Occupational therapy helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapists (OTs) enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. Cognitive therapy, upper extremity & hand injuries/impairments/surgeries are amongst their many specialty areas.
OTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. OTs have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.
Our rehab facility is equipped with a full Activities of Daily Living (ADL) kitchen for retraining and specialized hand-therapy equipment.
Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base with widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function. Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest that have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs help you maintain mobility and quality of life without surgery or prescription medication, in many cases.
PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Our rehab facility is equipped with 4 private treatment rooms and a full gym.
Graduated high school 1959
BA, Psychology, 1965 California State University
BS, Health Science, 1969 California State University
BS, Physical Therapy, 1969 California State University - UCLA
Chief Physical Therapist, Seattle Rehabilitation Clinic
Chief Physical Therapist, Seattle General Hospital
Chief Physical Therapist, Swedish Hospital Pain Clinic
Owner, Northshore Physical Therapy, 25 years
Sold business, retired, and moved to Republic in 2003
Part-time PRN Physical Therapist at FCPHD since 2003
Interests: fishing, bicycling,skiing, gardening, landscaping, motorsports, travel, kayaking
Physical Therapist for 45 years
Lisa was born and raised in Northern Michigan, and graduated from Graying HS in 1989. She then attended Kirtland Community College and received her Associate’s Degree in 1991. Lisa then transferred to Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree majoring in Occupational Therapy in 1995.
After graduation she returned to Grayling and worked at Mercy Hospital in outpatient and inpatient therapy. After a year she decided to travel and took a position in Eureka, CA at Eureka General Hospital inpatient rehabilitation.
After a trip to the Olympic Peninsula (Port Angeles), Lisa decided that was where she’d like to stay. She worked at Forks Community Hospital, Olympic Medical Center, Angeles Therapy P.S., and also did independent contract work. During this time her work experience consisted of hand therapy, orthopedic conditions, inpatient care and Functional Capacity Evaluations.
During her time in Port Angeles, she married her husband of 17 years, and had three children; Jacob now 16, Kale 14, and Madi 12. In 2008 they were ready for a change of scenery and wanted to raise their kids in a rural setting, settling down in Republic, WA.
Lisa has been with FCPHD since 2011. Her areas of focus as an Occupational Therapist consist of outpatient therapy and swing bed therapy. She is also the Activities Director for Long Term Care and Swing Bed patients.
Enjoying the rural outdoor setting, Matt, Lisa and their kids enjoy many outdoor activities. Summertime brings camping trips, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and boating while winter includes XC skiing, snowmobiling, and snowboarding. Lisa also enjoys photography, reading, and attending her kids’ sporting events.
Amanda has been with FCPHD since 2015 when she moved to Republic from Corvallis Oregon. She is an Arizona native, but now calls the Pacific Northwest home. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology in 2003 and graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2007.
Amanda has continued her professional education with specialty courses in a variety of areas which include muscle energy techniques for the spine/extremities, youth sports injuries, Pilates-based core and stability training techniques, mobilization and manipulation for the spine/extremities, neurological rehabilitation for post-stroke care, treatment techniques for TMJ dysfunction, and balance/vertigo training. She is well versed in treating patients of all ages and abilities. Amanda is an APTA credentialed Clinical Instructor and enjoys mentoring and teaching students that are working towards their PT/PTA degrees.
After being in a severe motor vehicle accident in 2003, Amanda experienced the rehabilitation process first-hand, along with the emotional and physical aspects of healing, and the vital role physical therapy plays in functional recovery. Her practice philosophy is to ensure every person is given the time, compassion, and most effective and comprehensive treatments to allow for a quick return to activity and recovery. Apart from practicing PT, Amanda enjoys trail running, backpacking and hiking with her husband, taking motorcycle road trips, karaoke, skiing, playing board games/cards, and sharing a good laugh or two.
Julia has been with FCPHD for 5 years, providing care in outpatient and skilled nursing, along with long-term resident care. She has lived in Ferry County for 37 years, moving from Southern Louisiana. After raising her family, she began pursuing a professional career in Physical Therapy. In 2010, she received an Associate in Science, Physical Therapist Assistant, from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA.
Julia has continued her education with courses in manual therapy, therapeutic yoga, therapeutic exercise, and self- care techniques. Julia has been a Hospice volunteer for over 15 years with Hospice of Spokane. She has also received training in the SAIL program, implementing an older adult exercise program within the community. Julia feels that education on self-care and wellness are important towards empowering patients to maintain their gains made from their time in rehab.
Julia enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with family. She enjoys helping the community members with their ability to perform and return to their functional activities of daily living as well as on-going learning from her co-workers and team members.
Laura is an agency physical therapist from Long Island, NY, who has been with FCPHD since October 2017. She recently moved to Republic from Seattle, WA and has been traveling for work in both Oregon and Washington over the last year and a half. Laura received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Elon University in 2013 and graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2016.
Laura is interested in multiple areas of physical therapy and enjoys working in the variety of settings within FCPHD. She plans to further her professional education with courses in chronic pain management and manual therapy for the lumbopelvic region this spring.
In her off-time, Laura likes to explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest through trail running, hiking, kayaking, and most recently, backcountry skiing!
Jessica has been employed with FCPHD for 23 years. She started out as a CNA and also worked as a limited x-ray tech for a year and a half. Her favorite place to spend spare time is the rehab department, whether it is working out in the gym or helping with patient care. She is grateful for our wonderful team, and enjoys working with them all.
Melinda started at FCPHD in January 2007 as an NAC in the hospital. She loved working closely with the patients in long term care and acute care and learned a lot while helping in the ER. In addition to working the floor as an NAC, Melinda also became a Unit Coordinator and assisted with procedures until she decided to take time off to expand her family with 2 more little boys.
Once the boys were older she returned to work at FCPHD initially in housekeeping and has since worked up into being the Front Office Coordinator for the Rehab Department for the last 2 years. She loves the different facets of the job. Whether it be patient care, navigating insurance authorizations or billing, her position keeps her challenged and motivated. She loves the family mentality of the department and has made life-long friendships.
Melinda is a mother of 3 boys who keep her very busy. She enjoys fishing, hiking and camping with family and friends.
Katie started working in the medical field at age 14 as a receptionist for a medical clinic in the Okanogan Valley. She graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California. She has worked in a variety of clinics, hospitals, and Long-Term Care facilities. Her desire to broaden her education led her to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from Washington State University. She considers it a privilege to work for our community at Ferry County Public Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department as a fill-in Front Office Coordinator.
Katie appreciates Ferry County with its winter snows for cross country skiing, its summer warmth for swimming in nearby natural lakes, and the rural culture. She enjoys visiting Republic art galleries, summer markets, and local restaurants.