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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Bree Love

PT, DPT

"Stay uprooted, venture, and briskly roam!" - Anonymous

I'm from one of the snowiest cities in the country, Rochester, NY. I received my DPT from Ithaca College in 2019 and started traveling to NC and TX for clinicals. For the past two years, I have been in another small town, Machias, ME. I worked as a traveling OP PT until early 2020 before switching to work a permanent inpatient/outpatient staff therapist in ME. I've worked with a variety of conditions from orthopedics, neuro, and acute care.

Some clinics only care about the money - running like a mill that ignores the patient's voice. I strive to ensure that my patients feel heard and supported in each session. I'm lucky enough to work in a healthcare field that can allow for the proper one-on-one time that patients deserve. I always try to make sure my patient's feel welcomed and to know that they are in a safe, judgment-free space. I strive to create the atmosphere of growth even in the little "wins" that may be had each session.

I've always wanted to come to Alaska and Ketchikan felt like the perfect beginning. I agree with Optimum's mission and want to help them achieve this. I value compassion, honesty, and hard work.

When I'm not working, you'll find me at the gym, hiking/exploring/camping with my chocolate lab, snowboarding, or anything active or outdoorsy! Although, I do love a good book or video game on a rainy day.

Favorite Books/Podcasts:
1. Let's Read (podcast)
2. National Parks After Dark (podcast)
3. Dark Downeast (podcast)

Samuel A. Corso

PT, DPT

“If you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will spend it's life thinking it's a failure.”

I grew up in a small town called LeRoy, IL. Before becoming a PT, I worked as a detassler, a waiter, a bartender, a baby sitter, a desk attendant, a barista, and in a produce department.

I completed my undergrad at Southern IL University and graduated with my DPT from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. I have completed clinical/educational experiences in Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

I feel that many PT's have to fight to balance between giving each patient the quality care they deserve and with getting all the patients that need care in to be seen.

I try to make my patient's feel welcome and safe in the knowledge that they will be heard when they share their troubles. I strive to give them the tools and the support to return to living their best life.

Compassion and honesty are values that drive me. I firmly believe that most problems can be solved by listening, and by being honest about your own wants/needs.

Working at Optimum is a great opportunity both for my professional career and to grow my skills as a clinician.

When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, hiking, playing videogames, cooking (and eating), and spending time with friends. I'm also a big fan of an afternoon nap when I can get one.

Favorite Books/Podcasts:
1. The Lord of the Rings
2. The Seven Realms series
3. Pendragon

Matthew Koval

PT

“"I am a very old man and have suffered a great many misfortunes, most of which never happened." -Mark Twain ”

I grew up in Rochester, NY. Western/upstate NY and about 6 hours from NYC. Prior to starting here, I was working as a travel PT throughout the state of California.

I graduated PT school in 2017, just after that I went into an orthopedic residency and received my OCS (Orthopedic Certified Specialist). I then spent three years working at an outpatient clinic in New York. Before moving here, I was a traveling Physical Therapist for two years in California.

I want to help provide empathetic, evidence-based care in the community to help people navigate the fear and/or uncertainty that may come with injury, illness or disability. I attempt to generate a team culture between myself and my client, where both of our inputs are taken into account and valued equally with the end result being a higher quality of life, whatever that may look like. The culture at Optimum also drives my desire to work here. Optimum is in healthcare for all the right reasons. They put patient first and strive to create an environment that produces the best outcomes for everyone. I value respect, trust, and humility.

When I’m not working, I enjoy watching sports, working out, playing sports, outdoor activities, hiking, socializing with family and friends, and traveling.

Favorite Books/Podcasts:
1. Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior – Phil Jackson
2. Green Lights – Matthew McConaughey
3. Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins

Melinda Guerrero

PT Aide

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -Walt Disney

I grew up in Ketchikan, Alaska before working for Optimum and spent the summer working in tourism. I graduated with a BS from Linfield University and worked as a PT Aide at Big Sky Physical Therapy in McMinnville Oregon from February-May 2022.

Currently, there is a long wait list for new patients. I want to help lift some of the workload off the therapists to make their schedules easier, and so they can see more patients. At Optimum Health and Wellness, I take on some patients from therapists to help their schedule. I interact with patients with kindness and warmth to maintain a positive patient experience. I want to work at Optimum Health and Wellness to stay active throughout the day, and to be in the world of healthcare. I hope to return to the clinic in the future as a practicing PT. The values that drive me are honesty, respect, and good communication.

When I’m not working, I enjoy going for walks with my dog, cooking, and baking! I love trying new recipes and being able to try the delicious results! I also enjoy spending time outdoors, whether it’s kayaking, hunting, or fishing.

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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.]

Faylene Benito

Facilities Technician

[Bio coming soon.]