John A. French, M.D., was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his bachelor-of-science degree, with honors at the University of California – Davis. While attending Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, he met Lauren, now his wife of over 25 years. As a medical student, he was exposed to the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and was fascinated with the idea of restoring function after injury or illness. With his newfound interest, he joined the rehab department at Baylor for his internship and residency, which held the rehab philosophy of treating the “whole patient.” After living in Texas for 7 years, he missed the Northwest and followed his heart to Oregon. He joined a private practice in Salem with Dr. Charles Moore in 1987. Alongside his new partner, they started Salem Rehabilitation Associates in 1988. When not at the office, he can often be found on a handball court, riding his bike, or hiking one of the many beautiful trails in Oregon.
J. David Hook, M.D., Ph.D., received his medical training at the University of Texas Medical Center, Galveston, Texas, where he had previously served on faculty. His residency was at the Mayo Clinic. He's been with Salem Rehabilitation Associates since August 1998. He was drawn to the field "because it seemed so practical." He knows that "working to get people back to what they were doing before an accident or medical problem changed everything requires a solid medical foundation, common sense, and sometimes a good imagination." Dr. Hook enjoys roasting coffee in his free time.
Erik D. Blake, M.D., received his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1995. He then completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 1999 at the University of Colorado, where he served as Chief Resident. He joined Salem Rehabilitation Associates in 1999, intrigued both by the quality of the practice as well as the beauty of the Willamette Valley.
Following his first year of medical school, he was drawn to both the Northwest and physiatry after spending the summer with his aunt and uncle in Bellingham, Washington. His uncle introduced him to what he described as a "holistic doctor," where the patient was treated as a whole, not just as someone with a heart problem or a kidney problem. He took special interest in becoming a physician who could diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems, working to maximize the overall functioning and quality of life of his patients. In his third year of medical school, he spent time working with a physiatrist, and subsequently was convinced that this would be his chosen specialty.
At Salem Rehabilitation Associates, he likes the variety of patients and their diagnoses, especially musculoskeletal disorders and muscle pain. Performing nerve and muscle tests (NCS/EMG) is another special interest.
Outside of work, he is an avid soccer player and loves rooting for his kids' and favorite teams. He feels fortunate to have persuaded his parents to move to Salem from Atlanta after their retirement. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children.
Raymond B. Brumbaugh, M.D. attended the University of Iowa where he received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and a master’s degree in biomechanics. He worked for several years as a research engineer and research scientist in the defense industry before pursuing a medical degree at the University of Colorado.
It was at the University of Colorado where Dr. Brumbaugh was first introduced to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He was drawn to the field in part because of the relevance of his biomechanics background to musculoskeletal disorders, prosthetics and orthotics. He pursued his graduate medical education at the Mayo Clinic where he completed an internship in internal medicine followed by a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
He joined Salem Rehabilitation Associates in 2002, being drawn to the group by the opportunity to work with patients having a broad spectrum of rehabilitation diagnoses ranging from in-patient rehabilitation of stroke and spinal cord injury to out-patient treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. When away from the office, Dr. Brumbaugh enjoys scuba diving, canoeing and exploring Oregon with his wife and children.
Steve X. Truong, M.D., has spent several years in the rugged Northwest, which he now considers home. He completed his undergraduate training in Walla Walla, Washington, and obtained a B.A. in Biochemistry; he finished his medical training at OHSU. After a calculated detour to San Antonio, Texas, he fulfilled residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He served as chief academic resident for the program, and graduated in June 2005. Dr. Truong met his wife in Texas, and they have moved back to the Northwest where he started practicing in Salem as a rehabilitation physician in June of 2005. His initial interest in physical medicine and rehabilitation emerged from personal experiences, and through working with disabled children at Shriner’s Hospital. This has matured to a general passion to working with adults, too. In sharing the same philosophy as most rehabilitation doctors, he works toward optimizing a person’s function and quality of life, despite the individual having underlying illness and dysfunction. Interests outside of medicine include classic Pacific Northwest pastimes: traveling, camping, and hiking. However, nothing tops spending time with friends and family over a warm, authentic Vietnamese meal.