Meet our care provider team
Patrick Minder, PHD, PT
Patrick graduated from the APTA accredited Physical Therapy Program at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland in 1998. After graduation, he was awarded a studentship to pursue a Doctorate in the field of Musculoskeletal Pain and Dysfunction which he completed in 2002. In 2002 he returned to Alaska and worked with Providence Hospital as a staff PT and later as a Clinical Supervisor specializing in both orthopedic and neurological conditions with an emphasis on manual therapy and exercise prescription. Patrick is a Star Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Clinician as well as a Certified Mulligan Practitioner.
Danielle Ray, DPT
Danielle graduated with a Bachelors in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and went on to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Her passion for life-long learning drives her as she strives to combine evidence-based practice and compassion to provide patient-centered care. Danielle has dedicated herself to women's health and pelvic floor dysfunction, focusing her continuing education on courses through the APTA's Section on Women's Health and Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Her desire is for women to understand the role of physical therapy, and experience how it can improve quality of life throughout the lifespan.
Trish Magee, MPT
Trish graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Valley City State University before going on to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in physical therapy from the University of North Dakota. Born and raised in Minnesota, she didn’t quite envision ending up in Alaska, but has been in the state since graduating in 2002 and has no intentions of leaving. She spent the first 12 years of her career working in the Kenai/Soldotna area and has been in the Wasilla area with her husband and four children for the past two years. Although she has experience in a variety of settings, her primary area of interest is outpatient orthopedics.
Nichole Roiko, DPT
Nichole Roiko attended The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Health Sciences in 2005 and her Doctor of Physical Physical Therapy in 2007. Her passion is to make a positive impact and difference in people's lives. Nichole's professional interests include knee and shoulder rehabilitation, post-surgical rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation, and helping patients return to their recreational pursuits. Nichole believes in exceeding patient expectations and achieving patient goals through advanced education, evidence-based rehabilitation, manual therapy techniques and getting patients to move more functionally by utilizing the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. In her free time, Nichole enjoys exploring what Alaska has to offer, hiking, CrossFit, spending time with her family and friends and traveling.
Jean Stanefski, PT, COHC
Jean is a 1984 graduate of the Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences - Program in Physical Therapy. Jean’s work experiences have been mostly in the area of outpatient orthopedic care. Over the past 25 years, one of her specialty areas includes providing foot evaluations and custom biomechanical orthotic fabrication, at a very cost-effective rate to the patient. In addressing the Biomechanical alignment of the foot, the orthotics include Forefoot and Rearfoot posting, and pt.’s have found her approach 95% more successful than the traditional casted orthotics.
She has an extensive background in treating Worker’s Comp injuries, as well as providing education and injury prevention services to business and industry to help reduce work-related injuries. She has special certification in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) and Pre-Work Screening (PWS) and work rehabilitation (WR) through the “Work Well Prevention and Care” standardized method of testing. She has been performing FCE’s for over 19 years.
Jean has also worked with employers to provide on-site evaluation of an individual’s workstation and make recommendations for changes, as well as developing onsite stretching programs, and educational seminars to help reduce injuries of their employees. She has also given presentations numerous times at the Annual Alaska Governors Safety and Health Conference and received great compliments for the information provided.
In addition to being a physical therapist, Jean has a certification as an Occupational Hearing Conservationist and is trained to perform audiometric screening and hearing conservation. Jean is the current board member of the Mat-Su Sertoma Club, who provides free monthly hearing screening to the general public. Due to a hearing loss that she suffers from, she is an advocate for hearing protection and hearing loss prevention.
Jessica White, DPT
Eagle River Clinic
Jessica graduated from Pacific University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011. Jessica prides herself on having varied experience. She has worked in outpatient, inpatient, and skilled settings from pediatric to geriatric populations. Jessica also has extensive training in orthopedic and neurologic conditions throughout the lifespan. She is versed in specialties including vestibular disorders and women’s health. Jessica and her family recently relocated to Alaska from Michigan. They love hiking, snowboarding, fishing, and the three of them are excited to explore the Last Frontier.
Marlys Bryan, PT, DPT
Marlys received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and received her Doctorate from A.T. Stills University in Mesa, Arizona. Marlys has lived across the nation and overseas, and has extensive experience in hospitals and rehab centers in large cities as well as in small-town hospitals and nursing homes. Her experience makes her very comfortable in treating a wide variety of diagnoses, including those needing vestibular, orthopedic, and oncological rehabilitation.
Marlys and her husband moved to this area for the express purpose of working in the Sunshine clinic in Talkeetna. She counts it a special privilege to be allowed to provide care for people who are so eager to work hard to help themselves. Marlys has a deep love for research and plans to use that to bring the best care possible to the people she serves there.
When not at work, Marlys loves spending time with her husband, hiking with her dogs, researching, worshiping, or enjoying rich conversation with friends. She’s looking forward to learning to cross-country ski, paddleboard, and canoe. And having been raised in North Dakota, she’s really glad to be looking forward again to snow and northern lights!!
