David L. Parker Ph.D.
Dr. Parker is a principal
and the Executive Director of The Institute as well as a partner of Washington
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. He received his undergraduate degree
at San Diego State University and his Ph.D. at the University of New
Mexico. He has directed programs ranging from Cardiac Rehabilitation to the
training of Olympic athletes. His scientific research and expertise have
been in the areas of heart disease, altitude and heat physiology, physiological
and biochemical adaptation to exercise and diet, aging, stress testing, body
composition, nutrition, and athletic performance.
As a physiologist, his broad spectrum of experience allows him to
integrate scientific and medical research into adult fitness and health
management programs, as well as athletic training and performance which are
effective for most anyone at any age or ability level. He has extensively
published and widely lectured
recently finished her AA degree in nutrition at Shoreline Community College. She
also has many interests in program offerings and the services that The Institute
provides. Angie is the
administrator for physical therapy at The Institute. Her front desk position
transcends all of the functions necessary in scheduling, billing and getting all
of the paperwork and insurance information neccesary for patients in physical
therapy. She enjoys assisting patients resolve insurance issues that may arise.
She is a Kirkland resident and enjoys spending time with her roomates
with sports and recreational endeavors. In her down time, she enjoys reading,
and watching the Mariners, Sounders and Seattle Thunderbirds.
G. Brown MS, ATC
Larry's work experiences have varied as he explored his
many interests. He financed his University years by working in a lumber mill and
the college bookstore. After graduation from Central Washington University he
taught Physical Education and Social Studies at Montesano High School (5 years)
and Fife High School (25 years). During that time he also coached Wrestling
(head coach 26 years) and Football (assistant coach 10 years).
received his Masters Degree in Sports Medicine in 1987. He completed a two-year
internship as an Athletic Trainer with the University of Washington from
1986-1987. He was inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of
Fame in 1996. During his last three years of teaching he had a second job being
the Head Athletic Trainer for the jockeys at the Emerald Downs horseracing
thirty years of teaching he retired from public education and became employed by
the Washington Institute of Sports Medicine. His job duties include serving as
the head athletic trainer of Lake Washington High School and working as an
acceleration and athletic performance trainer. Larry and his wife, Norma, live
in Federal Way. My hobbies include fly-fishing, cross-country skiing, sea
kayaking, and traveling to Europe when Norma and I have the time or money.
Richards MS, ATC
received his undergraduate degree at WSU and his graduate degree at the U of W.
He spent 31 years teaching and coaching on the high school level. He was awarded
the PTSA Golden Acorn for his work with students and inducted into the
Washington Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in coaching.
Taking a sabbatical from teaching, Jim returned to school and received his
certification as an Athletic Trainer.
Jim was instrumental in establishing Athletic Trainers in our
state's high schools, and is now serving as secretary for the Washington
State Athletic Trainer's Association. He has served on the National
Athletic Trainers Secondary School Committee and is currently on the Washington
Interscholastic Athletic Association Medical Aspects Committee.
Jim has been a member of
The Institure staff for 3 years. He works as part of the Acceleration
Program staff and is involved in the training of our athletes. Jim is also
involved with the rehabilitation programs involving athletes and our adult
was a member of the National Ski Patrol for 20 years and enjoys boating in the
summer months. He is married, has three grown sons and five grandchildren.
Jerry received his BS in exercise and sport science from Western
Washington University, where he played football. After graduation, he assisted
therapists in the design/implementation of therapeutic exercise programs for
The Institute, he is the Acceleration Programs Supervisor and a Certified
Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. When not working with
athletes, Jerry enjoys snow skiing, mountain biking, sailing and coaching youth
Donatelli Ihm, BS
Jenifer has been physically active since the age of three. A lover of
dance, she has been practicing different types of dance for 25 years including
ballet, modern, and jazz. She has used her passion for gymnastics, which she
gained in high school, to help others understand commitment and discipline to
With her enjoyment of physical, she pursued a Bachelor of Science in
Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She furthered her
knowledge by obtaining a certification from the National Academy of Sports
Medicine. Before working at the Washington Institute of Sports Medicine, Jenifer
worked as a fitness consultant for six years.
Washington Institute of Sports Medicine Jenifer enjoys training the athletes and
designing fitness programs for the adult members. As a result of lifelong
dancing, Jenifer's specialty is teaching stretches that will enhance athletic
performance and help enjoy a better quality of life. Her motto in life is,
"Never stop moving."
Shane Wibel ATC, MPH
you will see Shane around The Institute, he shares a dual staff appointment with
The Institute and The Seattle Thunderbirds. Shane
graduated in 1998 from Western Oregon University with a bachelor's degree in
Physical Education and an emphasis in Athletic Training. While earning his
masters degree at Oregon State University, Shane continued to work at WOU as a
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with the 13 varsity sports (NCAA Division
II) including, football, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball and
softball. Shane has also worked with the former Arena Football League member,
the Portland Forrest Dragons.
Certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association,
Shane joined the staff of the Washington Institute of Sports Medicine and the
Seattle Thunderbirds in July 2000. During the hockey season, he is responsible
for the care, prevention, rehabilitation and management of athletic injuries for
the WHL team. During the summer months, Shane runs athletes through the
Acceleration Program at the Washington Institute of Sports Medicine.
Originally from Sisters, Oregon, Shane and his wife Tirza,
now reside in Kirkland, Washington.
Renée M. Lirette MS,
Renée completed her undergraduate degree in 1990
at Willamette University in Salem, OR, with a major in Physical Education with a
Sports Medicine emphasis. From there she went on to complete a Master of Science
in Athletic Training at Indiana State University.
Since that time she has worked in a variety of
settings including NCAA Div II and Div III athletic programs and private sports
medicine clinics. In addition, she worked at North Kitsap High School in
Poulsbo, WA where she was responsible for teaching beginning and advanced
athletic medicine classes and worked as the school's athletic trainer.
Renée's passion lies in the game of soccer. She competes in the Pacific Coast
Soccer League as a member of the Seattle Hibernian Saints. She also plays year
round with other local groups both competitively and recreationally. In
addition, she has an extensive background in vocal performance and enjoys
singing and attending concerts. For the last several years, she has enjoyed
staying home with her two young children.
Brockmeyer, B.A., H/F Dir.
Jim is employed by The Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle. With The Institute being the
eastside center for Fred Hutch exercise oriented research, you'll see Jim around
The Institute with his research subjects.
worked as a certified Fitness Director for the past 15 years in various
settings. Before joining Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in 1999, Jim was
at Regeance Blue Shield, The Bellevue Club, and THe PRO Club. Jim is certified
by ACSM as a Health Fitness Director.
a graduate in Exercise Science from Pacific Lutheran University. She previously had
received a 3 year nursing degree from
Birgitta Skolan in Sweden. She has certificates from ISSA in
Personal Training and AFAA as a certified aerobics instructor. As a professional, she has
opened fitness and health centers in Thailand, and worked in Pulmonary and Cardiac
Clinics in Sweden.
She is the supervisor of the Adult Fitness and
Health Management Programs. In this role she is involved in setting up members
with exercise prescriptions, performing body composition evals using the Body
Pod, coordinating nutrition and weight loss individualized programs,
determining appropriate strength programs, and helping the doctors with
exercise stress testing. She also does the pulmonary function testing,
and manages the preventative medicine aspects of the physical exam