Meet your Hand Therapists in Issaquah
Stephanie Yakobina, MA, OTR/L, CHT
Lead Hand Therapist
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1994 at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and completed a Hand Therapy Fellowship at Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas in 1998. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 2001 and received her Master’s degree in Advanced Hand Therapy at Texas Woman’s University in 2009. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Presidential Award, the President Gold Award, and the Outstanding Committee Member Award for her contributions to the American Society of Hand Therapists. Stephanie has had the incredible opportunity of being mentored by some of the best hand surgeons in the country. She has been a hand therapist for over 20 years and still loves what she does. She is fascinated by the complexity of the hand and the challenges it presents during the healing process. She loves the science of hand therapy, the problem solving that it requires on a daily basis, and the opportunity to empower her clients through education. Stephanie believes that it is her professional responsibility to provide clinically relevant care. Her treatment philosophy is based on her years of experience and evidence-based practice. Stephanie works diligently to make each and every session worthwhile. She expects her clients to learn something new and make gains each therapy session. Stephanie believes that it is crucial to maintain close relationships with physicians in order to provide individualized care. Her ultimate goal as a hand therapist is to be an advocate for her clients and to provide a relaxed and encouraging environment that supports successful outcomes. Outside of work, Stephanie loves to work out, bike, hike, travel, organize, and spend time with her family. She began working with Proliance in 2012.
Sheila Yakobina, MA, OTR/L, CHT
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Sheila always knew she wanted a career that was both scientific and creative. She received her Bachelor of Science in OT (1994) at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and completed a Hand Therapy Fellowship (1998) and Master’s degree in Advanced Hand Therapy (2009) at Texas Women’s University in Houston, Texas. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 2001. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Presidential Award and the President Gold Award for contributions to the American Society of Hand Therapists. Sheila joined Proliance Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation with her sister in 2012. She believes that when clients understand their anatomy and the inner workings of the body (yes, she is a self-proclaimed nerd), they heal better, faster, stronger. When asked what she would do if she won a million dollars, she answered that she would keep working and helping clients lead more meaningful lives…and eat more cheese. She believes that though having an injury is no fun, hand therapy can be. In her spare-time, she loves exploring the outdoors with her family, spending happy alone hours working on her middle grade novel, experimenting in the kitchen, and staying active (gym, yoga, and biking).
Denise Clark, OTR/L, CHT
Denise graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1991. She obtained advanced training and education in the area of Upper Extremity Rehabilitation by completing a Hand Therapy Fellowship at Seattle Hand Rehabilitation Clinic in 1993. She became a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 1997. She grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and goes back often to visit her parents and siblings. Denise has a particular interest in treating traumatic injuries and post-surgical cases to include fractures, dislocations, arthritis, wounds, and tendon and nerve lacerations. Denise has primarily worked in outpatient hand therapy clinics in Seattle and on the Eastside. She has worked as a hand therapist for Proliance Surgeons since 2008. In her free time, Denise’s favorite thing to do is spending time with her family. She also enjoys walking her dog, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, going to the gym, and reading.
Liz Jenson, MOTR/L, CHT, CLT
Liz received her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from her home state of North Dakota at the University of Mary in 2011. She attained an additional certification as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) in 2016 from the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy and became a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2019.
Due to her love of travel and adventure, Liz devoted 2 years of her postgraduate time to working as a traveling therapist, completing assignments all over the country working in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, hospital, inpatient rehab, and outpatient rehab. It was during that time that she discovered her love for hand therapy and decided to settle in the Seattle area, working in an outpatient setting to expand her growth and experience in this specialized area.
Her philosophy as a therapist is holistic at the very core, heavily emphasizing treating the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. Her goal for her patients is to maximize their independence, functional ability, and quality of life.
In Liz’s spare time, she loves getting outdoors with her husband for hikes, camping, and volleyball. They enjoy traveling together and experiencing new cities, countries, and cultures.
Carol Chapelle, MOTR/L, CHT
Carol is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington. She specializes in post surgical, repetitive stress and workplace injury rehabilitation. She has advanced training in structural integration which complements her whole person approach to patient care. Her favorite part of being a hand therapist is supporting her clients return to the activities they love. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cross country skiing and cooking for friends and family.
Kellie Hislop, MS,OTR-L, CHT
Kellie received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University of California in 2013. She developed an interest in hand therapy after attending a splinting course while completing her coursework. She has been working as a hand therapist since graduating, starting in California before relocating to Washington in 2015. Kellie became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2019 and still loves learning about the intricacies of the hand and upper extremity as well as sharing that passion with her patients. She is ASTYM certified, enjoys creating all varieties of splints, and enabling her patients to return to their daily lives and extracurricular activities. In her spare time, Kellie enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, traveling and spending time with family.
Mukti Godbole, OTR/L, CHT
Mukti received her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Bombay in 1994. During her clinical training, Mukti developed an interest in hand therapy and in the treatment of neurological conditions. After working in inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, long term care and home health settings for 12 years, Mukti transitioned to hand therapy. She has been working as a hand therapist since 2006, and became a Certified Hand Therapist since 2011.
Mukti loves working with a variety of injuries and conditions, incorporating her knowledge and experience of neurological conditions in an orthopedic setting. Mukti is dedicated to learning new techniques to achieve the best outcomes. She enjoys her connection and interactions with her clients. Mukti believes that clients can best follow home exercise programs and precautions when they understand the reasoning behind them. Her treatment philosophy is to treat the client as a whole person, including the physical, emotional, and functional aspects of recovery.
In her spare time, Mukti enjoys dancing, easy outdoor activities, yoga, travelling, and playing board games with friends.
