Med-X

Med-X is recognized as the Gold Standard for treating and reducing chronic back pain and dysfunction.

Over the last 15 years, the Universities of Florida and San Diego, along with various orthopedic clinics around the world, have published some of the most compelling research to date. This research shows that specific spinal strengthening exercises using the Med-X Lumbar and Cervical Extension Machines help people get better, even after multiple failed attempts at other forms of treatment. With more than 75 published articles in peer-reviewed journals, the proof lies in both the research and the testimonials of thousands of people around the world.

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00pm

Benjamin Kuznia, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, OCS, Cert. Graston, Rehab Director

Ben grew up in the small town of Argyle in rural northwestern Minnesota. Ben was raised on a family farm by his father, a farmer, and his mother, a teacher, who instilled the importance of education and a great work ethic. He still has a strong thirst for knowledge in all subjects, especially towards solving back and neck problems, and uses his example of work ethic to motivate his patients to reach their highest potential.

Ben has known all his life that he wanted to be a physical therapist. When he was in 3rd grade he had a minor knee injury that caused him to be sidelined in his favorite sport, football. After being treated by an excellent local Physical Therapist, he was able to return to the sport he loved. Ben then knew that he wanted to become a Physical Therapist so that he too could return people to the activities they enjoy.
Ben attended the University of North Dakota (UND) where he received his bachelor’s degree in Pre-Physical Therapy with a Minor in Psychology. He then continued on to The UND’s School of Medicine and Health Science where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. Ben’s thirst for knowledge did not stop with his graduation. He has attended numerous continuing education courses and classes and is now certified in McKenzie Diagnosis and Therapy and is a Certified Orthopedic Specialist. Less than 2% of all therapists in the country have these certifications. Ben is excited to help his patients recover from their injuries and return to their daily lives without pain or limitations.

Ben started his RehabAuthority career in Boise, Idaho and spent 4 years as Rehab Director of the Eagle Road clinic. He was given a great opportunity to work for the summer closer to family in Grand Forks, North Dakota and has now returned to the Treasure Valley to work once again at the Eagle Road clinic. He enjoys all things competitive or outdoors including sports, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and CrossFit.

Tyler Zacher, PT, DPT

Tyler grew up in Beulah, a small town in west-central North Dakota. He graduated from Beulah High School in 2007 where he was a 3-sport athlete competing in football, basketball, and track & field. His inspiration for becoming a physical therapist came through the process of re-habbing personal injuries to get back to playing the games he loved. Physical Therapy also provided a unique blend of skills that Tyler enjoys – including teaching and problem solving – traits he undoubtedly picked up from his mom (a teacher) and his dad (an engineer).

Following high school, Tyler attended the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND where he studied and competed on the track & field team as a long jumper and triple jumper. Tyler received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2011 and went on to graduate as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2014 from the University of Mary. He learned of RehabAuthority during his 4th and final clinical rotation in PT school. While on this clinical he enjoyed the fun, energetic, and teamwork-centered atmosphere that he was surrounded by at RehabAuthority. It wasn’t long before he knew RehabAuthority would be a great fit for him. One week after graduation, he was hired and now works in the Eagle Road Clinic in Boise, ID.
Tyler loves spending time with family and friends, as well as outdoor activities like hiking, hunting, fishing, boating and snowboarding. He also has a competitive side and enjoys working out as well as playing anything from basketball to board games.

HOURS:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00pm;
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Michael Colby, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

Mike is a Physical Therapist who is passionate about getting patients better. He practiced his first 6 years as a Physical Therapist in Vancouver, Washington where he worked with a team of the top Orthopedic Doctors, Neurosurgeons and Physiatrists in the area. He has used the education he gained from this experience to help patients get their best results with physical therapy. Mike is constantly striving to learn new methods and techniques to best serve his patients. He believes in patient-centered physical therapy that involves educating patients regarding their condition, forming a treatment plan based on patient-driven goals, and working closely with patients throughout their treatment to obtain those goals.
Mike is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (The McKenzie Method), which focuses on specific exercises to eliminate pain and stiffness while restoring normal function. This method is highly researched and can help patients obtain full recovery through patient education and self-treatment. Mike also utilizes hands-on methods, therapeutic exercises, taping and a variety of other techniques to assist patients.

Outside of work, Mike’s greatest joy comes from spending time with his wife and three sons. He also enjoys serving in his church, running, track and field, swimming and playing the guitar.

