GET TO KNOW US
Dealing with health issues can be a difficult situation. You shouldn’t have to go it alone. The Big Sky Physical Therapy team of certified, highly skilled, and experienced care providers always has our patients’ best interests and wellbeing at heart. Meet the faces that are running our Physical Therapy Clinic, and schedule an appointment today.
Melissa Bartlett, PT, DPT
Melissa grew up in the small coastal town of Astoria, OR. Growing up in a tight-knit community taught her to value close relationships with those around her, whether it was her teachers, neighbors, or her favorite barista. This experience partly helped lead her to her career in physical therapy so that she could continue to build relationships with people in our community.
Mel graduated from Pacific University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science. Although her first plan centered around dental studies, she switched directions in her junior year and decided to pursue PT. She was then accepted into the George Fox PT program, graduating with her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016.
Mel, as she is commonly known, enjoys an active lifestyle nowadays by running and lifting weights. Growing up, she played soccer, basketball, and ran track. In her free time, she also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, particularly cooking, baking, and exploring the many wonderful wineries and restaurants in McMinnville.
Mel enjoys treating a wide variety of patients but has recently begun a focus on a TMJ specialty. She is excited about this focus because it combines her interest in the dental field with physical therapy. This is a very common orthopedic issue that that many people struggle with but often don’t even realize there are treatment options, so she is excited to add this specialty!
Mel is also the Center Clinical Coordinator of Education/Clinical Instructor here at Big Sky, heading our program for prospective DPT students. She is doing great things with our future PT students!
Although Mel loves to explore, her favorite place to be is with her family. Her husband Carson is her biggest support, and they love trying to keep up with their Australian Shepherd Finn, who keeps them on their toes! Mel is a wonderful addition to the Big Sky Physical Therapy team!
for Laura Magers, PT, DPT
Laura grew up in the mountains of Northern California before relocating to Oregon with her family. After a short time in Portland, they settled in McMinnville, where she has made her home. Laura has always lived a very active life, playing volleyball as a student and having enjoyed a lifelong interest in fitness and strength training. She is a Crossfit enthusiast as well as an Olympic lifter, which keeps her very active!
Laura began her path to Physical Therapy by receiving her Bachelors in Exercise Physiology from California State University Chico in 2002. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove in 2005.
Laura is interested in treating a wide variety of injuries, from athletes and weekend warriors to neurologic conditions and geriatrics. She is especially interested in vestibular and balance training.
In her spare time, you will typically find Laura enjoying time outdoors with her husband and two children. They love the variety of recreation available in the Pacific Northwest, including camping, kayaking, hiking, and snowboarding. They also spend time on their 5 acres outside of McMinnville, where their family dog and 24 chickens keep them busy!
Laura is a wonderful, fun, addition to the Big Sky team!
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MOLLY WEINBENDER, PT, DPT, RYT
Molly Peichel, PT, DPT
Molly grew up in Sartell, MN, and has always lived an active lifestyle, especially when she can be active outdoors. She is a lifelong swimmer, even swimming in college while completing her undergrad at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She now enjoys anything that gets her outdoors, including rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and running. As she acclimates to our rainy Oregon seasons, she is learning to cozy up with a good show on Netflix when it’s too wet to be outdoors!
Molly graduated from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN, completing her Doctor of Physical Therapy. While she enjoys working with patients from a variety of backgrounds, she especially enjoys working with orthopedic and balance/vestibular patients, as well as working with climbers.
Molly is new to our area and although she misses her family back home in Minnesota, she is enjoying making friends in her new community as she explores the Pacific Northwest. We are grateful to have her on the Big Sky Physical Therapy team!
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OLIVIA TRAMELLI, PT, DPT
Olivia was born and raised in Idaho. While in high school she participated in a sports medicine class and quickly fell in love with the field of physical therapy. After high school, she continued to follow her dream of becoming a physical therapist, starting with attending the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, Montana with a scholarship to play soccer. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Following her Bachelor’s degree she attend AT Still University in Mesa, Arizona to achieve her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Graduating in 2018, she returned to Spokane, Washington with her husband and her dog to accept her first job as a Physical Therapist, as well as welcome a new baby girl. After a year of practicing, she and her family moved to McMinnville, Oregon to begin the next chapter of their lives.
Throughout her time practicing she has developed a passion for Women’s health, Chronic pain, Neurological Conditions, and Orthopedics. Although she has a passion for those areas, she just enjoys working with all diagnoses and is constantly expanding her knowledge.
Kelli was born and raised in McMinnville early on, but moved to Montana with her family at the beginning of high school. She met Carl while still in college, working at a coffee shop he frequented after starting his first PT job. Kelli put her career and education on hold after having their first children, twins, who changed everything. A few years and two babies later, Kelli found herself in the Willamette Valley, ready to finish her degree in Elementary Education. Although teaching is one of her passions, she decided to come alongside Carl and focus on the management of the clinic. It has been a surprising joy to start this journey at Big Sky Physical Therapy, and Kelli can't wait to see where it takes her next.
In her free time, Kelli enjoys cheering her kids on at their sporting events, watching soccer games (Go Thorns!), working in the garden, camping, hiking, reading, and drinking good coffee.
CARL HANSEN, MPT, OSTEOPRACTOR, CERT. SFMA, CLT
Owner, Physical Therapist
Carl was born and raised in Montana, hence the name for Big Sky Physical Therapy, but now calls Oregon home as it has everything he loves. While growing up in Montana Carl developed a love for Physical Therapy after many months of therapy following an ACL injury that occurred during wrestling season.
After graduating high school, Carl continued his wrestling career at the University of Mary in North Dakota, where he received his Masters in Physical Therapy in 2004. Carl returned to Montana to start his career as a Physical Therapist, where he met his wife. They decided to move to Oregon to be closer to her family in McMinnville, as well as all the rivers that he could kayak/maintain the outdoor lifestyle he cherishes. After long consideration Carl decided to open Big Sky Physical Therapy to continue with his treatment style, to become part of the community of McMinnville that his family loves, and to continue to hold to his values of community, respect, hard work, integrity and simplicity that he feels is part of the Montana lifestyle.
Carl has spent most of his career focusing on orthopedics, workers compensation, and sports medicine. However, he maintains certification in lymphedema therapy as this is a need that is not readily available in rural areas. Although Carl enjoys seeing all types of injuries, he has developed a special interest in helping workers return to work duties through workman's comp, post surgical (total knee and hip arthroplasties, ACL Repair, rotator cuff repair, labral repair, etc.), as well taken a special interest in the spine, specifically the neck and the treatment of headaches.
Carl has, in the past, enjoyed coaching wrestling, and teaching the occasional fitness class. With four kids, his time is now spent watching them grow and helping them cultivate and chase their own passions in life. He enjoys being outdoors, working out, whitewater kayaking, camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing. He is currently on the board of the Oregon Kayak and Canoe Club and loves getting people out on the river.