Micah graduated from the Central University of Iowa with a major in biology and with an MPT from our very own University of Puget Sound in 1997. He is certified in vestibular rehabilitation, which HPT is proud to be able to offer to their patients.
Micah wanted to become a physical therapist because he was interested in anatomy. He enjoys being able to help people achieve their activity goals using his brain and his hands. He is skilled in, and sees worth, in problem solving with patients using research.
When he’s not aiding patients in the office, he is hanging out with his four kids and lovely wife. He enjoys running, brewing beer, when he has the opportunity, and sailing around the Sound on a Thunderbird with his family.
Emily Fortner received her Bachelors in Science in Exercise Physiology as well as her Doctor in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 2008. Post graduation, she has received Certifications in Orthopedic Manual Therapist, specializing in the hip, knee, foot, and ankle. Additionally, she is a certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist.
Big, medical words are used to catalog Fortner’s seven years of field experience, however her passion is straightforward: as a PT she enjoys the opportunity to help people, the diversity of those interesting people, and those she works alongside, Fortner said.
Fortner appreciates “the fact that all day, every day, is different and a challenge,” she said. “It’s never the same.”
Fortner’s interest in PT started in high school after a soccer injury. Previously in pursuit of athletic training, her months spent in the training room shifted her career interest.
“It seemed like a career I was interested in,” Fortner said.
Fortner says that joining HPT has been a turning point in her career. She describes coming from a high-stress environment in a big company to a patient-oriented small business as “a much better fit.”
“I feel like I can take care of my patient’s a lot better here,” Fortner said.
Besides all those things that make Fortner an exceptional PT, she loves hiking, camping, gardening, and essentially anything outdoors that involves her husband and two dogs.
Lauren received her Bachelors in Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in Missoula. Her concentrations are Hand and Upper Extremities, Arthrokinematics Retraining, Geriatric Strengthening, Mobility and Fall Prevention.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Jeannette was raised in Washington state where she went to Olympic College for the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
“I was volunteering at my daughters school and I agreed to help out the physical therapists there for the school district and just really loved what she was doing with the kids and how much she could help them,” Jeannette said. “That’s what got me interested in it.”
She came to us via an internship assignment in the spring of 2011 and she was hired on to become part of the team because we didn’t want to see her go.
“I love being able to give people the knowledge to help themselves feel better, stronger,” Jeannette says in reference to what she does.
Outside of work, she makes the most of her family vacations with her kids, pursues hiking and gardening (“though I don’t do it often enough”), being out in nature, running with the Route 16 club, and taking adventures with her grandson.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Adrianna Wilshire was born and raised in Washington State and attended a Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the Green River Community College in 2013. We are thankful she happened to stumble upon our online ad for a part time PTA, but we quickly made her a part of our full time team.
“I appreciate the caring, warm environment here,” Adrianna says of HPT. “Everyone gets along.”
What she loves most about being a PTA is being able to help people, whether it’s getting their function back or increasing their strength. For this reason, she plans on remaining in the physical therapy field.
When she’s not in our clinic, she’s spending time with her family hiking or going on long walks.