Staff

 


Tanya Sherman, physical therapist assistant, longview washingtonJulie Berridge, PT

Longview Physical & Sports Therapy continues to add to its staff with the hiring of certified hand therapist Julie Berridge. She brings more than 20 years of experience in treating hand problems to LPST.

“Because she has so much experience, we know Julie will be a big asset,” said LPST co-owner John Kowalski. “She has already been a great addition to our staff.”

After earning a B.S. degree in physical therapy from the University of Texas, she worked at Georgia Hand Therapy (Macon, Georgia), Seattle Hand Rehabilitation, Rebound Physical Therapy (Bend, Oregon), KSF Orthopedic Center (Houston, Texas), and Select Physical Therapy (Pasadena, Texas). Most recently, she was employed at Methodist Hospital (Houston, Texas).

“My specialty is hand and UE (upper extremity),” Berridge said. “This includes diagnosis of fractures, tendon injuries, and all things related to the hand, wrist, and elbow.  I also treat shoulders.”

In her spare time, Berridge enjoys hiking. “I moved back to the Pacific Northwest because I love the environment, and I love this part of the country,” she said. “I came from a very large hospital-based clinic environment, so I was attracted to the smaller private practice at LPST.”

 

 

 

 


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Ed grew up in Longview and attended R.A. Long High School and Lower Columbia College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Brigham Young University in 1989. He then completed a Master of Science program in Exercise Science/Athletic Training at BYU in 1992. He served as a graduate athletic trainer for the Cougars from 1988-1990.Before coming to Longview Physical & Sports Therapy in 2005, Ed worked as staff athletic trainer for New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm, Minnesota, and for HealthSouth Physical Therapy in Longview. Ed is a certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He has been an examiner for the NATA’s Board of Certification since 1991. Ed recently in 2013 earned his PTA licensure through Whatcom Community College.

He has taught courses in sports medicine at Kelso High School and prevention and care of athletic injuries at Lower Columbia College. Ed’s interests include mountain biking, basketball, camping, skiing, and custom cabinetry.

 

 


Suzanne Gerhart, physical therapy longview, physical therapist longviewSuzanne Gerhart, PT

Suzanne graduated from the University of Oregon in 1992 with bachelor’s degrees in biology and Spanish. She then earned a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1995. Before coming to LPST in 2008, she worked as a physical therapist at Rebound/Southwest Washington Medical Center, Weyerhaeuser Company, and Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), where she was the primary therapist for the trauma, general medicine, oncology, and transplant teams. Recently Suzanne became a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2014.

Suzanne has taught anatomy, physiology, and biology at Mount Hood Community College. She has experience working with patients who are rehabilitating from orthopedic and neurological surgeries, motor vehicle and industrial accidents, and sprain and strain injuries.

She enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, and spending time with family.

 

 


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Higa graduated from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, with a degree in exercise science and sports medicine. She then earned a doctorate in physical therapy at Chapman University in Orange, California.

She worked previously at InMotion Physical Therapy and Wellness in Irvine, California, and at Portner Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is happy to be back in the local area.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brian Kitzerow, PT

Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Lewis & Clark University in 1998 and later completed his doctorate at Eastern Washington University. He has worked in multiple fields of physical therapy, including acute care, pain management, and rehabilitation. He also has extensive experience in dealing with athletes involved in team sports, dance, and martial arts who are recovering from injuries.

Brian has received certification as both an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist and is currently working towards fellowship certification with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. When he isn’t spending time with his kids, Brian enjoys hiking, soccer, reading, gardening and canoeing.

 

 

 

 


john kowalski doctor of physical therapy, physical therapist longview washingtonDr. John Kowalski, DPT

John completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in 2007 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy – also at Marquette – in 2009. His clinical experience includes working at the University of Chicago Medical Center (Chicago, Illinois); Five Corner’s Physical Therapy (Cedarburg, Wisconsin); Aurora Lakeland Medical Centers (Elkhorn, Wisconsin); and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (Ann Arbor, Michigan). He previously served as fundraising coordinator for Georgia State-Marquette Challenge in Milwaukee.

