Covington Satellite Staff - Outpatient Physical Therapy

Covington Satellite Staff

Lindsay Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn & Puyallup, WA

Lindsay Plikuhn

Physical Therapist, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, LAT, ATC
Clinic Lead: Covington Satellite Clinic

“I love to come to work everyday and get to help people return to their lives without pain. The best days are the ones where you feel like you have made a major change in someone’s life.”

She’s an Indiana native, so it’s no surprise that she loves college basketball, especially March Madness! Lindsay moved to Washington right after graduating with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove, IL.

She wanted to look forward to going to work every day to help people return to activities pain free. So, she became a Physical Therapist. She loves feeling like she has helped make changes in her patients’ lives, and appreciates that she has never “felt like a number” working for OPT. At OPT, Lindsay feels like she is part of a family and her opinion matters.

Education: 

  • DPT-Midwestern University, 2010
  • BS-Sports Medicine, Purdue University 2007

Affiliations:

  • APTA
  • WATA
  • NATA
  • SPTA

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
  • Athletic Training Certified (ATC)
  • Concussion Certification

Interests:  Traveling to her aunt and uncle’s cabin in the Indiana woods is her favorite way to spend her vacation time. She also loves snowboarding, glassblowing, photography, reading and movies.

Paula Swain

Physical Therapist, PT, OCS
Clinic: Covington Satellite Clinic

“As a physical therapist, I like that I can help patients with injuries, returning to normal activities using science-based treatment and techniques.”

She’s proud of her love of the Seahawks, but hates to admit being a fan of reality TV. Paula also held her high school shot put record for years and can understand Dutch better than she speaks it.

An athlete all of her life, Paula pursued a career in physical therapy to learn about how the body works so that she could help people build confidence and feel better.   She is a University of Washington graduate and loves the OPT mission statement, “to improve the quality of life of those around us.” Adapting treatment to meet individual needs and interacting with different personalities are her favorite things about being a Physical Therapist.

Education: 

  • Paula graduated from the University of Washington in 1985.

Specialties:

  • Orthopedics with an interest in shoulder and joint replacement rehabilitation.

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS)

Interests: Married with two kids, a lop ear bunny and a Labrador, Paula also finds time to strength train at the gym, run, hike and walk for exercise.

Kathleen Katai

OTR/L, Certified Hand Therapist
Clinic: Covington Satellite Clinic

“I enjoy working with clients to return them to their maximum functional level after injury or surgery.”

She’s a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) who loves getting her hands dirty in her garden.   Kathleen is learning photography and enjoys cheering on the Seahawks too.

After graduating from the University of Washington, Kathleen started her occupational therapy career in hospital and school settings.   At OPT, she enjoys treating a diverse caseload of acute, post-surgical, and chronic conditions.   She enjoys connecting with so many different types of people in a fun environment, and appreciates that OPT supports her professional ongoing education and growth. As a CHT, Kathleen is passionate about helping her patients return to all of their activities, and she strives to exceed the expectations of all of her patients.

Education: 

  • Bachelors of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Washington

Advanced Certifications:

  • Hand Therapist Certification (CHT)

Affiliations:

  • Washington Occupational Therapy Association (WOTA)
  • Amerian Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT)

Interests: On the weekends, you’ll find Kathleen working in a skilled nursing facility.

Sonja Nelson

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Covington Satellite Clinic

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Sonja graduated with her B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Washington. She wanted to take her education to the next level, so she attended Green River Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program.
At OPT, she loves the welcoming, approachable environment and working with a team to find the best ways to improve the quality of life for all patients.

Education: 

  • BS in Exercise Science from University of Washington
  • Green River Community College- PTA Program

Interests: In her free time, Sonja can be found working on DIY house projects, playing/watching soccer, crocheting and hiking.

Chris Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn & Puyallup, WA

Chris Kvam

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Covington Satellite Clinic

” I enjoy helping people return to previous function, with reduced pain, through manual therapy and patient education.”

She’s an avid Vikings fan who loves to vacation in Minnesota with her two children.

After working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, Chris wanted to expand her knowledge to better serve her clients. So, she became a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).   As a PTA, she is passionate about treating the whole person and helping them return to the lifestyle they love. Opportunities to grow as clinician, working with a great team of people and hour-long appointments are her favorite things about OPT.

Education: 

  • AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant, Green River Community College.

Certifications:

  • Certified Clinical Instructor for PTA students
  • Certified Health and Fitness Specialist

Interests: Chris also loves to teach – if she had to change careers, she would become a teacher. In her free time, you’ll find her cooking, reading and weight training.

Michelle Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn & Puyallup, WA

Michelle McMullin

Occupational Therapist, OTR/L
Clinic: Covington Satellite Clinic

I love being a hand therapist. Each patient is unique; there is never a dull moment. I enjoy seeing people’s improvement after a surgery or injury.”

She’s a mom to two wonderful, active kids who loves spending time with her family. A Wenatchee native, Michelle moved to Seattle to pursue her BA in European Studies at Seattle Pacific Universtiy. So, it’s no surprise that she is passionate about traveling!

Michelle was inspired to become an Occupational Therapist because she wanted to help people become as independent as possible. She earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound and is currently working towards taking the Certified Hand Therapy(CHT) exam. At OPT, Michelle appreciates the great variety of people she gets to work with and the daily opportunities to see her patients improve.

Education: 

  • Masters in Occupational Therapy, University of Puget Sound
  • Bachelor of Arts, European Studies, Seattle Pacific University

Certifications: 

  • Certified Hand Therapist-In progress

Interests: 

When she’s no working, studying for her CHT exam, or going to kids’ sports, music, and school events, Michelle also finds time to pursue her love for art and photography.