Our Team

Elizabeth Hampton, Clinic Owner & TherapistElizabeth Hampton, PT, DPT, WCS, PRPC, BCB-PMD

Elizabeth is a physical therapist in practice since 1987 and owner of CorePhysio. She is a 1987 graduate of Marquette University's program in physical therapy and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) through Evidence in Motion in 2016. She completed the Executive Program in Private Practice Management through EIM in 2015. Additionally Hampton has earned specialized certifications in Women's Health Physical Therapy (TWU), childbirth & doula education, Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation, as well as Board Certification in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA). Elizabeth earned her Board Certification as a Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy (WCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2009.  She earned Board Certification as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC) through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute in 2019.  The PRPC credentials denote specialty knowledge relating to pelvic health in all genders and ages.

Since 2006, Elizabeth has been faculty for the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, providing continuing education courses on pelvic floor dysfunction to health care providers across the United States. Elizabeth is a published author in the field of pelvic health rehabilitation. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Sections on Women's Health, Orthopedics & Private Practice, the Private Practice Special Interest Group (PPSIG) as well as the Washington State Physical Therapy Association.  She is the proud mum of Davis (University of Puget Sound) and Liv (Sehome), wife of Mike, and enjoys training for triathalons.

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Alana Collins, PT, DPT

Alana is a native East Coaster who moved to Bellingham in 2006 to play professional hockey in Vancouver, Canada. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005 with a degree in Environmental Studies and later pursued her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT).  Alana is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has worked as a strength and conditioning coach since 2006 for local athletes and weekend warriors.  Her specialty is orthopedics, and she loves working with youth athletes as well as athletes of all ages.  She is pursuing Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Alana grew up in Millbrook, NY and is the daughter of a private practice physical therapist. She is an accomplished athlete, having played Division 1 hockey for Dartmouth College, competing as a member of Team USA National Hockey as well as playing hockey professionally in Canada. (She and clinical colleague Sarah Butsch DPT, OCS actually played against each other when they were in college!)  In addition to hockey, Alana grew up playing soccer, lacrosse and softball.  She enjoys everything about living in the Pacific Northwest including hiking, camping and road biking with her husband and two daughters.

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Christine Eardley, PT, GCS, PRPC, BCB-PMD

Christine is a graduate from the University of Montana with a BS in Physical Therapy. She has been practicing Physical Therapy for 30 years. For the past 16 years, Christine has specialized in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy helping men, women and children with pelvic floor dysfunction, elimination disorders and pelvic pain. She is board certified through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in geriatric Physical Therapy and Board Certified in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA). Christine earned Board Certification as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC) through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute in 2019.  The PRPC credentials denote specialty knowledge relating to pelvic health in all genders and ages.

Christine is a teaching assistant for Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She enjoys public speaking and has participated in numerous professional and community events sharing her knowledge and expertise of pelvic health and rehabilitation. Christine is vested in expanding public awareness and programs that will reach out to those who suffer with pelvic floor related issues.

Christine recently re-located to the Pacific Northwest from Michigan where she is now closer to her boyfriend, family and friends. She is eager to explore her new surroundings which are suitable for her love of outdoor activities, history and amateur photography. Christine hopes to fit in a few college games this year. She is a Lady Griz in cross country and track and enjoys cheering for her alma mater – Go Griz!

Meghen Flaig, PT, DPT, CSCS, TPS

Meghen moved west from Montana where she received her BS in Exercise Science from Montana State University in 2006 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Montana in 2010.  Her clinical experience is in outpatient orthopedics and she especially enjoys working with sports related injuries at any age.  She has previously attended the National Sports Convention and plans to pursue future course work through the GrayInstitute (Applied Functional Science) and the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).

Meghen grew up in the Midwest but spent 15 years in Montana.  She competed in soccer and volleyball and has developed a passion for running, fly-fishing, cooking, playing the piano and enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends.  In her free time, she can also be found on the local trails with her husband and kids.

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Caitlin Ford (Kahn), PT, DPT, OCS

Caitlin received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington. She earned board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2017. She enjoys working in outpatient orthopedics and is working toward her Certified Manual Physical Therapy certification through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual therapy; she is also working toward her Professional Yoga Therapy certification. She has experience in pediatrics, aquatic therapy, women’s health, return to sport, work conditioning/hardening, and clinic administration.