John began working at Longview Physical & Sports Therapy in 2009 and is the newest co-owner of Longview Physical & Sports Therapy. His hobbies include biking and coaching.

 

 

 

 


Beth Murphy, DPT

Murphy graduated from Linfield College with a B.S. in Exercise Science before earning a doctorate degree in physical therapy at the University of Puget Sound.

She completed internships with 3D Physical Therapy & Sports Conditioning (Tacoma), University Place Care Facility (University Place), and Portland VA (Portland). Most recently, she worked for Metro Parks of Tacoma as an adaptive recreational specialist.

Murphy was attracted to LPST because of the great treatment her family members have received there. In fact, it’s what convinced her to pursue a degree in physical therapy.

“My grandpa had a series of strokes that caused severe back pain,” she said. “Prior to receiving care at LPST, he was saying that he wanted to die. After treatment, he started feeling better, and we ended up having him in our lives for another two years. That experience made me want to do whatever I can to help give people back their loved ones.”

When she's not working, Murphy enjoys snowboarding, longboarding, playing soccer, traveling and spending time with family and friends. “I also play and coach wheelchair basketball and often spend time in Tacoma helping with adaptive sports,” she said.

 


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Bruce has been the co-owner of Longview Physical & Sports Therapy since 2004. He has nearly three decades of professional experience and has received certifications from the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists and from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist.

Bruce started his professional career with Longview Physicians Physical Therapy Services. He later worked for St. John Medical Center and HealthSouth Rehabilitation. In his spare time, Bruce enjoys playing golf, bicycling, and woodworking.

 

 

 

 

 


Shonn Tanner, DPT

Majoring in exercise physiology and minoring in Chemistry, Shonn spent a lot of time studying the complexity of humans. While the interactions are complicated they can be understood in simple ways. Shonn uses a biomechanical perspective in treatment and try to help his patients understand their bodies in terms of simple machines.

"I consider education part of my job, to help patients understand what is complicated and make it simple so they can make informed decisions in their daily actions,” Shonn says. "I believe my role in healing is as a guide this is why people need a physical therapist. It requires one on one time, analysis and hands on problem solving to help the patient make improvement they could not make on their own otherwise. I chose physical therapy because I have time to problem solve getting to the root of the issue, rather than just treating symptoms. That is why I love my job, I interact with people from all walks of life and help them move from an area of frustrated limitation to long lasting freedom and strength.”

Born in Oregon then growing up in Utah Shonn is excited to return to the green Northwest. He studied at the University of Utah for both bachelor’s degree and doctorate in physical therapy. Outside of the clinic, Shonn enjoys spending time with his wife, son and twin daughters, serving in scouting, and honing his skills as an amateur bladesmith.


Dr Nichole Winiger doctor of physical therapy, physical therapist longview WashingtonDr. Nichole Winiger, DPT

Nichole earned a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) at Washington State University in 2006 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2009. Her clinical experience includes stints at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (Lewiston, Idaho); Kaiser Permanente (Portland, Oregon); Walton Rehabilitation (Augusta, Georgia); and Oregon Health Science University (Portland, Oregon). She joined the staff at Longview Physical & Sports Therapy in 2009.

Nichole enjoys snow skiing, running, hiking, biking and kayaking. She also has a background in tap, jazz, and ballet dancing. She is an avid runner and has completed two full marathons and several running/multisport relays including Hood to Coast and pole pedal paddle. Nichole is also an avid Washington State football fan and enjoys traveling to games to cheer on her team.

 

 

 


Tanya Sherman, physical therapist assistant, longview washingtonTanya Sherman, Physical Therapist Assistant

Tanya completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Concordia College, in Portland, Oregon, before earning certification as a Physical Therapy Assistant at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington. She then served clinical internships at Longview Physical & Sports Therapy, Northwest Continuum Care Center, and Peace Health St. John Hospital.

Prior to coming to LPST, Tanya worked as a Physical Therapy Aide at Physical Therapy Specialists in Longview from 2008 through 2012. Her duties included assisting with therapeutic exercise and administering electrical stimulation and ultrasound.

 

 

 

 

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