Amber Gill, DPT

Empathy and education are at the heart of treatment plans for physical therapist, Amber Gill.

Gill earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Columbia University in New York. She has a strong interest in Neuro-rehabilitation (recovery from injuries or diseases that affect the nervous system). She values clear communication and respect for individuality in working with patients.

A native Oregonian, Amber enjoys being outdoors as much as she can, knows all the berry seasons and loves a good hike.

Janel Bhattacharya, PT, DPT

Physical therapist

Janel wants to understand what brings you joy so your therapy can be customized to who you are as a person, not just your diagnosis. “My ultimate goal is to help get you back home and able to continue doing the things you love,” she says.

Working with critical care, heart and lung patients is the main focus in her work with Adventist Health Portland. A graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University and University of Saint Mary in Kansas, Janel values continuing education and is pursuing advanced certification in cardiovascular and pulmonary.

An avid tennis player and runner, she moved to the Pacific Northwest with her husband from the Midwest. They value all the nearby outdoor activities and being surrounded by so much green. They love raising their family here.

Kelly O’Keefe

Physical therapist assistant

Kelly O’Keefe enjoys working with an interdisciplinary team to help her patients reach their goals and improve their overall health. A great patient advocate, she likes to solve problems and help her patients and their families through challenging times.

With a special focus on orthopedics, Kelly educates patients through the total knee replacement class and a class for patients before they have elective knee and hip replacement surgery. She also works with patients during their hospital stay.

Kelly completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Portland State University before heading to Mount Hood Community College’s physical therapist assistant program.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, extended family and friends. She lives on a small farm, where she grows flowers for market. Kelly also enjoys getting away to Hawaii with her family for rest and relaxation.

Leah Thomas, PT, DPT, CWS

Leah Thomas originally hails from Albuquerque, NM where she studied at the University of New Mexico for undergraduate and graduate school. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition in 2010 and with her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy in 2013. She continued her education and skills to become a Certified Wound Specialist through the American Board of Wound Management in 2017. Leah is pleased to have joined the Adventist team in 2019. She believes in caring for the whole person and addressing the unique needs of each individual. When she is not working Inpatient Physical Therapy at Adventist, Leah enjoys participating in challenging artistic endeavors, dance, cycling, and working on classic cars.

Tiffany King, PT, DPT

Taking the time to thoroughly understand a patient’s unique condition and situation is key to how Tiffany approaches her physical therapy work with hospital patients. “I want each patient to know that they are holistically significant and special to me and that the duration in their room is not restricted by time,” she says. “I want them to know I see them, and I plan to provide an evidence-based evaluation and assessment that caters to their specific acute and home needs. I care for them as I would my own family and friends.”

Patient goals are intricately and carefully woven into each patient care plan she creates. “I am right there to educate, encourage, progress and achieve those physical therapy-specific goals with them,” she explains.

Tiffany completed her Bachelor of Science and pre-physical therapy program at Oakwood University in Alabama. Then she headed to Andrews University in Michigan and graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

A published author in the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, Tiffany particularly focuses on heart, lung and neurological impairments. She plans to complete her cardiovascular and pulmonary specialty certification.

Outside of work, she passionately enjoys the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and its many opportunities to make exercise fun. She also loves to try Portland’s many different ice creams and vegan restaurants. With a heart for service, Tiffany cares deeply about her family, friends, church family, and community. She aspires to become even more involved with her Portland community, particularly in the areas of the indigent community, minority development and the Oregon Physical Therapy Association.

Amber Gill, DPT

Empathy and education are at the heart of treatment plans for physical therapist, Amber Gill.

Gill earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Columbia University in New York. She has a strong interest in Neuro-rehabilitation (recovery from injuries or diseases that affect the nervous system). She values clear communication and respect for individuality in working with patients.

A native Oregonian, Amber enjoys being outdoors as much as she can, knows all the berry seasons and loves a good hike.

Lindsay Lajola, DPT

Helping patients return to their normal lives excites Lindsay Lajola in her work as a physical therapist.

Lajola earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. She loves empowering patients to manage their health and activity levels in order to live their fullest lives. Through careful listening and a holistic approach, Lajola works to help each patient achieve what is most important to him or her.

Lajola relocated from Hawaii to Oregon, so she is enjoying exploring the region with her husband and dog. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading, making crafts and greeting cards, trying new recipes and gardening.

Janel Bhattacharya, PT, DPT

Dr. Janel Bhattacharya wants to understand what brings you joy so your therapy can be customized to who you are as a person, not just your diagnosis. “My ultimate goal is to help get you back home and able to continue doing the things you love,” she says.

Working with critical care, heart and lung patients is Dr. Bhattacharya’s main focus in her work with Adventist Health Portland. A graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University and University of Saint Mary in Kansas, Dr. Bhattacharya values continuing education and is pursuing advanced certification in cardiovascular and pulmonary.

An avid tennis player and runner, Dr. Bhattacharya moved to the Pacific Northwest with her husband from the Midwest. They value all the nearby outdoor activities and being surrounded by so much green. They love raising their family here.

Andrea Gomez, DPT

Also a yoga instructor, physical therapist Andrea Gomez weaves yoga instruction and Pilates into therapy to help people learn to manage their pain and use their muscles better. She loves helping people increase their participation in the things that bring joy in life, from running to dancing to lifting a grandchild up for a hug. Gomez is fluent in Spanish and English.

Gomez received her doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. She has additional training in yoga and Pilates Balanced Body Movement Principles, as well as specialty training for neurological disorders, such as LSVT-BIG for Parkinson’s disease.

A native Texan, Gomez moved to Portland in 2012 to fulfill a childhood dream of living in a greener place with mountains to explore. When she’s not at work, Gomez enjoys her own yoga and meditation practice, learning to tango, hiking with her dog, Muzzy, attending Portland Trailblazers games and reading.

Shaunna Stelzenmueller, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Engaging patients in their therapy is important to physical therapist assistant Shaunna Stelzenmueller. She is willing to take time to find out what is meaningful to her patients.

Stelzenmueller is a graduate of the Mount Hood Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program. She helps patients recover after surgeries, including total joint replacement, spinal surgeries and cardiac surgeries. Stelzenmueller is especially interested in stroke and neuro-degenerative recovery.

In addition to her training in physical therapy, Stelzenmueller is a certified Reiki Master, an alternative health method using energy healing. She was also a licensed massage therapist for 10 years. Stelzenmueller loves spending time outdoors and gardening.