Christopher Ford, PT, MPT
Chris Ford, PT, MPT founded ABC on April 1st, 2001. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1995 with a Masters of Physical Therapy. His speciality is back pain, neck pain and migraines. He has developed an extremely accurate alignment technique for the spine called the "Leveling Technique." He has been in several articles in "Advance for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine," featuring his unique plan of care. Chris' goal is to teach the "Leveling Technique" and his philosophy of care around the globe. He is a member of APTA, PTWA, Tacoma Executive Association, ToastMasters, Chamber of Commerce and a former member of Tacoma Rotary 8.
Chris is proud of the fact that our clinic gives relief to patients who haven't had results anywhere else. The ability to positively change people's lives for the better is the biggest motivator. Chris lives in University Place with his wife Carole. He has two daughters, Jordan and Tara.
Jesse Pooler, PT, MPT
Jesse Pooler, MPT, is a Northern Maine native who graduated from the University of New England in May of 2002 with a Master Degree in Physical Therapy. Five days later, he started work after driving 3,300 miles to Washington State and hasn’t looked back since. He has worked close to fourteen years as a traveling Physical Therapist for outpatient clinics, hospitals and nursing homes in the areas between Olympia and Seattle. He decided to take on a full-time job at ABC Physical Therapy where he is really enjoying improving patient’s lives with the leveling technique. His biggest interests include gait analysis, rotator cuff dysfunction, body mechanics and postural correction.
At home, Jesse has been married to his wife Keri, a massage therapist, for six years. He has two children, a five-year-old daughter Calleigh and a two-year-old son Shane. Any time out of the clinic is spent playing at the park, walking the north end neighborhoods looking for Free Little Libraries or volunteering at his children’s pre-school.
Jesse Frank, PT, DPT
Jesse Frank, PT, DPT, earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Utica College in New York and his bachelors of science in exercise science at SUNY University in Buffalo, New York. His treatment philosophy is to treat patients the way he would like to be treated as a patient. Jesse strives for patient outcomes, not merely those that are "good enough." He treats patients as people. Jesse believes in taking a holistic approach to patient care, understanding the physical and emotional strain brought about from injury and pain. He enjoys working at Alternative Back Care Physical Therapy because we get results.
Jesse is the proud father of a rat terrier named Loki. If you mention dogs, Jesse will be happy to show you photos of Loki. Jesse enjoys games whether it be video, card, board, tabletop or strategy. He is a swordsman who has practiced fencing, Iaidō and kendo.
Jenna Allen, PTA
Jenna Allen, PTA, graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Green River Community College with an Associates in Applied Science. She began at ABC in June of 2011. Since then, she has enjoyed developing her manual therapy skills, taken continuing education classes for Kinesiotaping 1 and 2, and has become a Certified Weight Trainer. Her favorite part of the job is to be able to take away pain, empower her patients to take charge of their health, and teach them the tools needed to maintain it. She also enjoys the relationships with her co-workers and working as a team to grow as a therapist and give patients the best care possible.
Jenna grew up in the Tri-Cities and has lived in Tacoma since 1999. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, being outdoors, and exercising.
Karl Albert, PTA
Karl is a Tacoma native, born and raised, who loves his hometown. He has attended the University of Washington, College of Forest Resources and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1981 and is a recent graduate of Green River Community College: Associates in Applied Science in 2014.
Helping his patients become pain free and able to return to their normal activities is what brings him joy and purpose to his job as a PTA here at ABC Physical Therapy. He is a firm believer in the full circle approach to resolving back pain that we utilize here at ABC Physical Therapy. Once he aligns a patient, seeing how dramatically their back pain is relieved and posture improved keeps him enthralled in the work that he does. In addition to our specialities, Karl has completed continuing education on comprehensive knee rehabilitation.
Lisa Reyes, PTA
Lisa recieved her Associates Degree for Physical Therapy Assistant from Pueblo Communications College in Colorado. She has a Bachelor of Science Kinesiology, pre-Physical Therapy degree from San Diego State University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from National Univeristy in San Diego.
Lisa has been a PTA since 2014, and through college she worked as a PT Aide since 2007. Lisa is originally from CA, and she enjoys the beach, exploring Washington, and spending time with her husband and her Shiba Inu. She enjoys working for Alternative Back Care because she loves seeing her patients experience amazing results using our unique treatment method.
Karina Bayaua, PTA
Karina is a recent graduate of Olympic College Physical Therapy Assistant program. She is driven by results, and it motivates and excites her to see patients achieve their goals. She enjoys working at ABC PT for the team approach when it comes to treating each patient and seeing their reactions when they achieve a state of pain relief. She enjoy teaching patients how to achieve and maintain a pain-free lifestyle that allows them to get back to doing what they love. Since starting in August 2017, she has grown more knowledgeable in the different techniques ABC has to offer and look forward to continuing my education in manual therapy and neurological treatment concepts, such as NDT for stroke patients.
