By appointment only. Last appointment scheduled one hour before closing to allow for appropriate treatment time.
Meridian Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic is an orthopedic outpatient clinic located in Puyallup that is a part of the Meridian Rehabilitation Center. We are conveniently located near Good Samaritan Hospital and the Puyallup Fairgrounds just off of highway 512. Our clinic offers skilled staff who value our patients and their care providers best interests.
The staff at Meridian Physical Therapy In Puyallup is knowledgeable in manual techniques to maximize joint alignment, stability, and mobility of the spine and extremities. These manual skills include: cross-friction massage, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilizations, joint mobilizations, and muscle energy techniques. Postural education, ergonomics, body mechanics, injury prevention, neurological reeducation, coordination exercises, core strengthening, strength training and flexibility, range of motion movements are provided in the clinic and for home use to maximize the attainment of your goals.
Pain relief techniques and modalities such as hot/cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, support wraps, iontophoresis, and/or traction may be received along with the tools for prevention. We work with all goals and expectations to achieve optimal outcomes while promoting a safe and comfortable environment.
Same Day Appointments Available. Call to schedule today (253) 841-3041.
– Lymphedema Treatment –
Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of fluid between the skin and muscles of the body after the lymphatic system has been damaged. The accumulation of fluid in the affected area causes swelling. Treating Lymphedema with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) consists of three components of treatment for lymphedema, including; manual lymph drainage (MLD), compression therapy, and exercise. All components are integral parts of a lymphedema treatment program. We are Puyallup’s Lymphedema specialists and offer a Lymphedema Treatment program which helps alleviate pain and swelling associated with Lymphedema.
– Aquatic (Pool) Therapy –
Aquatic physical therapy is a well established and very successful form of physical therapy treatment. This program has incorporated the properties of buoyancy and resistance with warm water (90 degrees) to help diminish the effects of an injury or disease. Our aquatic physical therapists have extensive training and experience specific to pool therapy. For more information on aquatic therapy treatment click here.
– Work Therapy / Industrial Rehabilitation –
Meridian Physical Therapy In Puyallup offers a comprehensive industrial rehabilitation program with the goal of returning injured workers to their jobs quickly and safely. Our industrial rehabilitation program is a multi-disciplinary program, where injured workers work with both occupational therapy, as well as physical therapy. We offer a variety of industrial rehabilitation services, all designed to return the injured worker to work. Services include Physical Capacity Evaluations, work conditioning and work hardening programs.
- Services -
Puyallup (Meridian Physical Therapy) provides expert care for a wide range of conditions, click the links below to learn more or call to schedule with a Physical Therapist.
Physical Therapist, Clinic Director
Bill Pfister Jr. received his B.S. in kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy from California State University Hayward. There he played collegiate basketball, was the team captain, and earned an Academic All-American award. He then went on to receive his master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2003. His training includes neurological rehabilitation, sports and orthopedics with a specialization in lymphedema and brachioplexopathy rehabilitation. As the Managing Director of Meridian Physical Therapy and Athletic Rehabilitation since 2005, his innovation and passion for helping people achieve their rehabilitative goals. Bill is considered to be an expert in post-operative spine rehabilitation and as such has spoken at neurosurgical conferences amongst some of the world’s most esteemed neurosurgeons. He also teaches continuing education courses regarding neurodynamic mobilization of the upper/lower extremities. His forward thinking and entrepreneurial mindset helped him create a rehabilitation center approach to care incorporating massage therapy, chiropractic, physical therapy, and lifestyle medicine in an effort to accelerate rehabilitation outcomes.
Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology from California State University
Masters in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey
Craig Faeth, PT, ATC, FAFS, CSCS
Craig has been practicing rehabilitation for nearly 25 years as an ATC and Physical Therapist. He has an enthusiasm for functionally based physical therapy to rehabilitate movement dysfunction and improve performance, and quality of life. Craig earned his Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Westmont College, a Master's degree in Exercise Science from Ohio State University, and his Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota Medical School. Craig has also been fellowship trained in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute for Functional Transformation.
