Staff

Sean Sipe, PT, DPT, SCS

Sean is a lifelong Washington State native. He was born and raised in the Spokane area and has resided in Thurston County for over 10 years. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1996 with a degree in Human Biology and was accepted into EWU’s Physical Therapy program. He was awarded his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1998.

Shortly after graduating, Sean began working as a Staff Physical Therapist at a private practice in Aberdeen. He soon began managing that practice. Eventually he moved to Olympia with the goal of starting a new practice.

In 2002, Sean co-founded what was to become South Sound Physical & Hand Therapy. Over the course of 6 years, through a combination of start-ups and acquisitions, he grew the company to 5 locations. Sean sold his interest in South Sound Physical & Hand Therapy in early 2011 to pursue other projects, including consulting and new clinic development.

Early in 2012, Sean purchased Yelm Physical Therapy and began managing that practice. Sean also completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in August, 2012 in Executive Management from the EIM Institute based in Louisville, KY. He became co-founder of Centralia Physical Therapy which launched in September, 2012.

Sean’s wife, Christina, is a Pediatric Physical Therapist and they have three children. He is an avid golfer and enjoys keeping up on his reading.

Anesse Kuehl, DPT

Anesse grew up in Tacoma before moving to Olympia. She graduated from Olympia High School where she competed in basketball, softball, and volleyball. She competed at the collegiate level in rowing at Washington State University before an injury ended her career. She completed her undergraduate education at Saint Martin’s University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2010 and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2013.

Anesse has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Physical Therapy Association of Washington since 2010. She enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic conditions with a key interest in hand therapy and rehabilitation. Her treatment philosophy is focused on using manual therapy techniques and incorporating an exercise program while highlighting patient education to help them return to living life to the fullest.

When not working, Anesse enjoys spending time with her husband and family, playing softball, watching football and playing the piano.

Member: Hand Section of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT)

Joanna M. Lopez, DPT, CLT

Joanna grew up in Western New York. She completed all her undergraduate and graduate level education at Daemen College; obtaining her Bachelors of Natural Science in 2003 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2004. She has attained her certification to be a Certified Lymphedema in 2010. As of 2015, she also became a Certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. Joanna has completed Level 1 Graston training for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and will complete the full training by Winter 2018. Joanna has worked in a variety of settings in multiple states prior to moving to Washington.

Joanna is interested in treating a variety of patients with conditions including orthopedic, neurological, vestibular, urinary incontinence, lymphedema, and women’s health. Her treatment philosophy is focused on the whole person using behavior modification, manual therapy techniques, and incorporating an effective exercise program. This philosophy also highlights patient education to enable the patient to participate in the recovery process.

Christie Wallin, PT

Christie Wallin, PT Christie was born in Madrid, Spain while her father was stationed in the Air Force. She moved frequently growing up as is the military life. Christie graduated in 1979 from Loma Linda University with a B.S. in Physical Therapy.

After working in Northern California for a couple years, she travelled to Australia and worked there for five years. On returning to the United States she married Kelvin, who is a Realtor and is very proud of their two daughters, one in Tennessee and one in Texas. When Christie is not working she enjoys working in her yard and playing with her three dogs.  

Fiona (Lesley) Vaughan OTR/L, CLT – Occupational Hand Therapist

Fiona graduated from York College, City University of New York with a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy in 2004. As an Army officer, her career took her to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and Madigan Army Center, in Tacoma, WA where she learned to be a leader and clinician. Her love for hand therapy began early in her career, where she learned from leaders in both hand therapy and hand surgery specialties.

Danielle Watson, MOT, OTR/L – Occupational Hand Therapist

DANIELLE WATSONDanielle grew up in New York, where she studied Art History and Philosophy as an undergraduate at New York University. She discovered a love for occupational therapy after experiencing an injury herself. She has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2011 and graduated with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2016 from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She worked with a hand therapist on her master’s research project to study the effectiveness of mirror therapy for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT).

Joelle Ells, PTA – Physical Therapy Assistant

Joelle was born in California and raised in Montana. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1988. She has lived in several states to include Hawaii and spent a year in Seoul, South Korea. She attended physical therapist assistant school at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA, and graduated in 2015. She enjoys hiking, running, and cycling.