Professional Profile

University: Doctorate of Physical Therapy – A.T. Still University, 2011
Certifications: Certified Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy
Undergraduate: BA, History – Brigham Young University, 2008

Hailey Long, PTA

Hailey is a native of Idaho and grew up in Idaho Falls. She enjoyed playing sports and was able to attend the state tournament for soccer all 4 years of high school. Hailey was voted to be the team captain of her soccer team both her junior and senior years of high school. While playing soccer and basketball, she dealt with a few minor injuries herself which first interested her in physical therapy and gave her the drive to want to be a Physical Therapist Assistant. She went to school at BYU-Idaho and received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology. During school, she participated in the sports medicine lab and was able to learn how to tape/wrap ankles, knees, quads, and wrist, as well as learn more about the rehabilitation process following sports related injuries. Hailey participated in many intramural sports and even helped to coach a soccer and basketball team. She also participated in volunteer work helping to plan the new student orientations at BYU-Idaho for 9 semesters. After graduating, she worked as a rehabilitation technician at RehabAuthority where she grew to love the atmosphere and people there. After working about a year, she was accepted to Idaho State University for the PTA program. During school at ISU, Hailey became the secretary of the PTA club and helped promote the #ChoosePT, informing the community of the importance of physical therapy over harmful substances such as opioids. After graduating PTA school, Hailey was very happy to receive a job back at RehabAuthority! She is excited to be working full time here at Overland to help patients get back to doing things they love pain free!

In her spare time, you can find Hailey going on adventures with her husband Brandon. They love exploring Idaho and enjoy hiking, camping, and boating. She also enjoys going to a good movie with a big barrel of popcorn, cooking, watching Food Network, reading, amateur crafts, and piano.

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

James Muir, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, Rehab Director

James grew up on the family farm in the quaint town of Inkster, North Dakota where he was a 3-sport athlete throughout his high school career; competing in football, baseball, and basketball. During life on the farm, his father taught him the disciplines of sowing and reaping that continue to serve him well today in all aspects of his life. James would eventually be inspired to pursue a career in medicine by his mother and sister who are both Physical Therapists, and who would show him the gratification of helping people recover from pain or injury. After graduation, James went on to play college baseball for the University of Mary, and, to begin his formal studies. He then attended the University of North Dakota (UND) where he received his bachelor’s degree in Pre-Physical Therapy, with a Minor in Psychology. James went on to enroll in the university’s School of Medicine & Health Science where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After completing two, nine-week clinical sessions in the fun, family-like atmosphere at RehabAuthority, James knew the company was a perfect fit to launch his PT career. He now practices out of the Homedale Clinic, and is highly motivated to help his Patients get back to enjoying their daily lives free from physical limitations.

When not in the clinic serving Patients, James enjoys hunting, skiing, dirt-biking, fishing, weight lifting, and, leisure time with family and friends.

 

Daniel O’Keef, PT, DPT, CSCS

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Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Daniel O’Keef, PT, DPT, CSCS

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Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Scott Olsen, PT, MPT

Scott has recently moved to Treasure Valley after being in southern Nevada the majority of his life. He graduated from Virgin Valley High school in Mesquite Nevada in 1991. Following high school, Scott served a 2 year mission in Argentina for his church. After graduating from Southern Utah University with his Bachelors in Arts and Language. In 2000, Scott completed school and graduated as Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) from Andrews University. Scott has worked in inpatient, home health and outpatient settings for 15 years in Mesquite, Nevada before moving up to Idaho. As a member of the RehabAuthority team now for one year, he is excited to have joined a group of highly skilled physical therapists who enjoy treating the cervical and lumbar spine.

His main focus, joy and purpose in life is dedicated to his wife and 7 children. When he is not running after the kids he has even entered official races locally.

 

Korey Yost, PTA

Korey grew up in Caldwell, Idaho.  He graduated from Caldwell High School in 2005 where he enjoyed playing multiple sports including football, basketball, baseball and running cross-country. He also took advantage of the outdoor activities Idaho has to offer such as hiking, camping, fishing, frisbee golfing, and swimming.
After high school, Korey attended Pacific University of Oregon. He played collegiate baseball as a catcher and outfielder.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Integrated Physiology.  Korey started at RehabAuthority shortly after graduation, working as a physical therapy technician. Gaining this knowledge and experience inspired him to further his studies in physical therapy.  He attended and graduated from Carrington College Boise with an associate degree in Physical Therapy Assisting. In addition, he scored a 100% on his National physical therapy exam! He started working at the Homedale clinic in July of 2016.
When not in the clinic serving patients, Korey is spending time with his wife Rhonda and taking care of his two boys, Kiyan and Kamdyn. In addition to spending time with his family, Korey is an avid runner and enjoys the challenge of running ½ marathons for fun.

