Where Caterpillar Gain Wings and Become Butterflies

Meet The Stargait Therapy Team

Owner, Physical Therapist

Denise Wentzel, PT

MNRI Core-in-training

  • Education:
    • Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, San Carlos City, Philippines, Physical Therapist
  • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
    • Tactile Integration
    • Oral Facial Reflex Integration 1 & 2
    • Dynamic & Postural Reflex Integration
    • Reflex Integration and the Basal Ganglia
    • Proprioceptive & Cognitive Integration
    • Aqua Reflex Integration
    • Archetype Movement Integration
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • Changing children’s lives 15 days at a time!
  • Hobbies:
    • I like traveling, I sew figure skating costumes, cross stitching, and I love gardening
  • What makes you awesome?
    • I have 3 dogs, 5 fish, I enjoy creating fairy gardens, and I’m a tinker
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • A dolphin, so I can swim in the vast ocean
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
    • The ability to teleport, so I can get to places very fast

Physical Therapist

Ellen Loan, PT

  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s of Science, Physical Therapy
    • New England Institute of Whole Health, Massage Therapy
  • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
    • Dynamic & Postural Reflex Integration
    • Tactile Reflex Integration
    • Archetype Movement
    • Oral Facial 1&2
    • Neurostructural
    • Visual & Auditory Reflex Integration
    • Proprioceptive and Cognitive Reflex Integration
    • Basil Ganglia
    • PTSD
    • Aqua Reflex Integration
    • Stress Hormones and Reflex Integration
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • I love working with all the kiddos and with all our awesome, talented therapists
  • Hobbies:
    • Racquetball, hiking, bicycling, playing with my dog, Lulu, frequenting coffee shops
  • What makes you awesome?
    • I am a twin!
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • A husky with blue eyes
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
    • The power to heal people physically and emotionally so they aren’t in pain any more

Physical Therapist

Tara Johnson

  • Education:
    • Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR, Physical Therapist
  • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
    • Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • The comfortable atmosphere and seeing changes in the kids because of MNRI
  • Hobbies:
    • Writing, tatting, walking, reading, learning
  • What makes you awesome?
    • I love connecting with people.
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • I think I would like to be a Bald Eagle.
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
    • I would always make people smile and happy.

Physical Therapist

Jane Clauson

  • Education:
    • University of Washington, Physical Therapist
  • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
    • Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration
    • Archetype Movement Integration
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • The variety of kids we see, the comradery of the staff and kids, and seeing so many of the kids make such great progress!
  • Hobbies:
    • I like spending time with my family, reading, gardening, and playing with my dog.
  • What makes you awesome?
    • I have been married for almost 30 years and we have one 16-year-old son.
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • I would like to be a bird because they can fly around and see everything.
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you chose?
    • I would like to fly, just like a bird!

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Brooke Anderson

  • MNRI Core-in-Training
    • Education:
      • AAS Liberal Arts
      • AAS Occupational Therapy Assistant
      • AAS Educational Assistant
    • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
      • Dynamic and Postural Reflexes
      • Visual and Auditory Reflex Integration
      • Archetype Movement Integration
      • IPET Repatterning 2
      • Stress Hormones and Reflex Integration
      • Oral Facial
    • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
      • I really like being able to see changes being made in the children and families lives because of our intensive treatment. I love seeing the kids when they are excited to come here or when they realize that they just did something for the first time, conquered a fear, or overcame an obstacle in their life.
    • Hobbies:
      • I like to hang out with friends, play board games, and have bonfires at night.
    • What makes you awesome?
      • I am the oldest of 13 kids! I am also from Minnesota. I moved to Washington in the spring of 2018.
    • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
      • I would be a kangaroo. Then I could carry by little babies around with me in my little pouch and have fun jumping all day!
    • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
      • I would choose to fly. It would not only get you to places faster, but it would be fun. I might even be able to give other people rides!

Physical Therapist Assistant

Erin Lescano

  • Education:
    • College of the Redwoods: AAS
    • Lane Community College: AAS; Fitness Specialist and Fitness Technician Certificate
    • Mt. Hood Community College: AAS, Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
    • MNRI Dynamic and Postural Reflexes
    • Archetype Movement Integration
    • Tactile Integration
    • Oral Facial Reflex Integration 1
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • I like too many things. I can’t just choose one. I love what we do and how we are able to do it. MNRI is amazing work.  Also, the kiddos/our patients are why I do what I do.  It is so rewarding to see all the positive changes and it makes me happy to know I took part in that.  Finally, our family at Stargait makes our job that much more amazing.
  • Hobbies:
    • Spending time with my husband and two daughters, traveling anywhere whenever given the opportunity, dance, fitness, coffee, and enjoying life in the beautiful NW.
  • What makes you awesome?
    • Having a positive attitude and being an optimist. Always doing my best to look on the bright side of life.
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • I am choosing a Koala, not because I feel it resembles me.  I’m choosing it because I think they are cute, they look snuggly and I really want to visit where they live 🙂
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
    • Invisible. How cool would that be?  I feel like I could do a lot with this power.  I would love to have this sneaky power. So fun.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Lori Hegge

