Auburn Staff - Outpatient Physical Therapy

Auburn Staff

Scott Akers Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn & Puyallup, WA

Scott Akers

Physical Therapist, DPT, OCS, 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

Advanced Certifications:

  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS)

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.

Nicole Riddle

Physical Therapist, DPT 
Clinic: Auburn


“Stability without mobility equals inefficiency. Mobility without stability equals vulnerability.”

Growing up as a competitive ski racer and premier soccer player, Nicole sustained many sports injuries and was greatly impacted by her experience as a physical therapy patient. Her physical therapist helped her return to competition stronger and improve her quality of life overall.

Nicole earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University after graduating from Washington State University, where she was an Academic All-American in ski racing.  As a physical therapist, Nicole loves helping her patients get back to what they love to do, better and stronger than before.

She appreciates OPT’s commitment to quality patient care and community service. Nicole wants her patients to know that she will always strive to get to the root of the problem and do her part to make physical therapy a challenging and fun experience.

Education:

Doctor of Physical Therapy- Pacific University

Bachelor Degree- Washington State University

Interests:

When she is not working, Nicole loves to do anything active. She continues to ski and play soccer, and also enjoys running, boating in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Her favorite vacation spots are Chelan, WA and Bend, OR.

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.

Staff Evie Edwards Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn & Puyallup, WA

Evie Edwards

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Auburn

“I love being able to teach and give the patients the tools and education to reach their goals and return to their lives.”

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.

Kevin Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn & Puyallup, WA

Kevin Smith

Massage Therapist, LMP
Clinic: Auburn

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With a culinary degree and a passion for making tables out of old doors, Kevin’s career path could have gone in many different directions. But when he experienced the benefits of massage therapy firsthand, he wanted to share this with others.
Kevin went to massage therapy school at the Cortiva Institute in Federal Way, and he now enjoys seeing patients heal and progress.

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Education: 

Licensed Massage Therapist program from Cortiva Institute

Interests: 

Kevin lives with his wife, Rebecca, son, Charlie, and two cats, Smoker and The Bandit, and spends his free time reading, cooking and doing outdoor projects.

Breauna Pederson

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Auburn

Being a PTA is the most incredible and fulfilling job which I have been called to. It is a passion of mine to bring empowerment and success to my patients while also providing quality individualized care.”

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.