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”.
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.
Kerissa recently moved from being at the front desk, to being our Administrative Coordinator. She’s become our go to for marketing, managing vendors, and business development.She is the mastermind of many of our organizational systems! Kerissa says, “While I do miss being at the front desk, I love the responsibility and unpredictability of my new role! It brings a new set of challenges that keeps me on my toes.”
She started working in healthcare right after high school and never stopped! She is proud of new role. “I have worked hard to get to where I am and I am so thankful for the opportunity to lead and as well as learn new things along the way.”
Kerrisa’s dogs, Winnie and Milo, are her favorite things on earth (and my husband, Randy, too). You will either find her outdoors going on walks or drives looking at all the beautiful scenery Washington has to offer. She enjoys the Seattle Mariners and is an avid Cougars fan. Go Cougs!
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.
Growing up in a small Eastern Oregon town with two older brothers, Susan has always been active and outdoorsy, with a passion for fitness. Interest in PT and Rehabilitation started in her early teens when her mom was injured in an auto accident. She was inspired by how they took care of her mom and wanted to do the same for others.
Susan received her undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University and her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Puget Sound.
She enjoys running especially on trails with her younger sister. She is an avid knitter and quilter. Susan lives in Lacey with her husband and grumpy cat, in the home they built together when their two children were small.
Susan has been a therapist for 28 years initially working in outpatient orthopedics and then adding work rehabilitation. She was part owner of a small clinic in Tacoma for 18 years.
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!
Jenn has always wanted to work in a health care profession where she could spend quality time and help clients to adapt to their functional deficiencies so they can live as independently as possible.
Her career began as a certified occupational therapy assistant in 2013, where she went on to receive her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2017 from New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI.
She has been working in the field for almost a decade in a variety of different settings including outpatient therapy and skilled nursing facilities. Jenn has treated and worked with post-surgical upper extremity orthopedic injuries for nearly 5 years. Her passion lies within the Hand Therapy world.
Outside of work, Jen loves to spend time making new memories with her family/friends and indulge in aromatherapy.
Jodi enjoys working with people who have sustained an injury, regain strength, motor function, and increase their independence to return to their normal daily activities. She has experience with upper and lower extremity fractures, ROM deficits in arms/legs due to a stroke and with arm/leg amputations.
She finds it rewarding to assist people on their journey to recovery and success.
Jodi says, “I am proud of putting myself through school while working to become an occupational therapy assistant. I had 2 high school boys at the time, as a single mom.”
Jodi continues to expand knowledge and experience including taking courses to become certified as a Dementia Practitioner.
She enjoys hiking, long walks with her dog, and spending time with family. Jodi enjoys watching hockey, whether it is her 2 adult sons playing or the Thunderbirds and Krakens. She loves to laugh, attending comedy shows is the key to her stress release.
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!
Kristina has worked in some aspect of healthcare for nearly 20 years. She has seen first-hand how OT truly enhances quality of life of people in different settings.
She is passionate about hand therapy because she helps people return to daily life and recreational activities. Giving individual’s purpose, so that they can live their best lives! Kristina feels good about what she does when patients walk away from a treatment not only feeling better physically, but also feeling like they have been truly seen and heard.
She has treated conservative and post op upper extremity orthopedic injuries for nearly 5 years as an OT. She loves helping patients learn how to tune in and listen to their bodies throughout the recovery process, each injury experience is unique to the individual.
Prior to OT and hand therapy, Kristina worked as a recreational therapist with individuals with mental illness, the geriatric population, and with children/adults with developmental disabilities. She is a Certified Hand Therapist, Astym certified, and a yoga instructor.
Laura Woodworth is a Registered Dietitian with a master’s degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She has worked in a variety of settings in pursuit of effectively helping people find their own path to wellness. One of her most interesting and fulfilling positions was at the Thurston County Food Bank where she worked with clients to help them select balanced whole foods that are available.
She has worked in both private practice and hospital settings, providing dietetics knowledge to patients. Before she achieved her Registered Dietitian credential, Laura had a variety of careers including research ship cook, arborist, and camp cook.
Laura strongly believes in promoting a whole-foods diet and finding balance with moderation when it comes to eating. Following a strict diet doesn’t usually last because it means people give up foods they are exposed to every day.
In her home life, Laura enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening, reading, and going out for breakfast with friends. She has a 16-year-old at home along with a very sweet cat named Jake.
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!”
Administrative Assistant, Lacey
Jamie enjoys working with people and making them feel welcomed at Freeborn Wellness. Greeting patients as they check in and helping to make their visit more enjoyable.
Her professional experience began working with pets, as a Veterinary Assistant/Vet Receptionist years ago. She then moved to the human side of medical and became a Medical Administrative Assistant. As a former business owner, she understands integrity and service are important for continued growth.
Jamie can personally relate to our patients in achieving the goal of healing and regaining physical strength. Due to an injury, she was physical therapy patient. Her hard work paid off and has returned to working full time. This has inspired her to help others accomplish similar goals.
Jamie enjoys being with her family, spending time with friends and loving her dogs. In her free time, she can be found at dog shows showing her French Bulldog Haribo in AKC competitions. During the summer, she likes going to the beach and to the movies.
Cindy has been in the medical field since High school, where she was able to take Health Occupation classes, resulting in becoming a certified nursing assistant. While working as an CNA for 5 years, she attended college to become a Medical Assistant. From there, she worked at Convenient Healthcare, an urgent care clinic in Kelso.
She raised her 3 boys, Brad, Nicholas, and Joel, while working in the medical field. Several years as a medical assistant and then in billing for Internal Medicine, Podiatry, and Eye Doctors.
For fun Cindy likes to play Bingo, Bunco and go the Casino. She is an avid treasure hunter at garage sales, bazaars, and 2nd hand stores. Sometimes, she will crochet, sew, or paint.
She has 5 grand-dogs: Goose, Ruger, Winchester, Oakley and Jazmine.
Joi “Job of Injury”
Clinic Mascot/Loved by All
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 a 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 individuals improve their confidence 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.