Hi, I'm Dr. Stuhr. Please, call me Sarah.
Willamette University (2004):
- Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry & Microbiology
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (2009):
- Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
University of Illinois Chicago(2013):
- Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT)
Over the nine years she has practiced, Dr. Stuhr has worked in a variety of patient settings in multiple states, with significantly diverse cultural and socio-economic populations. Varied exposure over time led to the development of strong interpersonal skills of empathy, cultural sensitivity, and a solid proficiency in working with patients who struggle with multiple complex medical and/or movement related conditions.
Dr. Stuhr specializes in the care of patients with complex musculoskeletal conditions, persistent pain, and patients with temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD), traditionally know as 'TMJ'. She has published research in this area, and is one of the leading experts in the Northwest.
Outside of direct patient care, Dr. Stuhr serves as Adjunct Faculty at Pacific University, assisting primarily with Orthopedics and special topics for graduate DPT students. She also serves as a TMD content expert in George Fox University's graduate DPT program and University of Montana's post-graduate OMPT Residency lecture series.
She occasionally acts as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students training in the field, and provides mentorship for a variety of professional peers at entry and post-doctoral levels. Lastly, she spends time providing free educational workshops promoting self care in her clinic and a few local gyms in the Portland Metro region.
Dr. Stuhr feels a strong sense of social responsibility, and leverages her leadership, academic, and therapeutic skills to serve the public in a variety of ways. She periodically engages in leadership roles for her local professional body, the Oregon Physical Therapy Association. She is currently the Dry Needling Task Force Leader pursuing special topics related to the current State of Oregon PT Practice Act. She sits on the Research Committee for AAOMPT, regularly reviewing research grant proposals, and annually acting as a poster presentation judge, and conference session mediator. She voluntarily assists clinical and research peers with editing, content development, and academic review processes at the post-doctoral level.
Closest to Dr. Stuhr's heart however, is the time she spends providing Physical Therapy services out of her clinic, or volunteering in the community through organizations like Compassion Connect. In the future, she hopes to collaborate with Pacific University to establish a student run pro-bono clinic as a novel model for providing necessary services to patients without insurance, while also educating students within the context of real patient care.