Dr. Kevin Yurkish grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, the farthest north of Canada’s large cities. This is where he developed interests in hockey, volleyball, snowboarding and rugby.
His education began at the University of Alberta, where he received his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, graduating on the Dean’s List. In his final year he worked as the athletic therapist for the University’s Men’s Soccer Team. As the team’s primary medical provider, Dr. Yurkish traveled across Canada consulting with medical doctors, physical therapists and coaches to manage care for the athletes.
Dr. Yurkish continued on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Western States, finishing at the top of his class. During this time he also earned his Master’s of Science in Sports Medicine. This opportunity granted him the experience to treat professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes at different marathons, triathlons, tournaments and races.
He really enjoys getting people into or back into living a healthy lifestyle. Living easy shouldn’t be so hard, and he enjoys finding ways to help people do the things they love. If you’re trying to get back into weightlifting, running, or hiking- but feel limited by your injury, he can help get you back on track!
What are Dr. Yurkish’s goals?
Run a sub 1:20 half marathon
Learn how to play the piano
Read more non-“Sci-Fi” literature
Hike to the top of Mt. Hood
Bike commute to work more regularly
Evidence-based medicine is incorporated into Dr. Yurkish’s daily practice, and he is devoted to treating every patient like an elite athlete. He is certified in Active Release Technique, and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS); he is also trained in Graston, McKenzie, and K-Tape methods.
During his time off, he volunteers in the Emergency Department at OHSU and he was recently invited to treat athletes at the NCAA Division 1 National Track and Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field.