Meet the Outpatient Rehabilitation Team


Kay Ballen, OTR/L

Kay Ballen is an Occupational Therapist for the Neuroscience Center at EvergreenHealth Medical with more than 25 years experience in therapy.  She specializes in neuro-rehabilitation including Parkinson’s’ disease, CVA, MS, TBI, orthopedic conditions, COPD, arthritis, and ergonomics. Her treatment addresses upper extremity function, vision, cognition, and how these affect patients’ safety and independence within their home and community.

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Desiree Blalock, PT

Desiree Blalock is a licensed physical therapist who uses manual therapy, exercises development and functional movement to help tailor a program specific for each patient to help them reach their goals. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado.

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Eric Byrnes, DPT

Eric Byrnes primarily treats orthopedic conditions of people of all ages. He has a special interest in work injuries and incorporating manual therapy along with functional movement strategies in order to ensure a healthy return to work. He also enjoys working with athletes, as he himself became interested in the field after suffering an athletic injury. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota.

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Marcy Campbell, SLP-CCC

Marcy is a speech-language pathologist who works with individuals with a variety of neurological conditions including stroke, MS, Parkinson's disease, and traumatic brain injury.  She is a Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) Certified Clinician. Marcy earned her Masters of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington

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Evelyn Donascimento, PTA/L

Evelyn Donascimento is a physical therapy assistant with fourteen years experience working with persons diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebrovascular accidents, traumatic brain injury, dementia and other neurological disorders. She earned her Associate of Science in Physical Therapy at Miami Dade Community College.

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Andy Dujenski, PT

Andy Dujenski's treatment approach is to perform a functional assessment of the patient and prescribe a treatment plan that is specific to each individual’s needs through manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. He enjoys working with all ages and injuries including: sports injuries, post-surgical, repetitive strains, and all orthopedic conditions. Andy earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Des Moines University and a Bachelor’s of Sports Medicine from Eastern Washington University, where he worked with the football and track teams. 

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Rebecca Falk, MS, CCC-SLP

Rebecca Falk is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience providing treatment to individuals with various neurogenic swallowing, communication and cognitive impairments resulting from stroke, brain surgery, traumatic brain Injury, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis, to name a few. She is also a Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) Certified Clinician. Rebecca received her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. 

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Melissa Gilbert, PT

Melissa Gilbert is a licensed physical therapist with a strong interest in neurological rehabilitation, specifically seeing patients with Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis, as well as other neurological disorders such as stroke and traumatic brain injury. She is a certified MS specialist with the Consortium of MS Centers. She has given numerous talks on MS and exercise as well as on fall prevention for the neurological population. Melissa earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Washington.

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Amy Gordon, PT

Amy Gordon is a licensed physical therapist who specializes in the treatment of pregnancy and post-partum dysfunction and pelvic floor rehabilitation in women and men.  Amy takes a hands-on approach to looking at how every-day activities contribute to pain and dysfunction. She emphasizes core strengthening and sports-specific training when appropriate. She also enjoys employing manual therapy techniques and teaching self-care strategies to facilitate a rapid return to optimal health. Amy earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University. 

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Emily Hansen, SLP

Emily Hansen is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in treatment of neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. She enjoys working with the range of areas that speech therapy encompasses, including changes in speech, voice, language, cognition, memory and swallowing. She has been certified and provides the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment. Her philosophy is to partner current evidence with patients’ personal goals to maximize recovery for improved communication and quality of life. Emily earned her Masters of Science from the University of Washington.

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Connie Henderson, PT, CLT

Connie Henderson is a physical therapist with certification from KLOSE for treatment of lymphedema. In addition, she has attended specialty courses in rehabilitative therapies for breast cancer, balance and vestibular rehabilitation to address the functional impairments that may occur as a result of cancer therapies. Connie graduated from the University of Washington.

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Cristin Hovee, PT

Cristin Hovee is a licensed physical therapist with a clinical focus primarily in neurological rehabilitation, including vestibular disorders, Parkinson's disease, stroke, and spinal cord injury. She is certified in vestibular rehabilitation through the Herdman Vestibular Competency course. She is also certified in LSVT BIG for Parkinson's disease. Cristin earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Saint Louis University.

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Laura Kerns, PT

Laura Kerns is a licensed physical therapist with additional training in manual therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute. She earned her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1989. 

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Katie McGee, PT

Katie McGee enjoys treating injuries and conditions related to recreation and athletics across the lifespan. In addition to orthopedic physical therapy, Katie specializes in pelvic health. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington. 

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Jim Mellon, PT

Jim Mellon is a licensed physical therapist and also a certified manual physical therapist through the Ola Grimsby Institute. As recreational athlete, Jim understands first-hand how a skilled physical therapist can help a person return to the activities that they enjoy after an injury.  He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound.

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Julia Noreika, PT, DPT

Julia Noreika is a physical therapist who enjoys building interpersonal relationships, providing compassionate patient care and empathetically understanding each patient’s history and background. She combines evidence-based practice as well as holistic patient care to achieve each person’s best possible functional outcomes and quality of life. Julia earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Washington.

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Alicia Nowak, PT

Alicia Nowak is a licensed physical therapist trained in neurological and geriatric rehabilitation and has an interest in working with patients who have gait and balance impairments. She has recently become credentialed as a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults through the American Physical Therapy Association, and is an advocate for fall prevention.  Alicia earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington.

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Michelle Pierson, DPT

Michelle is a licensed physical therapist who enjoys working with patients in both the orthopedic and neurological settings.  She believes in a patient-centered and evidence-based treatment approach, focused on individualizing treatment programs based on the patient's goals. She values using hands-on manual techniques and educating patients on techniques in preventing further injury to help patients return to the activities they enjoy. Michelle received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from The Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN.

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Marie Robert, OTR/L, CLT

Marie Robert is a licensed occupational therapist who specializes in treating orthopedic conditions of the hand and upper extremity, including custom orthosis fabrication. She is a certified lymphedema therapist, a professionally trained massage therapist, and regularly participates in continuing education courses related to hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. She received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Washington. 

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Susan Smith, PT

Susan Smith specializes in lymphedema therapy and breast cancer rehabilitation. She earned her physical therapy degree from Eastern Washington University

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Philip Vande Pol, PT

Philip Vande Pol treats primarily orthopedic conditions in a young adult to elderly population. He has a special interest in the hip and its influences on lumbar and lower extremity conditions. Phil’s treatment approach emphasizes manual therapy, exercise and patient education to speed return to function post injury. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa Physical Therapy Program.

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Susan Watters, OTR/L

Susan Watters is an NDT certified occupational therapist whose clinical interests focus on Parkinson’s, stroke, MS, brain injury and low vision patients.  Her care philosophy is finding out what is important to the patient and working with them on regaining and maintaining independence in everyday activities. Susan graduated from New York University.

Image of Susan Watters, OTR/L, an NDT certified occupational therapist specializing in neuro rehad at EvergreenHealth Rehabilitation Services in Kirkland, WA.