Kimberly Alquist, OTR/L, CHT, CKTP
Clinic Owner/ Certified Hand Therapist
Kimberly has over 30 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy, hand therapy in both the pediatric and adult populations. She is a UW graduate, with affiliations in pediatrics, psychiatry, physical disabilities, and orthopedic hand rehabilitation.
She uses an eclectic technique involving her training in modalities, splinting, myofascial release, acute surgical rehabilitation, overuse syndrome intervention, NDT, SI, functional vision development, and oral-motor development. She is also a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner. She specializes in custom splinting, positioning and casting. Kimberly currently serves as an advisor and mentor, and co-treats patients with our staff hand therapists. During down-time, she likes to spend time with her sons and husband.
Lisa has worked at Bothell Pediatric and Hand Therapy since 2015. Lisa graduated from Bellevue College and attended Western Washington University with the intention of pursuing a career in Social Services. Instead she acquired her Real Estate license and worked as an agent in the family real estate business until moving on into Finance and Human Resources. She can be found in the Pediatric Clinic with her 10-key close at hand—multiple projects on her desk and ready to share a laugh.
She is a native to the Seattle area, having grown up in Issaquah and living in Bellevue in recent years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, travel, gardening, reading and walks with her three-year old Husky “Hailey.”
Pediatric Operations Manager
Misty is originally from Virginia, but grew up and went to school in Monroe, WA. She attended Eton Technical Institute and graduated in 2001 with a certification in Medical billing. Since graduating, she’s learned billing and insurance for multiple healthcare fields including family practice, dental, obstetric and ophthalmology.
She took a break from the medical field, when she and her husband owned a franchise of four Alphy’s Pizza restaurants for several years. Misty later decided that was not where her future lay, so she returned to the medical field. As an important part of the BPHT team, she’s passionate about ensuring a high level of customer service to the patients and families we serve.
In her free time, Misty loves hanging out with her husband, two teenage girls and their two dogs, and coaching her girls’ rec volleyball team during their off season.
Debbie has lived in Bothell for over 40 years. She attended Bothell High School then served in a variety of jobs, including 8 years as a massage therapist and 20 years working for the cities of Bellevue, Kenmore, and Bothell.
She recently received her Medical Billing and Coding Certificate, and is serving as the Authorization Specialist for BPHT, performing patient benefit checks and insurance authorizations. Debbie looks forward to serving BPHT staff and patients by bringing humor to the office, and helping patients to maximize their insurance benefits so they can get the therapy they need.
Debbie is a dog person who converted to being a cat owner. She lives in Kenmore with her 19 year old son and two cats, Louie and Stella. In her free time, Debbie enjoys wine tasting, puzzles, crochet, painting, watching movies, and spending time in the outdoors. She loves traveling and looks forward to adventuring to Ecuador and Portugal on upcoming trips.
Pediatric Front Desk Manager
Sharon is a native of the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Eugene, Oregon. She received her Bachelor of Science in Institution Management and Dietetics with a Business Minor in 1981 from OSU. Following her graduation, Sharon worked at Pacific NW Bell, now CenturyLink. She left the business world to raise her daughter and son.
She loves customer service, serving children and their parents, and being part of a work community where there is always something new to learn. Sharon enjoys reading, walks with her friends, involvement in her church community, and time spent with her family and friends.
Pediatric Front Desk Coordinator
Cassie was born in Washington state and lived in Indiana for 5 years before moving back to WA. She recently graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. In the coming years, Cassie plans to get her Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Washington.
She has a passion for helping others and has actively participated in volunteer programs throughout high school and college. A recent program she volunteered for in Bellingham allowed her to help kids improve their swimming skills and become more confident in the water.
Cassie has loved working with kids since she was young and enjoys being around them. At BPHT, it’s her goal to make kids feel welcomed and excited for their appointments.
In her spare time, Cassie enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, and making great memories with her friends.
Retta Longsine COTA/L
Pediatric Clinical Administrative Coordinator
Retta has always had a passion for children. She has 7 children of her own, and has taught in a small home school co-op, helped in a friend’s daycare, and served as a nanny to several families. Retta graduated from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2018 with her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. She enjoys motivating children to learn and grow in their development in fun, engaging ways and to assist families in navigating the goals they have to enrich their family system.
Outside of work, she spends as much time as possible doing her#1 favorite thing: dancing the West Coast Swing. She also enjoy playing piano, crafting, home decorating, and tennis. Additionally, Retta volunteers at a local women’s shelter teaching a cardio dance class. She loves seeing the enrichment, greater quality of life, and joy that this fitness avenue gives to women experiencing homelessness.
Hand Clinic Office Manager
Aysen enjoys meeting and working with the families of Bothell Pediatric and Hand Therapy. She is the mother of a 20 year old son who is studying in Pasadena CA. Aysen has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 20 years, and is in transition to a new career.
She has lived all over the world, including Turkey and Hawaii and is happy to call the Pacific Northwest her home for 16 years. Aysen loves the outdoors and is a Community Centered Herbalist. She loves to travel, most recently having the opportunity to go to Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands. If you have stories of your travels, Aysen would love to hear them. At BPHT, she is grateful to be a part of a team that brings help and hope to families.
Briana was born and raised in the Seattle area. She is currently attending the University of Washington to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in the Spring of 2021. She then plans to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in the following years.
She loves working alongside children and worked with kids of all ages as a swim instructor throughout high school. Briana has volunteered at UW medicine and Harborview Medical center in the otolaryngology and outpatient PT clinic for the past 3 years. She can now be found in the BPHT clinic serving as a Therapy Aide.
