Success Stories and Expert Testimonials

Albert McMurry
aka “Reverend Al”, concoctionist and maker of locally owned, national award-winning “Reverend Al’s Bona Fide Potents

Before meeting Becky, I was ready to slide into an uncomfortable and overweight middle-aged existence. My low-back hurt all the time and my sciatica would put me down regularly. Chiropractic treatments provided temporary relief at best. Becky taught me how my low back and body worked. I learned to appreciate small incremental improvements – that that slow, consistent movements done in good form is restorative and longer lasting. She helped me create a personalized routine that I still practice today. I gained awareness of my body position, balance and how I move throughout the day. All these little lessons added up to no longer experiencing nagging-to-debilitating pain and regaining my strength and mobility. I’m gardening, working on my feet all day is a breeze, and I now workout several times a week. As a bonus, I lost about 30 lbs over the last year. I owe her my renewed wellbeing.
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Jack Dearth
Crystal Mountain Ski Instructor, Outdoor Enthusiast, and Husky Aficionado

I first started seeing Becky after having fairly extensive surgery to repair a broken shoulder. Once out of the sling I had almost no mobility. Now, not only do I have nearly full range of motion, but the shoulder is stronger and more stable than before.

Becky’s expertise and attention to detail is matched only by her professionalism and dedication; listening to feedback and making sure the patient gets the most from specific exercises and manual therapy as an active participant in their recovery.

Not only is Becky an excellent physical therapist, but she is a wonderful person and I would recommend her to anyone.

Jack Dearth
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Kasha Sonntag
(mother) to Isaiah — 15 year old competitive basketball player & all-around athlete

After having worked with Becky for my own low back and hip injuries, I had no doubt who the right Physical Therapist would be for my 15 year old son, Isaiah, when he was prescribed PT for his knee pain (patellar tendinitis). Isaiah plays basketball year round and the hours of running, jumping and pounding were causing significant pain in his knees.

Becky identified contributing factors, such as which muscles needed to lengthen/release as well as which muscles needed to strengthen, and then taught Isaiah correct form. Isaiah is able to continue doing at home much of what Becky taught him so he can maintain the gains. Working with Becky has made a tremendous difference in reducing Isaiah’s knee pain while playing.

Becky approaches an injury not by looking at the immediate symptoms or tip of the iceberg, but by looking with a wide angle to address the root causes. Using her deep understanding of the body, Becky carefully crafts an individualized plan for your recovery and performance goals. She gently pushes you, with incredible attention to detail, towards your personal best.

Kasha Sonnta Testimonial

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Katie Saul
Firefighter, Ironman Triathlete, Outdoor Enthusiast

I have been working with Becky for about 3 years and I am so grateful to have finally found a PT that understands what I need!

When I came to Becky, I had been dealing with an ongoing back injury for years but had not found anyone that really “got it”. On top of that, I had just started my career as a firefighter which really put the need to be proactive about my health in perspective. Yes, I could get in and out of my car just fine and, yes, I could do my job, but I was not able to push myself in the ways I enjoy or live up to my full potential.

Becky understood that being able to do the bare minimum is not what my life is about, so we started from the ground up. Because of how long my back injury had persisted without any real fix I had developed some bad habits and imbalances. When I started going to see Becky we worked on the simplest things like how to stand, walk and breath correctly. She gave me exercises to do on my own and as things improved, the exercises changed and the movements became more complex. This was a great feeling to see progress like that!

She even had me doing cool and challenging Pilates moves on the Reformer, which can really spice up the PT routine since I’m sure we can all agree PT exercises are not always the most exciting. The improvements took time and dedication, but they were absolutely worth it! Becky helped me understand how to better manage my body’s little quirks, how to keep them in check, and how to help get them back in order when I push a little too hard in my play time.

You may think that’s where the story ends, but 2 years ago I had a pretty serious climbing accident that left me with 2 broken wrists, broken cheek, broken elbow, concussion, banged up knees, and hips, and I guess you could say I was just a pretty big mess over all. While I required specialists for things like my hands and face, Becky helped get me back on the road to recovery, keeping me moving, giving me things to work on in order to get me back to 100%. Best of all when I told her my goal was to be back on skis for opening day 5 months after my fall, she said “let’s get to work!” rather than rolling her eyes at my lofty ideas.

