Excel Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation offers a wide range of services relating to health, wellness, and sports. Our office is a multi-dimensional clinic, using licensed Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, and Physical Therapy Assistants, to provide top quality care to our patients.
Lisa Obergottsberger PT, DPT, MSPT, SCS. - Lisa grew up in Bellingham, graduating from Sehome High School in 1988. She then went to Pullman, and graduated from Washington State University in 1992, with a Bachelor's in Biology. Lisa has been a physical therapist since 1995, graduating from the University of Colorado Health Sciences School of Physical Therapy. She has specialized in Orthopedic Outpatient Physical Therapy, with emphasis in sports injuries, neck/back/spine injuries, Vestibular Rehabilitation, and motor vehicle accidents. In 2013 Lisa completed coursework for the transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Pacific University in OR. Classes focused on clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis of orthopedic conditions. Her research project focused on the benefits of spinal stabilization exercises in the treatment of lumbar pain and dysfunction.
Sandy Hayner PT, OCS - Sandy is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. She specializes in manual therapy to treat a variety of orthopedic problems. She has completed through Level III advanced manual therapy techniques through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and is currently working towards taking the Level III exam. Although she treats a variety of musculoskeletal problems, she has a special interest in spine, lumbopelvic, and hip disorders. She also has a special interest in treating prenatal and post-partum women, dealing with back pain, and women dealing with Osteoporosis. She has taught community education classes in both areas. Originally from Portland, OR, she did her physical therapy training at the Mayo School of Health Related Science in Rochester, MN. She enjoys trail running, road biking, hiking, and cross country skiing with her husband and son.
Pandora Drossos, PT, DPT -
Pandora received her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006, from Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York. Over the course of her career, she has practiced primarily in the outpatient orthopedic and home health settings, with an emphasis in sports-focused rehabilitation. She has been actively engaged in the field of since discovering her love for physical therapy 20 years ago. She especially enjoys treating the shoulder, hip, knee, and spine. She has considerable experience treating most orthopedic conditions, including post-operative.
Her treatment approach is holistic in nature, drawing from her experiences in treating clients in their homes, her own healing journey, and her journey into motherhood. Healing is not limited to your physical body, but involves the whole person, as well as the settings in which a person can function. Her “Art of Physical Therapy” focuses on sharing knowledge with clients to facilitate in healing themselves, and to reduce the likelihood of further issues in the future. She trains clients with specifically targeted exercises for each person's condition, utilizing hands-on manual therapy to assist. Home exercise programs and self-care training are key to her treatment approach, as most of the healing process takes place outside of the PT clinic. She enjoys developing relationships with her clients based on trust and clear communication. She is deeply compassionate and competent, working with her patients to identify and address their physical therapy needs, with the end-goal of independent self-management.
She spends her time away from the office with her family, and our community. She is always seeking to learn and experience new things, both professionally and personally. She trains in martial arts, and loves doing anything outdoors, including hiking, camping, gardening, and kayaking, among other things.
Brittney Sager PTA, A.C.E - Brittney grew up in Ferndale, and after graduating from high school, she attended Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2011, and shortly after became an ACE certified personal trainer. She then returned to school and became certified and licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant in January 2014. Brittney is very excited to be part of Excel Physical Therapy & Sport Rehabilitation, and to help people gain a better quality of life through both exercise and body awareness. She has special interests in sports rehabilitation and ACL injury prevention and plans to expand her knowledge and skill in manual therapy. In her free time Brittney enjoys biking, running, hiking, playing with her puppy on the beach and spending time with her husband and daughter, Daisy and newest son, Huxley.
Kandace Ackelson PTA - Kandace was born and raised in Bellingham, graduating from Squalicum High School in 2005. She went on to attend WSU and WCC achieving her degree as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She has been working in the field for more than 10 years. She grew up active in sports, competing world wide in Irish Step Dancing and swimming in college. She specializes in Aquatic Therapy and has a special interest in sport-related rehabilitation. She has a passion for helping people reach success in their recovery. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside in the beautiful northwest hiking, backpacking, rollerblading, kayaking and swimming.
Misty Manherz LPTA - Misty grew up in southern California, moving to WA 22 yrs ago. She returned to college when her youngest began school, graduating from Whatcom Community College PTA program in 2015. Having had a close family member experience with disabilities, she is passionate about helping people get back to the activities they need/want. She has experience with a variety of conditions, ranging from geriatric to sports to post-operative. She is a believer in lifelong learning and is excited to what the future holds for herself and her patients. She has three teenagers and a new husband, which keep her on her toes. She is a "Jill-of-all-crafts but a master of none, a runner(racing 5k's when healthy), cook, reader, and music lover.
Katie Olinger, ATC, ATL
Reception - Katie is from Oregon, Ohio and recently graduated with a bachelor's of science in Athletic Training. She has recently completed her master's degree in Kinesiology. She divides her time between clinical work and sports medicine coverage with the Bellingham Bells and Chuckanut Bay Rugby. In her spare time Katie enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis, and baking.
PT Aide/Reception - Chris graduated from Western Washington University in 2017 with a degree in Linguistics and German. After spending a year teaching English to high school students in Austria, he moved back to Bellingham and decided to begin pursuing a career as a physical therapy assistant. In his free time, Chris likes to swim, ride his road bike, and play bluegrass guitar.
PT Aide/Reception - Jeannine graduated from Washington State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology. Her future career goal is to become a Physical Therapy Assistant. Recouping from her own running injuries through physical therapy helped with making this decision, as well as it aligns with her interests in health, fitness, and community engagement. In her spare time, Jeannine enjoys trail running, going on hiking adventures, and playing with her two kittens, Hans Gruber and Cloverfield.
Essential Massage and Bodywork
Sara Weden, LMP- Sara is a Professional Licensed Massage Practitioner and owner of Essential Massage and Bodywork. Sara graduated from the Massage Pratitioner Program at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA in June of 2015. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and volunteers at PeaceHealth St. Joseph's Cancer Center offering massage therapy to cancer patients during treatment and recovery. Sara holds a Master in Business from the University of Phoenix and is also a business owner at a local engineering company in Whatcom County.
For more information about Essential Massage and Bodywork visit Sara's website: www.essential-massageandbodywork.com. To schedule an appointment contact Sara directly at 360-820-9809.
Excel Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation has two locations!
4029 Northwest Ave #302
Bellingham, WA 98226
Located in the Mount Baker Imaging building on the third floor
Hours of operation:
Monday and Wednesday 08:00am-06:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 08:00am-05:00pm
1863 Main St #101
Ferndale, WA 98248
Located at Ferndale Station across the street from Locker Room Fitness Training, next door to Dominos.
Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday 08:00am-05:00pm, Tuesday closed
**We are closed daily from 01:00pm-02:00pm for lunch. Outside of business hours feel free to leave a message and we will contact you as soon as possible.
President's Day- Feb 18
Memorial Day - May 27
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - Sept. 2
Thanksgiving - Nov. 28-29
Christmas Eve - Early close Dec. 24
Christmas Day - Dec. 25