Physical Therapists

Chuck Depner PT

Chuck Depner was born and raised in Billings, Montana.  He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and later attended Eastern Washington University where he studied to become a Physical Therapist graduating with a B.S. in 1993.

Chuck began his Physical Therapy career as a traveling therapist working back east.  He later moved to Spokane and worked for Holy Family in both the outpatient and inpatient therapies.  He then moved on to work for Eagle Rehab, which was quickly bought out by HealthSouth.  Most recently before coming to Synergy Healthcare in Spokane, WA. Chuck worked for Visiting Nurses Association providing in-home health care.

In August, 2009 Chuck joined the staff at Synergy Healthcare as their Clinical Manager and “computer guy”. He specializes in Core-Stabilization and joint mobilization techniques, strain counter strain venous, arterial, visceral and neural techniques.  In addition to being a therapist, Chuck enjoys hiking, skiing and skating with his family.



Heather Shipley DPT

Heather Shipley was born and raised on a farm near Moscow, Idaho. She will never outgrow her love of dirt, seeds, and growing things; after moving to the “big city” (Greater Spokane Area) she turned her back yard into a vegetable garden.

Her love of the human body has led her to pursue many knowledge paths. Along with being a Physical Therapist, she is also a Registered Dietitian and yoga instructor.

Her approach to health focuses on the whole person, and is based on helping people listen to and work with (instead of against) their own bodies. “I love helping people learn to embrace a lifelong commitment to movement and wellness, acquire the skills needed, and enjoy the process.”

Her PT strengths include joint mobilization, myofascial release techniques, and movement training. She has nearly completed a 2-year Orthopedic Movement Specialist certification, and is pursuing additional training in manual techniques.

Out of the clinic, she enjoys doing life with her family, gardening, rock climbing, yoga, biking, and songwriting.

Laura Nice DPT

Laura earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 2013. Prior to graduating she worked as a teacher’s assistant in the neuroanatomy lab and volunteered at a physical therapy clinic in Haiti. Most recently she provided on-site care to the professional dancers of Ballet West and college athletes at Westminster College.

Her background includes working in a women’s health clinic and in a general outpatient clinic treating a varied population. She has taken manual therapy courses through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy and is constantly expanding her skill set to provide the best care.

In addition, she is a PMA certified Pilates instructor and registered yoga instructor. With this background, she employs a holistic approach emphasizing movement analysis and manual therapy to restore function and decrease pain.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and 2-year- old and playing outside.



Nora Graebner PTA

Nora Graebner grew up on the west side of the state, fell in love with a Marine, got married and moved far, far away. She has lived all over the US including: Alabama, Virginia, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, California, Texas, Maryland and Tennessee, plus a year long adventure in Okinawa.

She studied to be a Physical Therapist Assistant, graduating from STCC at Memphis in 2007. Preview occupations include: architectural drafting, hospice volunteering, mothering & domestic bliss. Most recently she finished training as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and looks forward to furthering her manual therapy skills in Strain Counter Strain, Total Motion Release and Craniosacral Therapy.
“I like the integrated approach Synergy offers people. It is important that the patient take an active role in their health and well-being, working with the therapist rather than just coming into the office to get ‘fixed’. Wellness involves the whole self: mind, body and spirit.”
Nora and her husband have recently moved to Spokane for Steve’s retirement. She is looking forward to doing more outside activities including: snow shoeing, cross country skiing, crewing/rowing, fly fishing, shooting, hiking and playing with her boxers, Tilly & Max.
Nora is certified as a Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) after attending the Academy of Lymphatic Studies (AOLS) In Edmonton, AB. She was trained in Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) which includes Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), compression bandaging and the management of lymphedema.


Arch Harrison PTA

Arch Harrison PTA

Arch Harrison, PTA, LMP, JSCC has been a Licensed Massage Practitioner for over 27 years and a Physical Therapy Assistant for 21 years. As a massage therapist, he has specialized in sports massage, stress reduction, and deep fascial massage. He received his Strain-Counter-Strain certification in 2006 and has since incorporated this effective technique into his work as a Physical Therapy assistant.He offers Surface Electromyography for muscle re-education and he’s also currently exploring Graded Motor Imagery effective for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.His passion for providing service is not just a job; it’s a way of life, an integral part of who he is. In addition to providing top quality therapy he has been involved in Search and Rescue and the Ski Patrol, and an Avalanche Safety instructor. He also expresses his love of the outdoors as a bicyclist, back-country skier and back packer.

Become a part of the Synergy team!


Synergy Healthcare is looking for an upbeat, enthusiastic, gracious, and thoughtful part-time or full-time permanent Physical Therapist to join our team. You need to have a valid Physical therapy license in Washington. We have a manual therapy outpatient practice in Spokane Valley.

