Dr. Kelly McQuade
Kelly McQuade PT, DPT, SFMA, CertDN, DNS.
I was born and raised in Seattle, WA. I grew up playing a multitude of sports, having spent most of my efforts training for football. Starting when I was ten years old, I had played football all the way through high school but it wasn’t until I reached high school that I realized that my skinny genetics did not put me at an advantage, weighing 130lbs at 5’10” did not help my case. I had to gain muscle and strength fast if I was to hold my own against my peers and the upperclassmen which turned my focus onto weightlifting and was the catalyst that led me to become the physical therapist that I am today. In the school library I had found an old book on weight lifting and body building which happened to be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s encyclopedia of modern bodybuilding and as I was thumbing through and reading the pages, I found myself getting more and more intrigued at the knowledge and concept of building strength and muscular size through weight training. That kick started my journey into health and fitness which only grew in breadth and depth on topics of sports nutrition, strength training, competitions in powerlifting and countless hours in the gym learning hands on for nearly two decades from many mentors and experts in that realm. My passion had led me to pursue a Bachelors degree in exercise science with a minor in nutrition and athletic training in which I originally had intended to pursue a career in strength and conditioning. Prior to that, I had wanted to become a firefighter because I also love to help people in the community so I began to think long and hard about my future and what suited me best. In speaking to many of my peers and professors I started to learn more about the profession of physical therapy which helped me connect my passion of health, wellness and exercise with being able to help those in the community. Thus, began my trajectory towards becoming a physical therapist.
I have fostered this passion from a young age and now as a physical therapist I am rewarded with the ability to teach and help others in need with their health, fitness and wellness needs with a common, collective goal of improving one’s quality of life through a multifaceted approach. As a physical therapist, my approach is to first help people get out of pain. Second, optimize their movement quality and third build strength and capacity to those movement patterns so those individuals are not only pain free but more robust and less injury prone with their day to day activities and recreational pastimes. With a never-ending thirst for knowledge my professionalism and passion are at your service to aid you with your health and therapy needs.