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PDX Monthly has named Dr. David Westerdahl one of Portland’s Top Sports Medicine Doctors for 2024

Dr. Westerdahl is proud to be presenting and teaching medical providers on ultrasound guided procedures at the 2024 Musculoskeletal Galaxy Conference in Portland, Oregon

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Meet Dr. Westerdahl


Dr. David Westerdahl

Dr. David Westerdahl, MD FAAFP RMSK, started Sports Health Northwest, Inc to provide the best possible care for patients in Portland, Oregon. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Medicine. Dr. Westerdahl is also a former Panthers NHL and Dolphins NFL team physician, and has worked with numerous professional, college and high school teams. He enjoys working closely with atletic trainers, physical therapists, and referring physicians to help athletes of all ages return to play. 

Building on over 18 years of experience working with patients of all ages at the Cleveland Clinic as a sports medicine specialist in the Department of Orthopedics, Dr. Westerdahl takes a comprehensive approach to patient care. He provides thorough evaluations of injuries and the most up-to-date and innovative treatment options. 

Dr. Westerdahl grew up in Washington and graduated from Washington State University. He then attended medical school at Loma Linda University in California. He is a board-certified and fellowship-trained sports medicine physician specializing in treating musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries, orthopedic injuries, and performing musculoskeletal ultrasounds.

His focus is to help patients overcome injuries and pain by working together to develop a healthcare relationship that accurately diagnoses their problems, enhances recovery, and improves quality of life. While working for Cleveland Clinic, he embraced the motto of caring for the sick and investigating their problems. During his work at Cleveland Clinic, he developed a reputation for helping patients with complicated orthopedic and sports-related conditions. In many cases, he provided a second or third opinion on treatment options. 

Dr. Westerdahl’s interests include sports injuries, arthritis of the knee and hip, tendinopathies of the upper and lower extremities, musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnostic and guided interventional procedures, minimally invasive procedures like Tenex (percutaneous tenotomy/fasciotomy), cooled radiofrequency ablation for knee and hip arthritis, ortho biologics like platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate concentrate, sports-related concussions, human performance, and orthopedic second opinions.

Dr. Westerdahl is board-certified in sports medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and family medicine. He completed a sports medicine fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus in Cleveland, Ohio, and his family medicine residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. He is also certified through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 

Dr. Westerdahl also has an interest and additional training in healthcare communication. He edits and writes medical board exam questions and serves as volunteer faculty in Providence Milwaukie Hospital’s family medicine residency program, where he enjoys teaching and working with other physicians.

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Leah Gaedeke, MSN FNPC

Board Certified Nurse Practitioner 

Leah Gaedeke, FNP


Meet our exceptional nurse practitioner, Leah Gaedeke, MSN FNP-BC, who brings over two decades of expertise to Sports Health Northwest. Leah has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washington State University and her Family Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science in Nursing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Leah has extensive experience and training in the field of metabolic disorders, weight loss, neurology and neurosciences. She has a reputation as an excellent diagnostician and healthcare communicator. She has an ability to make complex conditions easy to understand. Throughout her career, she has dedicated herself to helping patients navigate the complexities of these neurologic conditions, providing compassionate care and support.

Leah has a strong desire to use her professional training and clinical skills to help her patients live better. She directs the Weight Loss and Metabolism Clinic at Sports Health Northwest, where she works diligently and thoughtfully to assist her patients efforts to lose weight, get stronger, feel better, and enjoy life more. She utilizes her unique experience and training to bring a unique approach to supporting her patients while coaching and helping motivate them towards their goals.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Leah leads an active and fulfilling life. She is an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, and hiker. She is often accompanied by her beloved dogs and family on various adventures. Embracing the great outdoors, she finds solace and joy in nature, which further fuels her passion for promoting a healthier and happier lifestyle.

At Sports Health Northwest, we are grateful to have Leah as part of our team. She brings extensive knowledge and experience to our practice. We are confident that her effort to help our sports and musculoskeletal injured patients, as well as, lead the Weight Loss and Metabolism Clinic, will result in an outstanding clinical experience for our patients. With her guidance, our patients can expect personalized, evidence-based care to help you achieve yoru health goals, while also addressing any underlying metabolic concerns.

If you are interested in losing weight or have a musculoskeletal injury or neurologic concern and would like to make an appointment to see Leah, contact us by phone at 503-747-6376 or through our website. 



Sports Health Northwest, Inc
12672 NW Barnes RD, STE 100
Portland, OR 97229
Phone: 503-747-6376
Fax: 503-530-8406

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