Tacoma Central Physical Therapy


(253) 251-2557
(253) 393-9187
Tacoma Central Physical Therapy
1804 W Union Ave Ste 101
Tacoma WA 98405
Clinic Hours:
Monday:  8am - 7pm
Tuesday: 8am - 7pm
Wednesday: 8am - 7pm
Thursday:  8am - 7pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm

By appointment only. Last appointment scheduled one hour before closing to allow for appropriate treatment time.

At Tacoma Central Physical Therapy, your Physical Therapist will create an individual program that is specifically developed for you based on a complete evaluation of your condition. Our rehabilitation philosophy is to promote healing through a combination of hands on treatment and specifically prescribed rehabilitative exercise, as well as to educate our clients in injury prevention, body mechanics and self-help techniques. We aim to provide you with the best physical therapy experience in Tacoma. 

We work with each individual client and their physicians to design a treatment program that fits their lifestyle to ensure the best possible outcome. The ultimate goal is for you to return to normal activities of daily living, work and participation in sports or recreational activities.

As you improve, your exercise program will progress to fit your needs for coordination, balance, endurance and strength training. You can expect your physical therapy experience to be unique, one on one and allow you to meet your individual goals. We are able to assist you with transitioning from exercise for rehabilitation to exercise for health maintenance, cardiovascular improvement, return to work and/or enhanced athletic performance.

Get to know our experienced and well trained staff who have been working side by side for over eight years to better serve the local Tacoma Community! Tacoma Central Physical Therapy is conveniently located near Allenmore Hospital on 18th and Union Avenue across the street from Life Christian Academy. Our office space sits next to the Proliance Orthopedic Surgeons behind Heritage Bank.

Same Day Appointments Available.  Call to schedule today (253) 251-2557.

- Services -

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

(POET) Post-Offer Employment Testing
Back Care
Balance Training/ Fall Prevention
Biomechanical Evaluation
Epley Maneuver/ Vestibular Rehabilitation
Foot and Ankle Care
Gait Training
Golf Fitness
Hip Care
Kinesio Taping
Knee Care
Manual Therapy
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Neck Care
Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Personal Training
Posture and Body Mechanics Training
Shoulder Care
Spinal Rehabilitation
Sport Specific Therapy and Rehabilitation
TMJ Treatment

- Staff -


Doctor of Physical Therapy, Clinic Director

Ben is passionate about how truly amazing the human body is and how the biomechanics and anatomy involved with activities and tasks we do on a daily basis are vital for how people live and function. With treatment focus on orthopedic injuries and lower extremity biomechanics including running and gait evaluations as well as post-operative rehabilitation including ACL/rotator cuff repairs and foot/ankle dysfunction, Ben feels fortunate to help people understand more about ways to treat their bodies for a long, active and fulfilling life. His strong emphasis of manual techniques of the spine has helped him develop better skills for treating difficult spinal injuries.

Ben ran track for four years at U. of Puget Sound and had the opportunity to coach mid-distance runners on a collegiate level for five years after graduating. Currently, he still enjoys running and being a part of the local running community. In Ben’s free time,  he appreciates getting outside to take in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest any chance he gets.

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Puget Sound
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from University of Puget Sound
  Certifications and Training:
  • Fellow- American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist

Ashley Darnell, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy Ashley has been practicing physical therapy for 9 years. She has been local in Tacoma and working in private practice and has experience treating a variety of injuries across the lifespan. Ashley has completed an American Board of Physical Therapy residency in orthopedics giving her advanced knowledge to treat complex diagnoses. Ashley believes in helping patients to understand exactly what is happening with their bodies and will develop a personalized treatment plan to address their specific goals and maximize function. Education:
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Creighton University, Omaha NE

  • Bachelor of Science, Integrative Physiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Meghan Barrington, MAT, ATC, CSCS

Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Meghan has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 3 years. Her passion is helping others feel safe, strong, and confident -- no matter their age, activity, or fitness level. She has worked with many different athletes from elementary school, to Division I collegiate football, to masters. With a background in strength and conditioning and nutrition, she values a proactive, holistic approach to her work. Meghan earned her Bachelor's Degree in Physiology from the University of Washington, Seattle, and her Master's Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Education:
  • Masters of Athletic Training, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  • Bachelor of Science, Physiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Certifications and Training:
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association

  • Kettlebell Instructor, StrongFirst

  • Certified Sports Nutrition Coach, Precision Nutrition

  • First aid and CPR certified, American Heart Association

  • National Athletic Trainers Association
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine

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