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.

Celeste Misko, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Physical Therapist/Clinic Director

Celeste was born in Ohio and has resided in several states from the Midwest to the Southeast as her family moved often. Celeste played basketball in college and graduated from Jacksonville State University with Bachelors and Masters Degrees. She went on to pursue her initial Physical Therapy degree at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1992. She returned to school in pursuit of a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana, Missoula, graduating in 2014. Celeste attained her Board certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2007 and recertified in 2017. Celeste has a certification in Mechanical, Diagnosis and Therapy from the McKenzie Institute, as well as training in the Maitland and Mulligan techniques.

Celeste is interested in treating all types of orthopedic conditions, including back and neck injuries, shoulder injuries, status post-surgical rehabilitation, and injured athletes. 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. Celeste is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as the Physical Therapy Association of Washington.

When not working Celeste enjoys all the Pacific Northwest has to offer; hiking, kayaking, bicycling, running, and long walks on the beach with her family and two dogs.

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, CHT, CLT, WCC – Certified 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 Therapist 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.

Megan Wilson, PTA – Physical Therapist Assistant

Megan was born and raised in Olympia, WA, graduating from Capital High School. Megan attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Integrative Physiology in 2013. Megan graduated from Green River Community College with her Physical Therapist Assistant certification in 2015. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and injury types to help restore function and reach their goals

In her free time, Megan and her husband lead a local Junior High and High School Ministry at Living Water Yelm. They enjoy playing softball together and being outside with friends and family.