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Nathan Hunsaker, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, CSMT, Cert. MDT, Cert FCE, Rehab Director

Nate was raised in western Wyoming. He has four children, two boys and two girls, with his wonderful wife Audra. Nate finished his undergraduate degree at Utah State University in 1995 and completed his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) at the University of the Pacific in 1997.
Nate has been with RehabAuthority since 2006 and is excited about his progression as a physical therapist during that time. Nate earned his certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in June of 2010 and is currently pursuing his certification in manual therapy through the International Spine and Pain Institute.

Nate’s previous work experience was on the acute rehabilitation unit at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls where he worked for 9 years. Nate has always been exceptionally interested in geriatric orthopaedics, geriatric therapeutic exercise, and stroke and spinal cord rehabilitation.
Nate is very excited to continue combining his advanced orthopedic skills with RehabAuthority’s scientifically proven method in the treatment of back and neck rehabilitation to help patients “feel good again.” When Nate is not in the clinic treating patients, he is likely to be hiking. He has currently “bagged” about twelve peaks in the surrounding area of 12,000 ft. or higher. He is also an avid cyclist and trail runner. When he has some quiet time, he likes to fiddle around on the violin and piano.

Jed Loertscher, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

Jed was raised in Salt Lake City, UT. Growing up, he always showed strong interest in the medical profession. In junior high and high school, he volunteered at a number of hospitals in Salt Lake where he gained invaluable experience that later resulted in a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant. After time working in the nursing field, he went on to work as a Physical Therapy Tech where he discovered an even deeper passion for physical therapy. Jed attended Brigham Young University-Idaho for his undergraduate degree in Biology, and then completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Missouri State University. He’s currently an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and loves helping his Patients return to pain-free living, and their normal routines and hobbies. When Jed is not in the clinic treating patients, he’s spending time with his family, and enjoys photography, boating, waterskiing, golfing, bowling, four-wheeling, and watching movies.

Kari Lasco-Sanders, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, CSMT

Kari was raised in Idaho Falls, ID. She attended Washington State University for her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) at the University of Utah. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Idaho Physical Therapy Association.
Kari’s work experience includes acute care therapy at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls and orthopedic outpatient therapy. She has enjoyed joining the Back and Neck Specialists team and is excited for its future endeavors.

When Kari is not in the clinic treating patients, she is spending time at her cabin with her husband Jeff or enjoying outdoor recreational activities such as skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.

Ryan Larson, PT, DPT

Ryan was raised in the small town of Burley, ID. Having grown up in a family construction company, his father instilled in him the importance of a hard work ethic. This work ethic was applied not only to school but also sports. He had the privilege of being part of a state basketball champion team but unfortunately, he became sidelined due to a knee injury. From that injury he was introduced to physical therapy and got his first experience as to how beneficial conservative treatment can be. Since then he has furthered his passion for physical health and fitness by staying active in recreational weight lifting and competed in several bodybuilding competitions throughout the northwest. Since then he attended the College of Southern Idaho and Idaho State University where he obtained his undergraduate degree in Physical Education and completed his Doctorate of Physical (DPT) at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota in 2018. While attending the University of Jamestown he had the great opportunity to be a student physical therapist at two Rehab Authority clinics before he graduated. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is excited to further is knowledge from the neck and back experts here at Rehab Authority. When Ryan isn’t in the clinic cracking jokes and treating patients you can find him spending time at the local gym or exploring the amazing outdoors that Idaho has to offer.

Kevin Blair, PTA

Kevin was raised in Yakima, WA. He attended Brigham Young University-Idaho where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and his associates in Physical Therapy Assisting. Kevin has always enjoyed exercising and it was while working on his Exercise Physiology degree he discovered his interest in understanding the mechanics of the body and Physical Therapy. He is excited to be at Rehab Authority and further that understanding. In his free time Kevin enjoys going on hikes with his wife, playing disc golf, taking his dog on runs, and creating his own board games.

