Matt Merckling, ATC

Matt has always been fascinated with orthopedic medicine. His early mentors consisted of athletic trainers and physicians working in professional athletics who took the time to teach him about biomechanics and emergency response. He was originally interested in pursuing physical therapy as a career until he began spending time with orthopedic surgeons in the operating room.

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Matt has always been fascinated with orthopedic medicine. His early mentors consisted of athletic trainers and physicians working in professional athletics who took the time to teach him about biomechanics and emergency response. He was originally interested in pursuing physical therapy as a career until he began spending time with orthopedic surgeons in the operating room. “I became overwhelmed with the fact that a surgeon can take a patient who’s body was quite literally broken, fix them, and return them to doing the things that fulfill them.”

During his undergraduate degree, Matt completed two summer internships with the New York Giants medical staff in addition to his six clinical rotations with various universities, high schools, and physical therapy clinics in Southern California. Learning from medical professionals in the NFL supplemented his education with unique experiences. “Working with the vast resources that professional organizations have access to exposed me to new ways to think of rehabilitation and medicine as a whole”.

Working at Orthopedic + Fracture Specialists has allowed Matt to provide care to patients and simultaneously learn a tremendous amount about orthopedic medicine from the community of excellent providers that surround him. He hopes to attend medical school sometime in the future with the intention to become a surgeon and practicing in the Portland area.

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Education

Undergraduate Education

Chapman University, Orange, CA
- B.S. in Athletic Training

Internship

New York Giants Athletics
Atlanta Falcons Athletics

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