Clinical Occupational Therapy Staff

J. Aaron Staeben, OTR/L, CHT, CEAS

Aaron is a licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) and Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) with over 20 years of experience treating upper limb injuries from the shoulder to the hand.  He is also certified in “Graston Technique” instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization—one of the only practitioners providing this service on the peninsula at this time. Aaron proudly served in the United States Army and gained valuable experience as an Occupational Therapist treating upper limb injuries at Darnall Army Hospital at Fort Hood, Texas.

He has been helping people on the Olympic peninsula since 2002.  Aaron opened Peak Performance Therapy Center in November 2011 with a strong desire to offer the best therapy service on the Olympic Peninsula in a unique state-of-the-art specialized clinic with one-on-one care.  Outside of the clinic, Aaron is an avid golfer, fitness nut, and loves to travel.  Pura Vida!

Greg Treece, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Greg joined Peak Performance Therapy in February 2014 and brings over 15 years of experience in the area of hand therapy and rehabilitation of the upper extremity. Greg graduated from Washington University School of Medicine with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. He enjoys treating complex hand injuries and fabricating custom splints.

Greg and his wife, Kate, have been married for 13 years and have two delightful daughters. He is an avid reader, he enjoys learning new skills, meeting new people, and exploring new environments. Greg also enjoys being outdoors, hiking, swimming and gardening.

Laura Watson, MPT, OTR/L, CHT

Laura is the newest member of the Peak Performance OT team joining  February 2018 and also a relative newcomer to the Olympic Peninsula.  She brings over 30 years of experience in OT in a wide variety of areas of rehabilitation including hand therapy.   On top of her fantastic OT skills, incredibly Laura is also a  board certified Hand Therapist and also a board certified licensed Physical Therapist.

In her free time Laura enjoys exploring the natural beauty of this area with her dog as well as knitting, weaving and spinning wool.

Hayley Williams, COTA/L

Hayley is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She received her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from Santa Ana College in 2011.  Hayley has experience working in the outpatient pediatric population, inpatient geriatric population and outpatient adult rehab.

Hayley enjoys arts and crafts and strives to incorporate imaginative projects into her treatment sessions. Hayley has taken additional professional development courses in Shoulder Rehab, Handwriting Without Tears, Insight to Eyesight, Feeding, Behavior in ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Positioning and Handling for Cerebral Palsy. Hayley is dedicated to helping a person become the best possible person they can be and turning “no” into “yes”, and “I can’t do it” into “I can do it!”

Hayley and her husband moved to the Olympic Peninsula in November 2016 from California. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband going to the beach, hiking, cooking and exploring new places.

Motto: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”-Winnie the Pooh

Chelsea Christensen, COTA/L (on-call therapy assistant)

Chelsea joined Peak Performance Therapy in 2012 as a student intern, becoming a permanent staff member in 2013. She is a local girl, born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula and graduating from Port Angeles High School in 2008. She then went on to Peninsula College, where she earned an Associates of Arts degree in 2010. She attended Pima Medical Institute and was awarded an Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistance in 2012. She became nationally board certified in January, 2013.

Chelsea enjoys spending time with her growing family, cooking and scrap-booking.

Clinical Physical Therapy Staff

Eric Palenik, PT, DPT

Eric is the Director of Physical Therapy for our new Physical Therapy service.  Eric is well known in the community for his outstanding work specializing in orthopedic sports injuries, and has treated the people of this great community for over 12 years.  He has worked with many recreational, high school, collegiate and professional athletes.  His treatments focus on restoring proper body mechanics, facilitating tissue healing, and addressing the “cause” of the injury.

He earned his BS in Exercise Science in 1995 and Doctorate from Slippery Rock University in 1998.  He enjoys playing many team sports and spending time with his wife and 2 children.

Sarah Mattson, PT, DPT, OCS

Sarah is a licensed Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Certified Specialist with more than 10 years of experience treating orthopedic injuries.  She specializes in shoulder rehabilitation and treatment of orthopedic and sports injuries.

She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in Human Biology while competing as a high jumper for  the KU Track and Field team.  She received her MS and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Kansas Medical Center.  Her passion is to help patients regain their function and mobility after an injury, resume their hobbies and recreational activities, and gain an understanding of how to continue exercise in a safe and effective way.

Sarah and her husband moved to Port Angeles in 2013.  She enjoys playing competitive volleyball, hiking, watching college sports, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two Welsh Corgis.

Molly Booth, PT, DPT

Molly joined Peak Performance Therapy in January of 2018 and brings over 10 years of experience as a Physical Therapist.  She graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 2007.  After graduating, Molly began traveling around the country taking Physical Therapy contracts as a travelling PT.  This allowed her to gain experience in many realms of PT.  Molly focuses on reducing restrictions to allow improved alignment of the body and then strengthening in this new alignment.  Molly was raised in Minnesota and moved to Port Angeles in July of 2017.  She enjoys rock climbing, surfing, and anything that brings her into the mountains or out to the water.

