Dr. Mary Lynn Hafner, PT, DPT
...Thanks to her professionalism and personal qualities the program was a success...with 100% satisfaction with her services." -Life Enrichment Specialist, Retirement Community, Redmond, WA
Everyone needs an advocate like you, " states a rehab patient in Issaquah, WA.
I am impressed with your clinical skills and insight, but it’s your compassion that makes you the whole package deal ! " OT Director, Arlington, VA
BS in Physical Therapy, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (1996)
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Stockton University (2012)
Washington State Department of Health, Physical Therapist 60397911
Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults
LSVT BIG Certified Clinician
Certified Health Coach, CHC
American Heart Association, BLS for the Healthcare Provider
The Joy of Movement: Lesson Plans and Large-Motor Activities for Preschoolers (2019)
Hello! I'm glad you found me.
I'm a physical therapist and self-development nerd who likes reading journaling, yoga and listening to podcasts while walking.
In high school, I had extreme back pain. I couldn't participate in gym class and moving hurt. The original x-ray looked like a tumor. Luckily, it was a vertebral anomaly.
I was told to try physical therapy (PT) for posture and strengthening. It worked. The pain went away.
A career in physical therapy sounded fun so decided to dig in. I became a hospital volunteer candy striper. Yep, wore the red and white striped smock! Then progressed to a therapy department aide. I liked what I saw, so off I went to a southern New Jersey state college.
I studied a lot, and worked as a student athletic trainer helping tape ankle sprains and perform first aide on the sport fields. By 1996, I earned a bachelor's degree in PT.
Over the last 20+ years, I've had the opportunity to work in hospitals, clinics and rehab centers in New Jersey, Virginia, California, DC, and Washington State.
Why so many moves? I was a Navy-spouse, relocating and surviving deployments with four children.
This was not always easy. As a result, wellness has been ongoing obsession for me as I searched for answers to my own chronic health challenges. It's this very struggle that helps me relate.
When the PT profession transitioned to a doctorate degree (DPT), I went back to school and in 2012 earned my clinical doctorate.
Upon moving to Washington, I set up a solo-practice and worked weekends at a skilled nursing home. With a renewed interest in aging, I passed a certification becoming an expert in exercise for the aging adult (CEEAA) as well as a specialty Parkinson's training certification with LSVT Big.
In December 2018- August 2019 I helped set up a small rehab clinic in a retirement community & enjoyed helping residents achieve their goals.
I'm spending time now sharing activities and tips with preschoolers and early education teachers.