Staff

Matt Weissbach, PT, DPT

Matt is originally from Canada, and graduated from Queen’s University in 2002. He lived in Hawaii from 2002 to 2011, and relocated with his family to the Pacific Northwest in late summer 2011. Matt received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in the summer of 2017. His areas of clinical interest are pre and post-operative rehabilitation, aquatic rehabilitation, and return to play testing. He has a passion for working with runners, jumpers, and overhead athletes to improve their performance and keep them competing by addressing biomechanical inefficiencies and dysfunctions. Matt has more than 15 years of experience working with active people across the lifespan, and athletes from grade school to professional level. In addition to working with patients as a physical therapist, Matt has worked as a consultant for Endless Pools and Intel. He co-developed and taught a continuing education course on ACL rehabilitation for physical therapists and athletic trainers. He has also spoken at local, national, and international conferences and symposiums. Being involved in sports growing up made a lasting impression on the importance of being active and giving back to the community. Matt is involved with volunteer coaching for soccer and track and field. He is also an emergency medical responder (EMR) and has provided medical venue coverage for several local United States of America Track and Field (USATF) Youth events.

Matt Whitaker, MPT

Originally from the East Coast, Matt Whitaker received his professional training at Loma Linda University graduating in 1998 and has lived in Utah and California prior to moving to the Northwest in 2016. His original work focused on neurologic rehabilitation with an emphasis on vestibular and balance dysfunctions. Over the past 10 years his area of care has concentrated on orthopedic conditions with postsurgical and spine dysfunctions areas of particular interest in addition to bike fitting and the young athlete. Outside of treating patients, Matt has taught physical therapy students both in the classroom and clinically, has lectured to medical students, provided post-graduate continual educational training to physical therapists, directed therapy programs for hospitals and owned a private practice clinic. Matt understands the needs of both an athlete and those that want to stay active and their desire at any age to return to what they love doing after injury. Having completed multiple Ironman triathlons and marathons he understands the drive and motivations of his patients to optimize their ability.

Melisa Abesa, PT, DPT

Melisa is an Oregon transplant, born and raised in sunny southern California. She moved to La Grande while in high school and stayed for her undergraduate education at Eastern Oregon University, where she competed on the NAIA track team in sprints and relays. She returned to her California roots to attend the University of Southern California for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Melisa has since returned to the Pacific Northwest to pursue outdoor adventures and be closer to family. She has always enjoyed an active lifestyle with a love of running, hiking and backpacking, kayaking, volleyball, yoga, and weight-lifting - all different aspects of movement that have helped diversify and shape her treatment approach. She has spent the past five years working in an orthopedic and sports setting; she has treated a very diverse population and variety of conditions, with a special interest in runners, headache treatments, post-operative care, and adolescent athletes. She defines her treatment style as a collaborative experience incorporating hands on and active therapies to help reach patient goals. She is a huge advocate for patient empowerment, individualized care, and a holistic approach to health and wellness. Her greatest joy is being able to keep her clients engaged in the activities they love. She is passionate about Evolve's theme of ACTIVE FOR LIFE, and believes that a lifetime of movement and well-being should be accessible to everyone.

Heini Tallent, LMT

Heini grew up in Finland, and lived in England for 17 years before arriving in the US. She received her professional massage training at Oxford School of Sports Massage and JING Institute of Advanced Massage Training in the UK, and has continued her professional development at schools including East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland. Heini has been running her own massage practice since 2008. She is passionate about providing a high quality of client care, and her philosophy is simple: massage is not 'one size fits all'. She uses her extensive knowledge and skills to combine a variety of techniques to best suit each client's needs. Her outcome-based approach means treatment goals are clear, and she works together with her clients to achieve them. She has a special interest in migraines and headaches, depression and anxiety, and chronic pain. As a former basketball player and now runner, she also enjoys working with athletes of all levels in supporting their training and recovery. Heini is also a USATF and RRCA certified distance running coach.

Brittany Abeyta

Patient Care Coordinator

Brittany was born and raised in Oregon, and graduated from Sherwood High School. She has experience in medical office management and billing. Brittany worked in a chiropractic office for more than 7 years before joining our clinic. She has a love for making patients feel welcome.