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 the 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.
Hannah Krause, DPT, OCS
Hannah moved to Alaska in 2016 from North Dakota where she completed a one year residency program in orthopedic physical therapy. During this residency, she had extensive training in treating all orthopedic conditions including TMJ dysfunction, spinal problems, and joint issues. Hannah then received the prestigious certification of OCS, Orthopedic Certified Specialist. She also has experience working with children with various pathologies, including Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida. Prior, Hannah graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND in 2015 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. When not treating patients, Hannah enjoys hiking in the beautiful Alaska mountains with her husband, running, scrapbooking, crocheting, and playing the piano.
Rebecca Kopplow, DPT
Eagle River Clinic
Becky graduated from Idaho State University with an AAS Physical Therapist Assistant in 2012, as well as her bachelors in both biology and health sciences in 2013. She worked for 2 years at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Southeast Idaho before deciding it was time to continue her education. She then earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy in April 2017 from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND before moving to Alaska in May 2017. Becky enjoys working with a variety of musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions but is most passionate in the treatment of women’s health, pelvic floor dysfunction, and prenatal/postpartum rehabilitation. She is currently pursuing specialization through the APTA Section on Women’s Health and plans to expand her education with Herman and Wallace. In her spare time, you can typically find her with her family in the outdoors camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, and exploring all that Alaska has to offer.
Rebecca Blansett, PTA
Rebecca was born and raised in Mississippi and moved to Alaska in 2013. She has been a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant for over 20 years and has practiced physical therapy in many locations such as outpatient, inpatient, hospital, skilled nursing facilities, and home health. Rebecca's professional interests are orthopedics, stroke rehab, manual therapy, gait deficits, aquatic therapy, pediatrics, and wound care. In addition to her care provider responsibilities, she serves as Health Quest's marketing liaison. When Rebecca is not working, she enjoys spending time riding snow machines, fishing, and hanging out with her family and friends.
Crystal Ignacio, PT, MS, Cert. MDT, Cert. DN
Eagle River Clinic
Crystal grew up moving every few years as a military child with a father in the Army but eventually settled down in central Texas, where she finished high school. Crystal graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2003. After graduation, Crystal went on to earn certifications in dry needling, kinesiotaping, and the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. In her free time, Crystal enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two young children. Her goal is to help patients return to activities they enjoy and improve their quality of life.
Rilee Sullivan, PTA
I am a Physical Therapist Assistant who graduated from UAA and received my license in 2021. I was born and raised in Palmer Alaska, and have a deep passion for this beautiful state.
Throughout my childhood and young adult life I competed as a gymnast and coached for Denali gymnastics. As I progressed in this sport, I experienced several injuries along the way which required physical therapy. Through experiencing physical therapy first hand and witnessing my progress, I immediately knew this was the career I wanted to invest my life in. I find joy in helping others, and love making a positive impact in the lives of everyone I encounter. I started my first job here at Health Quest Therapy in January of 2021, and I am greatly looking forward to my future working with this wonderful team as I continue my education in the field of physical therapy.
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 was born and raised in Alaska and served in the US Army Reserves where she received her training as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She graduated from the Academy of Health Sciences in Fort Sam Houston, TX in 1998 and passed her certification exam that year. Sherrie worked in Texas for two years and then returned home in 2000. She worked at Mat-Su Regional Hospital from 2000-2005 seeing a variety of patients in the home health, outpatient, and inpatient settings. She started working at Health Quest Therapy in 2005 and has since focused on upper extremity care both neurological and orthopedic. Sherrie has continuing education in the areas of joint mobilization/manual therapy of the upper extremity, treatment of the hemiplegic shoulder, physical modalities and Graston Technique certified.
Sarah Golliher, MS, OTR/L, CHT
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. Since moving to Alaska in January 2017, Sarah has achieved her goal of becoming a certified hand therapist (CHT). Sarah takes full advantage of Alaska's abundant outdoor recreation experiences while honing her skills as a hand therapist.