Allison Pringle PT, DPT

 

Allison is a true Seattleite and has lived here her whole life. She attended the University of Washington for both her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology and her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.

Her passion for working in pediatric physical therapy began while volunteering at summer camp for young people with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. She has spent the last 13 summers volunteering at multiple camps that serve this group of people, and she loves all the fun camp activities. Some of her favorites include the talent shows, dances, swimming, and costume theme days. Camp focuses on providing the opportunity and confidence to try new activities and accomplish as many “firsts” as possible and she is excited to be able to draw on that experience while working at Waypoint.

Throughout her volunteer experiences and professional work, both as a caregiver and physical therapist, Allison has developed skills in helping to serve the child as a member of the whole family. She recognizes the complexity of care provision for each child and has special interest in determining appropriate equipment, orthotics, developing comprehensive treatment plans that are meaningful to each patient, and connecting families with community resources to help each child reach their most full potential. Allison has participated in further education for gait assessment, orthotic selection and function, and the support and management for neuromuscular diagnoses.

This fall, Allison will be participating as a 2019-2020 trainee in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program at the University of Washington. The LEND program provides interdisciplinary leadership training for 15 core disciplines spanning the medical field and includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, and psychology as some examples. This program will allow Allison to deepen her knowledge clinically as a physical therapist through assessment and collaboration between disciplines, as well as equip her with the skills needed to participate in leadership roles in academic, research, public health, or policy and advocacy for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Allison is beyond excited for the opportunity to participate in this program and learn from many providers in the area over the next year!

Allison loves to spend time with friends attending Husky football games (GO DAWGS), hiking, traveling (both in the US and abroad), meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and sampling new foods along the way. She is always up for an adventure and has explored 12 different countries, tried skydiving, and learned how to slack-line.

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