Meet Our Team

Nicole Macaluso

Nicole Smyth Macaluso, PT, DPT

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

Nicole has been a dedicated member of the Renton community and to Fairwood Physical Therapy since 2005. In January 2010, she was honored to take on her new role as Director of Fairwood Physical Therapy continuing her service to past, current, and future patients.
Nicole is highly educated in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington.  In 2009 she became a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.  She also has continued her education by pursuing advanced certification in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Manual Physical Therapy receiving her CMPT (Certified Manual Physical Therapist) certification. Along with her passion for her continuing her education, she also enjoys being active in both her state and national organizations.  In addition, she has been published in The Journal of American Physical Therapy Association, Outdoor Northwest, and NW Runner.
Growing up in a military family, Nicole has traveled extensively but is now settled in Seattle with her husband, beautiful daughters, and two energetic and lovable dogs.  She enjoys the outdoor activities the Northwest has to offer including biking, snowboarding, hiking, and wakeboarding. A competitive athlete, participating in local triathlons and running races, Nicole strives to bring this energy and passion to her work as a physical therapist encouraging health and wellness to her patients.

James Ravotti

James Ravotti, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

James grew up locally in Covington Washington where he became an avid tennis player. He was able to continue playing tennis at Eastern Washington University where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. Furthering his passion for health and fitness, he moved to Goodyear Arizona to attend Franklin Pierce University where he attained his Doctor of Physical Therapy.
James’ education and treatment approach focuses on manual therapy and therapeutic exercises; creating individualized exercise programs to fit the needs of his patients. He is also passionate about patient education to help them further understand their injury/condition.
In his free time, James enjoys playing tennis, hiking and trying new ethnic foods.

Andy Kim - Fairwood Physical Therapy

Andy Kim, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

A native Marylander, Andy relocated to Renton in 2017 after spending several years in Boston, Massachusetts. During his time in the Northeast, Andy managed to get married, become a father, and pursue his Doctor of Physical Therapy (all the while tolerating Boston sports fans). He matriculated from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. 

Molded by a diverse array of past work and volunteer experiences, Andy believes that his eclectic background is a great asset and continues to benefit the quality of patient care in his role as a physical therapist. As a former relationship manager in the banking industry, Andy truly understands the importance of building the confidence and trust of his clients. He has also gained valuable insight regarding the nuances of patient education through his many years in tutoring and small group teaching. Andy makes it his aim to treat and educate every patient with a personalized approach.

Andy enjoys learning from each person that walks through the door, and growing alongside this excellent clinic staff.

Andy’s other interests include hiking, sports, rooting for his beloved Ravens, playing music, and adventuring around the globe (he’s traveled to nearly 20 countries). He also enjoys finding new local food joints (he’s taking recommendations!), and spending quality time with his family.

Gina Vitale

Gina Vitale, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Gina relocated to Seattle in 2016 after living Cleveland, OH since birth. Her first encounter with physical therapy came at age 13 after a severe back injury resulting from gymnastics. This event spurred her interest in sports medicine and wanting to rehab injured athletes.
Gina graduated from Cuyahoga Community College’s Physical Therapy Assisting program in 1994 and began her career in outpatient sports medicine rehab. She continued there for 14 years treating a variety of injuries, post-operative diagnoses and medical ailments. During a detour for eight years in home care, Gina had an opportunity to see more acute side of physical therapy. Treating patients with multiple medical conditions and working with occupation & speech therapists as well as nurses and social workers.
Gina took a special interest in functional rehab, retraining patients for their personal activities and goals, utilizing her knowledge from CEU courses in Pilates and yoga, myofascial felease, and even nutrition. She also feels it’s important to empower patients with education for continued improved quality of life after PT is finished. She believes in a holistic approach, treating the whole patient, not just the diagnosis.
Having been an athlete most her life, Gina loves to be active. Her personal interests include rock climbing, hiking, yoga and Pilates.

Brittney Christopher - Therapeutic Associates Fairwood Physical Therapy

Brittney Christopher, LMP, MMP

Licensed Massage Practitioner

Brittney graduated from Washington State University in 2004 with her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. After graduating, she took and active interest in massage therapy and chose to further her education by attending Ashmead College. She graduated as a Licensed Massage Practitioner in 2006. While in school she focused on relaxation, deep tissue, rehabilitation, and sports massage. She participated in the student clinic, which provided experience with a variety of clients of all ages and ailments, and she also volunteered at community and sporting events. She recently became certified as a medical massage therapist.

Brittney enjoys coaching and participating in sports in her spare time, in addition to cooking and a variety of other outdoor activities. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.

To contact Brittney please email at [email protected]

Carolyn Tran

Physical Therapist Aide

Carolyn Tran is a Seattleite who graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN with a B.A. in biology and minor in religious studies. Currently, she is pursuing her M.S. in Applied Exercise Science through Concordia University Chicago’s program, and her long-term goal is to become a sports physical therapist. One day as a future physical therapist, she hopes to empower and inspire others to live a healthy and wholesome life. 

 During her free time she enjoys going on hikes, playing and watching sports, and has picked up a love for traveling. 

Bavneet Heer

Administrative Coordinator