About Us

Here at Columbia Physical Therapy we are driven by our mission statement to provide physical therapy in a professional, caring, and pleasant environment. Our entire staff works hard to provide a patient-first atmosphere in which your comfort and care are our primary concern. Your satisfaction is how we define our success!

Our Physical Therapists are highly trained and use only safe and effective evidence-based physical therapy. Education is important to our staff, and through seminars and classes, we ensure our therapists know the latest and most effective techniques in their field. All of this means a faster, better and more comfortable recovery for you!

Dale Blatter

Dale Blatter

Physical Therapist

Dale was born and raised on a farm in Southeast Idaho, where he learned both the value of hard work and the value of having a body that is physically able to work. These things drove him to work hard in school and increased his desire to help others. He decided that the best way he could do that was to pursue a career in physical therapy. He graduated from Idaho State University a Master of Physical Therapy in 1994. Immediately after Graduating, Dale worked for Kadlec Medical Center for two years, before joining the Columbia Physical Therapy family in 1996.

Dale now provides physical therapy in the Richland, WA office and loves to help those who come in to recover from injuries and get them back to enjoying their lives.

Dale and his wife Lara have 4 daughters, Erin, Emily, Allison, and Kate. When he is not working, Dale’s greatest joy in life is his family, and his favorite activities to do with them include boating, water skiing, wake boarding, and home repairs.

Clark Heath

Clark Heath

Physical Therapist

Clark was raised in Eastern Oregon and grew up working in the onion and sugar beet fields. The hard and often hot working conditions motivated him to pursue a college education. He received his Master’s Degree in 1990 from the distinguished U.S Army-Baylor Master’s Program in Physical Therapy. Clark proudly served on active duty in the Army for 6 years providing therapy to the fighting men and women of the Armed Forces and is a veteran of Desert Storm.

Clark joined the Columbia Physical Therapy family in 1994 working first in the Moses Lake clinic. A year later he was given an opportunity to open a clinic in Othello, utilizing his second language, Spanish, to communicate with many of the regions injured clients. In the 20 years of employment with Columbia Physical Therapy he has worked in the majority of the 14 clinics presently owned by the company.

Currently, Clark is providing aquatic physical therapy for patients in the Tri-Cities region in our Richland clinic. Having spent 15 years “on land” in therapy clinics, he decided 9 years ago to build and grow aquatic physical therapy services for patients of the Columbia Basin.

Clark married his sweetheart, Becky, in college and they are proud parents and grandparents to 2 daughters (1 son-in-law), 2 sons (1 daughter-in-law), and 1 granddaughter. Family is Clark’s top priority in life and when not in the clinic he can be found playing, working, and enjoying time with family members. He has completed half marathons with 3 of his children and 20 marathons on his own. Just ask Becky or any of his children and they will tell you in addition to running; tennis and Earth, Wind, and Fire make Clark smile.

Lorraine Howell

Lorraine Howell

Office Manager

Lorraine has been employed with Columbia Physical Therapy for 14 years as their Office Manager. She handles all the fundamentals of running the front office from insurance inquiries and verification’s, problem-solving any insurance issues to patient account status. She is the first smile you see and her goal is to help everyone have a good experience in our clinic.

Lorraine enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She supports her community by being involved in several different volunteer positions including CHIPS (Citizens helping in Police Services), and Water Follies.

Kris Johnson

Kris Johnson

Aide

Kris has worked here at Columbia Physical Therapy for 10 years as an Aide. Her duties as a physical therapist aide range from helping patients with basic needs to assisting Dale and Clark with procedures and exercises for patients. Quality patient care is her motto.

Kris is a native of Richland, graduating from Richland High School, and then earning her BA in Recreation and Leisure from Eastern Washington University. She is a sports enthusiast and enjoys rollerblading, walking and running.

Linda Bruns

Linda Bruns

Aide

As a physical therapist aide, Linda’s normal duties include motivating patients throughout their exercising routines and assisting Dale and Clark with their daily procedures.

When Linda is not at work she loves spending time with her husband and five kids. She also enjoys baking and spending time outside in her yard and garden.