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Meet Our  Meridian Clinic

Dr. Jeffrey R. Taylor, PT, DPT

Hometown:  Fruitland, Idaho

Degrees:  Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Idaho State University) and Bachelor of Science (Boise State University) 

Following Boise State University, Jeff moved to Pocatello, Idaho to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Idaho State University (ISU). While at ISU, Jeff had the opportunity to focus his clinical rotations on outpatient orthopedics. Jeff graduated from ISU in 2012 at the top of his class with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jeff is certified in athletic training and is a certified ASTYM provider.  Jeff is one of the only physical therapists who specializes in vertigo in Meridian and has a high success rate with getting his patients better with physical therapy for the spine, orthopedics, and vertigo. 

Why Physical Therapy?:  Jeff enjoys the unique opportunity to help individuals return to a high functional status and improve their quality of life by participating in physical therapy.  Jeff’s patients range between the ages of 8-97 years old.  Jeff is kind, patient, and truly cares about the patients’ well-being.  Jeff sees patients with injuries, from pre-operative and post operative physical therapy in hip fracture recovery and total knee replacements.

Specialties:  Spine, Orthopedic, Vestibular in Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  As an Idaho native, Jeff enjoys all outdoor activities, such as, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, and rafting. Jeff also tries to stay active with participation in recreational sports, cardiovascular training, and resistance training.

Dr. Kristen Folger, PT, DPT

Hometown:  Salem, Oregon

Degrees:  Doctorate of Physical Therapy (A.T.  Still University, Mesa, Arizona)  and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (Boise State University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Kristen has always enjoyed helping others achieve their goals and she wanted a career that would allow her to make a positive difference in people’s lives on a day to day basis.  She was first exposed to PT following her mother’s hip replacement surgery and from there her interested in the medical field took off.  Physical Therapy seemed like the perfect fit due to her athletic background and her eagerness to help others achieve an active lifestyle.  Kristen provides physical therapy services in Meridian, Idaho. 

Specialities:  Spine, Orthopedic, Vestibular in Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  Playing with her dog, Hailey, including fetch at any of the local parks or taking her to the river to swim.  Road trips all over the country; her goal is to visit all 50 states.  Participating in any and all recreational sports and staying active with cardiovascular fitness and resistance training.

Dr. Devyn R. Dodge, PT, DPT

Hometown:  Lancaster, California

Degrees:  Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Azusa Pacific University) and Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Physiology/Physical Therapy (Biola University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Devyn has been an active person her entire life as a competitive gymnast, cheerleader and soccer player with hobbies such as snowboarding, wakeboarding and riding motorcycles. Her love for the medical field started while volunteering at a hospital in high school. During an internship in college she got her first taste of the physical therapy world, and after only a few weeks she knew she had found her calling in life.  Physical Therapy is the perfect blend of the medical field that helps people get out and do what they love pain free. Nothing beats the joy of seeing a person’s face when they reach their goals. Whether small goals like first steps after surgery, or big goals like an athlete returning to the field, every day is a day closer to reaching that goal.  Devyn is also a certified ASTYM provider.  Devyn services physical therapy in Boise. 

Specialties:  Back, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Balance in Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  Devyn loves to do anything that involves spending time with her husband and two daughters. Whether that’s camping, boating or riding bikes during the summer, to snowboarding, snowmobiling or sledding during the winter.

Jake Skinner, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Middleton, Idaho

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Health (University of Idaho)

Why Physical Therapy?: Jake went through physical therapy as an injured athlete and developed an interest in exercise science.  Now he is excited to be on the other side, helping people return to the level of activity they need to achieve their goals and maintain their health.

Specialties:  Exercise Science

Hobbies: Jake enjoys being outdoors like any native Idahoan whether that’s being out on the lake, camping, or snowboarding. Jake also enjoys staying active, playing rec sports, and spending time with friends and family.

Zac Heyrend, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Idaho Falls, Idaho

Degrees:  Associate of Art and Associate of Science (Paradise Community College) and Bachelor of Science in Biology (Boise State University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Helping people regain the ability to take part in their sports, hobbies and passions or just helping them get back to a level of function that is required to live happily is such a rewarding experience that Zac feels he has to be a part of it!

Specialties:  Exercise Science

Hobbies:  Zac is an outdoor enthusiast, he enojoys mountaineering, kayaking, and white water rafting. Zac is a professional river rat/Gambler- he worked as a professional guide on a number of rivers throughout the United States and Central America. It also brings him much joy being a husband to his wife Brittany and being a new father to his daughter.

Hayden Powell

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Health (University of Idaho)

Why Physical Therapy?: It is very rewarding for Hayden to help those who are in pain and discomfort and get them back to being able to do what they love and want to be doing!

Hobbies: Hayden loves anything outdoors such as ultimate frisbee, football, basketball, hunting, fishing, and hiking.  He also likes to travel and be with his family and friends.

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