Vibrance Physical Therapy and Wellness is a clinic that recognizes the diverse elements that contribute to health and wellbeing of individuals. The best healthcare is patient-centered and individualized to evaluate and treat the assorted factors implicated in drawing the body away from health and homeostasis. Whether these factors are a result of an automobile accident, sports injury, or chronic disease, we apply a holistic approach to rehabilitation that is formulated to maximize the body’s ability to heal itself.
Our approaches are research-based and results-driven, utilizing proven and innovative techniques to make health attainable for all of our patients.
Helén Åkerberg Evans, PT
After 28 years of working as a physical therapist and a lifetime spent nurturing a passion for healthcare, Helén expands her practice this year by opening Vibrance Physical Therapy and Wellness. As founder and owner of the clinic, Helén offers proven and innovative therapeutic techniques coupled with functional nutritional counseling to restore optimal health and wellbeing to patients of the Salem area and beyond.
Helén began her career in healthcare after obtaining a nursing degree in 1985 from Bohusläns Vårdhögskola in Uddevalla, Sweden. Intrigued by the body’s amazing ability to heal itself with proper guidance she went on to become a physical therapist, graduating from the University of Gothenburg in 1988. Helén relocated to Portland the following year and worked at Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital in neurosurgery, outpatient orthopedics, and sports medicine before moving to Salem, where she has spent the last 24 years working with outpatient orthopedics and TMD patients. In 1999, Helén started specialization in the field of TMJ and has since become the TMD specialist of the area. Helén has been invited to lecture on TMJ and TMD for several annual classes of George Fox University Physical Therapy Program students. Her continuing education has also included studies in orthopedics, sports medicine, spinal stabilization, medical exercise therapy, McKenzie therapy, weight training, posture correction, yoga, and post-op treatment. After decades of observing the accelerated healing power that a balanced diet and lifestyle lends to patients, Helén began the rigorous training through the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy and received her first IFNA certification early in 2018. She continues to be invited by collegiate athletics programs to speak on the value of applying nutrition strategies to optimize athletic performance.
When Helén is not at the clinic or reading the latest in healthcare news she enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown children. After more than a decade of coaching youth soccer and watching the beautiful game played at all levels, Helén still devotes many weekends each fall watching her son play in collegiate soccer games across the region. She also makes time for outdoor adventures – hiking, mountain biking, snow skiing, camping, and waterskiing, as well as yoga, cooking, and partaking in Oregon’s fine wine country.
Nikia Evans, CSCS
Having recently returned from a year of professional soccer in Germany, Nikia joins the clinic as office manager and physical therapy aide with plans to attend OHSU School of Medicine this fall. Prior to her professional soccer career, Nikia played Division 1 Women’s Soccer while attending Portland State University for premedical studies, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. With an extensive personal background in the world of elite performance training and several years of experience coaching both soccer and basketball, Nikia brings knowledge of practical applications of strength and conditioning principles as well as a natural teaching ability to Vibrance Physical Therapy and Wellness.
Nikia spends much of her time outside the clinic coaching soccer and adventuring with her new pup. Her interests include a slough of outdoor activities as well as making music with her brother for their band. Since returning to the States, Nikia especially enjoys the ability to take advantage of family time and get together with friends whenever she can.
Maddie Klotzbach, CPT
New to Oregon, Maddie moved to the Salem area from Kansas to pursue a Physical Therapy Assistant education and to take in all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer! While in Kansas, Maddie attended Wichita State University and Bethany College, where she played for the NAIA Women’s Soccer program and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Nutrition. With years of experience competing in a variety of individual and team sports (Fun Fact: Maddie holds a national gold medal in youth gymnastics!) and plenty of time spent coaching and working at her local YMCA as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Maddie is a great addition to our team. She will fill the primary role of physical therapy aide and office staff while furthering plans to attend a physical therapy assistant program next fall!
Outside of work, Maddie thrives in the outdoors enjoying hiking, camping, fishing, and exploring with family and friends. Maddie has also found ways to further her lifelong passion for sports since moving to Oregon, having joined local slow-pitch softball and indoor soccer leagues.
While currently attending Pacific University for premedical studies and Division 3 Men’s Soccer, Connor works during breaks from his education as a physical therapy aide. In addition to pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology, Connor is finishing a minor in Outdoor Leadership for which he has summitted peaks, planned extended backpacking trips, completed courses toward becoming a rock climbing instructor, and obtained the rigorous certification as a Wilderness First Responder. Connor’s unique combination of experiences in elite-level team sports as well as outdoor feats of endurance and athleticism make him a natural addition our staff here at Vibrance Physical Therapy and Wellness.
In his free time Connor enjoys making music, sipping hot coffee in the sun while planning his next adventure, and making time in between to spend with friends and family.