About Jean

Jean Pierson, PT, CBP

Physical Therapy for Animals and Humans

Jean graduated from the University of Michigan in Physical Therapy and specialized for many years in orthopedics, neurology, trauma and rehabilitation.  Frustrated by the limits of traditional physical therapy methods, she spent years studying osteopathic manual therapy techniques.  She found manual therapy to be inherently holistic and effective, and this has been the foundation of her practice with animals and people for many years.

“Manual therapies are very effective with both people and animals.  The key to success is evaluating the individual as a whole functional unit and understanding the biomechanics of movement and function of the biped and the quadruped.”

She has studied extensively with experts in the field of osteopathy including Dr. Ed Stiles, DO; and Patricia Kortekaas, PT, an international teacher of Small Animal Osteopathy.  In addition, Jean has studied Integrative Manual Therapy, Dynamic Manual Interface by Frank Lowen, TTouch, Acupressure and is certified in the BodyTalk System.

Jean worked in private practice with adults and children until her own dog, Dusty, became ill and developed musculoskeletal issues. In order to work with Dusty, she completed post graduate courses in osteopathy and studied energy systems including the Bodytalk System and is a certified Bodytalk practitioner.

“Energy is the currency of all interactions in nature.  To leave energetic considerations out of the equation of life and medicine is to ignore some 99% of what is happening.  Energetic approaches work quickly and with few side-effects”.
–  Dr. James Oschman, Ph.D., Biophysicist

Dusty’s recovery, prompted other animal owners to want the same therapies for their dogs.  In 2005, Jean added animals to her practice and currently more than 80 percent of her patients are animals.  She provides office visits for animals, as well as house calls.

Jean is an assistant teacher at the Osteopathy for Small Animals courses taught by Patricia Kortekaas in Eugene, Oregon and a guest speaker for the NW School of Animal Massage.  She volunteered at the 2007 Iditarod and worked with performance sled dogs in Nome, Alaska.

She lives in Eugene, OR with her dog, Trevor and cat, Martine.