PROFESSIONAL BIOS

Rachel Bornheimer PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS; West Clinic Supervisor
 

Born and raised in Homer, Rachel is a life-long Alaskan. She attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon for her undergraduate education, graduating with a degree in Exercise Science in 2011. Rachel continued her education at Columbia University in NYC and graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2014. She became part of the Rebound team in June of 2014 and currently works as the clinic supervisor and a full-time physical therapist at Rebound West.

 

Rachel has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2011 and presented at the APTA's annual professional conference in 2014.  She is a board certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her areas of interest in physical therapy include orthopedics, sports, and post-surgical rehabilitation, as well as injury prevention.

 

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time being active with family and friends. In the summer she can most often be found taking advantage of Alaska’s amazing summer days by fishing, clam digging, hiking, biking, or rollerblading. In the winter, Rachel moves indoors to participate in recreational volleyball and soccer.

 
Gaynor Johansen PTA
 

Born and raised in Palmer, Alaska, Gaynor graduated from Colony High School in 2010. She then attended the University of Alaska Anchorage where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in justice with history and psychology minors in 2015. While earning her degree she competed on the UAA track and field team and was the student manager for the UAA women’s volleyball team as well. While working for Rebound as a physical therapy tech, Gaynor became increasingly more interested in physical therapy. In 2017 she graduated from the UAA Physical Therapist Assistant Program and is very happy that she has been able to stay in Alaska for her education and career.

Gaynor has been an active member of the APTA since 2017. Her areas of interest are orthopedic, post-surgical and sports rehabilitation, aquatics, and working with high school or college athletes. Gaynor is currently a full time Physical Therapist Assistant at Rebound South.

Outside of work she enjoys biking, fishing, playing tennis and volleyball, baking, and traveling. She also likes to spend as much time as possible with her family and their cat, Felix.

 
Taylor Adams PT, DPT

Taylor is a lifelong Alaskan and graduate of Dimond High School. For her undergraduate education she attended Montana State University Billings, earning her Bachelors of Science in Health and Human Performance in 2014, while competing on the volleyball team. For her physical therapy education, Taylor attended the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA, earning her DPT in January 2017. Despite attending PT school in Boston, Taylor has always known that she wanted to return home to Anchorage, to help rehabilitate the members of the community she loves.

 

Taylor has been an APTA member since 2015, and values membership in this organization because of her commitment to being a lifelong learner and continuing to grow as a clinician. She values education as an integral part of PT intervention, to empower those she works with to be active participants in their rehabilitation. Having experienced an ACL injury during her college volleyball career, Taylor is passionate about both injury prevention and post-surgical rehabilitation and return to sport. She loves working with athletes of all ages, and really strives to incorporate aspects of a client’s preferred sport or activity into her treatment programs, to provide comprehensive and personalized care. Taylor works full-time at Rebound South.

 

Outside of the clinic, Taylor loves to spend time with family and friends, and take advantage of all the unique opportunties of living in Alaska by hiking and biking in the summer, snow-machining in the winter, and spending time at her family cabin. You might run into Taylor in a fitness class, especially indoor cycling, or on the sand volleyball court. She also loves to travel; after graduating from PT school she spent six weeks traveling through Europe, and hopes to do more traveling in the future!

 

 

Robin A. Mullen PT, DPT, CSCS; East Clinic Supervisor

 

Robin was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. She attended the University of Missouri for both her undergraduate and graduate education, graduating with a Bachelors of Health Sciences followed by a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011.  After spending her childhood and early adulthood in the Midwest, Robin was ready for a change. She moved to Alaska in July of 2011 after falling in love with the state during frequent visits throughout graduate school.

 

In addition to physical therapy, Robin also has a strong interest in Pilates and is currently in the process of becoming a certified Stott Pilates instructor, having completed training in mat, reformer, cadillac, chair, and barrels equipment.  Robin has seen the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates and often incorporates it into physical therapy sessions.  Robin is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Credentialed Clinical Instructor for physical therapy students.  She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, with participation in the Orthopedic & Sports sections.  Robin’s primary areas of interest in physical therapy include sports & running injuries, general orthopedics, and post-surgical rehabilitation.Her primary goal as a physical therapist is to provide compassionate and effective care to assist patients’ return to their desired activities. Robin currently works as a full time physical therapist and clinic supervisor at Rebound East.

