Our Therapists

Karen Smith, PT, Cert. M.D.T.

Karen has owned and operated Central Coast Physical Therapy, Inc., since July 1995. Central Coast Physical Therapy is a private practice that provides outpatient orthopedic services to the community of Newport, OR.

Prior to opening this practice, Karen worked in an outpatient orthopedic private practice for six years.

Her previous experience as a registry therapist providing Physical Therapy services to a wide range of facilities in the Seattle metropolitan area and Alaska have made for a broad and diverse background. Her work experiences include hospital settings, skilled nursing facilities, industrial rehabilitation and home health. She was a licensed Physical Therapist assistant for four years before pursuing a degree as a Physical Therapist.

Professional Memberships include the Oregon Physical Therapy Association (OPTA), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA including orthopedic and private practice sections), Oregon Physical Therapists in Private Practice (OPTIP), and the McKenzie Institute, USA.

Education includes a BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington in 1985 and an Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Mt. Hood Community College in 1977.

Karen completed education and certification in the McKenzie Method of Diagnosis and Treatment in 2002.

Karen with Robin McKenzie
Karen with Robin McKenzie

Her continued pursuit of education lead her to New Zealand to attend the 10th International Conference of the McKenzie Institute in the spring {or fall, depending on which continent you are on}, of 2007. She had the pleasure of meeting Robin McKenzie and the privilege of an educational experience observing him treating patients in front of an audience.

Charles Mitchell

Charles Mitchell, DPT

Charles received his doctorate of physical therapy in 2014 from the University of St. Augustine Florida. His undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science contributes to his expertise as a physical therapist, providing outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine services. He moved to the Oregon coast in 2016.

Amanda Morrison, PTA

Amanda is originally from Memphis, TN. She graduated in 2012 and until 2015 worked in an outpatient clinic that specialized in the McKenzie Method. Amanda worked as a travel therapist in Oregon for three years, gaining experience in different clinical environments. She is excited to be in Newport and a part of our amazing team.

Amanda Morrison
Jen Bullard

Jen Bullard, L.M.T. #023262

Jen Bullard is originally from Minnesota; her love of the ocean brought her to Oregon. Her experience as a caregiver for the terminally ill and elderly led her to become a licensed massage therapist in 2008. She understands how important therapeutic massage is for self-care and overall health.