South Lake Union Physical Therapy is an orthopedic outpatient clinic conveniently located on Dexter Avenue, making it easily accessible from nearby Fremont, Ballard, Queen Anne, and for downtown commuters. Our clinic offers skilled staff who value our patients and their care providers’ best interests.
The staff at South Lake Union Physical Therapy 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, taping, and/or traction may be received along with the tools for prevention. South Lake Union Physical Therapy works with all goals and expectations to achieve optimal outcomes while promoting a safe and comfortable environment.
Clinic Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Anna is proud to be the Clinic Director of South Lake Union Physical Therapy! She is a Seattle native, and is happy to be serving the community where she grew up. Anna attended the University of Washington where she majored in Psychology and Communication. She later received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Anna enjoys building lasting relationships with her patients, and promoting long-term lifestyle changes in order to help patients reach their goals. She enjoys working with everyone from “weekend warriors” to seasoned athletes, and has a special interest in knee, foot and ankle cases. She is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and has done extensive training in manual therapy through The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). In her free time, Anna enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, and traveling. She also loves to get outside and run, hike, cycle or ski (followed by a NW craft beer of course!). She also has experience working with competitive rowers. She has recently gotten into mountaineering, and is proud to have summitted Mt. Rainier! Anna leads a weekly running group in the area, which is a passion of hers; ask her about it!
Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology and Communication from University of Washington
Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Regis University in Denver, Colorado
Certifications & Training:
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
American Physical Therapy Association
Physical Therapy Association of Washington
Amy Colten, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist Amy is a native of Syracuse, NY and a graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, receiving her B.S. degree in Clinical Health Studies; followed by her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Amy has been practicing physical therapy for the past five years, and has a wide range of clinical experience treating various patient populations from geriatric to adolescent and general orthopedics. She also has a special interest in rehabilitating post-operative orthopedic patients. Amy is a compassionate and caring therapist who believes in providing each patient with extensive education on the nature of their injury as well as exercises and tools to help with injury prevention. Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with her labradoodle, Poggi, cooking, barre and exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Health Studies from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY
Angela Messerli, DPT
Physical Therapist Angela has been practicing for four years with a specialty in pelvic health physical therapy and STOTT Pilates. She has a passion for helping men, women and transgender folks with pelvic pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction regain their quality of life. She strives to offer an inclusive and open atmosphere for her patients and work together to create sustainable treatment plans. As a recent first time mom, she also is driven to offer comprehensive evaluations for women postpartum to help bridge the gap that is often lacking in women's healthcare after birth. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, dancing, HIIT classes, Pilates and planning her next big travel adventure.
Herman & Wallace Pelvic Floor Level 1, 2A, 2B
Male Pelvic Floor and Visceral Mobilization of the Urinary System
STOTT Pilates Intensive Reformer and Mat Plus
American Physical Therapy Association
Jill Bigby, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant Jill was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but has been a resident of Seattle for 13 years. Her desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others though wellness and her love of athletics drew her to the physical therapy field. Jill graduated from Pima Medial institute with honors, and received an associate's degree in science. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings including outpatient sports Rehab, pediatrics, and in a skilled nursing environment. In her free time Jill enjoys, distance running, hiking, snowshoeing, playing co-ed softball, and biking.
Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Pima Medical Institute, 2011
The entire staff at South Lake Union PT are amazing. It's nice to be able to learn more about treating the injury and learning how to prevent in the future. I'm extremely active and have way too many injuries, but I feel confident from what I learned from them and know I'll be in good hands in case I do something stupid in the future. Which I probably will. Thank you SLU PT.read more
Highly professional, friendly, and knowledgeable staff. I loved my sessions with Amy and Jill, addressing issues in both knee and shoulder. Would go back without hesitation should the need arise.read more
I had fractured my ankle and was recommended by my doctor to visit SLU Physical Therapy. My ankle was weak as I had restricted movement for about 6 weeks and needed to strengthen my leg. It’s been just four weeks (~8 visits) since I have been visiting SLU physical therapy and I am able to walk very well now thanks to the exercises recommended here. Anna and Jill are wonderful physiotherapists.read more
I graduated today after many months of regular PT- now thanks to these guys I’m healthy and back to skiing! Amy was amazing and I will very much miss her cheerfulness, patience, and encouragement. All the staff are very friendly, it’s never so busy that you get lost in the shuffle, and it’s easy to get to and park. Won’t go anywhere else should I need PT again in future. Thanks, SLU PT!read more
Amy and Jill have made my recovery after the knee surgery really smooth. This group of people are really knowledgeable and explain you understand the problem really well. They walkthrough all of the exercises in details explaining how it helps. They also pay close attention and help you correct errors while you perform your exercises. I would highly recommend this place for physical therapy.read more