Our Staff

Physical Therapists

Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson

Clinic Owner/Physical Therapist
Education/Certification
Ross has a Biology degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA and a Masters degree in physical therapy from Chapman University in Orange, CA. Ross is currently licensed as a physical therapist in the state of Washington. He is also an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the APTA Private Practice Section.
Experience
Ross has more than 20 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy.
According to Ross
“I like to work with all ages of patients and find satisfaction learning from all generations. It really gets fun when you have an older patient motivating and pushing a younger teen.”
On a personal note
“I have a lovely wife and we are blessed with two beautiful daughters. I have a passion for running and achieved one of my life-long goals by running the Boston marathon in 2000. I enjoy tennis, hiking, skiing and most other outdoor activities. Being a homeowner has baptized me into “do-it-yourself” carpentry and I have learned many tips. One is that you need the right tool to get the job done right (at least that’s what I tell my wife to justify buying another tool).”

 

Ross Obertean

Ross Obertean

Education/Certification
Ross attended Ithaca College where he received a Bachelors degree in Clinical Health Studies and a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Experience
Ross graduated from Ithaca College’s 6 year accelerated program and had training during his clinical rotations in a variety of settings including orthopedics, inpatient rehab, and a skilled nursing facility.
According to Ross
“As an athlete throughout high school and college I was no stranger to physical therapy, as I was frequently a patient. Now, I strive to make physical therapy a fun, yet productive environment so we can get you back to doing the things you love!”
On a personal note
“I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, home of the chicken wing! I played soccer and ran track throughout my entire life and currently continue to stay active running and weight lifting. I previously worked in a run specialty shoe store, so feel free to ask me any questions about finding the right shoe for you!”
Nate Swanson

Nate Swanson

Education/Certification
Nathan has a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education with a Pre-Therapy Concentration from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He also has a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from College of St. Catherines in Minneapolis, MN.
Experience
Nathan has been a physical therapist since 2006. The first three years of his career were spent practicing physical therapy in Longview, WA. He then moved to the Tacoma area in 2008 and has been practicing here ever since. His experience has included occupational rehabilitation and orthopedic outpatient therapy.
According to Nate
“My goal is to help my patients decrease their symptoms and improve their body function. I believe in working with my patients, and helping them to see the importance of a positive attitude and the use of exercises to aid in the healing process throughout treatment.”
On a personal note
“I grew up the oldest of 8 children in Redmond, WA. After living in other states for a few years, I was glad to return home to the Pacific Northwest. I am now married with 2 children. My hobbies include being a dad, experimenting with home brewing, playing golf, and following the local sports teams of the Seahawks, Mariners, and Huskies. Some golf courses I have enjoyed playing include The New Course at St. Andrews, Prestwick Golf Club, Machrihanish Golf Club, and Chambers Bay Golf Course.”
Sungji “Josh” Joun

Sungji “Josh” Joun

Education/Certification
Josh has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgia State University and a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Touro College School of Health Sciences in New York. Josh currently holds a Physical Therapist license in Washington State and New York.
Experience
Josh has been a physical therapist since 2015. He has worked in various settings, from hospital based sub-acute rehabilitation to long-term care and multiple different outpatient clinics as a traveling physical therapist.
According to Josh
“I enjoy making connections and building a relationship with my patients. I like to facilitate my patients to achieve their goals and seeing them progress is immensely rewarding. That is what keeps me going.”
On a personal note
“I love wakeboarding, snowboarding, kayaking, bowling, tennis and racquetball. I would love to try parasailing, bungee jumping and skydiving or even indoor skydiving one day.”

George Harrington

Physical Therapist
Education/Certification
George has a degree in Kinesiology with an Exercise-Science emphasis from San Francisco State University, and a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Colombia University.
Experience
George has been a physical therapist since 2012. He also received the highly acclaimed OCS (orthopedic clinical specialist) certification in 2017.
According to George
“When treating my patients, I like to consider the whole person. I use a multimodal approach when addressing their needs, be it musculoskeletal, neurological or otherwise.”
On a personal note
“I am originally from San Francisco, CA and I’m glad to be back on the West Coast! My passions are sports, running, hiking and honing my novice cooking skills. I have also dabbled in home brewing and am becoming very skilled with power tools to work on my home.”

 

Physical Therapist Assistants

Melissa Cotter

Melissa Cotter

Physical Therapist Assistant
Education/Certification
Melissa has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNY Buffalo. She completed the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Green River College where she earned and Associates degree in Applied Science.
According to Melissa
“Every person and every body is unique, so physical therapy can never take on a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I believe that therapy is an ongoing conversation between the individual and their therapist to determine the best path for healing. I love to help people gain a deeper understanding of how their body moves and what it needs to improve function and movement. It is exciting to work together to achieve or even surpass their goals.”
On a personal note
 “I have a passion for health and wellness. As yoga teacher (RTY-200) I like to spend my free time teaching and practicing yoga. I am a mother to 3 energetic swimmers and can often be found on the pool deck cheering them on.”
John Funk

John Funk

Physical Therapist Assistant
Education/Certification
John is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he received his B.S. in Kinesiology. He holds an Associate of Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Green River College.
According to John
“I have always been a helper, so this career allows me to feel fulfilled while helping others reach their highest potential.”
On a personal note
 “I enjoy wandering in the great Washington nature, spending time with loved ones, and playing all the latest video games.”
Mychal McNamee

