About Us

Chris Wilson, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Physical Therapist, Owner

Growing up in Buffalo New York, I was always interested in a career in the medical field. I had personal exposure to the profession of Physical Therapy following an injury I suffered while competing in Freestyle Mogul Skiing. After achieving full recovery from my injury, I realized the amazing benefit Physical Therapy can have in people’s lives.

I graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Following graduation, I worked in Seattle, WA providing physical therapy services for 2 years at numerous outpatient orthopedic clinics, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

Following Seattle, I had an opportunity to live and work in Alaska, which initially brought me to a sports medicine orthopedic clinic in Fairbanks. I then migrated to the Anchorage area, managing multiple Physical Therapy clinics for a national provider as well as providing outpatient orthopedic Physical Therapy. In 2004 I became an owner and staff physical therapist for a multi-center outpatient orthopedic manual therapy clinic.

During these years I have continued to advance my education and clinical skills by enrolling and completing doctorate-level Residency and Fellowship training specializing in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and became a recognized Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. I am also a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Twenty years later, I am proud to still call Alaska my home.

I believe in providing unexpected value to each client that I work with as well as making my community a better place.

My wife and I enjoy raising our 2 boys in this amazing state! You may find us outside enjoying all the running, biking, hiking, rafting, fishing, skiing and numerous other outdoor recreational opportunities that Alaska provides.

Erin Newton


Erin Newton joined the team at Ideal Motion Physical Therapy in 2020.   She has previously worked at Ideal Motion PT along with several outpatient physical therapy clinics in the Anchorage area.   In addition, Erin has owned her own contract physical therapy business. 

Erin came to Alaska, from Canada, to compete for UAA on their alpine ski team.   She returned to Canada after graduating from UAA and completed her physiotherapy degree.  She worked briefly in Canada but returned to Alaska in 2001 to practice in the Anchorage Community.

Erin enjoys being active in the community.  She has been a coach for Alyeska’s Junior Racing program and has volunteered as a board member for Girls on the Run Southcentral Alaska.

Since the beginning of her training Erin has taken an interest in the orthopedic and sports therapy realm.   She enjoys working with athletes of all ages and getting them back to doing the sports they love.   Erin is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and enjoys taking continuing education classes to help improve her craft.   She is also certified in Intramuscular Dry Needling, which she uses to help improve patients’ pain and dysfunction.

Erin lives in the Eagle River community and loves her commute to work!  Erin lives with her husband Darin, two teenage boys – who are both active in sports, and her dog Copper.    When Erin is not working she loves to spend her time cross country, alpine and backcountry skiing, along with fishing, hiking, running, flying, and exploring the beautiful state that we live in.    

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Ideal Motion Physical Therapy
12551 Old Glenn Highway,Suite E
Eagle River, AK 99577
(907) 694-5515

Did you know?

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