    • Education:
      • BS in Social Work
      • AA Physical Therapist Assistant
    • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
      • MNRI Archetype Movements
      • MNRI Dynamic and Postural reflexes 2x
    • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
      • I love having a group so committed and excited to help kids.
    • Hobbies:
      • Running, hiking, ceramics, and gardening.
    • What makes you awesome?
      • I like to be silly and a do not take myself too seriously.  Plus, I can touch my tongue to my nose.
    • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
      • A baboon
    • If you could have any superpower, what would you chose?
      • Telekinesis

Physical Therapist Assistant

Cindi Bussey

  • Education
    • Mt. Hood Community College- AAS, Physical Therapist Assistant; Clark Community College-Associate of Arts; Clark Community College-Medical Records and Insurance Certificate
  • Continuing education relating to the Masgutova Method
    • MNRI Dynamic and Postural Reflexes
    • Oral Facial 1
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • The variety of clients and wonderful coworkers.
  • Hobbies
    • Hiking with my standard poodles, paddle boarding, kayaking, and gardening.
  • What makes you awesome?
    • My ability to choose the right people to be around who make me look more awesome than I am. Although my grandson would say everything.
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • A Standard Poodle of course. Pampered and smart!
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
    • To heal children of any ailment

Physical Therapy Assistant

Lena Jeske

  • Education:
    • Oregon State University. Corvallis, Oregon. Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sports Science with an option in Allied Health and Pre-Therapy
    • Evergreen Community College. Auburn, Washington. Physical Therapist Assistant Program
  • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
    • MNRI Dynamic and Postural Reflexes
    • Tactile Integration
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • I love helping and improving children’s lives. I get to meet so many great folks in this setting and work with some fantastic therapists!
  • Hobbies?
    • Hiking/outdoors, playing with my children, arts and crafts, my chickens and dogs, working on my green thumb and family time.
  • What makes you awesome?
    • What makes me awesome is that I have a wonderful family. My husband and 2 beautiful girls. I’m also an urban farmer with my garden and chickens! I have 2 wonderful dogs and 1 stray cat that adopted us. I love being outdoors either playing outside with my girls, hiking or camping. I’m very crafty and love making fun project pieces. All of this together makes me super awesome!
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • An Elephant! I love elephants. They are beautiful, intelligent creatures who love their families.
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you chose?
    • My super power would be the ability to teleport. I could travel the world with my family for free then 🙂 My goal is to visit every continent.

Physical Therapy Assistant

Lena Jeske

  • Education:
    • Oregon State University. Corvallis, Oregon. Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sports Science with an option in Allied Health and Pre-Therapy
    • Evergreen Community College. Auburn, Washington. Physical Therapist Assistant Program
  • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
    • MNRI Dynamic and Postural Reflexes
    • Tactile Integration
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • I love helping and improving children’s lives. I get to meet so many great folks in this setting and work with some fantastic therapists!
  • Hobbies?
    • Hiking/outdoors, playing with my children, arts and crafts, my chickens and dogs, working on my green thumb and family time.
  • What makes you awesome?
    • What makes me awesome is that I have a wonderful family. My husband and 2 beautiful girls. I’m also an urban farmer with my garden and chickens! I have 2 wonderful dogs and 1 stray cat that adopted us. I love being outdoors either playing outside with my girls, hiking or camping. I’m very crafty and love making fun project pieces. All of this together makes me super awesome!
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • An Elephant! I love elephants. They are beautiful, intelligent creatures who love their families.
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
    • My superpower would be the ability to teleport. I could travel the world with my family for free then 🙂 My goal is to visit every continent.

Physical Therapy Assistant

JoAnne Carmichael

  • Education:
    • Hood Community College, Gresham, Oregon, Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
    • Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • Using MNRI to make a difference in all these kiddo’s lives and getting to work with and learn from the best therapists around!
  • Hobbies:
    • Hiking, camping, and traveling and spending time with my husband and our young son.
  • What makes you awesome?
    • I always put other people first and always strive to be positive and bright.
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • A Bald Eagle because they can fly anywhere and are protected.
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
    • Teleport to different time eras and to different places in present time!

Physical Therapy Assistant

Shannon Leukema

  • Education:
    • Flathead Valley Community College – AAS – Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
    • MNRI Dynamic and Postural Reflexes
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • I love the relaxed atmosphere, the friendliness of the staff and the variety of clientele.
  • Hobbies:
    • Hiking, biking, paddle boarding, skiing, ice skating and traveling.
  • What makes you awesome?
    • I come from a large family – 9 siblings and 14 nieces and nephews. I love being around kids!
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • A mountain goat – so I could climb tall peaks and see everything
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
    • I would fly so I could see the world

Charmaine Asbury

  • Education:
    • Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University
  • Continuing education courses taken:
    • Master in Development Administration
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • I can work from home, friendly working environment at the office, and my boss is understanding   and flexible
  • Hobbies:
    • Reading, and watch movies/YouTube
  • What makes you awesome?
    • I am family oriented and loyal to significant people both personal and work life
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • African Grey Parrot
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
    • Ability to heal any form of ailments

Therapy Aide

Kris Quintanilla

  • Education:
    • Washington State University
  • Continuing education related to the Masgutova Method of reflex integration:
    • Archetype Movement Integration
  • What do you like most about working at Stargait?
    • The unique therapy techniques, the diversity, and seeing all the patient’s smiles
  • Hobbies:
    • Being outdoors, Snowboarding, Surfing, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Strength Training, and learning new things
  • What makes you awesome?
    • I am a team player.
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
    • A cheetah because its the fastest land animal on the planet
  • If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
    • Time Travel