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, COMPT
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 PT, 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 PT, DPT
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.
Zahra Young, PT, DPT
Zahra is a Seattle native who grew up in the Seward Park neighborhood. She completed her undergraduate degree at Western Washington University and earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 2007. Zahra has worked in the greater Seattle area for over 10 years and has extensive experience treating diverse populations in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Along with truly listening to her patients, Zahra utilizes a combination of manual therapy skills and functional exercise prescription to best address her patients’ needs. Her treatment objective is to help patients return to full sports activity and to reach their physical life goals. Zahra is comfortable treating a wide range of diagnostic ailments, sports-related injuries, pre and post-operative care, low back pain, neck pain, work injuries, and injuries suffering from auto accidents.
In her free time, Zahra enjoys playing rugby with the Seattle Rugby Club, weightlifting, snowboarding, and knitting.
Tana Chiarelli, PT, DPT
Tana grew up in California, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of Washington, home of the Huskies. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and returned to Seattle to start her career.
As a professional, Tana enjoys treating patients with a range of neurological and orthopedic conditions. She has experience working with pre- and post-operative patients, and patients injured at work or in auto accidents. Tana has worked with athletes at all levels of experience, from students to elite professionals. She also has experience treating degenerative neurological disorders, like Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, brain tumor, and balance impairments. Tana uses techniques found in neurological and orthopedic care to achieve optimal patient posture, stability, and movement. Because education is important, she believes in taking time to explain the conditions her patients are experiencing.
Tana’s treatment philosophy focuses on utilizing manual techniques to restore joint and soft tissue mobility. She uses function exercise prescription to strengthen and improve postural stability. She teaches patients how to develop better body mechanics and movement patterns to prevent reinjury. Tana believes that the optimal outcome for any patient should be the complete ownership over their condition, and the understanding of the tools provided to manage their symptoms.
In her free time, Tana loves to do all things PNW. She and her husband can be found walking at Green Lake, exploring a new brewery with friends, or rooting on their beloved Huskies, Seahawks, and Mariners.
Erin Peterson, PT, DPT
Erin joined Renew Physical Therapy in July of 2018. She is very excited to be working in her neighborhood and community. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2003 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has been working in outpatient clinics in the Seattle area ever since.
To address the specific goals and unique needs of her patients, Erin uses a combination of patient education, corrective exercise, and manual therapy. She has experience working with pre and post operative patients including joint replacements, injured athletes, shoulder, hip and ankle injuries, postural dysfunctions, work injuries and many other orthopedic limitations. She looks at the whole person not just the injured area to create the best results.
When Erin isn’t improving the well-being and lives of her patients, she can be seen on ESPN or the PAC 12 network as a division I NCAA softball umpire. She also enjoys spending time walking Seward Park with her family.
Julia Visser, PT, DPT, OCS
Originally from New Jersey, Julie has lived in Seattle since high school, attending college at the University of Colorado in Boulder and then receiving her Physical Therapy degree from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California in 2005. Julie has spent the majority of her career in the outpatient orthopedic setting, with a strong emphasis on manual therapy, incorporating functional mobility training and therapeutic exercise. It is rewarding for her to help patients understand their condition and then provide both treatment and education to assist patients with returning to the activities that they enjoy. Julie has had the opportunity to work with highly varied patient populations including pre and post-operative, chronic injuries, motor vehicle collisions, work-injuries, and balance training/fall prevention.
Julie has continued to pursue advanced training through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and received her board certification as an Orthopedic Physical Therapist (OCS) in 2017.
Outside of work, Julie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family biking, hiking, skiing, as well as cooking and baking.
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.
Kyle Mendes, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT, CCI
Kyle is a transplant to Washington. His home state is Hawaii. Kyle moved to Seattle for school, and in 2009 graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Kinesiology. In 2013, he completed his PhD in Physical Therapy at the University of Washington. During college, Kyle suffered a few injuries, and recovered using physical therapy. He knows what it feels like to be on the treatment table and the concepts he learned as a patient inspired his career.
Since graduation, Kyle has continued his education. He is a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) and is currently on track to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). He also serves as a clinical instructor for students on clinical rotations. Kyle has merged his love of golfing and the human body to become a Titleist Performance Institute certified therapist.
Kyle has treated “weekend warriors,” high school, college, and semi-pro athletes. He has treated patients with spinal and peripheral joint injuries, folks recovering from joint and ligament surgeries, people with vestibular disorders and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.
His treatment style is to find the source of the problem, and not just treat the symptoms. He provides skilled manual therapy as indicated and corrects poor movement patterns with education and exercise. He loves to talk with patients and learn fun facts about their lives from hobbies to what truly motivates them. Kyle is passionate about helping patients return to the activities they love. He views himself as a facilitator and an educator, helping his patients back to health and independence.
