Our Story

We opened Evolve Physical Therapy in 2017, soon after a national corporate chain acquired the practice where we were working in management.

We made this choice to create a patient-centered environment that supported our mission:

To inspire our staff, patients, and communities to live happier and healthier lives

Our unique focus on “Active for Life” applies to everyone. Without exception. We do not want you to be a spectator in life. We will help you create a balance to make your recovery optimal and efficient. Evolve Physical Therapy looks at you today, tomorrow, and in the future to allow you to be involved in the activities that you love.

We want to listen to your story and understand your perspective so that we can best help you. Our goal is to exceed your expectations. You deserve the best experience. You deserve to … 

Move Better, Feel Better, and Live Better!

 – Matt Whitaker & Matt Weissbach

Owners and Founders of Evolve Physical Therapy

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The Team


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Matt Weissbach | Co-Founder, PT, DPT, EdD

Matt Weissbach is a physical therapist with over 22 years of experience. He graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, with degrees in psychology and health studies (BAH) in 1998 and physical therapy (BScPT) in 2002. Matt practiced in Hawaii until 2011 before moving to the area surrounding Portland, Oregon.

He earned a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) in 2017 and a Doctor of Education (EdD) in 2022 from the University of St. Augustine for Health Studies (USAHS). His research focuses on patient and clinician motivation. Matt has also been an adjunct faculty member at USAHS since 2018. He has spoken at track and field coaches clinics, universities, and international conferences on running, footwear, long-term athlete development.

He is passionate about working with active individuals looking to recover from injury to allow them to return to the same or higher level of performance and function. Matt’s areas of clinical interest include motivation, ACL rehabilitation, sports rehabilitation and performance, and aquatic rehabilitation.

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Melisa Abesa | PT, DPT, OCS

Melisa Abesa is a California native who now calls Sherwood, Oregon home. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two border collies. She received her undergraduate education at Eastern Oregon University, where she competed on the NAIA track team in sprints and relays. She has practiced in the Portland area since graduating with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2014.

Melisa is a huge advocate for patient empowerment, individualized care, and a holistic approach to health and wellness, with a special interest in women’s wellness including prenatal, postpartum, adolescent, and athlete care.  She defines her treatment style as a collaborative experience incorporating hands-on and active therapies to help reach patient goals.

As a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, she also enjoys working with a large variety of orthopedic and sports-related conditions, including runners, individuals with headaches, post-operative patients, and athletes across the lifespan.

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Scott Taylor | PT, DPT, cert MDT

Scott grew up in Oregon, earning his Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and his Doctorate from Pacific University in 2006. Scott has always had a passion for learning about the muscles and bones and this led him to a career path in physical therapy. In 2008, he became a certified Mckenzie Therapist, which is an internationally recognized treatment approach for the spine. In addition to treating the spine, he has a lot of experience with the foot/ankle and sports injuries and working with the geriatric population. 

Scott is an Elite Triathlete, often finishing in the top 5% of his races.  As a triathlete, he has learned running and swimming mechanics and proper bike fitting.  When he is not training for races, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys and doing activities like gardening, mountain biking, skiing, rafting, and hiking. He has summited 5 of the tallest peaks in the Pacific Northwest.



Lorena Kelly Turner is originally from the Finger Lakes Region of New York state, but has also lived in California, Colorado, and Texas.  She now calls the Portland area home, where she enjoys all the outdoor opportunities to hike, bike, climb, and kayak. 

She received her undergraduate degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin before choosing to stay home with her three children until they were teenagers.  She then pursued the Doctor of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University, graduating in 2014.  

Initially, Lorena focused on treating a variety of orthopedic conditions, from total joint replacement and post-surgical rehabilitation to return to sport training.  After seeing the need for specialized treatment of pelvic conditions, she added pelvic health conditions to her set of skills in 2020.  She is passionate about helping people of all ages, genders, and experiences regain their confidence through education, hands-on treatment, exercise, and compassionate care. She particularly enjoys helping women through significant transitions in their lives, such as pregnancy, childbirth, perimenopause through post menopause.  


