Meet the Team

At Optimum Health & Wellness, we understand that each client is unique and we are committed to providing you with customized plans to meet your needs. Our skilled team of Physical Therapists, Dietitians and Personal Trainers are dedicated to working with you and your loved ones to reach your health and wellness goals.

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Physical Therapy Staff

Kelly Chick Comstock

PT, CST, Owner & CEO

“Equipping, encouraging and empowering Ketchikan into wellness.”

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...

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Robert Hodges

PT, DPT

“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” - Bruce Lee

I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. For the past 5 years of my career, I worked at a small independent manual based physical therapy clinic in Chicago. I left that position to embark on building a small startup, unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic derailed that endeavor. I was looking to get out of Chicago as the biological crisis worsened around the world when I found Optimum Health and Wellness.

I have been a licensed physical therapist working in an outpatient environment for 7 years. During this time, I have worked with all sorts of patient populations, from the severely disabled trying to get back to some sense of normalcy in their lives, to professional athletes trying to improve their performance. I have taken coursework to become certified in dry needling and spinal manipulation. I am also in the process of earning my diploma of osteopractic from the Spinal Manipulation Institute.

Injuries happen. It’s part of the human experience. Sometimes an injury’s impact is far greater than someone could have imagined. I work daily to assist with helping injuries heal, but more importantly, I help the individual regain the parts of their life that they lost as a consequence of their injury.

I understand that there are usually reasons why injuries happen. My goal is to find the underlying factors that have led to an injury and address those as well. As much as I love them, I always tell my patients that I do not want to see them back on my table and I do everything in my power to make that happen.

The patients I have treated throughout my career know that they are getting my undivided attention to fine detail and expertise that is second to none when they rehab with me. I am uniquely able to lighten the lives of those who are suffering and make rehabilitation an enjoyable experience as opposed to a miserable one. My patients quickly realize that I demand a lot out of them, but in the end, they will always thank me for getting them to exceed their own expectations.

My driving values are integrity, honesty, and attention to detail.

My goal is to not only rehabilitate you in your current state but to maximize your physical performance throughout all aspects of your life. This helps to prevent further injury and ensure you can keep doing the things you love to do.

At the end of the day, Optimum Health and Wellness allows me to be the therapist that I want to be. I am able to have a more meaningful impact on patients working with them one-on-one.

Outside of work, I am a very active person and a lot of my hobbies revolve around being active. I enjoy calisthenic strength training, primal human movement training, cycling, yoga, running, martial arts, kayaking, and hiking. I try to keep my life balanced, so to wind down I enjoy reading, going for walks in nature, and playing video games. I also like to travel and explore new places and ways of life.

Favorite Books:
1. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
3. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Favorite Podcasts
1. The Jimmy Dore Show
2. The Joe Rogan Experience
3. Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr

Emily Rose Ellerbrock

PT, DPT

"We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” - Mahatma Gandhi

I grew up just north of Dayton, Ohio and did all my schooling in Athens, Ohio. I worked at a hospital for a few months so I could save up just enough money to buy a 4WD vehicle, and then I moved out to the wild west. I spent three and a half years working in Reno, Nevada building up my confidence and skills at Premier Physical Therapy & Sports Performance. They were a great company, and my team was amazing! In my free time I got to explore the Sierra Nevada mountain range, float down the Truckee River, and spend time with great people.

I have 4 years of experience as a DPT and enjoy working with vestibular populations as I did a 4-month rotation in a vestibular clinic while in school. My experiences have been very diverse, working in hospitals, urgent care centers, and an outpatient clinic helping to evaluate and treat a variety of diagnoses; orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular, and autoimmune with patients of all ages.

Many people don’t consider physical therapy as their first choice of treatment. I want to help improve accessibility and awareness to the general public that physical therapy is a viable option for reducing pain and improving function.

At Optimum Health & Wellness, I will be interacting with patients, clients, and staff members in positive ways to promote creative problem solving at personal, professional, and business levels. I want to provide excellent care to patients and build up this wonderful community.