 

Outside of the clinic, Robin loves taking advantage of the great Alaskan outdoors through running, hiking, biking, or skiing, and when not instructing, she actively participates in Pilates classes herself.  Robin also enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and their dog, Nuna.

 
 
Eric M. Steenburgh PT, MSPT, OCS, CSCS; Co-owner
 

Eric grew up near Syracuse, New York and completed his undergraduate education at Boston University, earning a degree in Biology with a specialization in Marine Science in 1992. He later returned to Boston University, earning his Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1999. Eric practiced PT in Connecticut and New York prior to making his home in Alaska in 2003. He enjoys tremendous support from his wife, Meghan, and their children Isabella, Ji Ji, Mia, and Michael.

Eric became certified as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in May of 2007 and has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 1995. He has also been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1996. Eric’s areas of interest in PT include general orthopedics, sports, and post-surgical rehabilitation. His treatment philosophy for physical therapy is exercise-based and he highly values the importance of building strong patient-therapist relationships. 

Eric is an active member of the Anchorage community, participating in activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, golfing and sking. A recreational runner, Eric has participated in numerous races including Humpy’s Marathon (2003), the Marine Corps Marathon (2007), the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Marathon (2009), and the Lost Lake Breath of Life Race (2007-2015). Additionally, Eric is an avid hockey fan and can occasionally be seen lacing up his own skates as a member of an adult recreational team.

 
Laura L. Tucker PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS; Co-owner
 

Laura grew up in small-town Illinois, one hour east of St. Louis, MO. She received her undergraduate education at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2005. She then attended the Washington University in St. Louis Program in Physical Therapy, and graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2008. She visited Anchorage for the first time in February 2008 and, like many others, decided to make it her home. Laura has lived in Anchorage since May 2008 and it continues to feel more like home with each passing year.

 

In addition to her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree, Laura is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Credentialed Clinical Instructor for students through the American Physical Therapy Association. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic and Sports sections. In 2013, Laura became a co-owner at Rebound Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy, LLC and has been Rebound’s Coordinator for Clinical Education for several years. Her areas of interest in physical therapy include sports and post-surgical rehabilitation, ACL injury prevention, community education, and working with the recreational to professional athlete. She currently works full time at Rebound South.

 

Outside of work, she enjoys playing slow-pitch softball and living an active life.  When Laura is not playing organized sports, she enjoys Alaska’s many trails through hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. She also tries to find time for camping and fishing in Alaska's beautiful wilderness.

 
Kara Van Kooten PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS; Co-owner, South Clinic Supervisor
 

Alaskan from the age of 2, Kara grew up in south Anchorage, attending Grace Christian School. She completed her undergraduate education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduating with a degree in Exercise Science in 2005. Kara continued her education at Washington University in St. Louis and graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2008. She moved back to Anchorage in May of 2008, excited to begin her career in her hometown.

 

In addition to her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree, Kara is a board certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Credentialed Clinical Instructor for physical therapy students through the American Physical Therapy Association. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association for several years, joining the Orthopedic and Sports sections in 2008. In June of 2011, Kara took on the added role of South Clinic Director and became a co-owner of Rebound in 2013. Her areas of interest in physical therapy include wellness, ACL injury prevention, orthopedics, sports, and post-surgical rehabilitation. She continues to work full time at Rebound South.

 

An athlete her whole life, Kara continues to participate in recreational sports such as volleyball and slow-pitch softball as an adult. She also enjoys training for and running in local races, hiking, cross-country skiing, yoga, and indoor rock climbing.

 
Brenna McMahon PT, DPT
 

Brenna was born and raised in Petersburg, AK, where the majority of her family still resides.  She attended Southern Oregon University for undergraduate studies, and then achieved her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2013.  She began her career with Rebound following graduation and was located at their East clinic.  After taking a period of time to gain experience with inpatient therapy at Providence AK Medical Center and a variety of care settings with Providence Seward Medical Center, Brenna returned to Rebound in June 2019 to work at Rebound. Brenna now works full time at the West clinic.

 

Brenna is an active member with American Physical Therapy Association with and is a member of the Sports section.  Her primary interests are orthopedics, sports, and outpatient post-operative rehabilitation.

