Mitch graduated from the University of Washington School of Physical Therapy in 1977. He joined a physical therapy practice in Tacoma, Washington and later founded and managed Harbor Physical Therapy for 25 years.
His wife, Jonette, is a Lutheran pastor serving Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran church in Stevenson, Washington.
Mitch was on the auxiliary faculty at both the University of Washington and University of Puget Sound Schools of Physical Therapy, teaching evaluation and treatment of cervical spine and temporomandibular joint disorders.
He also pioneered a direct referral program from the Emergency Department at St. Joseph Hospital to his physical therapy clinic, seeing 2-3 very acute musculoskeletal patients per day, gaining knowledge and experience in evaluation and treatment of acute injuries.
Mitch was co-founder and board member of an institute teaching continuing education courses to therapists, physicians and dentists on headache, neck pain and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Working with his wife, Jonette, a marathon running coach, Mitch evaluated and treated runners training for a Team in Training marathon for 10 years, helping more than 500 ordinary people run a first marathon or half marathon.
Mitch did 2 missions with Medical Teams International treating patients and teaching in the Republic of Moldova and started a physical therapy service at a local free clinic, servicing patients who could not afford medical care.
Mitch is also a veteran of the Vietnam War and has a special heart and understanding of the problems faced by veterans.