What to Expect from Seattle’s Elite PT

At Seattle’s Elite Physical Therapy, we specialize in personal, one-on-one treatments specifically designed for each individual. We are skilled in the diagnosis and management of treatments for individuals with orthopedic injuries of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular tissues related to sports, workplace, motor vehicle accidents, chronic pain, and other activities. We offer state of the art equipment coupled with evidence based treatment methods to ensure each patient will receive the highest quality physical therapy experience.

When you come to the clinic you will be evaluated for various diagnoses that limit physical function. There are many reasons why an individual may have physical limitations or pain.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy


Manual Therapy


Sports Injury Rehabilitation


Work-Related Injuries


One-on-one Treatment


Ashley Smith DPT, BS, COMT, CSCS

Ashley Smith has lived and worked in Queen Anne for the past seven years, offering quality, local physical therapy services to her patients. With a background in athletics and sports medicine, she has a 15 year history of working with individuals of varying activity levels and addressing their needs for injury prevention and rehabilitation, as well as health and fitness.

Dr. Smith became a leading provider of orthopedic physical therapy specializing in manual treatment and is one of only three physical therapists in the Seattle area who have earned the Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist specialty certification,through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS). She offers quality, comprehensive care for each individual and is the elite choice for an orthopedic physical therapist in the Seattle area.

What do all the letters mean?


Doctor of Physical Therapy. Ashley received her doctorate degree for physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.


Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist. In continuing to develop her specialized skill as an orthopedic manual therapist, Ashley studied manual treatments through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS). MAPS offers Physical Therapists and Physicians a prestigious Certification program in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) and Ashley is one of only three practitioners who earned this title, through MAPS, in Seattle.


Bachelor of Science. For her undergraduate degree, she studied Kinesiology – the study of human movement, and graduated from Washington State University.


Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. The NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) created this certification to identify individuals who possess the knowledge and skills to design and implement safe and effective strength and conditioning programs. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCSs) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance.

Adam Whitman, DPT

Adam received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Indiana University in 2012, and prior to that, a PTA degree from the University of Saint Francis in 2008. Through his education he discovered a passionate interest in the human nervous system and he excels in treatment of persistent and repetitive pains, neck and back pain, and problems with muscular control.

Adam believes that there is no “one size fits all” treatment plan for patients who seek out physical therapy, and strives to make sure his patients receive individualized care. He gravitates toward techniques that focus on interpreting the story the body is trying to tell to provide the right intervention for that story. His advanced training includes Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie Method), and certifications in Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Graston Technique, and the MyoKinesthetic System (see below for details). Adam has utilized these and other techniques to treat everything from patients who struggle with chronic pain to elite athletes including individual members of the Seattle Seahawks and everything in between.  Independent from his specializations, he believes strongly that patient education acts as the most potent tool for empowering patients to take control over their pain and improve their function.

During Adam’s free-time, he enjoys rock climbing, hiking, local table top and video gaming community participation, expanding his knowledge in various sciences, and cooking elaborate meals.

Adam’s specialty training and techniques:

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

This evaluation starts with a holistic movement screen, then a follow-up “breakout” examination of improper movement patterns.  This system is centered around finding the location of the problem, as opposed to just treating the area that hurts since so often the location of the symptom is not the same place as the origin of the problem.

Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

Also known as McKenzie Method, this is a classification system designed around finding specific movements that resolve pain.  The system is founded on the idea that there is a direct relationship between your pain and a corrective movement where immediate improvements can be felt and seen.

MyoKinesthetic System

This technique is both an evaluation and a treatment to balance your posture.  The evaluation determines which of the nerves in the body aren’t fully engaging, then resetting the nerve pathway. The treatment is very gentle, requires minimal effort on the patient’s part, and results in significant improvements rapidly. 

Graston Technique

Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes. GT uses specially designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy.