Summit Physical Therapy in Puyallup

Hand Therapy and Rehabilitation | SERVICES | STAFF | TESTIMONIALS

(253) 445-4258
(253) 445-4724
3801 5th Street SE
Suite 220
Puyallup, WA 98374
Clinic Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 6:30PM

By appointment only. Last appointment scheduled one hour before closing to allow for appropriate treatment time.

Welcome to Summit Physical Therapy Clinic, conveniently located in the Rainier Orthopedic Institute (ROI) in Puyallup, a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery and rehabilitation center.  The treatment we provide is tailored to each patient with the goal of decreasing pain and restoring function. Our therapists incorporate manual therapy techniques and customized exercise programs that allow for a hands-on approach with all patients.

With a state of the art facility and equipment, you can expect an individualized rehabilitation program that will help you to reach your goals of returning to work, maximizing athletic performance and improving quality of life. Our friendly staff looks forward to helping you feel better and reach your personal goals.

Call today to schedule an appointment (253) 445-4258


– Hand Therapy and Rehabilitation –

Summit Physical Therapy’s hand rehabilitation program provides expert occupational therapists who work in close collaboration with your physician to optimize your recovery following upper extremity injury or operation.  We have three hand therapists on staff who specialize in the hand and lower arms and provide onsite splinting and bracing services.  Click here to learn more about our hand therapy specialty.


- Services -

Puyallup (Summit) provides expert care for a wide range of conditions, click the links below to learn more or call to schedule with a Physical Therapist.

Back Care
Balance Training/ Fall Prevention
Biomechanical Evaluation
Custom Splint Fabrication
Elbow and Wrist Care
Foot and Ankle Care
Gait Training
Hand Therapy
Hip Care
Hippotherapy (Horse Therapy)
Knee Care
Manual Therapy
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Neck Care
Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Posture and Body Mechanics Training
Shoulder Care
Spinal Rehabilitation
Sport Specific Therapy and Rehabilitation

- Staff -

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Meagan Aplin, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Director of Physical Therapy Meagan attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, receiving her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Exercise Science. While there she was also captain and coach of Gonzaga’s Dance Team. She went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Puget Sound. Her clinical experience consists of a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, hospital based outpatient neurological and orthopedic care, pediatrics, and outpatient orthopedics. Meagan is passionate about manual orthopedic physical therapy and strives to provide the highest level of care to help all of her patients meet their functional goals. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association and works to assist in promoting and advancing the profession in all avenues.  In her free time Meagan enjoys dance, fishing, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Bachelor's of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Gonzaga University
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from University of Puget Sound
Jessica Gardner

Jessica Gardner, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy Jessica joins Summit Physical Therapy as a PT with clinical internship experience in inpatient, outpatient pediatrics, and outpatient orthopedics. Jessica has special interest in manual therapy and rehabilitation of the young athlete and is dedicated to staying current on evidence based practice as it pertains to the orthopedic patient. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and any activity that involves being active outdoors.
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Puget Sound, 2013
Olga Tabachnaya Bio

Olga Tabachnaya, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant My name is Olga Tabachnaya.  I hope to continue my practice in outpatient orthopedics and improve my skills in manual therapy and kinesio taping.  I have clinical experience in pediatrics, skilled nursing and also observed surgeries at Rainer Orthopedic Institute.  Outside of physical therapy I coach gymnastics and enjoy performing with the Slavic Christian Center choir.
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from Green River Community College, 2010.

Chaz Sak-Ocbina, PT, DPT

 Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy Chaz is very passionate about functional movement and strives to provide the best possible care to each of his patients. He really enjoys working with high-level athletes and designing specific return-to-sport therapeutic exercises. While attending Central Washington University (CWU), Chaz was a third baseman for the varsity baseball team, which explains his love for treating athletes! He graduated From CWU with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Physiology. After his undergraduate degree, Chaz received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. His clinical experience includes working in inpatient rehab and multiple outpatient orthopedic clinics. In his free time he enjoys hiking, golfing, fishing, and attending sporting events whenever possible.
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Physiology from Central Washington University
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Kristine Bio

Kristine Buchanan, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant Kristine has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2003. Her professional career started at UAW Ford Plant in St. Paul, MN where she worked in their outpatient clinic as an independent contractor for two years.  She visited Washington State and fell in love with the mountains.  In the fall of 2004, she relocated here to pursue her love of year round outdoor activities and sports. At that time, she joined the RET group.  She enjoys working at Summit Physical Therapy because it offers a light atmosphere with a knowledgeable, innovative and friendly staff.
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from the College of Saint Catherine in Minneapolis, 2002
Krista Mertens

Krista Mertens, OTR/L, CKTP

Occupational Therapist, Director of Hand Therapy Krista has been an Occupational Therapist for over 27 years, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Puget Sound in 1989. She has specialized in the rehabilitation of upper extremity and hand injuries, treating a diverse diagnostic group in a variety of outpatient settings. She earned her certification as a Kinesio Taping Practitioner in 2008, and has been very successful incorporating taping strategies into her practice.
Shelly Norvell Bio

Shelly Norvell, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist Shelly has been practicing Occupational Therapy since 1995 after graduating from the Medical College of Virginia with honors.  She has been specializing in hand and UE rehabilitation for 17 years working in various settings to include private practice, in- patient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, and home health.  She joined the Summit PT hand group in 2009 and enjoys fabricating custom orthotics, working with post-trauma patients, and sports medicine injuries.  In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, rooting on the Mariners, and spending time with her husband and 3 busy kids.
Halcyon Main

Halcyon Main, COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant/Licensed Halcyon graduated from Green River Community College's Occupational Therapy Assistant program in 1999. She began working in hand therapy in 2001 and promptly knew it was the place for her. She has extensive experience working with patients with repetitive stress injuries and is certified as an ergonomic assessment specialist. When not working, Halcyon enjoys hiking and spending time with her children and their many animals.
  • Green River Community College's Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, 1990
  • Washington Occupational Therapy Association

- Testimonials -

“I am very happy with the way your physical therapy is run. You have a real good team. I have been to a lot of PT and I would say this one I love and would call number one. Thank you. ”-Diana
“I have done PT before for an old injury and after being here I only wished it was done here. This staff is way ahead of the game. ”-Anonymous
“The staff here has been the most pleasant staff. Smiles are important and it can make or break someone’s day, even at my lowest of days coming in has been an uplift. Thanks for being there for the community.”-Veronica
“ This was a great group of professionals to work with over the past three months.  I dealt with another physical therapy group prior to my surgery and there was no comparison to Summit Physical Therapy.  Great job! ”-Kaycie