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Meet The Penrose Physical Therapy Team

Leading Experts Helping People Become More Active and Mobile, Reduce Stress and Achieve Longevity… So They Can Enjoy Great Health For Years to Come!

Our Mission

Listening to Patients. Achieving Lifelong Results. We are orthopedic physical therapy specialists. We achieve results quickly. We teach you how to maintain muscle and joint health for a lifetime. Our Values

Our Values

We want to establish trust and rapport by listening to you first. Your concerns will be heard and addressed.
It is the ethical way to treat patients. You are paying for results. We use evidenced based treatment and provide standardized outcome measures for you and the payors.
We use our hands to increase your mobility and decrease pain. We use our hands to provide guidance during exercise and movements to help you feel which muscle you should use in which sequence.
Motion is lotion. The musculoskeletal system needs range of motion to provide nutrients to the joints and tissues in order to heal. We will teach a home exercise program that restores mobility in a gradual process that will encourage tissue healing.
We want to answer your 5 basic questions. What is creating the pain? Why did it develop? How can physical therapy help? How long will this take? How do I prevent further injury? We welcome all your questions.

Jennifer Penrose

DPT, OCS, MTC, Owner

Dr. Jennifer Penrose has been a physical therapist since 2001 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, board certified in orthopedics (OCS), and manual certified (MTC). She enjoys working with a variety of sports and orthopedic injuries. Her manual therapy certification (MTC) provides her with the hands on skills needed to mobilize joints and soft tissues. “I love working with my hands to increase patient’s mobility and decrease their pain.” She also enjoys looking at how patients move in order to determine what dysfunctional movement pattern may be causing their pain. “We are movement analysts or mechanics with the human body.” She also enjoys teaching patients. “Patients have less fear and anxiety and less pain about their injury when we explain the normal process of healing and pain and what to expect along this rehabilitation journey. We want to make this a comfortable, learning, and successful process.”
Dr. Penrose’s reputation and expertise has gained her a broad base of referral relationships with various health providers, specifically in orthopedics, internal medicine, family practice, and podiatry.
She also enjoys working with the running population evaluating running mechanics and continues to run half marathons herself and give running workshops to the public.

Board Certification in Orthopedics: March 2005. Only 6% of all licensed physical therapists are board certified in orthopedics.
Undergraduate Education: Northwestern College, Orange City, IA Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, May 1998 Honors and tennis scholarships
Physical Therapy School: Eastern Washington University, Spokane, WA Master’s in Physical Therapy, Summa Cum Laude, Dec. 2000 CASE scholarship, AMBUCS scholarship, & John Joy scholarship
Post-graduate Doctorate: Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy University of St. Augustine, FL April 2006
Publication: Hennington G, Johnson J, Penrose J, Barr K, McMulkin ML, Vander Linden DW. Effect of bench height on sit to stand in children with disabilities and children with cerebral palsy. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2004: Jan;85(1):70-6.

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie:  Power of One
Favorite Book:  Choosing to See
Why I live in the South Sound:  Mountains, ocean, close to Seattle and Portland.
Favorite sports moment:  When my 8 year old son qualified & participated in the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championships.
Worst injury ever suffered:  13mm disc herniation at L5-S1 that could not be rehabilitated resulting in a micro-discectomy surgery.
When I am not at work, I am:  With my 3 boys and spouse, running, traveling, on the beach in the sun, eating great food, or shopping.
Best advice I’ve ever received:  You can only control 2 things in life:  Attitude and Effort.


Patrick Van Den Akker

Full Time Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy Rocky Mountain University of Health Sciences 2013
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology University of Utah 2009
Patrick was born and raised in Utah and has been practicing as a Physical Therapist since the spring of 2014. Previously he worked in inpatient and outpatient settings, most recently at Panorama City Convalescent and Rehab Center in Lacey, WA.
Patrick wants to be able to apply evidence to provide best outcomes for patients, but realizes there is no one answer for everyone. He hates when the answer to a question is “It depends” because he wants to get a good answer or treatment that will help his patient. The truth is every patient is different, and Patrick likes to tailor each session based on the needs of that day to accomplish the best long term outcome, but arm his patients with tools to move forward.

