Owner, Ben Shatto
Ben Shatto, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS is Eagle, Meridian, and Boise’s leading physical therapist who helps active older adults get back to running, hiking or playing with their grandchildren so they can live without pain and be free from painkillers.
He specializes in addressing the whole person and not just a specific body part. So often a person’s pain point or medical condition needs a multifaceted approach to insure complete and long lasting recovery. He does not believe in a “mill” type approach and works one-on-one with each individual patient.
After working in a variety of private practices and healthcare settings, Ben founded The Medical Fitness Center because he saw that physical therapy care was no longer serving the patient. Healthcare (and specifically, physical therapy) has become so focused on money and bureaucracy that some practitioners have lost the focus on the individual patient who has unique needs. Healthcare costs continue to rise, yet patients get less care for the price paid.
Ben’s speciality is orthopaedic care and specifically how to treat the active aging adult. The Medical Fitness Center is designed to work one-on-one with physical therapy patients and also offers a unique medically oriented gym option for adults who understand the need for an “exercise as medicine” approach in order to age well.
Ben is the author of multiple books and the website www.ThePhysicalTherapyAdvisor.com. He is a frequent contributor to popular websites and podcasts including: Marathon Training Academy, The Longevity and Biohacking Show, and Competitor Magazine. He is also co-creator of the The Resilient Runner, the ultimate resource for self-treating and preventing running injuries.
Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a minor in Gerontology from Boise State University as well as a Master of Physical Therapy Degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Idaho State University.
He is a doctor of physical therapy and is a board certified Orthopaedic Certified Specialist in Physical Therapy as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Alana Shatto, Office Manager
Alana Shatto is a firm believer that physical therapy can help you to stay active and healthy and improve your quality of life so that you can avoid costly medications. As Ben’s wife, she has witnessed first-hand some of the amazing transformations of not only Ben’s patients, but her family and friends who he has helped throughout the years!
Alana graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She loves all things design! She has collaborated with Ben on his blog, www.ThePhysicalTherapyAdvisor.com, as well as served as editor and designer for his multiple books in The Physical Therapy Advisor’s Guide series.
She and Ben love spending time with their daughter Alexis. Alana loves yoga and enjoys family adventures.
She looks forward to serving you at The Medical Fitness Center!
Lisa Guinn, Front Office Coordinator
Lisa Guinn enjoys greeting patients and making them feel welcome when they walk through the door. Helping out in the office and connecting with people is the most rewarding part of her job.
Lisa is a Boise native who attended Boise State University. She loves reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, 3 kids, and miniature schnauzer.
She looks forward to greeting you at The Medical Fitness Center!
Taylor Powell, Physical Therapy Assistant
Taylor Powell‘s favorite part of her job is getting to spend one-on-one time with her patients and helping them to get stronger. She loves seeing how happy it makes them to be able to lead a healthier and happier life.
She attended Idaho State University as a student athlete in soccer and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She continued her education at Carrington College and specialized in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
In her free time, Taylor enjoys playing soccer, singing, and exploring the outdoors.
Erin Wingfield, Physical Therapist
Erin Wingfield, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT is a Boise native who became a physical therapist to help people return to the activities they love and live life to the fullest.
Erin’s broad experience across the spectrum of healthcare settings, including acute care, subacute care, and outpatient settings, informs her ability to treat patients with both chronic and acute conditions. Maximizing wellness and functional mobility in aging adults is a special interest.
Erin graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She went on to obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Puget Sound. After four years treating soldiers in the United States Army, she returned to the Treasure Valley to be near family and the mountains. Erin loves running, hiking, baking homemade bread, and helping her kids roast marshmallows over campfires.