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Meet The Owner
Kelly Chick Comstock
I have been a physical therapist in Ketchikan since 1995 and in private practice since 2004. The birthing of ‘Optimum Health & Wellness Physical Therapy’ began after receiving my CST-techniques certification because of the desire to serve individuals in a more comprehensive and holistic way, while respecting each person’s unique path toward healthy living. The fitness gym idea originated out of a desire to help those who could not find a conducive fit for their exercise needs in Ketchikan after finishing their courses of physical therapy. Never one to settle for excuses or accept frustration as anything other than a call to action, I responded with the conviction, “Let it begin with me!” after realizing it was time to pursue breaking down the barrier between injury treatment and wellness.
I procured some high quality and durable exercise equipment, added my physical therapist knowledge of proper posture, body mechanics, and core stabilization to the mix, and began cultivating new and innovative physical exercise and training programs as a foundation for personal fitness. Beginning initially primarily with women, our new space will allow us to expand our attention to support men, youth, and athletes more fully as well.
In this world of rapidly expanding access to information technologies and the move toward more evidenced-based practices, I also discovered the value of adding diagnostic testing into the clinic in order to better serve the local healthcare needs of the community, beginning so far with musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging and electrodiagnostic testing.
I get a little bit of ribbing every now and then for working so hard all the time. But I love what I get to do for a living. I love learning and growing. And I love helping people.
Persistence, faith, and a strong commitment to the health and wellness of Ketchikan have carried ‘Optimum Health & Wellness Physical Therapy, Fitness and Diagnostics’ to its current state of existence. Throughout each of these evolutions, however, the original vision has remained the same: To encourage, equip and empower Ketchikan into wellness!.
"Equipping, encouraging and empowering Ketchikan into wellness."
Staff Physical Therapist
Kelly joins Ketchikan General Hospital (now Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center) as a Staff Physical Therapist.
Enters private practice and begins serving the pediatric & adult populations in Ketchikan with a manual therapy emphasis.
Kelly receives a Techniques Certification in CranioSacral Therapy (CST).
Incorporates and becomes the owner of Optimum Health and Wellness Physical Therapy, Inc.
Launches Optimum Fitness offering personal training and group classes.
Kelly begins working with the Alaska Brain Injury Network and becomes a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.
Joins Hands-On Diagnostics as a partner to begin electrodiagnostic testing in Ketchikan for electromyography (NCS/EMG) and also musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) imaging.
October 1st, 2019
Optimum Health & Wellness opens its doors at its new location.