Eau Claire


Physical Therapists

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Darrin Schober

Darrin Schober

MS, PT Physical Therapist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

January, 2001

Specialty / Areas of Interest:

Spinal Care | Manual Therapy| General Orthopedics | Dry Needling | Pilates

Education:

Bachelor of Science
Grand Valley State, Lansing, MI

Master of Health Science in Physical Therapy
Lansing, MI

Certifications:

Extensive Osteopathic Manual Training
Certified Pilates Teacher/Trainer
Licensed Massage Therapist

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Andrew Strope

Andrew Strope

PT, DPT, OCS Doctor of Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

March, 2006

Specialty/ Interest:

Orthopedics | Spine Rehab | Vestibular & Balance Problems | Manual Medicine | Sports Medicine

Education:

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Regis University, Denver, CO

Master of Physical Therapy
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Bachelor of Science
University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI

Certifications:

Certified Clinical Instructor (CCI)
Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)

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Kristin Echternach

Kristin Echternach

PT, MSPT Physical Therapist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

November, 2013

Specialty /Interest:

Manual Therapy | Pediatrics | Oncology| | Pilates | Running | Women’s Health | Torticollis | Tai Chi Fundamentals®

Education:

Physical Therapist
Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA

Certifications:

Autism

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Kate Todd

Kate Todd

PT, DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy

Started at Optimum Therapies:

June, 2016

Specialty/Interest:

Orthopedics

Education:

Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Certifications:

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Kevan LaPorte

Kevan LaPorte

PT, DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy

Started at Optimum Therapies:

December 2017

Specialty/Interest:

Outpatient Orthopedics | Sports Rehabilitation | Injury Prevention | Pilates | Manual Therapy

Education:

Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Certifications:
ATC, Graston M1 technique, TRX level 1 instructor

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Jennifer Kirby

Jennifer Kirby

PT, DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy

Started at Optimum Therapies:

September, 2019

Specialty /Interest:

Manual Therapy | General Orthopedics

Education:

Doctorate of Physical Therapy
A.T. Still University, Mesa AZ

Bachelor of Athletic Training 
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ

Certifications:

Certified Clinical instructor (CCI)

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Sally Mastin

Sally Mastin

PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant

Started at Optimum Therapies:

May, 2011

Specialty / Interest:

Orthopedic Dx and Spinal Conditions | Aquatic Therapy | Running Issues

Education:

BS Degree Psychology
University LaCrosse | LaCrosse, WI

Associates of Applied Science | Physical Therapist Assistant
NWTC | Green Bay, WI

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Kim Bergh

Kim Bergh

PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant

Started at Optimum Therapies:

March, 2006

Specialty/Interest:

Aquatic Therapy | Pilates | Spine

Education:

Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant
CVTC, Eau Claire, WI

Massage Therapy
Richmond Academy, Richmond, VA

Personal Trainers

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Alisha Lange

Alisha Lange

CPT, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Started at Optimum Therapies:

August, 2018

Specialty / Interest:

Strength Training | Body Building | Conditioning | Agility | Boxing | Power Lifting 

Education:

Massage Therapy Degree at PHD in Eau Claire 2005, SCW certified personal trainer 2008, Emergency Medical Technician  Degree at CVTC 2014, Fire Fighting at CVTC 2014, Paramedic Degree at CVTC 2017, NASM certified personal trainer 2018.

Certifications:

NASM - Certified Personal Trainer
Multiple CEC certifications in various areas of health and fitness. 

Awards:

Pro Natural Body Builder 2013

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Julie Schober

Julie Schober

NSCA - Certified Personal Trainer

Started at Optimum Therapies:

May, 2008

Specialty / Interest:

Pilates Training | TRX

Education:

Bachelor of Science
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI

Certifications:

TRX Level I & Level II
Certified Pilates Trainer
National Strength & Conditioning Association - Certified Personal Trainer

Athletic Trainers

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Brett Jensen

Brett Jensen

Industrial Specialist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

February, 2019

Specialty / Interest:

Industrial Medicine | Ergonomics | Sports Medicine

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 
Master of Education in Professional Development

UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

Certifications:

Licensed Athletic Trainer
Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Certified Medical Management Safety Specialist

Massage Therapists

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Chris Buske

Chris Buske

LMT Licensed Massage Therapist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

November, 2013

Specialty/ Interest:

Deep Tissue | Trigger Point | Neuromuscular | Myofascial Release | Hot Stone & Essential Oils

Education:

TSPA: Massage Therapy – Eau Claire, WI

Certifications:

Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards – FSMTB | Certification for AED & CPR

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Tammy Goldsmith

Tammy Goldsmith

LMT, NCTMB Licensed Massage Therapist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

July, 2009

Specialty/ Interest:

Acupressure | Reflexology | Oncology Massage

Education:

Certified Medical Assistant
Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI

Licensed Massage Therapist
PHD Academy

Certifications:

Whole-Person Care: Supporting People Affected by Cancer through Massage & Bodywork | Efrat Livny

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Emily Novak

Emily Novak

LMT Licensed Massage Therapist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

July, 2014

Specialty/Interest:

Deep Tissue | Myofascial Release | Craniosacral/Energy Work | Hot Stone & Essential Oils

Education:

Licensed Massage Therapist
Globe University, Eau Claire, WI 2013-2014

Certified Nursing Assistant
Chippewa Valley Technical College 2012

Studio Instructors

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Alisha Lange

Alisha Lange

CPT, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Started at Optimum Therapies:

August, 2018

Specialty / Interest:

Strength Training | Body Building | Conditioning | Agility | Boxing | Power Lifting 

Education:

Massage Therapy Degree at PHD in Eau Claire 2005, SCW certified personal trainer 2008, Emergency Medical Technician  Degree at CVTC 2014, Fire Fighting at CVTC 2014, Paramedic Degree at CVTC 2017, NASM certified personal trainer 2018.

