Rachel NilSSON, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy | Physiologist
Our Bellevue physical therapist Dr. Rachel Nilsson graduated with her undergraduate degree from Central Washington University and received a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Physiology. After graduating, she worked as an exercise specialist at a physical therapy clinic for 3.5 years before attending graduate school at Baylor University where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
As a former collegiate softball player as well as playing many other sports, Rachel has always had a passion for athletics and helping people succeed inside and outside of sports. Suffering injuries herself, she gained a lot of respect for the physical therapy field and knew for a long time that this career was where she wanted to be.
Her favorite part of physical therapy is working with other people towards a common goal. “Playing sports for so long made it easy to transition into physical therapy because everyone involved has the same goal; helping patients feel better.” This field gives the opportunity to meet patients from all walks of life and Rachel believes in delivering a personalized approach to each patient and empowering patients to achieve the goals that are important to them.
When Rachel isn’t in clinic, she loves spending time with her son, husband (Matt), and her two crazy dogs, Bentley and Bailey. She is a native to WA, specifically the Kirkland area, and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! She is excited to get the opportunity to live and work in a place she loves!
Rachel is based out of our Bellevue physical therapy clinic and specializes in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. She treats acute injuries, post surgical rehab, and sports injuries.
Certifications & Specialties
BOARD CERTIFIED DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
Blood Flow Restriction Training (Smarttools Level 1)
Areas of Treatment
Low back pain
Rotator cuff strains
Post operative rehab