Therapists

Penny S. Coppersmith, PT

Penny is an orthopedic physical therapist, founder and principal partner of Coppersmith Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy.

I enjoy the challenge of working with patients who have musculoskeletal problems: from evaluation and hands on treatment to teaching patients how to creatively and efficiently manage their issues. I have enjoyed practicing in this same neighborhood since 1980, getting to know each patient, their friends and families and the community.

Education and professional affiliations:Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy (1976) University of Washington, Washington State Licensure, Clinical Faculty, University of Washington, Member American Physical Therapy Association , Orthopedic Section, Private Practice Section

Jeff Coppersmith, PT, MS, CSCS

Jeff has practiced physical therapy since 1984 with an interest in exercise prescription and physical therapy research.

I like many aspects of physical therapy, specifically being applicable to my academic and research backgrounds with the practicality of working directly with patients. The human body can do great things and I enjoy facilitating patients of all ages and conditions on their return to normal activities.

Education and professional affiliations: Bachelor of Science Microbiology (1973) Psychology (1976), University of Washington, Master of Science, Biology (1978) Northwestern University, Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy (1984) University of Washington, Washington State Licensure, Clinical Faculty, University of Washington, Member American Physical Therapy Association, Research Section, Private Practice Section, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association

Gary Hansen, PT

Gary has been an active physical therapist in Seattle since 1984. His athletic background aids his work with all patients to achieve maximum results.

I once heard an orthopedic surgeon say that he thought of all of his patients as athletes. As a former athlete, this is very meaningful to me. Every patient (high level athlete or retired individual) deserves relief from pain and dysfunction. If your “sport” is basketball or soccer, golf, gardening, or cleaning y our house, I will create an individualized treatment plan, including strengthening and education to allow you to become an active participant in getting back to your activities.

Education and professional affiliations: Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy (1984) University of Washington, Washington State Licensure, Member American Physical Therapy Association

Kathleen Neal, DPT

Kathleen has worked as a physical therapist in many settings: outpatient orthopedics and sports clinics, home health, and a nursing facility; joining Coppersmith Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy in 2013. Kathleen has been trained in vestibular rehabilitation to help patients with vertigo and similar issues resolve their symptoms. She is certified in kinesiotaping and uses it to help with pain, swelling, muscle re-education and joint stability.

I view my role as a physical therapist as an educator, helping my patients to fully understand their injuries. I believe in working as a team with my patient and my goal as a therapist is to facilitate optimal healing and return the patient to what they enjoy doing before their injury.

Education and professional affiliations: Bachelor of Science Kinesiology: Exercise Science, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2007; Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine, 2010; Washington State Licensure, Member American Physical Therapy Association

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