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie:  Clue, it takes me back to fun times as a kid.
Favorite Book: Most recently Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferris, it just reminds me that really we can’t do much alone, sometimes it takes an outside perspective to see where and how to grow. 
Why I live in the South Sound:  I got sold on moving to Washington after spending an incredible summer here for a job, nobody told me about the other months where it is rainy all the time, but I still love it here. 
Favorite sports moment: I just enjoy sports, being at game is fun whether it be rec league or professional. 
Worst Injury I have suffered:  Broke my leg and turned 3 while lying in traction in a hospital , Most presents I’ve ever had were on that birthday.
When I’m not at work I am:  Trying to catch up with my family, and still trying to learn about the area. 
Best advice I’ve ever received:  “There is something nice about getting back to a routine”

Harrison Williams

Full Time Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr Harrison Williams has been practicing since Spring of 2016. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, and completed an additional year specialization in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Harrison started his academic training with Latin and Ancient Greek and Philosophy, and taught Latin, Mathematics, and Philosophy & Literature before going back to school for his doctorate in Physical Therapy. Similar to his academic background, his approach to physical therapy is eclectic, drawing the best from a wide variety of different approaches to address whatever ails his patients. He is committed to acting as a guide to his patients to ensure they get back to whatever they want to do and martialing any and all available resources and tools to that end.

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie:  Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Book:  Not *favorite*, just one I’m especially fond of: Brothers Karamazov
Why I live in the South Sound:  Wife grew up here and her family lives here
Favorite sports moment:  First handstand
Worst injury ever suffered:  Fractured the head of my L fibula scrimmaging with a soccer team I was coaching. Was originally told it was an ACL rupture, and this is what first took me to physical therapy! 
When I am not at work, I am:  With my wife and son, being physically active, or learning something.
Best advice I’ve ever received:  Age quod agis (Do what you’re doing)

Kylie Starr

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Kylie Starr has been a physical therapist since 2010, after graduating from Duke University School of Medicine. Prior to returning to school to pursue her doctorate, she worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer for six years, working both with collegiate athletes in two universities and physically active individuals in physical therapy practices. Due to her strong background in Sports Medicine, she especially enjoys working with high school, collegiate, and tactical athletes, as well as post-surgical conditions. In 2015, she obtained her board certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. Clinically, Dr. Starr enjoys biomechanics and finding the root cause of each patient’s physical dysfunction. She also values education and believes it is imperative to teach her patients the tools they need to manage and prevent injuries in the future. Together, these ideas increase patients’ independence and ability to return to and maintain their optimal level of function and performance.

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie:  Marvel movies and any cheesy Christmas movie!
Favorite Book:  Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Why I live in the South Sound:  My wife is in the Army and is stationed at JBLM, but a bonus is being closer to my family, as I grew up in Oregon.
Favorite sports moment:  Cutting down the nets after winning a conference title to advance to a national tournament.
Worst injury ever suffered:  I tore my ACL during my sophomore year in college, which resulted in three knee surgeries over eight years, and then culminated in a total knee replacement in 2021.
When I am not at work, I am:  Spending time with my wife and dogs, enjoying outdoor activities like golf or kayaking, or lost in whatever book I am reading at the moment.
Best advice I’ve ever received:  Never compromise your integrity, for without it you have nothing.

Mckoy Bichler

Physical Therapy Technician
Mckoy was born and raised in Rainier, WA. He went to Eastern Washington University and graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and Minor in Business Administration. When finishing his Degree he did an internship through Valiant Health Solutions in Spokane, WA where he was a group fitness instructor for high functioning autistic kids and teens. Once he finished his internship he moved back to Rainier and started working for Penrose Physical therapy.

