Our Team

 
Craig Pigeon, PT/Founder of NWPT

Craig Pigeon, PT/Founder of NWPT

Joan Brown, PT

Joan Brown, PT

Sarah Peters, Fitness Plus Instructor

Sarah Peters, Fitness Plus Instructor

David Trimble, Office Assistant/ Therapy aid

David Trimble, Office Assistant/ Therapy aid

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Craig Pigeon, PT/Founder of NWPT

After 28 yrs. of physical therapy practice I’m still awed by the ability of the human body to heal and how much can depend on our outlook on life. A degree from the University of North Dakota gave me a wonderful start, since I have been the benefactor of insightful teachers in numerous areas of patient care. During years of inpatient hospital care, I followed patients with severe illness or trauma through intensive care, wound and burn care, lymphedema management of cancer, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and industrial rehab. Working twelve years with stroke, spinal cord and brain injured patients, and children with neurologic disorders lead to extensive training in NDT (Bobath), Feldenkrais and Motor Control Theory. Through these experiences I have developed a understanding of human movement. I have a life long interest in athletics, growing up playing and working on a ranch, enjoying sports at all levels from high school football, baseball and skiing to collegiate track and field.  Now I enjoy sharing the experience: gardening, skateboarding, cycling and backpacking with my wife, Nancy, and children, Claire and Sasha. The kids aren’t as thrilled by the physical and emotional benefits of yard work as I am.'' 

Joan Brown, PT

Joan was born in New York, where she earned her degree.  She was accepted into the US Army's program for a Graduate degree in Physical Therapy.  She served in the Military for four years during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.  Following her service, Joan moved to California and started a family, never interrupting her joy of working as a PT.  She attended the University of California to work on her Master's Degree in Health Science.  She has been in practice as a Physical Therapist since 1963, and for 25 years she owned and directed her own Practice in Mission Viejo, CA. She has spent many years of continuing education to foster increasing skills in Manual Therapy Techniques.  Joan stepped into semi-retirement when she moved to Los Angeles to be near her three grown daughters.  Meanwhile, Joan's youngest daughter married and moved to Ellensburg with her new husband.  After a few visits Joan and her husband also made Ellensburg their new home.  Time is now spent enjoying their family, new home, 2 dogs, creating wood art wall hangings, and of course, those wonderful days treating patients at Northwest Physical Therapy.

Sarah Peters, Fitness Plus Instructor

Sarah joined our team in 2014.  She was a national level gymnast who was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Washington and earned a BA in  Sociology in 1991.  She brings her sports background and true love of helping people to NWPT in the roles of Fitness Plus Trainer, Balance class instructor and Functional Aging Specialist.  Her short term goals are to become certified in functional aging and nutritional coaching.  Long term, she is  interested in obtaining a PTA certification. (Physical Therapy Assistant.)

 

David Trimble, Fitness Plus Instructor/Therapy aid/Office Assistant

David has concluded his undergraduate studies in Clinical Physiology at Central Washington University by completing his internship here at Northwest Physical Therapy. His future plans are to attend a doctorate of physical therapy school. He developed a passion for Physical Therapy from his sports background in football and basketball. David knew since his first year in high school that Physical Therapy was what he saw himself doing in the future.

On completion of his graduate degree he would like to move back home to the Yakima Valley where he was born and raised to help out the community that shaped him into the person he is today. His hobbies are being around family, being outdoors and reading

 

Cheri Harrell, PT

Cheri has been a resident of Kittitas County for 20 years and since 2013 has served the community as a physical therapist. After completing her undergraduate studies at Central Washington University, she attended Midwestern University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has a wide range of outpatient clinical experience including total joint replacements, shoulder injuries and surgeries, lumbar spine and chronic low back pain, sports rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation, and a variety of manual therapy interventions.

Cheri enjoys collaborating with her peers who have different training and varied physical therapy skills. She fosters educational experiences by participating in Midwestern University's clinical education site program. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapist Association and continually seeks educational experiences that provide personal growth and achieve the best outcomes for her patients.

Cheri and her husband are busy with three grown daughters, three dogs, and two horses. They enjoy spending time outdoors taking in the variety and beauty of Kittitas County. Near and dear to her heart is her military service. Cheri is honored and privileged to serve as an Officer and Physical Therapist in the Washington Army National Guard.

Working at Northwest Physical Therapy has been rewarding and provided her the pleasure to help and know so many wonderful people from this community

Kristi Zollars, Personal Trainer/Fitness Plus Instructor/Therapy aid

As a competitive half marathon runner and a naturally high energy Virgo, Kristi first started practicing Yoga and Pilates to offset being stiff and sore. She thought it would make her a better runner and help with the stress of raising kids, the loss of her father, insomnia and because she
liked the music. Many years, miles and Fitness Certifications later, when she is not showing her beautiful Great Pyrenees Dogs, she is instructing at one of her many teaching locations in Kittitas County; sharing her interest in mindful movement, the value of stillness and the letting go of "perfect."

Specialties: Core Training, Group Exercise, Mind Body Fitness, Senior Fitness, Water Fitness

Degrees: Exe and Gerontology, Central Washington University, BSc., Exe and Gerontology, Central Washington University