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!
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.
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.
Favorite Movie: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant series.
Favorite Book: “The Giving Tree” , by Shel Silverstein.
Why I live in the South Sound: There are so many lakes to enjoy, and to be close to family.
Favorite sports moment: Watching the women’s soccer World Cup Final 2015 and for a personal moment it would be learning to wake board.
Worst injury ever suffered: RTC to shoulder.
When I am not at work, I am: Playing on the water, watching my kids play soccer or on vacation with my family living life’s adventures.
Best advice I’ve ever received: Buy real estate, never give up, people matter, and say I’m sorry and thank you. “Everything occurs in its own time”, Gramma.
PT, DPT, Physical Therapist
Kasha earned her B.S. in Human physiology from the University of Oregon before completing her DPT at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She moved here for PT school but stayed for the many mountains in the area. Growing up, Kasha was exposed to holistic healthcare and the importance of the mind-body connection when treating a person coping with a pathology. Kasha believes that physical therapy is uniquely suited as a holistic profession backed by evidence to obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Her favorite part of being a PT is learning what is meaningful to each patient and finding ways to make treatment connect to their own values and goals.
Favorite Movie: I’m still trying to figure this one out…
Favorite Book: Mindset, the Dune series
Why I live in the South Sound: Proximity to Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges.
Favorite sports moment: Completing a century bike ride.
Worst injury ever suffered: Chronic knee pain through high school. I wish someone had taken me to PT!
When I am not working, I am: Hiking up something steep with my husband and/or dog, cooking, drinking tea or coffee and looking for more places to do the same.
Best advice I’ve ever received: Imagine the other person is you.
Kindra earned a B.S. in Exercise Science Integrated Physiology and Business Administration from Pacific University before completing her DPT at George Fox University. She grew up here in Lacey and is happy to be back in the area. As a physical therapist, she thrives on inspiring others to be their best not only in their sport or art, but in life. She loves helping patients of all ages and skill levels but working with gymnasts, dancers, circus artists, cheerleaders, and fitness athletes are her favorite. She uses biomechanical analysis and functional movement to create a whole body treatment approach catered to each person’s needs and learning styles. Kindra loves the puzzle of identifying the root cause of a symptom and teaching her patients to fix it with a combination of sport or movement specific exercises and self massage, myofascial release, and joint mobilization techniques. She is well educated in treating hypermobility including Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). She is a lifelong learner and is always seeking ways to grow and develop her skills to better help her patients. Her goal is to educate her patients on the tools to maintain a healthy and pain free life so they never have to give up on their dreams.
Favorite Movie: I love too many movies, I constantly have movies on in the background while I am doing other activities.
Favorite Book: I’m not a reader, but I have been learning to enjoy audiobooks while I drive.
Why I live in the south sound: Most of my family is here and I love the access to the great outdoors and performing opportunities. This area is so pretty and there are never ending opportunities for adventure.
Favorite sports moment: Continually living out my dream as an acrobat and aerialist performing throughout the US.
Worst injury ever suffered: I’ve unfortunately had too many to count. The worst have been an elbow dislocation that led to surgery 10 years later, a shoulder dislocation leading to chronic instability, managing unstable ribs after fractures to both sides, multiple fractures to my ankle, and breaking my arm 3 times before it fully healed.
When I am not at work I am: Performing as a professional aerialist, partner acrobatic, and hand-balancer, working backstage or on the sideline as a physical therapist, and coaching other performers or athletes. I also enjoy spending time with my family, game nights with my friends, trying new foods, and adventuring in the great outdoors whether it’s kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, or rock climbing.
Best advice I’ve ever received: Follow your heart and be true to yourself.
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.
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
Physical Therapy Assistant
Favorite Movie: Troy
Favorite Book: Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
Why I live in the South Sound: Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the PNW. Also far, but close enough for an easy day trip to Seattle to visit family and friends.
Favorite sports moment: Competing in my first (unsanctioned) bout at the Seattle Boxing Gym.
Worst injury ever suffered: Ruptured my right Achilles tendon playing volleyball and required surgery to repair it.
When I am not at work, I am: At home spending quality time with my wife and daughter, playing guitar and singing like I am Whitney Houston’s incarnate, and boxing.
Best advice I’ve ever received: I was once told, “It’s not people are unmotivated, they just haven’t found what motivates them yet.”
Licensed Massage Therapist
Prior to pursuing a career in massage therapy, William studied computer programming for two years but decided to switch paths in order to find a more fulfilling path in life with helping others. He started Body-mechanics School of myotherapy & massage in Tumwater in May 2021 and graduated in March 2022. William likes to use techniques for sports massage, deep tissue, and myofascial release. William drives to help others recover from injuries and relieve them of their stress. An asset William brings to the team is his ability to speak Spanish and communicate well with everyone.
Favorite Movie: I want to eat your pancreas
Favorite Book: Holes by Louis Sachar
Why I live in the South Sound: Majority of my family is in Washington and I love the cold weather
Favorite sports moment: Seattle Sounders winning their first MLS cup in 2016 against Toronto FC in penalties
Worst Injury I have suffered: Breaking my collar bone going down a hill on a skate board and then breaking it again 2 years later while playing soccer
When I’m not at work I am: Watching the office or soccer, playing games, hiking, or trying to find new music to listen to
Best advice I’ve ever received: “In the wild, there is no healthcare. In the wild healthcare is ‘Ow, I hurt my leg. I can’t run. A lion eats me, and I’m dead.’ Well, I’m not dead. I’m the lion. You’re dead.”
Physical Therapy Technician/Marketing Coordinator
Isaiah was born and raised in the South Sound, here in Lacey. He attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg and graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Clinical Physiology. During his final quarter he had to do a 3-month internship, and chose Penrose PT as it was only a few minutes from home. After his internship he decided he wanted to stay working at the clinic, and was hired as a Physical Therapy Technician in 2022. He plans on furthering his education in medicine/fitness to play a bigger part in helping people achieve their health-related goals.
Favorite Movie: Interstellar
Favorite Book: The Book Thief
Why I live in the South Sound: Born and raised here!
Favorite Sports Moment: Anytime I would watch the Mariners with my dad
Worst Injury: Separated my right shoulder during a wrestling tournament in my freshman year of high school.
When not at work, I am: Drawing, cooking, playing video games, or playing guitar.