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Thank you for choosing us despite 2020

Nick Rinard PT continues to stay in business because of you!  We couldn’t have helped so many people last year without you!

To stay healthy Nick Rinard Physical Therapy adapted our 2020 lives so we could stay open for you!

As essential health care workers we took our job to keep our patients safe very seriously.

 It is a privilege to be part of a community that looks out for one another. Through the coronavirus journey, we were impressed by our patients’ ability to adapt and stay healthy to call and get the care they needed. Our telehealth visits did not disappoint. Patients were able to see and feel the difference in their body’s ability to heal, at every visit! 

At Nick Rinard Physical Therapy, you can expect the same diligence in 2021.


What are you waiting for?

Nick Rinard Physical Therapy get's you back to doing everything you couldn't.

Are there things you used to do but now can’t? Walking? Stand? Lift your coffee cup?

Let Nick Rinard Physical Therapy help you get back to doing all the things you love!

Nick Rinard Physical Therapy gets you back to doing everything you couldn’t.





Physical Therapy Office Assistant/PT aide, Part Time position

Company: Nick Rinard Physical Therapy is a private physical therapy clinic located in SW Portland.

Job Description: Assist therapists with direct patient care, reception, phones, scheduling, office tasks, occasional errands, submitting and tracking insurance authorizations, and light cleaning/laundry. Person should be able to work with limited supervision and be detailed in completing all tasks.

Requirements: Interest in physical therapy profession and people. At least one year of college education, 2.5 GPA minimum. Computer skills and ability to multitask are a must. Good customer service, communication and telephone skills are valued. Clean/professional appearance and strong work ethic are expected. Good sense of humor.

Compensation: Approximately 20-hours a week, based on needs of the clinic; quarterly bonus, PTO, health insurance, dental insurance available.

Other Benefits:
Exceptional work environment: collegial, esthetically pleasant, friendly, open, professional, conducive to learning.
Significant career advancement opportunities are available for qualified and talented people within our organization.

Contact Information: Please email, Attn: Krissy
Please include a cover letter, resume, and references.

Nick Rinard Physical Therapy
9700 SW Capitol Hwy. Ste.140
Portland, OR 97219


Give your hands a break.

Give your hands a rest right where they need it most.

Personalized splints from Nick Rinard Physical Therapy allow you to target the area of pain to keep you moving throughout your day without creating further injury during work or play.


Get personalized care today at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy.

At Nick Rinard Physical Therapy, you are given an individualized program only after completing a thorough mechanical evaluation.

Our method is the most up to date and accredited understanding of body mechanics that goes beyond what most physical therapist graduate with.

Once you have been treated by a certified physical therapist, you can see and feel the difference in your body’s ability to heal, at every visit! 

It’s amazing what a correct and clear diagnosis can do!

The benefits go beyond “generic” care!


Rescued By Two Great Health Professionals

A patients story by Ogie.

That was how I felt after my injuries from two rear end  auto accidents within seven months.  

Dr. Paul Okamota,D.C.

Masters Touch Chiropractic Clinic. 

Chiropractic Physician

Fellow, Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. a title earned by only 4 % of the Chiropractic community.

His specialty appears to be lost causes. As fit as I have been the injuries would not go away and no one else could help me. Dr. Okamoto said, “I can help you. It will take a while.” He has the best rehab gym I have seen. He has a great staff of people who are givers. Just being there was a refuge from the challenges of 2020. Towards the end of treatment he referred me to Physical therapist, Nick Rinard, MPT, Cert MDT. Nick has a great staff and  clinics in Portland. The Dr. and Nick banded together like true professionals to give me the best outcome. I found them both extremely knowledgeable, patient and compassionate. This is the way the healthcare professions should work. Some try, but Dr. Okamoto and Nick Rinard are pulling it off and I benefited.  

They taught me about deeply layered muscles that I could not pronounce, find, or measure.

Their contact information:

Dr. Paul E. Okamoto, D.C. 

Nick Rinard, Physical Therapist. 

Nick treats patients through the internet and has patients overseas.


Coronavirus Vaccine Update

Oregon to get 147,000 coronavirus vaccine doses in December, state says

Fedor Zarkhin | The Oregonian/OregonLive. Updated Dec 07, 2020; Posted Dec 05, 2020

The first batches of coronavirus vaccines are slated to be shipped to Oregon mere weeks from now, marking the initial step of what will be a months-long effort to end the pandemic.

But with 4.2 million Oregonians potentially in line to be vaccinated, much remains unclear about the state’s capacity to oversee an unprecedented mass immunization program that will stretch well into 2021, if not longer.

Oregon officials said they are expecting at least 147,000 vaccine doses this month. That’s more than initially anticipated and enough to provide the first of two doses to at least 100,000 people, a state spokesman said, with health care workers at the front of the line.

The plan hinges on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving two vaccines for emergency use, which it is widely expected to do in the coming days.

“I know these are the vaccines we have all been waiting for,” Gov. Kate Brown said during a news conference Friday. “I am asking you all to buckle down for just a little bit longer.”

