Meet the Outpatient Rehabilitation Team
Meet the outpatient rehabilitation team at Northern Nevada Medical Center:
Jessie Fisher, PT, MPT, OCS
System Director, Outpatient Therapies Clinics
Jessie Fisher graduated from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California with her Master of Physical Therapy in 2000, and has been practicing in the Reno/Sparks area since. She has been working in the outpatient therapy setting since 2002, with a focus on orthopedics. Jessie is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist, a designation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties which demonstrates an advanced level of knowledge in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic patients. She was trained in the Maitland approach, as well as various other manual techniques including strain counter strain and the McKenzie approach (Mechanical Therapy and Diagnosis). She is also one of the few therapists in the area to be certified in the LSVT BIG program that specializes in the treatment of Parkinson’s patients. Jessie also has an added interest in sports medicine, and has experience working with NCAA Div 1 athletes, endurance runners and triathletes. She has assisted Spanish Springs High School with their pre-participation screens and athlete physicals. She has participated in numerous cycling, running and triathlon events.
Tifanee D. Lin, OTR/L, CLT-LANA
Tifanee Lin graduated from Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Philippines in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been practicing in Nevada since 2011 focusing on functional rehabilitation for patients with neurologic deficits. Her goal is to empower her patients to achieve their highest level of functional mobility and activity of daily living performance through adaptation, compensation, and education. Tifanee is one of the few medical practitioners in the area to be certified in lymphedema therapy. She received her training from Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy after completing the coursework in the Foeldi Method of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), the therapeutic system regarded as the "Gold Standard" for the treatment of lymphedema. She is certified to treat primary and secondary lymphedema, lipedema, phlebo-lymphostatic edema, chronic venous insufficiencies and post traumatic edema.
To assure patients, medical providers and our community that she has achieved the highest level of competency and is dedicated to advanced learning in the field of lymphology, Tifanee is also one of the only few practitioners in northern Nevada to be certified by the Lymphology Association of North America (CLT-LANA).
Malcolm Hall, PT, DPT
Malcolm graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2018 where he received the one and only Clinical Excellence Award in his cohort. He spent his year of clinical work in his home town of Reno working with various orthopedic conditions in multiple healthcare settings including acute care, skilled nursing and outpatient facilities. He enjoys getting to know his patients and treating the person as an individual, using a bio-psychosocial approach with a focus on exercise and adjunct manual therapy, with the goal of increasing function and optimizing performance. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family of five, BBQ’s, paddle boarding and weightlifting in the gym.
Amanda Henriques, PT, DPT
Amanda Henriques graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2012. She began her career in Las Vegas practicing in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. Working across different care settings has exposed her to treating patients across all ages and abilities. Amanda appreciates how unique each patient and their injuries can be. She enjoys connecting with her patients, understanding their recovery goals and building customized treatment plans to promote the highest quality of living for each person. Amanda’s treatment approach incorporates evidence-based techniques including manual therapy, functional movement and education to create a unique experience that will meet the individual needs of each person she works with. She returns to Reno where she previously attended the University of Nevada and competed as a Division 1 athlete for the Wolf Pack on both the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. She continues to love running and applies her experience participating in competitive sports to her current practice.
Chris Kegler, PT, DPT, CSCS
Chris Kegler earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California in 2011; however, he is proud to call Northern Nevada home as he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada in 2005. His primary focus is on empowering patients to take their health into their own hands with proper education and guidance. Chris uses an evidence-based approach with the use of manual and functional interventions to normalize movement into pain-free ranges. Being certified in Functional Dry Needling® and Selective Functional Movement Assessments, and as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, he plans to assist patients of all ages and functional levels to avoid and overcome injuries in order to continue activities they love to do. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, training for triathlons and spending time with his wife and two kids.
Andrea Parker, MS, CCC-SLP
Andrea is a Nevada State licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified Speech Language Pathologist. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and has worked with adults in a wide range of settings including hospital, subacute rehabilitation, and long-term care settings. She is an enthusiastic therapist who is skilled in patient evaluation and developing personalized treatment programs based on patient interests and technological resources. She enjoys being part of a team with occupational and physical therapists to collaboratively meet separate goals with a shared vision to achieve higher patient outcomes. She is a fierce advocate for patient needs while prioritizing outcomes to achieve higher quality of life. Andrea is especially interested in promoting safety and independence in the elderly population by educating seniors in the use of their cellular telephones and tablets to assist with memory support and increase communication with friends and family members to decrease isolation.
