Cascade Summit Physical Therapy - Yakima, Washington

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Meet the Physical Therapist Staff

At Cascade Summit Physical Therapy we employ degreed therapists and assistants - giving you qualified and trained care for your health care dollar.

In physical & occupational therapy there are three levels of staff: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and PT aides/techs. What’s the difference?

  • Therapists: typically have a Master’s or Clinical Doctorate degree; are responsible for evaluating you, developing and progressing your plan of care, and carrying it out.
  • Therapist Assistants: typically have an Associate’s degree; responsible for assisting and carrying out a therapist's plan of care.
  • Aides/techs: typically have had on the job training only; can assist in carrying out a plan of care, but have no formal degree or specific training in therapy. May not legally administer billable care to certain insurances, such as Labor and Industrial, Medicare or Medicaid.

Our Caring, Experienced Professionals

  • All therapists are members in good standing with their respective professional organizations.
  • Our therapists have over 100 years combined experience in rehabilitation.
  • We continue to grow and learn in our professions to better serve you.
  • We listen to you, and develop a treatment approach that is customized and right for you.


Our two physical therapy locations in Yakima and Toppenish are staffed as follows:

Creekside - Yakima westside

Karen Braden, PT
Owner, Physical Therapist

Karen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1982. Karen was employed at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital's Physical Therapy Department until January 1998. Outpatient orthopedics, geriatrics, women's health and vestibular rehab have been the focus for Karen. She enjoys gardening, backpacking and cross country skiing.

Charles (Chuck) Martin, DPT
Owner, Physical Therapist

Chuck Martin

Chuck graduated cum laude form the University of Utah in 1981. Chuck was the director of Physical and Occupational Therapy at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital from August 1988 to January 1998. He treats sports and orthopedic injuries and return to work programs. Chuck has served as President of the Physical Therapy Association of Washington. In 2001 he was selected as Physical Therapist of the Year. He is currently the Chair of The Washington State Licensing Board of Physical Therapy. In December 2007 Chuck completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy graduating from Des Monies University.

Chuck enjoys mountain climbing, hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, scuba diving, water skiing and wakeboarding.

Kay Gasseling, PT
Physical Therapist
Kay graduated from the University of Montana in 1986. Kay was employed at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital P.T. Department until January 1999 when she joined the staff at Cascade Summit Physical Therapy. She has worked with a broad outpatient orthopedics caseload as well as geriatrics and in a Home Health setting. Kay enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children participating in a variety of outdoor and sporting activities.

Andrew Martin, DPT
Physical Therapist

Andrew Martin, a third generation Physical Therapist, earned a Bachelor of Health Science degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Loma Linda University in California. He has years of experiencing working in outpatient orthopedics, and enjoys working with a variety of patients, including sports injuries and orthopedics. Andrew is fluent in Spanish and enjoys many outdoor activities, including snowboarding, hiking, camping, and mountain biking.

Michele Lynn Waitt Jacobs, DPT
Physical Therapist

Michele Lynn Waitt Jacobs, DPT

Michele was born and raised on the Palouse where she attended Washington State University and earned her B.S. in Kinesiology. She then attended Eastern Washington University where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2009. Michele moved to Yakima in 2009 and has mainly practiced in outpatient orthopedic settings with a focus on spinal care. Her passion is helping her patients by making comprehensive and individualized plans of care in order to achieve their functional goals. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, watching sports, and traveling.

Bruce Whiteside, PT
Physical Therapist

Bruce Whiteside, PT

Bruce grew up in Yakima and earned his BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington. He has been practicing in Yakima since 1986. He specializes in treatment for shoulder problems, spine pain, joint replacements, and balance issues.

Bruce served on the Board of Physical Therapy Association of Washington and in 2003 was presented with the Distinguished Service Aware from this organization.

Bruce is an outdoor enthusiast with activities including biking, hiking, climbing, and skiing.

Lynette Miller, LMP
Licensed Massage Therapist
Born in Oregon moved to Naches valley where she graduated from Naches Valley High in 1980. Lynette started her career in the coffee business managing several different Espresso bars in Yakima. In 2007 she graduated from Cascade Summit School of Massage and has been with Cascade Summit Physical Therapy ever since. She also is the Life Met Manager and Financial Service Advisor for Farmers Insurance district offices. Lynette is the proud mother of 4 children. She loves traveling, camping, cross country skiing, and being in the mountains or beach with her family.

Whitney Danforth
Office Manager

Maria Alvarez
Office Assistant

Joanna Jenkins
Office Assistant


Heather Park-Skogen, MPT
Physical Therapist

Heather grew up here in the Yakima Valley, graduating from West Valley H.S. in 1989. Thereafter, she attended University of Washington in Seattle obtaining her B.S. in Psychology. She then moved clear across the country to Philadelphia, PA to attend graduate school. She obtained her Masters of Physical Therapy from Temple University in the spring of 1996. She began her career as a Physical Therapist in Portland, OR (another cross country move.) While in Portland, much of her professional practice was with Progressive Rehabilitation Associates. She had the opportunity to learn within their multidisciplinary team of medical providers in their Chronic Pain Program and Work Conditioning/Work Hardening programs.

In 2003, Heather returned to Yakima with her family in pursuit of less traffic and a little land to call their own. She worked for Memorial Hospital at the "16th Ave Station" clinic treating a broad range of diagnoses. She joined the Cascade Summit Physical Therapy Team the fall of 2007, and works at our Toppenish clinic. Her personal interests include working their ranchette (where they raise quarter horses, goats and beef,) riding horses, and spending time with her husband and 2 children.
Heather's professional approach is direct and thoughtful. She hopes to partner with all of her patients and their medical providers to give the best care possible. She works to empower those under her care to make the right choices for themselves. She encourages laughter, honest feedback, and consistent exercise. Her focus is to remove barriers to healing including joint and myofascial restriction, weakness, poor postural habits, lack of regular exercise, and imbalances in the musculoskeletal system. She prefers a blend of approaches, to best tailor the Physical Therapy program to the individual needs of the patients. She believes that fear and lack of understanding on the part of our patients is one of the biggest barriers to healing. If you have any questions about particular approaches or techniques that Heather uses, please feel free to contact her.

Angela Garcia, PTA, LMP
Physical Therapy Assistant and Licensed Massage Therapist
Pattie Hernandez
Office Assistant

Cascade Summit Physical Therapy - serving Yakima and Central Washington

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Cascade Summit Physical Therapy is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm at both locations.

For more information, contact us at one of our two convenient locations:

Cascade Summit Physical Therapy / Workforce

Yakima Location
1608 South 24th Avenue
Yakima, Washington 98902
Tel. (509) 248-6113
Fax (509) 457-8941

Toppenish Location
220 West 1st Avenue
Toppenish, WA 98948
Tel. (509) 865-5650
Fax (509) 865-5633

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