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Steve Jay

Deadline-driven and professional representative with 15+ years of experience in the administrative industry with a strong focus in healthcare. Skilled projecting problem-solving and clear communication upholding a positive and upbeat personality during new challenges. Well-organized and able to multitask in autonomous or team-driven environments to support an elevated level of professionalism and attention to detail.

Customer Service Philosophy:

Greeting customers with a warm welcome and farewell upon their exit, helping them with scheduling with their provider, navigating the complex insurance process, listening to their needs, and recognizing solutions to any challenges they may have are all key to their satisfaction and are vital to aiding in their recovery.

Personal Interests | Hobbies:

I’m an expert gardener and enjoy growing a luscious, healthy, and full flower garden every year. I love feeding hummingbirds and watching them battle it out to control the feeder. I have two wonderful cats that don’t get along and simply tolerate each other’s presence. I’m also an avid PC gamer mostly reserved for the rainy season when I’m not able to garden. I enjoy sci-fi shows, especially Star Trek and I have a love for political and crime series as well.

Madisyn Smith

Madisyn is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington pursuing a degree in Biology – Physiology. Her career goals are to become a Physician Assistant and is eager to learn more about the healthcare field.

Customer Service Philosophy: 

As Front Office Coordinator, I want to provide you with the most excellent experience at Movement Systems Physical Therapy, Mercer Island. I feel grateful to be part of the team aimed at providing you with the most exceptional care in Physical Therapy.

Personal Interests: 

On the weekends, Madisyn works in the tasting room of a boutique winery in Woodinville. Outside of work, Madisyn enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs, Crush (Goldendoodle) and Bianca (Maltipoo). Having grown up in the Greater Seattle Area, she enjoys spending time in different parts of WA state, exploring all the beauty this state has to offer! She loves trying new restaurants/coffee shops and enjoys spending time out on the lake.

Rick Young, PT, DPT

My Philosophy of Care

I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a background in sports performance and orthopedics. I enjoy collaborating with you to achieve YOUR goals through manual therapy, movement, exercise prescription, and education. I look to answer your primary questions: What are you not able to do? What is preventing you from doing what you want to do? How does a physical therapist address your problems? What is the process? As your care provider, and expert in the movement system, my role is to identify and diagnose the root cause(s) of your symptoms and foster long term management and results. I aim to create an evolving and individualized plan to address the underlying root causes of your symptoms, teach you how to manage your condition and build self-efficacy, restore your ability to do what you want to do, and most importantly, keep you healthy in mind and body. Whether you aspire to climb Mt. Rainier or play with your grandkids, I am here to help you accomplish your goals!

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education / Carroll College

Doctor of Physical Therapy / University of Mary

My Clinical Interests

• Sports/athletic rehabilitation
• Orthopedic manual therapy
• Persistent pain
• ASTYM
• Pre and postoperative rehabilitation

My Personal Story

I am originally from northern Idaho where I grew up as a multisport athlete and spent most of my time outdoors. I went on to play football in college where my own injuries exposed me to the possibilities of a career in physical therapy. The fascination of the human body, problem solving and making a difference in patients’ lives keeps me motivated to progress as a clinician. Work-life balance is very important to me and I am still passionate about keeping my body and mind healthy. Whether it’s in the gym lifting weights or out in the mountains hiking and backcountry hunting, I’m “at home” while I’m active. As new residents to the city of Seattle, my wife and I are excited about exploring what the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer!

