Zane Smith, MPT, OCS (Director)
Zane is a native of the northwest and grew up in east Portland. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2003 with a Masters in Physical Therapy. He also has a BS in Human Biology. Zane believes that regardless of where the patient receives physical therapy, it must be comprehensive; encompassing not only tools to treat inflammation and pain, soft tissue dysfunction, muscle imbalances, and specific weakness as well as overall functional limitations, but also enhancing the patient's ability to treat themselves and continue to thrive on an independent basis. In addition to treating orthopedic conditions, his other professional interests include the management of chronic headaches to include migraines as well as other chronic pain conditions. When not in the clinic Zane loves to spend time with his wife Leslie and their two children Zoe and Gage, at home in Washington. They enjoy snow skiing, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities. Zane and Leslie are heavily involved in their community and in promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Dean Barrus, R.P.T.
Dean founded Vancouver Rehabilitation in 1984, and later founded Camas Physical Therapy and Salmon Creek Physical Therapy. He was raised in Vancouver and received his physical therapy degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. He and his wife have raised five children in the Vancouver area and they are now happy grandparents. He is very involved in church and civic functions and, they have both served on various charitable foundation boards. Dean’s physical therapy practice has always been centered on kind and compassionate patient care. He is well respected in medical circles as evidenced by the success of his practice. More often than not, when a local physician or their family needs therapy, they will call Mr. Barrus at Vancouver Rehabilitation as they know they will always be treated with kind professionalism.
Dana Hilz, PT, CSCS
Dana earned her BS degree in physiological sciences from the University of Arizona in 1999, and her physical therapy degree from Northern Arizona University in 2004. She has lived in Washington State since 2004, and started working for Camas Physical Therapy in 2012. Dana enjoys working with patients of all ages and with all types of orthopedic diagnoses. Dana uses a combination of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise to treat her patients, and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dana also has a special interest in working with patients with vestibular and balance disorders. She thinks Camas Physical Therapy is an excellent choice for physical therapy care because of the friendly staff, professional environment, and time and care given to each patient. Dana enjoys swimming, biking, running, writing, and traveling.
Susanna Hybl, PT Tech
Susanna joined the Camas Physical Therapy team in October 2010. She has earned her Bachelors in Health Science from Linfield College Portland Campus and is currently working towards applying to Graduate School for Physical Therapy. Before Camas Physical Therapy, Susanna enjoyed working at Sunny Han’s Wok in Grill in Gresham, Oregon for 6 years. At Camas Physical Therapy, Susanna loves to hear patient’s background stories and see their progress. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, reading, going to concerts, and playing tennis.
Melissa Lovell, PTA
Melissa has been working in Physical Therapy since 2006 when she graduated from Whatcom Community College’s Physical Therapy Assistant program. She has spent most of her experience working in outpatient orthopedic clinics. She loves her job as a PTA and feels that she has found the perfect job. She thinks that there is nothing more rewarding than watching a patient progress and meet/exceed goals that are placed before them. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out, and exploring the Great Northwest.
Maki Arai, LPTA
Maki received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA in 1998. She worked for Kindred Health Care as an inpatient rehabilitation therapist assistant in Vancouver for 3 years. Prior to her work with Kindred Health Care, Maki worked for Pinnacle Health Care in Oregon, as well as an outpatient clinic in Japan. She enjoys working with a variety of patients and seeing her patients’ progress through the therapy process is very rewarding to her. When she’s not working, Maki likes to snowboard, watch movies, listen to live music, and spend time with her newborn, husband and friends.
Patti Nichols, Office Manager
Patti was born and raised in Michigan and after college she moved to Anchorage, Alaska where she spent over 20 years enjoying the “Last Frontier”. Patti moved to Vancouver, Washington in 2001, where she met her husband John and moved to Camas. Patti has worked in the customer service, medical office billing and management field for over 30 years from large medical centers to small family clinics. She is an avid sports enthusiast, especially for University of Michigan football and golf. Patti and John enjoy spending time with their many pets, gardening, and playing bingo with their friends at the local Moose Lodge.
Paulie Heisel, PTA, MBA, CPT, FMS1 (Physical Therapist Assistant)
Paulie has been working in the Physical Therapy field since 2008 as an assistant; receiving his license and degree after attending Mt. Hood Community College. Prior to MHCC, Paulie received a bachelor in exercise science from Oregon State University and has since received a Masters in business from Concordia University. Paulie enjoys seeing people meet their goals in all aspects of life, including injury recovery, activity participation, and success in daily life. With a certificate in Functional Movement Screening 1, Paulie has trained and coached many individuals to become elite athletes in sports and life with the belief that every person is an athlete.
Jennifer Wright, CPT (Physical Therapist Assistant)
My name is Jennifer Wright and I am currently working as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Camas Physical Therapy. My husband Gary and I recently moved to the Vancouver area and we spend most of our time hiking, camping, fishing, and playing with our three Boston Terriers Max, Mya, and Mason.
I have been a PTA for almost 4 years and thoroughly enjoy my profession. Fitness and health has always been a big part of my life and I take great pride in helping people recover from their injuries and return to the activities they love. I also enjoy educating patients about their condition so they may better understand their body and how to manage their symptoms.