Are you the right candidate? If so, you are a continuing education lover and are willing and able to teach and learn from your colleagues all kinds of offbeat and cutting edge techniques.

You will be with us for the long term and may assist with administrative tasks in the future. You are not wanting to start your own practice.

You are open to new treatment approaches and to growing your treatment skill set to provide the best up-to-date treatment for patients, and they love that you are always learning.

You have a sense of humor and speak the truth even when it’s really hard to do. You communicate solutions, ideas, suggestions, needs, and concerns readily.

You know how to be both assertive and gracious to everyone you work with from the boss to the janitor, and own up to mistakes easily. Even though it’s hard, you get your notes done in a timely manner.

Your evaluations are thorough, you create great plans of care for your PTA’s to follow, and you value their input.

You will feel like you are benefitting as much from this job as our patients and business do from you. You are responsible for making your needs known and working with us to make this your dream job.

Who are we? First of all, I, Shauna Burchett, the owner, am a no-drama mama and want you if you are too (men included). I opened Synergy in 2002 and have kept it afloat through some crazy ups and downs in the economy and the healthcare field. The business is stable and thriving and we needs additional staff to meet the growing patient demand.

At this location we have 2 PT’s both part time, 2 OT’s both full time (including the owner), 1 COTA full time who teaches yoga, 2 PTA’s both part time, 3 admin personnel, and a biller. We are located in a 2200 square foot building. Your room will have a high-low table, desk, and computer. We have a very small gym with bike and plinth, exercises balls, and weights. We also have a pediatric practice in Coeur d’Alene – see We have 6 OT’s and 2 speech therapists there.

We have an integrated approach to care. By that I mean we use a wide variety of modalities, and share care of patients between different therapists to get their needs met. Between us, we do strain counter strain, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, Feldenkrais, graded motor imagery, and total motion release. We have a small yoga studio and very gentle classes geared to people recovering from illness and injury. We have just started using Frequency Specific Microcurrent with great results.

We are not attached to what you do as long as you do it really well and really want to become exceptional.

I won’t demand that you push clients through care quickly, and Synergy is not a mill, but I expect that you will want to deliver excellent care. We typically treat each patient for a full hour, insurance permitting. Our biller and front desk staff are fantastic, and keep the therapists informed of what the various insurances allow, so that both the patient and the therapist know what to expect. I run a straight, ethical practice and I don’t blur the edges.

We offer medical for individuals working 32 hours, and an IRA with a 100% match up to 3% of your wage. We offer continuing education worth up to $2000 per year for full time staff. You get 7 holidays plus your birthday, accrual of 10 days PTO for the first 2 years eligible to take after the first 6 months of work.

In addition to the continuing education allotment, I (Shauna) teach osteopathic soft tissue principles and craniosacral therapy classes to therapists in Spokane. These are free for staff. (See the website for details of the next class.) I also teach lymph drainage classes for the general public, so patients will have a safe, effective means of taking care of themselves at home.

If this sounds like a fit, please send your resume to
In the body please tell us why you think you are the right fit for the opportunity. Don’t forget to attach your resume.


Amy Fox, DPT

Amy Fox PT

Amy Fox, born and raised in beautiful Spokane, WA began her physical therapy journey long
before deciding to make it her profession. As a multi-sport athlete in high school, she was
plagued with various injuries that gave her first hand experience with rehabilitation as a patient.
Amy was positively impacted by the physical therapists who helped her to return to the sports she enjoyed. Through her own experience with rehab, Amy developed a special interest in the body’s ability to heal itself when properly equipped with the right resources.

Amy earned her Bachelors in Exercise Science in 2010 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013, both from Eastern Washington University. Since graduating, Amy has further developed her manual skills by completing a nine month certification in craniosacral therapy (CCST). She also has interest in the joint by joint break down of human biomechanics and has thus pursued a ten month fellowship in Applied Functional Science (FAFS) from the Gray Institute.

Her treatment philosophy is that life in the human body is expressed through motion and that when sickness, injury or trauma occurs, the body loses its ability to express this inherent motion. Amy works with her patients to restore the body’s internal motion in order to facilitate efficient mobility within the external environment. Amy believes she can best serve her patients when viewing them as a whole functional unit and partnering with them to create individualized and functional treatment programs that assist the body’s own healing capacities.
Amy’s passion for movement, fascination with the human body, and special interest in a whole body treatment approach inspire her to pursue an active and nutritious lifestyle of her own. She enjoys yoga, hiking, skiing, dancing, paddle boarding, cycling, basketball, the great outdoors, traveling, experimenting in the kitchen, and spending time with her family and church friends. Her other ambitions include becoming bilingual in Spanish, relearning to play the piano, gaining her private pilot’s license, and visiting all seven continents.

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