Auburn Staff | Outpatient PT

Auburn Staff

Scott Akers

Physical Therapist, DPT, LAT, ATC
Clinic: 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.



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


  • APTA
  • NATA


  • 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!



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

Interests: Laughing until her abdominals 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!

Laura Zayic

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Auburn

She’s a yoga teacher and a lover of good food. Laura also loves hiking, paddle boarding and vacationing anywhere with a beach, waves and sun.

As a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), she loves engaging with people from all walks of life and helping them return to the activities they love. She is a graduate of Green River Community College. At OPT, she appreciates the wonderful, energetic team she gets to work with every day and being surrounded by coworkers who have a desire to further their clinical knowledge and skills.


  • Green River Community College

Interests: When Laura is not working in the clinic or teaching yoga, she somehow finds time to work in a greenhouse growing fuchsias too!

Mary Catherine Murphy

Athletic Trainer, ATC
Clinic: Auburn

After growing up on the Chesapeake Bay and going to school on an island, Mary Catherine moved to North Carolina to pursue her Athletic Training degree at Campbell University.

She is passionate about helping athletes return to play and achieve their goals and loves working at OPT because of the people.


  • Campbell University, North Carolina

Interests:When she’s not in the clinic or on the field, Mary Catherine enjoys hiking, swimming and vacationing at any beach. You’ll also find her spending her free time with her dog, Roxy.

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.


  • 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.


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


  • AMTA

Interests:  Running, Hiking, and Swimming

AmyAnn Sullivan

Athletic Trainer, LAT, ATC
Clinic: Auburn

“It’s not what we get, It’s what we give! I love going to work everyday, seeing the athletes and my students reach their goals and dreams.”

She’s an accomplished collegiate athlete and equestrian. A Minnesota native, AmyAnn grew up playing sports, volunteering in the community and working in her family’s business.

After earning her BS in Sports Medicine and Teaching Certificate from Central Washington University, AmyAnn worked with professional athletes and youth. She loves having the opportunity to be a positive influence on others through her work as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) at OPT. She is also an Automated External Defribillator (AED) Education Instructor.


  • Salem International University in West Virginia – Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Medicine
  • Teaching certificate from Central Washington University, CPR/First Aid
  • AED education instructor, sports metric ACL Prevention certified, pneumex speed, and strength training specialist.


  • National Athletic Trainer’s Association
  • Washington State Athletic Trainer’s Association

Interests:  When she’s not working with athletes or being active herself, AmyAnn spends time with her family.