Dave Colescott is a physical therapist in the Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program (CORP), Harborview's neurological outpatient therapy clinic. In addition to practicing physical therapy with a neurological focus, he is an expert in wheelchair seating and positioning.
Dave treats patients with all the primary diagnoses seen in the program, including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and lower extremity amputation. He also participates in the clinical education of physical therapy interns. Dave has been in practice since 1991, with all but three years at Harborview. He has been practicing in CORP since 2001, where he began to specialize in wheelchair seating and positioning.
Dave earned his bachelor's degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and his master's in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
In 1999, Dave and his wife worked at a 150-bed mission hospital in North Kinagop, Kenya, where he was the sole physical therapist treating outpatients and inpatients in the medical, pediatric, surgical and maternity wards. Following his return to Seattle, he started his own private practice providing home health services and outpatient orthopedic services.
He is certified as an assistive technology professional with a subspecialty certification as a seating and mobility specialist.
Dave is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the local chapter of the Physical Therapy Association of Washington State. He is also member of the Neurological Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
In learning about each patient individually, my goal is to encourage and empower them to actively participate in and direct their rehabilitation treatment and program. I view physical therapy as a partnership between the patient and myself and any caregiver who may be involved in the patient’s rehabilitation. My experience has taught me that the patient who is most invested in their therapy has the best success.