Growing up in a family of ten children, Adam played a lot of sports and had a paper route at age 5. With his wife and two children, Natalie and Crew, he travels to Minnesota for family reunions and spending summer vacations at the family lake house.
Sports injuries that required a lot of physical therapy inspired Adam to study Exercise Science at Brigham Young University before earning both his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah. He holds multiple advanced clinical certifications, including Board Certifications in Sports and Orthopedics, as well as a teaching certificate from Central Washington University. He also works as a Sports and Health Science teacher at Tahoma High School.
Adam appreciates that OPT supports his professional advancement and interest in treating athletes. As a Physical Therapist, he loves building relationships with patients and being part of helping them return to full function. In 2002, he seized the opportunity to work with elite athletes at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
- Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Utah
- Masters of Physical Therapy, University of Utah
- Bachelor’s of Science-Exercises Science, Brigham Young University
- CTE Teaching Certification-Central Washington University
- Sports Certified Specialist (SCS)
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
- Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
- Sportsmetrics (ACL prevention)
- Certification – Kinesio Taping (CKTP)
- Career Tech Educator (CTE)
- American Physical Therapy Association
- Sports Physical Therapy Section
- National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Red Cross first responder
- Washington Educators Association
Interests: When he’s not working, teaching or spending time with his family, Adam enjoys sports, working out, yardwork, reading and being a clean freak. He is currently learning to play the guitar and perfect his Bigfoot calls.
She has called eight different states home, and loves to travel to Alaska, Hawaii and Arizona. When Gaby is not doing something active outdoors, such as running or hiking, you might find her playing soccer or weightlifting.
After experiencing Physical Therapy as a patient, Gaby decided to pursue a career in Physical Therapy so that she could help people return to their recreational activities and maintain a high quality of life. She earned her undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Wesleyan University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Ohio University. At OPT, she values the one-on-one treatment sessions because they allow her to provide individualized, compassionate patient care. Helping her patients get back to their livelihood with less pain is what she loves most about being a Physical Therapist.
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Ohio University
- Undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Wesleyan University
- Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) – in process
Interests: Gaby loves to learn new and exciting things, and she hopes her patients do too. She encourages them to ask questions about anything.
She’s a Kansas City girl and will always be a Jayhawk. With some convincing, Jessica is bound to become a Seattle sports fan too!
Because she has always loved sports and exercise, Jessica pursued a career in physical therapy (PT). She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas before going to PT school at Missouri State University, and Jessica is also a Licensed Massage Therapist.
At OPT, Jessica loves that she is able to spend ample time with their patients. As a Physical Therapist, she enjoys helping people maintain active lifestyles and return to the activities they love.
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Missouri State University
Undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas
- Licensed Massage Therapist
An avid road tripper, North Dakota and Alaska are the only states west of Illinois that Jessica has not visited. Favorite vacation spots by air include Hawaii, New Zealand and Ecuador. When she is not working or traveling, you’ll find Jessica at concerts, trying new outdoor activities, skiing and reading.
She’s a painter, dancer and a runner. Heather is also a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
After volunteering at a hospital as a freshman in high school, she fell in love with physical therapy and knew it was what she wanted to do. She worked as a CNA for 9 years in a skilled nursing facility, went to Indiana University in Pennsylvania to study Natural Science and Mathematics and then graduated from Central Penn College with her PTA degree.
At OPT, Heather values the company’s commitment to mentoring, top-of-scope practice and the family feel in the clinics. She loves being a PTA because of the hands-on treatment and the opportunity to help people achieve their functional goals.
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Interests: When she’s not working, Heather hopes you’ll find her vacationing in Hawaii.
Jessica loves working with people and animals. In fact, she was a Certified Vet Tech for 9 years before pursuing her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from PIMA Medical Institute in Mesa, AZ.
She wanted to become a Physical Therapist Assistant because she enjoys learning about health and exercise. At OPT, she is excited to be part of a passionate group of people and enjoys seeing improvements in her patients as they heal.
