University Physical Therapy (Seattle)


(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
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 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
Foot and Ankle Care
Gait Training
Hip Care
Knee Care
Manual Therapy
Massage Therapy
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Neck Care
Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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

Michelle Wrigley, PT, DPT

Michelle grew up in Bothell, WA and attended Western Washington University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and played softball for the Vikings. She then went on to pursue her doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She uses a systematic, biomechanical approach with emphasis on movement analysis, manual therapy, and targeted exercise to return her patients to their passions and help them reach their goals. Areas of special interest include vestibular rehabilitation, in addition to foot and ankle impairments. Michelle has a love for the outdoors and spends her free time in the mountains or on the water. She also enjoys coaching softball, travel, live music, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology: Pre-Physical Therapy from Western Washington University, 2011
  • Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Puget Sound, 2017
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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. 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. Zach 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.

- Testimonials -

“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
“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
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