Wendolyn Rue, PT, MLD/C
In addition to her passion for helping people get well, Wendy is a mom, a dancer and a person very involved in her community. She was born and raised in New York City and now lives with her family by the beach, on Whidbey Island. She is a Soroptimist, a member of the Navy League and owner of Anacortes Studio 1010. New York University Physical Therapy Specializes in: Orthopedic injuries Women’s health – pelvic pain, osteoporosis, incontinence, swelling following mastectomy, chronic pain neurological disorders, vestibular disorders – dizziness, vertigo, gait disorders and balance problems. Wendolyn is certified in manual lymphatic drainage. We can do manual drainage and custom compression wrapping.
Tom Primavera, OTR/L
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. Elaine Armantrout, PT, DSc, E
Elaine Armantrout, PT, DSc, ECS is a physical therapist with a license endorsement for nerve conduction studies and clinical needle electromyography. Dr. Armantrout is board certified in clinical electrophysiologic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She received her Bachelor of Science degree and her physical therapy certificate graduate school training from the University of Iowa. She earned her doctorate degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She’s been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1980. The Physical Therapy Association of Washington named Dr. Armantrout the PT of the Year in 2005 and awarded her the Donna El Din Distinguished Service Award in 2015. She has over 32 years of experience providing electrodiagnostic tests for over 25,000 patients. All major insurances including Medicare and Labor & Industry are accepted. A referral from a health care provider is required.
Dr. Dawna Giem, DPT
Pelvic Rehab Physical Therapist does that differs from general practice PT. I am a DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) with 36 years experience as a PT and 7 of those years as a Pelvic Rehab Therapist. I am board eligible to sit for the Pelvic Rehab Practitioner Certification. I look at each patient individually, holistically trying to treat their needs not their diagnosis.
Patients that I would treat are Pregnancy and Postpartum conditions, Pelvic pain (Female and Male), Chronic Pain, Male and Female Incontinence, Prolapse and Pelvic Girdle dysfunction including hip and low back pain. I also see patients with Osteoporosis, Fall Prevention and Balance disorders.
Treatments include: modalities such as Ultrasound, Laser(Low Level Laser sometimes referred to as “Cold Laser”), TENS, Biofeedback, Therapeutic Yoga and Pilates, Manual Therapy, Balance retraining, Functional Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Relaxation training, and Functional Home Program tailored to each patient specific needs
Austin Andrus, DPT
With a never-ending list of hobbies and interests, there is nobody that Austin can’t relate to. He was born in North Bend, Washington, grew up in Utah, and is happy to be back in the evergreen state to practice physical therapy. Austin received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He provides a creative, engaging therapy experience custom-tailored to each patient. Austin connects readily with patients of all ages, and has significant experience working with children, older adults, and athletes both in the clinic and in the community.
Nicole Boehm, MOT, OTR/L
Nicki received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota. Although she grew up in the Midwest and is a Minnesotan at heart, she fell in love with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and enjoys working with orthopedic and neurological diagnoses. Nicki strives to make every client feel welcome and feels blessed to assist them during their recovery. She enjoys spending her free time in the great outdoors with her husband.
Mel Velsher-Hurd MsOTR/L
Mel is a WA State native, who, after completing a Bachelor of Science in human Biology from Saint Martin’s University, went on to complete a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound. It was during her time in university that she discovered her passion for hand therapy; she is currently studying to earn her CHT and plans to make Whidbey her permanent home. Additionally, Mel has experience working with pediatric patients and neurological insult survivors.
Tabby Brickley MsOTR/L
Tabby graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 2013 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. After graduation she spent 3 years working in outpatient/acute care rural access in Western NC with patients with neurological and orthopedic deficits. With each patient she focuses on person centered and patient directed care to facilitate regaining prior level of functional independence. Tabby’s life goal is to facilitate each person reaching their fullest potential in meaningful life activities.