Noriko Yamaguchi, PT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Physical well-being, health, vitality

I received my Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2008 with honors and have been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2007. In the past 10 years as a licensed PT, I have had opportunities to work in a variety of patient care settings, from clinical trials to outpatient clinics to skilled nursing facilities. I earned my Board Certification in Geriatric Physical Therapy in 2013 but have always intended to see patients across the life span through my career. (Interestingly, the general consensus amongst physical therapists who work with older adults is that the physical mobility problems that older adults face could often be prevented or mitigated with more health promotion and emphasis on physical activity and injury prevention during young and middle-adulthood!)

In addition to clinical practice, I have been an instructor in the DPT program at USC since 2009, teaching primarily in the therapeutic exercise portion of the curriculum and as a clinical instructor and mentor to student physical therapists. I was promoted to Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy prior to relocating to Portland, Oregon.

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As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I am trained in the evaluation of movement-related impairment and dysfunction and in physical rehabilitation to improve function and quality of life. I have clinical experience in orthopedic, sports, neurologic, and oncology rehabilitation, and my strength as a clinician is my ability to integrate the evaluation and intervention techniques of all branches of physical therapy to create an individualized program for each patient.  I am also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In addition to extensive clinical and teaching experience in the area of therapeutic exercise, I have worked with recreational and competitive athletes to develop training programs as they transition from rehabilitation to return to sport.


My focus is on meeting you where you are at in your physical health, performance, and fitness and help your reach your health and fitness goals. If you have acute, sub-acute, and/or chronic injuries, you will receive expert physical therapy to promote tissue healing and to recover of normal movement and then be guided back to their prior levels of activity. If you are interested in starting up an exercise routine, improving your physical performance, or training for a specific future event, you will be coached with both maximal performance gains and injury prevention in mind. If you have reached your fitness or physical performance goals, you will receive counseling and mentorship on how to periodize and adapt in your fitness program over time in order to maintain the gains you’ve made or achieve new goals.