Kristina Pittman, DPT, OCS
Kristina was born and raised in Tumwater and graduated from Black Hills High School. As a former basketball and fast pitch player, she was no stranger to injury and knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. In 2009 she graduated from Eastern Washington University with her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and in 2012 she graduated from University of Puget Sound with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and with all injury types to develop a personalized treatment plan to help restore function and reach their goals. In her spare time Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband, exploring the outdoors and cheering on the Seahawks!
Sean Sipe, PT, DPT, SCS
Sean is a lifelong Washington State native. He was born and raised in the Spokane area and has resided in Thurston County for over 10 years. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1996 with a degree in Human Biology and was accepted into EWU’s Physical Therapy program. He was awarded his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1998.
Shortly after graduating, Sean began working as a Staff Physical Therapist at a private practice in Aberdeen. He soon began managing that practice. Eventually he moved to Olympia with the goal of starting a new practice.
In 2002, Sean co-founded what was to become South Sound Physical & Hand Therapy. Over the course of 6 years, through a combination of start-ups and acquisitions, he grew the company to 5 locations. Sean sold his interest in South Sound Physical & Hand Therapy in early 2011 to pursue other projects, including consulting and new clinic development.
Sean completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in August, 2012 in Executive Management from the EIM Institute based in Louisville, KY. He then opened Yelm Physical Therapy and became co-founder of Centralia Physical Therapy which launched in September, 2012.
Sean’s wife, Christina, is a Pediatric Physical Therapist and they have three children. He is an avid golfer and enjoys keeping up on his reading.
Austin Nichols, DPT, OCS
Austin is a Washington native and grew up in the Olympia area. He has always had interests in sports, science, and health and found his love for Physical Therapy while attending Pacific Lutheran University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He then went on to study at Boston University, graduating with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. He enjoys working closely with his patients on individualized programs to help them regain function and achieve their goals. In his spare time, Austin enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding and playing fetch with his dog, Saki.
Fiona (Lesley) Vaughan, OTR/L, CHT, CLT, WCC
Certified Hand Therapist
Fiona graduated from York College, City University of New York with a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy in 2004. As an Army officer, her career took her to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and Madigan Army Center, in Tacoma, WA where she learned to be a leader and clinician. Her love for hand therapy began early in her career, where she learned from leaders in both hand therapy and hand surgery specialties.
In 2006, she transitioned to the Army reserves. In 2007 she was asked to return to the Army in a civilian capacity to develop rehabilitation services for over 1,000 returning Soldiers to JBLM’s Warrior Transition Battalion. In this capacity she pioneered OT, PT, and recreation therapy programs new to the Army that spread Army-wide and continues on after her departure to once again focus on hand therapy. Fiona Lives in Olympia, WA. She is a vocalist and enjoys gardening.
Renee Frost, OTR/L, CHT
Certified Hand Therapist
Renee grew up in Richland, WA. She attended college at Eastern Washington University (Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders, 1996) and University of Puget Sound (Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, 1999). She has been working solely in hand therapy since 2001 and became a certified hand therapist (CHT) in 2007. Renee enjoys evaluating and treating a variety of hand, wrist and elbow diagnoses as well as teaching patients self-management techniques and methods to prevent re-injury. She currently resides in Olympia, WA. Renee enjoys spending time with her husband and three children as well as reading, hiking, and camping.
Karen Sziel, MOT, OTR/L, CHT
Certified Hand Therapist
Karen has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist since 1999. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Governor’s State University in IL. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2005 and a Professional Bowenwork Practitioner in 2013. She served as Adjunct Faculty for Governor’s State University Master’s in Occupational Therapy Program and Lake Washington Technical College Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Karen has worked in a variety of clinical settings over the years, but has always enjoyed returning to Hand Therapy. She is excited to be on staff at Inspire working with both post-operative and conservative management patients.
In her free time she enjoys hiking and mountain biking with her husband and dog Wrigley, getting out of the city in a tent or cabin and getting a peek at the local whales when she’s lucky. Oh, and she’s a die hard Cubs fan (hence her dog’s name is Wrigley).
Fun Fact: Karen is a Volunteer Marine Naturalist
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