5 Holiday Giving Options Offering Healthful Returns

The Holiday Season is a time for giving, and that includes supporting causes and organizations that make our communities stronger.

It’s in this spirit that we share some holiday giving suggestions that offer a more healthful return than simply writing a check.

After all, as physical therapists, it’s our goal to improve lives and the community by helping people move better and live healthier, more active lives.

It’s based on this that we thought to offer some ideas for how people can give back to their communities while, at the same time, also benefiting from various levels of physical activity.

Increase Joy, Reduce Stress

Such an approach to holiday giving isn’t just about contributing to one’s 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week, as recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The holidays are a pretty stressful time for a lot of people, and exercise is a proven way to reduce stress and anxiety while improving overall happiness. It just so happens giving and volunteering provide similar health benefits.

Put them together, and you’re likely to experience a more joyful and relaxing holiday season.”

With this in mind, consider following five ways to give back and be fit this Holiday Season:

Volunteer ‘Sweat Equity’

There are lots of ways to volunteer during the holidays, and many involve various levels of physical activity.

Collecting gift donations for a local children’s charity, for instance, or helping sort and deliver food donations for a food pantry, requires time, muscle and (if it’s a charitable year) good endurance.

Do a Charity Fun Run

Running continues to grow in popularity, and so do charity fun runs – even during the colder months of the year.

Registration for these runs typically goes to local charities, and some allow for added individual or team fundraising so you can maximize your donation.

Check your local event calendar for options.

Lend a Neighbor a Hand

Most of us have neighbors who could use a helping hand on occasion, be they elderly, disabled, alone, or short on time or money.

The holidays are a great time to check in with them and see if they could use some help with physical tasks like yard work, clearing the driveway of snow or ice, putting out Christmas decorations, or even childcare.

Walk Your Best Friends

Are animals your passion? Perfect! Animals need exercise just like people do, and most animal shelters welcome volunteers eager to play with and walk the dogs and cats.

Not only is walking great exercise for both people and pets, but spending time with animals can also lower stress and blood pressure.

Arm Your Smartphone

If the interpersonal aspect of volunteering doesn’t quite fit your personality, you still have options.

Some smartphone apps exist (Charity Miles is the most prominent) that allow you to convert workout miles and/or daily activity into donations to reputable nonprofit organizations.

Of course, if one or more of these ideas sound appealing, but discomfort, pain or a movement limitation is holding you back from giving back in this way, come by the physical therapy clinic.

At our clinic, we can assess the issue and put you on a path toward being more active – both physically and as a contributor to your community.

Lake Stevens

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Services

  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Hand Therapy
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Balance Rehabilitation
 

  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Custom Orthotic Fabrication & Gait Analysis
  • Work Injury Management
  • TMJ Treatment

Bryon Flett, PT, DPT, Clinic Director

Bryon was born in Everett, WA and moved to El Salvador with his parents at age 5 and went lived there for the next 13 years, therefore, he is fluent in Spanish. After graduating from high school, Bryon moved back to WA where he attended Whatcom Community College and then transferred to Western Washington University where he obtained his degree in Kinesiology with a physical therapy focus. From there he was accepted to the University of North Dakota in 2015 and earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2018. Bryon enjoys outdoor activities including running, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, hunting, snowboarding, and camping. His passion for physical therapy stems from his inner outdoor enthusiast and loves getting his patients moving in a pain-free manner so that they too can enjoy the subtleties found in life through movement.

Dave Wheeler, MPT, COMT, OCS, CEAS, CCI

Dave has been practicing Physical Therapy since 1998 in orthopedic settings and has been the Clinic Director of the Summit Rehabilitation in Lake Stevens since 2008. After getting his undergraduate degree from Washington State University, he went on to earn his Master of Physical Therapy degree from Idaho State University in 1998. Dave has advanced his education and is recognized as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist. He is also a Credentialed Clinical Instructor, accepting PT and PTA students from around the country. Dave uses a philosophy that includes the combination of manual therapies and exercise to provide individualized treatment plans for every patient. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and in the outdoors.