A Bellingham native, Caitlin lives with husband, Jeff, daughter, Ava, and their two dogs. Caitlin enjoys being outdoors, hiking, snowboarding, playing soccer and practicing yoga.

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Angela Hilyar, PT, DPT, PRPC, ASTYM

Anglea received her undergraduate degrees in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Ball State University, and practiced as an ATC for 6 years before retiring her license to pursue her DPT at Indiana University. Angela's practice has focussed on afull range of orthopedic conditions, especially clients with persistent pain, with an added specialization in pelvic health in 2013. Angela's natural curiosity and thirst for learning has driven her to continually expand her toolbox especially as it relates to manual therapy techniques and evidence-based practices. She has earned additional certifications in pelvic floor rehabilitation through Herman and Wallace and ASTYM. Angela earned Board Certification as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC) through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute in 2019.  The PRPC credentials denote specialty knowledge relating to pelvic health in all genders and ages.

Born in Tennessee, Angela settled in Indiana and has lived, worked, and played there for the past 25 years. In 2017, Angela relocated to Bellingham with her (awesome) husband and two (sweet, energetic) children to enjoy being a part of our collaborative clinical team and bring her own special magic to CorePhysio's clients. She believes in the importance of keeping bodies moving, and embraces yoga, jogging, weight lifting and swimming as well as exploring nature with her family. They are excited to discover the natural playground of the Pacific Northwest!

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Sonja Hinz, MA, PTA

Sonja is a physical therapist assistant with an extensive background in movement observation, instruction, and performance through her involvement with dance. She received a BA in Anthropology from Western, continued on to earn a MA in Dance from the University of Hawaii, and then returned to her hometown to become a Physical Therapist Assistant through Whatcom Community College. As with the entire CorePhysio clinical team, she continues her clinical education with courses on myofascial release, pelvic health, joint mobilization, neuroplasticity and diagnosis specific rehabilitation interventions. She is a Certified Kinesiotaping Professional (CKTP) and member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Sonja works closely with each of CorePhysio’s physical therapists to understand their clinical expertise and ensure she supports the clinician and their clients in their treatment. Working with the CorePhysio team deepens her clinical toolbox as she works with multiple experienced clinicians with a variety of clinical approaches to client evaluation and treatment.

Outside of her work at CorePhysio, Sonja owns La Vida Dance Studio in Bellingham where she continues to teach and rehearse, specializing in Tajik and Persian dance. She also enjoys running, swimming, gardening, traveling, and playing outside with her husband and daughter.

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Andrea Lubeck, PT, DPT

Andrea achieved her Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology from Washington State University in 2006, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2010. Working as a traveling physical therapist throughout the Pacific Northwest for 5 years helped her develop a valuable skillset for treating a wide variety of patients. Some of her favorite practice areas include balance training in geriatric populations, vestibular rehabilitation, and shoulder dysfunctions. She is currently focusing on expanding her manual therapy skills with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).  She is most rewarded by helping her clients improve their quality of life through fun, healthy movement. 

Andrea competed as a Division I swimmer for the WSU Cougars for 4 years and continues to enjoy challenging herself in local events including triathlons, cross country ski races, and dance performances. Growing up in Alaska fostered a deep love of wilderness and outdoor activities that she continues to explore through adventures in rock climbing, canyoneering, pack rafting, and spelunking around the Pacific Northwest and internationally. 

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Emily Milner PT, MSPT, CFMT

Emily received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Western Washington University and her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado, studying abroad in Noosa, Australia during one of her physical therapy clinical rotations. She has taken advanced coursework through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAOIMT) and obtained a Functional Manual Therapy Certification (CFMT) with Honors through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA). She has practiced physical therapy in a variety of settings, but specializes in outpatient orthopedics, particularly injuries related to the spine. 

Emily is an avid cyclist and competes in category 2 cyclocross, mountain bike, and road racing. She also enjoys trail running, yoga, traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband, daughters, and cat, Monkey.  

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Annie Hewlett Molsberry, PT, DPT

Annie received her undergraduate degree in Dance from Wesleyan University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington. She has practiced physical therapy in a variety of settings and is a certified clinical bike fit specialist. She has presented research at state and national conferences in the field of cultural competency training for healthcare providers. Annie enjoys integrating her diverse background in movement, education, and health to facilitate an empowered approach to physicality in the clinic and in the lives of her clients.