In her spare time, Briana loves to eat food, run, bake, and play with her Samoyed puppy.
Thomas decided to work at BPHT because of the close-knit team and the emphasis on providing the best therapy for children in our community. He loves how the BPHT therapists and Aides work together, collaborating to best support children to reach their therapy goals. He enjoys the positive energy and imagination that kids have and is constantly blown away by the achievements the patients make every day in the clinic.
As a true Northwesterner, Thomas enjoys the rain, snuggling with his cat, whitewater rafting trips, camping alongside the river, traveling, hiking, and watching Seahawks football.
Gaby grew up in California, right outside of Yosemite National Park. She studied journalism at the University of Montana and is now in the physical therapy assistant program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
As a certified Health Care Aide in Washington, Gaby worked for 9+ years in group homes with adults who are cognitively delayed. She helped them with daily ADLs to support them living their most independent lives.
Gaby brings a positive outlook and a strong work ethic to the BPHT team. She enjoys being creative and thinking outside the box, so is excited to be in a pediatric therapy setting. She loves working with patients, seeing their progress and knowing that she’s making a positive impact on the patient and their family’s lives.
Outside of the office, Gaby enjoys rock climbing, hiking peaks in the North Cascades and traveling to the Olympic peninsula. She also loves hanging out with her boyfriend and friends and watching Survivor.
Nathan is a Washington native, born and raised in Everett. Before joining BPHT, he attended Western Washington University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with a specialization in pre-physical therapy. After graduation he worked as a physical therapy aide at a local clinic. Originally, his goal was to pursue a Doctorate in PT but over time his interest has gradually shifted to occupational therapy.
He loves working with kids of all ages from toddlers to teenagers. Nathan was previously a competitive swim coach for kids and hopes to one day get the opportunity to coach again. Currently his goal is to attend Eastern Washington University for his Master’s in OT, and afterward hopes to work in a clinic or for a school district.
Nathan’s hobbies include competitive running from a mile to a marathon, reading, and following soccer. His favorite teams are Chelsea F.C. (from England) and the Seattle Sounders.
After graduating college, Kristen worked at a respite care center for children with intellectual disabilities in Washington DC. After moving back to WA, she served at Seattle Children’s as a Pediatric Mental Health Specialist. In this role, she worked alongside doctors, nurses, OTs, and psychiatrists teaching kids coping skills, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation through group sessions.
Kristen is excited to now be in the OT Assistant program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. She can be found in the BPHT Hand Clinic serving as a Therapy Aide.
In her free time, she loves hiking, cooking, and going for walks and bike rides with her dog and husband.
Rita is a native of the Northwest. She earned a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from UW, and is also a certified EMT. At UW, her studies focused on reproductive ecology and evolutionary theory, as well as archaeology.
After enduring a health challenge that was repeatedly misdiagnosed by western medicine, Rita found a naturopathic physician who helped her to finally recover. This reinforced her belief that health is multi-dimensional and there’s no wrong way to heal. In the future she plans to attend medical school to become a naturopathic doctor and a certified professional midwife. Her vision is to provide holistic reproductive healthcare in a caring and deeply supportive way.
Rita is excited to work at BPHT to make patients feel welcome and to support therapists in patient care.
Outside of work, she loves camping, reading, spending time with her partner, and knitting sweaters for her shih tzu, Stevie!
Samantha "Sammi" Olson
Sammi is a native of the Pacific Northwest. She is currently a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (online), and will graduate with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. During school, she has worked in and been certified as a Peer Health Educator and in Mental Health First aid.
She initially wanted to become a PT and has many shadowing hours under her belt, including working as a PT aide. This past year, Sammi discovered a love for OT, so the opportunity to integrate into that world at the Hand Clinic was a perfect fit.
Sammi brings passion, dedication, and hard work to the team at Bothell Pediatric & Hand Therapy. At the Hand Clinic, her goal is to confirm her commitment to OT and to establish the groundwork for applying to OT school.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, hot yoga, and discovering new restaurants.
In addition, Diana has served as the Office Manager for an integrative medicine practice in Redmond, and was a nationally-certified reflexologist with a practice in Woodinville.
She is a native of the Pacific NW and in her free time she enjoys doing yoga, art, crafting, napping with her cat, or enjoying nature with her husband, two adult children, and friends.
Billing Coordinator, Patient last names A-L
Desirae has lived in the Seattle area since 1980. Her education and degree are focused in Health Information Technology. She brings with her experience and understanding of working for both providers and insurance carriers.
Her area of expertise is billing, coding, eligibility, and patient care advocacy. Desirae has a strong commitment to patients, providers, and insurance carriers to ensure patient wellness and satisfaction. Her goal is to provide patients with excellent customer service while bringing awareness and understanding to the financial side of healthcare.
Desirae has a fun-loving, caring, and patient-first attitude. She enjoys music, singing, traveling, road trips and the fresh air of the outdoors.
Billing Coordinator, Patient last names M-Z
Darrell grew up in New Mexico, and moved to the Northwest five years ago. He studied bookkeeping and accounting
in college. After doing an accounting project for a medical billing company, the company hired and trained him to be an insurance biller.
Darrell has experience doing medical billing for a range of medical practitioners including cardiologists, neurologists, nephrologists, naturopaths, and chiropractors. He loves the customer service aspect of medical billing, as well as overseeing a claim from start to finish. Darrell is excited to bring his billing expertise to the BPHT team and our patients.
In his free time, Darrell loves cooking, gardening, camping, and hiking with his husband and their dog, Coffe Bean, a pitbull-pointer mix.