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  1. 6 Common Back Pain Myths, Debunked

    Despite being one of the top causes of disability in the U.S., affecting around eight in 10 people in their lifetimes, back pain is an ailment often misunderstood by those affected.

    Such misconceptions can cause those suffering from back pain to seek solutions, potential treatment paths, and even lifestyle alterations that aren’t necessarily in their best interests.

    Back pain can be as frustrating as it is debilitating, especially if past preventative measures and treatments haven’t been helpful. And, this can lead a person down paths that don’t result in the best and most necessary evidence-based treatments.

    These paths can sometimes lead to treatments that are more expensive or personally invasive – and perhaps even unnecessary – such as MRIs and surgery.

    MRIs, shots, surgery, medication, etc., should mostly be considered last resort-type solutions. The fact is, most back pain issues will go away on their own in a few days. And even when they don’t, most remaining cases can be successfully resolved through safer, more affordable and more effective treatment approaches.

    To help health care consumers make better decisions when considering solutions to their back-pain issues, we’d like to shed some light on the following common back pain myths:

    1. Bed Rest Helps with Relief & Healing: Once a common treatment for back pain, research strongly suggests long-term rest can slow recovery and even make your back pain worse. Instead, treatment involving movement and exercise (i.e., stretches, walking, swimming, etc.) often works better to hasten healing and provide relief.
    2. The Problem’s in My Spine: Back pain can be caused by a wide array of issues throughout the body as well as one’s environment. It can be a response to the way you move when you exercise, how you sit at work, the shoes you wear, the mattress on which you sleep, or simply your body compensating for movement limitations and weaknesses. Back pain doesn’t necessarily mean you have a “bad back,” or are predisposed to back pain.
    3. I Just Need an ‘Adjustment’: Those accustomed to visiting a chiropractor for back pain issues often claim to find relief from having their spine adjusted, or “cracked.” While this process can release endorphins that offer some temporary relief, only about 10 percent of all back pain cases can actually benefit from spine mobilization. Exercise is often more effective, as is determining and treating the pain’s source. (See item No. 2.)
    4. Medication’s the Answer: A popular quick fix, medication should never be viewed as a long-term solution to chronic back pain issues. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help get you through in the short term, but many prescription pain meds can be dangerous, addictive, and even make the pain worse in some instances.
    5. I’ll Probably Need Surgery: Of people experiencing low-back pain, only about 4 to 8 percent of their conditions can and should be successfully treated with surgery, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Even 90-plus percent of herniated discs often get better on their own through a combination of rest and physical therapy.
    6. I Need a Referral to See a Physical Therapist: Multiple studies have concluded that physical therapy is one of the safest and most effective ways to both treat and prevent back pain. And in nearly every state, patients can access physical therapy services without first getting a physician’s prescription.
  2. 7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

    It’s vacation season, and for many that means visiting faraway friends, exploring new places and possibly even crossing some things of the ol’ bucket list.

    Unfortunately, traveling often also means lots of sitting, interrupted sleep patterns due to time zone changes, unhealthy eating, and workout routines that are sporadic, if not nonexistent.

    But, travel doesn’t have to be synonymous with unhealthy habits and a lack of exercise. Vacations are a time to reboot mentally while reconnecting with friends and family, but this doesn’t have to happen at the expense of your health.

    With just a little forethought and planning, you can stay active and healthy throughout your trip, whether it lasts a few days or a few weeks.”

    So, for the purpose of planning, here are seven tips for staying fit and healthy while traveling:

    Plan Around an Activity: Don’t just plan your vacation around a place. Consider making one or a series of activities central to your agenda. For instance, plan to go on some hiking tours, try snorkeling for the first time, or make vacation a family camping trip.

    Keep Moving En Route: Whether you’re flying or driving, you’re going to likely do a lot of sitting and waiting during the front and back ends of your trip. So, capitalize on breaks in your trip to go for short walks, do some stretching, or warm the body through some dynamic exercises (i.e., lunges, light jogging, arm/leg swings, etc.)

    Explore on Foot/Bike: Once you’re at your new destination, resolve to explore the area on foot, either by jogging a new route each morning or taking regular walking tours of the area. Or, see the sites from the seat of a rented bike.

    Strength Train Using Body Weight: Even though you’re likely to be in an unfamiliar place with little to no gym access, don’t let that keep you from strength training. Whether in your hotel room or at a local park, your body weight provides ideal resistance while doing lunges, dips, push-ups, planks, and so on.

