Jeff Evans, PT, FAAOMPT
Jeff was raised in Anchorage since the age of five and returned after completing college. He played hockey competitively growing up and continues to play recreationally.
Jeff has worked completely in outpatient orthopedics in several local clinics before opening Alaska Physical Therapy Specialists in June 2004.
Jeff is a resident and fellowship trained orthopedic manual physical therapist through the Ola Grimsby Institute and enjoys treating all spinal, extremity and craniomandibular pain. Jeff has had direct education with Mariano Rocabado, PT one of the first PT’s to focus treatment in the craniomandibular and craniocervical region. He is currently in advanced studies with the international CRAFTA program, Craniofacial Therapy Academy.
Bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in psychology, Seattle University, 1996
Masters in physical therapy, Eastern Washington University, 1999
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
Hockey, mountain biking, skiing and spending time with his wife and two puppies.
Joanna Austin, PT, DPT, OCS
Joanna was born and raised in Anchorage and joined the team of AKPTS in 2013.
Joanna has worked exclusively in outpatient orthopedics with a strong interest in manual therapy. She is a board certified Orthopedic Certified Specialist. Joanna’s clinical interests include sports physical therapy and women’s health during pregnancy and postpartum.
Bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science, Colorado State University, 2007
Doctorate of physical therapy, Regis University, 2011
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS), 2015
Spending time with her husband and dog, playing recreational soccer, skiing, camping, and fishing.
Katie Ronsse Libby, PT, DPT
Katie was born in Bethel, Alaska, and spent her first years in rural villages before moving to Anchorage. She earned the opportunity to compete on the NCAA D1 cross-country ski team at University of Denver on scholarship. Following graduation, Katie pursued a cross-country ski-racing career for several years on the national and international circuit.
Her special interests include pediatric orthopedics, temporomandibular joint pain, injury prevention, and performance optimization through focused movement assessments. She enjoys taking a wide variety of continuing education and also is currently working toward becoming a Certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy through the Ola Grimbsby Institute.
Bachelor’s degree in biology and minors in chemistry and psychology, University of Denver, 2008
Doctorate in physical therapy, University of Utah
Commercial fishing, coaching, mountain biking and adventuring in the backcountry.
Michelle Dreeszen, PT, DPT, OCS.
Michelle moved to Anchorage in 2011 with her husband, who was born and raised here. She joined the AKPTS team in 2016.
Michelle has worked throughout her career in outpatient orthopedics both in Reno, Nevada and in Anchorage. She is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and recently completed a residency program in orthopedic manual therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute. Michelle’s other clinical interests include vestibular rehabilitation for individuals with dizziness complaints and balance deficits, sports rehabilitation, and headache management.
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, University of Illinois, 2005
Doctorate in physical therapy, Duke University, 2009
Hiking, camping, running, biking, exploring the outdoors, and her French Bulldogs.
Meera Parekh, PT, DPT
Meera was born and raised in Ohio and has lived in various places both nationally and internationally. She lived in Anchorage for a short while in 2015 and loved it so much she returned for good in October 2016. She joined the team at AKPTS in the fall of 2016.
Meera worked as a traveling physical therapist for one year in Virginia, Vermont and Alaska. She completed an orthopedics physical therapy residency at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Meera’s clinical interests involve optimizing movement and managing pain with movement analysis, manual therapy, mechanical diagnosis and therapy, and pain science education.
Bachelor of science in Language and International Health, Clemson University, 2010
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Duke University, 2014
Traveling and outdoor adventures including skiing, fishing, hiking, swimming, paddling, running, climbing, ultimate frisbee, and biking