Bart Simons, PT
Bart graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's in physical therapy in 1989. He worked in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for 10 years before opening his own practice in Green Lake. Bart played collegiate lacrosse, coached youth lacrosse and played as an adult amateur. In his free time he enjoys playing golf. Bart has completed a Titleist Performance Institute certification to help patients and clients improve their golf swing as they reach the return to sport phase of their rehabilitation. Read more about it here: Titleist Performance Institute
Adam Waggoner, DPT
Adam earned his doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2015. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology at Texas Woman’s University while working full-time as an aide in a PT clinic for 4 years. These experiences combined with a background in competitive sports participation allowed Adam to recognize his passion and enthusiasm for physical therapy and sports rehabilitation. After completing his DPT degree, he moved to Seattle to join the Greenlake Sports Physical Therapy team in 2015.
Adam’s clinical focus is orthopedics and sports medicine, working with all age groups. Areas of special interest include rehabilitation of the shoulder and elbow in the overhead athlete, advanced rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction, and slow motion video analysis of running and sports mechanics. He has training in advanced manual therapy techniques of the spine and extremities and enjoys staying up to date with the latest clinical evidence. Adam began snowboarding after moving to the Pacific Northwest and also has enjoyed playing soccer, biking, hiking and many other outdoor activities which the area has to offer.
Katy Smith, DPT
Katy received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Washington in 2015 after earning a bachelors degree in physiology and neuroscience at the University of CA San Diego. She has traveled and lived in several places throughout the world including Peru where she was born, Germany and southern California. She fell in love with the Seattle area while studying physical therapy at the UW finding that it was a good fit for her love of the outdoors and active lifestyle.
Katy has several years of experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and rock climbing which gives her a unique insight into the requirements of extreme sport athletes and allows her to tailor treatments specifically towards their needs. Being a bicycle commuter and triathlon participant, Katy has an interest in proper bike fitting, injury prevention and rehabilitation for cyclists. To expand her knowledge in this field she completed the level 1 BikePT certification from the industry-recognized expert Erik Moen. Katy enjoys developing patient specific rehab programs, drawing from her knowledge and experience in Pilates, yoga, massage, manual therapy techniques, strength and conditioning, and participation in various sports.
In her spare time Katy competes in local BJJ tournaments, loves to work in her garden, travel, experience new cultures, and enjoys outdoor adventures including hiking, rock climbing and snowboarding.
Samantha VanderPutten, DPT,CSCS
Samantha received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University in 2019, and her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University in 2015. She is originally from the Seattle area and knew, after spending 7 years on the East Coast, she was ready to move home. Samantha competed as a Division 1 gymnast while at Cornell, specializing in vault and floor exercise. Her frequent trips to her local physical therapy clinic, combined with her love of sports and movement, are what inspired her to become a physical therapist.
After finishing her gymnastics career, Samantha grew to love running. While attending PT school in New York City, she spent much of her time studying, working as a personal trainer, and running the East River. She completed the New York Marathon in 2018. Samantha currently specializes in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, and enjoys working with all individuals, whether they are gymnasts, runners, or weekend warriors experiencing normal aches and pains of everyday life. She follows an exercise/movement based approach and is always searching for new ways to make her patients rehab and exercise programs functional, challenging, and fun.
GSPT SUPPORT STAFF
Alex Farley, MS, LAT, ATC, Office Manager
Alex, a Washington native, received her Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from University of Idaho in 2010. After graduating, she lived and worked in the Boise area as an Athletic Trainer 3 years before pursuing and completing her Master’s of Science in Sport Psychology from Western Washington University in 2015. Alex has worked with athletes ranging from the youth to professional level as well as the industrial setting. In her spare time she enjoys listening to podcasts while walking her corgi Mogul.
Brandon Nakano, Personal Trainer/Aide
Brandon, a Southern California native, graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sports and Exercise science from Seattle University in December of 2017. Brandon is also a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. His credentials were obtained through the American Counsel on Exercise. His passion and commitment to wellness and exercise led him to Greenlake Sports Physical Therapy. Here at GSPT, Brandon plans to aid the physical therapists with his expertise as well as gain invaluable experience as he prepares for physical therapy school. Brandon enjoys playing basketball and volleyball in his spare time.
Molly McDonald, Personal Trainer/Aide
Molly is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Her credentials were obtained through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her interest in helping people live every day feeling well in their bodies drives her work at Greenlake Sports Physical Therapy. Molly has experience in personal training, instructing group bootcamp classes, and instructing yoga sculpt. Outside of work Molly enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, and reading – if you have any great book recommendations pass them on!
Rhonda Tipps, Office Coordinator
Rhonda fell in love with Greenlake Sports Physical Therapy after receiving excellent, compassionate care here following her knee surgery. In a moment of serendipity, her experience with medical billing coincided with an opening for the front desk position. She is in awe of the professionalism of the therapy staff, and their enthusiastic commitment to healing. Rhonda holds a bachelors degree in history from Western Washington University and is a licensed massage therapist. She currently lives aboard and is restoring a 44’ 1979 Cheoy Lee ketch in preparation for an eventual extended sailing cruise. On Thursdays she can be found learning to play fiddle and guitar for contra dance bands.