Our Team

Wendolyn Rue, Physical Therapist, Lymphedema Therapist

“Life changing moments make us who we are and what we do.  I was in my 20’s attending pre-med classes at the University of WA when my sweet grandmother was in a car accident.  She was 80 years old. Her right leg had to be amputated. She had lived in the house that she was born in. A small house with one bathroom at the top of the stairs.  How could she ever go home?

Would this be the end of her fierce independence?

The answer would be yes, she would go home and continue to be independent.

Physical therapy and a lot of grit got her home. “I made the decision to become a physical therapist.”

Wendolyn Rue PT received her degree in Physical Therapy from New York University in 1990.

She is an avid learner and never stops updating her education by reading and attending continuing education and special training courses.

At the moment she is studying therapeutic movement with Gordon Browne PT. This is a 2-year program.

“Therapeutic movement training has really transformed as well as melded 30 years of treating pain. I have become an expert in observing how people move and thus why they hurt. I can guide them out of pain.”

Wendolyn met her husband Thomas Primavera in 1997 and they joined in marriage and in business.  They have created a beautiful clinic on Whidbey Island where patients come to heal, to laugh, to get rid of their pain and get back their independence.

Tom Primavera, Occupational Therapist

Tom was born and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ and completed a Bachelor’s of Arts in Physical Education from University of Richmond in 1977. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy at University of Puget Sound in 1986. He also received a Master’s degree in Adult Education from Seattle University in 1993. He moved to Anacortes and worked at Island Hospital in their outpatient Physical Therapy Department for 17 years, where he started their Occupational/Hand Therapy Department. During this time, he was able to start the Hand Therapy Clinic in Oak Harbor. He met his wife while working in Anacortes and she joined him in Oak Harbor. The two have grown Rue and Primavera to where it is today. Tom specializes in upper extremity injuries, including fractures, nerve and tendon injuries, repetitive and over use injuries. He loves working with patients of all ages and is very lucky to be working with our local active and retired Navy personnel as well as with their dependents.

Dr. Dawna Giem, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Pelvic Floor Therapist

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Education:

  • Loma Linda University
    • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Northeastern University
    • Doctorate in Physical Therapy
  • Board Certification
    • Pelvic Rehab Practitioner Certified (PRPC)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • APTA Section on Women’s Health
  • Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA)
  • International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS)

Professional Expertise and Interests:

  • Pelvic Rehab: Men, Women
  • Women’s Health
  • Pregnancy/ Postpartum
  • Menopause
  • Geriatrics
  • Balance
  • Pilates
  • Integrative Women’s Health

Personal Interests:

  • Travel
  • Cooking
  • Outdoor Sports

Mission:

I believe in taking every opportunity to further my knowledge of the human body and depend on research based evidence to guide my treatments. To build trusting compassionate relationships to efficiently assist the return to optimal function. To treat the whole body not just the diagnosis.

Kegan Murphy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Education:

  •  Washington University in St Louis
    • Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

 

Professional Memberships:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association

 

Professional Expertise and Interests:

  • Experience with: Orthopedic hand, wrist, elbow, & shoulder rehabilitation. Inpatient TBI, CVA, SCI, and general rehabilitation. Work hardening & conditioning.

 

Mission:

It is my mission as an Occupational Therapist to help my clients live their lives to the fullest extent, using my skills and passion as tools to improve their functional potential through the rehabilitation process.

Nathan Demos, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Education:

  • Capital University
    • Bachelors 2012
  • Cleveland state University
    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2016

 

Professional Expertise and Interest:

  • Focus on general orthopedics especially with an active population (athletes, weekend warriors, tactical athletes). Familiar with different styles of manual techniques, McKenzie techniques, blood flow restrictions training, currently started courses for CFMA.

 

Personal interests:

  • Soccer
  • Fitness
  • Hiking
  • Travel

 

Mission:

To help people from all walks of life to reach their maximal functional potential and promote life long fitness/ healthy lifestyle choices.

Brady Wade, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Education:

  • Auburn University
    • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, minor in Psychology
  • Tennessee State University
    • Master’s of Occupational Therapy

 

Professional Memberships:

  • AOTA
  • ALOTA (Alabama Occupational Therapy Association)
  • Pi Theta Epsilon

 

Personal Expertise and Interests:

  • Pediatrics! 🙂 I have a special interest in feeding, transition to adulthood, sensory integration, and early intervention

 

Personal Interests:

  • I enjoy cross stitching
  • Auburn football
  • Cooking
  • Spending time with friends and family

 

Mission:
My goal as a therapist is to collaborate with families to unlock a child’s gifts and cultivate that to build skills to navigate life’s challenges. I want therapy to be a fun, safe, secure environment where each child and their caregivers feel loved, supported, and empowered. The basis of my approach is rooted in relationship, and I strive to come alongside families, providing guidance and therapeutic intervention in the areas most important to them. I believe that each child has special gifts and talents inside them, and it is my job to help find the right keys so they can shine their brightest!

Kelly Ely, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Education:

  • Bellarmine University
    • Bachelor of Arts in Finance, 2017
  • Regis University
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy

 

 

Professional membership:

  • APTA

 

Professional experience:

  • Orthopedics
  • Sub-acute
  • Acute rehab

 

Personal interests:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Baking
  • Sports
  • Animals

 

Mission:
My mission is to be a compassionate therapist who works in a team with my patients as they progress through their treatment toward an improved condition. I strive to help patients better understand their bodies, and to provide the most evidence based treatment techniques tailored to each individual. I want to remind patients what they’re capable of when they’ve forgotten, and encourage them to keep reaching for more as they continue on their journey to wellness.

Marri Metz, Bookkeeping & Human Resources Director

Education:

  • Western Washington University
    • Bachelors Degree in Studio Art, concentration in ceramics

Personal Interests:

  • Outdoors
  • Art
  • Family

 

Kasandra Londo, Billing & Insurance Manager

Education:

  • Bellingham Technical College
    • Associates in Nursing

Personal Interests:

  • Running
  • Softball
  • Being outdoors with my kids

Kora Diaz, Patient Care Coordinator

Education:

  • University of Puerto Rico- Carolina Campus
    • Bachelors in Hotel and Restaurant Administration with focus on Hotel Operations

Personal Interests:

  • Traveling and exploring new places
  • Knitting
  • Reconnecting with family and close friends

Sara Roy, Aide

Education:

  • Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia
    • Bachelors in Biology

Personal Interests:

  • Going on hikes with her dog and hubby
  • Loves spending the weekend outdoors
  • Spending time with family and friends