Christi Riley, DPT, OCS, CFMT, CIMT, ATC, CSCS, CPI, CFCE, CEAS, CCI, Clinic Director

Christi has been practicing physical therapy for over 21 years in the outpatient setting. She graduated from Chapman University in Orange, CA with her Masters in Physical Therapy in 1997. She then went on to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Western University of Allied Health Sciences in Pomona, CA in 2002. Christi spent an entire year in a Manual Therapy based Residency program and has extensive certifications and experience in Functional and Integrative Manual Therapy, Vestibular Rehab, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Cranio-Temporal Mandibular Dysfunctions, and Sports Rehab. She is also a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator, Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, and Certified Clinical Instructor. Christi has a long history of working with high school, college, and elite athletes as well as with the general population. She strongly believes in developing and maintaining a proactive lifelong approach to patient care. Her treatment philosophy involves a comprehensive and integrative systems approach to physical therapy with a special emphasis on manual therapy and Pre-habilitation. Christi is passionate about educating her patients, fellow colleagues and practitioners, and the general public about the gift of wellness and health in promoting a fuller quality of life. In her spare time, Christi enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures and is often considered a “foody”. She lives for outdoor activities including skiing, golf, volleyball, soccer, and hiking. Additionally, she loves singing and playing drums. She feels grateful to be able to share her life with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

Rachel Parkman, PT, DPT

Rachel joined Highline Physical Therapy in December of 2018 after receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. She completed her undergraduate degree at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, with a double major in Neuroscience and Religious Studies. Her passion for serving as a physical therapist is driven by her fascination with the human body, in particular the brain, and dedication to facilitating healing, health, and wellness. Her treatment philosophy incorporates a variety of approaches for optimizing movement and function, but at its core is a commitment to partnering alongside patients and clients to help them achieve their goals, wherever they may be on their health journey. While she enjoys working with individuals of all ages and diverse needs and experiences, Rachel has a special interest in neurological rehabilitation. She is an LSVT BIG certified clinician for working with people living with Parkinson’s disease, and she also enjoys working with individuals post-stroke, with balance difficulties, and with other neurological conditions. As a Seattle native, Rachel is thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest after living in and exploring the Southeast for many years. She was a collegiate tennis player and continues to pursue her passion for tennis today as both a player and instructor. Rachel also enjoys traveling with her husband and experiencing new cultures together, as well as embarking on frequent foodie adventures, whether on the other side of Seattle or the world!

Aaron Keeney, PT, DPT

Aaron graduated from the University of Washington’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in 2016 and began working for Highline Physical Therapy in 2017. He is originally from Spokane and received his bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University. His background in cardiology, exercise testing, and nuclear medicine give him a broad perspective on total patient health. He became a physical therapist in order to apply his skills to solving biomechanical problems and addressing pain, especially for patients who have struggled with other approaches. He uses a mixture of manual therapy and exercise with a focus on core stability to problem-solve and get patients back to doing what brings them joy. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys distance running, biking, triathlon, and spending time with his family.

Jessica Ashe, MS, OTR/L

Jessica joined Highline Physical Therapy in August of 2016. Jessica earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Puget Sound in 2013. Jessica’s treatment philosophy is that it is essential to learn from and listen to patients, because it helps to maximize their return to function. She always tries to approach clients with openness and understanding of their uniqueness. Jessica also has experience in pediatrics, and has the SIPT certification (Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing). Outside of work Jessica enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, and napping outside on warm sunny days. She also enjoys playing with her dog and cat.

Andrew Riley, PTA

Andrew graduated from Pima Medical Institute with honors in early 2017 and has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the outpatient setting since. He has experience in concussion management, vestibular rehabilitation, and pain science. Additionally, beyond Orthopedic population, Andrew is looking towards more specialized education and training with manual therapy, Neurological conditions, and Industrial Rehab. Andrew believes in a combination approach of manual therapy, exercise and patient education. As a former physical therapy patient, he is keenly aware of the many challenges of the recovery process, and strives to make it as enjoyable as possible for his patients. In his free time, Andrew enjoys composing music and traveling with his wife.

