The Team at Freeborn Wellness
Andrea "Andie" Freeborn
Co-Founder & Occupational Therapist
Andie’s passion to become an Occupational Therapist came to her as a child while helping care for a brother with Muscular Dystrophy. Her career started in industrial rehab in 2007 as a COTA. In 2014, she graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy through Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Freeborn Wellness started as a small wellness center focused on Lifestyle Redesign. Andie combined her passion for wellness and experience treating injured workers and created Freeborn Wellness Complete Industrial OT&PT. Her specialty allowed us to create the first of its type Work Conditioning and Work Hardening program in Centralia, WA.
Cory has had “entrepreneur” in his heart since he was 16 after opening DJ’ing company. Cory is active in business development as he thoroughly enjoys meeting individuals around the community and volunteering. Cory once served Lewis County as a paid firefighter and is happy to serve again in a difference capacity. As a previous injured worker, Cory went through a year of Physical Therapy and several rounds of Work Conditioning and Work Hardening. Today, Cory is proud to be a firefighter in King County and is forever grateful for going through these programs. Cory often says, “Each client has their own story; we need to listen to them individually providing the best care possible”.
Adam has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has joined us from Minnesota. Adam has always been fascinated by the human body, including, how it moves, what it can handle, and how it has so many ways to heal itself. It is his passion to teach everyone how their body works to heal itself through physical movements, but also the importance of lifestyle changes that can prevent future injuries and improve quality of life. He finds joy helping people realize that they are so much stronger and more capable than they thought they could be. Outside of work Adam spends most of his time outdoors. His current favorite pastimes include climbing, hiking, anything music related, and soccer. Adam and his fiancé are extremely excited to experience all that Washington has to offer.
Operations Manager & PTA
Andy is a Physical Therapist Assistant with a extensive work in orthopedics. He received his Associates of Science degree from Pima Medical Institute in August of 2014. Since graduation he has taken numerous continuing education classes from Manual Therapy, Balance and Vestibular and Strain/Counterstrain courses.
Prior to returning to school Andy was a union electrician with over 17 years of experience in the electrical fields. He has also been a volunteer Firefighter/EMT. He has an extensive understanding of real world working conditions and looks forward to helping our patient return to their full functional capacity and work.
In his free time, he enjoys spending it with his wife and two teenage sons. He loves being outdoors, hiking, and playing softball.
Jami House, COTA, comes to us with over ten years of experience working in Hand Therapy. Jami is not only very knowledgeable with hand therapy but she works extremely hard to go the extra mile for clients. She is so excited to work with Injured Workers and help them heal! Jami has a 19-year-old son who recently graduated, a 14-year-old daughter, 4 dogs, and one cat. She loves boating, fishing, and relaxing. She catches her favorite lingcod and rockfish in Neah Bay!
Rhonda started her path as a physical therapist assistant in 2006 when seeking a career change. Knowing she wanted to help people she took a tour at the Health Sciences college near her home in Roanoke Virginia. Seeing that the physical therapy department had such “cool toys“ she was hooked. “ It is such a privilege to help people return to doing what they want to do. “
From the early days of working in physical therapy she saw the synergistic relationship between massage therapy and physical therapy and in 2015 became a massage therapist as well. She loves learning and continues to strive to add skills to aid return to function. She has completed certifications in ASTYM treatment and Lymphedema therapy as well as education in therapeutic kinesiology taping, postural restoration, and TMJ related disorders.
She enjoys spending spare time with her husband and friends kayaking, BBQ get togethers, and looks forward to seeing much more of Washington. “Having lived in many parts of the country, the Pacific Northwest is absolutely the best!”
When asked, “Why do you do what you do?”, Michelle replied “I do what I do because I love organization and love this company. I came here as an injured worker and felt welcomed and actually cared about, so when a position came open, I applied immediately.” We are are so lucky to have her! Michelle is well versed in medical billing and administrative duties. She oversees our safety information and is creative when it comes to purchasing supplies for the clinic. Outside of work, Michelle describes herself as a coupon toting, stock-piling frugal individual. “I am not as bad as the people on tv, but I have gathered quite a collection the last few years, so I was very prepared when stores were selling out of everything.” She also loves spending time with my husband and daughter having family movie/game night.
Simply said, Kerissa likes to help people, which is why she is the face at the front door! She loves to be the first person the patients see when they walk in and it makes her feel good to do something to make their day just a little better. When it comes to organization, Kerissa is the gal. If she can’t be found at the front desk she is probably revamping a filling system, which reduces the time it takes to file paperwork in charts. This has greatly helped with the productivity and efficiency in our office. Kerissa is a very introverted extrovert. She enjoys camping, hiking, boating, and many more outdoor activities. At the same time, she also really enjoys just curling up on the couch with her dog, Winnie, and watching true crime documentaries for days on end.
Joi “Job of Injury”
Clinic Mascot/Loved by All
Please meet Joi, our biggest fan! Joi joined the Freeborn Wellness family in late 2019. Her soft, long hair is not only therapeutic to pet but also hypoallergenic. Joi was named by our team from an acronym commonly used in Industrial Rehab, JOI (Job of Injury). She spends most of her day lounging around and will wag her tail when someone walks by in hopes of quick pet. She loves nothing more than to see new clients walk in the door in hopes of meeting another friend. Clients often refer to her as “healing” and are saddened when she takes a day off. On her off days, Joi runs our small farm of three kids and a bunch of chickens. If you have not done so already, you need to come and meet Joi!
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