Mitch Owens MSPT, CMPT

Mitch Owens MSPT, CMPT

Mitch has been practicing physical therapy in Seattle since 2004.  In addition to his masters degree he has two advance therapy certifications, a broad clinical background, and a passion for the practice of physical therapy. In 2007 he completed a competency certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University and the  American Physical Therapy Association. In 2009 he demonstrated advanced competency in orthopedic manual therapy and earned the credentials Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy  (NAIOMT) based out of British Columbia.

Mitch’s practice is focused on the treatment of orthopedic pain issues and vestibular dysfunction, but he began his career working with patients with neurological injuries at Evergreen Hospital’s Rehabilitation Unit and outpatient Neuroscience program. Mitch then went onto work with Carrie Hall at Movement Systems PT. Mitch started Union PT in September of 2010.

Mitch believes in balancing an active approach to rehabilitation with techniques that will promote healing and recovery. He strives to ensure that his patients understand their issues and that they have tools in place so they can remain healthy and active independently long after their treatment.

In addition to his practice Mitch teaches continuing education courses for practicing physical therapist on Cervicogenic Dizziness/Headache, as well as Shoulder Dysfunction.

When Mitch is out of the clinic he enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, music and enjoying the finer things in life.

Mitch’s areas special interest are vestibular rehabilitation (the treatment of vertigo), cervicogenic headache and dizziness, neck pain, lower back pain as well as hip and shoulder dysfunction.

“It’s a gift to work with the fascinating systems that make the human potential what it is. My goal is to help you unlock your potential and assist you in improving the quality of your life.”

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Elisa Owens DPT, CMPT

Elisa has over six years of clinical experience as a physical therapist in the Seattle area.  Elisa specializes in orthopedic manual physical therapy treating a wide range of orthopedic pain issues with a focus on neck, shoulder, hip and low back pain. She also has a special interest working with young athletes and those who are recovering from sports related stress injuries to the lumbar spine.

Elisa has dedicated extensive time outside of the clinic studying advanced manual therapy techniques. She was awarded the title of Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2011.

Elisa earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Montana. She also played Division I soccer which earned her a scholarship as an undergraduate. Through her participation in college athletics Elisa gained a fascination for  human biomechanics that influenced her desire to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Raised in rural northern Idaho Elisa gained an appreciation for the outdoors and continues to maintain an active lifestyle. She enjoys running, pilates, water skiing, mountain biking, hiking and snowboarding.  Outside of work she loves to travel, which has taken her around the world to places like New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Egypt and Israel.

“My treatment utilizes skilled specific hands-on techniques in addition to movement and motor control training as it relates to our abilities and limitations. I strive to continue my education so that I can best serve the goals and needs of my patients. It is my pleasure to assist in optimizing the amazing capacity our bodies have to heal, learn and move.”

Sarah Wyant

Sarah Wyant, DPT, OCS, COMT

Sarah graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.  Her physical therapy curriculum was focused on diagnosis of movement related dysfunction with emphasis on restoring neuromotor control through targeted exercise.  To augment her training out of school, she pursued continuing education in manual based physical therapy, earning certifications in orthopedic manual physical therapy (COMT) with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM).  Sarah is a board certified specialist in orthopedic care (OCS), and has just completed advanced training in manual therapy and clinical diagnostics through fellowship level education with the IAOM.  Sarah’s goal in energetically pursuing continuing education is to become a more knowledgeable and competent clinician in the interest of best serving her patients.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys recreational jogging, cycling, swimming, hiking, indulging her black lab in long walks, and caring for her backyard beehive.

dustin

Dustin Steffan, DPT

email: dustin@unionpt.com

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Dustin Steffan attended the University of Washington for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees earning a Bachelor of Science in Physiology  and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He got his start in the Edmonds area treating orthopedic and sports patients, both adolescent and adult. Since graduation he has continued his education with continuing education classes in manual therapy with NAIOMT as well as specialized treatment courses for the shoulder.

His interests lie in treating orthopedic and post-surgical patients of all fitness levels. Focus is placed on manual therapy to facilitate improved movement with the development of an individualized home exercise plan to help patients be active participants in their rehab process.

Outside of work he enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking.

Kristen Vaughan, DPT

email: kristen@unionpt.com

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Kristen is an avid mountain enthusiast who is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and move towards a full and healthy life.

Her love of the outdoors was born out of her roots in the Flathead Valley of Montana.  She completed her B.S. in Biology at Seattle Pacific University and went on to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado.

Kristen has been practicing physical therapy in Seattle for 6 years with a focus on orthopedics and sports medicine.  She is committed to professional growth and providing the highest level of care in her practice.  Her treatment style combines manual therapy with patient education, movement analysis and targeted exercises.   She enjoys working with a wide variety of patients and injuries.  Her areas of special interests include treating competitive and recreational athletes as well as people with shoulder pain or injuries, low back or hip pain, and SI joint dysfunction.  She is certified in bike fitting and cycling biomechanics analysis and has also taken courses in muscle activation technique, the biomechanics of running, and pain sciences.

Outside of the clinic, Kristen’s interests include big mountain and back-country skiing, mountain biking, and climbing the beautiful peaks of the Pacific Northwest.  She also enjoys rock climbing, cross-country skiing, back-packing, running, and yoga.   She is involved in the community, volunteering at the Ballard Bridge Care Center for individuals experiencing homelessness as well as with She Jumps, a non-profit organization focused on empowering young girls by promoting participation of girls and women in outdoor activities.

 

“I consider it a privilege to come alongside people as they work towards recovering from injuries and pain issues.  I aim to explore and address the root of the problem, help individuals understand their specific injuries, and develop tools to achieve their goals and live their healthiest life.”


Tarah Rollins

email: tarah@unionpt.com

Tarah is Union PT’s Office Coordinator. Tarah graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology. She has extended her passion for learning world views and cultures to the health field. She has experience within different sectors of the field including neurology and home health. When she is not buried in a book and a cup of coffee she is often enjoying a walk or hike with her pup.

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