Manual Therapy Associates

Specializing in osteopathic physiotherapy, acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders, sports injuries, headache disorder, women’s health, and visceral manipulation.

Our goal is getting you back to the things you love and enjoy!

Our Treatment Approach

Our practitioners are highly trained in osteopathic manual therapy. This approach focuses on identifying a structural dysfunction, or what we call somatic dysfunction.

What is Somatic Dysfunction (SD)?

Somatic dysfunction begins with injury. This can involve the nervous system, fascia, muscle, the vascular system and inflammatory processes, and the immune system.
Somatic dysfunction alters structures that then produces altered function. This results in altered movement patterns. Left untreated, altered movement patterns can result in secondary somatic dysfunction, which produces further structural imbalance and pain.

Individualized Treatment Plans

We understand that every patient is different and requires and individualized treatment plan, specifically addressing their individual goals.
Our practitioners will specifically evaluate your problem (s) and prioritize end goals so you can return to the things in life you love and enjoy.

Meet the Team


Dennis Eaton graduated in 1989 from Pacific University, Forest Grove Oregon, receiving a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Since graduation he has pursued extensive continuing education in Osteopathic Manual Therapy through the URSA Foundation and Jones Institute since 1989. He is co-owner and member of the teaching faculty for ANSBalance, teaching Manual Therapy classes. He served as the Director of Physical Therapy for Oregon Health & Sciences University Pain Management Program from 1999-2001. He has also pursued education in workplace ergonomics in both the industrial and office settings, and has set up numerous ergonomic and injury prevention programs including, Oregon Health & Sciences School of Nursing, City of Portland Fire Dept., Portland Water Bureau, Portland Maintenance Bureau, Wells Fargo Bank, and other private corporations. He has served as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Mt. Hood Aquatics Swim Team from 2006 to 2016. He also specializes in the treatment of professional string-instrument players, and provides Physiotherapy services for the Portland Symphony. Dennis’ favorite past-times are hiking with his wife of 39 years, making great food, and enjoying time with their son, who is currently pursuing a career in medicine.


A graduate of Shenandoah University, Melissa began her career in acute care and has practiced physical therapy since 2007. Her study of manual therapy with ANS Balance HRV starting in 2015 changed her outlook on traditional physical therapy and she now uses this knowledge to help improve patient pain, mobility, and function.

As a previously certified CrossFit coach, athlete, and weightlifter, Melissa understands how passionate athletes are about their sport and wants to keep them injury free and moving to the best of their ability.

Melissa resides in Gresham with her husband and son. When she’s not busy helping her clients, she enjoys cooking, hiking, weightlifting, and gardening.


“Melissa is the best body worker I’ve encountered. She’s a magician when it comes to realigning the body to its optimal state.” - Cindy
“I’ve been seeing Dennis for years. I’m consistently impressed by his expertise and dedication to rehabilitating the whole body, not just what I came in for.” - Lanette