Craig was born and raised in Southern California, where he met his wife Amy. They moved to Washington in 2004 with their daughter, Aria, and their son, Quinn, was soon to follow.
Jayme Lu-Garrigan, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Jayme earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Long Island University, NY. After working mainly in outpatient care, Jayme has experience treating a wide range of ages, as well as different types of injuries. She is passionate about and has been actively involved in the Crossfit Industry as an athlete and coach for the last six years. Jayme’s involvement has granted her the opportunity to treat a vast array of sports-related injuries, in addition to providing preventive care. As a San Francisco native, Jayme enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. She has had the pleasure of working, living in and exploring various parts of the country, which has allowed her to appreciate interaction with many people.
Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Long Island University in New York
Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in therapeutic rehabilitation from California State University, Los Angeles in California
John Payne, DPT, OCS
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
Alastair Fraser, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Alastair earned his PTA degree in January of 2012. He has had an interest in physical therapy and biomechanics for many years, spending time prior to PTA school learning about biology and kinesiology from research articles and texts. Alastair continues his learning by keeping up to date with new research and ideas being used in the PT and sports science fields. He likes to bring a positive energy and exercise focus to his treatments in an effort to not only improve his client's condition, but encourage a lifestyle of improved physcical condition. When not at the clinic, Alastair enjoys spending time with his young daughter, playing softball, cycling or talking football.
Daniel Parsons, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Dan joined the RET Physical Therapy team in 2017 and is excited to be working in the Meridian work rehabilitation department. He has over 25 years of clinical experience in patient care. Dan’s vast experience includes military medicine, inpatient and outpatient settings, and outpatient orthopedic. He is enthusiastic, with a friendly calming demeanor and has a strong interest in biomechanics and functional mobility. Daniel has specialized training as a movement specialist which translates well to the industrial rehab world, contributing to the teaching of proper mechanics with work activities.
Associates of Applied Science Physical Therapy from Broome Community College in Bingham New York
Clinical Internship in movement specialty
Jackie Frank, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Jackie Frank received her Bachelor’s of Science from Pacific Lutheran University in 2007, with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. While at PLU, Jackie was a four-year letter winner in women’s soccer, as well as one-year letter winner in track and field. After graduating from PLU, Jackie attended Green River Community College where she earned her Physical Therapist Assistant degree. She has clinical experience in outpatient orthopedic, skilled nursing, and inpatient physical therapy settings. Jackie has successfully completed her certification in the Vodder technique of manual lymph drainage (MLD) and complete decongestive therapy (CDT). The Vodder technique is a highly advanced technique based on solid scientific research and includes all components of MLD/CDT. In her free time, Jackie enjoys playing ball with her doggie, Kona and hanging out with her friends and family!
Bachelor's of Science from Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle 2007
Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from Green River Community College
Joseph Nash, LMP, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant, Licensed Massage Practitioner
Joe has been practicing massage therapy for the last 3.5 years while attending Green River College. He earned his Physical Therapist Assistant degree in June, 2016. His achievement has allowed Joe to follow his passion of empowering individuals to be their best, physically and mentally. Joe enjoys volunteering at church, traveling to the ocean, vacationing, golfing and having movie nights with his family. He looks forward to furthering his knowledge and abilities through serving his community.
Certificate of Massage Therapy from Ashmead College, 1999
Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant from Green River College, 2016
Toni Ruth, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Toni Ruth received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Green River Community College in 2011, and since, has found her calling to be focused in an outpatient orthopedic setting. She has maintained a diverse background working with a variety of settings including: outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing/geriatric, industrial rehabilitation, pain management, and aquatics. In her free time she enjoys being active in athletics, arts and crafts, going to sporting events (GO HAWKS!), and spending time with family and friends.
Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from Green River Community College, 2011
Katrina Burkholder, OT
Katrina has had the honor of practicing the art and science of Occupational Therapy since 1988. She has worked in various settings: hand therapy, geriatric rehab, mental health, home health, outpatient clients, ergonomic workplace adaptations and rehab team management. Currently she is working towards earning her hand therapy certification but enjoys learning about all aspects of human healing and potential. Katrina sees her career as an opportunity to improve and educate the health practices of her clients. When not working or studying, Katrina loves to spend time with her husband and family.
Ann Viviano, MS OTR, MA CCC-SLP
Occupational and Speech Therapist
Ann is a Meridian occupational therapist as well as a speech therapist with extensive experience in combining occupational therapy and speech pathology. Ann received her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University, and in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Northern Colorado. In addition, she had Neurodevelopmental Therapy Training in Pediatrics from the Bobath Centre in London. Ann’s work experience as a pediatric therapist and her love of horses led to her passion for hippotherapy.
Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University
Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Northern Colorado
Bachelor’s Degree, Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University
Neurodevelopmental Therapy Training in Pediatrics, Bobath Centre, London
Completed an Equine Science Certificate
Emily Nugen, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist Emily received her Masters in Occupational Therapy in December of 2016. She has clinical internship experience in pediatrics and industrial rehabilitation. She has a passion for working with her patients to help them return to doing the activities that they love. She is also very involved in the Washington Occupational Therapy Association and serves on the conference committee. She enjoys advocating for OT, and creating relationships with OTs from around the state. In her spare time Emily loves watching the Seahawks, creating digital invitations, and trying new foods with her husband.
Bachelors of Arts with a Minor in Special Education, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
Master in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Washington University, Spokane, WA
Washington Occupational Therapy Association (WOTA)
- Testimonials -
In June 2011 I had a total left hip replacement. My doctor only ordered eight at home physical therapy sessions. Four months later I was without pain, but still had to use a cane to walk. Dr. Coons of Multi-care Sports Medicine recommended physical therapy. When I started I used a cane, couldn't balance for 30 seconds on either leg. After four months and lots of hard work on myself and the staff I can walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes four days a week, only use the cane for long distances and can balance on the right leg, I am getting close on the left. If I ever need physical therapy again I will come to Meridian Physical Therapy and would recommend it to my friends. Everyone on staff is so kind and caring. Thank You.
I was referred to get physical therapy for my right shoulder. When I started I had constant pain in my shoulder and upper arm. I can now use my arm without pain and do almost anything with my arm. I recommend Meridian Physical Therapy to everyone and anyone. The staff is very helpful and caring for their patients.
”-Sadie“I injured my neck and shoulder at work and was having a hard time recovering. My doctor had sent me to physical therapy and massage at another PT office, but I was not able to return to work and I was experiencing significant pain. I had to take pain medication, I was unable to care for my house, go grocery shopping, care for my 3 boys, care for my brother who is handicapped, or work my job as a surgical nurse. My doctor and case manager decided to put me in the work conditioning program at Meridian Physical Therapy. It was a very hard program for me. Five days a week, two hours a day, it was painful and VERY empotional...but it worked. I can now go grocery shopping and clean my house. I can keep up with my three boys (11, 8, and 6 years old). My brother is back at my house. I can get his wheelchair in and out of his van, wheel him up and down a step, across the yard, transfer, and care for him. Most of all I can work without pain and pay the bills to support my family doing the job that I love. I really thought I would not be able to work as a nurse again. I am so happy to have strength again and have my life back.”-Tiara“
I came to Meridian Physical Therapy with a shoulder injury diagnosis of muscle strain and frozen shoulder. I was unable to lift with my left arm and had a very small range of motion without experiencing pain. My range of motion is almost back to original and it will take time to regain full strength, but my strength is much improved. I would not hesitate to recommend my doctor and Meridian Physical Therapy to anyone who has similar injury or medical need.