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, 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. 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 loves to run, play soccer, hike, downhill and cross-country ski, and travel throughout the Northwest and abroad.

Andrew Carlson - Ability Physical Therapy

Andrew Carlson, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Andrew received his BS in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma in 2012, where he played on the football team. He then returned to his hometown in Newberg, Oregon, where he attended George Fox University and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016.

Andrew is passionate about helping patients from all backgrounds decrease pain and achieve their goals. He has a wide variety of clinical interests, some of which include: neurological and balance conditions, orthopedic injuries, sports performance, and post-operative rehabilitation. Andrew utilizes a combination of manual therapy skills, clinical knowledge, functional exercises, and targeted strengthening to deliver effective treatment that is unique to each patient’s needs.

Outside of the clinic Andrew likes to spend his time with friends and family. He enjoys basketball, tennis, golf, running, and anything else that involves physical activity and friendly competition.

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.

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.

Caroline Strode - Ability Physical Therapy

Caroline Strode

Physical Therapy Aide
Chris Palmer - Ability Physical Therapy

Chris Palmer

Physical Therapy Aide
Jessica Graham - Ability PT

Jessica Graham

Administrative Supervisor

Jessica is a native Oregonian and graduated from Pacific University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science and minor in Photography. While in school, she was introduced to youth coaching through her community soccer program and Special Olympics, wedding photography and her fiancé, Mitch. Together they enjoy spending their time outdoors with their puppy, wine tasting, trying new foods and craft beers and going to concerts.

Jessica enjoys running half marathons, hiking, kayaking, soccer, and tennis. As an extremely active person, she strives to encourage others to live healthy and active lifestyles as well.