A little over a year after my fall, I completed my very first Ironman race, and I could not have been happier for how far I had come and for Becky and the great team of people behind me. Having someone that knows you, knows what you are capable of and how your body works can mean everything when it comes to recuperating from an injury or surgery.

Having a healthy body for the long run, and being able to engage in all the activities I love, these are the things that are important to me. What I appreciate most about Becky as my PT, is that she gets that.

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Dr Jannine Krause
ND, Sports Acupuncturist, Fitness Enthusiast

I have worked with Dr. Becky Rucker personally and professionally and she has always amazed me with her knowledge, attention to detail, caring and determination to help her clients. As a doctor, I have found it hard to find a physical therapist that looks at the client’s entire body versus only the part that is injured. In addition, I have found it hard to find therapists, like Dr. Becky, that are committed to doing research and thinking outside of the box for their clients.

Dr. Becky’s background in Pilates is an added bonus as she is able to incorporate this into her client protocols. This makes her unique and is one of the reasons why she gets amazing results with her clients. She has successfully treated many of my clients from powerlifters, runners, triathletes, weekend warriors and more.

Dr. Becky helped to restore function of my left shoulder after a lifting injury, as well as educate me on core stability to put my nagging back pain in check. Dr. Becky’s expertise has kept me lifting weights, running, skiing, and mountain biking for years and I look forward to continuing working with her to maintain my fitness and the fitness of my clients for life.
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Erin Duffy
Occupational Therapist, Structural Medicine Specialist, Avid Recreational Biker and Salsa Dancer

I was treated by Becky for issues stemming from my low back. I was experiencing an unstable feeling in my low back, as well as numbness and tingling into my toes. Becky is such a good therapist and instructor. I love that she is so particular about the exercises she uses to stabilize the spine. Unlike many other therapists, she spends basically the entire time with you. I often find that other therapists advance exercises so quickly but Becky places great emphasis on accurate and quality execution of the movements. It is also so helpful when she uses my cell phone to video our exercises for home reference. I have recommended many of my clients to her and the feedback is always positive!
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Kaitlin Linke
STOTT Pilates Instructor, Fitness Enthusiast, & Avid Hiker

I have seen Becky as a patient, and have referred many of my clients to her over the last few years. I can say, with all honesty, that she’s one of the best physical therapists out there. There is no one I trust more with my own personal recovery and the recovery of my clients. Her creative approaches, problem-solving solutions and her overall understanding of the human body far surpasses many physical therapists that I have personally seen.

I live with disk degeneration in my L4 & L5 and have a tear in my L5&S1 disk. I also suffer from SI joint instability. I have lived with this injury for over 16 years and while on this road to recovery, I had become quite jaded with the back specialists out there who only seemed to provide temporary relief. Discovering Pilates was the first real long term solution I found to help with my back issue. In fact, I loved it so much that I decided to become a STOTT Certified Pilates Instructor. However, when I ended up re-tweaking my back a few years ago, I was sent to Becky Rucker who is also a STOTT Certified Pilates Instructor. Since seeing Becky, I have been able to take my athletic ability to a whole new level.

Not only does she provide new approaches and solutions to the issues you deal with but she has a way of deepening your understanding of your own body. When working with Becky, I always felt safe. She knows when to push you and when to pull back. She is constantly monitoring your form and making the smallest of adjustments that have the greatest impact. If you have a loved one that is suffering from any physical injury, or anyone that is wanting to take their athletic ability to the next level, the best thing you can do for them is to refer them to Becky Rucker. I do not give out referrals without personally vetting them myself, because I am my own patient and because I know how arduous our healthcare system can be at times.

The success I experienced while under her care, has led me to return time and time again. She has a thirst for continuing education and a great desire to find new solutions to everyday issues. She’s passionate, driven and always has your best interests at heart. She will continue to be the first person I will call when I injure myself or when a client’s injury falls outside the lines of my expertise.
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Dr. Jason Stockton
Owner of Tacoma Family Chiropractic & Team Chiropractor to Tacoma Rainiers and OL Reign

We are blessed to have a lot of great Physical Therapists in our South Sound community, but there is no one I trust more with my patients than Becky Rucker. She has the rare combination of incredible expertise and creativity with her rehabilitation strategies as well as a great ability to communicate with her patients. Not only do I refer patients to Becky, but I have utilized her for my own injuries over the last several years. She helped me immensely as I worked to recover from back and knee injuries. You will not regret your decision to trust Becky Rucker with your health and recovery needs.
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