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 NO. She went home and continued to be independent, much to her entire family’s surprise.

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. She is at her best working one-on-one with her patients.  It can be complicated discovering what is driving a particular person’s pain. Solving the puzzle is what inspires me and analyzing habitual harmful movement patterns has become my passion.” Wendolyn is launching her new wellness program Unwinding The Spine. 

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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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!

Dr. 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.

Kylie Smith, MSOT, OTR/L

Education:

  • Nazareth College
    • Bachelors of Science in Occupational Science, 2020
  • Nazareth College
    • Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, 2021

 

Professional membership:

  • AOTA

 

Professional experience:

  • Orthopedics hand, wrist, and elbow

 

Personal interests:

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Hockey
  • Spending time with family & friends

 

Mission:
As an OT, it is my mission to make therapy a collaborative approach with my patients to meet goals in order to improve functional abilities and engage in their life to the fullest extent!

Amy Heitman, OTR/L

Education:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, 2013
    • Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • James Maddison University, 2010
    • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

 

Professional membership:

  • AOTA

 

Professional experience:

  • Certified in Neonatal Touch and Massage and SOS Approach to Feeding training. Previous work experience in a Children’s level 4 hospital setting including NICU, PICU, and outpatient; home health working with adults focusing on upper extremity rehabilitation, home safety analysis, and care giver training; and private practice with children in home health and outpatient settings focusing on ADLs, sensory processing, fine motor coordination, and visual motor integration.

 

Personal interests:

  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Snowboarding
  • Spending time with family

 

Mission:
To empower, restore, and improve function so all people can return or explore activities they love.

Ashley Popejoy, Licensed Medical Massage Therapist

Education:

  • University of Washington
    • Bachelors in Medical Anthropology and Global Health
  • Bellevue Massage School

 

Professional Memberships:

  • Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  • Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM)

 

Certifications/Endorsements:

  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • Medical Massage Therapist
  • Certified Cupping Therapist
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist
  • Intraoral Massage Endorsement

 

Professional Expertise

  • Post-surgical massage
  • Medical mayotherapies
  • Scar therapies
  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Complete decongestive therapy
  • Lymphedema Therapy
  • Oncology Massage
  • Breast Massage/Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

 

Personal Interests

  • Travel
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Cooking/baking
  • Photography
  • Quilting
  • Spending time with family

Marri Metz, Bookkeeping & Human Resources Director

Education:

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

Personal Interests:

  • Outdoors
  • Art
  • Family

Amy W, Referrals Coordinator

Education:

  • Mt. Vernon High School
    • High School Diploma

Personal Interests:

  • Podcasting
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Baking

Cheyanne C, Patient Care Coordinator

Education:

  • Edmonds College (currently attending)
    • Associates in Paralegal Studies

Personal Interests:

  • Spending time with family
  • Family game nights
  • Baking
  • Hiking

Raquel P, Physical Therapist Aide

Education:

  • Amarillo College
    • Associate Degree in Applied Science-Registered Nurse

Personal Interests:

  • Reading Fantasy Genre
  • Hiking/Spending time with husband
  • Watching Paranormal Activity TV shows
  • Singing
  • Cooking
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