Sedona Shonnard, PT, DPT
Sedona Shonnard graduated from Western University of Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. She was one of two people in her graduating class to receive the Clinical Excellence Award. She has provided care to patients of all ages with a variety of conditions in inpatient, acute rehab and outpatient settings. Although Sedona enjoys working with a variety of patients, she has a passion for treating individuals with neurological conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease and more. Her treatment is guided by evidence-based practices and a whole-body approach with the use of manual therapy, education and exercise. Sedona is an advocate for patient-centered care and enjoys creating treatment plans with patients that meet their individual needs. When Sedona isn’t at the clinic, you'll most likely find her outside skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, hiking, biking — you name it!
Heidi Streeter, PT, DPT, OCS
Manager, Outpatient Therapy Clinics
Heidi Streeter graduated from Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008. She practiced in Central Illinois for six years with a focus in outpatient orthopedics and aquatics. She returned home to Nevada in 2013 and was treating patients in outpatient orthopedics with a recent focus in post-surgical rehabilitation and workman’s compensation. Heidi joined Northern Nevada Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine in April of 2017 and treats a variety of patients from orthopedic, post-surgical and neurological patients in our South Reno location where she is recognized by the medical facility as a Direct Access provider. Heidi is trained in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and is certified in assisted soft tissue massage (ASTYM) and Integrative Dry Needling. She is also one of the few therapists in the area to be certified in the LSVT BIG program that specializes in amplitude and movement training for patients with Parkinson’s. Heidi became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics in June of 2020 and is now the Manager, Outpatient Therapy Clinics. Heidi’s therapy philosophy is to combine manual therapy techniques with corrective exercise to gain optimal function for her patients.
Jeanne Wontkowski, PT, MPT
Jeanne Wontkowski is certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion by the American Institute of Balance. She graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy in 1993 from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. After graduate school, she participated in a three year residency program in Norwegian Manual Therapy specializing in spine and joint mobilization. Jeanne has additional certifications in Vestibular and Concussion Rehabilitation as well as Integrated Dry Needling. She has practiced in Michigan and Indiana before moving to Reno in 2000. Her primary focus through the years has been outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy, vestibular and concussion rehabilitation and aquatic therapy.
Amanda Cowles, PT, DPT
Amanda Cowles is a native Nevadan and graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. She went on to earn her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007, where she received the Clinical Excellence Award. Amanda has practiced in outpatient orthopedics in which she has treated a wide variety of musculoskeletal pathologies for the past 13 years. Amanda has adopted a slogan known to physical therapy to describe her treatment philosophy. That slogan is "The Science of Healing. The Art of Caring." Amanda has made it her priority to combine evidence based practices with compassion to provide the highest level of quality of care. She understands the integral role physical therapy plays in healing and guiding people to a place of function and well-being.
Dina Barry, PT, MPT, OCS
Dina Barry PT, MPT, OCS received her Master of Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in 1997. Born and raised in Reno, NV, she has been practicing in the Reno/Sparks area since 2000 in a variety of settings with experience in treating a variety of patients, from infants to the elderly. The majority of her career has been focused in the orthopedic outpatient area where she is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, a designation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties which demonstrates an advanced level of knowledge in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic patients. A life-long learner, she is currently getting her Doctorate in Physical Therapy through the University of Montana. In addition, she has basic and advanced certifications in dry needling and Selective Functional Movement Assessment. She is Maitland and McKenzie trained and has devoted her career to acquiring a variety of techniques to identify and treat movement disorders which assist patients in returning to their optimal level of function. Using laughter and compassion, she enjoys building rapports with patients and empowering them to achieve their movement and wellness goals to get the most out of life. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with her family, skiing, hiking, gardening and cheering on the San Francisco Giants and the UNR Wolfpack basketball teams.
Kristin Hansen, PT, DPT
Kristin Hansen graduated from University of St Augustine, San Marcos with a Doctorate in Physical therapy in 2011. She practiced in San Diego County for nine years with a focus in outpatient orthopedics. In 2020, She moved back home and joined the great team at Northern Nevada Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine treating a variety of patients from orthopedic, post–surgical and vestibular patients in our South Reno location. Kristin is certified in the LSVT BIG program that specializes in movement training for patients with Parkinson’s. She is also certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion by American Institute of Balance. Kristin enjoys helping others meet their goals with evidence-based approach through the use of manual therapy, corrective exercise and education. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with her family.
Angela Bialorucki graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 1989. She has worked in various inpatient and outpatient settings treating neurological, orthopedic upper extremity, chronic pain and medically complex patients. She is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and received her training from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2000, which was the first U.S. school to offer training according to the European curriculum. Angela’s patients describe her as being incredibly skilled, compassionate and relatable. This is credited from her wide variety of experience with complicated conditions both professionally and personally. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and after 30+ years as a clinician, she remains passionate and committed to providing individualized, innovative and research supported treatment, even with the most chronic conditions.