Penrose Physical Therapy

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

  • We listen to you

    We want to establish trust and rapport by listening to you first.  Your concerns will be heard and addressed.

  • We utilize the latest evidence

    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 believe in a hands on approach

    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.

  • We teach patients an active program

    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 educate patients

    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.

Our Team

Jennifer Penrose

DPT, OCS, MTC, Owner
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Jennifer Penrose

DPT, OCS, MTC, Owner
Professional Bio

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.

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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.

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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 Physical Therapist
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Patrick Van Den Akker

Full Time Physical Therapist
Professional Bio
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”

Mike Foster

Full Time Physical Therapist
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Mike Foster

Full Time Physical Therapist
Professional Bio

Master of Business Administration Saint Francis University 2009

Master of Science Physical Therapy Arcadia University 1998

Bachelor of Science Biology Gannon University 1996

Mike is a native of Pennsylvania.  Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. Mike has worked in a variety of settings professionally including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics, continuing care, the prison system, and home health.  While running an outpatient clinic, Mike saw the need to return to school for his MBA.  This is where he found a fondness for home health.  After spending several years in the management side of health care and rehabilitation, Mike wanted to return to his roots and clinical strengths as a practicing Physical Therapist.

Mike is a firm believer in quality, service, and outcomes in his approach to patient care.  “I want my patients to leave sessions with me feeling empowered that they can overcome and that I have added value to their quality of life and desire to function in doing what matters most to them.”

Active physically and outdoors all his life, Mike has embraced all of the opportunities of the Pacific Northwest.  Along with his passion for fly fishing, he brought his love for competition to the region completing half marathons, a marathon, a half ironman triathlon, various other races, trail runs, learning to snowboard, and has found a fondness for CrossFit.  “The PNW continues to be a place for me to realize my potential.”

Mike is excited to continue to grow with his community in the South Sound.

Personal Bio
Favorite Movie: Mini-series:  Band of Brothers;  Documentary:  Free Solo;  Full Length:  The Hangover
Favorite Book:  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series
Why I live in the South Sound:  Close to all of the outdoor activities I really enjoy
Favorite sports moment:  Being present for Joe Paterno’s 400th win at Penn State University
Worst injury ever suffered: Shoulder dislocation while snowboarding and having to be hauled down the mountain on a sled!
When I am not at work, I am:  Traveling, thinking of the next crazy physical challenge for myself, dreaming of my next destination fly fishing trip!
Best advice I’ve ever received: “Be true to who you are”

Kristen Weaver

On Call Therapist
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Kristen Weaver

On Call Therapist
Professional Bio

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

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Vanessa Granrud

Physical Therapy Assistant
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Vanessa Granrud

Physical Therapy Assistant
Professional Bio

Vanesa has always resided in the Pacific Northwest, growing up in the Tacoma area, graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with degrees in Biology and Physical Education, and later attending the PTA program at Green River Community College.

Healthcare has always been of interest to her, working as an EMT since 2003. While working as an EMT, she realized she wanted to be able to provide more guidance to her patients and help them through various rehab processes, so pursued her PTA license.

Vanessa has a background in working with various orthopedic conditions but finds her greatest passion is working with individuals on strengthening, balance, and fall prevention.  When not in the clinic you will likely find her with her dogs or enjoying being out on the water.

Personal Bio

Favorite movie: Rudy. 

Favorite book: Any mystery really; just depends on what I’m currently reading.

Why I live in the South Sound: For easy accessibility to the Puget Sound, Ocean and numerous lakes.

Favorite sports moment: Seahawks beating the Broncos in 2014 to win the Super Bowl.

Worst injury I have suffered: Calf tear when pushing a stretcher up a steep hill.

When I am not at work, I am:  Probably hanging out with my dogs or enjoying the water somewhere.

Best advice I have ever received:  Success is never permanent and failure is never fatal.

Marissa Ang

Athletic Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor
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Marissa Ang

Athletic Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor
Professional Bio

Marissa Ang joined Penrose & Associates in January of 2017.  She grew up In Olympia, Washington and graduated from Olympia High School in 2009. Marissa graduated from the University of North Dakota in May of 2016 with a Bachelors in Athletic Training.  After graduation she made the move to Chicago to begin her career in Athletic Training.  She found herself missing her family and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest. Marissa has 3 years experience working with Division 1 athletes and has enjoyed watching people get better and continue to participate in the activities they love. She is excited to continue helping others get back the strength they need to fulfill daily functions of life.

Personal Bio

Favorite movie: Step Brothers

Favorite book: The Great Gatsby

Why I live in the South Sound: I love the beauty of the PNW.

Favorite sports moment: Being in Chicago when the Cubs won the World Series

Worst injury I have suffered: Sprained ankle at the finish line of state cross country meet

When I am not at work, I am: Working out and hanging out with my family and friends

Best advice I have ever received: “Actions speaks louder than words”

Wyatt Spithaler

Physical Therapy Technician
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Wyatt Spithaler

Physical Therapy Technician
Professional Bio

B.S. in Clinical Physiology with a minor in Physical Rehab Therapy at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA.  (2013-2017). Wyatt enjoys consuming the latest science and research as well as anything that can prepare him for starting his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2018. He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and his background includes working as a tutor in biology and nutrition and as a lifeguard supervisor.

Personal Bio

Favorite movie: Interstellar Favorite book: The Coral Island Why I live in the south sound: It’s my home, I don’t know life anywhere else! Favorite sports moment: Seahawks beating the Broncos in 2014 to get their first Lombardi! Worst injury: Broken ankle on a trampoline. I had PT for 6 weeks! When I am not at work I am: Either at the gym, always trying to improve my technique and health, or at home watching movies! Best advice I’ve been given: If at first you don’t succeed, reassess and take it day by day.