Months of hardship will pass before most Oregonians can get immunized — the key to ending the pandemic, saving untold lives, fully opening stores and restaurants and allowing friends and family to start guiltlessly coming together again.

Indeed, Friday set a new record for daily coronavirus cases and deaths, topping 2,000 newly confirmed or suspected infections and 30 fatalities. And the worst is almost certainly yet to come, with state health officials predicting 2,000 to 2,700 people will test positive for the virus each day by Christmas Eve.

Still, after 10 months of uncertainty, Friday’s official announcement of expected shipment dates for concrete numbers of vaccine doses offered some measure of optimism for a state that, like the rest of the world, has grown weary.

Assuming the vaccine gets federal approval, a 35,100-dose batch of a vaccine created by pharmaceutical company Pfizer will be shipped on Dec. 15. Tests have shown the vaccine has no serious side-effects and prevents illness in 95% of people who get both of the doses it needs to be effective, the company has said.

Another 40,950 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be shipped the following week, as well as 71,900 doses of a vaccine developed by pharmaceutical company Moderna. That company has said its vaccine protects 94.5% of those who get the two mandatory shots and is also safe.

The state expects another 87,750 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 31,700 doses of the Moderna vaccine to be shipped Dec. 29. Those batches will be used to provide a second dose to those who have already received the first.

“This is, no doubt, terrific news,” said Patrick Allen, director of the agency leading the state’s coronavirus response, the Oregon Health Authority, also noting that the numbers are subject to change.

The state drafted a vaccine distribution plan Nov. 6 that outlines in broad brush strokes how officials intend to prioritize who gets access first.

The initial limited doses will go to the state’s approximately 300,000 frontline health care workers and 60,000 to 70,000 senior care home residents and staff.

Next on the priority list will likely be essential workers, people with chronic health conditions and people over 65.

One key challenge to distributing the vaccine will be the extraordinarily cold temperatures one of them requires to remain viable. The Pfizer vaccine must be stored at -94 degrees Fahrenheit.

The state said it would consider a “hub system,” in which providers who are able to store the vaccine get enough doses to then distribute to providers who are not. The Oregon Health Authority plans to map out where in the state providers are able to keep the vaccine at such low temperatures and decide which vaccine to send where depending on the results.

Health equity is also key to Oregon’s vaccination plan. The state has pledged to work closely with community organizations to make sure the plan is developed in tandem with groups representing those disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Among other things, the groups will help find gaps in access and figure out why certain people might not trust government officials – both barriers to broad vaccination.

The health authority will also form a vaccine advisory committee, to include representatives from marginalized groups, to help it decide how to allocate the vaccine.

Black Oregonians have been infected at 3.5 times the rate of whites, state data show, and Hispanic people have been infected at 5.1 times the rate of people who are not Hispanic.

“The Oregon Health Authority recognizes the impact that longstanding health inequities, which are rooted in systemic racism and oppression, are having on the transmission and prevalence of COVID-19 in Oregon,” the health agency wrote in its month-old draft plan, which has not been updated.

The agency also singled out people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While not inherently at greater risk of complications, people with such disabilities are more likely than the rest of the population to have underlying medical conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other at-risk groups include those in prison, those experiencing homeless, migrant workers, students and people who don’t have health insurance.

It could be months before even the prioritized groups get vaccinated. About 700,000 doses will be needed to vaccinate all health care workers and senior care home staff and residents, Allen said. The batch coming this December will be enough to get just a fraction of the priority groups their first vaccine dose.

Another complication is the time it takes manufacturers to produce the vaccines, Allen said.

“It’s going to be a while before the vaccine is going to be available to regular Oregonians,” Allen said.

While President Trump pushed for a vaccine before the Nov. 3 election, federal regulators have been methodical in ensuring safety before approving it for nearly 330 million Americans. The United Kingdom this week approved use of the Pfizer vaccine, which America is expected to greenlight soon.

Researchers are currently testing 58 vaccines on humans, according to The New York Times, and at least 87 others are being tested in animals.

Brown and Allen touched on the controversial topic of vaccine safety, a hot-button issue in recent years, particularly in Oregon.

“When it is my turn to receive a vaccine,” Brown said, “I will be ready to take it.”

Until vaccines are available to the broader population, however, Allen and Brown are asking Oregonians to stick to the tried-and-true methods they have been hammering for months: staying at home, avoiding gatherings, wearing a mask and washing hands frequently.

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— Fedor Zarkhin


Get help before your pain starts to travel.

Too many times we hold off on getting help after an injury. Often times we have a sudden onset of pain in which we have no idea where it is coming from and how it even got started. We think the pain will go away or the injury will heal on its own.

Get relief from your pain in just a few visits at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy today.

“Pain and numbness from my right shoulder to finger tips. It was impeding my work and eating with utensils. The pain is completely gone after the first couple of visits and over the course of treatment we are confident that the numbness will disappear.”