Susanne Michaud, DPT, OCS – Physical Therapist, Owner

As a physical therapist and owner of Stride Physio, Dr. Susanne is passionate about anatomy, alignment and beautiful movement. As a lifelong learner and constant runner, Susanne draws from a deep tool box of skill, experience and empathy to restore and improve people’s movement and facilitate living life to the fullest.

Dr. Susanne specializes in orthopedics, sports therapy, manual therapy and health & wellness coaching.  She has special interest in pain science, return to running programs, custom foot orthoses, posture restoration, aging athletes, musical performance, autoimmune conditions, cancer care, bike fits and ergonomics.  She thrives on figuring out the mechanics behind movement dysfunction and is tenacious about finding the right program to returning people to mobility, independence and joyful movement.

Susanne’s work is grounded in her lifelong participation in sports, fitness and outdoor activities (a first generation Title 9 girl!). Outside of work, she enjoys running the trails, biking with friends, swimming in the Salish Sea, backpacking with cousins, yoga, hiking, skate skiing, gardening, cooking and playing with spouse, friends and pets.

Education

  • Doctorate of physical therapy, University of Washington, School of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2007
  • Health & wellness coaching, Wellcoaches 9/30/2021
  • Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Political Science, University of Washington
  • Brian Utting School of Massage, Seattle, WA. 1993
  • Over 1700 hours of post graduate physical therapy continuing education

Credentials

  • PT – Physical Therapist
  • DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • OCS – Board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (ABPTS, 2015)
  • Certified Health & Wellness Coach – 9/30/2021 to 9/30/2024
  • Certified Dry Needler (Kinetacore, 2011)
  • Certified Yoga Instructor (Pacific Yoga Teacher Training, 2002)
  • LMP – Licensed Massage Practitioner (1993-2007)
  • Certified manual lymphatic drainage specialist (Vodder Institute 1996)

Appointments

  • Washington State Delegate for the House of Delegates with the American Physical Therapy Association (2020 to present)
  • Teaching Associate, University of Washington, Physical Therapy program (2011-2017)
  • APTA Washington board of directors positions: Secretary (2018-2020); Western Washington At-Large Director  (2014-2018)
  • Lead Instructor, Brian Utting School of Massage, Seattle, WA  (1994-1999)

Awards

  • Emerging Leader, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 2018
  • Physical Therapist of the Year, APTA Washington – 2015
  • Laurie Ivens Memorial Scholarship, Providence Health Systems, Seattle, WA – 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    • Orthopedic Section and Private Practice Section
  • APTA Washington (APTA WA)
    • Private Practice Special Interest Group

Send us an email