Chloe Tripp

Physical Therapy Aide
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Chloe Tripp

Physical Therapy Aide
Professional Bio

Chloe has over two years of patient care experience from working as a Physical Therapy tech in Missouri and Washington. She has her Associates Degree in General Studies from Mineral Area College in Missouri, but will attend Physical Therapy Assistant School in 2020.

Chloe also has 1 year of experience in Radiology. Chloe loves working as a PT tech because it provides the best experience in preparation for her future Physical Therapy career while getting to know each patient on a personal level. Her goal is to provide the best patient care experience and assist in getting patients back to doing what they love.

Chloe and her husband are both from Southeast Missouri. They are currently stationed at Fort Lewis. In her free time, Chloe loves to travel the country, spend time exploring the outdoors, shopping, and working out at her local gym. Chloe has over 16 years of dance experience, with Ballet as her specialty. She was the Co-Captain of two award winning dance teams in Missouri.

Personal Bio

Favorite book: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

Favorite movie: Ferris Beuller’s Day Off

The best part about living in the South Sound: Being able to live so close to the beach, the mountains, and awesome parks that are all within a few hours of each other.

Worst injury I have suffered: Getting Post Concussive Syndrome after a fall my senior year of high school. I could not talk or think straight for months! I also had to receive PT for balance from the injury.

Favorite Sports Moment: Watching the St. Louis Blues break multiple records their 2018-19 season and cheering them on in the Stanley Cup Finals. (Let’s Go Blues!! J)

Best advice ever received: Treat everyone the same way you would want to be treated.

Kasie McAnallen

Administrative Assistant
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Kasie McAnallen

Administrative Assistant
Professional Bio

Kasie has been with Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy since February 2019. She is originally from New Hampshire, where she was born and raised. But in the last three years she has moved to Kansas, Virginia and now here to Washington.

She graduated with her B.S. in Health Sciences from Franklin Pierce University in 2016. She was a part of the rowing team while she attended FPU. She has experience working in Orthopedics as well as Physical Therapy. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie: Big Hero 6

Favorite Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Why I live in the South Sound: My husband and I recently moved to the area in November 2018. He is currently stationed at Fort Lewis. Even though we have only been here a short time, the South Sound is our favorite place to live thus far. The mountains are beautiful and there is so much to do.

Favorite Sports moment: In 2014, my college softball team was invited to the Small Conference World Series in Akron, Ohio for the first time in the school’s history. During our second game, I hit a homerun against the number two seeded school. Both my parents and sister were there to share that awesome moment with.

Worst injury I have suffered: I tore my labrum in both my hips during my senior year rowing season. This sadly resulted in two major hip surgeries about two years apart due to impingement issues. Because of this, I have spent many days in physical therapy, which is when I learned to love the profession.

When I am not at work, I am: With my husband and German Shepherd exploring and learning more about this beautiful area. Spending time running, traveling, hiking and finding a good beach to sit in the sun.

Best advice I have ever received: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

Rhiannon Isaacson-Booker

Physical Therapy Aide
Professional Bio

Rhiannon Isaacson-Booker joined Penrose & Associates in October of 2018.  She grew up in Lacey, Washington and graduated from River Ridge High School in 2005. She graduated from Washington State University with a B.Sc. in Genetics and Cell Biology, working as a technician in four different labs during her time there. She worked as a tour guide on the historical White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad in Alaska. She earned her certification as a personal trainer in 2015 and specialized in corrective exercise in 2016. She now works as a Master Trainer at LA Fitness. Since her passion is eliminating pain and keeping people active, she plans to start the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Whatcom Community College in 2020.

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie:  Don’t have one- I’m terrible at remembering movies! The silver lining is that every time I see a movie, it’s as if it’s the first time.

Favorite Book: Still can’t get enough of the Harry Potter series.

Why I live in the South Sound: I grew up right here in Lacey but spent 10 years moving around, going to college, working in Alaska, and traveling. Eventually, returning to my roots and being closer to family started to best!

Favorite sports moment: Going to a soccer game in Barcelona vs. Argentina. I’ve never been in a stadium with so much energy!

Worst Injury I have suffered: T-bone car accident when I was 18 years old.

When I’m not at work I am:  Studying to become a physical therapy assistant, working out, and playing disc golf.

Best advice I’ve ever received:  “Your health includes mental, physical and emotional health. Always put your health first. Without it, you can’t do much.”

Hawk Mason

Licensed Massage Therapist
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Hawk Mason

Licensed Massage Therapist
Professional Bio

Hawk is an LMP – Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in soft tissue work in order to improve both physical and mental health for his patients.

Hawk is an Army veteran of 4 years who’s won awards, been in leadership positions and went through college at the same time. After finishing at South Puget Sound College, Hawk went on to BodyMechanics School of Myotherapy and Massage when he left the Army.

Hawk has an extensive background in fitness and patient care. He worked at Planet Fitness as an assistant manager and was a caretaker for Blessed Edge in Michigan.

He uses all his acquired skills to continue to provide a well-rounded care environment and experience to his patients in order to help them live their best life.

Personal Bio
Favorite Book: The Hobbit
Favorite Movie: Gladiator
Best part about living in the south sound: All the Trails and Hiking
Worst Injury you’ve suffered: Pinched Sciatic Nerve from a wrestling injury in high school
Favorite Sports moment: Watching Micheal Phelps win 8 gold medals during the 2008 Olympic Games
Best advice you’ve ever been given: Do what you love because you’ll never work a day in your life

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