Clinical Occupational Therapy Staff


J. Aaron Staeben, President, OTR/L, CHT, CEAS

Aaron is the founder and President of Peak Performance Therapy, LLC and has been helping people on the Olympic peninsula since 2002.  He is also a licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) and Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), with over 25 years of experience treating upper limb injuries from the shoulder to the hand. 

Aaron opened Peak Performance Therapy Center in November 2011 with a strong desire to offer the best therapy service on the Olympic Peninsula, in a unique state-of-the-art specialized clinic, with one-on-one care. He is also certified in “Graston Technique”, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization or IASTM.  Aaron proudly served in the United States Army and gained valuable experience as an Occupational Therapist treating upper limb injuries at Darnall Army Hospital at Fort Hood, Texas.  

In his free-time, Aaron is an avid golfer, gym rat, and loves to travel.  Pura Vida!


Jason Richman, MS, OTR/L

Jason joined Peak Performance Therapy in August 2019, moving across the country from Florida.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Central Florida. He later went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, where he received both the Karen S. Howell Scholastic Achievement Award and Outstanding Occupational Therapy Student Award.  Jason is interested in Hand Therapy and has a strong desire in the future to sit for the national board exam to become a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).  

In his spare time, Jason enjoys taking part in racquetball, volleyball, and dancing.


Hayley Williams, COTA/L

Hayley is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She received her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from Santa Ana College in 2011.  Hayley has experience working in the outpatient pediatric population, inpatient geriatric population and outpatient adult rehab.  Hayley enjoys arts and crafts and strives to incorporate imaginative projects into her treatment sessions. Hayley has taken additional professional development courses in Shoulder Rehab, Handwriting Without Tears, Insight to Eyesight, Feeding, Behavior in ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Positioning and Handling for Cerebral Palsy. Hayley is dedicated to helping a person become the best possible person they can be and turning “no” into “yes”, and “I can’t do it” into “I can do it!”  Hayley and her husband moved to the Olympic Peninsula in November 2016 from California.

In her free-time, Hayley she enjoys spending time with her husband going to the beach, hiking, cooking and exploring new places.

Motto: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”-Winnie the Pooh.


Laura Watson, MPT, OTR/L, CHT (Fellow)

Laura joined Peak Performance Therapy in February 2018 and brings over 30 years of experience in OT in a wide variety of areas of rehabilitation, including hand therapy.  Incredibly, Laura is not only a board certified Occupational Therapist and a board certified Hand Therapist, but also a board certified licensed Physical Therapist!

In her free-time, Laura enjoys exploring the natural beauty of this area with her dog as well as knitting, weaving and spinning wool.


Clinical Physical Therapy Staff


Eric Palenik, PT, DPT, Director of Physical Therapy

Eric is the Director of Physical Therapy for our new Physical Therapy service.  Eric is well known in the community for his outstanding work specializing in orthopedic sports injuries, and has treated the people of this great community for over 12 years.  He has worked with many recreational, high school, collegiate and professional athletes.  His treatments focus on restoring proper body mechanics, facilitating tissue healing, and addressing the “cause” of the injury.  He earned his BS in Exercise Science in 1995 and Doctorate from Slippery Rock University in 1998.

In his free-time, Eric enjoys playing many team sports and spending time with his wife and 2 children.


Sarah Mattson, PT, DPT, OCS

Sarah is a licensed Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Certified Specialist with more than 10 years of experience treating orthopedic injuries.  She specializes in shoulder rehabilitation and treatment of orthopedic and sports injuries.  She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in Human Biology while competing as a high jumper for  the KU Track and Field team.  She received her MS and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Kansas Medical Center.  Her passion is to help patients regain their function and mobility after an injury, resume their hobbies and recreational activities, and gain an understanding of how to continue exercise in a safe and effective way.  Sarah and her husband moved to Port Angeles in 2013.

In her free-time, Sarah enjoys playing competitive volleyball, hiking, watching college sports, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two Welsh Corgis.


Molly Booth, PT, DPT

Molly joined Peak Performance Therapy in January of 2018 and brings over 10 years of experience as a Physical Therapist.  She graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 2007.  After graduating, Molly began traveling around the country taking Physical Therapy contracts as a travelling PT.  This allowed her to gain experience in many realms of PT.  Molly focuses on reducing restrictions to allow improved alignment of the body and then strengthening in this new alignment.  Molly was raised in Minnesota and moved to Port Angeles in July of 2017.

In her free-time, Molly enjoys rock climbing, surfing, and anything that brings her into the mountains or out to the water.


Daniel Pitz, PT, DPT 

Daniel was born and raised in Port Angeles graduating from Port Angeles High School in 2011. Following high school, he attended Eastern Washington University and received his bachelors degree in Exercise Science while also playing baseball for the Eastern Washington University Club Team. Daniel then attended Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA for his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, graduating in 2019.

Daniel enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and coaching baseball in his spare time.

