Growing up in a family of medical professionals in rural Washington, Dr. Pakula witnessed the difficulty locals faced with accessing healthcare. At a young age, she made it her goal to provide specialized, high-level care in a region with limited medical resources. This goal took her down the path of physical therapy, specifically focusing on back, neck and headache pain. After earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Pacific University, Dr. Pakula completed an additional year of specialized training through the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. Less than 1% of therapists hold this certification. She is the only therapist in Bozeman to have completed fellowship training, and one of only five therapists in the state of Montana. She has earned the reputation of being a leading physical therapist and has a proven track record of quickly helping people recover from back, neck and headache pain.