Erik Meira, PT, DPT
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The PT Podcast is hosted by Erik Meira, a physical therapist with North Lake Physical Therapy in Portland, Oregon. He is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with extensive experience in the management of sports injuries at many different levels. After witnessing the success of his CSM educational session “The Many Faces of Sports Physical Therapy”, he developed The PT Podcast as a way to provide other physical therapists with insight into the career paths of many of the more established PTs and to discuss current topics in the profession. And, in case it isn’t obvious, he has no idea what he is doing…
He began his training at the University of Florida where he had the opportunity to be a student trainer with Gator Football. After finishing his physical therapy degree, he moved on to The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC where he overhauled the patient education program and became a physical therapy adviser to the GW Medical School. After moving to Portland, OR he started his own private practice Elite Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine now called Black Diamond Physical Therapy. He also founded and directed the Northwest Society for Sports Medicine, a group of regional sports medicine providers who provided continuing education, professional support, and community outreach in the Pacific Northwest.
Erik is extremely active in the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT) serving on the membership committee since 2005, followed by becoming the membership committee team coordinator in 2010. In 2008 he helped initiate, organize, and then chair the Hip Special Interest Group and served two terms as the AASPT Program Chair for Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). Erik currently serves on the AASPT Executive Committee as the Representative at Large.
He has authored several articles and textbook chapters and has lectured at conferences sponsored through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Physical Therapy Association, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association covering topics such as the hip, knee, shoulder, exercise prescription, returning athletes to sport, science application, and PT practice business models. In his free time, he enjoys mountaineering, skiing/snowboarding, ice climbing, backpacking, and woodworking.