Every Day is Game Day.
Makovicka Physical Therapy.

After retiring from the NFL, Joel Makovicka, three-time national championship winner and All American for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, returned to his Nebraska roots and began his education in the field of physical therapy. Following in his father’s footsteps, Joel decided he wanted to open a physical therapy practice of his own, once he completed his training. During his time at Creighton University, Joel met Natalie Harms. Joel and Natalie created a partnership and together, they formed Makovicka/Harms Group. Their first outpatient physical therapy clinic opened in July 2009 in the Keystone area of Omaha. From there, the company’s success was born, and currently, Makovicka Physical Therapy has eight outpatient physical therapy clinics and nearly 100 employees.

Leadership

Josh Richling PT, DPT, OCS

Chief Operations Officer

Josh was born and raised in Beatrice, Nebraska. He moved to Lincoln to obtain his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He then moved to Omaha to attend Creighton University where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Since then Josh has continued to refine his skills and worked with patients of all ages, with many different diagnoses and functional levels and has been board certified as an orthopedic specialist (OCS). Josh received the Young Alumni Award from the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University where he holds an Assistant Clinical Professor faculty appointment. Josh is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association and the Alumni Advisory Board of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University.

Joel Makovicka PT, DPT

President

Joel was born and raised in Brainard, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he not only obtained his Bachelor’s degree, but was also a member of the award winning, three-time, National Championship football teams for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Upon graduation, Joel moved to Arizona to play in the National Football League (NFL) for the Arizona Cardinals. Following his retirement from the NFL, he coached football at the University of Virginia. There, he learned his true calling was in the field of physical therapy. He graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Creighton University and currently focuses his practice on developing physical therapy clinics in Nebraska. Joel is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Natalie Harms PT, MPT, DPT, GCS

Vice President

Natalie was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but was raised in southern Colorado. She returned to her roots in Nebraska to obtain a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she was a Student Regent on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Natalie has continued to develop her clinical and practice skills in patient care, staff and health care management and administration, and has been an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) since 1999. She is also an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Natalie furthered her education by receiving a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Creighton University. She has received numerous professional recognitions and awards for her work in physical therapy and management. Natalie is a member of, and has served in leadership positions for, APTA, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association, and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. She currently serves on the Nebraska State Board of Physical Therapy and as Treasurer on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Board of Directors.

Lisa Barton

Finance Director

Lisa was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from Millard West High School she attended College of Saint Mary, on a softball scholarship, where she received academic and all conference honors. She then moved to the Kansas City area and attended American InterContinental University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Healthcare Management degree. After completing her degree she continued her education and focused on medical billing by obtaining her Certified Professional Coder Certification before returning home to Omaha. Lisa and her husband started a foundation called Macie’s Mission that organizes and supports fundraisers and awareness events for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Irene Burklund

Human Resources Director

Irene was born and raised in Cozad, Nebraska. She moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While working for a Nebraska based management, development and consulting firm, she earned her Masters in Adult Education and Human Resources. Irene teaches human relations and management classes at local universities, is a former board member of Heartland Family Services, and belongs to the Human Resource Association of the Midlands and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Josh Richling PT, DPT, OCS

Chief Operations Officer

Josh was born and raised in Beatrice, Nebraska. He moved to Lincoln to obtain his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He then moved to Omaha to attend Creighton University where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Since then Josh has continued to refine his skills and worked with patients of all ages, with many different diagnoses and functional levels and has been board certified as an orthopedic specialist (OCS). Josh received the Young Alumni Award from the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University where he holds an Assistant Clinical Professor faculty appointment. Josh is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association and the Alumni Advisory Board of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University.

Joel Makovicka PT, DPT

President

Joel was born and raised in Brainard, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he not only obtained his Bachelor’s degree, but was also a member of the award winning, three-time, National Championship football teams for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Upon graduation, Joel moved to Arizona to play in the National Football League (NFL) for the Arizona Cardinals. Following his retirement from the NFL, he coached football at the University of Virginia. There, he learned his true calling was in the field of physical therapy. He graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Creighton University and currently focuses his practice on developing physical therapy clinics in Nebraska. Joel is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Natalie Harms PT, MPT, DPT, GCS

Vice President

Natalie was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but was raised in southern Colorado. She returned to her roots in Nebraska to obtain a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she was a Student Regent on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Natalie has continued to develop her clinical and practice skills in patient care, staff and health care management and administration, and has been an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) since 1999. She is also an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Natalie furthered her education by receiving a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Creighton University. She has received numerous professional recognitions and awards for her work in physical therapy and management. Natalie is a member of, and has served in leadership positions for, APTA, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association, and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. She currently serves on the Nebraska State Board of Physical Therapy and as Treasurer on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Board of Directors.

Lisa Barton

Finance Director

Lisa was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from Millard West High School she attended College of Saint Mary, on a softball scholarship, where she received academic and all conference honors. She then moved to the Kansas City area and attended American InterContinental University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Healthcare Management degree. After completing her degree she continued her education and focused on medical billing by obtaining her Certified Professional Coder Certification before returning home to Omaha. Lisa and her husband started a foundation called Macie’s Mission that organizes and supports fundraisers and awareness events for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Irene Burklund

Human Resources Director

Irene was born and raised in Cozad, Nebraska. She moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While working for a Nebraska based management, development and consulting firm, she earned her Masters in Adult Education and Human Resources. Irene teaches human relations and management classes at local universities, is a former board member of Heartland Family Services, and belongs to the Human Resource Association of the Midlands and the Society for Human Resource Management.

The Makovicka Difference

We are leaders in our profession, locally owned and operated by physical therapists who forge relationships with patients, and advocate for their care. All of our clinics have board-certified specialists on staff, meaning you get the highest level of care to maximize your recovery, and get you back to your game. We will listen, evaluate your symptoms, and create a personalized physical therapy program to meet your needs and improve your function, strength, and mobility.

Billing Contact

  P.O. Box 34669
Omaha, NE 68134

  402-932-6791

  billing@makovickapt.com

Omaha Locations

Aksarben

  6307 Center St., Suite 105
Omaha, NE 68106

  402-884-7453

  402-884-5983

Papillion

  8419 S. 73rd Plaza, Suite 104
Papillion, NE 68046

  402-991-2745

  402-991-2748

Millard

  6909 S. 157th St., Suite E
Omaha, NE 68136

  402-933-5448

  402-933-5449

Midtown Crossing

  3201 Farnam St., Suite 6110
Omaha, NE 68131

  402-932-9300

  402-934-3544

West Maple

  3830 North 167th Court
Omaha, NE 68116

  402-502-2290

  402-505-3922

Pacific Springs

  1021 S. 178th St., Suite 101
Omaha, NE 68118

  402-933-3036

  402-933-3163

North 90th Street

  4201 North 90th Street
Omaha, NE 68134

  402.934.0045

  402.934.6562

Lincoln Locations

University Place

  2436 N. 48th St., Suite 101
Lincoln, NE 68504

  402-325-6341

  402-488-0056

Pine Lake

  7030 Helen Witt Dr., Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68512

  402-420-4545

  402-423-0189

Get Back In The Game

When it comes to feeling better, there is no time like the present. Our expert therapists will help create a customized program of strengthening exercises and therapies to help you get you back in the game. Let us help you become one of the many Makovicka success stories.

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