Ryan Pope , PT, DPT
Ryan Pope is a Physical Therapist and one of the newest members of the Empower team. He has a broad interest in hobbies and sporting activities, and a focused passion on providing quality patient care!
Ryan grew up in Pocatello Idaho and was very active in team sports, such as basketball and soccer. He attended Idaho State University for his undergraduate studies where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Even though he was no longer competing in team sports, he started to branch out into martial arts and competed in judo and jiu jujitsu. While completing his Bachelor’s degree he also worked as a Wildland Firefighter. This experience helped him develop a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the outdoors.
Ryan then attended Duke University and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. While at Duke, he completed clinical rotations in the cardiac unit of Duke Hospital, an outpatient neurologic clinic, and an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Virginia where he worked with collegiate athletes from Radford University. Along with other colleagues, he also completed a systematic review on the effects of wearable motion technology on exercise in older adults that was published in the Journal of Gerontology.
Following graduation, Ryan started working as a traveling Physical Therapist. As a traveler he has worked in outpatient clinics and skilled nursing facilities in various states including Mississippi, Arizona, and Oregon.
Throughout his studies at Duke and during his time working as a traveler, Ryan has developed a passion for working with patients with various conditions ranging from orthopedic injuries, chronic movement disorders, and vestibular dysfunctions. Regardless of the condition, Ryan’s true passion is helping others and he is looking forward to working with the Alaskan community!