STAFF

Physical Therapy
Professionals

STAFF

Physical Therapy,
Occupational Therapy,
and Fitness Program
Professionals

Amy Irene Lynch, PT

Women's Health Specialist, Pelvic Physical Therapy Specialist, General Orthopedics, Owner of Discovery Physical Therapy


 
Amy Irene started her career as a physical therapist 20+ years ago at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA where she gained experience working with patients in a variety of settings including acute and intensive care, inpatient neuro, post-surgical, and outpatient orthopedics. While working there, Amy Irene discovered there was a vast need for women’s heath and pelvic health specific rehabilitation services. Understanding how greatly quality of life is impacted for patients with incontinence and pelvic pain, she worked to develop specialized programs and services to address these unique and deeply personal physical therapy needs.

In 2003, Amy Irene moved to Jefferson County choosing to work in a small private practice, then Dirksen Physical Therapy, so she could focus on patient care. In 2007 Amy Irene became the owner and, changing the name to Discovery Physical Therapy, continued to pursue her passion for helping people “discover” how to optimize body function in order to feel and move better.

Utilizing a holistic treatment approach, Amy Irene considers the area of injury as well as the impacts of the surrounding systems in understanding the causes of pain and dysfunction. Listening, understanding, providing information and solutions, and creating an individualized treatment plan for each patient, is the cornerstone of patient care for Amy Irene. Developing and nurturing a collaborative professional work environment where each person is valued in order to give our best in caring for our community, is the culture of the business at Discovery Physical Therapy.

As a clinician, Amy Irene works with men and women who are struggling with pelvic pain, incontinence, urinary and bowel problems, and/or are recovering from abdominal and pelvic surgeries. Amy Irene also works with pregnant and postpartum women, and children with bowel and bladder problems. Prevention has been an important focus for Amy Irene. She is an avid community speaker educating groups about physical therapy treatment options for pelvic and women’s health issues. Extend an invitation for her to come speak to your group with her entertaining and empowering presentation style.

At home, Amy Irene relishes a good cup of tea, quality time with her husband and 2 amazing daughters, long walks with good friends, the sound of a fog horn on misty mornings, and the heavenly scent of low tide that only a person born and raised near the Puget Sound can appreciate.

Education: Eastern Washington University, Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy

Professional Associations:
  • American Physical Therapy Association; Women’s Health Section, Private Practice Section
  • Physical Therapy Association of Washington Private Practice Special Interest Group
  • Gail Maciejewski, PT

    Orthopedic Specialist, Manual Therapist, Pilates


     
    Gail is an orthopedic specialist with over 18 years experience in outpatient private practice settings. She considers each patient’s unique set of musculoskeletal imbalances & special goals for rehabilitation. Gail’s approach involves not only treating weak/painful areas, but looking beyond to holistically address other regions which may be contributing to prolonged or persistent movement dysfunction. She uses a combination of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, including Pilates Reformer and mat work, to achieve optimal balance with meaningful results. Gail enjoys helping adults restore and maintain peak physical fitness for return to having fun!

    Special interests include: Overall Health, Physical Conditioning & Wellness, Orthopedic Dysfunction/Injuries, Soft Tissue Mobilization/Release, Chronic Pain Conditions, Dizziness/Balance Disorders (Vestibular Rehabilitation), Post-surgical Rehabilitation.

    Education: University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Masters of Science in Physical Therapy Temple University, Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology

    Professional Associations: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Washington State Physical Therapy Association (PTWA)
    Blake Thedinga, DPT

    Sports Physical Therapy, Foot & Ankle Rehab, Running Analysis, Movement Retraining, Manual Therapy


     
    Blake’s whole body perspective and use of innovative therapies, move his patients to lead a more active and pain free lifestyle. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2011 and specializes in foot and ankle biomechanics, with a strong background in manual therapy and functional movement analysis. He uses a caring and individualized approach with his patients and is passionate about getting folks moving!

    Growing up in Juneau, Alaska, Blake cultivated a deep passion for the outdoors. He now lives in Chimacum, WA with his lovely wife Nicole and 3 year-old son Holden. Among his favorite past times are barefoot family hiking and working, playing, and eating on the family farmstead.

    Education: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, Central Washington University, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Des Moines University

    Professional Associations: American Physical Therapy Association
    Erica Nixon Mack, PT, PRPC

    Pelvic Rehabilitation Specialist, Women’s Health Specialist, General Orthopedics, Cardiopulmonary Specialist


     
    Erica Nixon Mack is a physical therapist with over twenty-five years in the field.  After moving to the Olympic Peninsula from Seattle, she found a home at Discovery Physical Therapy in 2014.  Erica treats a variety of diagnoses for people having different kinds of difficulties throughout the body. Erica has specialized in pelvic health and earned her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification through the Herman Wallace Pelvic Institute in 2013.  As a pelvic health specialist, Erica helps people having challenges with the unique and deeply personal functions of the pelvic area.

      Erica knows that our quality of life is deeply impacted by physical pain and changes in bodily functions.  She listens attentively to her clients’ stories and carefully observes her clients’ movements. Her focus is an individualized plan designed for you to decrease pain while increasing efficiency and effectiveness doing the things you love to do.  Her approach is hands-on as well as educational; she knows that information empowers us all to determine the best ways for us to take care of our bodies and practice radical self-care.

    
Community, healthy relationships, play, laughter, good sleep, quiet time, power-sharing, and moving toward love and joy comprise Erica’s recipe for a good life.  She loves the outdoors, time with family and friends, dancing, singing, playing, walking, reading, hiking, biking, playing beach volleyball, floating down rivers, and dipping in oceans.

    
Born and raised in Indiana, Erica earned her BS in Physical Therapy with High Distinction from Indiana University.  She is a Certified Pelvic Rehab Practitioner through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute and active with the Chimacum Creek Racial Justice Collective. 

    Education: Indiana University, Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy

    Professional Associations: American Physical Therapy Association, Women’s Health Section, Orthopedic Section
    Max Selisch, PT

    Functional Movement Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Manual Therapy, Therapeutic Pain Neuroscience Education and Management, Rehabilitation of the spine and Extremities, Post-Operative and Sports Medicine Rehabilitation


     
    Max has over 25 years of experience in private practice orthopedic manual therapy having served in various capacities as clinic owner, director, and clinician. He has lived and practiced in Port Townsend for over 20 of those years. Max has a strong background manual therapy for the spine and extremities with certifications in functional movement assessment and exercise. Another clinical interest of his is therapeutic pain neuroscience. His eclectic clinical style serves to educate, enable, and empower his patients to take control of their pain and dysfunction and to adopt an active role in restoring and improving their overall quality of life regardless of age or ability.

    Max lives with his wife of 30+ years in Cape George and has two children in college. He grew up in Bend, Oregon and, as a result, has a deep love for the outdoors having, at one time, been both a professional skier and river guide. He continues to enjoy those activities as well as hiking, backpacking, biking, and running. He brings this lifestyle to his clinical work and seeks to make the sessions with him educational, fun, and, most of all, painless.

    Education: Bachelor of Science, The University of Montana

    Professional Certifications: Applied Functional Science, Functional Movement Assessment, and Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Kinesiological Taping