At Renew Physical Therapy our mission is to serve our community by providing individualized and consistent one on one care, empowering patients to better health.
We focus on treating injuries with manual therapy techniques, individual exercise prescription and patient education. We teach patients how to move, lift and sit and provide self-treatment techniques. Our job at Renew Physical Therapy is simple, we help guide patients back to their prior level of function and prevent further injury.
Our one on one treatment is tailored to address your goals so that you can work smarter and play harder.
ABOUT THE CLINIC
Renew Physical Therapy opened in 2012 and is owned and operated by a physical therapist. We are located in the South Seattle, Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle Washington. Renew PT provides hands on care by highly trained therapists every visit and serves patients from South Seattle, Mount Baker, Seward Park, Beacon Hill, Renton Skyway and from areas nearby to Hillman and Columbia City. If you have the opportunity; show up early for your first appointment to experience the best that Columbia and Hillman City has to offer including Columbia City Bakery, Empire Espresso, the Jus Bar, Tin Umbrella Coffee Roasters, Rocket Crossfit and many more.
Meet our Team:
Erik Norwood MSPT
Physical Therapist & Owner
Erik has been in the field of physical therapy and the out-patient orthopedic setting since 1999. He has experience treating injured athletes, weekend warriors, post-surgical patients, cross-fit athletes, and patients who’ve suffered injuries from car and work related accidents. He started his own practice in 2007 and partnered with Spine Rehab Associates in 2010. SRA offers a multi-disciplinary approach to treating muscular skeletal injuries with physical therapy, chiropractic, massage and medical services. In 2012 Erik’s business expanded to the Columbia City neighborhood of South East Seattle where he opened Renew Physical Therapy. In addition to working in clinical settings, he has worked with companies like Costco and Pierce Transit to help treat and prevent work-related injuries. Erik earned his Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, his undergraduate degree in Biology from Tufts University, is a Certified Associate Ergonomist and a member of the APTA.
Erik grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Washington in 2002. He resides in Seattle with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time he enjoys being with his family and friends, watching and playing lacrosse, boxing, CrossFit, and spending time in outdoor activities.
Joseph Lirette PT, OCS, CMPT
Physical Therapist & Clinical Manager
Joe received his Physical Therapy degree in 2000 from the University of Washington and has practiced in Seattle for well over a decade. He has experience treating a variety of conditions from elderly patients with balance impairments to high level athletes with a myriad of orthopedic issues. Over the last three years, Joe has also worked closely with CrossFit athletes in biomechanics, mobility, and injury prevention.
In 2008 he became board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) from the American Physical Therapy Association and has studied extensively with the North American Institute of Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy (NAIOMT). Further sharpening his diagnostic and treatment skills, Joe earned his Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) credentials in 2016. His treatment philosophy is to collaborate with the patient to help identify the root cause of their dysfunction. He treats with a combination of hands on therapy, exercise, and education, teaching the patient every step of the way to prevent re-injury. Outside of work he enjoys guitar, physical fitness, soccer, and golf.
Megan Wong PT
Megan is a native of Seattle, WA and has worked primarily in the outpatient orthopedic setting since she graduated from University of Washington in 1998. She finds it important to perform a detailed examination and evaluation of each person in order to individualize treatments, as well as to address the source of the pain and/or dysfunction. She has a strong interest in manual therapy and incorporates its various techniques to facilitate the recovery process along with therapeutic exercises and movement re-education. Megan is an active listener and enjoys helping patients achieve their goals.
Outside of work, Megan often spends time with family and friends. She really enjoys going for walks, being outdoors, dancing and movies. When there is spare time, she often chooses to read various non-fictional subject matter as part of her ongoing interest in learning.
Sarah Benditt DPT
Sarah is a Seattle native and graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington.
She has experience working with patients with a wide range of orthopedic conditions, from post-operative care to work and sports-related injuries. She has additional specialized training in pelvic floor rehabilitation for individuals with pelvic pain, incontinence, and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Her treatment philosophy blends exercise, manual therapy, and education regarding optimal body mechanics to prevent future injury. Her goal is to help patients find the tools to take control of their own muskuloskeletal health.
Outside of work, Sarah enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, riding her bike, and listening to music.
