Jessie has worked in the field of occupational therapy for 11 years and during that time discovered her passion is in brain injury rehabilitation. She took the opportunity to become an Admissions Coordinator at Progressive Rehabilitation Associates to help people get the care and services they need to re-enter the community and be able to live life to their fullest. Her clinical interests range from improving day to day activities, assist with work modifications, upper extremity function, cognitive rehab, but she has extra interest in driving rehabilitation and vision rehab. It is always an exciting opportunity when she gets to come out from behind her desk to help people from and OT perspective in the gym. Rehab should not be confined within a clinics walls, and with more people becoming vaccinated she is eager to help Progressive Rehabilitation Associates return to expanding our daily services to different environments to help people achieve their goals.
When she is not at work she enjoys getting outdoors, especially to the coast, volunteering with Rabbit Advocates (a non-profit domestic rabbit rescue organization) , and working on her art projects.
Learn more about Jessie and the programs she works as an Admissions Coordinator for by visiting the Programs page.
I’ve worked as a health care practitioner and administrator for 40 years. Throughout my career I’ve always been motivated by my personal belief that every person has the right to live a healthy life, regardless of their income level, race, religion, gender preference and where they live. I approach every action and decision with this in mind as I fulfill my professional role. Sometimes it’s very challenging but when it is I am all the more fulfilled when I learn different ways to deliver on my belief. In 2004 I received a diagnosis of Acoustic Neuroma, a benign tumor in my brain, and embarked on a 45 days of radiation therapy in 45 days. I continue to manage permanent compromised function on my balance, sense of smell, taste and a loss of hearing on my right side. This experience helps me connect to the mission of the work we do at PRA in a very personal way. I’m thankful for that opportunity.
I love my work. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t. I’m moved every day I come to work and see our staff give so much of themselves and the clients who do the same in their journey to achieving their best quality of life given the limits of their injuries. I look forward to coming to work every to see what magic will happen on any given day.
I am a 6th generation Oregonian and my paternal Ancestor is known as the man who lost the coin flip for what to name Portland, Oregon. He wanted to name it Boston. He has a street named after him in Northwest Portland. I like most of us who live in the Northwest, love the outdoors and I spend a lot of time taking photos of our incredible landscapes. I also bike, walk and swim for fitness and to keep my focus on always improving my functional balance. I’ve been married for almost 40 years and have 4 adult children and one grandchild, so far.
Learn more about Chris and the programs he manages by visiting the Programs page.
As a speech-language pathologist, Devon is passionate about cognitive rehabilitation. She has a special interest and strong background in supporting young adults with brain injury ability to return to work and/or college by simulating the cognitive demands involved. She works to help client’s build “metacognition,” an awareness and understanding of one’s own thought process, to support brain injury survivors' understanding of their strengths and learning compensation strategies to get around challenges.
After moving cross country to Portland from New Jersey, Devon landed at PRA bringing an enthusiasm for individualized and collaborative treatment.
In her free time, you can find Devon embracing van life traveling the PNW with her family and 2 feisty pups.
Learn more about Devon and her work in the Comprehensive Brain Injury Program (also known as the Brain Injury Rehab Center)
Chris has been known to add a creative and energizing treatment style to each client’s rehab process for over 10 years. Never one to get stuck in a rut, Chris understands the need for a dynamic and personalized approach to finding function and wellness after an injury. “Each person that walks through these doors, whether for pain or brain injury, has a different story, a different set of experiences, and a unique injury. The nature of this interdisciplinary team approach allows for the development of a fine-tuned program for each individual.” Chris’ experiences as an adventure director, an educator, and general outside-the-box thinker often fuel an exciting approach to many people's rehab process.
Want to learn more about Chris and the creative work he does at PRA? Visit the Comprehensive Brain Injury Program (Brain Injury Rehab Center) and Comprehensive Pain Program page!
