Our Team at Alliant

We are committed to learning about the mechanisms of neuroplasticity, pain and Neuro-feedback to advance the fields of psychophysiology and Physical Therapy. If you are in pain, we are here to help!

I'm the Principal Investigator

Tim Sobie, MS, PT is the founder and clinical director of Alliant Continuum Care, LLC; dba Alliant Physical Therapy & Integral Medicine, PLLC. , Tacoma, Gig Harbor, and Olympia, WA. Tim has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist and is now approved as a Ph.D. Candidate to conduct IRB approved Clinical Research through his role as a Clinical Psychophysiology graduate student at Saybrook University, San Francisco. A native of Michigan, he earned his physical therapy degree from the OUHSC Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, subsequently traveling to small and mid-sized cities nationwide to direct various hospital-based physical therapy departments -including a partnership at Madigan Army Medical Center.

Fueled by curiosity and learning, and having studied Whole Systems Design at Antioch University, Seattle, Tim is now seeking to complete a final dissertation for a Ph.D. degree in the evolving field of Clinical Psychophysiology/Mind-Body Medicine as it applies to mechanisms and interventions for the treatment of Chronic Pain conditions.

I'm the Physical Therapy Assistant

Jennifer obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development & Family Studies from Colorado State University. She is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, having completed the program at Whatcom Community College. She enjoys working with people to find their individual rehabilitation goals, whether it be pre/post surgery rehabilitation, work injury, joint pain, gait imbalance, or other unique needs.

I'm a dissertation committee member

Richard A. Sherman, PhD

Dr. Rich Sherman received his doctorate in psychobiology from New York University in 1973 and now serves as program director for the ‘Clinical Psychophysiology Doctoral Degree’ specialization area within the Department of Psychology at Saybrook University. He has more than forty years of experience teaching and performing quality research and clinical work within behavioral medicine and its related fields. Dr. Sherman is an award-winning teacher and has taught courses at virtually all levels of adult education, including numerous undergraduate, graduate, medical resident, and c.e.u.’s for clinical professionals.

Dr. Sherman received the New York University Special Founders Award for Highest Scholastic Preferment and was awarded the President’s award for outstanding research by the Association for Applied Psychophysiology. Dr. Sherman is best known for his work clarifying mechanisms and treatments for phantom limb pain, temporal relationships between changes in muscle tension and pain, and environmental studies on mechanisms of and behavioral treatments for urinary incontinence. This work has resulted in more than 130 articles and several books for both professionals and patients.

 

I'm a dissertation committee member

Derek S. Scott, MD is Director of the CHI / Franciscan Pain Management Center in Tacoma, WA. He is serving as medical advisor for Tim’s dissertation research committee. Dr. Scott is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist who offers treatment for a wide array of musculoskeletal, spinal and sports-related disorders, including back injuries and conditions brought on by traumatic brain injury or stroke.

In his off-hours, Dr. Scott enjoys skiing, chess, canine conformation, cooking, racquetball and traveling. He also volunteers medical coverage at high school sporting events.

I'm a Physical Therapist

Celeste MIsko, DPT began her career in Physical Therapy in 1992 after completing her Master of Science degree from the University Of Alabama in Birmingham.  Celeste has worked in a variety of settings which have included acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient and sports medicine.  She has served a variety of populations during her 23 year career ranging from pediatrics to adults to the geriatric clientele.  Celeste received her Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from the McKenzie Institute in 2001.  Celeste received her Orthopedic Specialist Certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy in 2007.  Celeste earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014 from the University of Montana.  Celeste has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since she was a student in 1991.  Celeste currently works in an outpatient facility as a full time clinician in Tacoma, Washington.   

I'm the Research Coordinator

My name is Kenny Li. I'm a recent graduate from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of science in Kinesiology and minor in psychology. My primary interests are biomechanics, neuroscience, & Functional Anatomy. I am here at Alliant both to learn and to help contribute to the relief of chronic pain. I plan to further my education in the near future as both a therapist and teacher.

Kenny provides technical support for the clinic in its daily operations and works closely with patients on the study. His interests include Sci-fi, cooking and music - particularly vocal arrangements -.

Im the Office Coordinator

Angelina is the newest addition to the Alliant team. She has previous experience as a receptionist in the healthcare field. Angelina will be working here  as she attends Pierce College part-time. She is a people person and you will enjoy her customer service skills either on the phone or when you come into the office.
If not at work or school, she is spending time with family and friends. Angelina aspires to become a writer and have her work published. After over ten years of playing the piano, she enjoys the quiet times of being able to sit and just play for personal enjoyment.

I'm a dissertation committee member

Jim Stephens, Ph.D., PT , GCFP has a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University, and earned his Doctoral Degree in Developmental Neuroscience through Temple University before entering the Physical Therapy profession via training and certification through Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA. He has since served as Adjunct Professor in Physical Therapy, Temple University, from 2008-2014.

He has peer reviewed published research specific to investigating clinical applications within the broad scope of rehabilitation medicine -including issues of stroke rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis, effects of aging, posture and gait, motor control and learning, myofascial integration with sports activity performance, and factors that influence clinical decision making in therapy practice.

Dr. Stephens has co-authored chapter texts for Clinician’s Complete Reference to Complementary / Alternative Medicine.   Mosby, NY, 2000. He currently maintains Independent Private Practice: ‘Movement Learning and Rehabilitation’ in Havertown, PA, and retains consulting position for medical staff for the ‘Jimmie Heuga Center for the Research and Education on Multiple Sclerosis Management’ in Edwards, Colorado.

We're Clinical Consultants

Gordon Browne is a Physical Therapist with 33 years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics and manual therapy. With a lifelong passion for movement, he was dissatisfied with the lack of clinically oriented movement training he received either in school or through continuing education. This led to his exhaustive personal exploration of and clinical experimentation with various integrated movement systems. He has been teaching continuing education courses for 16 years and has authored two books; "A Manual Therapist's Guide to Movement" (Elsevier 2006) and "Outsmarting Low Back Pain" (Movement Matters 2005).

 

I'm a Physical Therapist

Zachary Hall, DPT is a native of Washington who grew up in Olympia. He received a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology from Washington State University. Zachary then graduated from A.T. Still University in 2012 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He has practiced mainly in outpatient orthopedics since his graduation but has also provided care in the home health and acute settings. Zachary enjoys treating patients of all ages and specializes in sports medicine and treatment of the spine. He currently lives and practices at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Lacey, WA.

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I'm a Physical Therapist

Maria Bokor, MPT has practiced craniosacral therapy since 2006, with training from the Upledger Institute and the Integrative Bodywork Institute. 

She has been a physical therapist since 1998, and brings into her treatments a broad base of skills from extensive coursework, including the MAPS (Maitland-Australian Physical Therapy Seminars) program, JinShinDo acupressure, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, pelvic physical therapy (women’s issues around incontinence and pelvic pain), biofeedback, lymphatic drainage techniques using the Foeldi method, and Butler neurodynamics. She also is a certified teacher of Soaring Crane Qigong, which she learned at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with Chinese master Hui-xian Chen in 2000-2002.   Maria performs music frequently as the Associate Principal Violist of the Tacoma Symphony.

Maria enjoys working with clients with a variety of diagnoses, from chronic pain to stroke recovery to post-surgical.

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