creating an environment for wellness and healing
Valerie Phelps, PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT,
graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1981. She was certified by the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) in Europe and the US for orthopedic manual therapy in 1989, and became an international instructor for the IAOM in 1994. At that time, she also received recognition as a specialty instructor in manual therapy by the German Physical Therapy Association. Valerie became a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2003. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.
In 2011, Valerie earned her terminal professional degree, Doctorate of Science in physical therapy, from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Along with being the founder and current education director of the IAOM-US, she delivers courses and lectures in the USA and Europe. Valerie has co-authored books, book chapters, and numerous peer review journal articles. She is the founder and practice director of employee-owned advanced physical therapy in Anchorage, Fairbanks, the Mat-Su Valley, and the Kenai Peninsula.
Russell Hanks, PT, COMT,
graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1995. He was certified by the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) – US for orthopedic manual therapy in the spine in 2001. He has spent his life in Texas but recently moved to Anchorage to work as the clinical director at Advanced Physical Therapy. Russell had a previous career in banking and finance prior to becoming a physical therapist. Outside of work, Russell enjoys many outdoor activities with his family and dogs, weight lifting, cycling, snowboarding and swimming.
Erin Danielson, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT,
graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a BA in health promotion in 2007 and earned an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010 from Creighton University, where she also completed an orthopedic residency in 2011. Erin is excited to be completing her coursework through the IAOM to obtain certification as a manual therapist. Outside the clinic, Erin enjoys time with her husband and two dogs hiking, traveling, camping, and cooking.
Zuzana Rogers, PT, ScD, COMT,
graduated from the University of Washington Rehabilitation Medicine program in 2003 with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. A former member of the Czechoslovak and Slovak National Ski Teams, she is now actively involved in the Anchorage sports community as an athlete, coach, and a volunteer physical therapist. Zuzana leads advanced physical therapy’s sports physical therapy program, which provides outreach support to community, professional, and recreational athletes. She has completed her IAOM-US certification in orthopedic manual therapy of the spine and extremities. Recently, she has finished her terminal professional degree, Doctorate of Science in physical therapy, through the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Zuzana enjoy spending time in the great Alaska outdoors with her family, hiking, skiing, kayaking, sporting dogs, and gardening.
Chad Ross, DPT, COMT,
graduated from Northern Arizona University with both a BS in nutrition in 1996, and an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2001. Since 2001, he has experience as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and completed his certification through the IAOM-US in orthopedic manual therapy for both the spine and extremities. Chad leads advanced physical therapy’s occupational rehabilitation program and a career highlight includes being a volunteer physical therapist at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Outside the clinic, Chad stays active with backcountry skiing, skate skiing, cycling, plus hiking and camping with his dogs.
Tanya Smith, PT, ScD, COMT,
graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1994. She completed her terminal professional degree, Doctorate of Science in physical therapy, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2006. Tanya furthered her clinical education by completing an orthopedic manual therapy residency program in Perth, Western Australia, in 2000 and a certification through the IAOM-US in orthopedic medicine and manual therapy for both the spine and extremities. She specializes in treating disorders of the spine and rehabilitation of the upper and lower extremities. Currently, she is a senior physical therapist and leads the research development program at advanced physical therapy. She has published original research on upper extremity neurogenic pain disorders and, currently, she is the senior editor and contributor to the IAOM-US quarterly journal. Tanya enjoys skiing, kayaking, biking, hiking, backpacking, and training search and rescue dogs.
Melissa Sundberg, DPT, OCS, COMT,
graduated from Washington State University with a BS in biology and earned an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2001 from Pacific University. She has been practicing in outpatient orthopedics in Anchorage since then. Melissa is certified through the IAOM-US in orthopedic manual therapy for both the spine and extremities. She is a senior physical therapist at advanced physical therapy, and specializes in pelvic pain and women’s health, as well as rehabilitation of the upper and lower extremities and disorders of the spine. She enjoys spending her free time running, hiking, cross country skiing, kayaking, fishing, and camping.
Marc Whitman, PT, CHT, COMT,
graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1996. He worked in various clinical settings until attending the Evelyn J. Mackin Hand Therapy Fellowship in 2000 at the Philadelphia Hand Center, where he successfully earned Hand Therapy Certification in 2002. He worked exclusively with conservative and post-operative upper extremity conditions until 2010 when he joined Advanced Physical Therapy in order to explore additional education related to Orthopedic Manual Therapy. He completed the upper spine and upper extremity Certifications for Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) in 2013 through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM).
Debbie Ballard, LMT, CDT, MLDT,
graduated in 1998 from Gatekey School of Massage. She is a certified reflexologist and specializes in myofascial release, sports massage, deep tissue, and manual lymph drainage. Debbie has been practicing in Anchorage for 10 years and, in 2008, she completed the rigorous Dr. Vodder School International Manual Lymph Drainage Training program to become a Combined Decongestive Therapist. Debbie enjoys spending her free time training horses and gardening.