Renee Ebia, PT, DPT

My Philosophy of Care:

I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy who is passionate about helping people across the lifespan meet their personal goals toward better movement and better function. I believe that collaboration and active participation are both key to one’s success in physical therapy, and I strive to work with you to create a plan of care that encompasses movement based interventions, whether it be for recreational sports or just everyday activities. My goal is to provide you with the tools that will set you up for success and empower you to go out there and continue doing the activities you enjoy.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Sport & Exercise Science / Seattle University

Doctor of Physical Therapy / Western University of Health Sciences

My Clinical Interests:

  • General orthopedic physical therapy
  • Pre and postoperative rehabilitation
  • Sports/athletic rehabilitation and injury prevention
  • Bone health
  • Fall risk reduction
  • Pain management
  • Fitness and wellness
  • ASTYM Certified
  • Certification in Applied Functional Science / Gray Institute

My Personal Story:

Growing up in Hawaii, I loved spending time outside and especially out in the water. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have absolutely enjoyed the outdoors, from hiking trails to paddle boarding on the lake. I grew up playing water sports like water polo and competitive swimming, and now I’ve been staying active with Peloton, barre, and yoga. Staying active is especially important to me for maintaining both physical and mental health, and I became a physical therapist to be able to help my patients achieve their individual goals toward a healthy, active, and fulfilled life.

Professionalism and expertise of the staff, most especially the physical therapist who is helping me. It is much appreciated.

Moira A

Melanie Asplund, PT, DPT

Lead Physical Therapist

My Philosophy of Care

I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy who enjoys working with people of all ages and from all walks of life.  You have your own unique history and place in your journey, and YOU should be at the center of your care.   As your physical therapist I am part of your team and will help you create a tailored plan to help you reach your goals.  I look forward to hearing your story and learning how I can help you live your life to the fullest.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Developmental Biology / University of Washington

Doctor of Physical Therapy / The George Washington University

My Clinical Interests

  • Sports/athletic rehabilitation
  • Fall Risk Reduction
  • Bone Health
  • ASTYM Certified
  • Pain Management
  • Pre and Postoperative Rehabilitation

My Personal Story

I grew up in Hawaii but fell in love with the Cascades and Puget Sound.  I graduated from UW Seattle (GO HUSKIES!) and commissioned into the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer (GO NAVY!). My deployments include SE Asia, Central America, and the Middle East.  I transitioned to the Reserves and became a Doctor of Physical Therapy through The George Washington University, settling down in Washington State with my family.

I love bicycling (road), weightlifting, kettlebells, and eating.  My ideal day would start with eating chocolate for breakfast followed by cycling to/from work, lifting weights and swinging ‘bells during lunch break, and playing with my kiddo until we both fell asleep.

Melanie explains everything very detail. I have only had two sessions yet I feel at ease with her.
Looking forward to my results.

Ann G.

Rachel Morin, PT, DPT

Certified Yoga Instructor
Co-Lead Physical Therapist

My Philosophy of Care

I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Yoga Instructor (200hr RYT) with a special interest in movement instructors of all types, dancers, adolescent athletes, and post-surgical recovery. My goal as a physical therapist is first and foremost to keep my patients moving and doing what they love.  Whether this means keeping a dancer in class with modifications, helping a runner build back up their rhythm, or helping a teacher get back to her daily walks with her dog.  I always try to have my patients’ passions and activities sit front and center with exercises and in-clinic treatment playing the supporting role. I believe (and research is showing) that the human body is adaptable, not fragile, and that progress can be made when we push the edges of our comfort zone while ultimately respecting our body’s boundaries.  Physical therapy is a collaborative process, not an assignment and one size does not fit all.  I work together with my patients to help them understand their diagnosis and address the demands of their sport or daily activities so they can get back on track with reduced pain and improved confidence in their abilities, strength, and resilience.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Biology / University of Washington

Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Dance / University of Washington

Doctor of Physical Therapy / University of Washington

My Clinical Interests

  • Sports/athletic rehabilitation
  • Adolescents/Teens
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Performing Arts/Dance Medicine
  • Hypermobility
  • Yoga

Movement Systems Physical Therapy’s staff, from the front desk to the Therapist, Rachel, are professional, caring and excellent listeners. I had less discomfort as I was leaving my first appointment. The exercise program contains videos and tips specific to how I am instructed to perform the moves. It is wonderful to be moving to a pain free state all with the assistance of Rachel.

Lucille L.