We are thrilled to introduce the new Medical Director of our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, Dr. Natalie Boodin. It is instantly obvious that Natalie is a perfect complement to our dynamic and experienced comprehensive team. She prefers to be casual and comfortable with clients, and strives to listen more than she talks; when clients meet her for the first time, she refuses to wear a white coat and introduces herself by saying “call me Natalie.”
Her attitude is approachable, but her education and experience are extensive. Dr. Natalie Boodin grew up outside of Detroit Michigan, and achieved the deans list at University of Michigan for her undergraduate education, completing her BS in Biopsychology and Cognitive Science. She then received her MD from Ohio State University, while receiving recognition for being an Outstanding Student in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Schwab Rehabilitation Institute, a stand alone rehab unit in Illinois, was where she completed her residence. Se reflects “there was a significant amount of trauma in Chicago.” Serving individual recovering from brain injury became a passion. She also has training in medical acupuncture, which she has found effective for treating headache/migraine related to brain injury. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2008, and has worked at PeaceHealth and Providence, as well as smaller independent practices.
She often sees individuals struggling to recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury as “the walking wounded”. “This is an invisible injury. So many people don’t understand TBI, and there are such varied and individualized symptoms and outcomes.” She is excited to lead a team of experts in treating TBI, because, “we can’t physically see what is going on inside the brain, so treatment needs to be creative. There are so many ways to treat brain injury, and each person needs an individualized treatment plan.”
If you are attending a first visit with Natalie, you will find her approachable and down to earth. She’s also an excellent listener and very validating. She shares “by the time people get to me, they have been blown off by many medical providers who don’t know why they aren’t getting better.” Her patients will be reassured that she knows everyone heals differently. You’ll find that she wants to really understand both your history and the impact this injury is having on your life. She wants to understand your unique symptoms. She’ll complete the physical exam, and discuss the plan with you.
She’s delighted to be the medical director at Progressive Rehabilitation because treating brain injury is by it’s very nature collaborative. She views herself as just one piece of the treatment puzzle, or “the glue that holds the team together, making sure everything is working well for the patient.” She notes that multidisciplinary treatment is ideal, because communication is easier for the team and the clients when everything is in one place.
In addition to her exceptional clinical skills, Natalie has a lively personal life. She is married and has eight year old twins. Her partner is a musician, and together they operate a guitar store, venue, and bar in Portland. In addition her two children are studying music, with her son taking piano lessons and her daughter taking guitar lessons. Her favorite part about living in Portland I the outdoors. “I love getting out and going hiking.” She also loves animals and has one dog and will be adding another furry friend to the family soon.
At Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, we are committed to individualized treatment for people with Traumatic Brain Injury, and we know that Natalie’s warm demeanor and extensive experience will serve our clients exceptionally well. Please join us in welcoming her to our team.
As a counselor, Kris treasures the moments she spends with people rebuilding a meaningful life after a significant injury or heartbreaking event. Specializing in Pain and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Kris supports people as they learn to accept their new life while finding ways to live whole heatedly and authentically. Kris utilizes a variety of modalities to facilitate this process, including mindfulness, expressive art, writing, movement, as well as Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Kris applies these modalities with individuals, couples, and with groups. When she is not at Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, you'll find Kris deep in the woods riding her off road motorcycle far from civilization.
One of Kris’s passions is using movement to facilitate healing for clients in our Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Pain Program. While Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps people reframe problematic thoughts and challenge core beliefs about pain, movement helps clients access non-verbal emotions associated with their injury that are contributing to fear of movement and impeding full recovery. Using trauma-informed movement (https://www.traumasensitiveyoga.com/), clients experience the physiological symptoms of activating their sympathetic nervous system. The natural response to movement is increased heartrate and shortness of breath, which mimic a stress response, however when this stress response is engaged in the context of the therapeutic relationship and grounded in coping skills, the associated fear of movement that diminishes. In this practice, clients learn how to set boundaries and listen to their body, and with this newfound influence over their physiological state, their fear related pain often diminishes.