Alison S. Unterreiner, PT, CSCS


I have been a physical therapist since 1981 and an athlete all of my life. My distance running career began with my first marathon in 1979. I completed 14 more in the following ten years, including the First Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984, finishing in a personal best time of 2:49:45. I have a 36:10 10K PR and a 59:45 10 mile PR. I trained year round from the time I was 25 until I was 33, a period of time during which my work schedule, my social life and every vacation with my husband revolved around training and racing. I loved every minute of it then and I love every run I take today, though the competitive “baton” has been passed on to the next generation. I ran throughout two pregnancies, pushed the baby jogger for many miles and cheered two running offspring through middle and high school and collegiate running careers. When not at work I often enjoy live streaming video of track and cross country races throughout the year.

In 1981 I earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Stanford University. My career in Texas and California and for the past 25 years in Washington has primarily been in the area of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, serving in each clinic as the senior clinician responsible for evaluating and treating patients with running injuries. In 1996 I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). I have taught continuing education courses to physical therapists on the topic of lower extremity biomechanical dysfunction and its effect upon the knee, hip, pelvis and spine and have spoken at the Washington State Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Convention annual meeting for the past 3 years, as well as at numerous cross country camps.

I bring to my clients education and experience fused with common sense and an up-to-date awareness of current research related to running injuries and rehabilitation. My approach to patient/client care is a collaborative one. You are the most valuable resource in the healing and improvement process. I will count on you to contribute significantly to your success. My promise is that you will have my full attention each time we meet as I apply the depth and breadth of my knowledge, skills and abilities to your individual situation.


Memberships:  American Physical Therapy Association/APTA Orthopedic Section/ APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section/ Sports Physical Therapy Section Running special interest group/ Sports Physical Therapy Association Sports Performance special interest group/ National Strength and Conditioning Association.