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 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.


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”

Chris Edwards

Professional Bio

Chris Edwards is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.  He assists the physical therapists in treating their patients.  We are a team that communicates regularly regarding each patient’s status and progress. 

Chris is an expert at challenging patients with progressive exercises without increasing pain.  “I enjoy finding new ways to work muscles that patients find challenging and at the same time applicable to their goals.”  He has training in Graston technique and kinesiotaping.  He is also certified in functional range conditioning.  He has been a vital piece to the success and team at Penrose Physical Therapy.  He truly loves to learn the latest evidence and techniques in physical therapy which benefits the patients and our practice.

As a child Chris grew up north of Seattle but moved to Kansas with his family when he was 12, where he would later meet his beautiful wife and they would begin raising their five children.  He became a PTA in Kansas where he graduated with Honors as member of the Phi Theta Kappa with multiple Academic awards including top two in his class to pass state boards.

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie:  The Family Man

Favorite Book:  I confess I read mostly physical therapy articles and research latest treatment techniques.  I also love to read about new recipes.  I love great food!

Why you I live in the South Sound:  I grew up here and knew at some point I would return with my family.

Favorite sports moment:  The Seahawks first Superbowl win in 2014 of course!

Worst injury I have suffered:  A broken wrist playing basket-ball when I was 16 with my arm casted all the way to my shoulder.

When I am not at work, I am:  Enjoying time with my 5 kids and amazing spouse!  Watching the Seahawks!  Cooking.

Best advice I’ve ever received:  The kind of person you are is not defined by the choices you’ve made and your future is not determined by your past.

Josh Weaver

DPT, Part Time Physical Therapist
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Josh Weaver

DPT, Part Time Physical Therapist
Professional Bio

Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI

Doctor of Physical Therapy Spring 2008

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Spring 2005

Joshua Weaver is from Grand Rapids Michigan and has been practicing as a Physical Therapist since the spring of 2008.  However he started working in healthcare as a nurse technician for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in 2004.  He learned quickly his love for helping people would be best put to use in a career that allowed him to spend maximal time each visit with the patient teaching them how to overcome their limitations and achieve their goals!

Josh has been married since 2005 and now has four beautiful children.  In his spare time he enjoys getting outside, hiking, biking, rock climbing and golfing.

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie:  Gladiator, Jurrassic Park and Dumb and Dumber.

Favorite Book:  The Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker.

Why I live in the South Sound:  It’s just a notch below heaven.  Wonderful climate, lush landscape, mountains, rivers and the ocean.

Favorite sports moment:  I got a hole in one on a par 4, 360 yard hole swinging my 6 iron (ask for details)

Worst Injury I have suffered:  Avulsion fracture in my ankle during high school soccer, (first game of the season after scoring a hat trick).  I hate crutches!

When I’m not at work I am:  Striving to be a good husband and father for my family!  Four little ones makes life busy in the home, I often joke that working is my time to relax!

Best advise I’ve ever received:  Love Wins

Sarah Burns

Administrative Assistant
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Sarah Burns

Administrative Assistant
Professional Bio

Sarah grew up in the Louisville, Ky/Southern Indiana area.   Sarah attended Indiana University and Sullivan University.  Sarah has a great passion for health and wellness. Around 10 years ago she and her husband went whole foods vegan and it improved their health.  Sarah found eating healthy helped her chronic headaches, IBS and Acid Reflux Disease.  She is currently working on a cookbook and website with recipes.  She has a German Shepherd named Whidbey and an orange male cat named Chippy, they are great traveling buddies.

Personal Bio
Favorite Movie: National Lampoon’s Vacation
Favorite Book: The Kind Diet
Why I live in the South Sound: I love the green of the PNW, it’s magical.
Best Sports Moment: Travis Pastrana’s Double Backflip during X Games 2006
Worst injury I have suffered: While hiking a huge dog came barreling down the trail and ran into my leg/knee.  I walked it off, but let’s hope that ACL is ok!
When I’m not at work I am: Working out, doing Yoga, hiking or creating recipes for my future Vegan Cookbook.  Oh yeah, and hanging out with my husband and our two animal babies.
Best advice I have ever received:  “Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”  Albert Schweitzer, French-German Humanitarian

Marissa Ang

Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapy Aide
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Marissa Ang

Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapy Aide
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”

Ryan Critser

LMP - Licensed Massage Practitioner
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Ryan Critser

LMP - Licensed Massage Practitioner
Professional Bio

Ryan graduated from Brenneke School of Massage in 2002. He has considerable experience working with injured clients in clinical settings such as chiropractic and at Penrose PT. 

He provides a safe environment where he listens to his client’s goals and concerns. Comfort levels are taken into consideration for all ranges, from first time clients to long time veterans. “Each client is different in their expectation and tolerance for massage therapy; I listen to them and adjust the massage according to what they need and tolerate.” 

Ryan is trained in a variety of techniques including: treatment of various orthopedic injuries, sport related injuries, nationally certified in pregnancy massage, myofascial deep tissue, trigger point, and relaxing Swedish massage. Ryan also uses moist hot packs to ensure client’s maximum comfort during the massage process.

Ryan is a big family man! He has been married to his wife for eight amazing years and is a father to a fantastic seven year old daughter.

**Ryan accepts a majority of all insurance plans including Regence. He is available at Penrose Physical Therapy on Tuesdays. Cash Clients: 1 hour massage – $60.00; 30 minute massage – $35.00

Please contact Ryan directly, as he manages his own patient schedule: 360-584-6086

Personal Bio

Favorite Movie:  Goonies

Favorite Book:  Where the wild things are (yes it is a children’s book but it’s an escape for me!)

Why I live in the South Sound:  Born in WA and raised by a single mom!  We made it work as a team!

Favorite sports moment:  When Richard Sherman blocked Crabtree’s pass in the end zone during a playoff game.

Worst injury I have suffered: Broken left collar bone in 5th grade.

When I am not at work, I am:  Working or studying.  I prefer to be with my amazing wife and daughter!  “I’m a family man and a workaholic!”   

Best advice I’ve ever received:  Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.  May the force be with you.

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.

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