Shawna Berry, COTA/L
Shawna graduated from the University of Texas with an AA in Occupational Therapy (1987) and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Nevada Reno (1994). Shawna joined Proliance Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation in 2016. She is ASTYM-certified in soft tissue therapy and has worked for more than sixteen years exclusively in hand therapy. She has a particular interest in the treatment of post-surgical hand care and fractures, as well as non-operative conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. In addition, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including outpatient, hand therapy, general acute and subacute rehabilitation; this has enabled her to develop a comprehensive view of healing and recovery. Shawna returned to hand therapy after time away to care for her twins, including her special needs child. She enjoys cycling, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
June Burns, COTA/L
June graduated from the University of Washington in 2007 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Sociology and then went on to graduate from Green River Community College in 2014 to become a licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant. Her career started in skilled nursing working with the geriatric population where she was able to hone her interpersonal skills as a therapist and gained a client centered approach. She has been working in hand therapy and has been a part of the Proliance team since 2017. June is passionate about helping people get back to their lives and what they love doing. Outside of work, June loves reading, staying active, and anything that makes her laugh.
Kyle Woo, COTA/L
Bio coming soon!
What Our Patients are Saying
We are so grateful for Emily’s wisdom and tenacity during our daughter’s injury. In every possible way, Emily exceeded our expectations. She advocated with the surgeon for us, she was creative in her approach to therapy, and she overturned many obstacles that came our way during recovery. But even more importantly, Emily was kind, fun, and compassionate with our daughter, making this painful journey back to health a positive experience. We have always felt like we were in excellent hands, literally! I cannot recommend Emily and her team enough.
After requiring surgery for a torn ACL due to a sports injury, Kiley Steinriede from Proliance Sports Therapy guided my journey to recovery from re-learning to walk to returning to play the sports I love. Kiley’s mix of real-world experience, attention to detail, empathy, motivation, care, humor and emotional support is what made it all possible. I couldn’t have done it without her.
I would not have had a successful rehabilitation experience were it not for Kiley. She was tirelessly diligent, attentive and knowledgeable about what was best for my post-op ACL rehab at each stage of the recovery process. But more importantly, her humor and care for me as an individual, not just a patient, was the greatest encouragement as I went through physical therapy. Because of her, I looked forward to coming in to sessions and her optimism and charisma no doubt expedited my rehabilitation.
Laura Browne has provided excellent and effective physical therapy to both myself and my husband in the past. Now, I am thankful to have her professional knowledge and caring treatment as I struggle with the dual problems of surgery recovery and recurrence of significant lymphedema near the surgical site. Laura fluidly adapts to the limitations that the lymphedema imposes on a “normal” path to surgery recovery, always finding effective exercises to substitute for ones that are not practical for the situation. Throughout, her communication is informative, honest, and encouraging. Laura Browne is a credit to the high standards Proliance seeks in their employees.
Kudos to Proliance Sports Therapy & Rehab for the superb treatment I’ve received over the past several months. A spring ski mishap resulted in my fractured arm near my shoulder and that led to surgery requiring a steel plate with several pins; in the same fall, I tore my rotator cuff in my ‘other’ arm. With both arms basically ‘out of commission’ I was scared and worried about how I’d ever use my arms normally again. Laura has amazed me with all of her knowledge and capability as she has led me through a PT Program that now has me functioning as normally as I was before… I am so thankful that I chose Proliance Sports Therapy for my rehab; should I ever need rehab again, I would choose Proliance in a heartbeat!
14 months ago I had total shoulder replacement on my right shoulder at Issaquah Proliance Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Surgery went great! Started Physical Therapy 1 week later. My Therapist (Cathy Van Lith) discussed my goals with me and set a plan. Everybody is so friendly and nice and make you feel welcome – you feel like family. I still have a long way to go but I know I couldn’t be in better hands. I have friends that have recommended that have gone and they can’t thank me enough for the recommendation.
Only place I’ll go: In the past, we’ve had a hard time finding good medical care. My wife found Proliance via recommendation from her OB who had his hip replaced at Proliance. We have since had 2 surgeries each that have required intense physical therapy at Proliance in Issaquah. The net result is that I won’t go anywhere else in the future. My expectations have been exceeded by both the care I’ve received and the support to get through the PT. Sounds silly I suppose, but I feel like I’m treated like a person, not just a body part that needs fixing. I’ve worked with Emily specifically and her PTs are truly a standout, they are awesome, pushing you while supporting, plus have been completely connected with my surgeon and with each other. If you need care, this is a good choice.
Patrick understood how difficult it was for me to be sidelined and how frustrated I felt. He pushed me to work harder and celebrated with me when I would hit a goal. Patrick was realistic about timelines, knew when to push me and when to hold me back so I didn’t injure myself again. He also did a great job of making our sessions fun and different. I would highly recommend Proliance Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation. This group of people truly cares about your recovery, goals, physical and emotional well being and long term health. I now feel confident to trail run, bike, ski and have even learned how to rock climb!
Kyle Mark was amazing! He patiently rehabbed my knee back and specifically researched exercises that would support my love of tennis, after I tore my meniscus. I left after the expected period of time and was able to resume tennis. Unfortunately, I caused an additional issue within the knee while hiking shortly after recovery and, even though I had moved out-of-state, he suggested exercises to get me back on track. I am 100% back to normal and so thankful that he took the time and shared his knowledge with me. Proliance is lucky to have such a smart, caring and dedicated physical therapist in their office.
After finger surgery four years ago on my left hand and two years ago on my right hand. Stephanie helped me through many therapy appointments. She also instructed me on home exercises. She is very professional and will go the extra mile to get the results we both wanted. I would highly recommend her.