Announcement: Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT

Mike Studer Mike Studer is the president and co-owner of NWRA. “I am proud of what we have created at NWRA. Our staff includes master clinicians that are exceptional people. It is a pleasure to treat patients alongside them.”

Mike has been the vice-president of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Neurology Section and is currently the Vice Chair of the APTA Neurologic Section Balance and Falls Special Interest Group. He has been board-certified as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1995. Mr. Studer has published several articles cognitive rehabilitation and has been an invited speaker at many universities and international venues since 1995. Mike has recently been honored by the American Physical Therapy Association, receiving the 2011 Neurology Section award for Clinical Excellence, and the 2014 Geriatric Section award – each given to the clinician of the year; making Mike the first to have received both honors.

Mike is a leader locally and nationally, influencing health care policy and reimbursement. He is the former chair of the APTA Neurology Section Practice Committee. Additionally, Mike has been an invited speaker at various community forums and support groups in Oregon. If you are in the Salem area, stop by to meet Mike or watch for him out running, as he is an avid triathlete and marathoner!

Heidi Parsons

Heidi Parsons joined NWRA in January 2013, quickly providing us with an incredible talent in medical office reception . We appreciate Heidi for her visual media, talents in systems efficiency, knowledge of computer networking, and problem solving. However, we are AMAZED at her consistent smile, temperament in multi-tasking, and the incredible trivia knowledge that she has!

Marie Hook, MS, OTR

Marie is a true student of the profession and “OT of all trades”. She brings a very diverse set of skills to NWRA, with the capacity to see patients with neurologic impairment, those with difficulty after joint replacement, orthopedic injuries due to sport or overuse, visual impairment, and has extensive training in adaptive home changes. We are proud to host Marie’s practice at NWRA and are continually amazed by her energy, desire to continue to learn and improve, as well as her ever-present optimism. Thank you Marie!

Jason James, PT, DPT

NWRA is pleased to welcome Jason James, PT, DPT to our staff and family. Jason comes to us with an exceptional background in movement science and PT. He has served in numerous PT settings as an aide and even has overseas experience in fields of exercise and sport. An avid athlete at nearly everything he tries his hand at – golf, running, , triathlon, stand-up paddleboard…and more! Jason’s care and passion for helping people comes radiating through this experience and skill described. Welcome Jason!

Anna Perry, PT, DPT

NWRA is proud to welcome Anna Perry, PT, DPT to our family and staff! Anna comes to us with an excellent background in orthopedics and a specialty area of women’s health. Her radiant personality is a great welcome for patients in pain or movement dysfunction. Welcome Anna!

Bailey Denno, PT, DPT

NWRA is SO proud to host Bailey Denno, PT, DPT in our orthopedic and geriatric service line! Bailey has proven herself to be an exceptional therapist with attentive eyes and ears to compliment her skilled hands. We are excited to be able to recommend Bailey as an excellent option to guide and provide rehabilitation for those that have the good fortune of being referred to NWRA.

Nancy Cox

Welcome to NWRA, Nancy Cox! In October 2011, Nancy joined our team and has fit right in. You will see her bright smile and feel the intelligence, patience and warmth that she brings every afternoon. On a personal note, Nancy has extensive experience in medical and educational offices, is a tennis coach AND is a National officer with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA).

Rene’e (Brandt) James, MPT, OCS, CMP


Rene’e James (formerly Brandt) is from Minnesota and graduated from University of MN with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and has been a physical therapist now for 12 years. Since graduating Rene’e has worked in a wide variety of settings all over the west coast.   She has worked for NWRA now for over 5 years.   In 2011 Rene’e received her orthopedic certified specialist certification (OCS) as well as her certification as a Mulligan Practioner (CMP).

Rene’e treats a wide variety of orthopedic conditions with a passion and expertise in core stabilization, running related injuries and biomechanics. She sees many running enthusiasts that are working towards an easy 5K fun run as well as those that are training for New York or Boston marathon. She has assisted with triathlete clinics and participated in the training of high school and college runners. With her athletic background Rene’e has been fortunate enough to work with athletes from multiple sports.

When not working, Rene’e enjoys family time with her husband and 1 year old, water and alpine skiing, and running.  She has run 9 marathons and competed in multiple local sprint triathlons.  As with all of our therapists, Rene’e treats using evidence based clinical reasoning and brings another invaluable perspective to the depth of knowledge to NWRA.

Brady Whetten, PT, DPT, GCS

Brady’s passion for evidence based medicine is only outweighed by is passion for human beings. He has the rare combination of the ability to listen and the ability to lead clients toward their true potential. Specialist care with a personal touch indeed.

Brady is has served on national vestibular task forces, authored podcasts, APTA publications as well as the 2013 PT Journal article on the Dynamic Gait Index, has been an invited and featured speaker in multiple states, and has been invited to the APTA Combined Sections Meeting as a speaker in each of the years 2011 through 2014 on topics ranging from geriatric strength, to neuropathy, to balance in degenerative diseases, vestibular rehabilitation and fall prevention. In 2012, Brady became one of the area’s few (no other in a 20 mile radius) APTA Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialists – coupled with the very unique distinction of being a certified expert in vestibular rehabilitation, through the Emory University (Herdman) course – Congratulations and Thank You Brady!

Margaret Smith, SLP

margaret Margaret Smith has exactly what every Speech Language Pathologist needs – intelligence, experience, passion and – patience. We are proud to have Margaret on board as she brings this focus to our adult and pediatric clients – from a childhood communication impairment to an acute swallowing impairment after stroke. We are especially proud  to host Margaret’s practice of improving the volume and quality of speech with individuals that have Parkinson’s disease, effectively utilizing her LSVT specialization in PD.

Margaret is a very active person, who sets her goals high. She is a multiple-time marathoner (including the “Goofy” 39.3 in one weekend – a marathon and a half in 2 days) and additionally enjoys snow shoeing…we marvel at her endurance and smile!