Michael Henrich, LMT,
attended the University of Northern Iowa where he graduated with a BA in Accounting. He went on to obtain an MBA from University of Alaska, Anchorage. Through dealing with an autoimmune disorder, Ankylosing Spondilitis he has experienced the benefits of massage therapy, which prompted him to become a massage therapist. In 2004 he graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage's Massage Therapy program. He specializes in deep tissue, sports massage and trigger point therapies. He is an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying skiing, hiking, and fishing.
W. Drew Morgan, PT, DPT, COMT,
graduated from University of Central Arkansas with a BS in Health Science in 2005 and earned an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Central Arkansas in 2008. From 2008 to 2012, Drew practiced in a private clinic in Arkansas where he saw a caseload including recreational, high school, and collegiate athletes as well as patients suffering from a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. He is married to a pediatric physical therapist who loves helping kids and exploring all that Alaska has to offer with her husband.
Alex Best, DPT,
graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in Spanish. He then earned his entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Angelo State University in 2012. Alex became certified through the IAOM-US in orthopedic manual therapy of the lower spine in 2013. He is currently working toward completing coursework for manual therapy certification for the upper spine and extremities. Outside of work, Alex and his wife love to travel, ski, and play most sports.
Todd Anderson, MPT, COMT
graduated from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut with a Bachelor of Health Science in 2007, followed by completion of an entry-level Masters of Physical Therapy degree in 2010. Currently, Todd is working towards a Doctorate of Science (ScD) in Physical Therapy through the Texas Tech University Health Science Center. In addition, Todd is in the process of completing all course work through the IAOM-US for certification as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist. Outside the clinic, Todd enjoys playing basketball, tennis and staying active with skate skiing through the trails of Anchorage.
Jessica Klain, PT, DPT, CSCS, COMT,
graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 with a BS in Biology and then moved south to the sunshine state to graduate with her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2009 from University of Florida. She spent several years in Denver, CO practicing in an outpatient clinic treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions with a focus in Pilates based rehabilitation. In 2012 she attained her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification and enjoys working with athletes of every age. Since joining the APT team in Anchorage she has attained her COMT designation for the spine and is pursuing the extremity tract. In her personal time she enjoys running, hiking, biking, skiing, and traveling.
Jennah Jones, DPT, COMT,
graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Health and Exercise Science and then earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in 2010. Jennah is currently working toward her certification in diagnosis and manual therapy of the spine and extremities through the IAOM-US. Outside of the clinic, Jennah loves spending time outside with her husband running, skiing and traveling.
Rob Calhoun, MS, OTR/L, COMT,
graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a BS Science in 2003. He graduated from Shenandoah University in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Rob joined Advanced Physical Therapy in August of 2013. Rob specializes in treating the upper quadrant to include: cervical and thoracic spine, ribs, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand conditions. Rob is certified through the IAOM-US in orthopedic manual therapy for the upper extremity and is working towards certification for the upper spine. Rob is also currently working towards his CHT certification. Outside of work Rob enjoys time with his wife Amanda and son Zephyr hiking the Chugach, camping, fly fishing, and seeing all that Alaska has to offer.
Christina Meyers, PT, MSPT, COMT,
graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University in 1991. After dancing professionally in ballet and modern and teaching for 12 years, an injury led her to pursue her Master's of Science in Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2001. Christina is trained in Pilates and Manual Lymphatic Drainage and is currently completing the coursework towards certification as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist as well as heading up the Dance Medicine program at Advanced Physical Therapy.
Kirsten Zarnetske, PT, DPT,
graduated from Colby College with a BA in Classics & in Classical Civilizations in 2004. Thereafter, she worked in the sports industry & as a high school Latin teacher. She sought her doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Vermont, which she completed in 2011, to progress her interests in keeping healthy & helping others do the same. Her passion for the snow, ice & the people of Alaska landed her to practice in both in-patient & outpatient orthopedic & neurologic rehabilitation settings ever since. Kaz is currently pursuing her Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) & her Neurology Certified Specialist (NCS) credentialing. She specializes in manual therapy, neurologic therapy & general health/well-being for all ages. Her free time is spent running, biking, hiking, mountaineering, ice climbing, XC & BC telemark skiing, fishing & overcoming challenges. She looks forward to helping you achieve your mobility goals, whatever they may be.
advanced physical therapy opened its doors in July 2000, offering to help improve care for the patient population throughout Alaska.
1917 Abbott Road
Anchorage, AK 99507
M-Th: 7:30am – 6:30pm
F: 7:30am – 5:00pm
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