Cheri J Grant, M.S., PT
Cheri received her masters in sports medicine from the University of Washington in 1976, went on to become the head women’s athletic trainer for the University of Southern California, then completed her physical therapy degree from Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Upon returning to Washington, she started the first physical therapy private practice in Gig Harbor in 1980.
Cheri specializes in spinal/pelvic girdle dysfunction utilizing Jones Institute strain/counterstrain (since 1992), muscle energy techniques, and is a Stott certified Pilates instructor. Joint replacement and orthopedic dysfunction, headaches and vestibular dysfunction are other areas of specialty.
Cheri’s time is occupied as a Dawg fan in the fall, snowshoeing and skiing in the winter and she enjoys boating all year long with friends and family.
Stephanie Hanson, MPT
Stephanie received her masters degree in physical therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 2000. In the last 17 years she has been practicing in outpatient physical therapy in Hawaii, Tacoma, and now Gig Harbor.
Stephanie’s specialty areas are spinal dysfunction, sports rehabilitation, and joint dysfunctions, using techniques including Kinesiotaping, muscle energy, and strain/counterstrain. Stephanie has an extensive background in therapeutic exercise including core stabilization and specific joint strengthening.
She enjoys spending her time off with her husband and 2 sons, usually playing soccer, cycling, snowboarding or camping.
Paul Purdue, BS, PTA
Paul received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine & Athletic Training from Eastern University in 1992.
Paul is a Physical Therapist Assistant who has been practicing locally since 1996. Paul has served in political roles within the Physical Therapy Association of Washington as well as the APTA as PTWA Caucus Rep and a APTA Caucus Delegate.
Paul’s specialty areas are general orthopedic injuries, knee and shoulder rehabilitation, sports medicine and neurological rehabilitation.
Education and Professional Certifications & Awards • Eastern Washington University, B.S. Physical Education and Sports Medicine, December 1992 • Green River Community College, AAS Physical Therapist Assistant, December 1996 • APTA Advanced Proficiency for Physical Therapist Assistants in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Therapy, 2006 • PTA of the year, PTWA, 2008
Professional Affiliations • P.T. Assistant Advisory Committee, Green River Comm. College, May 1999 – 2014 • General Advisory Committee Chair, GRCC Professional and Technical Programs, 2005- 2014
Paul enjoys working politically within the physical therapy community, traveling, soccer, football, fishing, skiing and spending time at the family cabin on Whidbey Island.
Laura Mizumoto, DPT
Laura received her Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Science from Loyola Marymount University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington. She has worked in an outpatient orthopedic setting since she graduated in 2011. She received her Fellowship of Applied Functional Science in 2014. She is certified in ASTYM, myofascial decompression (cupping) and Applied Functional Science.
Laura enjoys treating all individuals from children to geriatrics, but her specialty areas are sports rehabilitation especially runners and triathletes and post-surgical rehabilitation. She was a Division 1 athlete in Cross Country and Track & Field at both LMU and UW. She is our expert in treating runners and does run gait analysis for injury prevention and to help improve your run gait efficiency. She is passionate about getting her clients back to their prior level of function and beyond.
Laura is an avid trail and road runner, but she also enjoys hiking, traveling and exploring the wonderful Gig Harbor community with her husband and daughter.
Lara Carter, Office Manager
Lara has been a valuable member of our team since 1997. Lara is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound. Before she managed the office, her background as our physical therapy aide, receptionist, scheduler, and bookkeeper, have allowed her to understand patient needs from multiple perspectives. She is always happy to help you with any questions you might have regarding insurance or billing.
Lara and her husband have a son and daughter that keep them extremely busy. In her free time, she enjoys watching her son play basketball, and just exploring Tacoma with her family. Just kidding, she doesn’t have any free time.
Sarah Brown, Front Office Assistant
Sarah is a graduate of Western Washington University. Sarah answers the phone with a smile and is always happy to help you. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to understanding insurance companies, billing, codes, scheduling and especially authorizations. In her free time, she loves spending time outside with her dog Hudson.
Sarah also works part time as a personal trainer at Better Gym in downtown Gig Harbor. Please feel free to contact her if you have any questions regarding taking the first step to good health.
Shawna San Nicolas, ATC & Physical Therapy Aide
Jenny Wilkins, PTA & Physical Therapy Aide
Kaitlyn Spellman, Physical Therapy Aide
Caffrey, Canine Liaison
Caffrey has been the canine liaison for the last 5 years. She is in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She loves greeting patients at the door, but loves it even more when they come bearing treats, and never fear, she knows who you are! Caffrey can often be found running outside on the weekends. She loves to go on hikes and camping with her family.