Meet Ryan Salyer. Ryan graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from East Tennessee State University, TN, in 2015. Ryan treats a wide variety of spinal conditions, orthopedic injuries, pre-and post-operative care, and stroke rehabilitation. Ryan also has experience in aquatic rehabilitation. He is aspiring to become McKenzie/MDT certified as well as increasing his knowledge in both young adult and geriatric strength and conditioning. Ryan, through his wife, has also had an extensive background and training in running injuries and return to recreational and competitive sport. Ryan loves to teach and educate the importance of quality movement and efficiency of proper body mechanics. He has a thriving practice at Therapy Works here in Bend.
Please tell us a little bit about your family.
A: “Husband and wife (Madison) originally from Tennessee, relocated to Oregon for my final PT internship. One furr-child, aussie mix, her name is Ella. Married 7 years.”
Please tell us about your current career. What do you love most about what you do?
A: “Physical Therapist since 2016. I love to educate my patient’s about their body so that they can better treat themselves. I always love working with our local older population on boosting their function, independence, as well as helping them increase their quality of life.”
Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
A: “Drake and Zydeco”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
A: “5 years”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
A: “Darrel Price, 90+ year old skier at Mount Bachelor. And no, I could not keep up with him when I started skiing. ”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “To a beach in South Carolina or Georgia. Primarily because I am sick of quarantine and my home. I there was no pandemic, I would probably say somewhere along the Mediterranean, probably Italy or Croatia. I would just like to visit there.”
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
A: “Movie- Walter Mitty TV- Parks and Recreation”
Q: What advice would you give to people?
A: “Live every day at a time.”
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
A: “Former: Footzone under previous ownership. Can’t say the same now under current ownership. Current: Tie between Sunnyside and Pine Mountain Sports because of current ownership and love for the community and the sport they drive..”
Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would you meet for this lunch?
A: “President Barack Obama. I would probably take him to Rockin’ Dave’s for a brunch bagel then to BBC for a noon beer. He seems like a great all-around dude that I could talk to all day long.”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
A: “Phil’s trail complex and the many other single track trail connections in the Deschutes wilderness area. It kicks your ass and leaves you wanting more. ”
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
A: “Unsure; refer back to “What advice would you give people?” question.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “Drive on the Autobahn before cars drive themselves.”
Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
A: “Jack Johnson”
Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
A: “Watauga Lake in Tennessee”
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
A: “September Christmas Summer Solstice- June 20 or 21 depending on the year. Longest day (in regards to light) of the year”
Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
A: “The perfect rack of ribs”
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
A: “Fresh cut grass as well as fresh cut cedar”
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
A: “My wife (Also, my dog. Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are)”