Kent Staff - Outpatient Physical Therapy

Kent Staff

Lydia Christianson

Physical Therapist, DPT, OCS
Clinic: Lead Kent

“The best part of physical therapy is the impact you make in another person’s life. Medicine can save a life, but the therapist puts the pieces back together.”

She’s a Midwest girl who loves playing outdoors in the Northwest. Lydia hikes, camps and snowshoes all over the Cascades. She loves to explore Seattle too.

In sixth grade, Lydia listened to a presentation by a Physical Therapist at her school’s Career Day, and thought, “That’s what I want to do.” As she learned more about physical therapy, she was drawn to the relational aspect of the job and the way it combines her love for movement, anatomy and exercise.

After earning both her BS in Biomedical Science and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degrees from Marquette University, she moved 2000 miles from her family to work in Washington. Lydia appreciates the opportunities OPT gives her to grow as a therapist as well as the fun, passionate and engaging people who make it fun to come to work every day.

Education: 

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Marquette University
  • B.S. in Biomedical Science, Marquette University

Affiliations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Physical Therapy Association of Washington

Certifications:

  •  Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) – in process

Interests: When she’s not on an outdoor adventure, Lydia enjoys cooking, crafting and binge watching TV shows on Netflix. Because she is so far away from her family, her ideal vacation is watching movies on her parents’ couch with her dog in her lap.

Andrew Brenstetter

Physical Therapist, DPT, OCS
Clinic: Kent

When he tore his ACL in high school and had a great experience with physical therapy, Andrew knew he wanted to become a physical therapist. After completing his undergraduate degree at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota, he went to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

At OPT, he values the company’s commitment to helping therapists provide the highest level of care to their patients through continuing education.   His favorite things about being a Physical Therapist are building relationships with his patients and working together to achieve their goals while having fun along the way.

Education: 

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
  • Undergraduate degree at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota

Interests: Andrew grew up in a small town in Minnesota and has never been outside of the United States. He loves to vacation anywhere in the mountains where he can camp, hike and fish.   He also enjoys playing any and all sports.

Christine Mattson

Physical Therapist, DPT, OCS

“I love my job and all the people I work with! I love meeting new people and building a relationship with the patient to improve their quality of life. As a physical therapist, I think it is important to realize what is important to the patient and understand their goals and needs.”

She loves soccer so much that she may try to recruit you to play! Christine is a big fan of the Sounders, but the Seahawks have her heart too.

After graduating from the University of Washington, she pursued her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Idaho State University because she wanted to work in a hands-on, helping and social profession. Christine enjoys getting to know her patients, not just their injuries, and the trusting relationship she has with her PTA.   At OPT, coming to work doesn’t feel like work, and the people she works with are like family.

Education: 

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy from Idaho State University
  • BS in Psyhology from University of Washington

Specialties:

  • Post-Surgical Rehab, Amputee Rehab

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) – in process

Interests: When she’s not spending time with her husband, daughter, friends, or two dogs, Christine likes to make creative cakes of all different shapes and sizes, but does not like to frost simple cupcakes.

Dan Crusoe

Physical Therapist, DPT, CSCS
Clinic: Kent

I feel fortunate to be a Physical Therapist. It allows me to be a guide for those seeking to become a better, more healthy version of themselves.”

As a high school athlete with his fair share of injuries, Daniel developed strong relationships with athletic trainers and physical therapists. His positive experiences as a patient led him to study Exercise Science at Saginaw Valley State University and Physical Therapy at University of Michigan – Flint.

While Daniel and his wife, Olivia, moved to the PNW for the mountains, water and outdoor activities, a big change from his family’s 2,000-tree apple orchard in Michigan. He is also a competitive powerlifter and qualifier for the 2018 USA Powerlifting Nationals.

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Michigan

Professional Certifications: 

  • CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)

Interests:

A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), he is honored to be a guide to help other achieve better health. Daniel appreciates the individualized care he is able to provide to patients in a one-on-one setting at OPT, as well as the company’s support for therapist’s ongoing education.

Brett Neilson

Physical Therapist, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Clinic: Kent

“I believe physical therapy is combining evidence-based practice with compassion, empathy and empowerment. My role is to listen to your story, help you figure out what is going on, identify what we can do about it and to be your ‘trail guide’ along your path to recovery. The day I look forward to most is the day my patients no longer need my help.”