    Stay Hydrated: When you’re out of your element and distracted by new people and places, hydration habits can go awry. Carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times as a reminder to hydrate continually throughout the day, and consume sugary and/or alcoholic drinks in moderation.

    Mind Your Diet: A disrupted or inconsistent schedule, coupled with a desire to try the local cuisine, can cause your good eating habits to go out the window. Continue to try new things, but do so with a plan. If you’re expecting a big dinner out one night, eat a lighter, healthier meal earlier in the day … and vice versa.

    Don’t Skimp on Sleep: While you may be tempted to trade sleep for a few more hours of sightseeing and new experiences, it’s not a trade worth making. Getting a good night’s sleep while on vacation will keep you more alert and active while improving the overall experience of your trip.

    And as you’re planning your trip, if you have any movement, discomfort or pain concerns that you feel may keep you from having a fun, relaxing time, visit a physical therapist before heading out.

    After a full assessment of the issue, a physical therapist can provide you with some treatment options and travel and/or exercise tips that can help you maximize your vacation’s enjoyment.

  3. Tips for Reducing, Managing Plantar Fasciitis Pain

    Studies show about three-quarters of all Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives. Of them, more than 2 million people who seek treatment each year will learn they suffer from an overuse condition called plantar fasciitis.

    Fortunately, most cases of plantar fasciitis are both manageable and treatable.

    Plantar fasciitis will typically present itself as sharp pain in the heel or in the arch of the foot, most often when you’re taking the first steps of the day. The pain is the result of your plantar fascia – the thick band of tissue connecting your heel to the ball of your foot – becoming inflamed due to overuse.

    The inflammation that causes plantar fasciitis can come from a sudden increase in activity levels (i.e., walking or running much longer distances) or from sports-related activities that require a lot of running and jumping. Other causes may include a lot of standing, walking or running on hard surfaces, not wearing shoes that properly support your foot type, or being overweight.

    It’s estimated plantar fasciitis affects about 10 percent of Americans at some point in their lives, with most being diagnosed after the age of 40.

    Plantar fasciitis pain may come and go for some without treatment, but we never recommend ignoring pain as this is your body’s way of telling you something’s wrong. Fortunately, there are some things you can do at home to help relieve the discomfort and hopefully keep the condition from getting worse.

    Tips for the at-home management of plantar fasciitis include:

    Rest: As with any overuse injury, rest is a key component of recovery. Decrease your distances when walking or running, and try to avoid hard surfaces.

    Stretching: Stretch the soles of your feet by gently pulling your big toe back toward your ankle and holding for 10 seconds at a time. Also, wrap a towel around the ball of your foot and, from a seated position with your heel to the floor, slowly pull your toes toward you, stretching the arch of your foot. As tight calves may also make you more susceptible to plantar fasciitis, regular calf stretches are a must.

    Massage: A tennis ball can do wonders as a massaging tool. Roll a tennis ball under the sole of your foot, applying weight as comfort allows. Rolling your foot over a frozen plastic water bottle can also work, with the added benefit of helping decrease pain and inflammation.

    Foot Support: When standing for long periods of time, stand on a thick, padded mat. And don’t take your shoes for granted. Make sure they offer good arch support and that you replace them immediately as the shock absorption begins to wear down.

    If pain persists, however, a more individualized treatment plan from a physical therapist is likely needed. A physical therapist can pinpoint the most likely triggers of your plantar fasciitis pain, then customize a treatment regimen that may include flexibility and strength exercises, footwear recommendations and/or custom shoe inserts, and the possible use of taping or splints to help maintain optimal ankle and toe positions.

  4. Tips for Keeping the Weekend Warrior Healthy, Injury Free

    A “weekend warrior” is someone who, due to the hectic nature of a typical workweek, opts to cram most of her or his exercise into weekend workouts, activities, games and/or competitions.

    And while most physical therapists would never fault anyone for getting exercise, most would also agree that weekend warriors should be particularly cautious as the sporadic nature of their workout schedule puts them at a greater risk of getting injured.

    Days of downtime followed by sudden bursts of activity over a day or two isn’t ideal, after all. By putting greater stress on the body over a shorter period of time, weekend warriors should be aware that they’re putting themselves at greater risk of acute injuries, such as strains, sprains or worse.

    That’s because inactivity throughout the week can lead to a general deconditioning of the body that may include muscle tightness and imbalances, along with reduced endurance and cardiovascular fitness. A more consistent workout schedule can combat such deconditioning.