Bob Fankhauser, PT, M.Ed, COMT

Bob has been practicing for 40 years as a Physical Therapist in an outpatient orthopedic setting. He graduated from Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, CA and has an Advanced Certification in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Education. He has a special interest in the foot and ankle as well as the shoulder and knee. As a former teacher and coach, Bob has a long history of working with middle and high school athletes. He enjoys sports, skiing, traveling and enjoys spending time with his 7 grandchildren.

Adrian Lee, PT, DPT

Adrian graduated in 2016 with her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology while attending Texas Woman’s University, then continued her education there to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019. Adrian has a passion for educating and empowering her patients in understanding how they can manage pain from injuries to return to their functional goals. Currently, Adrian is a generalist in outpatient orthopedics with interest in future specialties such as geriatrics and vestibular rehabilitation. In her leisure time, Adrian enjoys hiking, exploring the pacific north west, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Hannah Lawrence, DPT

Hannah graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Kinesiology in 2017. She then went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from George Fox University in 2020. Hannah is passionate about empowering and partnering with her patients to achieve their individual goals. She believes in encouraging a physically active lifestyle to promote general health and wellness. Hannah is currently taking courses to become specialized in Pelvic Rehabilitation and Women’s Health. Originally from the Portland, Oregon area, Hannah and her husband love spending time outdoors, exploring all the beauty that Washington has to offer. When they’re not out on a trail, you might find them renovating their home in Lake Stevens.

David Dougherty MOTR/L, CHT

David is our newest hand therapist at Summit Rehabilitation-Lake Stevens. He is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and has been a hand therapist since 2005.  David completed his clinical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, after graduating with a Master’s of Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University, and a Bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin.  He also earned the distinction of Certified Hand Therapist from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.  He has worked as a hand therapist in Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, and recently in Silverdale/Kitsap, WA.  David retired from the US Army after 22 years of service, and settled in Lake Stevens, WA with his wife and children. He really enjoys the Pacific Northwest, and all it has to offer. When he is not at work, David is involved in outdoor activities with his sons.

Elizabeth Stromme, PTA

Liz graduated the University of Washington with a degree in Sociology. Upon graduation she moved to Southeast Alaska where she lived and worked for 22 years. She spent 18 years as a school district paraprofessional working with children with special needs and physical disabilities as well as owning her own massage therapy practice for 12 years specializing in Swedish, Deep Tissue and Lymphatic massage. She was adjunct faculty at the University of Alaska Southeast teaching certifications in massage therapy and she served as a teaching assistant for the University of Alaska Southeast’s anatomy and physiology courses. Liz returned to WA state in 2014 where she obtained her STOTT Pilates Instructor Certification which grounds its teaching principles in exercise science, alignment, and rehabilitation. In addition, she is STOTT certified as a Fascial Movement Instructor and Zenga Instructor. Liz is also PTA certified in LSVT BIG programming for Parkinson’s Disease. Liz graduated Whatcom Community College’s Physical Therapy Assistant program in 2019. In her off-time she enjoys her Pilates practice, teaching Pilates classes, and reading English history.

Lake Stevens – Hand Therapy

Hours:
Monday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Services

  • Hand Therapy Services
  • Custom Splints & Orthotics
  • Post-Surgery/Operative Rehabilitation
 

  • Work Injury Management
  • Repetitive strain injuries

Craig Jordan, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Director of Hand Therapy

Craig is our Director of Hand Therapy and has been working as a hand therapist since his graduation from The University of New England in 2003. Craig graduated with his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy and then continued his education to receive the distinction of Certified Hand Therapist. Craig continues to develop as a hand therapist with continuing education courses in the area of current upper extremity evidence based best practices. Craig prides himself on his custom fabricated splints using both traditional thermoplastic splinting and functional rigidity casting (FRC). Craig is also an active member of American Society of Hand Therapist’s (ASHT), Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC), National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). When Craig is not at work he enjoys multiday bikepacking adventures and biking and racing with his local cycling team. Craig is married to his college sweetheart and they have two children.