Shain ZumBrunnen, OTR/L, CHT
Eagle River & Wasilla Clinics
Shain has extensive experience and training for the entire upper extremity. As a Certified Hand Therapist, he also specializes in the treatment of orthopedic and soft tissue rehabilitation of the shoulder, tendinitis, and post-surgical recovery for the upper extremity. Evaluation and assessment of non-surgical dysfunction is an area of strength for Shain. He is skilled at assessing an individual’s ability and making a plan of care to promote health and independence in order to restore pain-free function. Shain is equally skilled in the fabrication of advanced custom elbow, wrist and hand splints. As an owner of Health Quest, Shain enthusiastically embraces his role as a practicing therapist while managing the long-term goals of the practice.
Sherrie Gerstung, COTA/L
Sherrie graduated from the Academy of Health Sciences in Fort Sam Houston, TX. Sherrie has continuing education in the areas of joint mobilization, treatment of the hemiplegic shoulder, and physical modalities. Sherrie has specialized in upper extremity care both neurological and orthopedic for most of her 11-year career.
Greg Caffiero, OTR/L, CHT
Kihei, Maui Clinic
Greg Caffiero graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College in 2003. After working in his hometown of New York City, Greg took an opportunity to relocate to Maui and practiced for several years as an Occupational Therapist for Maui Memorial Medical Center's Rehabilitation Department. In 2011, Greg decided to further his career and dedicates himself to the specialty field of Hand Therapy. Greg was chosen as the 2011 Hand Therapy Fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery, the country's #1 orthopedic hospital, in New York City. He completed the 9-month mentored fellowship in 2012 and was then hired on to Hospital for Special Surgery's Hand Therapy Department, where he spent the following 2 years. Now as a nationally recognized Certified Hand Therapist, Greg was excited to return to the island of Maui to serve the community with his skilled therapeutic approach and knowledge. Greg spends some of his time away from the clinic, playing hockey for Maui inline hockey association in Kihei. He also enjoys surfing, golfing, and diving.
Sarah Golliher, MS, OTR/L
Sarah earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2005. Initially wanting to pursue a specialty in hand therapy, she put this on the back burner to experience our great country through the opportunity of travel therapy. Sarah gained valuable experience in a variety of OT practice settings. She eventually settled in Maui where to work for seven years in a combined acute and outpatient hospital. In pursuit of her original goal of becoming a certified hand therapist (CHT), Sarah moved to Alaska in January 2017. Sarah takes full advantage of Alaska's abundant outdoor recreation experiences while honing her skills as a hand therapist.
Jayme McArthur, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Eagle River Clinic
Jayme earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Grand Valley State University in Michigan in 2014. Since graduation, much of her career has been spent in hand therapy. She has worked in Atlanta, Georgia as well as Albuquerque, New Mexico before moving to Eagle River. She is currently working towards her Certified Hand Therapist certification. As a newcomer to Alaska, she is excited to explore the area with her husband and dog through hiking and climbing.
Ron Miller, MS, OTR/L
Ron graduated from Eastern Michigan University with his Occupational therapy degree in 1998 and received his masters in 2016. Early in his career, he provided hand therapy in an outpatient setting before focusing on cognitive rehabilitation and industrial ergonomics. He enjoys golf, fishing and spending time with his family.
Ellen Kelsey, MS, CCC-SLP
Ellen graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology in 2010. She has experience with articulation, language, the birth to three year old population, voice, fluency, autism, AAC devices, and feeding and swallowing. Her family includes her husband, Aaron, three year old daughter Grace, Six month old son, William, and two dogs. They have been Alaska since 2010 and cannot get enough of the outdoors.
Alys Bowman, COTA/L
Graduated from Montana State University, College of Technology in Great Falls, Montana with her Associates in Occupational Therapy. She has 11 years of experience in a variety of settings that include outpatient orthopedics and pediatrics, SNF, school district and home health. Alys has additional training in fine motor skills, sensory integration and transitioning skills.
Hannah Haakkinson, OTR/L
Eagle River & Wasilla Clinics
Hannah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in December 2013 with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Hannah has worked directly with children with a variety of diagnoses including sensory integration disorders, autism, fetal alcohol/drug exposure, genetic disorders, downs syndrome, dyslexia, delayed processing, and psychological disturbances, and more. Hannah is passionate about pediatrics and helping children function at their highest level of ability by problem-solving and finding creative ways to implement therapy. Hannah completed her clinical experiences in outpatient pediatrics and acute rehabilitation in Anchorage. While she grew up in rural Wisconsin, Hannah has spent extensive time in Alaska with family and is excited to call it her new home. She enjoys all things outdoors and is always ready for an adventure.
Sarah Groves, MS, CCC-SLP
Eagle River & Wasilla Clinics
Sarah attended Andrews University in Michigan, completing a B.S. in Psychology in undergraduate studies. After working in the field for four years with social services, she began to pursue a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, which was completed in 2011 at the University of Utah. Sarah absolutely loves her work as a Speech Language Pathologist! Sarah has received training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (P.E.C.S.) and transitioning children from tube feeding to oral feeding. She enjoys reading various kinds of literature, the outdoors, learning the violin and attending church.
Meagan Szutz, MS, CCC-SLP
Meagan has a passion for working with children. She was a third-grade teacher for two years in Chattanooga, Tennessee before she decided to go back to school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education in 2014 and then earned an M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Loma Linda University in June of 2016. Meagan completed her clinical experiences in an acute hospital setting in Anchorage and in the Anchorage School District. She is married to her best friend, Brad, and they enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, and exploring Alaska with their two dogs, Paisley and LeFort.