Debora Amara, MA, OTR/L
Debbie received her Master's in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1988 and has practiced Hand Therapy in the Hillsboro area since 1989. She enjoys treating the most severe of traumatic injuries with the plan to return the patient to a productive and fulfilling life. When not working, she can be found riding on a Tandem at the coast or swinging a golf club at a local golf course.
Molly Cruz, MPT CLT-UE
Molly graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 1993 with a B.S. in Natural Science. She then received her Master's in Physical Therapy at The Mayo Clinic in 1995. Molly has twenty-three years of experience in the outpatient orthopedic setting. She has completed three levels of the North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) Program, which has allowed her to apply a hands-on approach in facilitating mobility of various joint dysfunctions. During her years of patient care, she has expanded her practice and become certified in lymphedema therapy of the upper extremity through the Klose Training Academy. Many of the patients with lymphedema are recovering from cancer treatments and benefit greatly from the individual care and wellness strategies given during their recovery.
Molly also enjoys evaluating and treating patients suffering from vertigo symptoms through Epley's/Canalithic repositioning techniques and continued vestibular rehabilitation.
Molly's free time is spent hiking, golfing, gardening, and active time with her husband and two children.
Karen Kawaguch, PT
Karen has over 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. The favorite part of her job is connecting with patients to help them realize their goals whether it is returning to their favorite sport, workplace, playing with grandchildren or gardening. She enjoys educating her patients on self care techniques and functional exercise to achieve these goals.
Karen graduated from Washington State University in 1986 with a BS in Biology and completed her Physical Therapy degree at The University of Washington in 1988. Go Cougs!
Karen enjoys walking to work, hiking with her husband, Jeff, spending time with her two children, traveling, camping, cycling and reading.
Sam Schroetke, DPT, Cert. MDT, Cert. DN
Sam joined Physical Therapy & Hand Clinic in 2015. He earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University. He has a passion for assisting people recover from injuries and pain, and returning to their fullest level of function. To assist with this, Sam has pursued advanced training and certifications in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Dry Needling, and Instrument Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization.
Previously, he worked with clients as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Certified Personal Trainer. Sam has a background in the martial arts, holding a second-degree black belt in Kenpo and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Hui En Gilpin, PT, DPT, CSCS
Hui En received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Pacific University in 2011. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, she earned her BS and MS in electrical engineering and worked at Intel in hardware design. Hui En has over 10 years of experience in the outpatient orthopedic setting, and enjoys working with clients from all different backgrounds. She is ASTYM certified, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. With her background in engineering, she takes a similar approach in problem solving just applied to the human body. She is a believer of patient education and helping her clients understand their condition and learning how to self manage symptoms and prevent future injuries.
Outside of physical therapy, Hui En is an avid climber of 20+ years and has been coaching a youth climbing team since 2014. She enjoys applying her expertise in both climbing and physical therapy when coaching and instructing climbers, as well as for injury prevention.
In her spare time, Hui En loves to spend time outdoors with her family camping, backpacking, hiking, climbing and playing in the snow.