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PO Box 34669

  402-932-6791

  402-614-7835

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Makovicka

Every Day is

Game Day.
Makovicka Physical Therapy

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.

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.

Dan McCutchen PT, DPT, OCS

Chief Compliance Officer, Director of Personal Development, Physical Therapist

Dan was born and raised In Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended college and graduate school at Clarke College in Dubuque, IA where he earned a doctorate in physical therapy. In addition, ...he competed in intercollegiate baseball and tennis. He has since become a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) and received advanced aquatic therapy training. Dan enjoys working with all types of orthopedic patients, especially runners and triathletes. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association, and is a certified clinical instructor.

Jeff Arnold PT, DPT, OCS

Director of Corporate Development, Physical Therapist

Jeff was born and raised in David City, Nebraska. He moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to obtain his Bachelor’s degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he was a member of the ...football team. He then moved to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center. There, he earned his Master and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy. Since then, Jeff has continued to refine his skills and has been board certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) . In addition, he is certified as a Sportsmetrics trainer, a program proven to reduce ACL injuries. Jeff is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, The Nebraska Physical Therapy Association, and The National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Kathy Byrnes

Director of Business Development

Kathy was born in Lincoln, and raised in Omaha. She is a Gross High grad, and received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education, followed by a Master’s Degree in ...Public Administration, both from University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has served as CEO of three local nonprofit organizations, and worked at Clarkson Hospital/The Nebraska Medical Center in the Occupational Health, Community Relations and Marketing Departments. Most recently, she created, owned and operated Canvas and Cabernet—Omaha’s first paint and sip studio. Kathy is a graduate of Leadership Omaha Class 32, the Nonprofit Executive Institute, and the American Hospital Association’s Creating Healthier Communities Fellowship. She is a former board member of WELLCOM, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Downtown YMCA, and Prevent Blindness Nebraska. Kathy currently serves on the board for Wear Yellow Nebraska.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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