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Matthew Michaels is a #1 internationally best-selling American author, he's a successful Medical Doctor, board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
As a clinician, Dr. Michaels’ main work is at RestorePDX in Beaverton, Oregon. Dr. Michaels’ focus is on painful conditions of the Musculoskeletal and Neurologic systems. He has developed a specific system of integration of treatment with specially qualified and like-minded physical therapists, and chiropractors. These professionals understand that therapy should involve an intensive process of evaluation for musculoskeletal imbalance and motion dysfunction and that the primary long term treatment of these conditions should focus on education for modification of posture and behavior.
Dr. Michaels has a passion for helping his patients, and the medical community as a whole, come to understand that the real solution for these painful conditions comes from giving you, the patient, an intimate knowledge of exactly why you are having pain. That the ultimate cure comes from insight and knowledge giving you the power to help yourself, rather than from someone else doing something to you.
Dr. Michaels spends a great deal of time and effort developing professional networks that work in an interdisciplinary fashion. These networks involve therapists who understand how best to use the skills of their Allopathic and Osteopathic colleagues, and Physicians who know how best to integrate their skills into a comprehensive rehabilitation program.
Dr. Michaels earned his MD at The Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1988-1992, and graduated AOA and Phi Kappa Phi in 1992.
Dr. Michaels completed a transitional residency program at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in 1993.
Dr. Michaels trained for his specialty in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from 1993-1996 at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Michaels became a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1997.
Dr. Michaels became a Diplomate of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine in 1997.
Dr. Michaels has been practicing Interventional Physiatry since 1996. He is currently practicing at RestorePDX in Beaverton, Oregon
One of the main reasons Matthew chose Interventional Physiatry is due to a lengthy history of Chronic Low back pain and sciatica. Dr. Michaels found all current systems of back pain treatment to be inadequate as they could only really help modestly with current flare ups while doing nothing about the frequent re-occurences that tend to lead to progressive disability. This frustration led Dr. Michaels to his current system of treatment focusing on the prevention of disabling flare-ups of pain.
Dr. Michaels’ practice has evolved into treatment of the most chronic and complex of musculoskeletal and neurologic problems. This focus allows him to see through the diagnostic haze to better identify the underlying biomechanical cause of pain so he can treat the actual problem rather than just the symptom.
Dr. Michaels lives in NW Portland. He is a competitive triathlete having completed numerous Sprint and Olympic distance races as well multiple IM 70.3 events, and Ironman Arizona in 2012. You will find him running the Portland trails with his two German Shepherd dogs in summer and skiing the glades in winter.