Summit Physical Therapy

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
Saturday: PT Appointments 7:30AM - 12:30PM

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
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 -

John Payne, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist John received his B.S. from Brigham Young University in Exercise Physiology. He then went on to receive a Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah. He moved to Washington where he worked in a private practice in outpatient orthopedics and then returned to the University of Utah a year later to complete a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. John has worked in outpatient orthopedics for 12 years and has recently become a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). He enjoys employing manual therapy skills with exercise and movement to help his patients restore their active life styles. He has worked in management positions and begun a  work conditioning/work hardening program. John is a busy father of four and enjoys the outdoors; hiking and camping when he can but most of his time he can be found working on home improvement projects around his house. He also owns and operates a horse boarding facility, where he performs hippotherapy.
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Brigham Young University
  • Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Utah

Meagan Aplin, PT, DPT, OCS

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
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Certifications and Training:
  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Jessica Gardner

Jessica Gardner, PT, DPT, OCS

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

Certifications and Training:

  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Cassandra Repasky, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy Cassie grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. She has wanted to be a physical therapist since she was a little girl because her mom is a physical therapist. While growing up, she was constantly playing sports- either softball, soccer, basketball, or track. In her undergrad, she played softball. While being an athlete was enjoyable, she also sustained numerous injuries. Her passion for physical therapy grew as it helped her always return to playing sports. Cassie is passionate about creating a partnership with her patients, and helping her patients return to what they love. She wants her patients to have a better understanding of their body, and the tools to continue to live an active lifestyle after leaving physical therapy.
  • Bachelor's of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Black Hills State University, 2015

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Puget Sound, 2018

Certifications and Training:
  • Otago Exercise Program

  • 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
Olga Tabachnaya Bio

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

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:
  • CPR/First Aid

Joanna Swain, RDN, CD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Dietitian Joanna graduated from Bastyr University with her baccalaureate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her studies also included a 5th year internship at Bastyr University in a variety of clinical settings. Joanna’s most recent career experience includes over three years at a major medical center where she worked with those facing intensive hospital recovery as well as counseling patients in the hospital’s outpatient clinic serving those with diabetes, heart disease, GI disorders, weight management issues, and general health improvement needs. Joanna is passionate about integrating her clinical expertise with her ability to educate, inspire, and motivate those she is working with to achieve their individual nutrition goals. Joanna enjoys continuing to expand her knowledge of the dynamic area of nutrition, and recently completed the Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions for Adults. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys cooking, spending time with family and long walks around her home town of West Seattle.
  • Bachelor of Science and Nutrition, Bastyr University.

Alisha Powell, COTA

Occupational Therapist Assistant Alisha graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Green River Community College in 2013. She has devoted her career to specializing in orthopedics and hand therapy because she understands the importance of being able to use our hands in daily tasks to connect with the world around us. She aspires to return and restore function to maximize engagement in occupation and leisure activities. Your rehab goals are her top priority! Her mission is to improve the quality of life for all those she encounters and is looking forward to being a part of your rehab team! In addition to her work she is very family orientated. She is the busy mom of a toddler and loves spending time with her loving husband of 10 years. Interests include: playing with her dachshund, eclectic music appreciation, yoga, going to concerts and camping.
  • Associates of Applied Science from the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Green River Community College
Certifications & Training:
  • National Board Certification in Orthopedics (NBCOT)
  • American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Washington Occupational Therapy Association (WOTA)
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 McCollum, 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

- Reviews -

Kathy Jordan
Kathy Jordan
17:01 17 May 19
I received phenomenal care each of my physical therapy appointments. I highly recommend going to them, they'll help you get back to feeling good again. Thank you all that helped me on my road to recovery!!!read more
Ramon agulto
Ramon agulto
13:23 11 May 19
would highly recommend summit physical therapy to everyone in need of care. Scheduling appointment was very easy and the staff were very welcoming and had great knowledge. Great communication between therapists and clients answered all my questions with great detail. I am grateful to all the staff that help me. Thank you so much to summit physical therapy more
Robert Bryson
Robert Bryson
21:24 03 Mar 19
Friendly staff and knowledgeable in what they do. Physical therapy is never easy, but the right people can make it much better. These are definitely the right more
Steel STANden
Steel STANden
06:12 07 Feb 19
There is a lot of knowledge and experience in this place. Don't let the youth fool you. Cassandra has some magic hands and a good more
00:37 27 Nov 18
From the moment I made my first appointment at Summit View, I have been impressed. The staff is not only friendly, but knowledgeable. They show a genuine interest in my success. I work with the director, Megan Link and have found a great partner in my healing. She has adapted to my needs and helped me to make great strides. I can't say enough about this clinic. I am truly impressed and honored to be a more
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- Testimonials -

“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
“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
“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
“ 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

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