Meet The Team

Prevail Physical Therapy
Your physical being is an important element of how you experience life through body, mind and spirit. How you move through the world, figuratively and literally, is important to us. Human movement is so amazing and complex, that we believe it deserves a depth of study equally impressive, and a variety of methods to solve problems. Our clinicians all have a deep and personal understanding of how important it is to be able to be active, and how difficult it is when something impedes that ability. We have chosen our professional pathway not just to make a living, but instead to make a difference, in the lives of our clients as well as in contributing to our profession and our communities.
Bruk Ballenger

Bruk Ballenger PT, DPT

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Founder of Prevail Practices
  • Biomechanics and Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Custom Orthotics Specialist

Bruk Became a U.S. Army Physical Therapy Specialist in 1989, earned a B.S. in Physical Therapy in 1997, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. He has an eclectic PT experience, but specializes in working with athletes and active people. He has extensive manual therapy experience, but takes a legitimate biomechanical approach in diagnostic evaluation and treatment strategies. Bruk’s philosophy is to empower clients to engage in their therapeutic process through knowledge and hands-on assistance.

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Bruk’s physical therapy career started in 1989 after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy of Health Sciences as a Physical Therapy Specialist. In 1997 he graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Physical Therapy, and in 2015 earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Bruk’s driving passion is to help people enhance their lives and overcome barriers by affecting the experience one has with their body in the physical-spiritual-emotional connection. He gains inspiration from witnessing countless people, from children to Olympians, prevail over their challenges.

Bruk had a diverse PT work history before settling into sports medicine and orthopedics, including a tour in Saudi Arabia for the first Gulf War with 50th General Hospital, school district pediatrics, and inpatient neuro rehabilitation. Early in his career, Bruk felt that the value of physical therapists was not adequately delivered in a normal clinic, so in 2003 he co-founded Real Rehab Sports + Physical Therapy with Izette Swan. Their patient-centered service model and culture created rapid growth over the years, and was a testament to Bruk’s philosophy of “personal & professional mastery with social contribution.” In 2016 Bruk left Real Rehab to create a new organization that is built to emphasize and grow this philosophy, and better serve active people and athletes, which is how Prevail Physical Therapy was born.

As a lifetime “athlete,” Bruk has played soccer, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, ultimate, rowing, softball, and running track and distance events. He has competed in triathlons from sprint to Ironman distances, Cyclocross, and done many endurance biking events. He enjoys skiing, snowboarding, alpine climbing, running, cycling and swimming. As a Dad he has enjoyed coaching his kids’ teams in basketball, soccer, flag football and wrestling.

For several years, Bruk professionally coached triathletes, runners and cyclists. Other notable accomplishments include;

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (expired)

USA Triathlon Level I coach (expired)

Certificate in Sports Medicine and Human Performance from University of Washington

Certified in Advanced Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity from Movement Performance Institute

Certified in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Certified Mobility WOD practitioner

Certified in Guru and F.I.S.T. bike fit systems

See Bruk’s entire Curriculum Vitae here

Alison Gillespie

Alison Gillespie PT, DPT

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Specialist in Running Analysis, Treatment, & performance.
  • Sports Biomechanics. RRCA Running Coach

Alison has worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting since graduating from the University of Washington and employs a variety of physical therapy techniques. She strongly believes in education and preventative maintenance to allow patients to actively participate in their own care. She did a residency program in manual therapy with the Ola Grimsby Institute and training in bike fitting through Michael Sylvester of Bicycle Fitting Services and Kit Vogel of CyclePoint.  

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Alison grew up in the great Pacific Northwest happily exploring dance, skiing, climbing and soccer. This transitioned into a high school and college career in distance running, followed by more hiking, climbing and skiing. After completing a bachelors degree in geology at Whitman College, she spent several years completing a masters in geology and delving into the mysteries of glacial landscapes in the Sierra Nevada. She found physical therapy a natural fit for a born problem-solver and completed her education with a doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Washington.  

Alison also completed advanced clinical training at Movement Performance Institute in movement analysis and rehabilitation of conditions related to movement dysfunction. This is especially relevant to athletes who are interested in improving their running, skiing, climbing or soccer performance or who are returning to dynamic sports after injury.  

 

When not nose-deep in textbooks or dreaming up new ways to use technology, Alison can be found training for her next ultramarathon, learning how to stay on her mountain bike, or backcountry skiing in the world-famous fresh Cascade powder/cement. 