Brittany Cornell, COTA/L

Graduating from Lake Washington Institute of Technology with an Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS-T in 2013, Brittany’s initial exposure to hand therapy was through her clinical rotations and sparked her interest in what developed into her current specialization. She considers the complexities of the hand both academically fascinating and clinically rewarding by therapeutic applications. Developing objective based goals and providing tangible results for her patients keeps Brittany engaged in what she considers to be most relevant for her patient’s well-being. Regarding future professional aspirations, Brittany plans to apply for a bridge program to obtain her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Marysville

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 7:00 am- 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:00 am- 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm

Services

  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Hand Therapy
  • Custom Hand Splints & Orthotics
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
 

  • Balance Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Work Injury Management
  • TMJ Treatment

 

Marc Root, PTA, Clinic Director

Marc Root received his Physical Therapist Assistant training at PIMA medical institute graduating in 2011 and began working at our Cascade Rehabilitation Broadway location later that year. After several years he moved into a float position working at all 10 of our Summit and Cascade Rehabilitation clinics. He has now moved into the Clinic Director Role at Summit Rehabilitation- Marysville. He enjoys helping all types of patients and giving a different perspective to the treatment approach. Marc has a wife, daughter, son and two dogs that he loves to spend time with. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, hunting, fishing and coaching youth baseball. If you see Marc in a clinic you will see him sporting some sort of Seattle Mariners gear and talking about the team during the season and off-season.

Craig Christian, PT, COMT

Why did you become a Physical Therapist?
Leading people from fear, frustration, and disability to ability and confidence is very rewarding.

Continuing Education Commitment: Multiple myofascial and musculoskeletal courses taken over the last 30 years. Currently in the IMPACT program for certification in manipulative therapy.

Personal Interests: Camping, kayaking, fishing, hiking, skiing, and good music are great, but my greatest joy is grandchildren, present and future.

Educational Background: AAS Degree in Medical Radiologic Technology from Oregon Institute of Technology, 1977; BSPT from the University of Washington, 1984; Many CE courses with emphasis on Orthopedics.

Samantha Moseley, PT, DPT

Samantha Moseley is an east coast native who recently moved to the beautiful PNW from Houston, TX after graduating in 2018 with her DPT from the University of Texas — Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.  While she does miss the delicious barbecue that is on every corner in Texas, she has loved getting to explore Washington State. In her spare time Sam enjoys getting lost in the great outdoors no matter the season. She can usually be found tromping through the woods, ascending the various Cascade peaks, skiing all winter, and on the very rare occasion, becoming one with her sofa while watching Netflix.  Sam has experience treating a wide array of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, and believes in facilitating a strong independence in all of her patients. She is currently working towards obtaining her COMT, an advanced manual therapy specialization, and plans in the future to continue pursuing higher education and advanced physical therapy specializations so that she may provide the highest quality evidenced based care possible.

Tracey Hampshire, PT, DPT

Tracey is originally from Houston, Texas and obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. She moved to Washington and began working at Marysville Summit Rehabilitation soon after and loves the PNW. She enjoys working with people from all walks of life and strives to create a safe and welcoming environment conducive to healing and lifelong health and wellness. She is passionate about helping people maintain autonomy in their health and healing through exercise and loves to talk about food during each session.  In her spare time Tracey loves to be active through running, hiking, biking, and swimming. She also loves to cook and bake and try new recipes.

David Morris, PT, DPT

David was born and raised in Baltimore City, MD in the suburbs of Towson – and graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore in 2017 with his Doctor of Physical Therapy. Over the years, David has spent some time working at Boeing as a physical therapist, and at the VA in Washington DC, specifically growing an interest in chronic pain conditions. David enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Elizabeth, and baby Mabel, volunteering with his local church, or traveling. Among his hobbies include rock climbing, beating everyone at board games or just about anything competitive, and building anything from tiny tables to Tiny Houses.

