Melissa Mercogliano, PT, DPT, OCS (Clinic Founder)

Melissa graduated from the University of Puget Sound Physical Therapy program in 1988. In 2006, she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is an APTA board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and also has her certification in edema management.
Melissa is the owner and clinical manager of the Center for Orthopedic and Lymphatic Physical Therapy and is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Puget Sound in their Physical Therapy program.

Elizabeth "Liz" Kirbow, DPT

Elizabeth returned to school after working in the medical field for many years. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) form the University of Puget Sound in 2009. She has been a member of the COLPT staff since graduation.
Liz is experienced in orthopedic and swelling disorders evaluation and treatment and she has a passion for treating patients with balance and vestibular issues. She is the program director for our balance and fall prevention program.

Jennifer Henriksen, MPT, OCS

Jennifer graduated with her Master of Rehabilitation Science in Physical Therapy in 2005 from The Medical University of South Carolina, and is an APTA board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).
Jennifer comes to COLPT with ten years of clinical practice in orthopedics, sports rehabilitation and vestibular rehabilitation.

Laura Vey, PTA

Laura began her medical career serving as a Medic in the United States Army while stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. After her military career she worked as a Medical Assistant before starting her career in Physical Therapy. Laura worked as a Physical Therapy Aide before graduating from Green River Community College in 1996 with an Associates in Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Laura has over 18 years experience in Outpatient Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Eric Schnepp, PTA

Eric began his career in computer software development after graduating from UCLA in 1982 with a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science. After several years in the computer field, Eric made the bold move and returned to school, earning his Phyical Therapist Assistant degree from the Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2010.
He recently relocated to Port Orchard after working more than 4 years at an outpatient clinic in Kirkland. Eric enjoys running, hiking, and keeping up with his two Westies.

Ashley Cherry-Allen, Front Office Supervisor

Ashley is a Pacific Northwest native that has worked in the medical field since 2010, joining our practice in May of 2013. She performs a variety of tasks behind the scenes within the practice in order to help make sure that all of our patients experiences here go as smoothly as possible. She oversees the functions of the front office staff which includes scheduling, insurance verifications and authorizations, insurance claims, as well as backoffice support for the therapists.