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie: The Mummy
Favorite Book: The Mummy (didn’t read the book, just watched the movie)
Why I live in the South Sound: I came back to Rainier after graduating college to give my self-time to think about where I want to live next.
Favorite sports moment: Watching Drew Brees win the super bowl in 2010 after hurricane Katrina.
Worst Injury I have suffered: Hyperextended my right elbow in football which took 2-3 weeks to recover.
When I’m not at work I am:  Playing golf, hanging out with friends, or paddle boarding in the summer.
Best advice I’ve ever received: “Just do it!”- Nike

Erica Leshon

Physical Therapy Assistant

Erica, our newest team member, is a Physical Therapy Assistant from the PIMA Medical Institute. Over her professional PTA career she has developed strong skills in manual therapy, taping, Graston® techniques, manual and mechanical traction in addition to a variety of modalities for pain management. Erica has built a robust breadth of knowledge relating to interventions for cervical and lumbar injuries as a result of her time treating motor vehicle accident patients. Her ability to choose exercises, stretches and hands-on approaches are a great fit for your care and will maximize positive outcomes for your time with us!

Prior to her PTA career, Erica was a co-owner of a local restaurant. While there, she managed employee schedules, developed policies and procedures, organized retreats and helped oversee hiring processes. Her ability to see the bigger picture and help fill the needs will be a great asset, not only to our team but to your rehab care! Welcome her next time you’re in!

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie: Whale Rider
Favorite Book: Prodigal Summer
Why I live in the south sound: For the way the rain glistens on the lichen and moss in the spring and the incredible arts community!
Favorite sports moment: When I went to a dodgers game on my 5th birthday and I thought the fireworks were just for me
Worst injury ever suffered: I spent almost a year in in a arm cast for a wrist fracture from a very embarrassing bike accident.
When I am not at work I am: playing guitar and working in the garden
Best advice I’ve ever received: Don’t plan the fight before you have it

Nicole Marchiori

Physical Therapy Assistant

Nicole started her Physical Therapist Assistant education at Penn State University in DuBois, Pennsylvania, but it was put on hold due to her boyfriend moving with the United States Army. The two of them moved to Washington in 2018 and Nicole went back to finish her degree at Olympic College in Bremerton where she earned her Associates Degree. During her education she received experience in both in-patient and out-patient clinical settings however, she found that she preferred the dynamic pace and the one-on-one time with the patients in an out-patient setting. During her last clinical rotation before graduating, Nicole spent two months here at Penrose Physical Therapy where she fell in love with our core values, patient care model and positive team environment. Nicole aims to provide the best possible care to our patients and she sincerely values learning. As a result, she is always enhancing her skills through continuing education classes that fit the needs of our patients and from the real-world clinical knowledge from our more than 45 years of combined experience.

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie: Princess Bride
Favorite Book: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Why I live in the South Sound: My boyfriend is in the Army and stationed at JBLM
Favorite sports moment: Made a sign for my favorite Pirates player and made it on TV, then met him after the game.
Worst injury ever suffered: Thankfully never suffered any serious injury….yet
When I am not at work, I am: at the dog park, hiking, or camping
Best advice I’ve ever received: ” You know what they say. Fool me once, strike one, but fool me twice…Strike three.” – Michael Scott

Ricardo Manzo

Physical Therapy Aide

Ricardo was born and raised in McKinleyville, CA and moved here to Washington in 2016. Ricardo obtained his Associates in Kinesiology from the College of the Red Woods in 2017 and was the first student to receive that degree from their institution. During the summers, Ricardo would work at Sierra Pacific Industries with his dad to help pay for his way through his education.

2 years later, Ricardo graduated from Western Oregon University with his Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science in 2019. To finish that degree, Ricardo had to do an internship. We’re happy he chose to work with us for that internship and he excelled at it. We’re thrilled to have him on as an official part of the team now!

We’re happy to announce that Ricardo was accepted into the University of St. Augustine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Austin, Tx. We know he will make a great doctor of physical therapy some day! Congratulate him if you see him at your next visit!