Lisa Walker, MHA, OTR/L

Lisa is originally from Wisconsin and started her career as a COTA and got her Bachelor Degree from Concordia University of WI and Master in Health Administration from the University of Missouri.  She has a passion for sharing her knowledge of health care and Occupational Therapy with clients and co workers.  Throughout her career she has worked in a multitude of treatment settings including skilled nursing, outpatient orthopedic, home health and administration (to name a few). Currently she is working in Hand Therapy and expanding her knowledge base and certification in this setting. Lisa is an active member  of National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). In her spare time she enjoys golf, football, camping and motorcycling.

  Brittany Cornell, COTA/L

Graduating from Lake Washington Institute of Technology with an Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS-T in 2013, Brittany’s initial exposure to hand therapy was through her clinical rotations and sparked her interest in what developed into her current specialization. She considers the complexities of the hand both academically fascinating and clinically rewarding by therapeutic applications. Developing objective based goals and providing tangible results for her patients keeps Brittany engaged in what she considers to be most relevant for her patient’s well-being. Regarding future professional aspirations, Brittany plans to apply for a bridge program to obtain her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Katie Soule, PTA

Katie is a Physical Therapist Assistant who graduated from Whatcom Community College in 2017. She began working at the Marysville Summit Rehabilitation soon after and strives to make every patient feel welcome and ensures that they receive quality care. Katie grew up near the small town of Concrete and currently resides in Burlington with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding, fishing, hiking, and hanging out with her friends and family.

Mill Creek

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:30 pm

Services

  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Lymphedema Therapy
  • Women’s Health
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
 

  • Balance Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Work Injury Management
  • TMJ Treatment

Zack Robinson, PT, DPT, Clinic Director

Why I’m a Physical Therapist: I knew early on I wanted to be a physical therapist when tore my ACL and started going to PT myself. My PT made a big impact on my life and helped me to gain stability and strength that propelled me to greater heights in my sports. The ability to impact people’s lives in a positive way and allow them to achieve their personal goals has continued to push me to be a better physical therapist.
Continuing Education Commitment: My continuing education interests include completing a fellowship in manual therapy, as well as becoming certified in strength and conditioning. I am also pursuing certification in additional spinal techniques for the state of Washington. I believe in continuously expanding my knowledge to include new research, and to prevent an atrophied mind. The stagnant mind gets left behind.
Personal Interests: My personal interests are varied including weight lifting, spending time with children/family, playing and watching sports, reading, hiking, swimming, television/movies.
Educational Background: I graduated from Minot State University honors and earned a B.S. in Corporate Fitness. I then completed my DPT at Eastern Washington University.

 

Mary Alice Duhme, PT COMT

Why I’m a Physical Therapist: Physical Therapy is an amazing career. After 35 years, I still love what I do. I am able to work with patients daily to recover from injury or illness and improve their quality of life. I love building relationships with my patients and helping them progress to better strength, better posture, improved balance and return to the activities they enjoy.

Continuing Education Commitment: I have recently focused my continuing education on Women’s Health/Pelvic Floor dysfunction through the Herman and Wallace Institute. I have also taken courses in Vestibular Rehabilitation to treat dizziness and balance issues. I am presently increasing my manual therapy skills with the IMPACT Program.

Personal Interests: I have been a student of yoga for almost 20 years, which I believe has contributed to my Physical Therapy practice. Living in the Northwest, I love anything that gets me outside-hiking, biking, skiing or tending to my garden. And on a rainy day, I can often be found at a movie.

Educational Background: I received a degree in Biology from the University of California at San Diego, and my Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Maggie Strazzo, PT, COMT

I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1978. She has worked in a multitude of venues from large trauma hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home care and outpatient clinics. She has certifications in : NDT neurodevelopmental treatment, COMT certified orthopedic manual therapy  from the IMPACT institute, lymphedema manual therapy from the Klose Institute, and vestibular rehabilitation from the Gans Institute. She is currently studying and taken the core courses through Hermann and Wallace in women’s and men’s pelvis health. Maggie enjoys working with patients on a one to one basis to achieve their goals and ultimate wellness.

