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.
Kaitlyn McNamara, DPT
Kaitlyn is a Washington native that grew up in Tumwater and graduated from Black Hills High School. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Portland studying psychology and sports medicine, then remained in the Portland area to attend Mt Hood Community College and become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. After treating patients as a PTA for 3 years in both Oregon and Washington, she decided to return to school to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy to further her skills, clinical reasoning, and better serve her patients. She graduated from South College in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2019 with her DPT and returned to the PNW.
Kaitlyn is an avid runner, skier, and mountaineer and can often be found at local running clubs or exploring new trails in her free time. She enjoys working with patients to help them return to both athletic and everyday adventures.
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.
Kristi McConnell, MOT, OTR/L
Kristi is a graduate of Emory & Henry College in Marion, VA, where she earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy. She has spent most of her life in Virginia, although continues to be drawn back to the snowy peaks of the west via the Pacific Crest Trail. As part of her graduate studies, she completed research regarding shoulder pain of long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail; since then, she has developed a special interest in upper extremity conditions and the practice of evidence-based approaches to treat these conditions. Kristi’s background involves practice as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for 12 years, working with populations such as mental health and older adults. She hopes to enhance the quality of her patients’ lives by promoting optimal independence so that they can continue participating in the occupations that bring meaning and joy into their lives. She is ASTYM certified, a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists, and is also a Certified Yoga Instructor.
She is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Chris, and two energetic terriers, Scout and Mather. She finds meaning and joy through occupations such as spending time with family and friends, long-distance backpacking, trail running, yoga, cooking, and traveling.
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