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Heidi Austin, PT, DPT


Susan Barry, PT

Susan joined Peak Performance Therapy in January of 2019.  She worked as a Physical Therapist primarily in the outpatient setting for 30 years.  She has worked with a wide variety of people with orthopedic injuries and/or dysfunction and enjoys helping people regain their independence through the combination of manual techniques and therapeutic exercise.  Susan also has a specialty in Lymphedema and became certified in 2010.  She moved to Sequim with her husband, in November 2017 and seeks activities that take her outside.

In her free-time, Susan enjoys being in the mountains hiking or skiing and is learning the art of gardening.


Shaunna Olson, ATC, PTA

Shaunna is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant who graduated from Whatcom Community College in June 2016.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Graceland University, majoring in Athletic Training and has been a licensed Certified Athletic Trainer since 2002.  Shaunna also has her Master’s Degree in Teaching and is an Emergency Medical Technician.  Some of her previous experience includes, 7 years as a physical therapy aide at local hospitals in Walla Walla and over 20 years working with high school and collegiate athletics as an ATC.  Shaunna was born and raised in Walla Walla, WA and moved to Port Angeles in 2012 to care for her grandparents until their passing.

In her free-time, Shaunna enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys exploring the outdoors with hiking, traveling, golfing and volunteering as an EMT with the Port Angeles Fire Department.


Thomas Keu, PTA

Thomas was born and raised in Washington State.  He is a martial artist who started training when he was 12 and was eventually promoted to the head instructor position at his school.  He has 10 years of instruction experience training people of all ages, ranging from 7 to 70.  He enjoyed his time teaching and helping others grow stronger through physical movement which led him to pursue a career in Physical Therapy.  After he received his degree from Green River College, he worked at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Covington and recently relocated to the peninsula to join Peak Performance Therapy.

In his free-time, Thomas enjoys hiking, biking, and any activity in which allows him to explore Washington’s unique geography.


Brittany Deirking, PTA 

Brittany was born in Kitsap county and has lived in the Northwest her whole life.  Brittany recently graduated from Olympic College with an Associates in Applied Science for Physical Therapy Assisting.  Brittany is an energetic and caring therapist that likes helping people.

Brittany was involved in competitive gymnastics growing up and also enjoys hiking, yoga and volunteering.


Molly Brown, PTA 

Molly was born and raised in Alaska. She left to play college basketball, where she eventually fell into the world of physical therapy after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament. She had so much fun in her own rehab that she decided this was what she wanted to do – make an otherwise, painful and challenging experience, fun for others. She graduated with her BA in exercise science in Seattle and then graduated as a physical therapy assistant in 2016 from Olympic College.She married a Sequim guy, but still makes it home to commercial fish in the summers.

In her free-time, Molly enjoys swimming, fishing, hiking, bee keeping, gardening, wine tasting, quilting and a good laugh!


Administrative Staff


Erin, BS, Practice Manger

Erin was born in Louisiana, and due to her father’s career, moved around a bit as a child.  She spent her formative years in Jakarta, Indonesia, later moving to Texas for college and to be closer to extended family.  Her background is in the dental field, which she worked in for 9 years.  She moved to Seattle in 2011 and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest.  She later fell in love with our Occupational Therapist Aaron (yes, two Aaron/Erin’s in the office!) and moved to Sequim in 2014.

In her free-time, Erin enjoys hiking, playing her violin, a good glass of Syrah, and travel.


Amber, Office Manager

Amber is a long-time resident of Sequim, attending all Sequim Schools and graduating in 1995.  After graduation she obtained her Master Florist degree and worked in the floral industry for 8 years.  She then switched gears and spent the next 12 years working in the dental field, before joining our team in 2016.  She has been married to her husband Eric for 17 years.

In her free-time, Amber enjoys horseback riding, reading, watching movies and spending time with her family.

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Lisa was born in Seattle, WA and grew up in the Des Moines area.  She moved to California in 2000 to pursue property management.  In 2014 she moved to Sequim, WA to be close to family.  Lisa enjoys spending time with her three boys and boyfriend.  In her free time, she will likely be found wandering in the woods.

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Terri Hibbard, Reception

Terrie was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from Newport Beach Harbor High School.  She moved to Port Angeles at 19 years old and met her now husband of 43 years.  They lived in Port Angeles until 1986, then moved to Sequim, where they raised 2 sons and are enjoying being grandparents.  She has been fortunate to work 40 years in the medical field in some capacity, whether it be Optometry, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics and now Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.  She has enjoyed her entire career working with the public and is looking forward to many more years.

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Yvonne Geiger, Insurance Specialist

Yvonne has been in the Port Angeles area for 9 years and she loves the Peninsula life.  She has worked in medical insurance authorization for 4 years.  Yvonne is married to her husband Steve for 27+ years, they have one son, Tristen.

She enjoys spending time with her family RVing and relaxing.  She has 2 dogs Banyon and Bubbles (Yorkies), and 2 cats, Comet & Bella.