 

Outside of work, Brenna enjoys the epic trail system that Anchorage provides, exploring them through running, biking, and skate skiing with her husky, Yuki.

 
Todd W. Granger PT, DPT, CSCS

Todd was born and raised in Alabama. He attended Auburn University for his undergraduate education, graduating with a degree in Exercise Science in 2003. Todd then moved on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2006 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Immediately upon graduating from PT school, Todd began working as a traveling physical therapist. He moved every 3-5 months, living in 10 different states. After nearly nine years of traveling, Todd and his wife finally decided to put down roots and make Alaska their home. They have lived in Anchorage off and on since 2010 and finally settled down in 2015. 

 

Through traveling, Todd has had the unique opportunity to work in a variety of settings that physical therapy has to offer; providing care in the hospital, the home and outpatient clinics across the country. This opportunity has allowed Todd to treat patients throughout the continuum of care, from surgery or illness to the return to work, sport and play. He truly enjoys working with patients of all ages who are experiencing any orthopedic issue. Todd is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, participating in the Orthopedic section. Todd joined the Rebound team in June 2017 and works full time at Rebound West. 

 

Outside of the clinic, Todd loves spending time with his wife, Jeni, and his son, Cameron. He and his family like to get outdoors and enjoy the summer sunshine. In the winter, whale watching in Maui is a family favorite. He is enjoying the opportunity to explore the great Alaskan outdoors and looks forward to every new adventure. Todd loves Auburn football, traveling, golfing, fishing, hiking, working out and chasing his baby boy around the house.

 
Kyra Helin PT, DPT
 

Kyra was born and raised right here in Anchorage, Alaska. She attended Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas for her undergraduate education, graduating with a degree in Athletic training in 2012. Kyra continued her education at Western University of Health sciences in Pomona, California with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2016. She became an official part of the Rebound team in November of 2016 and currently works full time at Rebound East.

Kyra has been a member of the APTA since 2013. She also has been Institutional Review Board research approved and plans on presenting at a local conference in the near future. Her areas of interest include orthopedics, sports, and post-surgical rehabilitation. 

Outside of work, Kyra enjoys playing soccer, running, hiking, four-wheeling, and fishing. Along with playing soccer herself, she enjoys coaching. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog Keeva. 

 
Justina Jaminet PT, DPT, CSCS
 

Justina was born and raised in Colorado.  She attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado for her undergraduate education and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in Kinesiology in 2007.  She returned to Regis University to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2011.  She got her first PT job in Anchorage in 2011 and now has made Alaska her home. Justina currently works at Rebound South.

Justina is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association with participation in the Orthopedic section and she is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Justina has specific interest in treating sports, orthopedics, post-surgical rehabilitation, as well as women’s health.  Justina enjoys manual therapy and is Graston certified, which is an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization technique.  She believes that successful rehabilitation is a combination of guided therapeutic exercise and manual therapy techniques.

Outside of the clinic, Justina loves to get outdoors with her husband and son running, hiking, camping, fly fishing and hunting.   She loves to travel to warm sunny destinations in the winter and explore new mountain trails to run or hike in the summer.  She marvels at all the adventures life has to offer, none more precious than her family and son. 

Melissa Courtad PT, DPT, CSCS

 

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas with a major in Kinesiology in 2014. She graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth with her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2017 , and considers Fort Worth home. Upon graduation of PT school, she spent a year working as a travel therapist in the Seattle-Tacoma area as well as spending time briefly in Oregon. Although in love with the Pacific Northwest, her sense of adventure, the allure of a fresh start, and a desire to learn a new culture has now brought her to Anchorage where she hopes to create a permanent home. Melissa works full time at Rebound East.

 

An athlete her entire life, Melissa spent twenty years as a gymnast and trampolinist, representing the United States at the Pan American Championships in 2010, earning 6th place in individual trampoline. Melissa is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and loves working with athletes, musicians, and dancers.

 

In her free time, you can find her working out, spending time with her beagle, playing southern folk /blues on her guitar, or inside a coffee shop learning French. A lover of the ‘jet lag type’ of international travel, she hopes to see Japan, the Middle East, or discover Northern Europe in the next five years.

 

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