Sierra Hill, PT, DPT, MS | Adult Physical Therapist
Encouraging and focused, Sierra Hill was initially drawn to physical therapy as a profession because she has always had an interest in the complexities of the human body and implementing a holistic approach to improving health and well-being. Sierra believes that physical therapy requires teamwork between the PT and patient. Her goal is to guide patients and facilitate active recovery and ownership in their healing.
“I want to help people return to their most important life activities and, in the process, encourage them to take an active role in their healing process,” she says.
Sierra grew up in Bend, then attended the University of Oregon and the University of Colorado Boulder, where she assisted in conducting clinical research in cardiovascular aging and taught anatomy and exercise physiology at a college level, prior to earning her physical therapy doctorate at the University of Colorado Denver.
Previously, she worked at Oregon Health & Science University, providing inpatient physical therapy on the level 1 trauma unit, treating patients with a variety of traumatic injuries, including those with post-spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.
“Physical therapy is very important for patients with neurological conditions to increase their ability to continue participating in their lives at that most active level possible,” she says. “It can help many patients increase their strength, improve balance and increase independence in performing day-to-day tasks.”
Sierra’s family still lives in Central Oregon, and she frequently spends time with them on the weekends. She likes being outside and pursues many outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, running and skiing. Sierra also enjoys yoga, reading, movies and music.
University of Oregon, Human Physiology
University of Colorado Denver, Physical Therapy
University of Colorado Boulder, Master of Science Integrative Physiology