    But if one truly does struggle to find time to achieve their expert-recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week without cramming them into just a couple of days, we offer to following tips for avoiding injury.

    Space It Out – Rather than packing your weekly exercise minutes into two back-to-back days at the end of the week, consider spacing these days out. This can help you avoid some of the deconditioning effects mentioned above.

    Warm Up, Cool Down – When the weekend arrives and it comes time to take the field, hit the trails or tee off for 18, always warm up first. Take 5 to 10 minutes for some light resistance and cardio exercises to get the blood flowing. And after you’re done, cool down with some stretching. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout.

    Temper Your Intensity – When you’re packing your workouts into just a couple days a week, don’t overdo it. As you’re not exercising as consistently, stay on the safe side by pulling back slightly on your intensity.

    Mix It Up – Try not to fill your weekends with the same activities. Mix it up, perhaps focusing on cardio one weekend and strength another – or a variation thereof. This helps ensure your entire body remains balanced, reducing your chances of injury.

    Stay Active During the Week – Even if you don’t have time to hit the gym during the week, don’t use that as an excuse to be completely sedentary. Capitalize on brief moments during the week to move around, stretch, and maybe even do some exercising. Take the stairs, stretch during your breaks, stand at your desk, walk during meetings or after work, and maybe even fit 10 minutes of at-home resistance training into your evenings.

    Listen to Your Body – Always know your limits. And, if you feel aches and pains or suspect possible injury, stop exercising immediately and see a medical professional, such as a physical therapist. Don’t try to power through discomfort just so you can get through the weekend.

  5. Good Night’s Sleep Linked to Optimal Physical & Mental Health

    At a time when studies indicate people are getting increasingly less sleep, one thing remains clear: we need to take sleep much more seriously as it is critical to both health and healing.

    Those who don’t get enough sleep are prone to lots of health-related issues that can interfere with quality of life and even life expectancy. This can also interfere with healing, especially when regular exercise, rehab and visits to the physical therapist are necessary.

    Multiple studies show that people who struggle to get enough sleep at night are more susceptible to issues and conditions such as weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, a weakened immune system, and even anxiety and depression.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average adult requires between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. School-aged children 6 to 12 years old need 9 to 12 hours per night, while teens require 8 to 10 hours.

    However, when people wake up tired, then spend the rest of the day longing for a chance to take a nap, it goes without saying that they’re not getting enough sleep. Over time, one will likely find this lack of sleep begins to affect other areas of life, whether it’s mood or a lack of motivation and drive to get things done in their day-to-day activities.

    It can become a spiral if the lack of sleep is not remedied.

    Having trouble getting enough sleep at night? Consider the following tips:

    • Keep a Schedule: Maintain a regular bed and wake-up schedule, even on the weekends.
    • Be Relaxed: Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath, reading a good book or listening to music.
    • Consider the Environment: Create a sleep-conducive environment – on a comfortable mattress – that’s quiet, dark, comfortable and cool.
    • Careful What You Consume: Have your last meal or snack 2 to 3 hours before bedtime, and avoid consuming caffeine, nicotine and alcohol shortly before you go to bed.
    • Cut Off Screen Time: Turn off all lit screens – smartphone, computer, TV, etc. – at least 30 minutes before lying down.
    • Exercise Regularly: It’s no coincidence that people who exercise regularly or who spend their days more physically active often report better sleep than those who are more sedentary.

    Physical therapists like to use the phrase, “movement is medicine,” and exercising for better sleep is one of many examples where this often holds true. Just be sure to complete your exercise regimen a few hours before bedtime.

  6. 5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older

    While it’s expected that most older people tend to slow down with age, the notion that seniors and soon-to-be seniors should trade in exercise and their active lifestyles for bingo and rocking chairs is definitely antiquated, say physical therapists.

    And yet, when it comes to exercise for the 55-and-older population, plenty of myths continue to drive people’s actions – or rather, inactions – when it comes to putting in the right amount of sweat equity to stay healthy and active.

    From a physiological perspective, sure, most people are going to start to slow down in various ways as they get older, but that doesn’t mean seniors and soon-to-be seniors should lean into these so-called consequences of aging. Age is just a number, they say. And while one must be mindful about the ways in which they adapt activities to certain age-related limitations, regular exercise remains just as critical later in life as at any other point.

