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Meet Our Team

Emily Wood -Ability Physical Therapy

Emily Wood, PT, DPT

Clinic Director | Physical Therapist
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Certified Manual Physical Therapist

Emily received her BA in Exercise Science from Willamette University in 2009, where she played collegiate soccer and was employed in the school’s athletic training room. Her interest in sports, medicine, rehabilitation, and her own history of knee injuries inspired her to pursue physical therapy as a career. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2012.

Emily enjoys working with patients across the lifespan and designing treatment programs that cater to each individual’s lifestyle and abilities. Emily’s clinical interests are widespread including: orthopedic and sports-related injuries, low back pain, pelvic pain, urinary and colorectal disorders, motor vehicle accident injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, ACL injury prevention, vestibular rehabilitation and neurological and balance disorders. She is certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and as a Certified Manual Physical Therapist by the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. She is trained through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute to treat men and women with conditions affecting the pelvic floor and related functions. Emily is also a Certified Clinical Instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association and enjoys mentoring physical therapy students throughout their clinical curriculums.

Emily is a native of the Pacific Northwest and enjoys being outdoors, rain or shine. She is thrilled to live in the Willamette Valley with her husband, young son, and golden retriever. She loves to hike, downhill and cross-country ski, and travel throughout the Northwest and abroad.

Christy Summers - Ability Physical Therapy

Christy Summers, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
  • Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist

Christy received her BS in Exercise Science from Pacific University in 2003. She went on to pursue her passion for physical therapy and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in 2006.

Christy enjoys working with patients from all backgrounds and strives to help them achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. Christy’s clinical interests include stroke recovery, post-operative rehabilitation, fall prevention, neurological and balance disorders, orthopedic injuries, and oncological rehabilitation. After rigorous training and certification, she is recognized as a Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist. She is currently pursuing advanced training in pelvic rehabilitation and manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

Outside of the clinic, Christy enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys camping, fishing, gardening, and attending her children’s sporting events.

Pierre Zook - Ability Physical Therapy

Pierre Zook, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Pierre received his BS in Kinesiology from Biola University in La Mirada, California in 2015, where he competed on the men’s basketball team. Afterward, he returned to his hometown of McMinnville while attending George Fox University and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019.

Pierre grew up on the campus of a local retirement center, which instilled in him a desire to build relationships with people from various backgrounds. He is passionate about empowering patients to achieve their goals and improve their health and wellness. He has numerous clinical interests including vestibular rehabilitation, orthopedic and sport-related injuries, neurological and balance conditions, chronic pain, and post-operative rehabilitation. His treatment approach is informed by evidence-based practice and involves a combination of manual techniques, therapeutic and functional exercises, and cognitive functional therapy. He recognizes that each patient has a unique set of experiences that impacts their sense of pain and functional limitation. For this reason, Pierre strives to provide individualized treatment plans that are meaningful to each person.

Pierre loves to spend his time outside of clinical practice with his family and friends. Both he and his wife love to travel and explore the Pacific Northwest including activities such as hiking, camping, running, surfing, and longboarding. He also enjoys golfing and playing basketball with friends, reading, and investing in his local community.

Natalia DiStefano - Ability Physical Therapy

Natalia DiStefano-Hural, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Natalia received her Associates of Occupational Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Pima Medical Institute in Seattle, Washington. She attended a clinical rotation at Therapeutic Associates Ability Physical Therapy, and is excited to be joining the team again as a licensed professional.

Natalia has prior experience working as a Montessori school teacher, but she had the desire and drive to take a step further to pursue a career in physical therapy. Natalia has many clinical interests including orthopedic injuries, women’s health, aquatic therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, low back pain, and neurological and balance disorders. She is excited to utilize her genuineness, open-mindedness, and passion to help people reach their goals.

Natalia recently relocated to the Willamette Valley and enjoys exploring her surroundings with her four-year-old son. She loves any outdoor activities including camping, hiking, and swimming anywhere she can find water. She will take every opportunity to embark on a new adventure.

Chris Palmer - Ability Physical Therapy

Chris Palmer

Exercise Specialist

Chris is from Scappoose, Oregon and wants to be an Physical Therapist with a specialty in Orthopedics and/or Sport Specific Performance. He graduated from Linfield College with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2018. His hobbies include coaching club soccer as well as playing soccer, golf, and sharpening his art skills through wood-burning. His passion for Physical Therapy really started to be ignited when he started coaching club soccer 2 years ago.

Seeing injuries occur in real time helped him understand injury mechanisms better and with coaching, he has been able to implement his teaching/coaching style into helping patients as well as developing his leadership skills. Having the coaching experience and working in a clinical setting have really helped with his ability to help patients and players alike.

Jillian Studer - Ability Physical Therapy

Jillian Studer

Exercise Specialist

Jillian is an aspiring Physical Therapist originally from Salem, Oregon. She currently attends George Fox University where she is a Cognitive Science Neuroscience Major as well as a member of the Women’s Tennis Team (Go Bruins!). Next year she hopes to attend the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at George Fox. In the future Jillian hopes to find more opportunities to improve her Spanish in a clinical environment so that she is better equipped to serve others.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, escape rooms, tennis, and cooking. She is excited to be a part of the Therapeutic Associates family and is ready to join you on your healing journey.

Chloe Tompkins - Ability Physical Therapy

Chloe Tompkins

Exercise Specialist

Chloe was born and raised in a small town on the coast, Coos Bay, Oregon. In 2017 Chloe graduated high school and then relocated to the Marion County area to further her education at Western Oregon University. Chloe will be graduating in June of 2020 with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Biology and will then be pursuing her doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy.

Aside from school, Chloe has been dancing for 19 years and is now a dance coach for the West Salem High School.

Kaelynn Miller-Savoy - Therapeutic Associates Ability Physical Therapy

Kaelynn Miller-Savoy

Exercise Specialist

Kaelynn was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and has recently moved back to Oregon. She earned her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Linfield College in May 2018 and her Exercise Physiologist Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine in April 2019. Kaelynn grew up playing volleyball, tennis and dancing hula, which led to a number of injuries, Physical Therapy visits and a growing love for the Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation fields.

Kaelynn loves to learn and hopes to begin the pursuit of a Doctorate in Physical Therapy or Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology within the next year. In her free time, she enjoys beach trips, hiking, hula, going to concerts, and is interested in becoming a Personal Trainer.

Jessica Graham - Ability PT

Jessica Graham

Administrative Supervisor

Jessica graduated from Pacific University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science and minor in Photography, immediately after graduating she began working in a physical therapy clinic and she has since played multiple roles within the clinic setting. In 2017 she moved to McMinnville with her husband and loves the small town community feel. She is an active member with Relay for Life of Yamhill County and enjoys organizing events and 5k races to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

She spends her free time encouraging others to life a healthy lifestyle while staying active herself by running with her dogs, training for half marathons and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband.