Meet Our Team

Aubree Benson - Therapeutic Associates Northeast Portland Physical Therapy

Aubree Benson, PT, DPT

Clinic Director | Physical Therapist

Aubree graduated with honors from Saint Mary’s College of California with a BS in Health Science in 1999. She was a member of the Women’s Varsity Cross Country and Lacrosse teams. In 2003, she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon and began working at Therapeutic Associates. Aubree is continuing her post-doctoral education with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.

In her leisure time, Aubree involves herself in various outdoor activities, including running, biking, and hiking. In 2002, she participated in the Portland marathon as a team-in-training member, raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She ran the Boston marathon in 2004 and has completed several marathons since. She also enjoys participating in duathlons.

Aubree has a significant amount of experience treating a wide variety of orthopedic musculoskeletal and neuromuscular injuries and disorders. Due to her personal interests and hobbies, she has a special interest in working with runners, triathletes, and endurance athletes of all skill levels and ages.

Tim Valenti

Tim Valenti, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Tim completed his undergraduate studies at University of California, Davis and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University Oregon. An avid cyclist, distance swimmer, and Division 1 collegiate triathlete, his extensive background in athletics and movement science complement his clinical skills in orthopedic manual therapy.

Tim enjoys working one-on-one with his patients to develop individualized treatment programs aimed at helping them reach their goals. Tim’s clinical interests include treating orthopedic conditions, post-surgical rehabilitation, and sports injuries with a focus on preventative care. He utilizes a patient-centered approach with an emphasis on manual therapy techniques and exercise progression.

When not in the clinic Tim can be found cooking, gardening or riding his cyclocross bike around Portland.

Asiya Akhgar - NE Portland Physical Therapy

Asiya Akhgar, PT, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist

Asiya completed her undergraduate studies at Eastern Washington University, earning degrees in both Athletic Training and Exercise science. She worked full time as a Certified Athletic Trainer for a year prior to her matriculation into Physical Therapy school where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Oregon. During her studies she found a passion working with patients in both the outpatient orthopedic and outpatient neurology settings. Both passions have increased her experience and desire to evaluate and rehabilitate the athletic, concussion, stroke, and vestibular/balance populations. Asiya’s goal is to instill a sense of independence in her patients and focus on individualized treatment plans.

Community service is a core value to her, whether it is through volunteering at a local race, or speaking with high school students about a career in physical therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active through weight lifting, soccer, hiking, and rock climbing. On a rainy day she can be found at various coffee shops enjoying a book or painting.

Donica Schmidt, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac, MATCM

Licensed Acupuncturist*

Donica Schmidt is the founder and owner of DS Acupuncture. She received with honors a Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University in California. Shortly after, she moved to Portland to continue practicing. Before this, she graduated with a BFA in Dance through California State University, Long Beach.

Movement of the body lead Donica’s curiosity to yoga. She received her 200-hour Yoga Certification in 2008 and has been practicing and teaching yoga ever since. She has also invested time studying other forms of physical healing through Thai Yoga Massage, the MELT Method, and various forms of Tai Chi.


Contact Info:

Phone: (971) 337-5944

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.donicaschmidtacupuncture.com

*Associate Provider

Beka Byers

Administrative Coordinator