Alumni Physical Therapy Students
Jason James, SPT
Pacific University (2011)
Jason was our first PT intern at LWPT. He worked with Ben and Matt through the summer of 2011. Jason is an avid bike enthusiast and a great friend of Ben's. His Wife Renee' was a student of Ben's in 2000 at Health South and is also Sara Wobker's childhood best friend from Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Jason and Renee' now both work at Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in Salem. Jason has completed a fellowship through Kaiser and continues to excel in running mechanics and bike fitting. We are very proud of our good friends and great PTs!
Jenna Upper Kokes, SPT
University of Montana (2012)
Jenna worked as Matt and Ben's aide while at Redmond Physical Therapy and later became a doctorate student intern while finishing up at the University of Montana. Jenna and her husband Brett now reside in Winthrop and own Winthrop Physical Therapy and Fitness. She achieved her OCS in the Summer of 2014. Great work Jenna from RPT to UM to LWPT to ownership!
Heidi Biehl, SPT
University of Montana (2013)
Heidi grew up in Great Falls Montant where she went to High School. She then went off to under graduate work at Montana State in Bozeman. After completion and acceptance into graduate school Heidi went to Missoula for the completion of her doctorate. Heidi is currently finishing up her required rounds at LWPT with her clinical instuctor Matt Sato.
Kelsey McGladrey, SPT
Franklin Pierce University (2013)
Kelsey grew up in Bothell, WA and attended Bothell High School. She attended Saint Martin University in Lacey, WA to get my BS in Biology while playing collegiate DII softball. Kelsey enjoys camping, wakeboarding, water skiing, and any outdoor activities. During her senior year of undergraduate studies she worked as an aide at Hawk Prairie Physical Therapy. In August she moved to Goodyear, AZ to begin her doctorate program at Franklin Pierce University.
Nicole Brewster, SPT
Pacific University Oregon (2014)
Nicole grew up in Edmonds, WA and attended Kamiak High School. She then did her undergraduate education at Washington State University and received her B.S. in Athletic Training and Kinesiology and became a certified athletic trainer. After graduating, Nicole took a year off to work as an ATC and physical therapy aide at a local PT clinic in Mill Creek to gain more experience in the field of physical therapy before heading off to graduate school at Pacific University in Hillsboro, OR. Nicole finished her doctorate rotation with Matt Sato in March of 2014.
Pacific University (2014)
Graduating from Mount Vernon High School in 2008, Ricky played baseball and showed a strong early interest in sports medicine and human movement studies. Following this passion, he attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR where he had the opportunity to do fitness and activity based research with local fire departments and present at the annual American College of Sports Medicine conference. After earning his BSc in exercise science in 2012, Ricky sought to take his education further and focus on rehabilitation sciences, applying to Pacific University's three year doctorate of physical therapy program. Following acceptance, two years of didactic work, and two previous clinical rotations, Ricky completed his first of three third-year clinical rotations at LWPT with his clinical instructor Matt Sato.
SPT, Pacific University (2015)
Matt grew up in Renton, WA and attended Hazen High School. He then did her undergraduate education at Washington State University and received her B.S. in Athletic Training and became a certified athletic trainer. After graduating, Matt took one year off to work as an ATC and physical therapy aide at a private practice PT clinic in Pullman, WA to gain more experience in the field of physical therapy before heading off to graduate school at Pacific University in Hillsboro, OR. Matt is currently finishing his last doctorate rotation with Matt Sato in May of 2015.
SPT, Pacific University (2015)
Cory grew up in Wenatchee, WA and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 2008. Having had two years experience in sports medicine, she decided to seek out her Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy Degree from Eastern Washington University and graduated in 2012. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Cory became certified and taught yoga, TRX, and indoor cycling to hundreds of students/faculty and was an active part in her University’s Recreation Fitness Center. Immediately upon graduation, Cory worked as a PT/OT Rehab Aide in Spokane, WA before heading off to graduate school at Pacific University in Hillsboro, OR. Cory is currently in her third and final year at Pacific University and will be working alongside Matt Sato to satisfy the requirements for her doctorate.
SPT, (Regis University: Denver)
Laura grew up in the Seattle area. It was a gymnastics injury at age 11 that sparked her interest in the field of physical therapy. She later spent time volunteering in various physical therapy clinics throughout college at Western Washington University. After college, Laura spent 1 year working as a physical therapy aide at Olympic Physical Therapy in Seattle. She loved her experience as an aide and decided to further her career by moving to Denver, CO, to begin the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Regis University. She spent time working in the acute hospital setting in Cedar City, UT, an outpatient orthopedic setting in Golden, CO, and a skilled nursing facility in Lakewood, CO. Laura also has a passion for travel and has spent time studying in Argentina and Peru during her undergraduate degree. Most recently, she spent two weeks in Nicaragua, collaborating with the local physical therapists in the outpatient and in-patient settings in Granada. While there she provided home health physical therapy services to individuals in several underserved communities. In her free time, Laura enjoys rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, running and spending time with friends and family.
SPT, (Pacific University: Oregon)
Jocelyn grew up in Lake Forest Park, WA where she attended Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, WA and was a member of the soccer, basketball and track teams. After watching a close family friend suffer a stroke and undergo extensive physical therapy in order to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, she became inspired by the healing ability of physical therapy. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of Puget Sound and was a member of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball team. Following college, Jocelyn worked for one year in the Seattle area as a physical therapy aide at Core Physical Therapy and as a biomechanics research assistant at Everett Pacific Industrial Rehabilitation. Jocelyn is currently finishing up her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Pacific University in Hillsboro, OR. She has completed clinical rotations in outpatient orthopedics in Boise, Idaho and Beaverton, Oregon as well as acute care at Tillamook Regional Medical Center in Tillamook, Oregon. Her most memorable internship was working at Eros School for children with cerebral palsy in Cape Town, South Africa last fall. Jocelyn is excited to complete her fifth and final rotation here at LWPT with her clinical instructor Matt Sato.
SPT, University of Montana
Bothell High School
Sam grew up in Bothell where she attended Bothell High School, and graduated in 2009. During high school she was heavily involved in soccer, softball, and community service. After graduating, she moved to Bellingham to earn her B.S in Kinesiology, as well as an M.S in Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Science from Western Washington University. While in the graduate program at Western, she was able to present her research at local, regional, and national Biomechanics conferences, and was just recently published in the Journal of Biomechanics. This summer she will be working on two more manuscripts for publication involving biofeedback for increasing the Subacromial space, and decreasing fall risk for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After she finished her Master’s degree, she moved to Missoula, Montana to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Montana. In her free-time she enjoys skiing, hiking, trail running, playing with dogs, quadding, and spending time with friends and family. As a former dancer, she appreciates the strength and body awareness necessary to have successful rehabilitation from an injury. She is just starting her first full time clinical here at LWPT with her clinical instructor Heidi Biehl, and is excited to be working with fellow Vikings and Griz.