Alison Gillespie

Algerae Bergstrom PT, DPT

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Pelvic Floor Rehab 
  • Women’s Health

Algerae is passionate about evidenced-based physical therapy interventions to help people find movement patterns that can help them get back to living their fullest life. She believes that healthcare practitioners should collaborate, not compete, for best patient care. And as a pelvic floor physical therapist. She has found it a great service to provide talks not only to PEPs and mother’s groups but also to local doctors’ offices to let them know what she can provide and treat as a pelvic floor PT. She loves learning and sharing what she’s learned in a manner that is practical to patients’ symptoms and lives. She enjoys orthopedic physical therapy as well as pelvic floor physical therapy as they commonly overlap.

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Algerae grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the San Juan Islands. After finishing her bachelor of science in Human Biology at Seattle Pacific University and then completing her Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Washington her roots have grown deep. In her free time, she can be found (trying to) help re-model her old house, gardening, traveling and exploring the Pacific Northwest. 

Alison Gillespie

Drew Williams PT, DPT

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopeadic Physical Therapy
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified
  • USA Track and Field 1
  • USA Weightlifting 1
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Drew started his career as an Army physical therapist after graduating from US Army-Baylor University in 2009.   Since then he has been practicing in various outpatient orthopedic settings.  Drew’s goal as a therapist is to help remove barriers to proper movement patterns, to identify and minimize harmful actions/behaviors, to teach efficient movement patterns, and to facilitate the integration of various parts and systems to optimize function.  Drew combines manual techniques with a strong emphasis on proper exercise instruction and execution.  He strives to give people information and tools they can use to remove the fear of movement and to empower them to take ownership of their bodies in both the short and long term.  He believes that a whole body approach to care is far superior to treating only the symptomatic area. 

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Drew is a transplant to Washington after having lived in multiple states across the US including South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, and Alaska.  He also had the unique opportunity to live in Kenya for five years as a child.  Upon returning to the US he went to high school in South Carolina where he played HS and club soccer and ran cross country.  He then went on earn his B.S. in Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at US Army-Baylor.  During his time at Army-Baylor he had the privilege of serving alongside several very talented and dedicated physical therapists including the orthopeadic manual physical therapy fellows at Brook Army Medical Center. After graduating he served as an active duty Army physical therapist in Alaska, Washington, and Afghanistan before separating at the end of 2013.  Over the past several years he has worked in various civilian outpatient clinics.      

Drew is firmly committed to being a lifelong learner.  He has benefited from doing multiple courses through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) and The Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy & Clinical Training (IMPACT) as well as becoming certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment through Functional Movement Systems.  In addition he has completed multiple independent courses on physical therapy topics, running performance, weight training, and nutrition.  He continually looks for opportunities to consult with and learn from others who have more expertise or experience in a given area.

Drew has a passion for injury risk reduction and he feels this almost always go hand in hand with performance enhancement.  A person that moves efficiently is less likely to suffer overuse injuries and a person with multiple movement options has a greater ability to avoid some traumatic injuries.

Outside of work Drew can be found spending time with his wife and kids, playing guitar, working on his mobility and strength, studying different performance or rehab strategies, training for his next ultramarathon, or enjoying various outdoor adventures. 

 

Cari Matthews

Cari Matthews PTA

  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Metabolic Efficiency Specialist
  • Endurance Multisport

Cari Matthews brings to Prevail Physical Therapy extensive personal and professional experience and passion for endurance sports. Cari enjoys blending her skills as a Physical Therapy Assistant and endurance multisport coach to bring unique insight and value to her patients and clients. She is certified in Advanced Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity and is trained in multiple bike fitting methodologies. Cari is also one of just a handful of Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialists (METS level II).

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Cari Matthews brings to Prevail Physical Therapy extensive personal and professional experience and passion for endurance sports. Cari enjoys blending her skills as a Physical Therapy Assistant and endurance multisport coach to bring unique insight and value to her patients and clients. She is certified in Advanced Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity and is trained in multiple bike fitting methodologies. Cari is also one of just a handful of Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialists (METS level II).

She is deeply interested in a multi-factorial approach to help athletes and active people to optimize movement mechanics, improving functional strength, balancing physical and life stresses, and addressing mental and emotional energy contributions for overall health and quality of life experience.

