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,
received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Promotion from the University of Northern Iowa in 2007, followed by an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2010 from Creighton University, where she completed an orthopedic residency in 2011. Erin is certified by the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine – US in orthopedic manual therapy (COMT) for the both spine and extremities. She specializes in orthopedic and neurological conditions, filling the role as the lead neurological therapist in Anchorage, and Clinical Director in the Seward, AK clinic. Her professional interests include movement and gait analysis, orthopedic spine conditions and return to sport and recreation for athletes and neurological patients.
Zuzana Rogers, PT, ScD, COMT,
Born and raised in Slovakia, Zuzana received a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Washington in 2003 and earned a terminal professional degree, Doctorate of Science (ScD) in PT at the Texas Tech University in 2013 with focus on sports injury prevention in adolescent athletes. Zuzana now teaches continuing education classes in sports injury prevention nationwide.
A former member of Slovak National Ski Team, she currently leads Advanced Physical Therapy’s Sports Physical Therapy Program. Her passion in sports rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance enhancement reflects on her work with the U. S. National Cross-Country Ski Team, Alaska Pacific University Ski Team and many sports clubs in Anchorage.
She is certified orthopedic manual therapist through the IAOM-US and is also certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling.
Zuzana has been a member of the Advanced Physical Therapy team since 2004.
Her treatment philosophy includes treating the clients, athletes as a whole person, working to create an optimal environment for healing and performance.
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, FAAOMPT,
completed the IAOM-US fellowship program in 2015 and her terminal professional degree, Doctorate of Science in physical therapy, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2006. She completed an orthopedic manual therapy residency program in Perth, Western Australia, in 2000 and certification in orthopedic manual therapy for both the spine and extremities from the IAOM-US. Primary physical therapy education, Master of Science in Physical Therapy was completed in 1994 at the University of the Pacific.
She has published original research, clinical commentaries and case studies and is senior editor of The IAOM-US Connection and assistant teaching faculty. Tanya acts as a Reviewer for the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (JMMT).
As an orthopedic Fellow in orthopedic manual physical therapy, senior therapist, Tanya treats all orthopedic related injury/dysfunction of the spine, upper and lower extremities, TMJ, vestibular dysfunction, cervicogenic headaches, neurogenic pain dysfunctions and sports medicine.
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.
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.
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,
graduated with a BA in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa where he. He went on to obtain an MBA from University of Alaska, Anchorage. Through dealing with Ankylosing Spondilitis he has experienced the benefits of massage therapy, prompting 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 degree in 2007, followed by completion of an entry-level Master 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 certified through the IAOM-US as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist for the extremities and is in pursuit of full certification for the spine. He has also completed Basic and Therapy I coursework for manual lymphatic drainage through Dr. Vodder School International. Outside the clinic, Todd enjoys mountain hiking, snowshoeing and skate skiing throughout Alaska.
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 Calhoon, 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.
Zach Christopherson, DPT,
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.
Shauna Keeley, PT, DPT,
graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a BA in International Relations and French and Language and Literature and earned her entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2011. Shauna then spent nearly four years on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula working in outpatient orthopedics treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Shauna is now currently working towards completing coursework through the IAOM to obtain certification as a manual therapist. Outside the clinic, Shauna enjoys hiking, yoga, snowboarding, sea kayaking, traveling, and spending time with friends.
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