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 lived and worked as a physical therapist in Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska since 1995 and been in private practice since 2004, initially as a sole proprietor. After watching many individual healthcare practitioners come and go from Ketchikan, and take their contributions with them, I knew I wanted to establish something more lasting for this community to help build more stability for our healthcare options here...

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Rachel Cote

PT, DPT

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain” - Dolly Parton

I grew up in Tokyo, Japan. I was a dancer for 14 years and a neurological research assistant for 7 years.

After graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina, I became a travel PT and have been traveling for nearly 3 years. So far, I’ve worked in SC, IL, OK, TX, ME, and CT. I believe that every phase of my life prepared me to become a clinician I am today!

There is too much stigma around age and gender when it comes to strength, independence, and autonomy of one’s body. Through PT, I want to help everyone in the community to do what they love for as long as they can! I perform hands-on treatments to achieve goals that are established with each patient.

At Optimum, I like the holistic and long-term approach to health & wellness!

I value quality relationships, self-improvement, and diversity.

When I’m not working, I enjoy dancing, crafting (I recently got into epoxy art), hiking, and learning to cook a new cuisine!

Favorite Books/Podcasts
1. Office Ladies (podcast)
2. Financial Feminist (podcast)

Steffen O'Brien

PT, DPT

“The world is a book. And those who do not travel read only one page.” - Saint Augustine

I grew up in Lostant, IL. After graduating from Bradley University with BS in Health Sciences, then Governors State University with DPT, I began developing passion for vestibular, pediatric, post-op return-to-play, and neurological physical therapy. I worked in an outpatient clinic in the Chicago suburbs before joining my now-fiancé in travel physical therapy. I have worked in IL, TX, ME, and CT.

In PT, there has been a reliance on quick fixes for musculoskeletal problems. However, I aim to provide long-term solutions together with the patient. As a physical therapist, I discuss with patients in-depth regarding the nuances of their current symptoms. My hope is that my patients will feel excited to be discharged from physical therapy, but sad that they won’t have to come back!

At Optimum Health and Wellness, I like all of the patients’ smiling faces!

I value excellence, quality, and wellness.

When I’m not working, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and cooking. I would love to learn blacksmithing!

Favorite Books/Podcasts
1. Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks
2. Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake

Ethan Brown

PT, DPT

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln

I grew up in a small town in Indiana. My childhood days were filled with soccer, swimming, riding bikes, and hanging out with friends. A couple years ago, I worked as a traveler in Fairbanks and Eagle River for about a year and I have been waiting for a great opportunity to come back to this great state ever since.

I obtained my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Evansville in 2017. Since then, I have worked exclusively in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Overall, I have come to specialize as a generalist in orthopedics. I love working with patients with shoulder, knee or low back pain. I have also worked as a clinic director and have given numerous seminars on shoulder and low back pain.

I provide top tier physical therapy services to restore function, reduce pain and improve quality of life to people in need. I work hard to team up with patients and guide them to a better version of themselves. I believe that quality communication goes a long way. Patients usually have a good understanding of what is happening with their own body and will tell you what’s wrong if you are willing to listen. It is then my job to formulate a plan and guide the patient towards better health.

It is very important to me to be able to provide 1 on 1 care to my patients. I’m thankful for a workplace that allows me to spend this time with each patient to foster a relationship with each one. This is an integral part in setting and achieving our goals.

I value honesty, kindness and service. As a highschooler I tore my ACL while playing soccer. This injury required surgery and several months of PT. I was led well by my PT team and achieved all my therapy goals. I strive every day to give back what great care I was once given.

I strive for a healthy work-life balance. My family time and adventures fuel me. I enjoy hiking with my wife and golden retriever. We also enjoy seeing new places and trying new experiences. We’ll often try new restaurants or drive to new locations to pass the time. During my alone time I can sometimes be found playing video games or working out.

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?
1. Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
2. To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins
3. Into the Wild by John Krakauer

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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

Jaimee Watson

Client Services Manager

“Calm is a superpower.” – Bruce Lee

I was born in Ketchikan, AK and raised in Craig on Prince of Wales Island. I moved to Washington State in 2011 where I attended Clark Community College and began my career in medical office management. During that time, I also owned and operated a cleaning business for 9 years. I moved to Ketchikan in 2020 for my son to attend Kayhi and be closer to our family. I am hoping to feel at home again and enjoy a slower pace in life.

I was the former front office and dispensary manager at the Center for Natural Medicine, a naturopathic primary care clinic in Portland Oregon. There, I learned the importance of searching for the underlying cause of a patient's symptoms as opposed to simply treating the symptoms. I continue to value this philosophy in healthcare to this day.

In a medical setting, we come across many individuals who may feel defeated to a certain degree. I believe that people are capable of so much more than we can imagine. I want to help others realize that injuries, illnesses and mental obstacles do not define them as a person. You can overcome obstacles if you allow yourself to.

I believe in treating others the way I would like to be treated. We all struggle in our own ways and should not be ashamed. If it is within my power to be helpful in any way, I will do my best to help.

Productivity and self-worth drive me. I feel that I thrive when the majority of my time is occupied, whether it be with hobbies, work, or helping others.

I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and kind staff at Optimum Health & Wellness. The patients are greeted so wonderfully by the front office and treated as if they are family. It's like a full circle of respect.

In my spare time I enjoy fishing, painting, cooking, beach combing and, if I get the chance, I love to travel.

Favorite Books/Podcasts
1. Russell Brand (podcast)
2. Anything by Dean Koontz (books)
3. The Shack (book)

Annie Morris

Client Services Representative

“Without risk there can be no progress.” - George M. Low (NASA)

Born and raised in Spokane, WA, I fell in love with Alaska on a fishing trip at 18y/o and moved to the state permanently in 2012. I moved from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2019 to pursue an education at UAS.

I am currently studying business administration at the University of Alaska Southeast with an emphasis in accounting. Accuracy in data entry and record keeping is a must for the highest quality treatment of our patients! That is what I strive for!

I feel blessed to be one of the first points of contact for our patients. As a Client Services Representative, it is my privilege to provide excellent customer service to all patients as they embark on their health goals here at Optimum.

I value the very personal touch every staff member brings to their work. There is an undeniable inclusiveness they offer everyone who walks in the door. I want to be a part of that.

Values that drive me:
Integrity – uphold your principles always. Do not be swayed.
Authenticity – genuineness and transparency of character.
Determination – never give up! Fight for what you believe in!

When I’m not working, I enjoy laughing with my son, Berkley, community outreach and volunteering, trying new vegan recipes, and taking long drives with my stereo up loud. I absolutely love to be around people that are enjoying themselves – whatever the activity may be. I am open to trying anything!

Favorite Books/Podcasts
1. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
2. The Essential Law of Attraction Collection by Esther and Jerry Hicks
3. Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

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

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

Christi Rhodes-Mestas

Facilities Technician

[Bio coming soon.]