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie:  Step Brothers
Favorite Book: The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
Why I live in the South Sound: I am living with my parents while I apply to Doctorate’s of Physical Therapy programs around the nation.
Favorite sports moment: Aaron Rodgers’ 17 point comeback win versus the Chicago Bears in week 1 of the 2018 season!
Worst Injury I have suffered: Partially torn MCL in my right knee during senior year of high school football. I had to go to PT after the injury and that sparked my interest in PT!
When I’m not at work I am:  Watching sports, walking my dogs, hiking or at the lake in the summer.
Best advice I’ve ever received:  “Perfect practice make perfect” — Little League Baseball Coach

Kristen Weaver

On Call Therapist

Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
Master’s of Physical Therapy Spring 2004
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Spring 2002

Kristen Weaver is from Grand Rapids Michigan and has been practicing as a Physical Therapist since the spring of 2004.  Kristen Weaver loves to spend maximal time each visit with each patient teaching them how to overcome their limitations and achieve their goals! Kristen has been married since 2005 and now has four beautiful children.  In her spare time she enjoys anything with the family getting outside, hiking, biking, & rock climbing.

Personal Bio

Megan Bucklein

Physical Therapy Technician

Megan is from Prescott, Arizona and moved to Washington in 2020. She went to Yavapai College and graduated in 2019 with emphasis on nutrition and personal training. She worked in Idaho as an EMT for 6 months before landing her first Physical Therapy job where she fell in love with it, and has inspired her to pursue a PTA career in the future. She loves connecting with patients, seeing their progress, and enjoys encouraging them along the way. She moved to Washington to be with her partner, for greater opportunities, and for the PNW climate. Megan began working for Penrose Physical Therapy in early 2021 where she connected with our core values including “People First, Patient Second.”

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie:  Anything with Ryan Reynolds or Brad Pitt
Favorite Book: The Homelanders
Why I live in the South Sound: I moved here to be with my partner, but an added bonus of being close to the ocean again as I was born in California.
Favorite sports moment:Olympic figure skater Surya Bonaly landing a single blade backflip at the 1998 Winter Olympics
Worst Injury I have suffered: Torn hip labrum from a sledding accident that resulted in me needing surgery
When I’m not at work I am:  Trying new coffee shops,  hanging out with friends and/or my cats, and going for walks.
Best advice I’ve ever received:  “I need you to understand how painfully boring baseball is” – Harrison Williams

Jennifer Curtright

Physical Therapy Assistant

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Washington and worked as an exercise specialist at a local physical therapy office prior to attending the Physical Therapist Assitant program at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham. A passion for staying active, studying the human mind and body, and improving quality of life for all led her to her career as a PTA. 

She prefers to spend her time moving outdoors but can also be found inside playing boardgames or planning the next family adventure. 

Determined to get all there is out of life, Jennifer is always up for trying new things. She strives to get all she can out of her continuing education courses to provide her patients the best quality of care.

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie: Labyrinth
Favorite Book: I love reading with my children, and Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin is my current favorite.
Why I live in the South Sound: I was born and raised here, and I don’t intend to move away from all the green, water, and mountains.
Favorite sports moment: Running down Deschutes river for cross-country practice my senior year of high school or winning 1st place in my first sailboat race. I feel refreshed and calm being near the water with the breeze on my face.
Worst Injury I have suffered: I sprained my ankle in middle school by jumping off my porch onto a broom handle. It is my worse injury because it prevented me from going on a paintball trip. I still have never been!
When I’m not at work I am: Planning and going on adventures with my family – my husband, our two little boys, and our pups.
Best advice I’ve ever received: “Practiced choices make new patterns” I use this as a reminder to be intentional with my actions, thoughts, and behaviors each day to improve my mind and body. It’s no wonder I found myself in physical therapy, teaching others to be intentional with every move to help themselves through their healing adventure.

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