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Our Team //

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J. Aaron Staeben | OTR/L, CHT, CEAS

Clinic Director

Certified Hand Therapist

Aaron is the founder and President of Peak Performance Therapy, LLC and has been helping people on the Olympic peninsula since 2002.  He is also a licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L), Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), and Certified Ergonomic Specialist (CEAS), with over 25 years of experience treating upper limb injuries from the shoulder to the hand. 

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, only offering one-on-one care. He is also certified in “Graston Technique”, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization or IASTM.  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.  

In his free-time, Aaron is an avid golfer, gym rat, and loves to travel.  Pura Vida!

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Eric Palenik | PT, DPT


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.

In his free-time, Eric enjoys playing many team sports and spending time with his wife and 2 children.

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Sarah Mattson | PT, DPT, OCS

Clinical Manager

Orthopedic Certified Specialist

Sarah is a licensed Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Certified Specialist with many 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.


In her free-time, Sarah enjoys playing competitive volleyball, hiking, watching college sports, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two Welsh Corgis.

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Daniel Pitz | PT, DPT

Operations Manager


Daniel was born and raised in Port Angeles graduating from Port Angeles High School in 2011. Following high school, he attended Eastern Washington University and received his bachelors degree in Exercise Science while also playing baseball for the Eastern Washington University Club Team. Daniel then attended Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA for his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, graduating in 2019.

Daniel enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and coaching baseball in his spare time.

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Thomas Keu PTA

PTA Manager

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.

Michelle Fields, PTA 

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Amber | 

Practice 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.

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Danielle | 

Office Manager


Danielle moved to Washington from Southern California in October 2020. She loves animals, going out to restaurants with friends, DIY projects and exploring the PNW with her 6-year-old rescue Yorkie, Patty. 



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