Who We Are

Micah Tamminga, PT, MPT

Micah is the president and owner of Harbor Physical Therapy and has practiced there since 2005, following eight years of experience in long term care facilities. Emphasizing a partnership approach with each patient, Micah aims to identify goals that are both meaningful and measurable, and he tailors treatment to achieve those goals. He focuses on spinal care and headaches, manual therapy, and the diagnosis and treatment of complex vestibular cases and other forms of dizziness, including concussion.

In the community, Micah regularly serves as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students and physical therapist assistant students from the University of Puget Sound and Olympic Community College. He also enjoys giving lectures on vestibular topics at Olympic Community College on occasion.

Micah is passionate about seeing patients recover faster, work better, and play harder. He also enjoys working out in the clinic gym, sailing with his family in their locally built Thunderbird, brewing beer, and hosting friends for good food and festivities.

Memberships

  • The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Orthopedic Section of APTA
  • Private Practice Section of APTA
  • The Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA)

Education

  • B.S. in Biology from Central University of Iowa
  • MPT from the University of Puget Sound

Emily Fortner, PT, DPT, COMT, CEAS

Emily has fifteen years of experience working as a physical therapist. She joined the team at HPT in 2015. As a physical therapist, Emily enjoys the opportunity to help people, as well as the diversity of her patients and colleagues. An exceptional PT, she has advanced certification in hip, knee, foot, and ankle treatment and enjoys helping patients get back to their peak performance level.

Besides working with patients, Emily loves hiking, camping, gardening, sailing, and essentially anything outdoors that involves her husband, three children, and two dogs.

Certifications

  • Orthopedic Manual Therapy, specializing in the hip, knee, foot, and ankle
  • Ergonomic Assessment Specialist
Education

  • B.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Puget Sound
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound

Danielle (Dani) Nohelty, PT, DPT

Dani first came to HPT as a clinical intern during the final stages of her studies at University of Puget Sound Physical Therapy School. Despite the challenge of completing her degree in a combination of online and in person classes during the height of COVID restrictions, she demonstrated amazing skill in working with patients and assessing their needs for care. She joined the team in August of 2022 and sees a spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as patients experiencing vertigo and dizziness. She has quickly developed an avid following of loyal patients who appreciate her empathy and drive to help them each achieve success.

A Wisconsin native and lifelong Green Bay Packer fan, in her free time Dani enjoys drawing, painting, reading, exercising at the gym, and spending time with her boyfriend and two cats (Soju and Momo).

Education

  • B.S. in Kinesiology, minor in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound

Jeanette Davis, PTA

Jeannette is a licensed physical therapist assistant who has practiced at Harbor Physical Therapy since 2011. She brings extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and worker retraining as well as working for therapists who specialize in TMJ and vestibular rehabilitation. Jeannette regularly serves as a clinical instructor for the physical therapist assistant students from Olympic College. Adored by her patients, Jeannette is committed to patient care, taking time to listen and thoroughly assess each patient’s needs.

Jeannette’s care for others extends to her entire family. Outside the office, Jeannette enjoys hiking and camping, as well as gardening and family game nights.

Education

  • Physical Therapist Assistant Program with Olympic College

Amber LaPolla, PTA

After an internship with Harbor Physical Therapy, Amber started her dream job here as a physical therapist assistant in 2021. She is an energetic, compassionate, and caring therapist, who thoroughly loves helping people better themselves along their path to wellness. Her patients appreciate her positive attitude and encouragement as they work toward accomplishing therapy goals.

That positive and encouraging attitude spills over into her life outside the clinic. For many years, Amber has coached youth soccer in the community, bringing those same gifts to help kids learn and grow as athletes. She stays busy with her family, taking advantage of the many activities the PNW has to offer.

Education

  • Physical Therapist Assistant Program with Olympic College

Heather Smith, PTA

Heather was born and raised in Washington State. While in high school, she attended West Sound Technical Skills Center in the Certified Nursing Assistant program. During her internship, she spent a day in the physical therapy gym and loved working with the residents, helping them to increase their independence. Following her experience working in a dental office, she returned to school to work towards a career as a physical therapist assistant. Heather graduated soon after and joined the team at HPT in 2023!

Heather is very family oriented, spending as much time as possible with her loved ones. She is involved with coaching her kids’ baseball teams and with the school PTA, is a huge Seahawks fan, and enjoys spending as much time in the sun as Washington allows.

Education

  • Physical Therapist Assistant Program with Olympic College
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