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
Sherwood

Matt Weissbach is originally from Canada, and graduated from Queen’s University (2002) and the University of St. Augustine (2017). He has over 20 years of working as a physical therapist, coach, teacher, and consultant.  Currently, he is co-owner of Evolve Physical Therapy. His areas of clinical interest are pre and post-operative rehabilitation, aquatic rehabilitation, and return-to-play testing. He is passionate about working with runners, jumpers, and overhead athletes to improve their performance and keep them competing by addressing biomechanical inefficiencies and dysfunctions. Matt is a United States of America Track and Field (USATF) Level 1 Coach and has spoken at track and field coaches clinics, universities, and international conferences on running, footwear, long-term athlete development, and ACL rehabilitation.

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Melisa Abesa | PT, DPT, OCS
Sherwood

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.

Physical Therapist Josh Guyer

Josh Guyer | PT, DPT
Sherwood

Josh grew up in Central Oregon and graduated from the University of Portland in 2013 with a degree in Biology. While at the University of Portland, Josh interned with the athletic department assisting with on-field game coverage for basketball, soccer, and tennis. He graduated from the University of Mary with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019. His professional interests extend to tennis and golf with over 10 years of experience in both sports, winning an Oregon high school tennis doubles state championship. Josh has three years of clinical experience, previously working in an orthopedic and sports setting, treating a variety of patients. He has interests in orthopedics and sports medicine, treating athletes of all ages, prevention and wellness, and post-surgical rehabilitation. He has specialized training and certification for vestibular rehabilitation through the American Institute of Balance. Josh has a strong commitment to promoting health and wellness and tailors his care to meet each patient’s needs and goals.

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Matt Whitaker | Co-Founder, MPT
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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.

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Jessica Moore | PT, DPT
Bethany

Jessica grew up in Oregon and has called the west side of Portland home. She was a competitive softball pitcher for 15 years and graduated from Sunset High School.  She obtained both her undergraduate education and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Pacific University. For the past 2 years, she has worked in the orthopedic and sports rehab setting where she has experience treating vestibular, neurological, chronic pain, aquatic, acute, post-surgical, and sports-related injuries. Her treatment style combines hands on manual therapy techniques and functional movement exercises. Jessica has specialized training and certification for vestibular rehabilitation through the American Institute of Balance. She specifically collaborates with patients to help them reach their goals. She strives to provide the highest quality care to all of her patients and is passionate about making therapy a positive, fun, and engaging experience.

Physical Therapist Jenny Hwang

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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.

 

Laura Perry

Laura Perry | PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
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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.

 

Office Staff

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Brittany Abeyta
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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Marley Gilman
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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Sherwood

P: (971) 213 – 3335

F: (971) 213 – 3389

Bethany

P: (971) 979 – 0979

F: (971) 979 – 0997