Matthew Godofsky DPT, PT
Matt, a new resident to Seattle, graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Matt is proficient in working with patients with a wide range of orthopedic and neurological impairments including low back pain, cervical whiplash, post concussive syndrome, shoulder impingement, pre-and post-surgical care, complex ankle and foot injuries, and elite athlete rehabilitation. He also has a strong interest in evaluating and treating balance, dizziness, and vestibular disorders including Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Matt stresses the importance of patient education and utilizes current evidence based practice to address each patient’s specific needs to reach their goals.
When he isn’t working, Matt enjoys attending both professional and collegiate sporting events, traveling, and exploring the restaurant scene in his new city.
Lynn Dettinger PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Lynn has been a Hillman City resident for more than 20 years. She graduated from Whatcom Community College’s Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program in 2012. She has worked in Seattle area outpatient clinics since 2012 and began working at Renew in June, 2017. Lynn’s interest in physical therapy grew out of the success she had rehabbing her own sports injuries as a patient.
As a PTA, Lynn treats patients with manual therapy and therapeutic exercises based on the physical therapist’s evaluation and plan of care. She enjoys providing patient education about her clients’ injuries and body awareness as well as helping them gain strength and mobility.
Outside of work, Lynn spends her mornings rowing on Lake Union and Lake Washington. She spends many of her weekends hiking, bicycling, or skiing in the North Cascades and the Methow Valley with her husband Eric.
Lidiya is the office manager and has been with the Renew Team since 2012. Along with managing the day to day duties of the clinic, she strives to ensure patients have everything they need to remain informed and prepared for their treatment.
Lidiya is very family oriented, so when she’s not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Billing & Collections Specialist
Lana is a billing and collections specialist and has worked in the field since 2011. She joined the Renew Team in October 2016. She enjoys her work and especially likes helping patients navigate their insurance.
Outside of work she loves rough-housing with her 5 children and spending time with her family and friends.
Lead Front Desk Coordinator
Laura has worked with Renew Physical Therapy since 2016. She is grateful to have found not just a company to work for, but, an “AWESOME second family”. She looks forward to seeing co-workers and patients every day. When Laura is not at work she loves spending time with family and friends, watching football and she, especially enjoys, watching her daughter play baseball. Laura’s weakness is Vampire shows and movies. If you don’t see her at work, you can most likely spot her in the world of “Azeroth battling off the Legion”. (A World of Warcraft reference…. she’s a nerd at heart.)
Front Desk Coordinator
Sharonda started working with Renew Physical Therapy in March 2018. Since 2003 she’s provided various forms of excellent customer service and in 2015 she branched out into the medical field. Sharonda enjoys working at Renew Physical Therapy because “Renew creates strong bodies”. With over 30 years of experience as a dancer, she believes that strong bodies can do anything!
In her spare time, Sharonda enjoys dancing with a local dance company, reading a good book in the sun, and being competitive.
Front Desk Coordinator
Lelisa has had the pleasure of working in the medical field as a patient service representative and front desk coordinator for over 10 years and counting. She truly enjoys working at Renew Physical Therapy, “because it feels like a family”. Lelisa looks forward to offering sincere and individualized care to each patient and working and growing with the Renew team for many more years.
When she’s not working, Lelisa enjoys spending quality time with her family, gardening, cooking and taking long walks with her two dogs.
Joseph Wilmhoff ARNP
Joe is a nurse practitioner who has been practicing physical medicine and rehabilitation in the Seattle area since 2007. His practice is focused on treatment of phyiscal injury, dysfunction, and pain. In addition to standard treatment approaches and claim management for L&I and auto accidents, Joe uses an integrative approach, involving mindfulness-based movement and awareness. He utilizes various approaches aimed at reducing stress and calming the nervous system, including [IMS] intramuscular stimulation/dry needling, trigger point injection and manual techniques.
Since receiving his ARNP license, Joe has worked in Seattle area at Seattle Spine and Sports Medicine, and at Virginia Mason Department of Surgery and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has also spent time in Tacoma, working at the University of Puget Sound, Health and Wellness Center. Currently Joe is splitting his time seeing patients at Renew Physical Therapy and Seattle Spine and Sports Medicine.
“I believe in treating every person as an individual, assessing individual needs in treating the whole person. Movement is critical to health and wellness, not only from the physical, but also the social and psychological aspects of our lives. My goal is to develop working relationships with my patients, to not only feel better with treatment, but to develop knowledge and skills to better self manage physical dysfunction and pain.”