Providing YOU with the BEST Therapists for the BEST CARE
Amanda Thome, PT, DPT Owner
Amanda graduated magna cum laude with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 2010. Amanda got her bachelors in science degree from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA in 2007. During her time at Ursinus College Amanda was a NCAA track and field athlete.
Since graduating Amanda has trained for and completed three full marathons. She continues to stay active through cycling and riding her horse Chinook.
In the clinic, Amanda uses skills she gained working for nationally top-ranked rehabilitation facilities and the skills she continues to develop through rigorous continuing education training. Amanda has a strong background in manual therapy and the treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions including neuropathy pain, post surgical rehabilitation, balance and vestibular disorders as well as those with neurological conditions. Amanda is one of only a few ImPACT concussion trained physical therapists in Idaho. Amanda has taken continuing education training in both the Mulligan and Maitland techniques.
It is Amanda's belief that each patient presentation and treatment interventions are unique and need to be tailored to that person.
Vashti Graphenteen , PT, DPT
Vashti graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota in 2013. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato where she also worked as a wellness coach and personal trainer. Since becoming a physical therapist, Vashti has worked in various rehab facilities where she has treated patients with many different orthopedic and neurological conditions. She has also received advanced training in cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema and has completed continuing education courses focused on female pelvic floor rehabilitation and chronic pain management.
Vashti is extremely passionate about health and wellness, and ultimately, caring for others. Her primary goal is to help maximize quality of life and functional mobility by tailoring each patient’s treatment plan specifically to their needs. Vashti recognizes that patients often warrant a multifaceted approach and strives to support each of her patients on their unique journey of recovery through physical therapy.
When Vashti is not at Cornerstone, she’s spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, walking her dog, running, rock climbing, cooking, or reading a good book.
Tara Clemons, OTR/L
In 2014 I graduated from Eastern Washington University’s Occupational Therapy Program. Areas of practice have included in-patient rehabilitation and home health addressing both physical and psychological disabilities across the lifespan involving orthopedics, neurology, autoimmune disorders, cardiology, and chronic pain. Throughout my professional career and personal endeavors I have developed a philosophy that incorporates a holistic approach, integrating both conventional western medicine and complementary practices.
Using a mindfulness-based approach, I help guide clients in understanding how their recovery process may be influenced by exercise, stress, quality of life, nutrition, body and breath awareness. Through standardized assessments and clinical observation the client and I determine areas of imbalance in order to improve self-care routines to authentically support function, health and wellbeing.
Following graduation I traveled to Bali, Indonesia to study yoga therapy and volunteer my services. There I received a 200 hr. certification in yoga therapy. My passion and growing knowledge in alternative approaches has allowed me to attend a variety of continuing education courses in the Feldenkrais Method, meditation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, various forms of dance/yoga practices and nutrition. April 2019 I began a Myofascial Release training program, completing my first course through the John Barnes Method. As a whole these have positively influenced me as an OT practitioner and I often incorporate these into my treatments.
After traveling and living throughout the U.S. the last 15 years, my husband, 3 yr. old daughter and I now call Sandpoint home. During my free time I enjoy being home with my daughter, skiing, dancing, boating and traveling.
Ryanne Lemon, PTA, ACE
Ryanne graduated from Idaho State University with an associate of applied science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Ryanne also received her A.C.E personal trainer certification while attending Idaho State University. She also has a bachelors degree in geology from Washington State University.
Ryanne competed in the NCAA participating in track and cross country for Washington State University and was the WSU women’s cross country team captain in 2002.
Ryanne has called Sandpoint home for over 10 years. In the winters when she isn't in the PT clinic she works as a ski and snowboard instructor at Schweitzer Mountain resort.
After graduating Ryanne continued her athletic pursuits by competing in several triathlons and marathons, and even completed her first Ironman triathlon.
Ryanne has continued her education since graduation and has been trained in a variety of pain relieving and rehabilitation techniques such as muscle energy and kinesiology taping and Mulligan techniques.
Chris Rabe, PTA
Chris Rabe attended and graduated with honors from the Daytona State College Physical Therapist Assistant Program in May of 2014. Since passing the national exam and obtaining licenses in multiple states, Chris has worked in various facilities from coast to coast increasing his knowledge and skill base through hands-on training and and online education, all to improve patient recovery and overall health.
Chris enjoys rehabilitating orthopedic patients with an emphasis on strengthening musculature and achieving sound functional range of motion and control so the patient can get back to their prior level of function. On his time off Chris enjoys outdoor activities such as snowboarding, biking, hiking, and ultimate frisbee.
Susan Colman, office administrator
Susan Colman has been a bicoastal gal her entire life from Northern California to NYC but now resides in the beautiful Selle Valley of Sandpoint. She started out with a B.A. in Music and then extended her education through the New School’s Creative Arts Therapy program in NYC.
Rooted from a creative background, Susan began exploring the benefits of alternative healing through meditation, yoga, prayer and energy work. She enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (NYC) and graduated as a Certified Holistic Health Counselor in 2004.
For over a decade she has guided her clients and friends towards a healthier lifestyle through the implementation of eating “whole foods” and exercise. Also, being a Reiki Master since 2006, she is a strong believer in combining Eastern and Western medicine as a well-rounded approach to health and wellness. She has been helping run Physical Therapy and Chiropractic practices since 1997 and is excited to join Cornerstone Physical Therapy once again.