 

Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Jamie Weishaar, PT, MPT, COO, Rehab Director

Jamie, born and raised in South Dakota, migrated to Kansas City to complete his Masters in Physical Therapy, graduating in 2002. After therapy school, professional interest and opportunity led him to the west coast of California where he started his Physical Therapy career and developed his knowledge in outpatient Physical Therapy. He and his family resided in the Treasure Valley since 2011.As a clinician at Modern Rehab, Jamie prides himself on delivering evidence based manual techniques with functional based individualized exercise programs. He has a broad therapy experience and expertise that spans from infants to the geriatric patient population. Attending yearly continuing education courses is vital in the process of evolving as a physical therapist. Jamie’s goal is to not only provide top-quality therapy service designed to help his patients achieve the highest level of activity and function, but to ultimately empower his patient’s through comprehensive education to prevent re-injury. In addition to providing top quality therapy Jamie enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He loves sports, especially basketball, football and fishing. Virtually any free time he has is devoted to remaining active in the community, his family and any outdoor activity. Currently he is in training for the ultimate race… the race of life!

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Paul Vinci, PT, DPT, Rehab Director

A graduate of Idaho State University’s 1995 Masters of Physical Therapy program, Paul has spent the last 18 years sharpening his skills as a therapist. Having practiced in hospitals (Pocatello, ID; Elko, NV; Bullhead City, AZ), a Worker’s Compensation specialty clinic (Tempe, AZ), and other sports medicine facilities have allowed for a broad exposure to the practice of physical therapy. His early passion for sports brought him from Southern California to Caldwell and the College of Idaho.

As an exercised based rehabilitation specialist, Paul employs manual techniques such as myofascial release and soft tissue and joint mobilizations to help restore normal rhythm and balance to affected joints and promote improved mobility. The evidence based approach at Modern Rehab allows Paul and others to move forward with confidence that the treatment administered is the standard of practice, not only here in Idaho, but across the country.

Paul still participates in soccer and volleyball recreationally. His wife and two children bring a joy to his life that he shares with those he treats.

Andrew Boynton, PT, DPT

Andrew Boynton was born and raised in Orem, Utah spending his youth cultivating a love of the outdoors while frequenting the Mighty 5 National Parks of Utah. As a teenager he developed a love of soccer, running, and international travel, while playing soccer and running cross-country throughout Europe.  Pursuing a degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University, Andrew continued his love of soccer while playing at the collegiate club level. His passion for exercise as medicine led him to finding his dream career in physical therapy and attended Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2017.  Andrew focuses on principles of specific therapeutic exercise coupled with manual therapy to achieve optimum outcomes in patients with all sources of pain from the neck and back, to the extremities. He believes in providing an excellent, individualized experience for each person he treats, and that a smile throughout therapy goes a long way.

Andrew enjoys doing many outdoors activities while bringing as many people with him who want to share the fun.  He especially enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, and running.

To contact Andrew by eMail: andrewboynton@rehabauthority.com

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Eldon Johnson, PT, MPT, CSCS, Cert. MDT, CSMT, Regional Director

In his professional career, Eldon has acquired a significant amount of expertise and experience, through working at several different facilities throughout North Dakota, as well as Idaho. Being a prime example of how life oftentimes comes full-circle, he was an owner with RehabAuthority with Galen and Kevin in 2001 and 2002, and came “back to the fold” in 2011!

Eldon has always had a special interest in spinal rehabilitation, with advanced training and experience in treating acute and chronic neck and back pathologies. He is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the spine (Cert. MDT), through the McKenzie Institute, and is also a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist (CSMT), through the International Spine & Pain Institute. He has extensive experience with MedX Lumbar and Cervical evaluation and treatment technologies, which he feels is a perfect complement to the McKenzie method and his manual therapy skills. In addition to treating spines, Eldon also sees patients for general orthopedics (surgical and non-surgical), sports rehabilitation, industrial medicine, and works with individuals from all ages and stages of life. He is 100% committed to and truly loves helping people “feel better again!”

Eldon is also credentialed as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor, through the American Physical Therapy Association. He is certified in pre-employment testing and functional capacity evaluation, through the WorkSTEPS system, as well.