Blogs

The unexpected magic of telehealth-physical therapy

Community Involvement/Volunteer Organizations

 Seattle Performing Arts Medicine Free Clinic (SeaPAM)

My Personal Story

A Seattle native, I grew up in Wedgwood and received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Washington. Prior to my graduate program I worked as a dance instructor for children and teens at a local neighborhood studio.   I pursued a career in Physical Therapy, both because I was fascinated by the puzzle of the human body and because I felt there was a need for dancers like myself and extreme movers (I see you yogis and rock climbers) to have practitioners who understood their bodies, their sport and their needs.  I currently live in Snoqualmie with my husband Matt, and our pint-sized corgi Vala.

When I am not in the clinic you can find me reading, baking, practicing/teaching yoga, hiking, entertaining our dog and occasionally forcing myself to go for a run.

With 2 back issues I was referred to Movement Systems Physical Therapy and assigned to Rachel. In only three sessions Rachel has help me relieve a significant amount of back related pain through specific exercises and movement techniques. I am completely satisfied with the treatment I have received and highly recommend Rachel and Movement Systems.

Doug B.

Betsy Rigsbee, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Certified Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapist

My Philosophy of Care

As a Doctor of Physical Therapy with over a decade of experience and expertise in orthopedics and manual therapy, my goal is to keep you moving and working toward your goals. Like the wise Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” I am not a healer that claims to perform a magical “cure,” but as your physical therapist I can be your coach, your counselor, your cheerleader, your navigator, your educator and most importantly your healthcare ally who listens and cares. I have many tools I can implement in my PT toolbox to help reduce your pain including taping, cupping, stretching and manual therapy techniques like myofascial release or joint mobilization. My bread and butter interventions, however, are education and exercise. These are what make the largest or most long-term impacts on my clients. I will prescribe you with a personalized home exercise program and rehab plan, as well as educate you about your pain, the human body and behavioral practices to facilitate recovery and reduce relative risk of injury. Whatever pain or injury brings you in to see me, I can help remove the distress or suffering it is causing you.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Dance / Barnard College, Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience and Behavior / Barnard College, Columbia University

Doctor of Physical Therapy / University of Washington

My Clinical Interests

  • Sports/athletic rehabilitation
  • Performing Arts/Dance Medicine
  • Orthopedic Post-operative recovery
  • Rehabilitation for Motor Vehicle Collision or Whiplash Injury
  • Pediatrics
  • Prenatal and Post-Partum Physical Health and Recovery
  • Fall Risk Reduction
  • Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance
  • Pain Management
  • Yoga and Pilates based exercise interventions
  • Comprehensive management and clinical collaboration for conditions or injuries with ligamentous laxity, collagen disorders, autoimmune dysfunction, dysautonomia and/or morphological joint changes (including but not limited to EDS, BJHS, Marfan’s, RA, SS, AS, ME formerly CFS, CRPS, POTS)

Betsy is determined to “make a difference” in the effectiveness of her time invested in our PT sessions which has a direct relationship to my ultimate healing process. Nothing is unknown in her ability to learn her patients, give a clear response to questions, and take a proactive approach to affect change. Betsy’s professionalism is tempered by her refined knowledge not only of that in which she excels from years of study, experience, and exposure to a multitude of methods to promote healing, but also of her intuitive sense and go-to spontaneity as she follows with her heart, soul, and mind to help others discover and find solutions to life’s challenges. We are in this together!

Joanna M.

Publications/Blogs

Currie PJ, Khelemsky R, Rigsbee EM, Dono LM, Coiro CD, Chapman CD, Hinchcliff K. Ghrelin is an orexigenic peptide and elicits anxiety-like behaviors following administration into discrete regions of the hypothalamus. Behav Brain Res. 2012 Jan 1;226(1):96-105. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.08.037. Epub 2011 Sep 2. PMID: 21907737; PMCID: PMC4104180. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21907737/

Stokes PD, Lai B, Holtz D, Rigsbee E, Cherrick D. Effects of practice on variability, effects of variability on transfer. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 2008 Jun;34(3):640-59. doi: 10.1037/0096-1523.34.3.640. PMID: 18505329. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18505329/