Annie grew up on an island in Maine, and was drawn to the Pacific Northwest by the mountains and the sea. She loves endurance sports of all kinds and competes at the elite level in swimrun and adventure racing. When not at CorePhysio, you can find her out training with her dreamboat husband and linking together epic adventures involving any combination of running, biking, skiing, climbing, kayaking, packrafting, swimming, and of course the occasional dance move.

Jeanie Pflueger, PT, DPT

Jeanie earned her BSc in Exercise and Sport Science at Oregon State University and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado (Denver). Having practiced across the northwest in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Colorado, Jeanie chose to settle in Bellingham, WA with her husband and joined CorePhysio in 2015. She particularly enjoys outpatient orthopedics but also has significant experience with cardio-pulmonary and geriatric populations (including the treatment of vertigo). Prior to completing her DPT, Jeanie was a personal trainer and still enjoys working with athletes at all levels to help them reach their peak performance while safely recovering from injury. Her professional mantra is to provide the best possible collaborative and evidence-based care, promoting maximum function and independence for all clients.

Jeanie is continuing to deepen her toolbox through specialized courses at the North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation.

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Katie Schaner, PT, DPT, TPS

Katie graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Puget Sound. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, at California State University Fresno. She is passionate about helping people get back to the activities they love and, as a certified Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS), she has the skills to work with a variety of acute to persistent conditions. Focusing on the individual, she enjoys hearing people's stories, working together to create goals, and then guiding clients through appropriate movements to work towards health.

Katie loves learning and believes her profession is called a physical therapy practice because she is always evolving and learning. She spends her continuing education time researching and attending classes focused on concussion rehabilitation, performing artist rehabilitation, and movement system impairments. She stays up to date with the latest research evidence through the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy.

Outside of work, Katie spends her time running, backpacking, dancing, gardening, painting, and working on renovating a Victorian home with her husband.

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Becky Brackett, DPTBecky Steinman PT, DPT, MTC

Becky graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2007.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in exercise and sports science. Becky furthered her physical therapy education with a Manual Therapy Certification through the Paris Institute in 2008.

Since 2012, Becky's practice has included a focus on pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain and continence, through coursework with the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She also has training in Mulligan and Mckenzie methods, and continues to expand her knowledge of manual therapy methodologies through current coursework with the Institute of Physical Art.

Becky has a background in athletics.  She was a varsity member of the springboard diving team at UCLA before transferring to Western. At Western, she participated in cross country and track and field. Becky enjoys being in the outdoors, mountain and road biking, running, hiking, and skiing with her husband, daughters as well as their dog Bogart.

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Vania Shih, MPT, Lac, Dipl. OM

Vania earned her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore and holds a Master of Science Traditional Oriental Medicine degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego.   As a licensed physical therapist and acupuncturist, she aspires to integrate complementary treatments to enhance healing in musculoskeletal conditions. Vania has over 20 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine.

Originally from the Midwest, she has lived on the East Coast, the Northeast, and Southern California. Her love of experiencing the diversity of the US and exploring outdoor adventure has brought her to Bellingham. She wants to connect and collaborate with her peers to assist patients to reach their rehabilitation and wellness goals.

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Jessica McCartan, PT, DPT, CLT

Jessica is originally from Dallas, Texas where she earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology & Sociology from Southern Methodist University. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2010. Since then, Jessica has practiced in a variety of states specializing in outpatient orthopedics with diverse client populations. She is passionate about customized and hands-on care for her clients and is focused on helping people get back to the activities they love.

Jessica moved to Bellingham in 2017 and in her spare time can be found enjoying the beautiful outdoor recreation activities in our area. She loves to ski, mountain bike, and hike with her husband, young daughter, and their two dogs.

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Justin Manipis, CSCS, ACE, Personal Trainer

Justin is a native Washingtonian who migrated from Issaquah to Bellingham in 2013 to attend Western Washington University. Upon graduating with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in Sports Psychology, Justin was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Western’s Student Recreation Center. With both an ACE certification and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credentials, Justin is now a personal trainer and aide at CorePhysio--a milestone as he aspires to be a physical therapist in the future.