Laura Jimenez, PTA, LMT, CLT, CPT

Laura has been practicing physical therapy for eight years in an outpatient orthopedic setting. She graduated in 2010 from PIMA Medical Institute in Seattle with a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Honing her skills even more, she received her degree in 2016 as a Licensed Massage Therapist and in 2017, became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. Laura has a history in Sports Therapy working with high school athletes and provided care for the Seahawks in 2011 during the NFL lockout. In her spare time, Laura enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their dog “Pepsi”.

Debbie Bathurst, PTA, CEAS, CKTP

Debbie has been practicing physical therapy for 22 years in an outpatient orthopedic setting. She graduated in 1996 from Miami Dade College in Miami with a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. After graduation, she worked for 10 years in Florida before moving out to the Pacific Northwest in 2006. Debbie’s interests are in industrial rehabilitation and orthopedics. She is a Certified Kinesio taping practitioner, Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist and Certified in Post Offer Employment Testing. She also has training in FMT Blades, McKenzie postgraduate program of study part A: Lumbar spine and part B: Cervical and Thoracic spine, advanced training in McConnell taping techniques. In 2017 she received Advanced Proficiency Pathway in Orthopedics for the Physical Therapist Assistant from the APTA. She is an active member of the APTA and PTWA. Debbie enjoys running, biking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her wife and their dogs Kona and Kiwi.

Darren Roxas, COTA

Darren graduated in 2015 from Pima Medical Institute as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant with his Associates of Science degree. Darren’s treatment philosophy is that if you put the patient first then everything will fall in line. He focuses on returning the patient back to function so they can enjoy their life to the fullest. Darren continues to expand on his knowledge and skillset through continuing education courses in order to better provide for his patients. Darren is passionate about a maintaining a healthy life style and sharing his knowledge and experience with everybody’s health journey. He believes we are all capable of achieving what we want! In his free time, Darren stays active and healthy through any and all outdoor activities from golf to Olympic lifting. He enjoys spending time with his son coaching soccer as well.

Chris Nimmo, LMT

In 2011 Chris completed his Massage Therapy program at Cortiva Institute, in Seattle Washington. He began his career at a chiropractic clinic in downtown Seattle, and joined Highline Physical Therapy in late 2012. Chris enjoys working in the Physical Therapy office setting, as he believes the best results in full rehabilitation come from a combined program of PT and Massage Therapy. He enjoys working with individuals that have been injured on the job, as well as pre and post-surgery, to help facilitate healing and hopefully bring them to better than they were before the injury. Chris is currently attending college with a Bachelor’s in Nursing (RN) as the end goal. He is also interested in anything outdoors, from boating or hiking in the summer, to winter downhill skiing as well.

Gabriela Velazquez, LMT

Gabriela Velazquez has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2002. She received her Diploma at Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle, WA. She worked the first four years out of school with chronic pain patients, with a diverse population, through a pilot program from Bastyr University. She has 15 years of experience treating chronic pain, work injuries and M.V.A.’s, as well as repetitive stress injuries. She has worked with chiropractors, PT’s, as well as Naturopathic Physicians. She is currently working as an Independent Contractor and shares in the care and treatments of her patients with the mindset of assisting in their healing. Gabriela is fully Bi-lingual in Spanish/English, and loves working with a diverse population of patients. She is also certified in Pregnancy and Post-Partum massage. Gabriela loves being outdoors, walking, Yoga, Zumba, bike riding, and is certified in “Yoga fit” as well as a certified Zumba Instructor. She loves encouraging her clients to start in their process of healing, wherever they are at; in order to increase their quality of life, with small changes to their daily routines.

Michael Yang, CCC-SLP

Michael graduated from New York Medical College in 2017 with his Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. His passion for serving as a speech-language pathologist is driven by his belief that being able to communicate effectively and to enjoy food is critical to a person’s quality of life. Michael’s treatment philosophy is to actively and constantly learn and research in order to provide the most effective and innovative therapy to all his patients. He values taking the time to listen to each patient and their family so that he can truly understand their personal concerns and goals. Michael has experience providing speech-language and swallowing therapy in various settings including schools, acute care, and outpatient rehab. While Michael has experience diagnosing and treating a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders, he has a particular interest in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and in brain injury rehabilitation.  Michael is bi-lingual in Chinese/English, and loves working with a diverse population of patients. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys playing and watching all types of sports; traveling; discovering new restaurants in town; walking his dog; and spending time with his wife.

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