    To help encourage the 55-and-older crowd to continue making exercise a standard aspect of their everyday lives, here is a list of the top five exercise myths when it comes to fitness at an advanced age:

    Myth 1: “It’s Too Late to Start” – It doesn’t matter what you’ve done before now. Even if you’ve never had a regular exercise routine before, it’s never too late to start. “Better late than never” when it comes to exercise isn’t just an adage; it’s a statement backed by multiple studies. Exercising later in life can lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some types of cancer.

    Myth 2: “My Body’s Too Frail” (aka, “I Might Break a Hip”) – Unless you’ve been told this by a medical professional (i.e., physician or physical therapist) based on a specific condition or injury, this is likely fear talking. Not only does regular exercise help strengthen your body’s stability, balance and flexibility, reducing the chances of a fall, but it can also help strengthen your bones. (More on that later.)

    Myth 3: “I Have Joint Pain, so I Should Stay Away from Exercise” – Again, the opposite is true. According to medical research, it’s crucial people with arthritis partake in regular exercise. Not only does it improve strength and flexibility, but exercise can also reduce joint stiffness and pain while helping sufferers ward off fatigue.

    Myth 4: “I’m Too Old for Weight Training” – Weight training, also known as resistance and strength training, actually takes on a more critical role as you age. Studies show that not only does a stronger body help seniors stay upright and confident, but weight-bearing exercise can also ward off the onset of osteoporosis by helping maintain bone density.

    Myth 5: “I’m Better Off Focusing on My Mind, Not My Body” – Fact is, focusing on the body is focusing on the mind. According to multiple studies, including one published last month in Nature Medicine, exercise improves brain health, helps ward off dementia, and may even slow the progression of dementia. In addition, exercise reduces stress and anxiety, and staying active often equates to a better social life.

    According to 2018 physical guidelines by the U.S. Department of Health, older adults should shoot for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, plus weekly balance and muscle strengthening exercises.

    And while fitness levels and certain limitations shouldn’t keep most older adults from exercise, some exercises may require modifications based on such conditions. Fortunately, a physical therapist can provide personalized guidance based on individual health conditions, movement limitations and physician recommendations.

     

Lake Stevens

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 7:00 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

 

Garrett Hoskins, PT, DPT, Clinic Director

Garrett grew up in Washington, attending Oak Harbor High School where he enjoyed track and cross country. He then went on to serve in the United States Navy, gaining the opportunity to see much of the world. Upon completion of his initial service, he went on to complete his first undergraduate degree in Business Management at the University of South Florida. After a short stint in the corporate field, he realized his true passion was in helping others, choosing to return to school working towards a career in healthcare. He then completed a post baccalaureate in Clinical Physiology at Central Washington University (CWU), then continuing his studies with an additional year of work into a Master’s program at CWU in Exercises Science before accepting and completing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Puget Sound. Garrett joined the Summit Rehabilitation team in Lake Stevens last year. He has a passion for continuing his educational commitment through establishing and adopting best practice standard, education, and research. In his free time, Garrett enjoys the outdoors with his two dogs.

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.

Radhika Brady, PTA

Radhika has been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2012. She grew up in Mountlake Terrace and graduated from Pima Medical Institute. Radhika enjoys helping people get back to their lives before injury. She is very hands-on, taking the time to listen to each patient’s individual concerns. Radhika is very busy at home with 2 kids, a dog, and a husband to take care of, but in her spare time loves to read and watch movies with her family.

Bryon Flett, PT

Elizabeth Stromme, PTA

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

Services

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

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

Kit Blue, PT

Why I’m a Physical Therapist: I became a Physical therapist because I believe everyone has potential and I enjoy helping people reach that potential. I have also appreciated the added bonus of the opportunity to develop relationships with my patients as their therapist.

Continuing Education Commitment: One of the truly great things about the Physical Therapy profession is the never-ending growth of knowledge. I have seen significant changes in the past 37 years and have had the opportunity to spend several thousand hours learning from some of the best in our profession to enhance my skills to the benefit of my patients. Some of those skills include manual therapy, functional training, and vestibular rehabilitation. I have a firm belief that you never stop learning.

Personal Interests: In my spare time, now that my four daughters are grown, I enjoy sailing, fly fishing, hiking, gardening, rowing and spending time with my grandchildren and grown children.

Educational Background: Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Montana (Go Griz) in Athletic Training and pre-Physical Therapy and a Certificate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, 1976

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.

Craig Jordan, MS, OTR/L, CHT

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.