Snohomish

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Services

  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Balance Rehabilitation
 

  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Work Injury Management
  • TMJ Treatment

Tyler Cox, DPT, Clinic Director

Why I’m a Physical Therapist: My interest in physical therapy began at a young age, when I became interested in the biomechanics of the different sports with which I was involved. During my years as a collegiate athlete, I was able to experience the profession of physical therapy from a patient’s point of view and was incredibly grateful for the care that I received. These encounters motivate me to work closely with my patients to help them meet their personal goals beyond the physical milestones expected of them.

Continuing Education Commitment: My commitment to my patients relies on education. It is my personal responsibility as a Physical Therapist to be fully engaged in new techniques and relate them to my applicable patients. I am dedicated to expanding my knowledge as techniques and technologies are developed, and currently pursuing my Certification in Manual Therapy and Olympic Weight lifting.

Personal Interests: In my spare time, I enjoy being active, golfing, and supporting Seattle sports.

Educational Background: I received both my Doctorate in Physical Therapy and B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington. During my undergraduate years, I also attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where I was a Division I scholarship athlete.

 

Tim Peterson, PT

Why I am a Physical Therapist: When volunteering at a local hospital by chance I was placed in the Physical Therapy department. I immediately found that I enjoyed helping people solve their physical problems. The opportunity to continue to educate and help my patients have a better quality of life is the reason I have continued in this profession for the past thirty five years.

Continuing Education Commitment: I’m committed to the process of continually being open to learn new techniques and skills through attending conferences and seminars, but also from other Physical Therapists and doctors. I also feel that part of my commitment to education is to be available to help teach and mentor other Physical Therapists or assistants with less experience. I have had thirty years of on the field experience in sports injuries of all types and attended NAIOMT through level 3.

Personal Interests: I enjoy watching and participating in all sports especially baseball and football. I love to explore new areas of the Northwest with my wife in our TAB trailer and I enjoy the adventure of fly fishing a wilderness lake or river.

Educational Background: Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, California State University Long Beach 1978.

 

Katie Tougas, PT, DPT

Why I’m a Physical Therapist: For me, physical therapy was the perfect mix of sports and science. Growing up I played many different sports and was in and out of PT many times myself and always had a positive experience. Now as a therapist, I enjoy getting to know each of my patients and building a partnership with them in order to work together towards the common goal of getting them better and back to normal life.

Continuing Education Commitment: The opportunity to continue learning is one of my favorite things about our profession. I am currently pursuing an Orthopedic Manual Therapy certification and am excited to continue expanding my breath of knowledge in the future.

Personal Interests: In my free time I enjoy getting outside to enjoy the PNW – especially hiking, running, and petting every dog I come in contact with.

Educational Background: I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Washington. Before that, I completed my undergraduate studies at Seattle University, while running Division I track.

Andrea Vos, PTA

Why I Chose To Become a PTA: During my career as a dancer and fitness instructor, I became increasingly interested in helping people attain and improve wellness through movement and natural means. My experience as a Certified Personal Trainer and as a Chiropractic Assistant provided a great introduction, but never fully addressed the complete picture of why someone is having pain or experiencing difficulty executing a movement properly and then how to solve this more comprehensively. I decided to go back to school and become a Physical Therapist Assistant in order to work hands-on with people as individuals, each with their unique needs and goals, and make a positive impact by teaching them how to allow their bodies to heal themselves.

Continuing Education Commitment: I am fortunate to be a part of the team at Summit in Snohomish and to work part-time at our sister clinic, Cascade, in Silver Lake, as I am regularly exposed to new and different ideas and techniques from a variety of experienced Physical Therapists. Additionally, I enjoy the opportunities to advance and expand my skills both as a PTA and a Group Fitness Instructor with continuing education courses, such as Muscle Energy Technique, PNF, and different fitness formats. Outside of the clinic, I specialize in teaching Barre fitness classes which are a huge complement to the principles of rehab exercise and provide a safe environment for students to learn stability and core control as well as sculpt their figures.

