Physical Therapy encompasses a diverse range of specialties and practices, catering to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. As we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month, we want to recognize the commitment of our team of physical therapists and highlight the accomplishments they have made both in and out of the clinic. The embodiment of Renew Physical Therapy’s core values to serve, learn, enjoy each other, and have fun are reflected in the achievements and pursuits of our staff, both professionally and personally. 

Let’s dive into some fun facts about Renew Physical Therapy that make us the best place to work in Seattle!

  • Renew Physical Therapy was founded in 2011 by Erik Norwood, who lived in the area and saw a need for rehab services in the community.
  • The first person that Erik hired was Lidiya, who is still our HR director and running the show to this day! 
  • The first physical therapist that Erik hired was Megan, who is still with us and one of the most sought-after physical therapists in the Seattle area.
  • Today, Renew Physical Therapy has 21 clinicians across all three clinics – 18 Physical Therapists (PTs) and 3 Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs).
  • Our team is made up of therapists that have been practicing from 2 months to 23 years, totaling over 170 years of experience among the clinical staff.
  • The clinical staff at Renew Physical Therapy collectively holds the following post-graduate certifications/specializations:
    • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
    • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
    • Certified Clinical Instructor
    • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
    • Strength & Conditioning Coach
    • TPI Certified 
    • FMS Certified 
  • Renew’s physical therapists stay active through a wide array of sports and hobbies: swimming, running, frisbee, fencing, soccer, basketball, golf, hiking, cycling, dancing, yoga, rowing, dancing, climbing, and crossfit.
  • In 2019, Renew Physical Therapist Joe competed in a triathlon and convinced his coworkers to enter as a relay team!
  • Hillman clinicians Kelly and Sarah compete against each other outside of work in their elite ultimate frisbee league! 
  • Beacon Hill therapist Erin is a D1 college softball umpire and has been on ESPN!
  • Renew Physical Therapy’s staff has 2 current and former military service members.
  • There are 7 different languages spoken amongst the staff – English, Russian, Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Korean
Renew Physical Therapy’s Kijun Sung, a physical therapist who works at the Beacon Hill location, unwinds with guitar on the weekends.
Physical therapist assistant at the Columbia City clinic, Kelly Johnson, has success in and out of the clinic. She has been on 7 US National Ultimate Frisbee Teams and her team won the National Championship and World in 2022!
Renew Physical Therapy’s Columbia Hill Clinic, Renaissance Man, Kyle Mendes, takes home the big catch. Must have paired well with his home-crafted hot sauces and freshly brewed beer!
Renew Physical Therapy in Columbia City’s physical therapist, Sarah Benditt, celebrates during an Ultimate Frisbee game. Her team won the National Championship in 2021!
Shannon Zorsch, one of the Renew Physical Therapy Beacon Hill PTs, recently took a trip to Australia and New Zealand to watch the Women’s World Cup.
Columbia City PT, Brian Pham, hitting the links at Fossil Trace Golf Club in Golden, Colorado. Look at that form!
Renton clinic’s PTA, Chip Moran, enjoys hitting the slopes when he’s not out cheering on his daughter’s sporting events.
Chris Rogers, PT at Renew Physical Therapy in Columbia City, with a jumping hit during his fencing match!
Renew Physical Therapy’s owner, Erik Norwood, and his oldest daughter, Jaeda, cheering on the Seahawks.
This year, Renton PT Erin Heald started competing in disc golf tournaments for the first time around western Washington. She enjoys the combination of walking in the woods, working on throwing a disc accurately through the trees, and getting to spend time with the friends who play with her.
Erin Peterson, Beacon Hill PT and managing partner, makes a call at the plate in her D1 softball umpire gig!
Tana Chiarelli, PT at the Columbia City clinic, is a diehard Mariner’s fan and hoping we see a World Series in Seattle soon!
Beacon Hill’s newest PTA, Victor Scibona, enjoys hiking with his wife and their dog, Meeko. This is them recently in Leavenworth!
Missy and Charlie enjoying spring morel foraging in the Northern Cascades. Charlie, her senior pup, is a 15-year-old terrier mix, also likes to hike in many of the Washington trails in most weathers. Now a days, Charlie does have to ride in the backpack more when they hike, he’s still a puppy at heart.
Missy diving in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Thailand. She became a certified in Seattle in 2015; since then, she prefers to dive in the tropical waters whenever she gets a chance to travel.
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