South Hill Physical Therapy in Puyallup

Jones Strain/Counterstrain | SERVICES | STAFF | TESTIMONIALS

Phone: (253) 840-8051
Fax: (253) 840- 439713909 Meridian East
Suite A2
Puyallup, WA 98373
Monday: 7:00AM – 6:00PM
Tuesday: 7:00AM – 6:00PM
Wednesday: 7:00AM – 1:00PM
Thursday: 7:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday: 7:00AM – 1:00PM
By appointment only. Last appointment scheduled one hour before closing to allow for appropriate treatment time.

Welcome to South Hill Physical Therapy Clinic, conveniently located on Puyallup’s South Hill.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality healthcare and exceptional service for our patients while maintaining a strong commitment to high ethical standards. We believe the patient’s health and well-being come first, and strive to maintain a warm, compassionate, and caring atmosphere whether the focus is on acute care, or developing long-term solutions for chronic conditions.

South Hill Physical Therapy Accepts Tri-Care!  We enjoy working with active duty and non-active duty military personnel and their families.

Same Day Appointments Available.  Call to schedule today (253) 840-8051.


– Jones Strain/Counterstrain –

Jones Strain and Counterstrain is a manual therapy technique, meaning the clinician only uses their hands to treat muscle and joint dysfunction, which often presents with pain. It uses passive body positioning of spasmed muscles and dysfunctional joints toward positions of comfort, easing the tissues that are compressing or shortening the structure causing discomfort.  The purpose of shortening is to relax aberrant reflexes that produce the muscle spasm forcing immediate reduction in tightness back to normal levels. This allows the joint influenced by the involved muscle, ligament or tendon, to function optimally, increasing its range of motion and easing pain. Strain and Counterstrain is an effective and extremely gentle technique that moves the patient’s body away from the painful, restricted motion, into a more comfortable, less painful movement.


- Services -

South Hill (Puyallup) provides expert care for a wide range of conditions, click the links below to learn more or call to schedule with a Physical Therapist.

Aquatic Therapy – Off Site
Athletic Rehabilitation
Back Care
Balance Training/ Fall Prevention
Biomechanical Evaluation
Elbow and Wrist Care
Foot and Ankle Care
Gait Training
Hand Therapy
Hip Care
Industrial / Work Rehabilitation
Kinesio Taping
Knee Care
Manual Therapy
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Neck Care
Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Pediatric Physical Therapy: Ages 6-21
Pelvic Floor And Incontinence
Post Surgery Rehabilitation
Posture and Body Mechanics Training
Shoulder Care
Spinal Rehabilitation
Sports Specific Therapy and Rehabilitation
Vestibular Clearing and Rehabilitation
Women's Health and Pregnancy Related Therapy
Work Therapy and Rehabilitation

- Staff -


Darren F. Mott, MSPT, JSCC

Physical Therapist Since graduation, he has continued to grow his practice in Puyallup where he has lived most of his life while raising a family.  He enjoys boating, camping, travel and spending time with his three children and close friends. Darren has been an active member of the Puyallup School District Medical Careers Advisory Board for many years.  He has also served with both State and National Chapters of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Darren’s practice is primarily manual therapy and exercise-based.  He has received continuing education through North American Institute of Manual Therapy and numerous APTA sponsored courses.  He has received sports-specific training directly from Robert Donatelli, PhD, PT, OCS.  He is also a board certified Jones Strain/Counterstrain clinician treating utilizing this gentle positional release manual therapy technique for over 15 years.  He received most of his advanced training directly from Randy Kusunose, PT, OCS, JSCCI president of the Jones Institute, who was initially mentored and trained by Dr. Lawrence Jones, DO, founder and developer of this non-traumatic gentle technique.  Darren is now teaching these techniques both locally and internationally.
  • Masters of Science of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons Graduate School for Health Studies in Boston, MA in 1995
Beth Lyter

Beth Lyter, DPT, COMS

Doctor in Physical Therapy Beth’s own volleyball injury in high school initially spurred her interest in physical therapy and she therefore has a great capacity to empathize with her patients.  Beth has returned to U.P.S. as an Adjunct Faculty Clinical Instructor, and worked in various out-patient Orthopedic clinics.  In addition, she specializes in women’s health physical therapy and has a strong background in manual therapy. Beth and her husband Kevin have two young boys, ages 4 and 7.  Beth loves to work out and stay active, as well as cook, play the piano and spend time with family and friends.
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, 2002

- Testimonials -

“Overall, I am truly grateful for all that I have gained from being at South Hill Physical Therapy! Learning how my body works - how everything connects and moves- from Beth and Shanik has helped improve my daily home and work activities (lifting, standing, bending, etc.). I can say I no longer go home hurting and sore because I can do everything properly! Thank You!”-Kassi Wright
“I'm ten years old. I was riding my motorcycle on memorial day weekend on trails. Then I crashed and broke my knee. A few months later I started physical therapy.  They helped me get more and more extension in my knee. At first I couldntwalk on my knee but now I'm ready to wrestle again.  Thanks to Darren, Shanik and Jack.”-Paul Holmquist
“When I came in the first time I was not able to sit for long periods of time, twist my head, look over my shoulder, drive my car or sit at my desk for work. Sleeping was also difficult. After about 12 visits I am able to sit, sleep, drive and twist my head without pain or sleepless nights.  RET has helped me gain back my mobility without pain and taught me great ways to continue to stay pain free. Thank You.”-Sonya Bresnahan