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.

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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”

Kristen Weaver

Kristen Weaver, MSPT, Cert MDT, CMPT
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Kristen Weaver

Kristen Weaver, MSPT, Cert MDT, CMPT
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.

 

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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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