James McGavin PT, MSc, DipMDT

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Jim received a master of science in sports medicine from the University of Alberta, and a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Washington. He also has a diploma in mechanical diagnosis and therapy from the McKenzie Institute International.

He has been involved in clinical education and research, and has given presentations on the McKenzie Method at national and international conferences. He has served as a consultant to industry clients including the J. C. Penny Corporation, Coca Cola, and Mayflower Van Lines. In 1994 he served as a spinal consultant for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. He has been with the Polyclinic Physical Therapy Department since 2006, and provides oversight regarding clinical issues, in addition to direct patient care. Among other measures, he has instituted Clinical Care Conferences, where patient cases are discussed on a weekly basis to insure that high-quality treatment is consistently applied by all members of the Physical Therapy staff.

Special Interests

Jim's practice covers all areas of physical therapy. He has a special interest in evidence-based care for the management of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as the McKenzie Method of conservative musculoskeletal care.

Practice Philosophy

"Whenever possible, it is the clinician’s duty to empower the patient to independently manage the problem that forced consultation. In this way, disability associated with recurrence and chronicity can be minimized, and quality of life will be improved."

Personal Interests

Jim and his wife Teri live in Snohomish, Wash. with their border collie and shibi inu. They enjoy alpine skiing and travel. Jim was a collegiate middle distance runner and a member of the 1980 University of Alberta Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union National Championship cross country team. Throughout most of the 1980’s, he was a competitive team member of Club Northwest. He continues to run and lift weights to stay fit.