Meet Our Team
Mark Dutton, PT, MPT
Mark’s interest in physical therapy began through repeated exposures to the field as a teenager with multiple injuries of family members that required physical therapy for rehabilitation. His father was an anesthesiologist, and he always new he wanted to be involved with medicine, however Mark wanted to be more directly involved with the healing process.
Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He spent the next 2 years traveling and doing construction until attending and subsequently earning his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound, WA in 1996. He met his wife Alyson while in graduate school. She is an Occupational Therapist with board certification in Hand Therapy and they have enjoyed sharing similar professions ever since. They have two children, one daughter and a son 3 ½ years younger.
Mark’s hobbies include: anything involving the family, woodworking, golf, boating, and most things mechanical.
Professional interests include: rehabilitation of the overhead athlete, anything involving the shoulder complex, manual therapy, post surgical rehabilitation and myofascial dysfunctions.
Alyson Dutton, OTR/L, CHT, LMT
Alyson began her educational journey with a BA in psychology from Antioch University, San Francisco, graduating in 1989. Always intrigued with the mind-body relationship, she enrolled in a massage therapy training shortly after finishing her undergraduate degree. She graduated in 1991 from The National Holistic Institute and worked as a massage therapist in chiropractor offices for 5 years in Marin County, CA, before returning to school to become an Occupational Therapist.
Alyson chose occupational therapy, as the field blends pathology, anatomy and kinesiology with the psychology of a person: their past experiences, beliefs, aspirations and goals. It was the most holistic profession and approach she could find in the medical field.
Alyson graduated with her degree in OT at the University of Puget Sound in 1996, and was fortunate to complete her training with a team of highly qualified and seasoned hand therapists at St. Joseph’s hospital in Tacoma. She was certified in hand therapy in 2001. After working for Multicare and an outpatient clinic, Alyson joined her husband at Peninsula Physical Therapy in Belfair.
Since joining Peninsula Physical Therapy, she has continued her education to gain skills and knowledge to treat the whole person, studying structural medicine with Donna Bajelis, becoming a structural integrator, and in 2019 a certified yoga instructor.
When she is not at work, you will find Alyson walking her dog Murry, cooking, at a yoga class, or hanging out with her family.
Robert Ghent, PT, MPT
Bob grew up in southern California and began his involvement in Physical therapy working as a physical therapy aide throughout College. He Graduated from California State University Long Beach in 1989 with a BA degree and was accepted into Slippery Rock University for graduate school. This 3-year program allowed Bob to experience the east Coast and small town living, which he enjoyed very much.
After earning his Master’s degree in physical therapy in 1992, Bob began working at Good Samaritan Hospital. He specialized in neurological rehabilitation, addressing spinal cord injury, stroke and Traumatic brain injured clients. Over the next 10 years he received advanced education in the neurologic field. He transferred this experience from inpatient to outpatient in 2002, working first in Gig Harbor and now Belfair. Over the last 8 years he has expanded his neurologic education to also include orthopedics and most recently specializing in vestibular rehab.
While Bob has been considered a neurologic expert he feels very comfortable also treating orthopedics. Throughout his career as a PT his patients have varied in age, and diagnoses, which keeps him interested excited about being part of the profession. Bob’s resides in Gig Harbor with his wife, Jill, who is also a physical therapist. They have 3 children, 2 boys and one girl, who keep them very busy.
Sharon Brown, PTA/L
Sharon’s interest in Physical Therapy started after her car accident in 1997. She suffered a pelvic fracture and Doctors weren’t sure if she would ever run again. Through her 3 treatments of physical therapy and her determination in strengthening and stretching she has been able to return to running and has completed the Portland marathon, Seattle and Leavenworth half marathons, and a 24-hour relay run.
Sharon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Central Washington University in 2002. Later she heard about the Physical Therapy Assistant program. Sharon attended Green River Community College and graduated with her certificate in as a physical therapy assistant in 2007. She fulfilled her internships at Harrison Hospital and Kitsap Physical Therapy in 2007 and she continued on with Mark Dutton and his team at Kitsap Physical Therapy of Belfair (now Peninsula Physical Therapy).
Sharon’s hobbies include reading books, running and lifting weights, watching movies and remodeling her house with her husband.
Professional Interest included: post surgical rehabilitation and manual therapy.
Teresa recieved her degree as a physical therapist assistance from Olympic College in 2016. She spent her first four years of college figuring out what area of medicine she wanted to work in and finally decided to look into physical therapy after taking her Grandma to her physcial therapy appointments. After some job shandowing she knew this was the career for her as she has always enjoyed helping people, had a strong interest in the healthcare field, and liked the idea of working closely with patients throughout their healing process.
Teresa came to Peninsula Physical Therapy as a student to complete one of her four internships and liked the patients, staff, and clinic so much she decided they couldn’t make her leave and it has been her home ever since. She loves the close, family like atmosphere that Peninsula Physical Therapy provides to all it’s staff and patients.
Teresa loves to be active and was always involved in various sports, mostly swimming throughout her life. She enjoys weight lifting, yoga, hiking, kayaking, dancing, spending time with her family and friends, watching documentaries, and reading.
Jill graduated from Utah State University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development. Over the years she has worked as a child development specialist for various agencies, but most of her time was spent at home raising four children. Once her youngest child started school full time, she returned to school to pursue a second career in physical therapy.
Jill’s dad was a physical therapist and clinic owner. She always enjoyed the atmosphere in a PT clinic and had an interest in health and fitness. Physical therapy seemed like a natural career choice. She received an associate of applied science from Olympic College as a physical therapist assistant in 2018. Her only regret is that she didn’t start sooner!
Jill is originally from southern Idaho, but has called Kitsap County home since 2000. She currently lives in Bremerton with her husband, Mike and two of their four children (two are adults). In her free time, she enjoys hiking and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest as well as tackling home improvement projects. She is an avid runner and aspiring photographer.
Tammi Law COTA-L
Tammi attended the SOMA Institute at the base of Mt Rainier in Buckley, WA becoming a Certified SOMA Practitioner in 2001 specializing in Neuromuscular Integration Bodywork manual therapy.
Later, while working as an educator with special needs children in Tacoma, her interest in the field of Occupational Therapy blossomed. She graduated from Bates Technical College in Tacoma, WA as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2013.
Tammi worked in the Skilled Nursing setting for six years as an OTA providing appropriate therapeutic interventions and modalities to geriatric patients with various medical conditions facilitating increased range of motion, pain management, neuro re-education, and strength training. During this time she gained a better understanding of dementia and memory care and further developed her empathic therapeutic use of self.
Tammi now works in Hand Therapy as an Occupational Therapy Assistant treating various upper extremity pain and dysfunction conditions through heat modalities, myofascial release, strength training, dynamic movement lessons, postural re-education, ergonomics, and body mechanics.
For leisure, Tammi enjoys exploring the Great Northwest while camping with her family and while on long nature walks with her puppy.