In what Eldon likes to call his “other life,” he has been a professional musician and singer-songwriter for many years, though he has scaled this back significantly since opening the first Midwest RehabAuthority clinic in 2011. He was a national finalist in the 2007/2008 Colgate Country Showdown, and placed 2nd out of 50,000 contestants across the nation, performing at the world-famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. He also works as the Contemporary Music Coordinator at his church. Eldon enjoys exercising and watching/playing sports of all kinds, with a special love for football. He is married to his beautiful soul mate, Amy, with whom he has two children, Isaac and Clara Jean, as well as one step-son, Jacob.

Christopher Kraemer, PT, MPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, CSMT, Rehab Director

Chris Kraemer is a biomechanically-minded physical therapist, specializing in spinal care, lower extremity biomechanics, orthotics, and manual therapy of the spine and extremities.

A North Dakota native, Chris attended the University of North Dakota, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy as well as a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1998, receiving Summa Cum Laude honors.  He has been practicing as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist in since that time.  Chris is a master clinician in his field, and was certified as a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS), in 2013.  He also has been certified through the McKenzie Institute in mechanical diagnosis and therapy (Cert. MDT), and is a certified spinal manual therapist (CSMT), through International Spine & Pain Institute.  He has extensive experience with MedX Lumbar and Cervical evaluation and treatment technologies, as well as practicing an evidence-based approach with therapeutic exercise prescription in order to maximize successful patient outcomes.  He has been instrumental in the treatment of general orthopedics, sports medicine, and industrial rehabilitation for individuals of all ages throughout the Fargo/Moorhead region for over 20 years.

Chris is a strong advocate for the physical therapy profession, and has served as the federal affairs liaison and legislative chair for the state of ND for the past 7 years.  Chris is happily married to his beautiful wife, Jennifer.  Together they are the proud parents of three wonderful children.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  Chris is an outdoor enthusiast with specific interests in hunting, fishing, camping, football and vocal music.

Amber Richards, Physical Therapy Assistant

Amber Richards is a Physical Therapist Assistant at RehabAuthority Physical Therapy. She grew up in Moorhead, MN where she developed a strong passion assisting and comforting individuals through various changes in their lives. After high school, Amber attended Massage Therapy school at The Salon Professional Academy in 2010.  Since then she has opened her own independent massage therapy practice and currently has seven years of massage experience.  Physical therapy opened a whole new world of curiosity to continue her education and to better help herself and her patients.

Amber attended Northland Community and Technical College earning a seat in their Physical Therapy Assistant program. She received her Associates of Applied Science degree in 2018 graduating with honors. She was also presented with PTA student of the year and was her class representative that was nominated by the American Physical Therapy Association to be the Head Usher at the House of Delegates in 2017, Boston MA.

Amber is starting a family in October 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing, physical fitness, lake life, fishing, and loves the opportunity for a new adventure. She is excited to begin her career as a Physical Therapist Assistant at RehabAuthority. She truly enjoys working with orthopedic injuries and is excited to grow as a clinician with help from her colleagues.

Amber is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kayla Leer, PT, DPT, Rehab Director

Kayla was born and raised in Mandan, ND. She graduated from Mandan High School in 2007 where she played soccer and participated in diving. She then continued her education at the University of Mary where she was part of the women’s soccer team, and where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 2011. Kayla went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016 from the University of Mary.

Kayla then had her first clinic rotation experience with RehabAuthority in Boise, Idaho where she immediately fell in love with the atmosphere. During her rotations, she fell in love with the patient-centered therapy, McKenzie method of treatment, and overall fun atmosphere that RehabAuthority is known for.

Kayla is very passionate about helping people return to their favorite activities; and she herself enjoys spending time with family & friends, as well as outdoor activities of a wide variety. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching soccer and CrossFit, and continues to stay active.

Britt Engel, PT, DPT

Britt grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa and moved to Bismarck when she was 16. She got her undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University and worked in Fargo for a few years as a business planner for the fashion retailer Vanity. Her interest in PT grew as she trained for half marathons and noticed aches and pains and injuries in other runners. Her desire to help athletes perform to their best ability drove her to research careers and decide to become a physical therapist to do just that. She graduated from University of Mary with a doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014. She enjoys treating patients of all ages to help reduce their pain, increase their strength, and address any difficulties they have with recreation or daily activities. She has continued her education and attended courses focusing on specific interventions for neck, back and extremity pain. She is certified in Integrative Dry Needling.  She enjoys spending as much time as possible outside especially in the summer where she regularly enjoys hiking, biking, paddle boarding, and wakeboarding.