Certifications:

NASM - Certified Personal Trainer
Multiple CEC certifications in various areas of health and fitness. 

Awards:

Pro Natural Body Builder 2013

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Julie Schober

Julie Schober

NSCA - Certified Personal Trainer

Administrative Staff

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Liz Bergeron

Liz Bergeron

Billing/AR Specialist

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Dawn Bohlinger

Dawn Bohlinger

Human Resources Director

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Sue Drake

Sue Drake

Medical Billing Specialist/Insurance

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Jodi Dresen

Jodi Dresen

Revenue Cycle Management Director

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Jenny Glassbrenner

Jenny Glassbrenner

Administrative Assistant

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Deb Heath

Deb Heath

Transcriptionist

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Tasha House

Tasha House


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Lori Nerem

Lori Nerem

Marketing Director

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Savannah Spear

Savannah Spear

Patient Care Coordinator

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Amanda Starks

Amanda Starks

Patient Care Coordinator

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Michelle Stowe

Michelle Stowe

Operations Director

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Mary Traynor

Mary Traynor

Administrative Assistant

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Elizabeth Wille

Elizabeth Wille

Patient Care Coordinator

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Karen Zeman

Karen Zeman

Transcriptionist

Menomonie


Physical Therapists

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Kim Schmugge

Kim Schmugge

PT, DPT, OCS Doctor of Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

September, 2012

Specialty/Areas of Interest:

Orthopedics | Shoulder Problems | Sports Medicine

Education:

Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science
Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Bachelor of Science, Biology
Iowa State University, Ames IA

Certifications:

ABPTS - Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
APTA Certified Clinical Instructor

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Michael Brunner

Michael Brunner

PT, DPT, OCS Doctor of Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

June, 2015

Specialty/Interest:


Education:

Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Certifications:

Personal Trainers

Athletic Trainers

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Brett Jensen

Brett Jensen

Industrial Specialist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

February, 2019

Specialty / Interest:

Industrial Medicine | Ergonomics | Sports Medicine

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 
Master of Education in Professional Development

UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

Certifications:

Licensed Athletic Trainer
Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Certified Medical Management Safety Specialist

Massage Therapists

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Micheal Dinnee

Micheal Dinnee

LMT Licensed Massage Therapist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

September, 2018

Specialty/ Interest:

Pain Relief I Deep Tissue | Medical Massage | People with Alzheimer's | Myofascial Release | Children with Autism I Pregnancy Massage I Elderly Massage I Sports Massage I Restful and Rejuvenating Massage

Education:

The Baltimore School of Massage (changed name to The Cortiva Institute) Baltimore, MD

Certifications:

Certification for AED & CPR

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Kayla Johnson

Kayla Johnson

LMT Licensed Massage Therapist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

Returned to Optimum Therapies March, 2016

Specialty/Areas of Interest:

Cupping Therapy

Education:

Licensed Massage Therapist

Studio Instructors

Administrative Staff

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Cheryl Kufner

Cheryl Kufner

Patient Care Coordinator

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Dena Novotny

Dena Novotny

Patient Care Coordinator

Rice Lake


Physical Therapists

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Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Physical Therapist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

December, 2017

Specialty/Areas of Interest:

Sports Rehabilitation | Orthopedics | Industrial Medicine and Rehabilitation | Vestibular Rehabilitation

Education:

Bachelors of Physical Therapy
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Bachelors of Science in Natural Science/Biology
Minor in Athletic Training
St. John's University, Collegeville, MN

Certifications:

Certified Industrial Rehab Specialists
Certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation

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Andrea Elwood

Andrea Elwood

PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant

Started at Optimum Therapies:

December, 2018

Specialty /Interest:

Running and sports related injuries | Injury Prevention and Employment Testing | Aquatic Physical Therapy | Parkinson Disease

Education:

Associates Of Science Degree - Physical Therapist Assistant
Chippewa Valley Technical College

Certifications:

LSVT BIG certified clinician

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Brittany Myren

Brittany Myren

PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant

Started at Optimum Therapies:

July, 2019

Specialty / Interest:

Orthopedic | Postpartum Care | Manual Therapy | Sports Rehabilitation | Injury Prevention | Nutrition

Education:

Associate of Applied Science | Physical Therapist Assistant
CVTC | Eau Claire, WI

Certifications:

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
AFPA Nutrition & Wellness Consultant

 

Personal Trainers

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Peggy Kohler

Peggy Kohler

Personal Trainer

Athletic Trainers

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Jake Danielson

Jake Danielson

Industrial Specialist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

December, 2018

Specialty / Interest:

Athletic Performance | Industrial Performance | Concussion Management

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Exercise Science
Minnesota State University of Moorhead

Massage Therapists

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Michael Dennee

Michael Dennee

LMT Licensed Massage Therapist

Started at Optimum Therapies:

September, 2018

Specialty/ Interest:

Pain Relief I Deep Tissue | Medical Massage | People with Alzheimer's | Myofascial Release | Children with Autism I Pregnancy Massage I Elderly Massage I Sports Massage I Restful and Rejuvenating Massage

Education:

The Baltimore School of Massage (changed name to The Cortiva Institute) Baltimore, MD

Certifications:

Certification for AED & CPR

Studio Instructors

Administrative Staff

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Stacie Fostveldt

Stacie Fostveldt

Clinic Coordinator

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Peggy Kohler

Peggy Kohler

Physical Therapy Technician