Jim Wallace has joined Apex Physical Therapy as a full-time physical therapist, working mainly in orthopedics and sports therapy.
A physical therapist for 14 years, Wallace lived in Pensacola, Fla., before moving to Central Oregon.
He served in the Marine Corps after of high school, then attended the University of Alabama, graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.
In Florida, he said, I worked with outpatient rehabilitation of stroke, spinal cord and head injury, and motor vehicle accident patients. I also worked some in home health and outpatient orthopedics.
While spending time in a traveling physical therapist program, which took him to Tacoma, Wash., Oceanside, Ore., and Eugene, Wallace said, We were always passing through Central Oregon and fell in love with this area.
Because of his time in the military, he wanted to either work at a Veterans Administration clinic, or an orthopedic facility, and found a position at Apex.
Wallace, his wife Michelle and their son Logan, 2, live in Redmond, and enjoy its proximity to Smith Rock.
We spent time in Central Oregon before moving here. We both love the outdoors, the mountains, and love the Smith Rock area, he said.
He and his wife are eager to do some rock climbing, hiking and try snowshoeing and other winter activities. We want to see all Central Oregon has to offer and enjoy the nice weather, he said.
Since starting his new job April 15, Wallace said, Ive met a lot of nice people here and feel welcomed already. – Susan Matheny