About Dr. Judy Gooch, MD

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Professional Training:


  • Undergraduate: Northern Michigan University
  • Medical School: University of Michigan
  • Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan


  • Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Board Certified Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Board Certified American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

I grew up in Michigan. As a young child I learned to ski. In spite of Michigan’s short icy hills, I loved it. At age 12 my Dad took me skiing to Colorado and I fell in love with mountains. Riding home in the back window of the car, watching the mountains recede, I knew I would one day live in the west.

I went to undergraduate school in the frigid, yet beautiful upper peninsula of Michigan (of course to race on the ski team). In addition to skiing, I met a PM&R physician, Mike Coyne. As I watched him help people with quadriplegia and strokes, do nerve tests, and work with athletes I knew PM&R was for me. Creative, innovate, diverse and helping people live life, it was the best.

I completed medical school and PM&R residency at the University of Michigan. After completing residency, I applied for a job at the University of Utah. It was late November. The PM&R department chairman drove me up the canyon and parked the car at the Alta ski area. I took the job immediately. Actually, the rehabilitation program looked great too.

For over 30 years, I have worked with children and adults with neurologic conditions. The foundation of my practice is helping patients find ways to use brain plasticity to improve their function.

For 26 years I worked at the University of Utah. I was a professor, doing research, teaching and treating patients. I was also the medical director of the Rehabilitation Service at Primary Children’s Hospital. In 2012 I began a private practice called Utah Neuro Rehabilitation. In addition, I ski raced with Park City Masters program for years and years. I also hiked and biked.

I started coming to Idaho Falls in 1989, treating patients at the Health Department. More recently, I have had the great fortune to work at the Eastern Idaho Spine, Sports and Rehab Center.

Working in the eld of PM&R, helping people better move, talk, think, function and live life has been a profound privilege.

Dr. Judy Gooch, Avid Outdoors Enthusiast.

For many years she has competed in alpine ski racing. She also loves to bike and hike in the beautiful western mountains.
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