From achieving her high school dream of becoming a Physical Therapist (PT) to being crowned Daffodil Princess (as a result of a dare from her high school friends), Cassie is a woman of determination.
She’s also a downhill mountain biker, triathlete and crossfitter. A former BMX-racer for 20 years, Cassie loves to vacation in Whistler in the summer with her husband, John, and her bike.
After earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington, she completed the Evidence in Motion Sports Residency and became a PT for the Seattle Ravens hockey team. She also works as a physical therapy adjunct professor at the University of Puget Sound. Cassie appreciates OPT’s commitment to delivering industry-leading customer service and top-of-scope patient care by encouraging therapist continuing education and teamwork.
Physical Therapy is the perfect career for Cassie because it allows her to share both her education and personal experiences with others. She strives to help her patients understand what they are feeling and how to use their bodies in pain free, healthy ways.
- Doctor of Physical Therapy – University of Washington
- Business Degree – University of Washington
- Sports Certified Specialist (SCS)
- Functional Movement Screening (FMS)
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
Affiliations: APTA member since 2001
Interests: Cassie enjoys downhill mountain biking, crossfit, triathlons, and hiking with her husband and hyper vizsla puppy.
She’s a Montana girl with a love for the outdoors and running. You’ll find Rachel hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and running long distances in her free time.
Because of her fascination with how the body works and her active lifestyle, Rachel pursued a career in physical therapy. She is a graduate of Trinity International University and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. A Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS), Rachel is passionate about treating men and women with pelvic floor dysfunction. She loves being a Physical Therapist because of the opportunity to work with so many different people, and it makes her day when a patient says they are feeling better.
At OPT, Rachel appreciates the family feel of the clinics and the motivation of the therapists to work together to help patients recover as quickly as possible.
- Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS)
Interests: When she is not being active outdoors with her husband and German Shepherd, Reya, she enjoys reading, scrapbooking and playing the piano.
A Colorado native, Rebecca loves spending time in the Rockies backpacking, rock climbing and skiing. She is fluent in Spanish and holds a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
While working in healthcare with an underserved population, Rebecca recognized the need for and importance of physical therapy. Passionate about serving others and improving functional movement, she moved to Washington to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound.
Rebecca feels honored to work at OPT because of its patient-centered, compassionate care. Ongoing staff training and community service align with her personal values, and she loves working with patients to design individualized rehabilitative programs to achieve optimal movement, healing and fitness.
Rebecca has published and/or conducted research on trigger point dry needling, muscle tone and joint dysfunction through the University of Colorado.
- Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Puget Sound
- Bachelor’s in Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder
Interests: When she’s not spending her free time in the mountains, you’ll find Rebecca making homemade pie (and eating it!) and spending time with her husband, daughter and beagle.
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
- Undergrad Degrees in Performing Arts and Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University
Professional Certifications: Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) – in process
Before moving to Washington, he had never been west of Minnesota. A graduate of both Marquette University (Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training) and University of Wisconsin – Madison (Master of Science in Kinesiology), Ryan chose to become an Athletic Trainer because he loves to see athletes and patients succeed in all parts of their lives.
At OPT, he values the culture of relationship-building and dedication to optimal patient satisfaction. His philosophy in life and at work is to find ways to make every situation the most enjoyable and positive experience it can be. He is always open to trying and experiencing new things, especially if they involve meeting new people or being with friends.
Ryan married his wife, Nichole, in 2017 and honeymooned in one of his favorite vacation spots, St. Lucia. When he is not working in the clinic, at school or on the sidelines, Ryan loves to play and watch soccer. He also enjoys staying active by running, hiking and lifting weights.
- Marquette University (Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training) and University of Wisconsin – Madison (Master of Science in Kinesiology)