I enjoy working hard and devoting 100% of my attention and energy to the task at hand. My values are authenticity, compassion, perseverance, determination, curiosity, faith, love, friendship, learning, and service. When I’m not working, I enjoy adventuring with my dog, Jameson! Hiking, biking, learning new skills and hobbies, snowboarding, reading, listening to podcasts, watching live performances, making new friends, and taking deep breaths in the great outdoors!

Favorite Books/Podcasts
1. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
2. Dare to Lead with Brene Brown (podcast)
3. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - Emmanuel Acho
4. Harry Potter (4, 1, 3, 5, 2, 6, 7) - J.K. Rowling

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Administrative Staff

Christopher Comstock

Administrative Executive and Diagnostic Technician

“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - Jesus Christ

I grew up in Puyallup, WA. Before joining my wife here at Optimum in January of this year, I previously worked in ship building and repair.

Working in a shipyard for the last 10 years, I have gained a wide variety of skills including; leading an electrical team of 10-15 employees, solving day to day electrical production issues, recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees and I helped to develop a marine curriculum with NCCER as a subject matter expert. My time at the shipyard gave me the confidence to endeavor into a completely new field as an Administrative Executive where I am now certified as a Technician in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Nerve Conduction Studies.

I don’t believe people truly understand the depth and breadth of what is available to them with Physical Therapy and it is a goal of mine to help our local and surrounding Communities realize the amount of support that our Clinic’s amazing Staff has to offer.

At Optimum, I see it as my job to support all of our Staff and Clients in any way possible. Whether helping as a Diagnostic Technician, filling in at the front desk, implementing new strategies or cleaning the bathroom, my job is to serve where I am needed. My hope is that everyone I interact with each day feels that they have support.

I love seeing and hearing the way that our Staff encourages and empowers our Clients. The environment here is truly warm and welcoming.

I value dependability, loyalty & commitment.

When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking and traveling with my family, game nights and Seahawks football games.

Favorite Books/Podcasts:
1. The Uncommon Man by Tony Dungi
2. Solid Joys Daily Devotional (podcast)
3. The Book of Joby by Mark J. Ferrari

Michelle Fisher

Administrative Executive

“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”

I grew up in Montana and Idaho. I was a Licensed Massage Therapist for 6 years and a Chiropractor for 10 years. In addition, I was taught Anatomy & Physiology, as well as other classes, at a local college.

I was a Chiropractor for 10 years, in which I owned and ran a busy practice. Unfortunately, due to injuries I am no longer able to practice. Luckily, I can still use my skills of excellent patient care, administration and insurance handling to ensure OHWPT patients get the best Physical Therapy care in Ketchikan!

At OHWPT we strive to educate the community on health and wellness and empower all to take their health into their own hands.

I work behind the scene, as well as directly with patients, to ensure they are getting the best care possible. I make sure everything runs smoothly; from the front desk, their physical therapy, and through the insurance process.

I love the positive and encouraging atmosphere at OHWPT! We all strive to build up one another and remain positive.

The values that drive me are: always striving to do the best in all I do and uplifting those around me in whatever ways I can.

When I’m not working, I like spending time with family and friends, hiking, dancing, and spending time in nature.

Favorite Books/Podcasts
1. The Power of Intention
2. Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling
3. Zero Limits

Stephanie Cain

Client Services Manager

“Your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn

I grew up in Florida, and prior to Alaska I have lived in South Carolina, South Dakota, and New Mexico because my husband was in the Air Force. I previously worked with a sleep apnea appliance doctor, but am now the Client Services Manager here at Optimum.

I have a lot of past experience in scheduling and administration. I currently hold an Associates in Health Information Management, and I’m in the process of earning my BA in Healthcare Management.

As a member of the Optimum team, I strive to always be available to address any concerns and provide an excellent experience to our clients. I’m excited to work with people that put great emphasis on helping people and promoting good team environments.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and dogs, sewing, and doing craft projects.

