Peter Bryant, PT, DPT
Peter Bryant graduated from Husson University located in Bangor, ME, in 2018 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. He followed his traveling dream to Interior, AK to practice Physical Therapy where both his grandfather and father loved. Peter has been working at North Pole PT since graduation and enjoys the opportunity to work in orthopedics. He has an interest in manual therapy as well as vestibular rehabilitation. He aims to receive his manual therapy certification in the future.
In his free time, he is excited to explore the Alaskan outdoors and culture with Auri, his Siberian husky. He enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, snow machining, swimming, and skijoring.
Melissa Bunselmeier, PT, DPT, COMT
Melissa Bunselmeier graduated in 2014 from the University of Montana in Missoula Montana with a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. She spent her first 4 years as a physical therapist in Barrow, Alaska where she gained experience in a number of orthopedic, neuromuscular, and chronic pain conditions. She enjoys the opportunities at North Pole PT to work with sport specific rehabilitation while continuing to work with chronic pain and chronic disease patients.
Melissa grew up in Delta Junction and her love for interior Alaska and all it has to offer brought her to North Pole. She loves the outdoors and looks forward to sharing many experiences of fishing, camping, hiking, and hunting with her young daughter.
Curtis Gelineau, PT, DPT, COMT
My name is Curtis Gelineau. I grew up in North Pole and currently reside here. I pursued my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Husson University in Maine, where I also met my wife Jordyn. I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my animals, Winston and Cotton.
Jim Pasek, MPT
Jim Pasek is a 1998 graduate of the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. He has worked in Fairbanks as an outpatient orthopedic and chronic pain physical therapist since 1999. Jim has received his manual therapy certifications with IAOM- US. Jim specializes in disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine. He is also interested in injury prevention in sport and recreational athletes.
Jim’s interests outside the clinic include biathlon, downhill skiing, snow machining, biking, hunting, camping, photography, and working on his old car.
Gabby Hurley, PT, DPT
Gabrielle “Gabby” Hurley graduated from Texas State University located in Round Rock, Texas in 2019 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. As a military spouse, she moved to Alaska ready to explore the great outdoors. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas in Austin where she competed in powerlifting. She later assisted in teaching orthopedics at Texas State University after graduating. Gabby has experience in orthopedic, sports and industrial physical therapy and is currently completing a certification in manual therapy. She has a passion for helping others return to their active and work lifestyles. She aims to obtain a PhD and advance teaching future physical therapy students. Outside of physical therapy, Gabby loves lifting, hiking, skiing and spending time with her dog, Marco.
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Juliana Ament PT, DPT, MOMT, OCS
Julie Ament has been practicing physical therapy in North Pole since 1995. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Philadelphia in 1990. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy with Regis University in 2012. Additionally she earned an Advanced Masters in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute in 1999 and completed Residency and Fellowship training in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. Julie is Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and is certified in Dry Needling.
In her spare time Julie likes to garden, fish, camp, bike, ski and enjoy the Alaskan outdoors. She is a supporter of Nanook Sports, and is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks, the North Pole Patriots, and the Eielson Ravens.
Alec Kay, PT, DMT, OCS, ATC, FAAOMPT
Alec initially began his career working in sports medicine at the University of California, Davis as an undergraduate where he was Certified as an Athletic Trainer in 1988. Alec completed a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific in 1990. He attended a 6 month full time residency in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) in Vallejo, CA, after working for several years in acute care and neurological rehabilitation. His additional post-graduate studies included completion of a Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 1997 and a Doctor of Manual Therapy degree in 2000, with a dissertation on the lumbar spine.
Alec was appointed to the faculty of the Ola Grimsby Institute Post- Professional Consortium and is currently teaching advanced techniques in manual orthopedic physical therapy locally and in other states, as well as presenting as an invited speaker. He is board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, a Fellow of the
American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and certified in dry needling.
Alec sees patients in Anchorage at United Physical Therapy and is the current president of North Pole PT where he consults on clinical cases and does fill in patient care. He is loving getting acquainted with North Pole and Fairbanks.
Outside the clinic he spends a lot of time traveling to teach and explore and is passionate about running in the mountains and working with runners. He enjoys teaching ChiRunning workshops…. check out www.chirunning.com for more information.
Brenda Karella was born and raised in North Carolina but Alaska has been home most of her life. She has worked in administration for more than 20 years with 12 years as an office manager for a pediatric therapy facility. She lives in North Pole and joined North Pole Physical Therapy as our Office Manager in the summer of 2017. She loves the outdoors, traveling, and most of all, family.
Tara moved to North Pole, Alaska in 1988 when her father was transferred here by the Air Force. Tara finished out her school years at North Pole High School. After being a stay at home mom, and the kids went off to school, she attended UAF and became a Certified Medical Assistant. Tara spent 10 years in the Orthopedic field as a CMA before joining the administrative staff at North Pole PT.
Carleigh is originally from Hazelton Pennsylvania but has called Alaska home for the last 22 years. She has fallen in love with this beautiful state and in summertime takes full advantage of the midnight sun by camping, fishing, and exploring nature with her family. She enjoys traveling with her family to new places to experience new kinds of adventures. Carleigh has many years of managerial experience which had led her begin the process of working towards her Associates Degree in Business Management. Carleigh is thrilled to become apart of the staff here at North Pole Physical Therapy.
Betty Vinson, one of our Southern Belles, is a receptionist in our office. She has more than 25 years of administrative and professional office experience. Originally from Tennessee, she has fallen in love with Alaska. Her faith and life experiences have made her optimistic, giving her a sense of humor and eagerness to laugh. A few of her favorite past times are family, the outdoors, and enjoying God’s handiwork.