Summit Physical Therapy in Puyallup
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 CareBalance Training/ Fall PreventionBiomechanical EvaluationCustom Splint FabricationElbow and Wrist CareFoot and Ankle CareGait TrainingHand TherapyHeadachesHip CareHippotherapy (Horse Therapy)Knee CareManual TherapyMotor Vehicle InjuriesNeck CareOrthopedic RehabilitationPosture and Body Mechanics TrainingShoulder CareSpinal RehabilitationSport Specific Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Staff -
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, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Jessica earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Prior to that, she attended Pacific Lutheran University and earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education with a pre-physical therapy emphasis. She is a Puget Sound native and grew up in the Graham area. In her younger days, she played basketball where she suffered a severe ankle sprain, which required her to go to physical therapy and eventually led her to pursue her career as a physical therapist. 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. She also enjoys treating patients with vertigo, dizziness, or balance dysfunction. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
- Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Puget Sound, 2013
Olga Tabachnaya, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Olga Tabachnaya graduated from Green River Community College. She began working at Summit Physical Therapy in 2010. She has experience in outpatient orthopedic settings as well as clinical and volunteering experiences in pediatrics and skilled nursing. In her free time she enjoys international travel and performing music.
- Green River Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program, 2010
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
- Kinesio Taping Association
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 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
Sarah Nichols, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant Sarah Nichols has been a PTA since 2008. She loves what she does and people are her passion. She has experience working with all age groups mainly in the outpatient setting. Sarah loves spending time with my children and being a mom. Originally from Michigan, she lived in Arizona a total of 12 years. She has been to many states and lived in a few, but Washington by far was the prettiest state with so much to do. She plans to raise her children here in the years to come.
- Associates in Arts and Sciences with focus in Physical Therapist Assistant
Certifications & Training:
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, OTR/L
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, 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 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“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