Maple Valley Staff - Outpatient Physical Therapy

Maple Valley Staff

Christine Mattson

Physical Therapist, DPT
Clinic: Maple Valley

“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.

Becky Jo Bohlin

Physical Therapist, DPT
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.”

Becky Jo  joined Outpatient Physical Therapy in 2004 and enjoys the hands on work of physical therapy. She is constantly working to improve her manual skills and has taken multiple continuing education courses on a variety of topics. Becky Jo enjoys the friendships she gains with each of her patients and helping her patients return to their prior level of function. Becky Jo enjoys volunteering and has traveled to foreign countries on medical humanitarian aid groups.

Education: 

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Utah
  • Masters of Physical Therapy, University of Utah
  • Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University

Specialties:

  • Orthopedics, Manaual Therapy

Interests:  Becky Jo enjoys running, hiking and crafting. She loves to bake cookies & desserts and playing the piano, but mostly, she loves spending time with her family.

Kyle Forbes

Physical Therapist, DPT
Clinic: Maple Valley

 

He’s a world traveler and a chef: Kyle has visited 11 countries, and he loves to cook for his wife and neighbors.

Kyle believes physical therapy can benefit everyone. His fascination with the body’s ability to heal and passion for helping people achieve healthy lives without the use of medication drove him to pursue his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

At OPT, Kyle appreciates the opportunities to serve his community. Positively impacting patients’ lives is the most rewarding thing about being a Physical Therapist for Kyle – he is passionate about helping people improve their health through physical therapy treatment.

Education: 

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Interests: Kyle and his wife have 2 rescue dogs.   In his spare time, when he’s not on an airplane or in the kitchen, he enjoys soccer, golf and home improvement projects.

Jan Herring

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Maple Valley

“I like getting patients back to their prior level of function (or better). I love watching patients realize they don’t have to dread therapy and that it can actually be fun.”

She’s proud to be from South Dakota, and loves to travel to Germany. Jan is an avid traveler, reader and cyclist.

She knew Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) school would be a good fit for her because of her personal experience with injuries. A Lake Area Technical Institute graduate, Jan loves working for OPT because of the people. For her, the best part of being a PTA is watching a patient achieve a goal that, at one time, they thought would be impossible.

Education: 

  • AA degree in Physical Therapy Assistant program, Lake Area Technical Institute, SD

Interests: While Jan’s reading list consists exclusively of autobiographies and biographies, her palate is more diverse: she is not afraid to try new foods.

Kera Weigel

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Maple Valley

“I believe the key to success in facilitating a patient’s recovery is good communication between the patient and the physical therapist. I strive to find ways to make the healing process both fun and goal-oriented to ensure our patients needs are met.”

Ask her anything about Star Wars, Harry Potter, Twilight or Lord of the Rings. She’s a fan of movies, comic books and everything Marvel too.

Kera’s passion for physical therapy also runs deep, as she was inspired to go to Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) school after her father became ill when she was in high school.   When she saw the impact of physical therapy on her father’s recovery, she knew what she wanted to do and has never looked back.

Being a positive influence in the lives of her patients and watching them achieve their goals are her favorite things about being a PTA, and she appreciates being able to do this as part of OPT’s cohesive, family-friendly team.

Education: 

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

Affiliation:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • PT Recognition of Advanced Proficiency
  • APTA Clinical Instructor Certification

Interests: Kera lives with her husband, daughter, two German Wirehaired Pointers (hunting dogs), and a cat. In her free time, you’ll find her riding quads, hunting, hiking, painting, or vacationing in the Oregon Dunes.

Colleen Deveraux

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Clinic: Maple Valley

“I use massage and physical therapy to help patients return to full functional ability”

When her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Colleen became a PTA and an LMP to help him maintain function. She loves being able to use both her physical therapy and massage skills to help patients return to their activities pain free. Colleen values OPT’s 35-year history of community involvement, and the positive reputation the company has earned.

Colleen’s a volunteer firefighter, EMT, Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and a Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP). When she’s not helping people, Collen takes care of her 2 dogs, 3 laying hens and rooster. She is also a beekeeper and a gardener.

 

Affiliations:

  • She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and is certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Interests:  When she is not taking care of people or animals, Colleen enjoys being involved with her church, spinning wool and operating a ham radio. When she takes time off work, she vacations in her garden and visits her grandkids.

Richelle Gardner

License Massage Therapist
Clinic: Maple Valley

“I find satisfaction knowing massage therapy helps reduce my patients’ pain levels. I like how OPT uses massage in conjunction with PT to assist the patient in a quicker recovery.”

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.

Certifications:

  • LMP certification program at Renton Technical College

Interests: 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.

Wesley Smith

Physical Therapist, DPT
Clinic: Maple Valley

 

He’s an avid college football and basketball fan who loves playing sports of any kind. Wesley strives to be the best physical therapist he can possibly be and is working toward his board certification in Sports Physical Therapy.

After completing his undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University, Wesley earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the same school. At OPT, he loves the welcoming, family atmosphere and making a difference in the lives of his patients.

Education: 

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Western Kentucky University

Interests: When he’s not working or playing sports, Wesley enjoys hiking, long road trips and spending time with friends and family.

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