A Seattle native, Brett is a graduate of both the University of Washington (BS in Biology) and the University of Puget Sound (Doctorate of Physical Therapy). He spent 5 years living in Austin, TX before returning to his home state and joining OPT in 2015.

Brett loves listening to the stories of his patients and being a “trail guide” along the path of recovery. In addition to being a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS), Brett completed his Fellowship training in Manual Therapy with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), an accomplishment that less than 1% of physical therapists achieve.

At OPT, Brett appreciates the friendly staff, fun culture and great leadership team. He is the Fellowship Director at OPT, and holds adjunct faculty positions in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at South College as well as the Evidence in Motion (EIM) Institute of Health Professions.

Education: 

  • Fellowship, Evidence In Motion Institute of Health Professions
  • Residency Trained, Evidence In Motion Institute of Health Professions
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Puget Sound
  • Bachelors of Science, University of Washington

Specialties:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Board Certified Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS)

Affiliations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • American Academy of Orhopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)
  •  Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA)

Interests: When he is not teaching or working in the clinic, you’ll find him spending time with his wife, Catharine, son, Aidan, and dog, Jaxx. Brett also enjoys playing soccer, running, paddle boarding, road biking, hiking or snowboarding.

Chris Kvam

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Kent

“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.

Delores Bergin-Lamotte

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Kent

“I love seeing our patients at the grocery store and hearing how great they are feeling.”

Delores Bergin-LaMotte has more than 30 years of experience at Outpatient Physical Therapy. Delores has a wealth of knowledge in orthopedics and post-op rehabiliation and continues to “add tools to her toolbox.” Delores enjoys getting to know her patients and to be able to see them in the community where she works and lives.

Education: 

  • ASA in Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Green River Community College

Interests:  Delores has two adult children and one lovely granddaughter. Delores enjoys cooking, reading, and watching movies.

Rene Guddat

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Kent

“I enjoy the opportunity to help people get back to the activities that they love.”

She’s a Pinterest and film aficionado. Happily married, Rene and her husband traveled to Italy to celebrate their anniversary; here in Washington, they enjoy remodeling their home together.

A Green River Community College graduate, Rene loves helping people achieve their goals and regain function as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA.) She appreciates that OPT gives back to the community and prioritizes “top of scope” patient care.

Education: 

  • AAS, PTA program, Green River Community College

Interests: When she’s not at work or home, her favorite places to be are Moses Lake and Lake Chelan.

Sara Stoker

Massage Therapist, LMT
Clinic: Kent

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She’s both a trained anthropologist and a Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP). A fan of British films and TV, Sara also likes to try out different accents.

Sara wanted a career that would accommodate her ambition and provide the opportunity to study anatomy in depth.   She needed to feel challenged and inspired by her work. So, she went to the Cortiva School of Massage Therapy in Tucson to become a LMP.

As an LMP, she loves helping patients relieve their pain and hearing their stories. Sara is inspired by the people she works with at OPT because they are fun but serious about their work.

 

Education: 

  • Cortiva School of Massage Therapy

Certifications: 

  • Certified Medical Massage Practitioner

Interests: 

Kyoto, Japan and Dublin, Ireland are two of her favorite places to travel, so it’s no surprise that she loves craft beer. You’ll also find her reading novels, kayaking and going out to eat in her spare time.

Sarah Steckel

Occupational Therapist, OT
Clinic: Kent

“I love my job because I enjoy finding out what my patients value in their everyday lives. My goal is for my patients is to return to valuable activities and the greatest reward is when they tell me they have regained those abilities”

Sarah grew up in Ohio and, after graduating from Kenyon College with her BA in Art History, she worked as an art museum professional in Chicago and New York. She made the career switch to Occupational Therapy because of her desire to build relationships with patients.
At the University of Puget Sound, Sarah earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.  She appreciates haring in the journey of recovery with patients and working with a large, supportive team at Outpatient Physical Therapy.

Education: 

  • Master of Occupational Therapy, University of Puget Sound
  • Bachelors of Arts, Kenyon College

Interests:

Outside of the clinic, you’ll find Sarah enjoying the outdoors by hiking and gardening. She also loves to cook.