The Juneau Physical Therapy Team

We are a therapist-owned rehabilitation practice specializing in workplace, sports and orthopedic injuries and conditions. Let one of our experienced professionals give you individual, hands on treatment.

Laura Baker, PT, DPT

Laura received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, CO and incorporates manual therapy and exercise for managing orthopedic conditions into her practice. She is interested in managing low back and neck pain, work-related injuries, obesity-related disorders, and sport-specific injuries. Laura also manages pelvic health conditions for people of all ages, including incontinence, frequency, pelvic floor muscle weakness, and pain. Laura's goal is to provide you with the tools you need to move freely throughout your day. Outside of the clinic, you'll find her exploring Southeast AK by land, sea, and snow.

Justin Dorn, PT, DPT

Justin was born and raised in Juneau, graduating from JDHS in 2001. After earning his bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Gonzaga University, Justin went on to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Justin’s particular areas of medical interest are orthopedics and manual therapy. He joined the Juneau Physical Therapy team in 2009 and loves helping people recover and maintain their active lifestyles. Justin has always been active in a variety of sports, including cycling and soccer, and has recently started competing in triathlons.

Stephanie Kohlhase, OTR/L, CHT

Stephanie attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, W.A. She received a B.A. in Comparative Sociology in 1992 and a B.S. in Occupational Therapy in 1997. After a fascinating internship within a hand-therapy setting, Stephanie began to pursue this as a specialty. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2003 and was employed by Seattle Hand Rehabilitation Clinic for eight years before moving her family to Juneau in 2005. She is highly qualified to treat upper extremity conditions. Stephanie and her husband, Jason, are busy raising two young children. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys hockey, gardening and family adventures.

Laura Maruhashi, PT, DPT

Laura is originally from Seattle, Washington. She received her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. From there she graduated from Regis University in Denver, Colorado with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Laura is passionate about treating patients throughout all walks of life. She particularly enjoys utilizing a combination of manual therapy, neuromuscular facilitation and therapeutic exercise to help patients achieve their individual goals. In her free time, Laura loves to do anything outdoors. She particularly enjoys rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, running, and spending time with friends and family.

Kaili Nielsen, PT, DPT

Kaili was born and raised in Sitka and spent 8 years in Juneau before moving to Washington for school. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington in 2020. Kaili is passionate about helping people meet their movement goals and maintaining their quality of life through a combination of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise. Kaili is thrilled to be back in Alaska with her husband, Brian, their young son, and dog, Bieli. She enjoys hiking and camping with her family, as well as running, softball and roller derby.

Patrick Ripp, PT, OCS, CMPT

Patrick is a 1990 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Physical Therapy and Psychology. He received his certification in manual therapy (CMPT) from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 1998. He earned his certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) from the Board of Physical Therapy in 2004 and recertified in 2015. Patrick excels in the treatment of challenging orthopedic cases. He has made custom foot orthotics since 1994. He has provided care at Juneau PT since 1995 and works on a full-time basis at our downtown office. In his free time, Patrick enjoys gardening as well as the artistic pursuits; painting, drawing, and sculpting. In the summer, you will frequently see Patrick riding his slightly-too-small-for-his-size bicycle.

Brigette Schwimmer, PT, DPT

Brigette received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Puget Sound in 2018, and her undergraduate degree from Lewis-Clark State College majoring in Biology. Her career motivation is a desire to help people help themselves live their best life through movement. She enjoys working with a variety of patients and medical presentations, from vestibular and balance populations to tactical athletes. When not helping patients (and not hunkering down) she enjoys travel to far flung places; and also reading, running, spending time with loved ones, and attempting to do Olympic weightlifting.

Nani Weimer, PT, DPT

Nani was born and raised in Southeast Alaska. She spent 7 years in Oregon at Pacific University, where she received her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science - Integrative Physiology, in 2015, followed by her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018, before returning to the land that she loves. Nani's areas of interest include pediatrics and orthopedics. In her free time, she enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking with her husband.

Juneau Physical Therapy: Providing excellent physical therapy for the community we love.