Staff

christinaChristina 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.

leighannLeigh 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.

patriciaPatricia 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.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Daniel.BioPic.2019-1024x1018.jpg 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.

Ellen Maloney, DPT

Ellen graduated from the University of Puget Sound Physical Therapy program after earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. She brings a background in working in several settings with people from a variety of life experiences and ages, including clinical experience in skilled nursing and outpatient clinics.  Ellen has a particular interest in empowering individuals living with persistent pain as well as other chronic health conditions, and creating personalized plans for improving health and movement using manual therapy, exercise, self-care activities, and education.  She has recently been trained by The Women’s Health Section of the APTA (soon to be the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy) to assess and treat pelvic floor muscle dysfunction related to urinary incontinence, under-active and over-active pelvic floor muscles, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.

Kim Dimalanta, DPT

Kim received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island after completing her Bachelor’s in Human Movement Science from Utah State University. While at the University of Rhode Island, Kim helped to design and implement a program that allowed students across healthcare disciplines to collaborate on treatment plans, and appreciates a multidisciplinary approach to health care. She is especially interested in working with the geriatric population, and helped to lead community exercise classes for seniors while in grad school. Through her clinical rotations, she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of diagnoses and patient populations across multiple settings including industrial rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, and skilled nursing. She chose Axis due to the emphasis on patient-centered care and the focus on patient education and self care techniques.

Stacy Ward, BA, 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.  Stacy also serves as the Site Coordinator of Clinical Education (SCCE) at Axis and is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor.

Erin Enright, BAS, PTA

Erin graduated with honors from both Southern Oregon University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Business Management, and the Lane Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2011.  She provides empathetic patient care in the clinic, as well as clinic management.  She assists the Physical Therapist in the healing process by providing patient centered care with a variety of modalities. Her clinical experience is in both skilled nursing and outpatient rehabilitation.  She is certified in reflexology and also has additional education with an emphasis in relaxation techniques through breathing exercises and mindfulness.  Whether in the clinic or in the office, she always puts the patient’s healing journey first.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Brittnee2019-1.jpgBrittnee Johnson, PTA

Brittnee graduated from Lane Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program with a 4.0 GPA in 2015. She has experience in both the outpatient and skilled nursing settings with a special interest in chronic pain management and aquatic therapy. 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 in recovering a higher level of function.