Meet Our Team

Get to know the caring, dedicated therapists and staff at Life’s Work. Or get in touch now to schedule your appointment.

Sandra Stryker PT, MPT, COMT, FAAOMPT

Sandra Stryker PT, MPT, COMT, FAAOMPT

Sandra was raised with her younger sister in a small town outside Pittsburgh, PA where she grew up playing sports, loving school, and rooting for the Steelers. After graduating, she began her career as a physical therapist in Hawaii, where she also completed a half Ironman triathlon! Sandra loves spending time with family and friends, traveling in Oregon, and doing recreational activities like the Bridge Pedal, skiing, kayaking and being active with her family. “I consider this opportunity a true gift and take my role as manual therapist, educator, and coach to heart. I strongly believe that evidence-based, compassionate, competent physical therapy care makes a tremendous difference in my patients’ lives. As owner of Life’s Work, I am passionate about the training and professional development of our entire team so that we can help more people in our community live a full and healthy life. Your healthiest life is my Life’s Work.”

  • Bachelors (BS) in Biology, Pennsylvania State University
  • Masters (MPT) in Physical Therapy, Shenandoah University
  • Fellow (FAAOMPT) of American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, NAIOMT
  • Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT)
  • Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapist COMT
Zeyla Brandt PT

Zeyla Brandt PT

Born in England and educated in South Africa, Zeyla moved to Oregon after earning her BSc Phys from one of the world’s top 5 medical schools. She has since earned extensive continuing education credits in orthopedic physical therapy, pelvic health, and persistent pain conditions. Zeyla, her son, and his dog Rory live in Portland—they like the rain! Zeyla also loves traveling and exploring the scenery, cultures, and architecture of different countries. “I have known since I was in early grade school that I wanted to work in medicine in some way. I am attracted to the personal contact and mystery-solving aspects of the field.”

  • BSc Phys, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
  • Chronic Pain and Women’s Health Specialist
Emily

Emily

Care Coordinator

Emily enjoys getting to know each client, while listening and encouraging them along their healthcare journey. Growing up in Portland, she observed her dad as a chiropractic physician providing excellent care and giving nutritional advice. Emily earned her degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University while playing tennis on a full-ride scholarship. Now she lives in Happy Valley with her husband and son. “I work in healthcare because I love helping people become the best version of themselves through therapy, exercise, and nutrition.”

Erin Courtney DPT, B.S.

Erin Courtney DPT, B.S.

A northern Michigan native, Erin moved to Oregon after completing physical therapy school in Detroit. As a lover of travel and adventure, she was thrilled to complete her final internship at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Erin loves hockey, being outdoors, learning new skills, and volunteering at outdoor education programs. She started running in college and has grown to love the challenge (and the amount of chocolate that running half marathons allows you to consume). “I love the opportunity that physical therapy offers to collaborate with and be an advocate for patients.”

  • Bachelors (B.S) in Physiology, Michigan State University
  • Doctorate (DPT) in Physical Therapy, Wayne State University
  • NAIOMT-certified
Emily Kaemmerlen PT

Emily Kaemmerlen PT

While growing up in Tillamook, OR, Emily spent much of her free time at the local dance studio, studying ballet, tap, and jazz. Through her passion for dance, she began to realize the possibilities of movement as a tool for healing and empowerment. Working as a movement trainer at a physical therapy office ignited her passion for physical therapy and prompted her to pursue her physical therapy degree. She loves the outdoors, traveling, and hanging out with her pets. “As a physical therapist, I have the opportunity to help people improve their understanding of their bodies, relieve pain, improve function, and reach their larger life goals.”

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Dance, Western Oregon University
  • Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Columbia University
  • NAIOMT Trained
Julia

Julia

Care Coordinator

Julia loves meeting and working with the clients at Life’s Work. She is also a formally trained music professor and ethnomusicologist. She has taught at the University of Oregon, worked as a recording artist, and performed at events throughout Oregon. Julia loves being a mother and grandmother. She enjoys traveling, cooking with loved ones, attending music concerts, and writing music and books. “I love getting to see patients at the end of their treatment, healed and on the road to total recovery. It makes it all worth it!”

Brandon Little DPT, B.S.

Brandon Little DPT, B.S.

Growing up, Brandon was fascinated by the athletic trainers and physical therapists who helped him get back to playing the sports he loved. Shortly after completing his education, he married his wife, Laura. Together they traveled across the country from Michigan to start their life in Oregon. He enjoys getting lost in the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with his wife and Boxer, Charlie. “Physical therapy allows me to help each person reach their individual goals and be an educator for how to live a healthy, happier life.”

  • Bachelor (B.S.) in Health Sciences, Oakland University
  • Doctorate (DPT) in Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh
  • NAIOMT-certified
Elisabeth Berry PT

Elisabeth Berry PT

Raised in Colorado, Beth enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping and running. Married with two young sons, Beth and her family moved to Oregon in 2015 after living in Ohio for 16 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing any and every sport with her boys. She also loves cooking, gardening and woodworking. “As a physical therapist, It’s a great privilege to be able to enhance a person’s quality of life, even just a little bit.”

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Cedarville University, Ohio
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Washington University, St. Louis
Charleen Hall CMPE

Charleen Hall CMPE

Office Manager

Charleen has always felt drawn to helping and mentoring others. She loves to make sure every client has a positive experience in every aspect of their care, including their initial phone call, first appointment, contact with insurance companies, and the rest of their physical therapy journey to wellness. A Pacific NW native, she lives with her husband on 1.5 acres in Oregon City. “Working at Life’s Work Physical Therapy allows me to impact patients’ lives in a positive way every day. I feel honored and blessed to be able to be a part of this team.”

Jennifer Nordgaard

Jennifer Nordgaard

Practice & Community Liaison

With two parents in the medical field, Jennifer has been around healthcare her whole life. She is thrilled to be able to combine her love of communications and marketing with her interest in healthcare. She lives in SE Portland with her husband and two sons, and loves spending time with them — whether that’s hanging out at home, going out to eat, or taking a road trip. She also loves reading and spending weekends with her siblings. “I love being able to support healthcare practitioners in their efforts to provide the best possible care for their patients.”

Three Convenient Locations

Phone: 503-295-2585
Fax: 503-295-2587

SW Portland

9450 SW Barnes Road
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97225

NE Portland

700 NE Multnomah Street
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97232

Tigard

9900 SW Greenburg Road
Suite 150
Portland, OR  97223