Meet our staff:

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.

Professional Staff


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.



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. 


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.



Support Staff



Katie Olinger, MS,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.




Excel Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation has two locations!

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4029 Northwest Ave #302

Bellingham, WA 98226

Ph: 360-734-2277

Fax: 360-734-3006

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

Friday 09:00am-06:00pm



1863 Main St #101

Ferndale, WA 98248

Ph: 360-656-6534

Fax: 360-778-1637

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.​

Future Closures:

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

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