Meet our Team

 

Our physical therapists constantly update their skills through continuing education courses in order to provide the best possible treatment for their patients. We work as a team, continually exchanging new ideas and techniques with each other to provide all of our patients with the best level of skills available. We are dedicated to utilizing proven and emerging techniques that are based on sound, scientific principles and evidence-based research, while emphasizing clinical diagnostics and orthopedic manual therapy.

Greg Fritz, PT, DPT, RMSK

Greg has over thirty years of experience as a physical therapist and started his career at Island Hospital in 1986. He ultimately desired the freedom and challenge of private practice, so he moved to Chehalis, WA to develop an industrial rehab center and a clinic focusing on sports and orthopedic injuries. After growing Chehalis Valley Physical Therapy to two clinics, Greg chose to sell the operation to a national rehab company. Longing for the peaceful lifestyle of Fidalgo Island, he returned to Anacortes in 1999 with his wife Janelle and his kids, Laurel and Hans. Greg is known for providing caring, patient-focused treatments with a heart for making friends of his patients. His quality, caring style grew his practice and he selected a like-minded team of clinicians to support this growth. Greg also has busy clinics in Coupeville and Oak Harbor where those communities have learned to expect the same high level of personable, contemporary care.

A student of anatomy and movement science, Greg continues to be fascinated by the human body and his professional interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging in physical therapy, job-site ergonomics, industrial injury prevention, fibromyalgia, TMJ/Jaw pain, balance training and sports/orthopedic rehabilitation. He enjoys flying, art, family, church and laughing. Greg is a real person, with the same real life problems every human body struggles with. As Greg says, “there is no shame projected here. We are in this life together, learning from each other, helping a neighbor to better living.”

Greg was one of three physical therapist recipients in the nation who earned a Pioneer Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (RMSK) in Washington State. This imaging tool is pivotal in the correct management and diagnosis of many orthopedic injuries. Greg regularly lectures at the University of Washington and trains other interested clinicians in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) in their practices. He is on the faculty of a distinguished Regenerative Medicine/Orthobiologics innovator (Don Buford, MD).

Education
  • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, AT Still University, Mesa, AZ (2018)
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, Loma Linda University , Loma Linda , CA 1986
Licensure
  • Washington
Specialized Training
  • NAIOMT – Trained Manual Therapist
  • APCA – Registered Musculoskeletal Sonologist – RMSK
  • McKenzie – Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy for the Spine
  • Medical Exercise Therapy
  • Orthopedics in Primary Care
  • Ergonomics and Jobsite Assessment
  • Manual Therapy for the Spine & Extremities
  • Electrotherapy and Pain Management
  • Craniomandibular Disorders
  • Low-Level Laser Applications
Ali Vande Castle, DPT

Ali graduated from Marquette University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010 after completing her B.S. degree in Exercise Science. Her main goal in treating the outpatient population is to treat the entire person, not just an injury or pathology. She has experience with both orthopedic/sports injuries and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Ali grew up in Chicago but has moved around the country with her husband Bill, a Navy pilot. She worked from 2011-2014 at both Anacortes Physical Therapy and Coupeville Physical Therapy and is excited to return to the area with her family, to raise their three boys in the Pacific Northwest.

Jill Ratcliff, PTA
Jill graduated from Whatcom Community College’s PTA program in 2015. She finds the diversity of out-patient physical therapy challenging yet rewarding, with her professional interests including IASTM and post surgical rehab. 
 
Jill grew up in Wyoming but fell in love the Pacific Northwest in her teens, and  has been a resident of Bellingham for the last 11 years. She enjoys the many outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer, her favorites being hiking and swimming. When she is not enjoying the outdoors she enjoys antique shopping and being at home with husband Zach, and their two cats.
Kristine Bouchard, PTA

Kristine graduated from Whatcom Community College’s PTA program in 2018 after obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical Therapy from Western Washington University with a minor in Sport Psychology. She finds her passion in sports related rehabilitation and experiences joy through the community of the out-patient clinical setting. 

Kristine is a local of the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Oak Harbor, Washington, and has resided in Bellingham, Washington, for the past 8 years. She spends her free time playing competitive volleyball and exploring the beauties of the PNW with her lovable dog, Duke. 

Gordon "Tal" Blair, DPT

Tal graduated from the University of St. Augustine’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. Following, he completed an out-patient orthopedic residency program in Denver, Colorado.

Tal grew up in Southeast Alaska, and is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest. He likes to spend time with his wife Morgan and daughter Norah, and enjoys trail running, snowboarding and being outside in general. His goal as a Physical Therapist is to give individual attention and education to people regarding their state of pain, and create a plan of action to return them to things they love doing. 

Carla Derie - Operations Manager

Carla moved to Anacortes in 1998, relocating from the Tacoma area with her husband, toddler son, and newborn daughter. After a few years as a stay at home mom and then Lead Scheduling Coordinator at Island Hospital, Carla pursued an opportunity to advance her career and accepted a position at Skagit Island Rehab Group/Anacortes Physical Therapy as Operations Manager in 2010.

She splits her time between three physical therapy clinics as well as two commonly owned businesses, including a medical billing company and MSK imaging consulting. Her duties have grown over the last 10 years to include office management, bookkeeping, payroll, financial management, staffing, and anything else that might get thrown her way. In her personal life, Carla enjoys spending time with her now grown “kids”, hiking, going to the beach, and she looks forward to traveling again someday soon.

Becah Fratianni - Patient Coordinator

Becah moved to Anacortes, Washington from Williams, Arizona. After a career change from Bank of America, she joined our team in 2013. She believes each patient should have a warm, welcoming and pleasant experience. In her free time, you find her rooting for the Seahawks and loves spending time with her two active kids!

Debbie Ruble - Patient Coordinator and Exercise Tech

Debbie grew up in this part of Washington and loves the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys the people she gets to meet and work with at Anacortes Physical Therapy and strives to make each person’s time at Anacortes Physical Therapy the best it can be. She is a busy wife, mother and grandmother and treasures time spent with her family. She enjoys baking and is very active in her church community.

Tawnie Burks - Exercise Tech

Tawnie is a fun loving, adventure seeking Oklahoman who moved to the great state of Washington with her husband who is an active duty Navy Diver and their German Shepard puppy, Bane. Tawnie joined the Anacortes Physical Therapy family in September of 2020 as an exercise technician. She is also a certified Personal Trainer at The Functional Training Studio in Oak Harbor, WA.

Since Tawnie began her fitness journey she has fallen in love with the entire lifestyle. She enjoys nothing more than helping others to become the healthier versions of themselves and to achieve their own personal fitness goals. In her off time she enjoys lifting weights, hiking, backpacking, camping, and really anything else that involves the outdoors.

Juliet Aspery - Exercise Tech

Juliet grew up in Oak Harbor and went to college at Washington State University. She graduated with a kinesiology degree in August 2020 and joined the Anacortes Physical Therapy team the following October. In her free time, Juliet enjoys hiking or paddle boarding, hanging out with friends, playing music and traveling.