Eric Schaefer, PT
Physical Therapist/Clinic Director
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Eric grew up in West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University’s School of Physical Therapy in 1992. After 10 years in Las Vegas, NV, Eric moved to the Spokane area with his wife and 2 children. He has 24 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics; having worked closely with area physicians and orthopedic surgeons to develop protocols to obtain optimal outcomes following orthopedic surgery. Eric is committed to providing excellent clinical care and providing superior customer service to all of his patients. He is an avid snow skier in the winter and enjoys camping and mountain biking in the summer.
Chris Hollman, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Chris was born and raised in Spokane and is excited to be back home serving his community. In 2010, while playing soccer for North Idaho College, Chris discovered that his desire to help others combined with his fascination with the human body made a career in Physical Therapy a natural fit. He earned his Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2015 and moved back to Spokane shortly thereafter. Chris is passionate about empowering others to live an active and healthy lifestyle. If he’s not at the clinic you will most likely find him skiing, rock climbing, or trail running (usually with his faithful dog Abigail by his side).
Megan Bristow, OTR/L, CHT
Certified Hand Therapist
Megan completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy through Eastern Washington University in 2004. She received a job at Spokane Occupational and Hand Therapy after completing a three month internship. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2009. Megan continues to enjoy hand therapy as she gets to meet many different people and see various diagnoses. She really enjoys treating nerve and tendon injuries.
Outside of her work at Spokane Occupational and Hand Therapy, Megan enjoys the busy and chaotic life of being a mother to twin boys. When she has free time, which does not happen very often, she enjoys spending time with family, working out, traveling, and running with friends.
Kari J. L. Bowton, OTR/L
Kari was born in Minnesota, and moved to Hawaii when she was ten. She knew from a young age that she was going to pursue a career working with and helping people. She decided to return to the mainland for college and graduated from The University of Puget Sound in 1984 with a degree in Occupational Therapy.She decided to remain in Washington and began her career in Seattle, working in the rehab department at Providence Medical Center. She moved to Portland, Maine for a year where she worked at the Maine Medical Center. She returned to Seattle, became NDT certified and was employed at Virginia Mason Hospital as their Neuro Clinical Rehab Specialist.
Kari moved to Spokane in 1997. Initially, she was hired on at VNA Home Health and as the first therapist at Spokane Occupational and Hand Therapy. After a few years of working part time at both jobs, she decided to focus on hand therapy.
Kari is married to her husband Eric, and they have five children. Outside of work, she is busy with family activities, playing competitive tennis, and is involved with many community events.
Jayme Gilliam, MOT, OTR/L
Jayme was born and raised in Spokane, WA and completed a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Sciences from Washington State University in 2010. She went on to get her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Eastern Washington University in 2013. She started her career working at an outpatient clinic on Whidbey Island for 3 years and recently moved back to Spokane to work at Spokane Occupational and Hand Therapy. She loves the challenge of working with intricate hand injuries and disorders, and enjoys incorporating meaningful activities into therapy. Jayme’s goal is to collaborate with clients to help them independently complete the daily, work and recreational activities that they need and want to accomplish.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, applying makeup artistry for special events, cheering on the Cougs, and playing with her two dogs. She is working toward taking her Certified Hand Therapist exam in 2017-2018.
Mitch Riddle, MOT, OTR/L
Mitch grew up in Pullman, WA. He attended Corban University in Salem, OR where he played on the baseball team and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2010. Shortly thereafter, Mitch attended Inland Massage Institute in Spokane, WA and briefly practiced as a licensed massage practitioner. Simultaneously, he also worked as a OT Tech for Spokane Occupational and Hand Therapy before being accepted into Eastern Washington University’s Occupational Therapy Master’s Program in 2015. Mitch has always been drawn to the specialized field of hand therapy and completed a three-month internship at the downtown clinic prior to graduating in 2017.
Mitch is married and has two young children. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, thrifting, sports, and car culture.