Karina was born in the Philippines and has lived in Washington since 2004. In her down time, she enjoys journaling, swimming, trying out new recipes and browsing the bookstore.
Shannon Garrett, PTA
Shannon Garrett, PTA, graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2011 with an Associates in Applied Science. Since graduating she has had many opportunities to work in multiple physical therapy settings. She spent several years in an out patient setting working with a multitude of injuries and people of all ages. Along with that she was spending a couple days a week doing home health care where she found that she also really loved working with the geriatric population and developing her skills as a well rounded therapist. She then took a job as a civilian contractor for the Army working on a study focusing on multidisciplinary treatment for rehabilitation of active duty soldiers with chronic pain. She found her job there very rewarding. When that contract ended it brought her here, to ABC physical therapy where she is very excited to join this team and embrace a new innovative approach to reducing peoples back pain.
Shannon is a proud mother of two grown kids and had her first granddaughter in January 2018. She enjoys being active with yoga, backpacking and being outside as much as possible.
John Casebere, LMP
Certified Zen Bodytherapy® Practitioner, Certified Zen Triggerpoint® Practitioner, Advanced Zentherapy Practitioner®, Advanced B.E.S.T.® Practitioner
John began his massage career in Fircrest, Washington as a partner in Evergreen Holistic Practitioners. He graduated from Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics and has further training with The Upledger Institute in CranioSacral® Therapy, and The St. Johns Institute for Neuromuscular Therapy. John is also certified as an advanced B.E.S.T. practitioner by Dr. Ted Morter, Jr. in Bio Energenic Syncronization Technique and the International Zentherapy Institute, Inc., in deep body work and has been training in deep body work with William “Dub” Leigh and Bill Thompson since 1997. John is certified in both Zen Bodytherapy®, Zen Triggerpoint Anatomy and Advanced Zen Bodytherapy®. John teaches Anatomy and Kinesiology, Clinical Treatment, Documentation and Practice Management at Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics, Inc.
Claire Yuckert, LMP
Claire is a Tacoma native and graduate of Evergreen State College with her BFA in Film and Literature. She worked in the non-profit arts community for over 15 years at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Opera, and Arizona Opera.
Following her love of service and dedication to people, she made the career change from non-profit work to the health industry by attending Arizona School of Massage Therapy this past year. Ms. Yuckert graduated with a 4.0 GPA, perfect attendance, and worked with five patients in clinic every weekend, consistently for 21 weeks. Some of her favorite modalities include Injury Rehabilitation, Russian Sports Massage, Structural Integration and Eastern Modalities of Shiatsu and Acupressure.
Claire migrated north after graduation with her husband and started working at ABC in June 2016. She is excited to help facilitate healing for patients who are in pain. In her free time, Ms. Yuckert works as a personal chef for many clients, spends time outdoors with her husband and daughter camping in the Half Pint Caravan, and continues to volunteer her time to the arts community in the South Sound.
Madison Willyerd, LMP
Madison is our Massage Therapist in our Gig Harbor location. She has seven years of experience as a massage therapist. We are pleased to have her on board.
Ashton Sulzer, LMP
Ashton graduated from Everest College in October of 2012. She uses a combination of swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy and stretching. She specializes in whiplash treatment of the neck and low back. In her spare time she enjoyes takinge taking her corgi for hikes in the Pacific Northwest.
"Love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life," is one of our favorite mottos. Our clinic is therapist-owned and dedicated to providing our clients with first-rate care, inspiration and result-oriented solutions to ease their discomfort. Our innovative philosophy of care allows us to successfully treat patients with back pain and migraines. Come see why we have such a high success rate with our patients!
We look for quality individuals who are motivated and committed to a high standard of patient care with a great attitude, compassion and a willingness to have a good time. We offer our employees medical and dental insurance, paid holidays, sick and vacation time, IRA with employer contributions, continuing education assistance, APTA & PTWA membership dues, license renewal, competitive wages and a friendly and positive work environment dedicated to your success.
Join our team and help achieve relief! Contact Jordan Ford at 253-564-2220 or send your resume to email@example.com
Students, if you are looking for a strong, hands-on learning experience, we are continuously working with schools to place students and provide you with a strong clinical experience in a real-world learning environment. We believe that providing this type of learning experience is vital to the advancement of our field.
If you are a student, or an Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education wishing to set up rotations in the Northwest, please contact Jordan Ford by phone 253-564-2220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org