 

Ryan Buchholz, PT, DPT

Ryan Buchholz is a full-time physical therapist who started at RehabAuthority in June. He is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and received his degree from his hometown at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND in April of 2016. He decided to pursue PT when he was injured his senior year of track and was brought through rehabilitation by his soccer coach.

Ryan enjoys the interpersonal aspect of therapy and shows a genuine compassion for those he is treating. He believes therapy is not only treating the physical body but treating in a holistic manner (body, mind, spirit). When Ryan is not at the clinic he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog. His faith is his rock and the reason behind everything he does. He has a large passion for all sports and outdoor activities from hunting to a weekend at the lake. He is excited to be back in his hometown and give back to the community he cares so passionately about!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kirk Hayes, PT, MPT, ATC, CMP, Cert. MDT, Rehab Director

Kirk grew up on the Mississippi outside Brainerd, MN. He attended North Dakota State University where he earned his B.S. in Athletic Training. During his undergraduate work, Kirk had a growing passion to treat not only athletes, but the whole population. He went on to enroll in the University of Mary’s graduate program where he earned a Masters of Physical Therapy. In London, Ontario, Kirk gained a spine certification in the McKenzie Method (Cert. MDT). His latest certification, a manual therapy certification, is in Mulligan Concept (MDT). Kirk has traveled throughout the country teaching Manual Therapy continuing education courses. In addition to serving the community, Kirk enjoys family time with his southern belle, Savannah, and 3 children. Outside of work, Kirk enjoys canoeing, fishing, pickleball and board games.

Wesley Anderson, PT, DPT

Wes grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota where he attended Moorhead Senior High School in the graduating class of 2010. After he attended and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with his Bachelors of Arts in Biology in 2014, he attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in 2017.

As a three-sport athlete in high school, playing soccer, basketball, and track, then later joining the club lacrosse team during his undergraduate work, Wes was always interested in the human body and how it performs. Physical therapy became a big interest to him as he rehabilitated various injuries as an athlete. He started working as a physical therapy technician where he had the opportunity to absorb and learn as much as he could from the physical therapists he worked with.

Wes began working at RehabAuthority in 2017 where he treats a variety of orthopedic conditions and has a special interest in spinal rehabilitation. He is currently in the process of obtaining his Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy certification to further expand his knowledge and expertise of orthopedic conditions.

Wes enjoys golfing, fishing, snowboarding, and spending quality time with his friends and family. He takes great pride in getting to know each one of his patients to build lasting relationships and is extremely excited as a newly graduated therapist to provide high quality care to all that he treats.

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kristopher Peterson, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, Rehab Director

Kris was born and raised in Moorhead, Minnesota, in the heart of the Red River Valley. He attended school in Moorhead throughout his childhood and graduated from Moorhead High School in 2004. Kris participated in football, baseball, as well as track and field at Moorhead and is a proud “Spud” at heart. He did not venture too far for his undergraduate education when enrolling at Concordia College in Moorhead. He majored in biology and minored in psychology. Kris played football as an offensive lineman for the Cobbers throughout his college career. While at Concordia, Kris met his future wife, Shantelle. He graduated cum laude in 2008 from Concordia College. While in college, he began working at a local hospital and fell in love with patient care. He decided to pursue a career in physical therapy, allowing him to combine his love for the sciences with helping people in reaching their full potentials. In 2010, Kris attended the University of North Dakota, and obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May of 2013. During his time at UND, he had an internship at RehabAuthority in South Fargo. Kris thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and excellent patient care that RehabAuthority emphasized. Outside the clinic, you’ll find Kris spending time with his wife and son, Warren. He also enjoys golfing, and supporting his favorite sports teams.

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Brian Thornock, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, CMP, ATC

Brian was born and raised in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. After earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and athletic training from Southern Utah University, he completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2014. Immediately after graduation, Brian joined the staff at RehabAuthority in Nampa and has been the Rehab Director since 2016.

Brian is dedicated to keeping his knowledge and skills to the highest standard. Since completing his doctorate program, he has regularly attended courses across the country to expand his understanding of examination and therapeutic intervention. Brian has earned certifications in the Mulligan Concept of manual therapy (CMP) and in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (Cert. MDT). He is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) who continues to regularly work with college and high school athletes. He also stays regularly involved in the Nampa Chamber of Commerce as he serves as a Chamber Ambassador to improve business in the Nampa area.

