is new physical therapist
Kyle Westhoff, DPT, has recently joined the Physical Therapy department at St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education-Sports Science from the University of Idaho and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University. He is also a graduate of Prairie High School. Prior to working for St. Mary’s Hospital; Westhoff worked for Syringa Therapy Services in Grangeville.
Westhoff became interested in Physical Therapy after he sustained a shoulder injury while playing high school baseball. “I always had it in the back of my mind that physical therapy might be something that I would pursue, but strangely enough I started off at Idaho in the College of Engineering. After a year I knew it wasn’t for me so I switched to sport science and eventually that led me into Physical Therapy,” he commented.
A long term goal of Westhoff’s is to get more involved with local athletes in the schools. He wants to create a summer conditioning program for all school athletes to make them faster, stronger, and less susceptible to catastrophic injuries like ACL tears.
As a Physical Therapist, Westhoff knows how important physical activity is; so he stays active by snow skiing, running, and playing basketball. He is also the baseball coach for Prairie High School and the assistant coach for the Camas Prairie Zephyrs a legion baseball team.
“I am happy to be back home,” said Westhoff. “I have the upmost respect for the doctors and for St. Mary’s Hospital. Everyone working here seems to care deeply for their patients and the community.”
Kyle and his wife Whitney live at their family farm in Greencreek.