Personnel

Meet Our Staff

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Tiffany Zollinger

Owner PT, MS

Tiffany has a master degree in Science of Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Following graduation from PT school she moved to Alaska from upstate New York and has been practicing PT in Alaska since 2004. As a clinician, Tiffany’s experience is with orthopedics. In treatment she uses various concepts and lessons from Pilates, utilizing core stabilization and the three Pilates Apparatus: The Reformer, The Trapeze Table/Cadillac and the Combo Chair. She also strongly emphasizes patient education on body mechanics and movement strategies to promote joint protection and efficiency in movement. Her treatment philosophy is based on patient/family education and promoting self management and injury prevention. On a personal note, Tiffany also enjoys many outdoor activities. She can often be found hiking in the Chugach Mountains, fishing on the Russian or Kenai Rivers, camping all over the state and running on the Coastal Trail with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.


bio_brie_400x380-150x150Brie Tomberlin

Office Manager

Brie is from Sugar Land, Texas just south of Houston. She grew up traveling across the country with her family, spending summers in Florida and driving to Maine just to visit friends and family along the way. She made the long yet beautiful drive up the Al-Can back in June of 2009 with her mom as her co-pilot and everything she owned in a trailer being pulled behind her. She arrived in Anchorage 4,500 miles later and has been enjoying the view ever since.

Prior to moving to Alaska Brie was the Office Manager at the Houston Swim Club and worked there for 9 years. During that time she did everything from teaching swim lessons to children age 4 months all the way up to adults to running the office. She loves children and making a difference in peoples lives starting with a friendly smile.

Brie is married to Jason and is a mom to Jason Jr. and Elisa. She loves spending time with her family and their two little dogs Leah and Tinkerbell. You can often find the family playing outside, biking in the summer and sledding in the winter. Family movie night is also a favorite!


bio_autumn_400x380-150x150Autumn Suckow

DPT, PT

Autumn Suckow grew up in the greater Phoenix area. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a B.S. in Athletic Training in 2005, and took her national boards to become a certified Athletic Trainer. She then went to PT school at A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ where she received her DPT in 2008. She lived in Arizona after graduation and practiced as a Pediatric PT for a year doing home visits for 0-3 year olds, hippotherapy, aquatic therapy, and in clinic visits for children over 3 years old. Since 2009, Autumn has worked in an Outpatient Orthopeadic environment, seeing both children and adults. Pursuing her love of the outdoors and adventures she moved to Alaska in the summer of 2010. Autumn enjoys seeing all age ranges and has experience in a variety of areas including but not limited to; injury prevention, acute injury assessments, post injury, post surgery, sports rehabilitation, pediatrics, and automobile accidents. She feels educating her patients and family members is the most important aspect of therapy. Setting goals for patients to become independent in their care and helping them reach their goals is top priority. In her free time, Autumn enjoys mountain and road biking, back-country snowboarding, cross country skiing, hiking, backpacking, ice skating, playing with her chocolate Labrador, Chloe, and the endless possibilities that Alaska’s great outdoors offers.


bio_joe_400x380-150x150Joe Cappelleri

MS, PT

Joe was born and raised in Minnesota, where he graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica in 2001 with his Masters of Arts in Physical Therapy. He practiced in Minnesota for four years in an outpatient manual therapy and sports rehab clinic and worked at his high school alma mater as an athletic trainer. He then heard the callings of the open road. The next four years were spent as a traveling physical therapist. He spent time between Minnesota, Virginia and Hawaii before landing in Ketchikan, Alaska in 2008. He has been home in south central Alaska since 2009. He has worked with Mat-Su Home Health and St. Elias Specialty Hospital before joining the team at Inspire PT. Joe first started with Inspire Physical Therapy in September 2012 helping with vacation coverage. The staff and patients enjoyed having him around so much that we offered him a permanent staff position in March 2013.

In his off time, Joe tries to get out and enjoy the outdoors of Alaska by all means of transportation. He will try almost anything once but will always find time to fish, scuba dive, ski, camp and hike. Joe enjoys travel and his “must visit pick” is The Seychelles. Joe enjoys short walks on the beach, romantic sunsets, and any drink that has an umbrella in it.


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LMT

Melissa graduated from the Alaska Learning Institute of Massage Therapy in 2002 and is a licensed massage therapist specializing in deep tissue, therapeutic massage. She knows from first-hand experience how beneficial massage can be in conjunction with physical therapy and finds it deeply rewarding to be able to offer this service to her clients. Melissa is excellent communicator and empathetic listener, and upholds the highest standards of discretion and professionalism at all times. Melissa grew up in Kasilof, Alaska and spent many years in the quaint town of Girdwood before moving to Anchorage to raise her teenage daughter. Melissa is also an accomplished musician who tours all over Alaska, the “Lower 48”, England, France, and Mexico. She has had the great pleasure of supporting national acts such as The Indigo Girls, Michael Franti, K.D. Lang, Rusted Root, as well as fellow Alaskan, Jewel. Her vibrant personality and passionate performances have helped her acquire an eclectic collection of fiercely loyal fans along the way. A committed social activist, Melissa contributes her time and energy to various local charitable organizations as well as the Arts in Corrections program at California’s New Folsom Prison. Along with a group of like-minded artists, The One Soul Collective, she travels there every year to facilitate workshops and bear witness to the healing power of music.