Shaunna Olson, ATC, PTA

Shaunna is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant who graduated from Whatcom Community College in June 2016. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Graceland University, majoring in Athletic Training and has been a licensed Certified Athletic Trainer since 2002.  Shaunna also has her Master’s degree in Teaching and is an Emergency Medical Technician.  Some of her previous work experience includes 7 years as a physical therapy aid at the local hospitals in Walla Walla and over 15 years working with high school and collegiate athletics as an ATC.

Shaunna was born and raised in Walla Walla, WA, and moved to Port Angeles 4 years ago to care for her grandparents until their passing.  In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors with her 2 shepherd mix dogs and volunteers as an EMT with the Port Angeles Fire Department.

Thomas Keu, PTA

Thomas was born and raised in Washington State.  He is a martial artist who started training when he was 12 and was eventually promoted to the head instructor position at his school.  He has 10 years of instruction experience training people of all ages, ranging from 7 to 70.  He enjoyed his time teaching and helping others grow stronger through physical movement which led him to pursue a career in Physical Therapy.  After he received his degree from Green River College, he worked at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Covington and recently relocated to the peninsula to join Peak Performance Therapy.

In his free time, Thomas enjoys hiking, biking, and any activity in which allows him to explore Washington’s unique geography.

Molly Brown, PTA

Molly was born and raised in Alaska. She left to play college basketball, where she eventually fell into the world of physical therapy after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament. She had so much fun in her own rehab that she decided this was what she wanted to do – make an otherwise, painful and challenging experience, fun for others. She graduated with her BA in exercise science in Seattle and then graduated as a physical therapy assistant in 2016 from Olympic College. She married a Sequim guy, but still makes it home to commercial fish in the summers. Well, not this year…baby #1 is due July 2017! Molly enjoys swimming, fishing, hiking, bee keeping, gardening, wine tasting, quilting and a good laugh!

Corina Johnson, PTA (on-call therapy assistant)

Corina is a Physical Therapy Assistant graduate of PIMA Medical Institute in North Seattle and has been practicing for 3 years.  Corina’s treatment interests lie in a wide variety of injuries and age ranges; sports injuries, post-surgical, stroke rehabilitation, and general strength and conditioning.

Corina first took an interest in the profession of Physical Therapy because she wanted to help people and educate them on how their body worlds.  She feels this is a very rewarding profession.

Administrative Staff

Erin, Practice Manger

Erin was born in Louisiana, and due to her father’s career, moved around a bit as a child.  She spent her formative years in Jakarta, Indonesia, later moving to Texas for college and to be closer to extended family.  Her background is in the dental field, which she worked in for 9 years.  She moved to Seattle in 2011 and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest.  She later fell in love with our Occupational Therapist Aaron (yes, two Aaron/Erin’s in the office!) and moved to Sequim in 2014. She enjoys hiking, playing her violin, a good glass of Syrah, and travel.

Amber, Office Manager

Amber is a long-time resident of Sequim, attending all Sequim Schools and graduating in 1995.  After graduation she obtained her Master Florist degree and worked in the floral industry for 8 years.  She then switched gears and spent the next 12 years working in the dental field, before joining our team in 2016.

She has been married to her husband Eric for 17 years.  In her free time Amber enjoys horseback riding, reading, watching movies and spending time with her family.

Amy, Insurance Specialist/ Receptionist

Amy is Canadian, born and raised!  She moved to Idaho 8 years ago.  She worked previously in medical billing at a chiropractic office before joining the age-old profession of full-time mom.  She moved to Port Angeles in 2014 and loves the abundance of biking and outdoor activities in the area.  Amy loves wild and funky colors, as you can tell by her hair.  She spends her free time with her son, now 5, reading, watching movies, and going to the park.  Amy is a fantastic addition to our team, and will likely be your contact if you have any questions about your insurance.

Francesca Hulick, Receptionist

Francesca was born in Dallas, but spent most of her childhood on her grandparent’s ranch in Paris (Texas, not France).  She graduated from the University of Texas with a BFA in Studio Art.  After backpacking through Europe for a summer, she returned to Austin where her love of animals gave her a first taste of the medical field by way of becoming a veterinary assistant.  Years later, a sense of adventure led her to the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Colorado.  There, she experienced the backcountry to its fullest as a wilderness EMT with mountain Search & Rescue teams.

Happy to be settled in the Pacific Northwest, Francesca enjoys painting, photography, biking, gardening, cooking…and especially hiking in nature with her husband and border collie!