The COLPT Staff
Melissa Mercogliano, PT, DPT, OCS (Clinic Founder)
Melissa graduated from the University of Puget Sound Physical Therapy program in 1988. In 2006, she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is an APTA board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and also has her certification in edema management.
Melissa is the owner and clinical manager of the Center for Orthopedic and Lymphatic Physical Therapy and is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Puget Sound in their Physical Therapy program.
Daniel Cammarata, PT
Dan joined COLPT with over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist. He has worked in a variety of settings including orthopedics, skilled nursing and home health. His passion is out-patient orthopedics using an osteopathic, hands on approach to therapy and brings compassion, understanding and expertise using the McKenzie approach to back and neck pain, vestibular rehabilitation and general orthopedics to the practice.
Acacia Dyer, DPT
Acacia comes to COLPT after working in the in-patient orthopedics setting and as a clinical assistant in the Anatomy lab at the University of Puget Sound. She has a hands-on approach to physical therapy and uses her extensive knowledge of the surgical intervention to facilitate excellent physical therapy outcomes in the out-patient setting. In her student training, she learned about physical therapy for lymphedema and has joined the practice to work on honing those skills.
Raahatara M. Irfan, DPT
Raahat graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India. She practiced for 2 years in India in an outpatient rehabilitation facility. She immigrated to the United States and completed her Master’s in Health and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Pittsburgh then began working in an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Maryland while completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Touro University. She has relocated to the Northwest and hopes to pursue her passion for excellent patient care while working at COLPT.
Vanessa Creed, PT, DPT, OCS
Vanessa graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy at De La Salle University in 2001. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in 2015 and completed her Certification in Manual Therapy in 2011 and became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2021. She initially worked in urgent care and skilled nursing facilities, but the past 6 years has been focused on outpatient orthopedics. She is eager to continue to work on her orthopedic skills and has a keen interest in learning visceral manipulation.
Sophia Lartigau, PTA
Sophia graduated from Loma Linda University with her associate of Science in Physical Therapy where she earned the Clinical Excellence award. She is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in California and Washington. In 2021 she became certified in Functional Movement Training while working in an outpatient setting in California. She has moved from sunny Palm Springs, CA to Washington and will be working with our orthopedic and edema patient populations.
Brian Leith, PTA
Brian is a Washington native who graduated from Linfield College with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education. He was the Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach at Linfield and then moved to China to teach English for 3 years. When he arrived back in the United States, he attended Olympic College and earned his Physical Therapist Assistants degree. Since graduation, he has been working in an outpatient setting that contracted with the Boeing Company. He has joined COLPT to learn more about manual therapy and work on perfecting his skills in the profession.
Cheryl Rogers, Practice Manager
Cheryl is responsible for the day to day operation of the clinic. Cheryl holds a bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Arts & Science from the University of Washington and certifications in Health Information Technology and Medical Coding. She has 12+ years of healthcare leadership experience in both hospital and medical office environments.