About Us

Amy Benton

Amy Benton is the co-owner of Prime Performance LLC.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

Amy Benton is the Chief Clinical Officer and the Head of Dance and Performing Arts Rehabilitation at Prime Performance LLC. As a former dancer and performer of over 20 years, she understands the intricate needs of performers. She provides the highest level of physical therapy and performance training to athletes and dancers looking to reach their goals in the studio, on stage, and in competition. Amy has been a Physical Therapist for over 13 years, she is a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT),  Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and a dance rehabilitation expert.

Amy provides hands on Physical Therapy treatment, injury prevention, metabolic testing, and performance coaching to athletes and performing artists. Amy created and conducts dance specific, cross-training workshops and educational seminars. These are geared towards helping dancers recover from injury, build a better base of strength, reduce risk factors for injuries, learn new techniques for safe flexibility, and improve overall performance. She also provides Physical Therapy and coaching services backstage to performers touring on Broadway, and companies performing in the Portland, OR area.

Outside Prime Performance, Amy is the Physical Therapist for The Portland Ballet, and serves on their Board of Directors. She is a health care provider featured on the Dance Wire health care network, and an active member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).

In her free time, Amy enjoys dancing, rock climbing, aerial acrobatics, Yoga, running, lifting weights, and traveling with her husband, son and daughter.

Matthew Marino

Matthew Marino, Prime Performance

Licenses and Certifications:

    • Physical Therapist in Oregon & Washington
    • Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation
    • Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE)
    • Six Sigma Black Belt
    • Certified Performance and Sport Scientist (CPSS)
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
    • Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F)
    • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
    • Certified Oxygen Advantage Advanced Instructor
    • Certified in Metabolic Analysis
    • Certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Fundamental Capacity Screen (FCS), Y Balance Test (YBT)
    • TrainingPeaks Level 1 Coaching Accreditation

Matthew Marino is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Head of Performance at Prime Performance LLC. Matt is passionate about helping people heal, improve overall health, enhance wellbeing, and perform at the highest possible levels in sports, at work, and in life. Matt’s scientific approach to delivering the highest quality Physical Therapy, sport science, and performance coaching leverages cutting edge technology to collect and analyze highly accurate and reliable data to design personalized treatment plans and training programs. His approach attacks the root cause of problems, targets the highest priority limitations, and eliminates them. Matt delivers a continuum of services to help patients and clients recover, return to sports or work, prevent injuries, and optimize health and performance.

Matt has been a trainer and coach since 2001. He has been a Physical Therapist since 2006, practicing in sports, orthopedic, industrial, neurological, and long-term acute care settings. As a lifetime learner, Matt has obtained decades of post graduate training, and holds numerous advanced certifications. In recent years Matt has become focused on his work as a sport scientist, allowing him to combine rehab, science, and coaching to deliver a unique spectrum of services.

Matt helps clients set their baseline, understand their physiological profile, uncover their unique limitors, train toward goals, and track changes over time. These data inform return to sport decision making, identify key treatment or training objectives, and monitor progress. Matt has extensive experience conducting metabolic analysis, including resting metabolic rate (RMR) tests, and a variety of exercise tests. Exercise tests include graded exercise testing (GXT) protocols such as intermittent step tests of varying durations, 5-1-5 and 4-1 assessments, and tests of repeated sprint ability (RSA). These tests are used to determine oxygen consumption (including VO2 max), thresholds, training zones, and unique physiological limitations as a basis for his training program design and coaching services. He also does in depth breathing analysis covering biomechanical, biochemical, and psychophysiological components of respiration including spirometry testing. Matt believes strongly in the importance of healthy, functional breathing. He’s seen first hand the benefits of respiratory training for improving general wellbeing and performance, and includes science based respiratory training within comprehensive strength and conditioning programs.

Outside the clinic and gym, Matt is an internationally recognized expert in ergonomics, specializing in design, testing, utilization, and implementation of wearable technology, exoskeletons and exosuits in clinical and workplace environments. He became focused on medical exoskeletons in 2011, and began working with occupational exoskeletons as a consultant in 2015. In 2019 Matt joined HeroWear as the Director of Ergonomics and Human Performance where he spent 3 years before returning to his consulting practice. Matt has been an active member of the ASTM F48 Committee on Exoskeletons and Exosuits since its 2017 inception, and he became a founding partner of the ASTM International Exo Technology Center of Excellence in 2019, where he continues to be dedicated to building, connecting, and energizing exo technology research, standards, and applications for the good of humanity.

Matt grew up as an athlete playing numerous team and individual sports. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue Team. When he’s not working or volunteering, he can be found seeking adventure outdoors, climbing, running, hiking, biking, paddling, skateboarding, snowboarding, camping, and enjoying life with his beautiful wife, two awesome kids, and phenomenal friends.