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 ever 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 Division 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.
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 2017 and treats a variety of patients from orthopedic, post-surgical and neurology 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 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.
Dina Barry, PT, MPT, OCS
Dina Barry received her Master of Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in 1997. Born and raised in Reno, 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, Dina 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, Dina 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.
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.
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 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.
Carissa Francisco, PT, DPT
Carissa Francisco began her academic career at Point Loma Nazarene University by receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science. During this time she was referred to physical therapy, which is where she developed an interest in the field, specifically pelvic health. She went on to receive a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Chapman University in pursuit of carrying out her passion of helping those with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Carissa completed an internship at a Pelvic Health Program and took pelvic health courses through Herman and Wallace while a student. She enjoys working with men and women with any pelvic floor dysfunction and has a special interest in pelvic pain. Getting a person to where they are not only surviving but thriving in life is her life’s passion.
Carissa continues to further expand her knowledge in pelvic health through continuing education courses, reading and attending seminars.
Malcolm Hall, PT, DPT
Malcolm Hall 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.
Malcolm 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.
Kristin Hansen, PT, DPT
Kristin Hansen graduated from the 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.
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.
Amanda 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.
Marissa Rama, MOT, OTR/L, CLT, MHA
Marissa Rama graduated from Loma Linda University with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She also holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Loma Linda University.
Marissa began her career as a registered occupational therapist at Kingman Regional Medical Center in Arizona, where she worked with an interdisciplinary team to develop treatment plans for patients. She later moved to HCR ManorCare in Sparks, as the director of rehabilitation. Prior to joining Northern Nevada Medical Center, Marissa was director of rehabilitation services for Northern Nevada State Veterans Home. In this role, she was responsible for clinical oversight of the facility and management of regulatory requirements for all rehab patients.
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 Simon, OTD, OTR/L, CLT
Heidi Simon graduated with her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences – Mary Baldwin University in 2018. She is Nevada State licensed, certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
In 2018, Heidi returned to the west coast where she has provided care to patients with a variety of conditions, from infants to the elderly, in acute care, subacute rehabilitation, and outpatient settings. Her passion lies in working with neurological conditions, orthopedic hand conditions, and lymphedema therapy which lead her to becoming a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in 2021.
Heidi’s favorite part of the occupational therapy profession is its focus on individuals as a whole; including their social, psychological, and physical well-being for improving their quality of life. When not at the clinic, you will find Heidi spending time with family, dancing, or on an outdoor adventure with her dog.
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.
Jeanne 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.
Kevin Wright, PT, DPT, SCS, COMT
Kevin Wright graduated from Eastern Washington University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program in 2013. He spent the first eight years of his career in Washington State, primarily in sports medicine and strength and conditioning. He managed a sports performance and PT facility in Washington where he worked with high school, collegiate and professional level athletes/teams in both injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Kevin recently moved to Reno with his wife and two sons to be closer to family and enjoy all the sunshine and outdoor activities that the area has to offer. Kevin is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS), a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) and is currently completing a Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Manual Therapy. Kevin believes that proper exercise is medicine, and he uses a variety of techniques, approaches and education to maximize his patient’s recovery and confidence.
Kevin enjoys building relationships with his patients and personalizing his approach to help his patients reach their specific goals. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outside with his family, golfing and rooting on the University of Washington Huskies.