Functional Therapy Group
Redmond, Duvall, Woodinville, and Newcastle!
Excellence through personal attention
At Functional Therapy Group Physical Therapy, our number one priority is the patient. We strive to provide individualized treatment with hands-on, compassionate care. We do not rush our patients or our clinicians. Rather, we perform comprehensive evaluations and encourage patient input for treatment planning and goal setting.
Our philosophy is to provide the highest quality therapy through personalized care and education. We support creative and individualized intervention. Our personalized approach ensures patient comprehension and will enhance proper treatment progression to secure the best outcome for our patients. In order for a full return to an active and healthy lifestyle, the patient must be involved and educated in the recovery process.
We accept most insurance including Medicare.
Functional Therapy Group Physical Therapy Services
Our Directors and Specialists
Brock Giannaris PT, DPT, FAFSBrock loves spending time outside and exploring everything that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. He believes in helping patients understand their injury and the process of healing in combination with an individually tailored rehabilitation program, provides the most effective way to treat and prevent injuries from happening again. "I have a passion for working with my patients and improving each one's quality of life"
Specialized Training:Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist (Cert. VRS) Injury Prevention and Post-Surgical Rehab Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Advanced Manual Therapy for the Spine Myofascial Manipulation Post Concussion Rehabilitation
Education:Doctorate of Physical Therapy - The University of Saint Augustine for Health SciencesBachelors of Science, Kinesiology - California State University San Marcos
Christopher VillarosaChris is a life-long PNW native. He enjoys outdoor activities that include fishing, camping, hiking, and snowboarding. His clinical experience has highlighted manual therapy for the spine, pediatric diagnoses, and neurological populations. Chris has contributed to research using 3D-motion capture technology and activity monitors in order to study movement patterns in recreational runners and the effect of novel treatment strategies on walking in individuals with cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, lower extremity limb loss, and stroke survivors. The treatment philosophy of Chris relies heavily on education and empowering patients with self-management strategies in order for each patient to earn a sense of control over their condition.
Specialized Training:National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C).
Education:Associate of Applied Science in Fitness Specialty - Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science & Wellness - Bastyr University, Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Washington.
Heidi Petersen PTA, BA, CSCS, FAFSHeidi has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of her life and enjoys the outdoors hiking with her dog. She has worked as a PTA since 1994. She finds fulfillment in all aspects of patient care whether it's simply making someone smile to teaching them to walk again, it makes life a little better for everyone. "Guiding people back toward a healthy functional goal to achieve their best self is why physical therapy is the best profession"
Specialized Training:Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist National Strength and Conditioning Association Fellowship in Applied Functional Science The Gray Institute
Education:Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Western Washington UniversityPhysical Therapist Assistant, Whatcom Community College
Joe Banach, DPT, FAFS
Clinic Director/PartnerJoe grew up in Arizona but has called the PNW home for the last 16 years. He enjoys golf, hiking and spending time with his wife and four children. Professionally Joe has pursued continued learning post-graduate school to earn his fellowship in Applied Functional Science. This continued learning has positioned him to help his patients recover from various injuries and get back to a more enjoyable life. "My goal is to not just treat the pain or limitation but to truly understand each individual’s goals so they can enjoy life to its fullest"
Specialized Training:Fellow in Applied Functional Science Injury/fall Prevention General Orthopedic Rehabilitation Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Sports Rehabilitation Geriatric Rehabilitation
Education:Bachelor of Science in Human Biology - Grand Canyon University.Doctor of Physical Therapy - Arizona School of Health Sciences
Julia Major, PTAJulia enjoys helping people get back to doing what they love, positively influencing her patients well being, and spending time with family and friends, especially her dog Guapo. "Helping people reduce their pain and recover from their injuries, to improve their daily function is why I love being a provider"
Education:Associates of Occupational Science, Physical Therapist Assistant - Pima Medical Institute
Meghan Biggs, PT, DPT, FAFSMeghan is a Pacific Northwest native and takes advantage of all it has to offer. Whether it’s hiking, camping or spending time in her garden, Meghan is always ready for an adventure, rain or shine. She applies this same enthusiasm and passion to her patient care "Helping people find a path towards improved physical fitness and function is what I love about this profession!"
Specialized Training:Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS)
Education:Doctorate of Physical Therapy - Pacific University Oregon Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science - Gonzaga University
Michaela CrownMichaela is a Pacific Northwest native. She is a former dancer and loves to work with dancers as their physical therapist or their teacher. She also loves to work with patients experiencing vertigo or looking to prevent falls. What Michaela loves most about being a physical therapist is her ability to help patients achieve their goals and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. When she is not in the clinic or dance studio, you can find her exploring all the PNW has to offer with her husband and dog.