Brian is an avid believer in physical therapy and the value that it can have in improving the health and well-being of our society. Helping others reach their personal goals with regards to their daily function is his primary goal each and every day. Playing sports such as softball, basketball, and racquetball are his favorite past times, as well as rooting on the Utah Jazz. He is blessed every day by the support of his wonderful wife Nicole and their three beautiful children.

 

Peter Rowley, PT, DPT

Pete was born and raised in Rexburg, ID. After earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Brigham Young University Idaho, he completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Pacific University in Hillsboro, OR in 2018. Immediately after graduation, Pete joined the staff at RehabAuthority in Nampa having already completed a nine-week clinical internship with them.

Pete is a firm believer in physical therapy having been a patient several times himself, and enjoys working with patients with a wide variety of diagnoses to help them achieve their functional goals and improve their quality of movement. He is also dedicated to continuing his education and is currently working toward his McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy Certification (Cert. MDT).

In his spare time Pete enjoys spending time with his wife Rachel and two year old son Asher, playing soccer in the local recreational leagues, rooting for his favorite sports teams, and outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, and camping.

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Clayton Shaw PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, Cert. MDT

Clayton was raised in a small town in western Colorado. He has four children, three boys and one girl, with his wonderful wife Amber. Clayton finished his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in 2008 and completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at the University of Colorado in 2012. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and serves at the Education Chair of the Idaho Physical Therapy Association. Clayton has been with RehabAuthority since 2016.

Clayton’s thirst for knowledge did not stop with his graduation. He has attended numerous continuing education courses. Clayton has obtained multiple certifications including Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), and certified in dry needling (cert. DN).

Clayton is very passionate about helping people return to their favorite activities; and he himself enjoys spending time with family & friends, as well as outdoor activities of a wide variety. In his spare time he enjoys running, hiking, hunting, and fishing.

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kim Rosendahl, PT, MPT, ATC, Cert. MDT, Rehab Director

Kim Rosendahl grew up in a small town in western Minnesota. After high school, he went on to study Fitness and Sports Science at Moorhead State University where he earned accredited certifications as an Athletic Trainer. While working with athletes to rebound from injuries, Kim developed a passion for treating a diverse population of Patients. That passion led him to build upon his Athletic Training background by becoming a Licensed Physical Therapist. In 2000, Kim obtained a Master of Physical Therapy degree at the College of St. Catherine in Minneapolis, MN. After working in the Twin Cities for 2 years, Kim and his wife, Sara, chose to relocate to Thief River Falls, MN to be closer to family. Ten years later as a practicing PT, Kim seized an opportunity to join the RehabAuthority Team to further his mission of providing the best physical therapy possible for people across Northwest Minnesota. Kim and Sara have 3 children; Hailey, Jack, and Caleb.

Alicia Backer, PTA

Alicia grew up in a small town of northwestern Minnesota where she spent most of her time playing volleyball and basketball. She also spent her summers camping, fishing, and attending sport camps. Alicia’s competitive nature and passion for excellence provided her with many awards and recognition during high school, and, while competing at Thief River Fall’s junior college.

Alicia developed a passion for physical therapy after bilateral ACL reconstructions that led to a substantial amount of time spent in rehab. She went on to graduate from Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks in 2010 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She spent 3 years away from northwestern Minnesota working as a PTA and returned in the summer of 2012. Alicia began working as a partnership with Kim in January of 2013, and has embraced the opportunity to become part of the RehabAuthority Family. Alicia looks forward to continuing to grow as a therapist with plans to develop the “Acceleration Program” for youth athletes.

Alicia and her husband, Les, have 5 children, Jonathon, Isabella, Tyson, Josie, and Camdyn. The Family enjoys country living; meanwhile, Alicia continues to participate in league sports and running events. She also loves spending time with friends and family, and takes in as much of the great Minnesota outdoors as she can in above freezing temperatures!

Julia Nelson, PT, DPT

Julia Nelson received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota in 2016, after studying athletic training and psychology at UND as an undergraduate.  Julia’s particular areas of interest include orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy, pediatrics, vestibular rehabilitation, and neurological based injuries.  As an athlete herself, Julia understands and is committed to helping patients with sport’s injuries. Growing up in Warroad, MN, Julia also has strong family ties to the Thief River Falls area. Her grandparent’s farm near Viking has always been one of Julia’s favorite places.  Julia and her husband Wyatt are avid deer hunters and forever Minnesota Vikings fans.  Wyatt and Julia are expecting their first child in Nov. 2018.

