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Elizabeth 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.

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 attained a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Sacred Heart University in 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, competed as a member of Team USA National Hockey, as well as played hockey professionally in Canada. 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 four daughters.

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

Christine is a graduate from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree 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 (GCS) 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 reach out to those who suffer with pelvic floor related issues.

Christine relocated from Michigan to the Pacific Northwest, 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Montana State University in 2006 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) 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 recently attained certification as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS). Meghen has previously attended the National Sports Convention and plans to pursue future course work through the Gray Institute (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.

Caitlin Ford (Kahn), PT, DPT, OCS: On maternity leave until 9/2020

Caitlin received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) 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 (OCS) 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 (NAIOMT); 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, kiddos Ava and Theo, and their two dogs. Caitlin enjoys being outdoors, hiking, snowboarding, playing soccer and practicing yoga.

Jenny Garbarz Kerr, PT, DPT

Jennifer received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 2018. She has practiced in Wisconsin over the last 2 years with a focus on a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. Jennifer applies her extensive manual therapy techniques as well as functional exercises to maximize her patient's functional goals. She is passionate about a holistic approach to her physical therapy treatment, acknowledging the unique psychological, social, and biological factors that contribute to her clients’ success and progress in physical therapy. A curiosity to learn and ask questions is innate to Jennifer's wiring, and she is currently completing her Certificate of Manual Physical Therapy through the Manual Therapy Institute. In addition to her clinical skills, Jennifer speaks conversational Spanish and Polish to those who prefer speaking in their native language.

While she was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Jennifer fell in love with Washington State during a clinical rotation in graduate school. Due to an amazing career opportunity at CorePhysio and her love for the great outdoors, Jennifer moved to Bellingham, WA with her husband and dog. When she is not treating patients, Jennifer and her husband can be found exploring the countless mountain biking trails on Galbraith mountain or hiking trails in Mt. Baker Wilderness. 

Angela Hilyar, PT, DPT, PRPC, ASTYM

Angela 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 Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at Indiana University. Angela's practice has focused on a full 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 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, weightlifting, and swimming, as well as exploring nature with her family. 

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 Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Western, continued on to earn a Master of Arts degree 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 a 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.

Andrea Lubeck, PT, DPT

Andrea achieved her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Washington State University in 2006, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Eastern Washington University in 2010. Her work 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. 

Amy Malinowski, PT, DPT

Amy earned her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Taylor University and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Washington University in St. Louis. She has continued her training with extensive coursework with the Postural Restoration Institute and North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

Amy enjoys the process of helping each of her clients return to the work and activities that they love. Through her experience in collegiate Track & Field and working through her own injuries, she knows how challenging the healing process can be. She especially enjoys working with post-operative clients and works closely with surgeons to help each client reach the best outcome possible.

Originally from the Midwest, Amy has been practicing in the greater Seattle area until recently moving to Bellingham. When outside of the clinic, you will find her walking, running, or biking the trails of Washington.

Emily Milner, PT, MSPT, CFMT

Emily received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Western Washington University and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MSPT) degree 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.  

Annie Hewlett Molsberry, PT, DPT

Annie received her undergraduate degree in Dance from Wesleyan University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree 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.

Emily Mulholland, PT, DPT

Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Western Washington University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Eastern Washington University. Since graduating, Emily moved back to Bellingham and is excited to be a part of this community again. She has experience working with orthopedic and athletic populations of all ages and enjoys getting people back to the activities they love doing, whatever they may be. Emily believes that physical therapy is a team effort, and always strives to make PT fun and meaningful for the patient while implementing evidence-based care.

Emily grew up playing soccer and still likes to compete for fun whenever she can. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, swimming, biking, and exploring the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer with her husband.

Jeanie Pflueger, PT, DPT

Jeanie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science at Oregon State University and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree 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.

Scott Rittenberg, MS, PTA, MBA

Scott is a graduate of Ohio University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Exercise Physiology. After working in a hospital health promotion center, Scott furthered his education by attaining a Physical Therapist Assistant certification in California. He has been in the physical therapy world for over 20 years, with significant experience working with neurologic disorders, injured intercollegiate athletes and weekend warriors, joint replacement, rotator cuff repairs and other orthopedics issues. While pursuing his Master’s degree, Scott also served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for football, wrestling and golf.

Scott and his spouse recently moved to Bellingham after spending 17 years in the Chicago area. Outside of work, Scott enjoys cooking, golf, and exercise, and is a hockey novice.

Katie Schaner, PT, DPT, TPS

Katie graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Puget Sound. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree 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.

Evie Tatara, PT, DPT

Evie Tatara is originally from the Pacific Northwest and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from WWU. She then graduated from Lynchburg College in Virginia with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. After nearly 2 years of practicing as a pelvic health PT in Lewes, DE, she is very excited to return home to the majestic and wonderful PNW to join the CorePhysio team.

Evie enjoys working with clients to find solutions to their pelvic floor and abdominal dysfunctions, and looks forward to empowering her patients to take active roles in their health. She strives to provide clients with personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to help get them back to feeling like themselves.

When not at work, Evie loves to hike, spend time outside, cook (and eat), ride horses, snuggle cats, and spend time with her loved ones.

Luke Galloway, ACE, Personal Trainer

Luke was born and raised at 7,000 ft in Flagstaff, AZ before he moved to Bellingham to attend WWU. At Western, he practiced as an ACE certified personal trainer at Wade King Student Recreation Center, helping host competitive weightlifting meets and develop group fitness classes. He received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology as a health and fitness specialist with a focus in sports psychology. By interning at Gritworks Athletics, Luke made a major step towards his ultimate goal of becoming an NCAA Strength and Conditioning Coach. As a lifelong athlete, Luke believes that each individual should be trained holistically to prevent injury and improve longevity. He feels strongly that proper diet, sleep, and stress management are just as important to health and performance as a guided training program. Luke’s favorite tool as a trainer is the swiss ball, due to its versatility and promotion of stability and balance.

Luke has played basketball since age 5 and enjoys coaching as well as refereeing the game. He has also officiated youth volleyball, baseball, softball, and flag football games around Whatcom County. When he is not training or learning, Luke enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking throughout the western United States.

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 is attending the PTA program at Whatcom Community College as of Fall 2019. He 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.

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.

Our Business Office Team

From Lesley in our front office (the face of CorePhysio) who greets clients and works her schedule magic, to Helen and Michele in our back office, who ensure visits are appropriately covered by referrals and authorizations on a daily basis while 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, Cheyenne, and Frank 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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