About Us

Our Staff

Puyallup Valley Physical Therapy is staffed by licensed physical therapists who provide over 100 years of combined experience and expertise.

When patients call or visit, they are greeted by warm, caring staff ready to help – whether scheduling appointments, communicating with other health care providers, or answering questions regarding insurance or treatment.


Chuck Venemon
Licensed Physical Therapist


"There is a healthy person inside each patient, and with a little work and encouragement, I can motivate that person to come forth. I feel rewarded when I am able to improve the quality of life for a patient with physical problems."

Chuck discovered physical therapy while pursuing a career as a teacher and a coach. As a physical therapist, he found a way to channel his ability and interest in teaching by encouraging and motivating people to return to, and maintain, a quality lifestyle. Chuck enjoys orthopedics, including working with sports injuries and chronically disabled patients. It is important to Chuck that the patient be actively involved in his recovery program. Chuck and his wife, Peggie, have two children. His outside interests include family, yard work, gardening, music and church.

Focus: General Orthopedics l Sports Injuries

Education: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Washington, Seattle

Organizations: American Physical Therapy Association l Washington State Physical Therapy Association – Finance Committee Member


Donald E. Miller
Licensed Physical Therapist

"To maintain the highest quality of care, a physical therapist must not only understand the relationship between basic science, pathology and treatment, but also be willing to serve the patient with compassion and humility."

While Don’s interest in nature and biology led to his degrees in Wildlife Biology and Range Management, his listening skills, compassionate personality, and love of outdoor sports motivated him to pursue a career in physical therapy. He enjoys the reward and responsibility of helping each client to regain physical function and independence. Don is interested in all areas of orthopedic therapy, with special interest in spine and extremity conditions. Don and his wife, Janet, have three children. Don is active in his church and enjoys hiking, kayaking, skiing and fly fishing.

Focus: General Orthopedics l Spinal Conditions and Extremity Testing l Sports Injuries

Education: Northwestern University – Chicago, Illinois – Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy l  Washington State University – Masters of Science in Range Management l University of Washington - Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology

Organizations: American Physical Therapy Association l Washington State Physical Therapy Association


Elizabeth “DeeDee” Henry
Licensed Physical Therapist

“I enjoy teaching patients how to improve their life. It’s important to encourage and motivate them to reach their best functional capacity.”

While DeeDee was attending Lakes High School in Lakewood, she volunteered at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, to explore her interest in physical therapy. She learned that this was a progressive, positive profession that encouraged patient involvement in their own care. Her special areas of interest include joint replacement rehab and post-mastectomy care, in addition to general physical therapy patients. DeeDee and her husband Mike have three children. In her spare time, she is on the board of directors for the Puyallup Library and is actively involved with her four grandchildren. DeeDee also enjoys camping, traveling, and reading.

Focus: General Orthopedics l Total Joint Replacements l Post-Mastectomy

Education: University of Washington – Seattle – Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Organizations: American Physical Therapy Association l Washington State Physical Therapy Association


Joyce L. Miller
Licensed Physical Therapist

"As a physical therapist, I have the satisfaction of helping patients gain their maximum physical potential through education and exercise. I gain through my experiences with patients. It is a good feeling to give back to others."

When Joyce was in 7th grade, she read a newspaper article regarding physical therapy. With the encouragement of her father, she volunteered at a rehabilitation center in Boise, Idaho. Joyce saw physical therapy as a rewarding profession where she could give of herself by helping others. She enjoys all patients, especially pediatrics and geriatrics. While in college, Joyce met her husband, John, and they now have two children and four grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, hiking, cross-country skiing, musicals, camping and travel.

Focus: General Orthopedics l Pediatrics l Geriatrics
 
Education: University of Washington – Seattle – Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Organizations: Washington State Physical Therapy Association - Orthopedic Special Interest * Private Practice Special Interest Group, Secretary/Treasurer * Geriatric Special Interest


John K. Miller
Licensed Physical Therapist

"A well-taught, well-motivated patient is capable of achieving the best functional results.  This means a fuller and more productive lifestyle.  It is very satisfying to be able to assist clients with their needs and see the positive outcomes."

While John’s interest in science led to a degree in Zoology, he was always interested in human anatomy and the functioning and conditioning of the body. After meeting his wife and partner, Joyce, he found that his interests and personality were well-suited to a career in physical therapy. John enjoys the challenge of working with a wide range of orthopedic patients and the problem solving on each case. John and Joyce have two children and four grandchildren. In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his family and activities such as running, cross-country skiing, camping and music.

Focus: Geriatrics l Total Joint Replacement l Sports Injuries l Wound Care

Education: Stanford University – Stanford, CA – Master of Arts in Physical Therapy
University of Washington – Seattle – Bachelor of Arts in Zoology

Organizations:

American Physical Therapy Association l Washington State Physical Therapy Association * Orthopedic Special Interest Group * Private Practice Special Interest Group * Sports Physical Therapy Interest Group


Jeff Billingsley
Licensed Physical Therapist

"A clear path to recovery comes from proper evaluation, patient education and involvement. I enjoy being a compassionate and resourceful teammate for my clients. Together we can restore the physical function necessary to meet their goals."

Jeff has a longstanding interest in health sciences and a strong desire to work with people.  Jeff enjoys all aspects of orthopedics and has a special interest in shoulders, spine/pelvis and foot/ankle care. “A patient's understanding of their physical condition and involvement in their care are key to achieving a positive outcome.”  Jeff and his wife, Christina, have two sons.  Jeff enjoys spending time with his family doing church and outdoor activities.  


Focus: General Orthopedics with emphasis in foot and ankle, spine and shoulder.

Education: Masters of Physical Therapy, University of Puget Sound

Organizations: Washington State Physical Therapy Association - Orthopedic Special Interest Group * Private Practice Special Interest Group