The Team at Freeborn Wellness
“As owners, we utilize a detailed hiring process to ensure our staff members are a good match to our company values. We invite family members into the hiring process to get a feel for our environment, vision, and meet the rest of the Freeborn Wellness team. When clients leave, we are often complimented by the “environment” of the workplace and how well we work together to provide quality patient care. Our team continues to grow as we embrace our values of “Integrity, Team, Service, and Excellence”. One of our biggest successes is retention of our staff and this is done through empowerment and gratitude. We personally thank each employee for their dedication to client-centered care and the hard work we witness everyday.”
Andie & Cory Freeborn
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 different 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.
Justin found his passion for Physical Therapy as a child, watching his grandfather, a survivor of polio, heal from a knee replacement. Seeing his grandfather gain strength from Physical Therapy inspired him to want to make a difference in people’s lives. Says Justin, “Physical Therapy allows me to get to know a person and assist them in getting back to being their fullest self. I love being a part of the change that occurs both physically and psychologically as individuals find themselves, their bodies, and their function after an injury or illness.”
Prior to joining our team, Justin and his family lived outside Salt Lake City where he worked in multiple areas of PT and earned his credentials as a certified clinical instructor. Outside of the clinic, you will find Justin and his wife chasing their four awesome kids (it is rarely quiet). They enjoy movies, bikes, and have just discovered kayaking and paddle boarding. He is excited to explore the PNW and be a part of the Freeborn Wellness team.
Kaylee learned about Occupational Therapy in High School, while volunteering in a developmental preschool. She watched the OT’s working with children and making a real difference in their lives. She knew this would be the job for her.
After over 6 years as a Certified Occupational Assistant, Kaylee went to Belmont University in Tennessee, and completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in August 2021. Kaylee’s love for helping people comes out in everything she does. We are happy to have her as a part of our team!
Operations Manager & PTA
Andy is a Physical Therapist Assistant with extensive experience 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 patients 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!”
Taleesha is a Physical Therapist Assistant and Veteran, born and raised here in Washington. She has worked in healthcare for over a decade, having hands-on experience and education rooted from a military background as a Medic. She is a University of Washington and PIMA Medical Institute of Seattle alumni and lifelong learner.
As a medic, working amongst wounded soldiers, she recognized her calling to make an impact in a person’s recovery. Understanding that injuries are both seen and unseen, the field of Physical Therapy was the perfect fit.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling abroad, trying new restaurants, running, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. She is passionate about helping others, self-growth, and continuing education.
Crystal attended Everest Technical College and has massaged for about 7 years. “I love what I do. Its hard to find a career that you fall in love with but I found mine! I specialize in deep-tissue, range of motion, treatment massage, prenatal massage, but I can always do a nice relaxing massage as well. The best feeling for me is when your get off the table feeling better than before.” Crystal enjoys the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, snowshoeing, snow camping, and just being out in the fresh air. “I hope to meet you all and help you feel better!”
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 filing 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 husband Randy and dog, Winnie, and watching true crime documentaries for days on end.
Billing & AR Department
Tami is a Pacific Northwest native with over 25 years of experience in Administration and Billing within the Prosthetic and Orthotic field. The happiness of seeing patients improve with a physical condition always brings a smile to her face. The approach and mindset of the entire Freeborn Wellness team makes it a joy to contribute to everyone’s success. Most of her free time is spent with her two beautiful German Shepherds, Nikita Grace and Bianca Sue.
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!
Licensed Medical Dummy
Gym is an example Freeborn Wellness’ approach to work simulation. We believe work simulation helps induduals improve their confidence for when it’s time to return to work. This weighted dummy provides caregivers, nurses, and fire responders the opportunity to practice dragging dead weight from the floor, practicing transfers to/from gurneys, or bed mobility in the hospital or home healthcare setting.