Mychal McNamee

Physical Therapist Assistant
Education/Certification
Mychal is a graduate of Green River College with an Associates in Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
According to Mychal
“I like to make physical therapy fun while teaching my patients and helping them regain their strength. It’s important for me to get to know my patients on a personal level as well. Learning more about their hobbies and passions creates a more comfortable place for them to be and gets them excited about coming to therapy.”
On a personal note
“I have a wife and a young daughter and I enjoy spending most of my free time with my girls. Being a dad is truly awesome and I enjoy every minute of it. My hobbies are all centered around sports and fitness. I played many sports during my youth and I have stayed active ever since. While I don’t play many organized sports lately, I enjoy running and lifting weights on a regular basis.”
Ashley Parries

Ashley Parries

Physical Therapist Assistant
Education/Certification
Ashley is a graduate of Green River College with an Associates in Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
According to Ashley
“I enjoy helping people get back up on their feet and doing what they love and/or need to do.”
Alex Benoit

Alex Benoit

Physical Therapist Assistant
Education/Certification
Alex is a graduate of Olympic College with an Associates in Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
According to Alex
“I enjoy working with patients of all ages. It is one of the most rewarding feelings when I help someone return to an activity such as sports or even tending their garden, pain free.”
On a personal note
“I love getting outside and playing basketball, soccer or golf. In my free time I also enjoy spending time with my wife and dog as well as playing video games.”
Katie Spangler

Katie Spangler

Physical Therapist Assistant
Education/Certification
Katie is a graduate of Green River College with an Associates in Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
According to Katie
“The best part about working in the physical therapy field is getting to know the patients and helping them reach their fullest potential.”
On a personal note
“I have an amazing husband and a busy two year old that bring me so much joy and adventure. When I have a free day, I love spending it outdoors either walking through a local park or hiking at Mount Rainier.”
Britney Benoit

Britney Benoit

Physical Therapist Assistant
Education/Certification
Britney is a graduate of Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a graduate of PIMA Medical Institute with a Physical Therapist Assistant degree.
According to Britney
“Anchor PT has become my second home and each patient I treat as I would my own family. I enjoy connecting with clients on a personal level and find the greatest satisfaction in seeing them reach their goals.”
On a personal note
“I was born and raised in Washington and enjoy all the PNW has to offer including hiking, running, biking, kayaking, and practicing yoga.”
Mariah Sumerel

Mariah Sumerel

Physical Therapist Assistant
Education/Certification
Mariah is a graduate of Olympic College with an Associates in Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
According to Mariah
“Physical therapy is such a rewarding profession. Helping others return to activities they haven’t been able to do is very heartwarming, and one reason why I am thankful to be part of this community.”
On a personal note
 “I enjoy spending my free time doing photography, hiking and creating good memories with those closest to me.”
Amy Erwin

Amy Erwin

Physical Therapist Assistant
Education/Certification
Amy is a graduate of Pierce College with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Liberal Arts and is also a graduate of Green River Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
Experience
Amy has more than 20 years of work experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. She has extensive experience treating patients who are recovering from surgery, been in a motor vehicle accident, suffered an on-the-job or sports injury and those who have general musculoskeletal and balance complaints.
According to Amy
“Each patient has a unique personal background and diagnosis, therefore, creating a very individualized physical therapy program is essential. I love connecting with each one of my patients, enjoy being an active partner in their recovery and love to share in their excitement when their personal and physical therapy goals are achieved. “
On a personal note
“I treasure my family time with my husband and two kids. I am passionate about Holistic Health and am on a continuous quest to learn more about optimal health and wellness. I love to share what I learn! I also love to play in the outdoors and especially enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking and snowshoeing. I am a member of the Tacoma Mountaineers and have taken educational courses and earned some certifications in the areas of Wilderness First Aid, Outdoor Survival Skills, Backpacking and Snowshoeing.”

 

Massage Therapists

Sheldon Morton

Sheldon Morton

Medical Massage Therapist
Education/Certification
Sheldon graduated with honors in massage from Ashmead in 2006. He is uniquely certified in both medical massage therapy and lymphatic drainage.
Experience
Sheldon has 10 years of experience in therapeutic/treatment massage.
According to Sheldon
“I have been a massage therapist for 10 years, and each day it still seems new to me. I still get excited about the fact that I can make a difference in people’s physical and mental health. My approach is to be empathetic to each client’s specific needs.”
On a personal note
“Outside of work I enjoy mentoring young men. I am an assistant coach to my youngest son’s AAU basketball team. I have been married to my best friend, my wife, for 17 years. We have two boys, ages 23 and 16. I am a HUGE basketball and football fan.”
Katie Shoecraft

Katie Shoecraft

Massage Therapist
Education/Certification
Katie holds a degree in massage from the Cortiva Institute, where she graduated with honors.
Experience
Katie is a 2018 graduate with 80+ hours of clinical experience plus a year’s worth of knowledge of the human body and treatment techniques.
According to Katie
“Although I am new to Massage Therapy, I am extremely excited to begin my journey in helping people feel good again.”
On a personal note
“In my spare time I enjoy watching sports and learning as much as I can! I can’t wait to learn new modalities and treatment techniques.”