and competed in powerlifting through high school up to this point, the D-1 style of sports performance training really helped expand his knowledge base in strength and conditioning. Aside from a background in playing D-1 collegiate football, Curtis also has an extensive background in competitive powerlifting through WABDL (World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters).

Current Role Working With Athletes

Currently works with high school athletes of all sports. Previous experience consists of working with professional football players (NFL, CFL) and D-1 athletes (football, soccer, track, cross country) from the Portland Metro area.

Professional Philosophy

Treatment philosophy is heavily rooted in the correction of movement dysfunction as the primary treatment to reduce and/or eliminate pain. Curtis also integrates current research related to pain science to reinforce healthy movement patterns. With the mantra of, "Your NS is smarter than you are", he uses principles and manual therapy techniques that help eliminate increased tone or resting muscle tension in order to restore pain free movement. His ultimate goal is to use his background in weightlifting and sports performance to be a resource for patient's to make the transition from injury/rehab back to high levels of performance.

“If you avoid adversity, you’ll live a life of mediocrity.” – Dave Tate