Dr. Dan Benson


Dan understands how hard it can be to be sidelined from an injury – he broke his back in 2005 and, after a lot of hard work, was skiing in New Zealand 6 months later. He understands the pain and frustration of a serious injury as well as what it takes to get better.

Dan is addicted to outdoor activities, lives to ski, played college soccer, and has a history of participating in all kinds of other sports – golf, tennis, basketball, trail running, triathlons, barefoot water-skiing, and many more.

Being active is why Dan became a physical therapist – he wants others to be able to share in his passion for movement and do so without pain or limitation.

He is motivated by patients’ stories – getting them back to doing what they love is why Dan puts so much time into learning about human movement.

His wife Anna is a nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center and she also loves outdoor activities and leading a healthy life. They have two amazing kids, Caden and Aurelia, and they exercise as a family often!

“My goal is to make this world as good of a place as possible by helping those I am fortunate enough to come to know – that includes family, friends, patients, and anyone else I am lucky enough to meet. It is a privilege for me to get to use my expertise in human movement, empathy, encouragement, and kindness to guide people back to pain free movement and more enjoyable activity.” ​

State Licenses

  • Washington / Montana

Specialties & Memberships

  • Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS – 2012 to 2022)
  • Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS), Gray Institute
  • Certified in Functional Manual Reaction (FMR), Gray Institute
  • Nike Golf 360 Performance Specialist (GPS), Gray Institute
  • Certified in Applied Functional Science (CAFS), Gray Institute
  • Certified in 3D Movement Analysis & Performance System (3D MAPS), Gray Institute
  • Foot / Ankle Certification, Gray Institute
  • Active Aging Certification, Gray Institute
  • Functional Yoga System Certification, Gray Institute
  • Certified in Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), Functional Anatomy
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Private Practice Section
  • Licensed in and member of the Washington state and Montana state chapters of the APTA

Physical Therapy Related Activities – Past & Present

  • Seattle Green Lake Running Group – provide free injury screens and running analyses every Monday night at the Green Lake track workout
  • Medical Nights at Super Jock & Jill Running Shoe Store – provide free injury screens and running analyses
  • Seattle Dance Medical Journal Club – discuss journal articles and their relevance to dance with a multidisciplinary cohort
  • Seattle Dance Medical Volunteer – work with dancers of all levels to assist with physical therapy and movement related needs
  • Seattle Pediatric Sports Medicine Group – discuss journal articles, public policy and case studies and their relevance to dance with a multidisciplinary cohort
  • American Lung Association Breathe Boot Camp – volunteer once a month to provide fitness training to individuals who contribute a small donation to the American Lung Association
  • GoMotive Medical Advisor – advised GoMotive on 3-dimensional, functional exercises for their exercise library while also assisting with the systems aspect of recording exercises on media devices

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Dan’s Contact
Email: Daniel.H.Benson@forefrontpllc.com 
t: (206) 279-2871