Christina Howard, MPT
“At Axis, we have a patient-centered practice. Our skills, diversity, and culture of life-long learning reflects our commitment to best outcomes for our patients.”
Christina is co-founder of Axis Physical Therapy & Rehab, Inc. She graduated in 1995 with her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California at San Francisco/San Francisco State University. Christina has a broad range of clinical experience, including outpatient orthopedics, chronic pain management, geriatric and neurological rehabilitation, and post-operative care. She integrates manual therapy, functional mobility assessments, and movement reeducation in restoring and recovering function. In addition to her work at the clinic, Christina is the faculty Program Coordinator for Lane Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Christina enjoys teaching, learning and sharing, and best practices with her current and future PT and PTA colleagues.
Leigh Ann Turner, LPTA
“I believe in the integration of a team approach to physical therapy and healing that includes the clients’ family, health care providers and their community.”
Leigh Ann is co-founder of Axis Physical Therapy and Rehab, Inc. She has over 30 years of experience in physical therapy and has practiced over 20 years in the Eugene-Springfield area. She earned her PTA from Mount Hood Community College and has a B.S. in leadership management from Northwest Christian College. Leigh Ann worked for six years in a multidisciplinary setting at the Oregon Pain Center and is a long-time member of the Pain Society of Oregon. She combines manual therapy, self-care, patient education, home program, exercise, and community outreach to support the healing process.
Jennifer Johnson, MS, PTA
Jennifer has been working with Axis Physical Therapy & Rehab, Inc., since the clinic first opened in 2005. She graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mt. Hood Community College and was licensed as a PTA in 2009. Jennifer also holds a B.S. in Exercise and Movement Science from the University of Oregon and a M.S. in Kinesiology with a Sport Performance emphasis from California State University, Sacramento. Jennifer has additional training in aquatic therapy, muscle energy technique, and strain counterstrain. She is also a Clinical Instructor with Lane Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
Patricia Brattain, DPT
Patricia graduated with honors from Western University of Health Sciences in 2011. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State University. Patricia emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to care. Her interests are in aquatic therapy, manual therapy, pain relief with exercise, and patient education. She believes in treating every patient as an individual and tailoring each treatment with the most care and concern for the patient as a whole.
Daniel McMillan, DPT
Daniel was born and raised in Chicago and completed his undergraduate work in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he graduated with magna cum laude honors. He then went on to earn a doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Daniel chose to work at Axis due to the wide variety of patient diagnoses, the one-to-one patient to therapist ratio, and the collaborative environment. His clinical rotation experiences in both the outpatient and inpatient rehab settings have prepared him well to work with patients with a variety of diagnoses. To best help patients achieve their goals, Daniel emphasizes therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and patient education/empowerment.
Brittnee Smith, PTA
Brittnee is a graduate of Lane Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program with a 4.0 GPA. She has experience in both outpatient and skilled nursing settings with a special interest in chronic pain management and aquatic therapy. Brittnee is currently expanding her knowledge in manual therapy techniques including strain counterstrain and muscle energy techniques. She combines movement based activities, exercise, and manual therapy while enhancing self-awareness through education in both body mechanics and posture to best help patients recover to a higher level of function.
Sabine Wolber, PT
Sabine is entranced by being in and studying the human body. She loves gentle touch techniques inspired by visceral and craniosacral work to “listen” in and untangle restrictions. She grew up in Germany and came to Physical Therapy from being a music student and performer, completing her Physical Therapy studies in Freiburg in 1992 and moved to Eugene that same year. Sabine joined the Axis team in 2016 and finds it forever fascinating to meet new clients and help them create more ease and better mobility.
Stacey Ward, PTA
Stacy is a 2017 graduate of Lane Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program in Eugene, Oregon. As a student, she was selected as Oregon Physical Therapy Association’s Emerging Student Leader in 2016. Stacy combines exercise, movement based activities, manual therapy, and patient education to help patients reach their goals and improve their quality of life. Stacy’s professional interests include neurokinetic therapy, strain counterstrain, and balance training.