- Physical Therapist Assistant degree from PIMA Medical Institute in Mesa, AZ
Interests: In her spare time, you’ll find Jessica hiking, biking or playing volleyball. She is also a Certified Scuba Diver; her favorite vacation spot is the Cayman Islands.
If she’s not at a Mariners game, you can be sure she’s watching it on TV. Cathy doesn’t have any pets, but if she did, she would have a cat named Endy Chavez.
Cathy’s love for sports and early interest in Sports Medicine inspired her to pursue a career in physical therapy. As a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), she enjoys helping people get back to what they want to do. She appreciates OPT’s fun and energetic team atmosphere where everyone feels known when they walk in the door.
- AAS, Physical Therapist Assistant Program, GRCC
Interests: Cathy’s desire to help others took her to all the way to Kenya, where she spent five months working with young children in the slums. When she’s not working or watching baseball, she and her husband explore new places together.
She spends her vacation time visiting her beloved family farm. But when she’s not there, Mary lives with her dog, cat, turtle and three fish.
An outdoor enthusiast, Mary is passionate about staying active and playing outside. She became a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) to inspire others to live healthier, more functional lifestyles, and she models this through her love of mountain climbing, cycling and swimming.
Because of her enthusiasm for teaching stretches and functional exercise, Mary values OPT’s one-on-one, hour-long appointments and commitment to “top of scope” care.
- Nurse’s Assistant Certification (CNA)
Interests: Fun fact about Mary: She milked cows on her family’s dairy farm for over ten years!
She once ran a race against one of the fastest women in Australia, and she traveled with the Washington State University football team for 2 years as an athletic training intern. Corinne loves any and all sports.
Her love for sports and helping highly motivated people return to activity made her want to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). A Washington State University graduate, Corinne loves being with athletes every step of the way from the moment of injury to return to play. At OPT, she loves the people she gets to work with every day.
- BS in Athletic Training from Washington State University,
- currently working toward her Master’s in Teaching.
- National Athletic Trainer’s Association
- Northwest Athletic Trainer’s Association
- Washington State Athletic Trainer’s Association
Interests: Corinne is working on her Master of Teaching from Washington State University, and loves hiking and going to dog parks with her four-legged child, Lola, a border collie mix. When she isn’t working or studying, Corinne loves to vacation in Hawaii.
She’s not a big fan of chocolate, but she loves horseback riding, water polo, singing and camping. Richelle also has a horse named Toby, and two dogs, Bella and Gracie.
Because she wanted to help people function better in their daily life, she went to Renton Technical College to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMP). At OPT, Richelle loves working as a team with other therapists to help patients accomplish their goals.
After graduating from high school, Richelle spent a month traveling in Europe with her Girl Scout Troop. Now, she loves to vacation in tropical places.
- LMP certification program at Renton Technical College
Interests: Richelle enjoys playing waterpolo, the guitar and working with her church’s youth group. Recently, she has started working with service animals in the hospice setting.
She hopes to check skydiving off her bucket list someday. Until then, you’ll find Andrea watching the Seahawks every chance she gets, enjoying bonfires with friends and playing video games. She also loves to cook, but has to keep a baby lock on her refrigerator door because Abby, her yellow lab, opens it while she is gone.
Andrea wanted to help improve lives and make people feel better, so she pursued a degree in massage therapy from Everest College. As a Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP) at OPT, she feels like she is surrounded by family.
- Degree in massage therapy from Everest College
Interests: Fun fact about Andrea: She once auditioned for the role of Cindy Lou Who for Jim Carrey’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but was told she was too tall.
Marie became a massage therapist to help people and this is what she enjoys most about her job. A graduate of Renton Technical College, she is happy to be working at OPT because she loves the atmosphere.
In her free time, you can find her riding horses or vacationing in her favorite spot, Diamond Lake.
- Graduate of Renton Technical College
Interests: A fun fact about Marie: She’s a twin!