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

Joshua Greenway

PT, DPT

I was born in Knoxville Tennessee and graduated from East Tennessee State University where I graduated with a degree in business. During my senior year I was hit by a car walking across campus and was injured. I underwent physical therapy for 6 months and was able to return to hiking and performing outdoor and physical activities. I gained a respect for the human body and its potential to recover after undergoing my own rigorous therapy process. This created a desire within me to help others recover from injury and debility thus I decided to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Since then I attended and graduated from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Science in Florida.

I have experience working in; outpatient orthopedics, acute care hospital, home healthcare, short term in-patient rehab, and skilled nursing facilities. I enjoy getting to know my patients and working one-on-one with them in order to accomplish their goals that we set at our first session.

I believe that working with a patient in a one-on-one environment is paramount to a patient’s wellbeing and successful recovery. It is great to work at a company that values this patient-first centered approach.

When not at work I enjoy many outdoor activities, meeting new people, travel, reading, and watching movies.

Gemma Rose

PT, DPT

I’ve lived a diverse life and have brought that wide perspective and broad mindset into my career. I was born in England and had a childhood that moved me around between three different countries and multiple states before becoming a personal trainer and then graduating with my doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2014 from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

I chose to work at Optimum as I’m aligned with their values of using a holistic approach to wellness. I love the fact that they have the facilities to aid in helping patients not only overcome pain and restore function, but also assist them in getting to their ultimate optimum level of fitness and health if that is the patient’s goal.

I live for helping others, listening to my patients’ needs and helping them towards meeting their individual goals. I use a blend of techniques in my manual therapy and therapeutic exercises, and have experience working with orthopedic injuries, helping patients after surgeries, balance and gait impairments, injured athletes, neurological incidents and diseases, and with ages ranging from teenagers to the elderly. I’m SFMA Level 1 Certified, CrossFit Level 1 Certified, and IASTM and Taping Certified.

I enjoy volunteering everywhere that I’ve lived, and have had over 20 years of experience with organizations that bring extraordinary experiences to people that have physical disabilities, including activities such as adaptive kayaking, horseback riding, rock-climbing, surfing, swimming and cycling.

When I’m not at work I spend most of my time outside exploring and adventuring, travelling whenever I get the chance and spending time with friends and loved ones. As far as hobbies go, I enjoy riding my motorcycle, dirt biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, camping and hiking, and learning new skills like photography, speaking Spanish, and playing the piano.

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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

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!