Auburn Staff - Outpatient Physical Therapy

Auburn Staff

Scott Akers

Physical Therapist, DPT, LAT, ATC
Clinic Lead: Auburn

“My goal as a physical therapist is to empower my patients to become the best possible version of themselves that they can be and seeing them get back to doing what they love.”

He’s an eternal optimist who always tries to find a silver lining. A former collegiate football and soccer player, Scott loves sports and is both a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and a Physical Therapist.

After double majoring in Wellness Program Management and Athletic Training, Scott pursued his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Creighton University in Omaha. He loves getting to know his patients and hearing about their dreams, passions and what truly motivates them. At OPT, he appreciates the patient-centered, fun and engaging environment as well as the community it creates.

 

Education: 

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy – Creighton University 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in Athlete Training & Wellness Program Management – Graceland University 2008.

Affiliations:

  • APTA
  • NATA

Certifications:

  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) – in process

Interests:

When Scott isn’t working or studying for his Board Certification in Orthopedics, you’ll find him hiking, camping and spending time with his friends.

Janae Perman

Physical Therapist, PT, DPT
Clinic: Auburn

After tearing her ACL as a high school soccer player, Janae knew she wanted to be a Physical Therapist. Physical therapy helped her return to her sport stronger, and she was inspired to help others do the same.

Janae is a graduate of Western Oregon University (B.S. in Biology) and University of Puget Sound (Doctorate of Physical Therapy.) At OPT, she appreciates the commitment to providing the best care possible through focusing on each patient’s individual goals. She strives to give her patients the tools to reach their individual goals and have as much fun as possible while doing it!

 

Education: 

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy – University of Puget Sound
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology – Western Oregon University

Interests:

Laughing until her abdominal’s are sore, playing soccer and watching Supernatural are how Janae enjoys her free time. She has been to 10 countries outside of the United States and Canada, and all of that curl in her hair is natural!

Hanna Orcutt

Physical Therapist, DPT 
Clinic: Auburn


“I want to do anything I can to make my patients’ lives better. I want them to feel like they can be open and honest with me, so I can really understand where they’re at.”

After graduating from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, Hanna decided to study physical therapy in graduate school to learn more about the interaction between the mind, body and spirit. In 2017, she graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from South College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

As a Physical Therapist, she loves developing relationships with a wide variety of people, and the challenge of figuring out how to best help each person. Hanna says, “I want to do anything I can to make my patients’ lives better. I want them to feel like they can be open and honest with me, so I can really understand where they’re at.”

Education:

Doctor of Physical Therapy- South College

Bachelor Degree- Christian Brothers University

Interests:

You can find Hanna both coaching and playing volleyball in her free time. Her love for volleyball also led her to play in the semi-pro Puget Sound Premier Volleyball League. Hanna also loves to spend time with her family.

Evie Edwards

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Auburn

She loves music, sings and plays in the handbell choir at her church. Evie is also a flute player, board/trivia game player and reader who adores authors Janet Evanovich and Catherine Coulter.

After earning her BS in Biology from Concordia University Irvine, working as a Physical Therapy Aide and experiencing chronic low back pain herself, Evie went to Whatcom Community College to become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). She sees physical therapy as the perfect combination of teaching, helping people, and learning about the amazing human body. Getting to know her patients personally and helping them return to the things they love are what Evie finds most fulfilling about being a PTA. Working at OPT, she appreciates that no day is ever exactly the same and the opportunity to treat a wide variety of people.

Education: 

  • BS in Biology from Concordia University Irvine

Interests:

New cultures, food and languages intrigue Evie. Although her favorite vacation spot is Hawaii, she once jumped through a hole in the Alaskan ice…on purpose.

Paul Whisman

Massage Therapist, LMP
Clinic: Auburn

“I like being a massage therapist because I am helping heal the body in a natural way that make them stronger than before.”

With a cat named Boots, a guppy named Gorgon and an aquatic snail named Frank, it’s no surprise that Paul enjoys good jokes and random trivia. He also loves paddle boarding, hiking and hip hop history.

As a Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP), Paul strives to improve the quality of life for his patients while also advancing his clinical skills. He graduated from Cortiva Institute and enjoys his diverse patient caseload at OPT.   Ongoing learning and the opportunity to help people are his favorite things about his work as an LMP.

When he’s not working, Paul hopes you will find him relaxing on a warm beach with soft sand.

Education: 

  • Cortiva Institute
  • BS-Sports Medicine, Purdue University 2007

Affiliations:

  • AMTA

Interests: 

Running, Hiking, and Swimming

Breauna Pederson

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Auburn

 

After a positive experience in physical therapy as a patient recovering from a back injury, Breauna wanted to help others achieve the same amazing results! She graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program at Green River Community College, and finds joy in helping people return to what they love to do.

Education:

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

 

Interests:

In her free time, Breauna loves to work on cars and do paddleboard yoga. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, camping, wakeboarding and running.

She wants her patients to know she truly cares about their needs, and helping them return to a fully functional life without pain.