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Matt Whitaker | Co-Founder, MPT

Originally from the East Coast, Matt Whitaker received his professional degree in 1998 from Loma Linda University. He lived in Utah and California prior to moving to the Northwest in 2016. His first 9 years of practice was in neurologic rehab with a focus on vestibular and balance dysfunctions which he continues to treat . Over the past 13 years his area of care has concentrated on orthopedics with a special interest in treating spine dysfunctions. As a distance runner and having completed two Ironman triathlons, he understands multi-sport athlete goals. He is a certified Level 1 Bike Fitter. Outside of treating patients, Matt has taught physical therapy students in the clinic and the classroom. He has lectured to medical students, provided post-graduate continuing education training to physical therapists, directed therapy programs for hospitals and owned a private practice clinic prior to opening and co-owning Evolve.

Physical Therapist Jenny Hwang

Yu-Jen 'Jenny' Hwang | PT, DPT

Yu-Jen “Jenny” Hwang PT, DPT was born and raised in Malawi, and completed her Bachelors in Physical Therapy at National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at New York University. Jenny moved to Portland, Oregon in March 2021 after practicing in New York City for 3 years in a multidisciplinary setting. Jenny uses many concepts of Pilates for rehabilitation as well as a combination of manual therapy and therapeutic exercises to help clients achieve their personal goals and move better. She is a strong believer of treating the body as a whole and is SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) certified and Balanced Body® Pilates Instructor trained. She enjoys helping people reach their full potential, no matter what fitness level or stage of life they are in. Jenny loves the outdoors and is exploring everything that the PNW has to offer. Jenny is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese.


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Laura Perry | PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Laura is originally from Salem, Oregon, where she grew up playing soccer, tennis, and swimming competitively. Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Pacific University, where she earned top academic honors. In 2015, Laura became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and in 2021, she became a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy so she could advance her evaluation and treatment of complex cases.

Laura possesses substantial clinical experience treating a diverse group of clients, from dancers to long-distance runners to older adults recovering from joint replacement surgery. She also has a special interest in return to sport testing after an injury or surgery. Regardless of the condition, Laura always conducts thorough examinations so she can provide personalized care. Laura blends evidence-based treatments with careful incorporation of educational topics so clients fully understand their course of care. Outside the clinic, Laura enjoys running, golfing, and spending time with her family.

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Eric Vicinus | PT, DPT

Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Oregon State University and went on to achieve his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Pacific University.

He adopts a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treatment, with a primary focus on enhancing patient function through therapeutic exercise and skilled manual techniques. His expertise in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation equips him to treat a diverse range of patients effectively.

His treatment interests include hypermobility disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Eric is dedicated to providing specialized care to those with unique needs.


Office Staff

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Patient Care Coordinator

Brittany was born and raised in Oregon, and graduated from Sherwood High School. She has years of experience in medical office management and billing. Brittany worked in a chiropractic office for more than 7 years before joining our clinic. Brittany is committed to making patients feel welcome and well informed with their treatment plan, doctor and patient coordination, patient scheduling, and insurance plans.

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Patient Care Coordinator

Marley is from Tigard, Oregon, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2022. She played lacrosse through high school and college. She loves reading, snowboarding, hiking, hanging with friends and family, and her cat, Cleopatra.

Previously, she worked at a COVID testing clinic in Eugene, OR during the pandemic. At Evolve, she enjoys assisting people with scheduling and questions and ensuring each patient’s needs are met.

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Patient Care Coordinator

Emma has lived in Oregon most of her life and is currently studying Nursing at Portland Community College. In her free time, she loves watching movies, trying out new recipes, taking her dog Juniper on walks, and drawing in a sketchbook.

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Patient Care Coordinator

Lorraine is originally from California and moved to the Pacific Northwest to be close to family in 2016. She has worked in medical offices for many years, including physical therapy and durable medical equipment clinics. Lorraine is here to help patients with their scheduling, insurance, and general front desk needs.

Lorraine experienced a significant neck injury herself and used physical therapy as a major part of her recovery. She understands the importance of physical therapy and the journey back to optimum health and supports patients’ health goals. Lorraine is a former competitive swimmer. She loves being in nature, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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