Overcoming Barriers to Exercise After Baby

Community Involvement/Volunteer Organizations

Volunteer at free clinic and supporting member of Seattle Dance and Performing Arts Medicine (SeaPAM)

Supporting member of Mercer Island Preschool Association and Northwood Elementary PTA

My Personal Story

Maya Angelou once said, “As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.” As a life-long dancer, I was inspired by the many providers who helped me to continue to dance. I have always had a love for teaching and science. In college I discovered that working in research lab did not engage enough of my creativity and interpersonal skills, but the field of physical therapy did. Now that I am a mother of two, I only work part-time so that I can balance caring for myself, my children and my patients. Although I’m in the clinic fewer hours than previous, I am still as enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate about my work as I was on the first day of physical therapy school. My favorite self-care activities include running, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, living room dance parties with my kids and playing the piano. I look forward to helping you get back to the things that satisfy your soul.

I am recovering from rotator cuff surgery. I am a serious overhead athlete who desires to get my shoulder back to full strength with full range of motion as soon as possible. Betsy immediately recognized that scar tissue was building up then limiting my external range of motion. She dug into my shoulder and started to break up adhesions as well as providing several key at home exercises to strengthen and stabilize it. I am now a lifelong customer! Her outstanding skills and knowledge of her trade put her above the rest.

Donna

Erica Clark, PT, DPT

My Philosophy of Care

Over the course of my tenure as a physical therapist, I have taken on various roles in the physical therapy industry. These roles have been comprised of staff physical therapist, director, owner, shareholder, and mentor. In 2017 I had the honor to join Movement Systems and solely focus on patient care. My expertise is vast, ranging from working with young, injured athletes to assessing and assisting the complex physical problems of aging seniors. My clinical skills continue to evolve in a direction that empowers my patients to achieve their highest level of function. As I reflect on my treatment strategies, I realize the most important trait that I utilize is my ability to listen. Truly listening to my patients, understanding their physical and psychosocial stresses helps me develop a plan and guide my patients through a truly collaborative process of recovery.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Management / Binghamton University

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy / Chicago Medical School

Doctor of Physical Therapy / Evidence in Motion

My Clinical Interests

  • Athletic Injuries/Sports Rehabilitation
  • Women’s Health
  • Prenatal and Postnatal Care
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Pre and Post-Operative Rehabilitation
  • Temporomandibular Dysfunction
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Certified
  • ASTYM Certified
  • Concussion Management Certified

Community Involvement

Active Member of the Chamber of Commerce on Mercer Island

Movement Systems produces results. Erica Clark is an Amazing Physical Therapist. She listens well. She communicates clearly. She developed a PT plan that is producing results. I had a condition that wasn’t improving after months of consulting with others. My condition is improving now after only four weekly visits. Highly Recommended.

C. A. K.

Blogs

Concussions

My Personal Story

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended Binghamton University in upstate New York. There, I received a BS in Business Management and moved to Seattle in 1990. It was in Seattle that I realized my passion for helping others after volunteering in various physical therapy settings. Physical therapy combined my desire to help others and my physically active lifestyle. After attending PT school in Chicago, I returned to Seattle to start my career as a physical therapist. I worked my way up to directing and owning a physical therapy practice in West Seattle. While Director/Owner, I was able to combine my business education with my degree in physical therapy.  I live on Mercer Island with my husband and two children and am very involved in the Mercer Island community. I enjoy running, weightlifting, playing tennis and sailing in the San Juan Islands.

I really appreciate the business model of Movement Systems PT-MI : an entire hour with the PT. I just started seeing Erica and I believe the hands on stretching I’ve received has really started to reduce my knee pain; I’m so pleased. In addition she’s a positive cheerleader in continuing to stay active as possible.

