Edessa "Dechie" Bello-Rapoport PT, MBA, CertMDT, FACHE
Dechie Bello-Rapoport received a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of the Philippines, and a master of business administration in health care from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas. Dechie is certified in mechanical diagnosis and therapy by The McKenzie Institute.
Dechie is the Director for Physical Therapy and Hand Therapy at The Polyclinic. She has twenty-five years of healthcare administration experience, and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Aside from managing physical therapy clinics, she also has been a practice manager for primary care physicians. Dechie has also helped develop addiction treatment services, and was the founding manager of the Mother Joseph Clinic, Swedish Medical Center’s award-winning clinic for uninsured patients. Dechie has also lectured on developing and operating health care services using the Toyota Lean Management System.
She continues to see patients part-time at The Polyclinic. She is experienced in all areas of adult physical therapy, such as orthopedic and sports rehabilitation; vestibular rehabilitation and pelvic rehabilitation. She is certified in mechanical diagnosis and treatment by The McKenzie Institute International.
"As a physical therapist, I see my role more as a teacher and helper. I strive to help my patients understand the source and nature of their pain and disability, and to teach them ways to manage and eliminate their pain and disability. In my work, nothing gives me more satisfaction than when I see my patients return to their sports or jobs, armed with the knowledge of how to prevent re-injury, or managing problems if they occur."
Dechie lives in Federal Way with her husband and young daughter. She once managed to win a gold medal in a collegiate judo competition, she currently stays fit through regular trips to the gym and yoga studio. She is an amateur watercolorist.