Staff

Zane Smith, PT, MPT, OCS

Owner

Zane is a native of the northwest and grew up in east Portland. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2003 with a Masters in Physical Therapy. He also has a BS in Human Biology. Zane believes that regardless of where the patient receives physical therapy, it must be comprehensive; encompassing not only tools to treat inflammation and pain, soft tissue dysfunction, muscle imbalances, and specific weakness as well as overall functional limitations, but also enhancing the patient’s ability to treat themselves and continue to thrive on an independent basis. In addition to treating orthopedic conditions, his other professional interests include the management of chronic headaches to include migraines as well as other chronic pain conditions. When not in the clinic Zane loves to spend time with his wife Leslie and their two children Zoe and Gage, at home in Washington. They enjoy snow skiing, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities. Zane and Leslie are heavily involved in their community and in promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Dean Barrus, R.P.T.

Founder

Dean founded Vancouver Rehabilitation in 1984, and later founded Camas Physical Therapy and Salmon Creek Physical Therapy. He was raised in Vancouver and received his physical therapy degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. He and his wife have raised five children in the Vancouver area and they are now happy grandparents. He is very involved in church and civic functions and, they have both served on various charitable foundation boards. Dean’s physical therapy practice has always been centered on kind and compassionate patient care. He is well respected in medical circles as evidenced by the success of his practice. More often than not, when a local physician or their family needs therapy, they will call Mr. Barrus at Vancouver Rehabilitation as they know they will always be treated with kind professionalism.

Patti Nichols, Office Manager

Office Manager

Patti was born and raised in Michigan and after college she moved to Anchorage, Alaska where she spent over 20 years enjoying the “Last Frontier”. Patti moved to Vancouver, Washington in 2001, where she met her husband John and moved to Camas. Patti has worked in the customer service, medical office billing and management field for over 30 years from large medical centers to small family clinics. She is an avid sports enthusiast, especially for University of Michigan football and golf. Patti and John enjoy spending time with their many pets, gardening, and playing bingo with their friends at the local Moose Lodge.

Becky Sorensen, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Becky Sorensen was born and raised in the Rogue River Valley of Southern Oregon but spent the majority of her life in scenic Northwest Montana. She spent her early years in Montana working in Optometry but changed careers in 2013 when she became licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Becky is fully committed to focusing on the individual; listening well, and executing a plan of care that is unique for each and every patient. Becky is passionate about making the world a better place by taking care of one patient at a time, creating a connection that achieves personal success. When she is not helping patients she is busy with flower gardening, needle-arts and pottery.

James, PT

Physical Therapist

James began working for Camas Physical Therapy as a PT in 2017, but was a former employee of Timberline and Camas PT for several years while working towards his degrees. He earned his BS in Kinesiology at Washington State University in 2010. He then moved to San Diego County and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2015. He has lived in Washington on and off since 2000, graduating from Camas High School in 2005. James uses an evidence-based approach to create a personalized plan of care that fits the needs of each patient. He believes in working closely with patients to develop goals that will lead to improved function. Outside of work, James enjoys spending time with family and friends, staying active, and sports.

Jordyn, PT Aide

Physical Therapist Aide

Jordyn is our Physical Therapy Aide here at Camas Physical Therapy. Growing up and living in the Vancouver area, Jordyn graduated from Columbia River High School. In June 2015, Jordyn received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Western Washington University, located up north in Bellingham. Jordyn plans on pursuing a career as a Physical Therapy Assistant by applying to Whatcom Community College’s PTA Program this fall.

When she is not working at Camas PT, Jordyn likes to spend her time with family, friends, and her Labrador, Mazzi, as well as working out, playing soccer, all outdoor adventures, and exploring the city life that the Vancouver/Portland area has to offer.