Favorite Books
1. The Dark Tower by Stephen King
2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
3. The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

Celia Rosenberg

Patient Care Coordinator and Marketing Manager

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” - Albert Camus

I grew up in a modern farm conservationist community near the border of Wisconsin and Illinois. For the last 10 years, I've been waiting for the opportunity to relocate to a small community surrounded by nature, focusing on client relations roles while working for a variety of family-owned businesses.

My passion is to be of service to my community and support those within it in their goals. I want to empower everyone to become their highest self; physically, mentally, and spiritually. I would love to see more people take advantage of PT as a preventative measure to help ensure the longevity of their overall health and wellness. I think it’s critical to maintain and optimize our bodies functionality even if and when we feel great.

I am very lucky to work amidst such a passionate, talented, and dedicated group of people here at Optimum. Not only is everyone here dedicated to treating the whole person, but they are also dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the community as a whole.

The values that drive me are: the power of manifestation, self-reflection, loyalty, integrity, and above all else, kindness.

When I’m not working, I love taking my dog to Bugge Beach or Carlanna Lake.

Favorite Books/Podcasts
1. The Time Travelers Wife
2. The Alchemist
3. Confessions of an Economic Hitman

Felix Wong

IT & Building Maintenance Manager

“Until you make your unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl G. Jung

I grew up in Singapore and worked at the shipyard before venturing on my own as an independent photographer and marine electrical contractor. I have tinkered with computers and technology my whole life, putting my experience into setting up my home server with a decommissioned laptop that now works as my personal cloud server, and many more convenient processes.

Joining the Optimum team as the IT Systems Admin and Building Maintenance Manager, I hope to apply my experience while working with people I am close friends, fostering a healthy work-culture with them.

Outside of work, I enjoy photography, designing and planning builds for hi-fi speakers and listening to music on said speakers, hanging out with my dog, tinkering with my home network, exploring internet-of-things possibilities, and ensuring stage productions and concerts sound good.

Favorite Books/Podcasts
1. The Jordan Harbinger Show (podcast)
2. Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu (podcast)
3. Mastery by Robert Greene

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Support Staff

Nikki Brown

Client Services Specialist / Front Desk

“Embrace the chaos.” - Anonymous

I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA. I moved to Ketchikan in early 2020 because I needed a change. I like extremes and Ketchikan felt pretty opposite of Santa Barbara. I am still in awe of all this little town has to offer. You might never get rid of me.

Values that drive me are kindness and human connection. I love being able to connect with people and seeing the drive they have to better themselves drives me to do the same – continually “stoking the fuego.”

At Optimum Health & Wellness, I am one of the two smiling faces you’ll see as you enter the door. My job is to handle the nitty-gritty so that you can get on to the fun stuff. And I love sharing jokes!

My experience varies greatly which means I bring a lot to the table, but the majority of it is customer service based so you can be sure that you are my top priority.

I love how everyone at Optimum – both the staff and the patients – really encourage you to be your best physically, mentally, and emotionally. As someone who has suffered from mental illness most of their life, it is empowering to be around this energy on a daily basis.

Outside of work, I am a creative soul and a lot of my inspiration comes from nature. I love to cook, paint, and get a little messy – inside and outside.

Favorite Books/Podcasts:
1. The Upside of Being Down
2. 99% Invisible (podcast)
3. Cooking Issues (podcast)

Ninette Waisanen

Facilities Technician

I am a Type 2 diabetic. My doctors told me that I needed to watch my blood sugars. I decided it was time to make my health a priority and start getting back in shape as well. I walked through town one day and noticed the 'Optimum' sign. I went in and a wonderful staff member assisted me and got me excited about working out. She answered all my questions about the facility, and I signed up the next day.

I began coming to work out almost every day! I loved the energy of the staff and the members. I joined the team as a Staff Member later that year! I love all that Optimum Health & Wellness is about and all the fabulous people who are members. I plan on staying and being a part of this Wellness Movement as long as possible!

Christi Rhodes-Mestas

Facilities Technician

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