About us: Meet your neighbors

A Lutheran-affiliated acute care facility

Thank you for visiting Columbia Memorial Hospital's website. While we're here, we wanted to take the chance to get you more acquainted with our staff, or your neighbors! As you may or may not know, CMH is the one of the largest employers in the Lower Columbia Region, and the majority of our staff lives right here with you. At Columbia Memorial Hospital, we hold our staff in the highest regard-we wouldn't be here without them. So please take this opportunity to meet one of our stars, and your neighbor!

Meet Tiffany Nguyen.

"My parents emmigrated from Vietnam in 1976 and found a sponsor in Portland, Oregon where I was born. However, I spent almost all my life in Southern California after my parents moved my siblings (3 sisters, 1 brother) and me at a very young age. I went to UCLA for undergraduate studies and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. I did my graduate studies at USC and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).

I initially specialized in pediatrics/orthopedics and worked with kids with special needs. I needed a change and decided to become a traveling physical therapist. I landed an assignment here in Astoria working for a local PT clinic. I met somebody local here, got married and was blessed with a 10.5 lb baby boy name Chance. He is now 2 1/2 years old. The pregnancy and delivery sparked my interest in specializing in Women's Health for physical therapy.

I started working for CMH in the fall of 2007 with great interest in developing the Women's Health Program for the Rehabilitation Department. I've taken several con ed courses to expand my skills in this area. I am currently working on getting C.A.P.P. certified (Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic PT) and plan on sitting for the exam to be a Women's Health Certified Specialist (WCS) which is recognized by A.P.T.A. (American Physical Therapy Association).

In addition to the typical patient population seen at the clinic, I am treating women of all ages with diagnoses ranging from incontinence, pelvic pain, SI dysfunction, pelvic floor weakness to prenatal/post-natal related musculoskeletal conditions. Even though this specialty mostly encompasses female patients, being a pelvic floor specialist also allows me to treat men who suffer from incontinence due to various things such as SP prostatectomy. I had my first male patient recently whose incontinence was resolved with physical therapy.

In addition to working as a physical therapist for CMH, I have become involved in the education arena. I recently started teaching a section in the CMH Child Birth Preparation courses on "Prenatal Exercise." In promoting good health and exercise, I started a fun weekly dance class entittled "HIp-Hop" cardio. Furthermore, being a firm believer of spiritual healing, I have joined the CMH prayer team which started last year.

During my free time, I like to do active things like hiking, snowboarding, surfing and biking. I'm also very involved in my spiritual life, as I am part of a local women's prayer group called "A Company of Women." However, most of my free time is now spent with my son, new fiancee (Dennis Thomas) and his daughters who reside in Warrenton. I am very excited about the upcoming marriage and the addition of daugthers to my life."

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