Physical therapists are licensed in Washington through the Department of Health. They must have a minimum baccalaureate degree in physical therapy from a board approved school and pass a national board exam to meet licensure requirements. They must complete 40 hours of continuing education every two years to retain licensure, a requirement that our therapists usually far exceed. Our Physical Therapists are members of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of Washington. Physical therapy assistants (PTA) graduate with an Associates’s degree from an accredited 1 1/2 to 2 year program. PTA’s are licensed in Washington through the Department of Health. They assist in carrying out the plan of care that is established by the physical therapist. The physical therapist is always responsible for evaluation, assessment, and progression of care. We also employ physical therapy aides that are trained on the job to assist with application of modalities, and keep our treatment rooms and clinic clean. Then work under the direction of the physical therapist.

Clinic Staff
• Alan Finston, M.P.T., OCS, RITM Certified SCENAR Therapist
• Paul Chang, D.P.T.
• Valerie Jacobsen, M.S.P.T.
• Rosemary Whiting, P.T.A.
• Cassie Hakala, P.T.A.
• Cori Olmsted, P.T.A.
• Cindy Coleman, Billing Manager
• Paige Pike , Assistant Manager & Billing, Ferndale Clinic
• Laurie Kessen, PTA
• Rafael Lara, R.P.T.
• Mauriay Manning, Receptionist
• Donna McCauley, Receptionist
• Patty Vezzetti, Office Administrator/Gym Manager

Meet Our Team

Alan Finston
Alan FinstonM.P.T., OCS, RITM Certified Scenar Therapist
Alan received an MPT from the University of Puget Sound in 1993 and a BA from Whitman College in 1987. Alan is Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OSC) American Physical Therapy Association, 6/01, Level II Orthopedic Certification in North American Institute of Manual Therapy. Alan has extensive training in Orthotic Fabrication (Custom Arch Supports), Gait Analysis, and Vestibular Rehab. He has a strong manual therapy component (joint mobilization techniques, manual stretches) emphasized in clinical practice. Alan recently became an Ritm Certified Scenar Therapist. Scenar Therapy is cutting edge Russian biofeedback technology designed to expedite the bodies own healing process and improve neural communications between body systems. It is especially helpful in the healing of chronic injuries, including Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and Migraines.
Paul Chang
Paul ChangD.P.T.
Paul received his doctor of physical therapy degree from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2008. The majority of Paul’s experience is in outpatient orthopedics. He has a strong interest in manual therapy techniques including the use of joint and soft tissue mobilization in clinic practice for which he has received specialized training. He also incorporates postural re-education and therapeutic exercise as part of his treatment techniques.
Valerie Jacobsen
Valerie JacobsenM.S., P.T.
Val received an MS, PT from Pacific University in 1990. Her knowledge base comes from working in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient orthopedics, acute care, Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and home health. Although she enjoyed working in many areas of physical therapy, Valerie is pleased to be back focusing o what she enjoys most – outpatient orthopedics. Valerie has experience in various manual therapy techniques and stabilization exercises, as well as strength training.
Rosemary Whiting
Rosemary WhitingP.T.A.
Rosemary received an AA in Arts and Science and an AA as Physical Therapy Assistant from Whatcom Community College in 2006. Rosemary has experience with athletic training, sports rehab, exercise instruction, taping techniques, sports massage, aquatic therapy, as well as various manual therapy techniques. She has clinical affiliations in outpatient and inpatient therapy.
Cassie Hakala
Cassie HakalaP.T.A.
Laurie Kessen
Laurie KessenP.T.A.
Laurie graduated with honors from the Physical Therapist Assistant program with an Associate degree in Science at Whatcom Community College in 2013. Her interest in physical therapy arose from an interest in human physiology and anatomy and from engaging in activities such as Pilates and long distance running. In 2016, Laurie became a certified practitioner in the Myokinesthetic System which helps to correct and balance the nervous system and eliminate or reduce pain. She has had great results in helping patients with a variety of conditions such as sciatica, frozen shoulder, and back pain. Her interests lie in treating orthopedic and post-surgical patients of all fitness levels. She focuses on manual therapy to facilitate improved movement and then develops an individualized home exercise plan which enables patients to be active participants in their rehab process.
Cori Olmsted
Cori OlmstedP.T.A.
Cori Olmsted graduated from Whatcom Community College Physical Therapy Assistant program in 2012. She has studied in physical therapy techniques including; peripheral joint mobilizations, soft tissue techniques, manual segmental spinal mobilizations, myokinesthetic system, SCENAR, and therapeutic exercise. She has worked in both in-patient and out-patient physical therapy settings.
Rafael Lara
Rafael LaraR.P.T.
Rafael received a Bachelor of Science(BS) in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington. As a Physical Therapist my job is to help people with physical injuries or illnesses: reduce their pain, recover their function, and return to performing their activities of daily living. I use a variety of approaches to accomplish the rehabilitation process, which include: electrical stimulation, ultrasound, soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilizations, Scenar, cupping, traditional exercises and also Tai Chi *. I teach patients home programs to maintain: strength, flexibility, endurance and balance. I have worked in a number of settings: outpatient therapy clinics, hospitals both in acute care and rehab, home health agencies, transitional care units, and skilled nursing facilities. I am patient-focused; I had to learn to rehabilitate my body after coming down with Guillan-Barre in my youth, so I understand the perspective of the patient.
* I have a background in Tai Chi and it has been a part of my lifestyle since 1975.
*Bilingual in Spanish and English , Se habla español.
Paige Pike
Paige PikeAssistant Manager & Billing, Ferndale Clinic
Donna McCauley
Donna McCauleyReception Ferndale
Patty Vezzetti
Patty VezzettiClinics and Gym Manager
Cindy Coleman
Cindy ColemanBilling Manager
Mauriay Manning
Mauriay ManningReception