Covington Satellite Staff | Outpatient PT

Covington Satellite Staff

Lindsay Plikuhn

Physical Therapist, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, LAT, ATC
Clinic: 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
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) – in process

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.

Kathleen Montgomery

PTA, Physical Therapist Assistant
Clinic: Covington Satellite

“I love seeing my former patients in the community and seeing that they have returned to normal function.”

She was born in California and raised in Florida; she went to college in Alabama, but loved her time spent in Virginia the most. A woman of many states, Kathleen grew up with a father who served in the Navy before marrying a Coast Guard man.

After graduating with her BS in Computer Science from the University of South Alabama, she earned her Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) degree from Green River Community College in 2006. She was drawn to physical therapy because she wanted to work in a helping profession that included an element of fitness.

Kathleen loves that OPT employees have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the company, and that OPT strives to become better in every way possible. As a PTA, she finds great satisfaction in helping people improve their health and well-being.

Education: 

  • AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant, Green River Community College
  • BS in Computer Science, University of South Alabama

Certifications:

  • Recognition of Advanced Proficiency in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy, APTA
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Interests: When she’s not working as a PTA or hospice volunteer, you’ll find her hiking, playing tennis, or vacationing at a beach that is warm enough for swimming, paddle boarding and boogie boarding.

Tara Reyes

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Covington Satellite Clinic

After earning her BS in Exercise Science from Western Washington University, Tara worked as a personal trainer and realized that she loved helping people achieve their health and fitness goals, but she wanted to help them rehabilitate from injuries too. So, she went to Whatcom Community College to become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and, now, as a PTA, she enjoys developing relationships with her patients and being a part of their recovery.

Tara appreciates that OPT puts patients first through one hour visits that are customized to meet the needs of the patient.   During her time off, she loves to travel to places like the Methow Valley and Bavaria, Germany with her friends, family and two dogs.

Education: 

  • BS in Exercise Science from Western Washington University

Certifications:

  • Graston Technique
  • Kinesiotaping
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer

Interests: She’s a huge fan of soccer – you can spot her at Sounders games as a season ticket holder or watching English Premier League and German Bundesliga games on TV.   You can also find her running, hiking, camping, fishing and playing archery in her spare time.

Alisha Powell

Occupational Therapist Assistant, COTA
Clinic: Covington Satellite Clinic

I aspire to improve the quality of life for all those I encounter. Therapy gives me the opportunity to work collaboratively with patients to return and restore function as well as meet goals to maximize engagement in occupation and leisure activities”

Because she wanted to make a difference with her work, Alisha went to Green River Community College to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Because she is passionate about helping others connect with the world around them, she chose to specialize in orthopedics and hand therapy. Alisha understands the importance of being able to use your hands in daily tasks, so she is motivated to help patients recover as fast as possible. She appreciates that OPT offers one-on-one, one-hour treatments to help her do this.

Alisha loves to travel to the Caribbean, and hopes to someday return to her beloved vacation spot, Jamaica.

Education: 

  • Associates of Applied Science – Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Certifications: 

  • National Board Certification in Orthopedics (NBCOT)

Interests: She’s a woman of many interests: camping, scrapbooking, meditating, and music. Alisha loves going to concerts with her husband, a DJ, and appreciates a variety of musical styles.