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Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC)


VA SORCC Physical Therapist

Understanding Physical Therapy

A Physical therapists and Physical therapy assistants are health care professionals helping individuals maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and functioning, thereby enabling optimal performance and enhancing health, well-being, and quality of life.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

VA Physical therapists and Physical therapy assistants are health care professionals helping individuals maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and functioning, thereby enabling optimal performance and enhancing health, well-being, and quality of life.  Therapists are located in many different settings within VA.

VA Physical Therapist continue to raise awareness of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to opioids for the long-term treatment of chronic pain. 

Through the #ChoosePT campaign, the American Physical Therapy Association has added its voice to the national effort to curb opioid abuse.

Fiscal Year 2016 VA Physical Therapist and Physical Therapy Assistants have cared for over 720,000 Veterans during nearly 3.2 million unique visits.  There are currently more than 2,224 Physical Therapists, and an additional 503 Physical Therapy Assistants working in the VA health care system.

VA SORCC has Physical Therapists embedded in the Physical Medicine Department, but did you know VA SORCC also has three Physical Therapist who work in Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) serving our homebound Veteran population?  To get you acquainted with the VA Physical Therapist serving Veterans in Southern Oregon, at Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics here’s a little bit of information about each of them:

Matthew Becker, PT, DPT

Dr. Becker has been a Physical Therapist for 9 years, having graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania in 2008.  His areas of interest/specialty include: Outpatient Orthopedics, Amputee Care and Specialty Seating and Mobility.  When not at work, Dr. Becker spends his days playing with his 6-year-old son hiking, camping and trying to “learn all about Pokemon.”  In addition to this, he spends a lot of time whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, fishing and hiking. 

Dianne Baker, PT

Dianne has been a Physical Therapist for 51 years!  Her areas of expertise include Ortho with a primary focus on Chronic Pain.  After all these years, Dianne continues to find great satisfaction in her work as a PT, but also loves her country life with horses, cattle, dogs, cats and chickens, and feels the two different areas give her great balance in life.

Jeremiah Moore, PT, DPT, Chief PMRS

Jeremiah Moore received his Clinical Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy in 2008 from Clarke University, and subsequently started his career in the Private Sector as an Outpatient Orthopedic PT for a hospital-based organization in Hillsboro, OR.  Over the next few years Dr. Moore would work in positions of progressive leadership, advancing from Director of Rehab to Senior Director of Rehab. 

Dr. Moore joined the VA SORCC in 2013 as the PMRS Chief.  In this role, Dr. Moore has worked diligently to advance clinical care, both within the confines of the VA, as well as outside of the VA.  He has served on the VA’s National PT Field Advisory Council’s Education Committee and National Dry Needling Committee and VISN 20’s Clinician-Led Clinical Product Review Committee (Chair), as well as on the Oregon Physical Therapy Association’s Government Affairs Committee and the Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board’s Rules & Advisory Council.

On a more personal note, Dr. Moore enjoys spending time with his wife and five children, who range in age from 2 to 10.  He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and all other manner of outdoors-related activities.  In the little remaining spare time, Dr. Moore enjoys traveling, having visited S. Korea and Costa Rica in the past year with plans of escaping to Europe sometime in the not-too-distant future. 

Patrick Levesque, PT

Patrick has been a Physical Therapist for 31 years, all of which has been spent with the VA!  He works in Home Based Primary Care serving Veterans of the Greater Medford Area.

Ted Iwamizu, PT

Ted works for the VA as a Physical Therapist in the HBPC service line.  He serves Veterans in the Grants Pass geographic region.

Billy Vermaas, PT, DPT

Dr. Vermaas graduated in 2012 from Idaho State University.  He was born and raised in Idaho.  As a teenager, Dr. Vermaas learned to kayak and was a whitewater kayaking/rafting guide on the Salmon River for 7 years.  His river guiding career concluded when he and his wife married and started having children—they now have 5 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats!  Dr. Vermaas notes he’s always loved being a Physical Therapist, and has found even greater joy in his career since coming to the VA.  Dr. Vermaas “hopes to have many happy years working in this organization with such good people.”


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