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 continually exchange new ideas and techniques with each other to provide all of our patients with the best level of skills available. Our therapists are dedicated to utilizing proven and emerging techniques that are based on sound, scientific principles and evidence-based research.

Voree Smith, MPT

Voree hails from Burlington and has spent his entire professional career in Skagit and Island County. Graduated with a Masters degree from Loma Linda University in 2000 and moved back to his home town to start his career. In 2005, he and his associate Greg Fritz started Burlington Physical Therapy. He decided to go solo with Burlington PT in 2008 and has been there full time until this summer. This year Dr. Fritz retired and passed Voree the torch of his three practices, Anacortes PT, Oak Harbor PT, and Coupeville PT. I currently split my time between the 4 practices.  

My family and the outdoors are my primary motivators. I love helping people help themselves return to what they love to do. Whether that is quilting or ultra-running the Big Foot 200. I want my clients returning to their pre-injury level and to build upon that level if they are motivated to do so. My goal is to help you NOT need to come back to PT because you are so knowledgeable of your body you will have learned to control dysfunction on your own. When not working, I like to spend time with my family in the great outdoors, cycling (preferably offroad), racing mtbs both XC and enduro, hiking, trail running, camping and enjoying the best that mother nature offers here in Washington state.

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!