Dr. Deanne Smith offers a comprehensive approach to physical therapy practice that combines advanced manual therapy training and scientifically-prescribed therapeutic exercise.
Dr. Smith received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College in 1986 and her Master of Science degree in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991.
With her extensive science background in physiology, Dr. Smith implemented research methodology at Stanford Center for Disease Prevention studying “The Effects of Exercise and Erythropoietin In Hemodialysis Patients,” and provided data for maximal exercise testing, muscle strength, muscle biopsies, and lactate analysis for participants. She served as the Clinical Exercise Physiologist in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Departments for several hospitals including El Camino Hospital. She prescribed exercise programs, provided continuing education on chronic disease management for medical staff, and provided patient counseling on exercise and behavior modification.
Dr. Smith received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt College in 2002. She continued her advanced orthopedic specialty training in the Australian approach to physical therapy evaluation and treatment, completed the Australian Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Year-Long program in 2005, served as an assistant instructor for this course in Redwood City, CA., and became certified as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) in 2008. In 2012, she completed a clinical mentorship with the Kaiser Permanente Fellowship Program in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy and received a manual therapy certification, Level III. Dr. Smith completed her transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Montana in April 2018.
More recently, Dr. Smith has been furthering her clinical specialty and interest in pain management. Her understanding of pain physiology and application of cutting-edge research has enabled her to provide patients with more effective treatment outcomes to resolve and minimize pain. She has been successful at identifying factors that cause the “vicious pain cycle” and at providing the necessary interventions to effectively break the pain cycle. By implementing a more scientific, evidence-based approach, she believes that physical therapists are the ideal health professionals to treat the complexities of chronic pain.
Dr. Smith enjoys counseling and guiding her patients with fun exercise strategies to help them reach their specific health goals, whether it is weight reduction, cardiovascular disease risk factor reduction, pain-free living or achieving overall fitness.