Dr.Sam Watkins, a Seattle native, treats individuals of all activity levels from weekend warriors to the collegiate and professional athlete. As an undergraduate at Pacific Lutheran University, he was a goalkeeper for the men’s varsity soccer team. Sam continues to play soccer and is also an avid rock climber.
Sam has a particular interest in treating lower extremity and shoulder injuries. He utilizes his prior experience as an athlete and coach, in combination with knowledge of tissue healing, and strength and conditioning principles, to provide patients with activity-specific, individualized treatments. Sam works to assure clients can resume activities that they enjoy and those they need to function in their daily lives.
Together with Dr. Carly Catanese, Sam provides a VIP physical therapy experience for our growing clientele. From post-op care to chronic arthritic conditions, they follow best practice with measurable outcomes.
Pacific Lutheran University, BAS, 2014
George Washington University, DPT, 2018
Sam enjoys an active lifestyle all year long. He plays indoor and outdoor soccer, rock climbs, regularly strength trains, and skis in the winter.
Licensure, Certifications, and Professional Associations
Aaron diagnosed a detached ligament the ER and orthopedic surgeon both missed. He helped me go from barely being able to straighten my arm to getting back on my bike. As an aside, he's always on time for my appointments and there's 2 bus lines nearby & free parking outside the office!
Very helpful initial consult on a finger injury. We ended up discussing lateral epicondylosis as well. I left feeling confident about the odds for a full recovery and I've been reviewing Aaron's youtube material to supplement our in-person discussion. I'll be recommending Aaron to other climbers and while I'd prefer to just not get injured this will be my first call for future upper-body ailments.
I have had great experiences with both PT & OT at MoveMend. Due to chronic conditions I often have aches and pains (and less than perfect movement patterns). Sam and Aaron have been great in working with me to come up with realistic solutions that fit my lifestyle, and allow me to do the activities that I want. What more could I ask for? Good coffee, too!
Sam was great to work with and he efficiently got my shoulder back in shape after a dislocation by providing me with a specially-targeted exercise regimen. MoveMend does not use PT aides which meant I had Sam's complete attention for the full appointment time and so the instructions on my exercise form were consistent, high-quality, and helpful, which was not my experience at other PT locations that relied on aides.
Got great advice for my unusual climbing injury! It's invaluable having a medical practitioner that also knows your sport!
Aaron was great. He provided guidance on how quickly to expect recovery in stages, with useful information on what symptoms and improvements to expect along the way. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and interested in making the visits productive and efficient.
"I arrived at MoveMend with painful “Lateral Epicondylitis” (also known as tennis elbow) and I left with a rejuvenated elbow. Aaron and Joel are great to work with and they provide information, therapy, guidance and an effective remediation plan. Therapy was organized around my schedule and Aaron and Joel provided exercises to do at home. All together a 5- star positive experience!"
I had a wonderful experience with Aaron, Joel and the MoveMend team. They helped diagnose my tennis elbow and guided me through therapy that was customized as needed to help support my healing journey. The entire team brings a positive energy to the space.
"...after 2 months with Carly I am feeling strong, am skiing again, and have gotten very focused attention toward stabilizing my knee. I have faith in PT and MoveMend. Thank You!"
Carly was a pleasure to work with. She's intuitive, caring, and knowledgeable. My recovery has been great and I feel better prepared to prevent future injuries.
"I am not sure if there exists a place like MoveMend. Some clinics are just happy if you heal to the point where you aren't in pain, but MoveMend will work to get you to where you can do the things you enjoy the most."
"I really want to thank MoveMend. My arm hasn't felt this good in 5 years! The pain I used to feel as the result of my injury has subsided. Thank you so much Aaron and Joel."
“MoveMend put me on a comprehensive plan including clinical visits and exercises while at home and work. Couldn't have wished for a better result.”
“Excellent ‘real life’ exercise helping me reclaim and improve my athletic lifestyle! Can't recommend more highly.”
“He listens carefully, is compassionate and encouraging -- key factors to help you complete the course of treatment and fully recover.”
“In addition to his obvious expertise with wrist and hand, I appreciate his holistic approach.”
"I had a really great experience with MoveMend. I came to them with some serious tennis elbow and they helped me out every step of the way. Aaron and Joel were fantastic physical therapists, super friendly, very knowledgeable and just all around great guys."
“… offers not only technical expertise but wisdom: there's an art to training and injury recovery…because it's not one size fits all. I highly recommend MoveMend.”
“Employees really responded to the Stretch and Flex program”
“Technical expertise and sincere compassion are second to none. I cannot recommend more highly”