University Physical Therapy


(206) 347-0414
(206) 502-1010
906 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Clinic Hours:
Monday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM

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

University Physical Therapy is an orthopedic outpatient clinic located in the heart of the University District of Seattle. Our clinic offers skilled staff who value our patients and their care providers best interests.

The staff at University 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. University Physical Therapy works with all goals and expectations to achieve optimal outcomes while promoting a safe and comfortable environment.

Call today to schedule an appointment (206) 347-0414.

- Services -

Seattle (University 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.

Back Care
Balance Training/ Fall Prevention
Elbow and Wrist Care
Epley Maneuver/ Vestibular Rehabilitation
Foot and Ankle Care
Gait Training
Hip Care
Knee Care
Manual Therapy
Massage Therapy
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Neck Care
Nutrition Counseling
Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Pelvic Floor and Incontinence
Posture and Body Mechanics Training
Shoulder Care
Sport Specific Therapy and Rehabilitation
TMJ Treatment

- Staff -


Kyle Shilling, DPT

Physical Therapist, Clinic DirectorKyle Shilling has been with RET Physical Therapy Group since June 2012. Kyle attended the University of Washington where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and then went on to Washington University in St. Louis to attain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Kyle enjoys alleviating musculoskeletal dysfunction by integrating his manual therapy skills with the diagnosis and treatment of movement system impairment (MSI) syndromes, a theoretical approach developed by Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA at Washington University in St. Louis. His emphasis of practice has always been on treating the individual with a differential evaluation, manual therapy if indicated, and specific exercise to improve movement patterns, motor control, and correction of muscle imbalances. Kyle leads a very active life outside of the clinic. Some of the activities he enjoys are hiking, fishing, snowboarding, sports, camping, working out, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington, 2009
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, 2012

Melissa Ling, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy Melissa earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Nutritional Sciences Minor, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!). Her passion for helping others, medicine, and movement led her to the field of physical therapy. With her public health background, Melissa is a strong believer in health promotion and multidisciplinary care. She enjoys working with patients from every walk of life and forming comprehensive and functionally based treatment plans to help them achieve their goals. Melissa has a wide variety of previous clinical experience including pediatrics, sports rehab, acute care, and home health. When she is not in the clinic, she enjoys cooking, running, and playing tennis when the sun is out!
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health with Minor in Nutritional Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Certifications & Training:
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

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

Julie Akers, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Julie participated in sports throughout high school. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Illinois. After moving to Washington, Julie studied at Lake Washington Institute of Technology to earn her certification as a physical therapist assistant.  She has been working at University RET since August 2016. Julie completed a specialty certification in orthopaedics program to advance her clinical practice. Julie loves working in physical therapy because it allows her to utilize her knowledge and skills to provide specific and individualized treatment for her patients.  She enjoys teaching patients exercises and movement patterns that enable them to return to their favorite sports and activities while preventing future injuries.  Julie participates in a range of activities including music, hiking, hanging out with her friends and family, movies, reading, and enjoying the Seattle craft beer industry.
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Sciences from University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign in 2005
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2016
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Physical Therapy Association of Washington

Zach Schulte, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant Zach grew up in Bellingham, WA and attended Western Washington University where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology and then went on to Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA to attain his Physical Therapy Assistant degree. Zach enjoys restoring the quality of life with his patients and designing treatments based on the individual’s goals and needs. He enjoys being part of the Seattle community and loves giving back to the members of the community through his work and volunteering. Zach also has received his certification with Graston Technique, the gold standard in IASTM. Zach also leads an active life outside of the clinic. Some of the activities he enjoys are hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, soccer, volleyball, golfing, camping, working out, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Western Washington University
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • American Physical Therapy Association

Margret Lyons, RDN, CD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Dietitian Margret graduated from Bastyr University with her baccalaureate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She practiced her dietetic internship at Good Shepherd Medical Hospital, The Institute for Healthy Living, and The University of Texas Health Science Center in northeast Texas. Margret has practiced in a variety of settings including acute care for adults, neonatal nutrition, diabetic education, bariatric and weight loss nutrition, and outpatient counseling. Her counseling technique utilizes motivational interviewing to help patients reach goals that are important to them and maintain results over a lifetime. Margret’s passion for health does not end with nutrition. In her leisure time she hikes in the Cascade Mountains and scrambles up local peaks. She is a former bike racer and current marathon runner.  When she is not running she enjoys fly fishing, gardening, and tasting cuisine from all parts of the world.
  • Bachelor of Science and Nutrition, Bastyr University 2015.

- Reviews -

Robbie Adams
Robbie Adams
22:19 07 May 19
This was the first time I've been to PT and I had a great experience. They had my achilles tendinitis on the mend in no time and identified the issue with my biking technique that caused the issue. I would have never have figured it out without them. Thank you Michelle for all of your help!read more
David Phillips
David Phillips
13:42 09 Apr 19
University Physical Therapy has only exceeded my expectations from the start! The team is super knowledgable, friendly, and professional with their approaches to their practice. Helping me navigate the road of recovery as well as helping me start to learn how I can prevent a future injury I don't believe I could be in a better spot than where I am now without them. I would highly recommend University Physical Therapy to anyone looking for treatment in the Seattle more
Kurt Songer
Kurt Songer
00:08 26 Mar 19
I wasn't sure what to expect from physical therapy. But whatever those expectations were, University Physical Therapy more than exceeded them. Alexandra and the front desk staff were helpful, easygoing and professional. As far as the therapy itself, Michelle was friendly, extremely knowledgable and willing to answer any questions I had in detail. Whatever uncertainty I had about my visit quickly faded as I went through my session, and I would recommend University Physical Therapy to anyone in the Seattle area looking for more
Natasha Alonso
Natasha Alonso
18:25 28 Feb 19
My experience with Kyle at University Physical Therapy was great! First of all, I was able to call and get in on the same day! Mike at the front desk called my insurance for me and although they weren't in-network, I was still able to come in and have a consultation. He even walked outside to give my husband the parking pass because my mobility was so limited. I originally called and was desperate for an appointment because I could NOT walk or put any weight on my knee. After a few exercises and movements with Kyle, I was walking and putting weight on my knee. My recovery will take some time but thankfully, I won't need to have surgery.. I'm also 5 1/2 months pregnant so I am very thankful for their amazing service. I would recommend them to everyone in need of more
Benjamin Nogawa
Benjamin Nogawa
01:01 08 Feb 19
The team at University Physical Therapy is absolutely incredible! I went in for a consultation and was greeted warmly by Mike who helped walk me thru the process and calm my nerves, explaining what to expect as this was my first time going to physical therapy. Kyle did my consultation and was able to diagnose the problem within a few minutes and immediately knew what was necessary to correct it. I appreciated that he took the time to not only treat me but also educate me about muscular anatomy and the purpose behinds each of the stretches and exercises he had me do. I also appreciated that they made a point of treating me as quickly and effectively as possible. Thanks to everyone at University Physical Therapy!read more
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- Testimonials -

“Very professional and very comfortable place! The THERAPISTS really focus on their clients injuries. They recognize when how long the healing process could take. I just recommend this place to anyone in need to heal!! Great place!”-Heather
“I wanted to share my heartfelt thanks for curing me of my neck, shoulder and arm pain. I am so impressed with your knowledge, skill and results, always delivered with kindness, patience and good intention. For me, it's been rare to find a health care professional who can accomplish all of that. I truly felt you cared about my pain, listened to me and treated me with respect. Keep up the excellent work. Thank you for exceptional service!”-Treela

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