Justin’s fitness background is rooted in wrestling, powerlifting, and compound movements that promote full body strength and stability. Justin believes that although every body is different in their strengths and weaknesses, exercise paired with a positive mindset and outlook is a recipe for success. When Justin is not training, you can find him cooking, grilling, or eating!

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Alec Grey, CSCS, Personal Trainer

Alec developed a passion for health and fitness in his adolescence, which led him to Western Washington University; he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2015, and a Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science in 2018. During grad school, Alec became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA and oversaw injury-prevention training for Western Men’s Rugby and Ultimate teams. He has also trained a broad base of clientele between the Western Student Recreation Center and Anytime Fitness of Bellingham. Alec believes everyone is capable of accomplishing great things, and loves to help people get there!

Alec is an Ultimate Frisbee fanatic, having competed for 2 years for his high school team and 5 years for the Western Men’s club team. When not at work, it is very likely he is tossing a plastic disc, but if not he can be also be found rock climbing or sleeping in a hammock at boulevard. Alec plans on applying for Physical Therapy school in the fall of 2019.

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Frank Kingman, Exercise Coach

Frank grew up near Lake Whatcom in Bellingham and loves to see this community evolve and grow. He received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Bellingham Technical College and worked as a designer for Zodiac Aerospace for 5 years. During that time, he became interested in Physical Therapy, Exercise Science and Nutrition through his recreational passions of Mountain Biking, Backcountry Skiing, and Sea Kayaking.

Frank will be attending the PTA program at Whatcom Community College starting Fall 2019 and has coached exercise with many clients at multiple clinics, mainly on balance and strengthening. He is especially passionate about enabling older clients to gain confidence and comfort to move freely and safely.

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Laurel Paton, Exercise Coach

Laurel received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, Pre-Physical Therapy from Western Washington University. Her ultimate goal is to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and return to her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska to contribute to the adventurous lives of the people of the Last Frontier. As a compassionate dog lover, Laurel also aspires to be a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Professional and one day work with both canines and humans to help them maintain strength and independence well into their senior years. Her interests in this industry include gait training, vestibular rehabilitation, and concussion recovery and education. Her approach to exercise coaching is strongly influenced by yoga flows and full body exercises so that movement feels natural and confident.

Laurel played soccer competitively for 12 years and continues to compete for fun in the local indoor and outdoor soccer leagues. Her time in the Pacific Northwest has also introduced her to rock climbing, and she can often be found bouldering at the local climbing gym. She is happy to geek out with anybody over anatomy and physiology, Marvel movies, Star Wars, and, most importantly, cute dogs.

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Kelsey Jaap, Exercise Coach

Kelsey was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She made the move to Bellingham in 2015 to finish her Bachelors of Science – Kinesiology at Western Washington University. Since her graduation, she has been working as a Physical Therapy Aide at CorePhysio and continuing to learn from the highly skilled physical therapists she works under. As an Exercise Coach, Kelsey brings her love of skiing and the outdoors into physical conditioning; her primary focus is on full-body functional movements that translate into the meaningful activities in your life. Kelsey's experience working closely with the Pelvic Floor Specialists in the clinic and assisting with the Core Confidence class have given her a toolbox full of core strengthening exercises. She is also pursuing a 200-hour Yoga Instructor Certification and enjoys connecting breath, thought and movement.

Kelsey grew up on the slopes as the daughter of a ski instructor. In 2013, she followed in her father’s footsteps by becoming a PSIA ski instructor and taught on her native mountain—Steven’s Pass. In addition to skiing and yoga, you can find Kelsey climbing, hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and enjoying all things the great outdoors has to offer.

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Our Business Office Team

From Lesley, Aspen and Vanessa in our front office (the face of CorePhysio) who greet clients and work their schedule magic on a daily basis, to our back office team of Helen and Janis, juggling a miriad of insurance plans and regulations to keep the billing moving and the office running smoothly, our business office is here to support every aspect of your PT experience.

Our Clinic Aide team of Laurel, Kelsey, Frank, Justin, Alec, and Cheyenne play a critical role supporting the entire staff and enriching the client experience. They are the chameleons of the clinic: moving from scheduling to modalities to laundry to exercise coaching with ease, and always with a smile. 

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