Personal Interests: In my spare time, I enjoy taking and teaching dance classes, “dinking”, reading, bike riding, hiking, and travelling both internationally and exploring the beautiful PACNW. After relocating to Seattle from Chicago in 2011 with my amazing fiancée, Mohamed, I am happy that my immediate family is now all within reasonable driving distance from each other for the first time in many years, including my step-children, whom are best described as “awesome”.

Radhika Brady, PTA

I became a PTA to better understand the human body and how it works so that I could feel empowered to know what to do in different scenarios. So far, it helps not only my patients in their rehabilitation process, but also my family when they have aches and pains from everyday life. 

 I love to keep learning with continuing education as this field offers so many facets of evolving knowledge to further improve on how to help our bodies heal. I have taken many manual therapy courses, exercise focused courses and taping courses to continue to learn how to better help my patients, and I expect to continue with courses in my field to always strive to be in the know. 

 I have 2 kids and a dog who take up most of my time, other than when I am at work! However, I do enjoy reading, watching movies with the family, and going on mini adventures with my husband. 

 I graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2012 with my AOS degree and have been a licensed practicing therapist assistant since! 

Sultan

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Services

  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
 

  • Balance Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Work Injury Management

Ryan Keaton, PT,DPT, Clinic Director

Why I’m a Physical Therapist:I used to be an accountant believe it or not! I became fascinated with the human body when I experienced a long bout of chronic pain and ended up in a physical therapy clinic as a patient. I loved the environment and decided to pursue physical therapy as a new career. Since becoming a PT, I’ve loved working with people in the clinic, hearing their stories, and helping coach them through whatever they’re dealing with. I really like to motivate and educate people. I believe that’s the best thing we can do for our patients so that they can build self-confidence and independence. As a former triathlete and swimmer, I’ve dealt with my fair share of sports related injuries. I love working with athletes and helping them problem solve so they can get back to their sport.

Continuing Education Commitment: I’m always looking to expand my knowledge and build expertise in certain areas. It’s important we stay up to date on the latest research so that we’re using interventions that are backed by solid evidence.

Personal Interests: I enjoy anything outdoors: hiking, camping, running. On the weekends I’m usually at the climbing gym or outside.

Educational Background:
MSA from Texas Tech University
Doctor of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University

Cheryl Robinson, MSPT

Why I’m a Physical Therapist: I am drawn to physical therapy as a way to empower people to have a hand in their own health, well-being and ability to function. I continue to love my job for those same reasons.  I feel learning and understanding how your body works can lead to a lifetime of improved function and quality of life.  I love the challenge and complexities of the human body and continue to learn every day.

Continuing Education Commitment: I strive to continuously further and better my professional skills and knowledge with up to date education, research and hands on studies to give my patients the best care so they can achieve the most from life.

Personal Interests: In my down time I love being in the outdoors with my 2 boys and my husband. My hobbies include photography, horses and reading a great book.

Educational Background: BS from Indiana University with a Major in Kinesiology and a minor in Psych, Masters in PT from University of Colorado.

Pat Shipe, PTA

Why I’m a Physical Therapist Assistant: I chose to become a physical therapist assistant because I love helping people. I want to teach people how to improve and progress their functional outcome by giving them the tools and knowledge to continue striving for a healthier and more functional body and life.

Continuing Education Commitment: I want to continue learning for my patients. I strive to improve my knowledge, manual skills and techniques, and to upgrade current exercises to give my patients the best care so they can achieve the greatest outcomes.

Personal Interests: I love spending time with my family, precious grandchildren, and of course our two Boston Terriers. I enjoy reading a good mystery book, or watching movies. Outdoor gardening, bird feeding and watching, and in winter months enjoy knitting and crochet, and playing games on my IPad.

Educational Background: I graduated from Green River Community College with an Applied Associates of Science for Physical Therapy Assistant.