Meet the TeamExperience & expertise from our physical therapists and support staff.
PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS Anne Thomas
Anne’s journey to Palmer covers several continents. Born in Nairobi Kenya she completed a BA in Biology in Indiana and then a BSc in Physical Therapy in Aberdeen, Scotland. She started her work experience in Perth, Western Australia and has finally settled in Alaska. She specializes in orthopedic physical therapy and has supplemented her knowledge through becoming a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, a Fellow of the American academy of manual physical therapists and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Outside of work Anne enjoys the outdoors and adventures with her husband and two boys.
PT, DPT, Carla Lozano Vizzerra
Carla attended Oregon State University where she majored in Exercise and Sport Science and minored in Psychology. She then graduated from Pacific University in 2004 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduating she returned to Alaska, her home state, to practice in outpatient orthopedics. She received additional education focusing on manual techniques and also enjoys teaching her clients the therapeutic effects of strengthening. Outside of work, Carla enjoys running , hiking, backpacking and spending time with her family. She recently moved to Palmer and is excited to be a part of its tight-knit community.
PT, DPT, OCS, Jack Fry
Jack graduated from Idaho State University in 2012 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. He spent 5 years working as a PT in North Pole before moving to the Mat-Su Valley in 2017. He completed an orthopedic and manual therapy Residency program with the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2016, and he also has a clinical interest in dry needling. Outside of work Jack enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 kids, and enjoys many outdoor Alaska activities including mountaineering, rock/ice climbing, packrafting, mountain biking, back-country skiing, and nordic skiing. He is thrilled to be part of the Palmer community, and he loves the great access to mountains and trails around the Valley.
PT, DPT, Shawn Cole
Shawn was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2007 with a degree in physiology and minor in chemistry. While at the U of A, he earned a spot as a walk-on to their nationally ranked cross-county and track teams. Shawn attended physical therapy school at Northern Arizona University, graduating with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree with distinction in 2010. He then spent the next six years working in the private practice sector in an out-patient orthopedic and sports based clinic in Tucson. With a desire to improve his skills and knowledge in the sports physical therapy field, Shawn completed a residency in sports physical therapy at the University of Florida where he worked directly with the rehabilitation and training of multiple Division I collegiate athletes across multiple sports including football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, track and field, and volleyball. He will sit for his board certification exam in sports physical therapy in March 2018. Shawn finds his way to Palmer, Alaska to build a life with his longtime girlfriend Melissa.
Shawn considers himself to be a movement specialist and has a passion for functional movement, training, and injury prevention in youth athletics. He has published a novel movement based screen for baseball pitchers to predict shoulder and elbow injuries, and is currently working on another publication with the University of Florida to validate this screen. He is well versed in biomechanics and several tools used to assess human movement.
Outside of physical therapy, Shawn enjoys being active running, rock climbing, weight training, kayaking, and spending time with his dog Mason.
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642 S Alaska St. #209
Palmer, AK 99645
Did you know?
Among older adults with knee osteoarthritis, engaging in moderate physical activity at least 3 times/week can reduce the risk of arthritis-related disability by 47%.
Three brands, one vision. Visit us in Downtown Palmer!
Opened in 2008, Active Soles Performance Footwear is our retail space and shoe store, dedicated to enabling customers to engage in a physically active lifestyle in comfort.
Active Body Downtown Gym is our gym and training facility, open 7 days a week and offering group fitness classes like yoga flow, HIIT, cycling, pilates, and oula.