Cari utilizes her knowledge and experience of endurance sports to better understand and treat the patients she sees. She also uses her knowledge as a therapist to assist her athletes in creating a stable platform to safely reach their goals, with a priority in injury prevention so that they can minimize unplanned breaks in training and ultimately improve their experience and performance.  After all, the training journey should be an ongoing process to be thoroughly enjoyed!

As a PTA, Cari has had the unique opportunity to work with, and be mentored by many of the highly respected physical therapists, offering a diversity of hands-on training and education opportunities. Through this experience she has developed a specific interest in biomechanics, and has completed extensive training at Movement Performance Institute to earn a certificate in Advanced Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity. She enjoys retraining movement mechanics, from simple daily movements, to high level athletics.

Cari is one of just a handful of Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialists (METS level II). Metabolic Efficiency focuses on the utilization of energy in all types of sports, and can be used as a manipulator of overall health, wellness, and metabolic disorder potential. Individual strategies for exercise, nutrition, and recovery are all utilized to improve Metabolic Efficiency.

Cari is a strong proponent of a multi-factorial approach to life, and strongly encourages clients to consider stress/recovery balance, be it physical, mental, spiritual, social, or other.  She recognizes that there is never a “one size fits all” approach to any endeavor, and seeks to help clients discover and eliminate the personal roadblocks to recovery.

Outside of work, Cari likes to explore the beauty of the great Pacific Northwest, usually with her energetic teenage son. She is happiest while on her bike, but also enjoys hiking, bike camping, open water swimming, and snowshoeing. She is eager and willing to try any activity, and recently has taken up and interest in not falling of a pair of skis! She has been a competitive triathlete for over 15 years, and has completed four Ironman triathlons along with countless shorter distance races and ultra-marathons.  While no longer as competitive and she used to be, she can be found participating in multiple distance triathlons, X-TERRA racing, cyclocross, and other varied challenges.

Trainings and Certifications

Movement Performance Institute

Training peaks university

USA Triathlon

USA Cycling

Bikefit.com (Cycle Point)

Bike PT, bike fitting and mechanics

Guru and F.I.S.T Bike Fitting

Slowtwitch power

Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist

Kinesio taping

Cari Matthews

Tom Dostal PTA

  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Certified FMT
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Tom Dostal has been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2016. He earned an Associate of Occupational Science Degree with Highest Academic Achievement from Pima Medical Institute in 2016, and has been working in outpatient rehabilitation ever since. Tom is trained in many facets of physical therapy: he has successfully completed courses in manual joint mobilization for the P.T.A. from NAIOMT, has basic training the STOTT Pilates Rehab program, and is Rocktape Certified in Functional Movement Training, specifically utilizing kinesiology taping, cupping, and other instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques. He has been a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM since 2012. Tom’s goal is to work with patients in the shared facilitation of their rehabilitation, resulting in the achievement of each patient’s personal goals.  

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Prior to his career in physical therapy, Tom earned a Bachelor of Music Degree (Honors Program) and State of Iowa Teaching Credential from The University of Iowa. From there he went on to a twenty-year career teaching and performing as a percussionist in venues worldwide. The discipline and meticulous attention to movement required in performance, ability to instruct others via cultivated analysis of function, and a passion for human anatomy inherited from Tom’s father (a PT, PhD, and instructor at university) set the table for his eventual transition to working in PT.  

In his free time, Tom enjoys weight lifting, cycling, running, hiking, cooking, watching films of all sorts, as well as reading and the continued study of all things in the realm of health and fitness. He still “gigs” as a professional drummer and percussionist when the opportunity arises, and keeps a modest profile playing with a few popular area bands 

Giselle Doan
Giselle grew up in the heart of Shoreline and attended Shorewood High School, she has worked within the medical field since graduating high school. She has a background in Business Management and Accounting, and holds a certification in Medical Billing. She has worked as a Billing Specialist for over 15 years, and has is considered a “Pitbull” when it comes to insurance billing amongst her peers. 
When she is not in the office, she is being a mom chasing her toddler Alexander and infant Matthew around.

Madi moved to Seattle in 2016 & has since fallen in love with the PNW!

She has always taken a keen interest in health and fitness, having worked in the medical field for 4+ years.

In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, rock climbing, longboarding, & reading.