Corissa’s fascination in human anatomy and the science of movement began when she was a ballet dancer at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She performed in the Nutcracker and various other performances for 10 seasons and attended summer programs at multiple ballet companies including the Boston Ballet School. During this time, she recognized and depended on effective physical therapy treatment. Corissa’s interaction with physical therapists inspired her to pursue a career in a field that helps athletes, at all levels, return to their activities of choice and improve their quality of life.
Corissa attended the University of Washington for her undergraduate degree where she majored in biology and interned at the UW Athletic Training Center. During that time, she also taught core strengthening and stretching classes at the University District YMCA. Deciding to venture out of Washington, she chose to attend the University of Southern California for her Doctor of Physical Therapy studies.
Corissa received her Doctorate from USC in May 2016. After living in Los Angeles for 3 years, she returned home to the Seattle area in 2016. In 2018, Corissa received her Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy by completing year-long residency program through The Ola Grimsby Institute. In 2019, she completed The Ola Grimsby Institute year-long fellowship program making her a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
When Corissa is not in the clinic, you will find her in exercise classes such as Pilates, boot camp, dance, or cycling. On weekends, she enjoys spending time with friends and family at Mariners and Husky games, as well as hiking and engaging in other outdoor activities.