Maple Valley Staff - Outpatient Physical Therapy

Maple Valley Staff

Kayla Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn & Puyallup, WA

Kayla Freeman

Physical Therapist, DPT, OCS
Clinic: Maple Valley

“I know the feeling of getting back to moving pain-free and love helping my patients do the same.”

She’s a dancer, hiker, skier and breakfast burrito aficionado! Kayla is always moving and she knows what it is like to be unable to do what you love.

She also knows the feeling of getting back to your favorite activities pain-free and wanted to share that with others. After graduating from Colorado State University with degrees in both Performing Arts and Health and Exercise Science, Kayla earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Colorado.

As a Physical Therapist, Kayla enjoys meeting new people, hearing their stories and helping them get back to the things they love to do. She appreciates OPT’s commitment to excellence in patient care.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Colorado
  • Undergraduate Degrees in Performing Arts and Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University

Advanced Certifications:

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS)

Scott Akers

Physical Therapist, DPT, OCS, LAT, ATC
Clinic: Maple Valley

“My goal as a physical therapist is to empower my patients to become the best possible version of themselves that they can be and seeing them get back to doing what they love.”

He’s an eternal optimist who always tries to find a silver lining. A former collegiate football and soccer player, Scott loves sports and is both a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and a Physical Therapist.

After double majoring in Wellness Program Management and Athletic Training, Scott pursued his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Creighton University in Omaha. He loves getting to know his patients and hearing about their dreams, passions and what truly motivates them. At OPT, he appreciates the patient-centered, fun and engaging environment as well as the community it creates.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy – Creighton University 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in Athlete Training & Wellness Program Management – Graceland University 2008.


  • APTA
  • NATA

Advanced Certifications:

  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS)


When Scott isn’t working or studying for his Board Certification in Orthopedics, you’ll find him hiking, camping and spending time with his friends.

Ryan Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn & Puyallup, WA

Ryan Taniguchi

Physical Therapist, DPT
Clinic: Maple Valley

He can eat a twelve-egg omelet in one sitting and is a fan geek of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s from Hilo, Hawaii but he has never surfed.

Ryan studied business and exercise science as an undergraduate at University of Puget Sound. He wanted to use his anatomical knowledge to help others, so he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound as well. At OPT, Ryan loves that he is constantly learning and is part of a patient-centered company.


  • BA in Business and Exercise Science, University of Puget Sound
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, University of Puget Sound

Interests: When he is not working, Ryan enjoys lifting weights, movies, learning lyrics of favorite songs and studying anatomy. His native state of Hawaii, San Francisco and anywhere he can relax amidst beautiful scenery, are his favorite vacation spots.


Delores Bergin-LaMotte

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Maple Valley

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 rehabilitation 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.



  • 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.

KTH Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn & Puyallup, WA

Katie Hrehov

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Maple Valley

“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”

She’s a cat person with a big heart for people too! As a Physical Therapist Assistant, Katie loves helping her patients achieve things they never thought possible.

After studying pre-nursing at Washington State University, Katie earned her AA through the PTA program at Green River College. She loves OPT’s one-on-one treatment approach and working in PT/PTA teams.



  • Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Green River Community College

Interests:  Katie enjoys boxing, kickboxing, movies and hiking in her free time. Her favorite vacation spots are Florida and Hawaii.

An interesting fact about Katie is that she is missing her left sternocleidomastoid muscle!

Aaron Blake

Aaron Blake

Licensed Massage Therapist
Clinic: Maple Valley, Covington


Aaron first became interested in massage therapy when he was a coach. He wanted to help his injured athletes return to their sports, so he attended Northwest School for the Healing Arts to study massage.  Aaron loves to work with athletes – he is also a personal trainer and USATF Level 2 coach – and he promises to always do his best to get his patients back to the activities they enjoy.


  • LMP certification program at Northwest School for the Healing Arts

Interests: Originally from Kentucky, Aaron is married and has a son, daughter, two granddaughters and two dogs. His hobbies include sprint training and weight training, and he enjoys vacationing in Hawaii.

SG Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn & Puyallup, WA

Stephanie Gilyeat

Licensed Massage Therapist
Clinic: Maple Valley

“Be yourself because no one else can be you better.”

Stephanie’s desire to help others led her to massage therapy school at Cortiva Institute in Federal Way.  At OPT, she appreciates the community feel and friendly environment.


  • LMP certification program from the Cortiva Institute


When she is not working, Stephanie enjoys hiking, sewing, knitting, and reading. The youngest of three children, she enjoys vacationing in Montana to be with family. Random fact about Stephanie: She has a knack for remembering random facts!

HH Kent, Maple Valley, Auburn & Puyallup, WA

Howie Humbyrd

Sports Performance Specialist, ATC, CSCS, FMS
Clinic: Covington, Maple Valley, Sideline Trainer for GRCC, MV Soccer

With 2 degrees (BA in Sports Medicine and BA in Exercise Science) from Eastern Washington University, Howard is passionate about keeping athletes safe and helping them reach their goals. He is certified in Functional Movement Screening (FMS) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS


  • BS in Sports Medicine and BS in Exercise Science, Eastern Washington University


  • Licensed AT/ATC
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Functional Movement Screening (FMS)

Interests: Howie enjoys anything and everything outside, as long as it doesn’t involve altitude. (Interesting fact about Howard: he has a fear of heights) He lives with his German Shepard, Jesse, and enjoys vacationing in the Caribbean.