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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 fifteen outpatient physical therapy clinics and over 100 employees.

Leadership

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 of Finance

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.

Cory Sylliaasen PT, DPT

Vice President of Operations

Cory originally hails from the great state of South Dakota. He was raised in Irene and attended Mount Marty College where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Chemistry. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University. Since then Cory, has practiced outpatient orthopedics, home health, inpatient and skilled nursing physical therapy. He has worked exclusively in the outpatient orthopedic setting since 2001 with an emphasis in sports medicine. Cory has been trained in Postural Restoration and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. He lives in Wahoo, Nebraska and volunteers in numerous community organizations.

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), and is certified in Level 1 Functional Dry Needling by Kinetacore. Josh received the Young Alumni Award from the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University. Josh is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association and a Director Emeritus member of the Alumni Advisory Board of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University.

Lisa Barton

Finance Director

Lisa was raised in Omaha, Nebraska where she graduated from Millard West High School. After high school she attended College of Saint Mary and was apart of the softball program. She then moved out of state 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 focus on medical billing by obtaining her Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification and Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) certification before returning home to Omaha. Lisa is currently on the board for the Nebraska SIDS Foundation. Lisa may be reached at lisa@makovickapt.com.

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 of Finance

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.

Cory Sylliaasen PT, DPT

Vice President of Operations

Cory originally hails from the great state of South Dakota. He was raised in Irene and attended Mount Marty College where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Chemistry. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University. Since then Cory, has practiced outpatient orthopedics, home health, inpatient and skilled nursing physical therapy. He has worked exclusively in the outpatient orthopedic setting since 2001 with an emphasis in sports medicine. Cory has been trained in Postural Restoration and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. He lives in Wahoo, Nebraska and volunteers in numerous community organizations.

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), and is certified in Level 1 Functional Dry Needling by Kinetacore. Josh received the Young Alumni Award from the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University. Josh is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association and a Director Emeritus member of the Alumni Advisory Board of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University.

Lisa Barton

Finance Director

Lisa was raised in Omaha, Nebraska where she graduated from Millard West High School. After high school she attended College of Saint Mary and was apart of the softball program. She then moved out of state 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 focus on medical billing by obtaining her Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification and Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) certification before returning home to Omaha. Lisa is currently on the board for the Nebraska SIDS Foundation. Lisa may be reached at lisa@makovickapt.com.

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

Corporate Office

  PO Box 34669

  402-932-6791

  402-614-7835

Bellevue

  555 Cornhusker Road, Suite 207
Bellevue, NE 68005

  402-614-4300

  402-614-5211

Aksarben

  6307 Center Street, Suite 105
Omaha, NE 68106

  402-884-7453

  402-884-5983

Papillion

  8419 South 73rd Plaza, Suite 104
Papillion, NE 68046

  402-991-2745

  402-991-2748

Millard

  6909 South 157th Street, Suite E
Omaha, NE 68136

  402-933-5448

  402-933-5449

Midtown Crossing

  3201 Farnam Street, Suite 6110
Omaha, NE 68131

  402-932-9300

  402-934-3544

West Maple

  3830 North 167th Court, Suite 102
Omaha, NE 68116

  402-502-2290

  402-505-3922

West Omaha/Elkhorn

  1021 South 178th Street, Suite 101
Omaha, NE 68118

  402-933-3036

  402-933-3163

North 90th Street

  4235 North 90th Street
Omaha, NE 68134

  402.934.0045

  402.934.6562

Lincoln Locations

70th & L, Lincoln

  333 South 70th Street, Suite 102
Lincoln, NE 68510

  531-500-4160

  531-500-3024

University Place, Lincoln

  2436 North 48th Street, Suite 101
Lincoln, NE 68504

  402-325-6341

  402-488-0056

West Pine Lake, Lincoln

  7030 Helen Witt Drive, 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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