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At the MultiCare Institute for Research & Innovation, we pride ourselves in the contributions our researchers make to the overall world of medicine through scientific discovery, participation in cutting-edge clinical research trials, evidence-based practice research, and contributions to medical literature.

Innovations & Scientific Discovery

Researchers at MultiCare are making a difference in the lives of many through new discoveries and inventions. An exemplary example of the impact research can have on patient care can be found in work conducted by Dr. David Embrey at MultiCare’s Children’s Therapy Unit.

David Embrey, PhD, is a Physical Therapist at the Children’s Therapy Unit in Puyallup, Wash. Dr. Embrey has been conducting original research at Good Samaritan Hospital since 1990. Dr. Embrey has received more than $1 million dollars in grants and research support from national, professional, and local funding sources. As a patented inventor, most recently Dr. Embrey developed and refined an electrical stimulation system to help children with cerebral palsy and adults with stroke improve their ability to walk. Published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, this work received MultiCare’s President's Award for Excellence in Innovation.

Housed at the MultiCare Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit’s Movement Laboratory, Dr. Embrey reports, “Our research team shares a driving passion to improve lives for our clients.” This world-class facility utilizes three dimensional motion analysis, surface electromyography, and force plate data to discover new approaches for rehabilitation.

Dr. Embrey's 24 peer-reviewed publications highlight treatment efficacy for children with cerebral palsy, adults with stroke, and Africa’s children of war. Based on his original research, he has trained more than 1,800 therapists to make better decisions in every day clinical practice. As a former Tenured Professor and gifted speaker, he holds numerous teaching and faculty awards. The 21st Century International Conference on Youth and Education awarded Dr. Embrey the 2006 Outstanding Presentation, and he received the American Physical Therapy Association Foundation’s  “Researcher of the Month” for August 2011.