Julie and Ron

Carrie Hall, PT, MHS

President

My Philosophy of Care

Movement is key to lasting health. Physical therapists are the most qualified provider to manage your movement system – a collection of systems that contribute to the act of moving from the sub-cellular to the total body level. I use a diagnostic process to determine the biologic, biomechanical, and psycho-social contributions to your painful condition. With you at the center of care, and through a dynamic and iterative process, I discover what is meaningful to you, determine what influences are blocking you from doing what is meaningful, and help you achieve your goals with compassion, empathy, education, coaching, advice, and movement-related interventions. Your time with me is a “DIY project” with me as the tutor. It is my hope that I can help you develop an appreciation that movement and exercise is safe, fun, and important for lasting health. I will teach you to “not get into your own way” when it comes to achieving your movement related goals and dreams. I hope you will permit me to be your steward to a healthy lifestyle that incorporates movement, exercise, and fitness.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy / Saint Louis University

Master of Health Science / Washington University in Saint Louis

My Clinical Interests

  • Diagnosis and treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes
  • Biopsychosocial approach to treatment of painful conditions
  • Maitland approach to manual therapy
  • Promotion of prevention, health, fitness, and wellness for all individuals through various combinations of movement-related interventions.
  • Promotion of Bone Health through high intensity loading activities

Carrie Hall is an exceptionally gifted physical therapist and business owner.  Her treatment approach is holistic, as she addresses the patterns and overall mechanics of your body, rather than treating an isolated problem area or condition.  She listens and guides without judgement and instills confidence to keep you moving forward.  Carrie’s style is practical, realistic and no nonsense.  She has a wealth of knowledge based on her professional and personal experiences. The sessions are interesting and I always learn something new.  With the onset of the global pandemic, she quickly adopted best practices for the safety of her associates and clients and continues to make changes as she learns new information.  I cannot say enough good things about my experience at Movement Systems Physical Therapy and feel fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to work with Carrie Hall.

Rebekah S.

Publications/Blogs:

Volunteer Organizations

Director on the Leadership Board of the Arthritis Foundation for the Northwest Region

Payment Committee APTA Washington

Western Washington At-Large Panel Director APTA Washington

Nominating Committee Private Practice Section American Physical Therapy Association

Following profound orthopedic trauma six and a half years ago, I worked with many Physical Therapists before finding and sticking with Carrie Hall and her team. Movement Systems is, in a class by themselves. While I never wanted to give up on getting my leg back, I had serious doubts about the degree to which it’s possible. But there is a reason why Carrie’s PT book is now in its FOURTH edition for its popularity in classrooms where PT is taught. She has unparalleled genius for this stuff and shares it generously among everyone on her team. They collaborate with one another and make recovery miracles possible when their clients practice what these therapists teach. I’ll never go anywhere else again!

David M.

My Personal Story

When I am not seeing patients, I am busy with various writing projects, managing my Company and teaching. I read everything Brene Brown has written and consume numerous podcasts on a plethora of topics from mindfulness, to cooking, to history.  I enjoy cooking and watching cooking shows (yes, I am that ONE), hiking, biking, SUP, tennis, and weightlifting (so I can eat all that I cook) I have three grown daughters, a dog, a cat, many friends, and a committed partner that fill me with love.

After a car accident over a decade ago, I’ve been to many physical therapists over the years with little results. I heard of Carrie Hall as a powerhouse in the field after she taught a seminar to my therapist’s entire clinic. As soon as I moved to Seattle, I contacted MSPT and never looked back. The results and improvement I’ve made in my time at the clinic exceeds all of the progress I ever made in my years with other providers. Each member at Movement Systems is kind and professional. There is a wide variety of specialties offered so I could grow with different therapists as my needs evolved without the need to look for a different clinic when my progress plateaued. Appointments with Carrie are unparalleled, though. She offers empathic and encouraging support, bringing a highly-skilled big picture strategy to complex cases while expertly leading the clinic. I recommend Movement Systems to everyone I know. It also helps that the clinic is in a prime location and provides stunning views of Lake Union that are therapeutic all on their own.

Lanie W.