Kent Staff | Outpatient PT

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.

Sue Horton

Physical Therapist
Clinic: Kent

“I see my role as educator and facilitator. I try to teach my clients how to take care of themselves and give them a sense of empowerment in managing their own lives.”

She’s an animal lover and kayaker who loves to spend time with her two children, Olivia and Nathan, doing things like bicycling and vacationing in Seaside, OR.

Sue pursued a degree in physical therapy from the University of Puget Sound because she wanted to help people get back to the things they want to do. She loves furthering her physical therapy knowledge through learning new concepts in treatment and the constant challenge of working with a variety of patients and conditions. Sue is also graduate of the Feldenkrais Training Program in Vancouver, CA. At OPT, she appreciates the company-wide commitment to improving the quality of lives of patients and staff while giving back to the community.

Education: 

  • Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy, University of Puget Sound
  • Feldenkrais Training Program Vancouver

 

Affiliations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • PTWA

Certifications:

  • Feldenkrais Practitioner

Interests: On the weekends, you might spot Sue finding great bargains at garage sales or working around the house and yard, with Evi the Black Lab at her side.

Denise Hayes

Physical Therapist, DPT, OCS
Clinic: Kent

“I enjoy helping patients heal from the inside out. Your body is already trying to heal inside, I am here to provide some additional ‘external’ help.  I also enjoy educating patients about what is going on with their condition.”

She’s a Washington native who loves kayaking in the San Juan Islands and wine tasting. Denise is Washington educated too – she’s a graduate of both Eastern Washington University (BS in Biology) and University of Washington (MS in Physical Therapy).

After initially becoming interested in physical therapy (PT) while volunteering as a candy striper in a Seattle hospital, Denise has pursued the highest levels of PT clinical education, completing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011 and Board Certification in Orthopedics (OCS) in 2013.   She loves being a “body detective” to uncover the musculoskeletal issues that limit patients, and working for a company that allows employees to express their unique creativity.

Denise is a clinical instructor and enjoys helping PT students reach their goals.

Education: 

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica
  • Masters of Physical Therapy, University of Washington
  • BS in Biology, Eastern Washington University

Affiliations:

  • APTA

Certifications:

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS)
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Interests: Denise enjoys reading World War II nonfiction, cooking and spending time with her husband and son.

Brian Marsh

Physical Therapist, DPT, OCS
Clinic: Kent

He’s a weight lifter, downhill skier, hiker and, secretly, a nerd.   As a student at Eastern Washington University, he set out to study Website and Network Administration, then switched to Biology.

Growing up in a family of chiropractors, Brian learned to see the human body as a work of art that is best displayed with movement. He pursued his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Azusa Pacific University because he wanted to help people regain movement. OPT’s unique commitment to one-on-one care, in a world where numbers are typically the driving force, enables him to do what he loves most as a Physical Therapist: moving someone from “I can’t” to “I can.”

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) – in process

Interests: Brian recently visited Scotland, where he enjoyed the castles, people and rugged country (he also owns, and occasionally wears, a kilt.) He lives with two roommates and two dogs, Benny and Romeo.

Rebecca Pashelinksy

Physical Therapist, DPT, OCS
Clinic: Kent

She’s a California native with a heart for the Northwest outdoor lifestyle.   A runner and hiker (and a Husky!), Becky worked as a fitness specialist after graduating with her BA from the University of Washington.

Because she loves leading people toward their fitness goals, Becky pursued her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Temple University in Philadelphia. As a Physical Therapist at OPT, she enjoys spending an hour of quality time with each patient, listening to them and guiding them toward their individual goals.

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) – in process

Interests: To further her clinical skills and knowledge, she is currently studying for her Board Certification in Orthopedics. When she isn’t working or studying, she also enjoys reading and dining out.

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.

Anne Dahlin

Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist
Clinic: Kent

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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.

Michelle McMullen

Occupational Therapist, OTR/L
Clinic: Kent

“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 University. 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 toward 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

Affiliations:

  • ASHT

Certifications:

  • Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) – in process

Interests: When she’s not working, studying for her CHT exam, or going to her kids’ sports, music and school events, Michelle also finds time to pursue her love for art and photography.

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

LMP Massage Therapist
Clinic: Kent

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.