Pete Olson, Balance co-founder, is a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer.
With his Master’s in Physical Therapy from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH, and his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology with a specialization in Athletic Training from the University of New Hampshire, Pete completed a residency and two-year fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy from the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, an affiliate of Mass General and Boston University. Based on the Norwegian National Program in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, the institute revolutionized Pete’s approach to evaluation, manual therapy, exercise therapy, and overall patient care.
In addition to working at Merrimack Valley Physical Therapy with Chris for five years, Pete also worked as a traveling physical therapist for Sunbelt Staffing, Inc., and as an athletic trainer at Physiotherapy Associates in San Francisco.
At St. Mary’s Medical Center, Pete worked with cardiac, pulmonary, and neurologically involved patients and post-surgical clients. At HealthSouth, Pete worked with elite athletes at the collegiate level from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Additionally, Pete volunteered with the Adaptive Ski program at Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, helping people with special needs enjoy outdoor recreational sports.
Pete works with a broad spectrum of patients, including children with muscular dystrophy, seniors with gait problems, competitive athletes, and everyone in between. Pete partners with every patient to achieve success. He encourages patients to be active participants in the process, teaching them how their bodies work and how they can be involved in every aspect of therapy and training. Pete’s a great listener, problem-solver and family man who enjoys kayaking, skiing, and sailing.