Faith Gramer, Physical Therapy Assistant

Faith grew up in the country on a small lake in northwest Minnesota where she spent her summers swimming, fishing, and participating in basketball league. During the school year, she spent a lot of time playing sports, such as basketball and pole vaulting in track and field. She won multiple awards such as MVP in both sports. She competed in the Minnesota State track meet in both her junior and senior years, placing 7th her senior year. She was also very involved with band and choir throughout high school, winning an award in choir her senior year, as well.

Faith has always had a passion for helping people, so pursuing a career in physical therapy seemed like the perfect fit. Members of her immediate family have received a hip replacement and back surgery and attended physical therapy afterwards. She had developed a strong interest in the RehabAuthority Clinic specifically while was a student along with her brother receiving physical therapy for back pain from a local RehabAuthority Clinic. After seeing the success and progress her brother had made from therapy, she started to develop a passion for RehabAuthority’s core values and their emphasis on excellent patient care.

Faith attended Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and graduating in May of 2018. Faith’s last clinical rotation as a student was at RehabAuthority in Thief River Falls and was offered a position shortly after graduation. Faith’s competitive nature has matched well with RehabAuthority core value “pleased but never satisfied”.   She has learned a lot in the world of physical therapy with the help of colleagues and mentors, and is eager to grow as a clinician and never stop learning at RehabAuthority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tyler Burcham, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, CSS, CSMT, Rehab Director

Tyler was born in Washington D.C. to military parents. He moved back and forth from Hawaii to California multiple times before his family settled in North Dakota. Tyler graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in Physical Therapy and a minor in Psychology. Tyler has spent time studying abroad which included 6 months in Australia where he completed an internship with the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Rugby team and a local physical therapy clinic. Tyler went on to obtain his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota.

Tyler is excited for the opportunity to help patients who suffer from the wide variety of injuries associated with the musculoskeletal system get back to their daily lives without pain and limitations.

Tyler has an interest is all sports and enjoys playing golf and tennis in the summer and snowboarding during the winter months. Tyler and his wife Rachel also enjoy traveling and spending time with their dog.

Aaron Sorvig, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

Aaron Sorvig was born and raised in Thief River Falls, MN. The oldest of 4 boys, Aaron was a three-sport athlete in high school playing both football and basketball, and running track. After high school, Aaron attended the University of North Dakota where he obtained his B.S. in Physical Therapy along with a Psychology minor, and later his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. After college, Aaron moved to St. Cloud, MN where he practiced for 10 years in a private practice outpatient physical therapy clinic treating a variety of patients with general orthopedic conditions. Aaron also specialized in casting/fabrication of orthotics as well as treatment of patients with vestibular/balance impairments. Aaron’s interest in sports/fitness has continued throughout the years, and has competed in 2 triathlons, 1 duathlon, and 2 half marathons. Hunting, fishing and the outdoors also continue to be a big part of his life.

Aaron married his wife Kristin, a West Fargo native, in 2013 and 2 years later were presented with an opportunity to move to Fargo to be closer to family and friends. Aaron is excited to be a part of the Fargo/Moorhead community and Rehab authority team, where he strives to provide the best physical therapy possible to the people of the Red River Valley.

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Greg Bailey, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, Cert. FCE, CSMT, Rehab Director

Greg was raised in Price, UT. He completed his undergraduate degree in human biology at BYU-Provo in 1997 and his doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT) from Creighton University in Omaha, NE in 2000. Greg and his wife, Viki, are the proud parents of 7 children and finds that with what free time they have is spent exploring Eastern Idaho together as a family.

Greg’s work experience includes outpatient orthopedics where he has achieved credentialing as a Cervical and Lumbar MedX evaluator, and Isernhagen certified functional capacity evaluator; in wound care where he certified as a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) with the American Academy of Wound Management; and in geriatric rehabilition providing care in the Skilled Nursing Facility and Home Health Care settings.

Greg appreciates the emphasis on continual learning in the profession of physical therapy promoted by Rehab Authority and looks forward to using his education to benefit the lives of those he will serve in this capacity.