Staff

David L. Parker, Ph.D.

Dr. Parker is a principal and the Executive Director of The Institute as well as a partner of Washington Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. He received his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University and his Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico. He has directed programs ranging from Cardiac Rehabilitation to the training of Olympic athletes. His scientific research and expertise have been in the areas of heart disease, altitude and heat physiology, physiological and biochemical adaptation to exercise and diet, aging, stress testing, body composition, nutrition, and athletic performance. From 1977 to 1996, he was the Boeing Chief Physiologist.

As a physiologist, his broad spectrum of experience allows him to integrate scientific and medical research into adult fitness and health management programs, as well as athletic training and performance which are effective for most anyone at any age or ability level. Currently, he is heavily involved in a program that he designed for comprehensive Fire Fighter Wellness Exams, a major offering to Regional Fire Districts and Departments. He has worked closely with the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy in the Health and Functional Fitness Evaluations of Academy Fire Fighter Recruits. His current work and expertise in DXA Body Composition Analysis is nationally recognized by medical professionals, as well as thousands who have undergone the Institute DXA Program. He has extensively published and widely lectured.

Parker@Washington-Institute.com

Jilliann Postforoosh, MPT

Jilliann completed her undergraduate work in psychology at the University of Washington and then went to the University of Puget Sound where she received her Masters in Physical therapy. Jilliann has been with Washington Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation as a Physical Therapist for 0ver 15 years. Her service and professional results with her many patients over the years, evident in returning patients.

When Jilliann is not working she loves the outdoors and looks forward to skiing year round (water skiing season transcending into snow ski season). Additionally, she enjoys hiking and playing soccer. She is dedicated to her family; her husband and two children.
Jillian@Washington-Institute.com

Michael Lewis, MS, PT

Michael heads up Physical Therapy at The Institute. An Eastside native, Mike graduated from Bellevue High School before receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Puget Sound. While at UPS, he was a starter on defense while lettering Varsity three years and also coached collegiate football. He was recognized as a Conference Scholar Athlete. Mike graduated with honors with his Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine.

Mike enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities. His expertise and interests are in expediting his patients recovery and returning them to full activity from orthopedic extremity and spine injuries and surgery. His current role also includes biomechanical gait analysis and orthotic prescription.

Lewis@Washington-Institute.com

Cindy Zech, PT, M.ED

Cindy has resided in Kirkland for the part 30 years. A native of Michigan’s great lake region, she received her degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor before relocating to the Northwest. She attained a Masters in Education from Seattle University, authoring and publishing a book for children entitled “SOS:Save Our Spines, A Back School for Kids” which offers a two-fold approach. A coloring book provides education for elementary aged students and the more complete teachers’ manual provides guidelines and script for teachers, coaches and others who work with children regarding healthy spinal care habits. Cindy has been active in the Eastside community coaching sports teams and serving on the Kirkland Park Board and the Kirkland Performance Center Board.

Zech@Washington-Institute.com

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Miller, BS

Acceleration Performance Trainer

Eric joined the WISM staff in June 2010 after completing a 400 hour internship, during which he completed Acceleration Training by Athletic Republic, as well as assisted our physical therapists in administering treatment to patients.  Eric graduated in Spring 2010 from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science, with a specialization in Clinical Physiology.  He was born and raised in Shoreline, and played varsity soccer for Shorecrest High School, during which time they placed 3rd in Washington State.  Eric became interested in the field of Exercise Science after struggling with, and eventually overcoming a number of conditions common to young athletes (Plantar Fasciitis, Sever’s Disease, Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease).  Eric specializes in soccer, but has also fenced on-and-off for 6 years.