Education:Doctorate of Physical therapy- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Bachelors of Science in Applied Human Biology with a minor in Exercise Science- Seattle Pacific University
Natalie Byers, PTANatalie was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She previously worked as a front office coordinator and exercise aide in our clinics. What she enjoys most about the physical therapy profession is building relationships and helping patients get back to what they love doing. She is passionate about working with older adults specializing in balance and fall prevention. In her free time she can be found boating and participating in car shows with her husband and two dogs. Education: Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant - Lake Washington Institute of Technology -Natalie Byers, PTA FTG-Redmond Ridge Physical Therapy
Sam Olmstead, PT, DPT, FAFSDr. Sam Olmstead PT, OCS, FAFS will be clinic director and head PT. As a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedics and a Fellow of Applied Functional Science, he has spent years improving himself in order to help patients with the newest non-surgical and non-imaging PT diagnostics. Sam was born in Bellevue and spent his childhood in Sammamish before leaving for Eastern Oregon University where he obtained a BS in molecular biology. He did his Doctoral work in Southern California at Chapman University. Sam has a passion for helping people which led him to the Physical Therapy world. On the weekends you can find Sam outside or cheering on the Mariners and Hawks. "Movement is Medicine."
Specialized Training:Fellow of Applied Functional Science. (FAFS)
Education:Doctorate of Physical Therapy - Chapman University Bachelors of Science - Molecular Biology with minor in Chemistry - Eastern Oregon University
Steve Pipe, DPT, FAFS
Clinic DirectorSteve Pipe is a lifelong basketball player, avid snowboarder, and golfer. He believes exercise is an integral part of his patients' lives and their overall health. Steve has a strong belief that many ailments and injuries can be corrected with movement. His balanced approach to treatment utilizes various manual techniques in combination with specific, three-dimensional exercise and patient education. "I strive to give each patient the knowledge and skills to improve their current injury and also prevent future ones"
Specialized Training:Fellow of Applied Functional FAFS ScienceInjury/fall Prevention General Orthopedic Rehabilitation Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Sports Rehabilitation Geriatric Rehabilitation
Education:Doctor of Physical Therapy: University of Michigan – FlintBachelors of Science, Kinesiology: Washington State University
Tracy Grinna, PTA, FAFSTracy loves to travel. That’s why she knows just how important it is to maintain good bodily health so patients can explore the world as well. Whether her patients have been injured, have a chronic condition, or simply want to improve their overall health and well-being, Tracy is happy to help them reach their best selves. “It’s so rewarding to see what a difference that massage and physical therapy can make for our patients.”
Specialized Training:Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) Education: Bachelor of Science, Community Health, Western Washington University Associate Degree, Physical Therapist Assistant program, Whatcom Community College Certificate of Massage, BodyMind Academy
For Additional Questions Please Contact Us
Yes. The choice of where you receive therapy is always yours. While the majority of our patients come to us by physician referral/recommendation, many clients request to see us due to our strong clinical reputation in the community.
In Washington, you can see a physical therapist without a referral from a physician. However, your insurance may require a referral from a physician to cover your expenses. To find out, call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask if a referral is necessary for coverage of physical therapy.
- We participate in the majority of major health insurance plans including Medicare and Worker’s Compensation. Please contact us prior to your first visit to see if we participate with your specific health plan.
As a service to our patients, we will gladly file claims with your insurance company on your behalf. In order to appropriately submit these claims, we will need to obtain a copy of your insurance identification card to ensure that we have the necessary information.
Your therapist will conduct an evaluation of your condition lasting between 60-90 minutes. The evaluation is necessary to create a program designed specifically to address your needs for maximum recovery.
– Referral slip from your medical doctor
– Your medical insurance card
– Your ID
– If you are getting therapy as a result of a worker’s compensation claim or an automobile accident, you will also need to bring your claim information, including claim number.
Please arrive 15 minutes early on your first visit to fill out any necessary paperwork.
We recommend comfortable clothing such as sweatpants or shorts, a T-shirt or tank-top and sneakers.
Each visit will last 60 – 90 minutes on average. Times vary due to the treatment and exercises being performed.
The regularity of your visits will be determined after your initial evaluation, but most patients have 3 visits each week scheduled.