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Balance Training & Fall ReductionWomen’s HealthWork InjuriesSports InjuriesAuto InjuriesBacks & Neck PainPediatrics • Post Surgical Rehab • Vestibular Rehab • Kinesiotaping • Manual TherapyCustom Orthotics

Physical therapists are an important member of your healthcare team. They consult with physicians, surgeons and other specialists to help people who have injuries or illnesses to alleviate pain, restore mobility and function. Physical therapists provide care to people of all ages who have functional problems such as back and neck injuries, sprains, strains, and fractures, arthritis, amputations, stroke, injuries related to work, auto related injuries, sports injuries and other conditions.

Physical therapists are trained to use a variety of different techniques to care for their patients. These techniques include individualized exercise and stretching programs, manual therapy techniques and soft tissue mobilization, the use of heat/cold and other pain reducing modalities. Your physical therapist also may use other assistive devices to correct and facilitate normal mobility.

Your physical therapist is an educated medical professional that has completed advanced levels of education (master’s degree or doctoral degree) in order become licensed to practice physical therapy in the State of Washington.

Pediatrics • Assistive Devices/Tool Modification • Custom Orthosis • Neuro Rehab • Chronic Pain • Ergonomic Assessments • Environmental Assessment and Adaptation • Industrial Rehab/Work Hardening

Occupational therapists or OTs help people of all ages to participate in the things they want and need to do. They use everyday activities or occupations as the basis of therapy (including but not limited to leisure activities, job tasks, self care tasks, or care-giving tasks). Occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments including home, work, school, and community. They addresses the physical, psychological, cognitive, and cultural aspects of their well-being through engagement in occupation. In order to promote physical and emotional health and wellness, OTs are trained to look at each person and their lifestyle comprehensively. This includes assessing their roles, routines, daily activities, and habits as well as identifying barriers to normal function in each individual’s daily life. Occupational therapists then develop and implement a customized treatment plan based on each individual’s goals and barriers, with the purpose of helping each person increase their functional performance in that person’s valued daily activities.

Typical occupational therapy interventions include helping children with challenges or disabilities to participate fully in school, play, or self care activities and develop age appropriate social skills; helping people recovering from injury or a debilitating event to return to their prior level of function; and providing support for older adults who are experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapists help people of all ages with developmental delays.

Pediatrics (ages 0-17 years) • Articulation/Phonology • Apraxia • Language Disorders • Speech Impediments • Autism • Social Skills • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia)

Speech therapy treats more than just words. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. In addition to evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a full range of communication and swallowing disorders, SLPs provide:

  • training and education to family, caregivers, and other professionals.
  • aural rehabilitation for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders.

Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may include problems communication for social purposes, talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and following rules for conversation and storytelling.

All individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social communication problems. Social communication disorders are also found in individuals with other conditions, such as traumatic brain injury. Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. These disorders usually happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia, although they can be congenital.

Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.

Traumatic Injuries • Fractures/Dislocations • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Tennis Elbow • Amputations • Tendon and Nerve Injuries • Wound Care • Post Surgical Early Rehab Protocols • Custom Orthosis Fabrication

Hand therapy is the specialty that addresses injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Hand therapists work in close conjunction with physicians and surgeons to determine readiness for best success. Services are provided by Certified Hand Therapists who have extensive training and experience in the field of hand therapy. CHT’s are Occupational Therapists or Physical Therapists who have successfully achieved Hand Therapy Certification.

Clinical Massage Therapy

Work InjuriesAuto accident injuries (whiplash)Sports Injuries • Headaches/Tension Relief • Muscle Pain

Massage therapy seeks to restore muscles and soft tissue to normal length and tension, while decreasing pain and enhancing function. While the human skeleton provides the framework of the body, muscles, ligaments and tendons hold bones in position and produce movement. When injury occurs, whether chronic or acute, muscles often respond by becoming shortened, tight, scarred, or painful. Massage therapy can loosen and relax muscles.

Clinical massage therapy is different from recreational massage at a spa or resort. While both can be relaxing, clinical massage focuses on specific problem areas and the functional outcomes of the treatment. This means the results of the massage must be measurable. The prescribed treatments are based on evidence from medical studies. Clinical massage is preformed for medical necessity.

Massage has been appreciated as a vital part of health care for thousands of years in healing traditions around the world. Massage therapists use a variety of myofascial and neuromuscular techniques to restore normal communication between muscles and the nervous system and to change the quality of soft tissue.

While many studies have supported the benefits of massage, medical massage is very different from spa massage. The priority of medical massage is to treat medical conditions and restore function.

Our Mission

Capstone Physical Therapy is a therapist owned private practice based in Whatcom County. Our mission is to provide the best patient care and customer service available with a commitment to both culture and community. We are committed to obtaining advanced levels of education, providing evidence based treatments and leveraging the experience of our team to deliver the highest levels of service. We are passionate about our professions and have compassion for those we serve.


I went to see Ben after crushing my tibial plateau and having it surgically repaired with enough hardware to hold a plane together. Before I went to Capstone Physical Therapy my knee had been immobilized in a brace for 3 months and my muscles had atrophied to the point where the simplest movements had become extremely difficult. Ben approached our Physical Therapy session with kind demeanor and a positive attitude which he backed with an incredible depth of knowledge. Ben’s encouragement and enthusiasm inspired me to push myself further then I believed I could each session. After about a month of training not only was I walking again, I was doing 1 legged mobility drills on a balance board tossing a medicine ball back and forth. Ben gave me my legs back, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. Ben and all the folks at Capstone Physical Therapy are top notch.
I have been coming to Capstone for a year after being hit by a car and having surgery. Physical therapy has been painful on some days but Dr. Ben always made it fun and worth all the hard work and effort. This has been a great place to have a healthy healing experience.
I do appreciate the things you taught me and I want to say thank you so much. You did a great job to an old woman like me. I am very stubborn, but I notice I cannot do it my way. So God bless y’all and keep up the good work
Capstone was amazing. I couldn’t believe how fast my back got better. I loved everyone I came encounter with. Wish I didn’t have to leave yet. Was a great place. I will miss everyone here. Thank you Capstone. I’m very grateful to all of you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Vonda! I will miss seeing you each week!
Everyone at Capstone has been so kind & helpful! I really appreciate all your help. I’ve improved so much thanks to you! I would highly recommend Capstone!! Thank you all for everything!!
I will recommend Capstone and their services to anyone who need them. The care and concern of everyone was awesome. I was able to get back on my schedule quickly because of them. I thank God for these people.
Great experience in every way! I would highly recommend you. Thank you!
It is so wonderful to be able to come to therapy that has Christian music in the background and the staff is so friendly but professional. Thank you so much for the wonderful environment.
Abby was the greatest. Not only was she very professional, she made the experience enjoyable. She really cared and made sure I was aware and understood everything.
Wonderful staff and overall experience. God Bless!
This was the best experience by far I have ever had with a medical institute. I felt like I was family. Thank you all for such an awesome experience.
I really like everyone here the crew here works with you and are very respective and helpful and everyone is really nice and fun to be around. Definitely my favorite place for physical therapy. Thank you all.
Ben Larner is an excellent addition to your staff. As is his PTA Katie. Their professionalism and knowledge of their craft was quite instrumental in my recovery from hip surgery. Big Kudos!! Their openness and approachability should be noted as well.
Katie is great! Keep up the great service!
Aimee kept me on task and every day I got better. Loved working with her.
Great professional services! Thank you!
Very happy! Everyone was helpful and my experience was excellent.

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