Teagan Norton, PT, DPT

Teagan is originally from Spokane, WA and obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University. She has a background as a gymnastics coach for both children and high school girls. Teagan’s passion is in working with youth, but she enjoys working with patients of all ages. She strives to provide quality care and patient education to all of her patients. She works with each patient to set goals and help them return to doing the things they love. In her spare time, Teagan enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

Marc Root, PTA

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.

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

Maggie Strazzo, PT, CLT, COMT, Clinic Director

Why I’m a Physical Therapist: I enjoy working with people to achieve their goals of improving their mobility and their quality of life. I like to work with patients of different ages as partners in attaining their health care objectives.

Continuing Education Commitment: I have taken over 75 continuing education courses. I am certified as NDT therapist (neurodevelopmental training) and I have a certification in lymphedema. At present I am in the process of studying for an orthopedic certification which year and a half process. I have also studied and practiced yoga and I have integrated yoga as an adjunct to patients’ exercise programs. I am also involved in attending rounds at the Providence Cancer Care partnership and work with a number of patients who have musculoskeletal and or lymphatic issues as a result of their diagnosis and or surgical or radiation procedures.

Personal Interests: Yoga, gardening, travelling, skydiving

Educational Background: University of Connecticut in 1978

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.

Daniel Korman, DPT

Daniel earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2017. He completed undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. In order to advance his clinical skills, he is currently pursuing an Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certification and intends to become certified in pain neuroscience.

Daniel finds that physical therapy lies at the intersection of his professional passions: health and well-being, physical activity, and teaching. He was inspired to enter the field by his brother, who is also a physical therapist, and his aunt, who is an occupational therapy assistant. In his free time, Daniel loves outdoor activities: hiking, rock climbing, and snowboarding.

Snohomish

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

Services

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

  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Work Injury Management
  • TMJ Treatment

Lindsey Knox, DPT, COMT, Clinic Director

Why I’m a Physical Therapist: I became a physical therapist because of the unique relationship I am able to build with each patient throughout his or her rehabilitation. I enjoy not only being a physical therapist to help improve patients’ physical condition but also to gain a good rapport and trust.

Continuing Education Commitment: I am committed to continuing my education and growing as a physical therapist. After completing a two-year program that specialized in manual therapy, I received my COMT, certified orthopedic manual therapist. I have also taken numerous courses involving Kinesio Tape, which allowed me to become a certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner.

Personal Interests: In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and staying physically active with yoga and hiking.

Educational Background: I have received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University, a private college in Virginia and also hold a B.S. in Biology from the University of Idaho where I was a Division I scholarship athlete. I am currently enrolled in Seattle Pacific University’s MBA program and will complete this degree over the next few years.

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.

Tyler Cox, DPT

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.

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”.

Sultan

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

Services

  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
 

  • Balance Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Work Injury Management

Lindsey Knox, DPT, COMT, Clinic Director

Why I’m a Physical Therapist: I became a physical therapist because of the unique relationship I am able to build with each patient throughout his or her rehabilitation. I enjoy not only being a physical therapist to help improve patients’ physical condition but also to gain a good rapport and trust.
Continuing Education Commitment: I am committed to continuing my education and growing as a physical therapist. After completing a two-year program that specialized in manual therapy, I received my COMT, certified orthopedic manual therapist. I have also taken numerous courses involving Kinesio Tape, which allowed me to become a certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner.

Personal Interests: In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and staying physically active with yoga and hiking.

Educational Background: I have received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University, a private college in Virginia and also hold a B.S. in Biology from the University of Idaho where I was a Division I scholarship athlete. I am currently enrolled in Seattle Pacific University’s MBA program and will complete this degree over the next few years.

Cheryl Robinson, MSPT

Why I’m a Physical Therapist: I was 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.
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.

Personal Interests: In my down time I love being in the outdoors with my 2 boys and my husband, photography and horses.

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

Teagan Norton, DPT

Why I’m a Physical Therapist: My first introduction to physical therapy was as a young gymnast with knee pain. My physical therapist made such an impact on my life and made it possible for me to continue with the sport. He took the time to teach me about the anatomy and mechanics of my knee so I could become self-sufficient in managing my own symptoms. As a PT I love the opportunity I get to help patients learn about their bodies and become more active in managing their own health. I especially love working with children and helping them develop healthy habits from a young age!

Continuing Education Commitment: I am currently working on a fellowship through the Ola Grimsby Institute to become a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT).

Personal Interests: In my spare time I enjoy reading, being outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends.

Educational Background: I Graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University and BS in Health Science from Whitworth University.

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.