welcome to the neighborhood

Who gets the best results?


Running, Basketball, Tennis, Football, Climbing, Grappling, and Cycling are just a few of the sports I have helped people get back to.  My goal is to get you back better than before your injury!

Youth Athletes

Kids today train hard and specialize much earlier than in the past.  Injury prevention is of utmost importance.  This is done by addressing imbalances before they become an injury.

Active Lifestyle

Hiking, Walking, Bike Riding, Yoga, Kayaking, Bird Watching, Dancing, Fitness Classes, and Having an Active Job may not be considered athletics in the strict sense but are essential for those trying to maximize their healthspan to get the most out of life!


about  Dr. orion kooistra

Dr. Orion Kooistra was born in Anchorage, AK before moving to Fairbanks.  His physical therapy journey began at a middle school sports physical when a well-meaning doctor declared that he should quit sports because his knees would be "worn out by the time you're 30."  For two years he followed that advice and was rewarded with knee pain and a loss of connection with friends.  Then he disregarded that advice and discovered functional movement can help fragile and injured knees.

He went on to play high school basketball and tennis, and run cross-country and track.  He discovered yoga and CrossFit and became a Doctor of Physical Therapy and an Orthopedic Specialist and is now practicing the ATG system.  He is passionate about helping people of all ages find health through high quality movement, while also helping them disregard bad advice from well intentioned people.

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education & experience

  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Board Certified through ABPTS

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Pacific University OR

  • BA English, Macalester College, St. Paul MN

  • ATG practitioner

  • Crossfit Gymnastics Certified

  • Crossfit Level 1

  • Yoga instructor, Yoga Alliance 500 level




"Without Orion's insightful therapeutic guidance, I would most likely still be limping around in pain after developing an overuse injury at the beginning of the year from running and triathlon.  Instead, I was able to complete a half-Iron distance triathlon this summer thanks to Orion and Neighborhood PT! If that isn't a testament to the individual attention you will receive here, I don't know what is. Thanks so much, Orion!!!"

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mision & vision

"If you have a body, you're an athlete." - Bill Bowerman

Neighborhood Physical Therapy's mission is to empower its community to move better, feel better, and increase resiliency and healthspan regardless of athletic ability.  

My vision is better, more personal, preventative care delivered directly to the client by a network of community health and wellness experts