Therapists & Staff

Our clinic’s hallmark of excellence:

Manual and functional movement based therapy designed for you.

Phyllis Ploudré
Progressive Physical Therapy Owner;
Physical Therapist & Active Release Specialist

Phyllis, the first physical therapist in Alaska to be certified in ART®,  Active Release Technique, is dedicated to providing individualized patient care based on the treatment principles of Alignment, Stabilization and Movement. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy and Fort Lewis College, Colorado, with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, she has continued to study soft tissue therapies, mindfulness and therapeutic yoga for many years.

Alaska has been home for Phyllis and her family for 30 years. During her lifetime, she has been involved in sled dog racing, cross-country skiing, and 27 years of worldwide travel.

Alisa Carroll
Progressive Physical Therapist;
Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Alisa received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 2010. Her focus is on the optimal overall health and wellness of her patients. She uses clinical expertise and evidenced based therapeutic exercises to correct body mechanics and decrease pain and movement dysfunction.  She strives for patients to know the intention behind each exercise and how it allows them to return to performing activities of work and daily living without pain.  She enjoys working with patients in need of general out-patient orthopedic, post surgical, chronic injury, sports medicine, and pelvic floor therapy. She utilizes modalities of Myofascial Release soft tissue techniques, Active Release Therapy, inter-muscular dry needling and pain science education. She also uses video gait and running analysis as a learning tool for optimal joint loading strategies. Her “whole body” approach offers her patients strategies of self-management to prevent re-occurrence of injury and optimize performance.

Prior to graduate school Alisa was a ceramic artist and summer wilderness guide in Alaska. She loves to be with her family in the outdoors, skiing, hiking and rafting.

 

Aurora Gargagliano
Progressive Physical Therapist;
Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Aurora was born and raised in Anchorage. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she studied Health Education and Psychology. Her studies focused on a holistic approach to rural health in Alaska.She then graduated in May 2018 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Although she is a “new” Doctor of Physical Therapy, Aurora integrates her background in health education and passion for wellness into each treatment session as a physical therapist. She draws from her experiences as a PT in pediatrics and acute orthopedic care. Her passion is to help patients through their healing process and provide them with an individualized holistic approach that honors their physical as well as their emotional health.

In her free time, Aurora loves traveling, biking, stargazing, fishing and reading. She especially loves hiking and traveling with the fiancé as she learns about the geology of Alaska and Hawaii. She considers herself a life-long learner which leads her to study plants, history, geography, culture of places she plans on exploring.

 

Erin Newton
Progressive Physical Therapist;
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

After arriving in Anchorage in 2001, Erin has been actively working as an orthopedic clinical specialist at multiple clinics in Anchorage and in Eagle River.  She has been working with Progressive Physical Therapy on a contract basis since 2017 to compliment our team of therapists.  She does continue to provide care at other clinics for vacation/locum coverage.Her physical therapy degree was obtained in Canada after completing her undergraduate degree at University of Alaska, Anchorage.  She was awarded an UAA Scholarship while she skied with the UAA Alpine Ski Team. She trained with the MAIOMT Orthopedic Manual Therapist group in the pacific Northwest and Canada. Her main focus is in manual therapy for orthopedic populations and is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the APTA.She integrates what she has learned over her 18 years as a physical therapist, which include manual therapy skills, therapeutic exercise expertise, dose exercise therapy,  and dry needling (IMDN) to assist patients in their goals to improve their wellness.

Erin lives in Eagle River with her husband, two boys and one furry companion.  She enjoys alpine and cross country skiing, running, hiking, biking, fishing, camping and exploring this great state with her family.

 

Laura Valinske
Progressive Physical Therapy Office Manager

Laura attended the University of Wisconsin as well as the University of Alaska focusing on business management and accounting. She is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and has been the state chapter treasurer. She has participated in state and federal medical regulation changes by way of organizational networking to be an active goal setter in healthcare changes for the ultimate objective of health quality in Alaska. Laura has been a Medical Manager since 2000 spending most of her career developing two major clinics here in Anchorage along with their branch locations in the Mat-Su Valley.  She has worked primarily with the Alaska behavioral health population with an emphasis in the child and adolescent age group.

After spending over a decade in healthcare management, Laura truly has mastered the world of insurance navigation and patient trust.  We are very fortunate to have her committed guidance and expertise as Office Manager at Progressive Physical Therapy!

Laura and her husband enjoy spending their free time with family and their 6 grandchildren.