The first time I heard the parable that teaching a man to fish will feed him for a lifetime was at a McKenzie course in 1989.  Teaching self treatment whenever possible has remained the essence of my approach ever since.  Back then we saw our PT patients 3x/week and it was fully paid for by insurance.  As times have changed with increased costs, the number of visits per referral are much fewer, making patient education all that much more important.  Please read more about McKenzie/MDT in my pages.

My use of modalities is almost exclusively with frequency specific microcurrent (FSM).  The frequencies appear to change pain, function and even structure in a large number of clinical conditions. (see FSM in my pages).  There are no guarantees that every protocol is going to be effective in every patient.  In general, the frequencies either work or don’t work and if they don’t work, they simply have no effect.  As long as appropriate proven therapies are not delayed or withheld, FSM “can’t hurt, might help.”


My undergraduate degree is in Fine Arts (Painting) from Tufts University/Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston.  I completed my Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at Sargent College, Boston University, in 1988.  I have been in private practice in the Portland area since 1993 and the years have given me experience treating many types of illnesses, injuries, pain and loss of function.  Working as a PT has been a vehicle for much personal growth.  Currently I am in solo practice at the Body of Work Wellness Center on NW 185th; and at the Banks Wellness Center on Main Street in Banks.

I was the first PT to be certified in Mechanical Diagnosis in Oregon, in 1994.  I served as a contributing editor to the journal “Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy” for nearly 10 years.  Still passionate about the MDT, I am now certified in Frequency Specific Microcurrent.  These two approaches are the bases of my practice.

Debbie Thrall Beside Her HorseDebbie Thrall Behind White Rose Bush