Physical Therapy Providers

Kathy Bordeaux, MPTKathy Bordeaux, MPT

A thorough and caring clinician, Kathy Bordeaux emphasizes helping patients through their rehabilitation at the right speed for their individual needs. She also wants to be sure they stay well after they complete rehab. “I love to help patients meet their functional goals and teach them how to prevent the problem from reoccurring,” she explains.

Kathy has been a physical therapist for more than 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in life sciences and a master’s in physical therapy from Loma Linda University in California. She’s also taken many graduate courses in mechanical diagnosis therapy (MDT) with a particular focus on neck and back pain.

When she’s not busy with patients, Kathy spends time hiking and camping. A Pacific Northwest native, Kathy helps run a charitable organization that provides free clothing to kids in need. She and her husband have two teenage children.

Samantha Burgess, PTASamantha Burgess, PTA

Samantha Burgess focuses much of her treatment on mechanical diagnosis and treatment (MDT), also known as the McKenzie Method. In fact, Samantha works with an MDT-certified therapist daily. She is also certified in the Astym treatment of soft tissues. Samantha’s patients are actively engaged in their treatments. “I like connecting with my patients in a way that makes them feel empowered and engaged in their treatment instead of just receiving care,” she says. “My ultimate goal is that my patients get well in a fun, positive way.”

After beginning her career as a physical therapy aide at Adventist Medical Center, Samantha completed the physical therapist assistant program at Mount Hood Community College, graduating in 1999.

Though Samantha has lived in other parts of the world, she prefers her native Northwest’s laid-back lifestyle and mild climate.

Tiffany Elder, DPTTiffany Elder, DPT

Tiffany Elder brings a special focus on mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT) to her practice as lead physical therapist at the Adventist Health Vancouver clinic. Tiffany uses both exercise and manual therapy techniques like Astym to treat all types of musculoskeletal conditions. “I want each person to be actively engaged in their treatment,” she says. “My goal is to help people return to the activities they enjoy and improve their quality of life.”

Customizing treatment for each patient’s unique situation is part of what Tiffany enjoys most.

Tiffany has been part of the Adventist Health physical therapy team since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She was certified in MDT in 2004 and became an Astym-certified therapist in 2014.

“I have lived in Vancouver, Washington, my entire life,” Tiffany shares. “Although I love traveling, I can’t image living anywhere else.” When she isn’t helping her patients, she enjoys gardening, sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.