When not in the clinic, you might find him enjoying the outdoors, cooking, or crafting a batch of homebrew while spending time with his wife, their fur-child, Ollie, and their silly chickens.
Candice Scellato, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistants
Candice Scalleto is a Physical Therapist Assistant. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Pima Medical Institute. Candice has worked in outpatient physical therapy clinics since 2014 and over the last five years, she has developed a wide range of skills that help her to tailor and individualize treatments to her patient’s goals and lifestyle. Candice’s treatment approach is to first help patients to truly understand the nature of their injuries, and then guide them to treat their symptoms and prevent reinjury. She uses a combination of manual techniques, neuro-muscular retraining, strengthening, stretching, and breathing techniques. She has a special interest in the techniques taught by the Postural Restoration Institute.
Candice is a Seattle native and enjoys doing water sports and snowboarding. She also enjoys being home and trying out new recipes.
Kelly Johnson, PTA S&C Coach
Physical Therapist Assistants
Kelly is a Physical Therapist Assistant and Renew’s in-house personal trainer. She graduated from Whatcom Community College’s Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program in 2019. She has a background in strength and conditioning, as a fitness instructor, coach and trainer for over 11 years.
Kelly has vast experience training a diverse population of ages and backgrounds, ranging from beginners to weekend warriors as well as elite athletes. Her expertise spans functional and sport specific training and includes specialties of endurance, kettlebells and free weight lifting.
Kelly is passionate about getting you back to what you love- whether that’s gardening, playing a sport or carrying your kids pain free. Wherever you are in your journey, Kelly is excited to help you achieve your goals.
Billing & Collections Specialist
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.
Billing & Collections Specialist
Nancy joined Renew as a front desk Coordinator in August 2018. She has been in similar positions at various medical practices including an acupuncture and naturopathic clinic since 2012. She has experience working in various medical practices including an acupuncture and naturopathic clinic. Nancy enjoys learning about the different treatment practices and the benefits of addressing the whole body.
In her free time, she enjoys crafting, creating and catching Pokémon in the wild!
Front Desk Coordinator
Ceci was born and raised in Seattle into a big family of eleven children. She joined Renew as a front desk coordinator in March of 2020 as the COVID pandemic hit Seattle. Working at Renew is her first experience in a medical practice and she absolutely enjoys it. She loves to witness patient’s small successes, such as graduating from crutches to walking without assistance.
Ceci’s hobbies include collecting Starbucks tumbler cups and new candles. When Ceci isn’t working, she enjoys tanning in the nice summer weather, doing puzzles, and going on spontaneous adventures.
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 as well as 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.
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
Karissa graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts, Media, and Culture and a minor in Sociology. Before joining Renew, Karissa worked as an assistant for program coordinators in the University of Washington Certificate Program. Karissa enjoys working at Renew Physical Therapy because of the sense of community shared between patients and staff, and for the authentic food South Seattle offers.
Born in Hawaii but raised in the great Pacific Northwest she enjoys both the sun and the snow. She loves outdoor activities including snowboarding, hiking, and jogging. And when it is raining, you can find Karissa painting and drawing, or cozied up on a sofa watching a documentary, comedy, or Hallmark movie.
Patient Care Coordinator
Stephanie was born and raised in the PNW where she’s lived her whole life. She has lived in the Seattle area since 1999 and enjoys spending time creating memories with her loved ones. She obtained her BA at Western Washington University in Sociology with an emphasis in childhood trauma and childcare. Stephanie has been in the Physical Therapy and healthcare fields for nearly 20 years, where she’s been an Office Manager, Patient Service Specialist, Insurance Coordinator and finally, Marketing and Public Relations. One of Stephanie’s passions is working with and helping others, from patients to colleagues to family and friends. Hobbies include: knitting, singing, cooking/baking, and travelling.
Front Desk Coordinator
Nicole joined Renew as a front desk coordinator in late 2020. Before joining the Renew team, she worked for a small outpatient occupational therapy practice. In June of 2020, Nicole graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Kinesiology. Nicole’s administration experience and her education ensure that patients get the care they need from the minute they enter the clinic until their discharge. Nicole is interested in rehabilitation and understands that holistic health care includes easy-to-access administration. An extrovert at heart, Nicole aims to offer compassionate care with a smile.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys reading, dancing, and practicing her photography skills.
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.
Physical Therapy Aide
Carina has lived in Seattle her whole life. Her favorite thing to do at Renew is the laundry and interacting with coworkers. Carina enjoys listening to music and playing video games with her sister. She also loves playing with her dog Maui.