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

Elysse Cillay

PT, DPT

I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, then attended Washington State University, where I was a member of the Women’s Soccer Team and received a degree in Elementary Education.

Eager for a new challenge after graduation, I traveled abroad where I lived and worked as an English teacher in the Spanish Public school system. During that time, I spent a month walking the El Camino de Santiago and traveling to various countries around Europe and South America. It was through my own personal experiences and my exposure abroad that led me to a career in Physical Therapy.

I received my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where I ultimately found a love for outpatient orthopedics. I value a hands-on approach to treatment and have an interest in treating concussions and the spine, as well as sports rehabilitation.

I am excited to be a part of Optimum Health and Wellness Physical Therapy and have an impact on the health and wellness in the community.

Raquelle Felder

PT, DPT

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

I grew up in Sacramento, California. I was in the Army and now serving in the Army Reserves.

I have worked in outpatient workers compensation, hospital-based outpatient clinic and outpatient amputee clinic. I’m also MDT Mackenzie Part A certified.

I want to enhance the lives of people and the community through movement, so they can continue to do what they love in life.

I want every client to feel that we are a team as we aspire to achieve their goals along their journey to recovery.

I like the (OHWPT) clinic culture where everyone is a team, all have similar values and ethical principles that provide authentic care to every patient that comes into the clinic.

When I’m not working I like to stay active with working out, hiking, camping and fishing. I enjoy reading. Above all, I enjoy traveling

Favorite podcasts/books:
1. Tribe of Mentors
2. Dirty John

Kyle Brunelle

PT, DPT

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” - Isaiah 40:31 KJV

I’m from Hooksett, New Hampshire. Prior to working at Optimum I studied health science and physical therapy at Utica College in New York.

My experience is primarily in the orthopedic field. However, I firmly believe that a multi-systems approach is paramount for effectively addressing the complex organism that is a human body. As such, I often incorporate techniques that may be more commonplace in non-orthopedic therapy settings in order to expedite the rehabilitative process and ensure optimal outcomes. I’m certified in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation and Kinesiology taping through RockTape as well as the McKenzie Spine Institute’s Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for the Lumbar Spine. I also have extensive experience with the use of cupping for myofascial decompression therapy.

As a physical therapist, I seek to effect change not only in an individual’s physical wellbeing, but also in their emotional, psychological and social health.

As a member of the team at Optimum, I seek to make a meaningful positive change in my patients’ lives. At times this includes what may be perceived as traditional physical therapy interventions, but I believe that my duty to help patients extends beyond best practice in order to make transformative improvements in quality of life. In my opinion, physical therapists are guides that support and encourage individuals along the path to achieving their goals.

Optimum is structured in a manner that allows for truly patient-centered care. Clinicians are allocated sufficient time to actually learn about their patients’ interests and to effectively address potential barriers they may be facing to achieving their goals.

I value integrity, empathy, loyalty, independence and humility.

When I’m not working I like to hunt, fish, hike, kayak, essentially any outdoors activity. I also enjoy strength training and conditioning of any form to include body building, powerlifting, crossfit, strong man/ highland games, trail running, etc.

Favorite podcasts/books:
Professionally:
1. Anatomy Trains-Tom Myers (Book)
2. Explain Pain-David Butler & Lorimer Moseley (Book)
3. Born to Walk: Myofascial Efficiency and the Body in Movement- James Earls (Book)

Personally:
1. The MeatEater Podcast- Steve Rinella
2. Can’t Hurt Me- David Goggins (Book)

Alexis Lancaster

PT, DPT

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” - Theodore Roosevelt

I grew up in farm country in Upstate, NY. I spent eight years at Utica College in NY studying biology, healthcare advocacy and navigation, and physical therapy. I started an online web and graphic design business in PT school and have worked with incredible clients since then.

I want to meet people where they are at, empower them, and coach them throughout their care to get them back to doing what they love and having fun throughout the process.

I place the patient at the center of care by listening to their entire story to ensure that I understand them as a whole. This allows me to guide patients through the rehabilitative process and provide them with the most efficacious and meaningful care.

I have experience in orthopedic, neurologic, and pediatric physical therapy. I am certified in instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and taping techniques through RockTape and have completed the lumbar spine assessment and intervention course through the McKenzie Institute. As a certified LSVT-BIG clinician, I provide effective treatment techniques for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.

At Optimum Health & Wellness, one-on-one care is the standard, which ensures that each patient is given the best opportunity for success and improvement as well as diminishing the risk of burnout for the physical therapist. With only one patient per hour, we as PTs are able to focus on the patient at hand, provide constructive feedback, and provide the best care.

I value kindness, compassion, empathy, and integrity

When I’m not at work, I enjoy hiking, spending time with my friends and family, traveling, and making friends with everyone else’s dogs. I also love coffee, CrossFit, palm trees, and the smell of the ocean.

Favorite podcasts/books:
1. Maestro on the Mic with Dr. Shante Cofield
2. 101 Essays that Will Change the Way You Think- Brianna Wiest
3. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

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

Michelle Fisher-Rothery

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 podcasts/books
1. The Power of Intention
2. Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling
3. Zero Limits

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Support Staff

Simona Plucarova

Client Services Specialist / Front Desk

I was born and raised in the Czech Republic, my passion for travel and learning new languages brought me to USA about 10 years ago, I have traveled all over this amazing country but Alaska and Ketchikan especially have my heart.

I have a background in public administration and have over 8 years of experience in Customer Service. I’m currently working on becoming a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist. Our clinic is always growing and I love the opportunities we have to help our community with health and wellness.

I’m the Receptionist and Scheduling Coordinator. At OWHPT we work as one big family and every single patient coming to this clinic becomes a part of our family. I’m making sure they feel welcomed and comfortable, making sure clients feel well cared for and help with scheduling. As far as my position in OHWPT I love being in front of the house, not only making sure that our Physical Therapists have everything they need and help them stay in good communication with Providers, but also help coordinate everyone’s busy schedule.

I absolutely love to see how many lives we change at Optimum. Whether having chronic pain or just a simple injury which affect a clients everyday life, there’s nothing better than seeing clients leave our clinic with a big smile and feeling great, understanding how to have proper body mechanics and live a pain free life!

When I’m not working I love being outdoors and anything that keeps me and my puppy active. I grew up playing water polo so water is really my element and I’m hoping to repeat a locally organized swim around Pennock Island soon. Camping with my family and friends is also on top of my list as well as spending time cooking and traveling.

Favorite Podcasts/Books
1. Into the Wild
2. The Joe Rogan Experience (podcast)
3. Sunny in Philadelphia

Emily Meusel

Client Services Specialist / Front Desk

“Good things don’t come to those who wait, good things come to those who want something so bad they can’t wait.” - Anonymous

I was born and raised here in Ketchikan.

I am currently pursuing American Sign Language by taking classes at Gallaudet University to follow my dream of being a certified ASL interpreter, to communicate and connect with the deaf from all over the country.

At OHWPT, I help operate the front desk. I love being able to connect with so many different people in our community, being in the office here allows me to do that in a healthy, positive and encouraging way.

It’s a fantastic environment for healing and health. Not only do our PTs treat physical pain, they promote wellness and healthy tools for patients to use long after PT in finished.

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family. They mean the world to me. I love being outside, love walking and hiking the beaches and the local trails.

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!

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