Pam A.

Front Desk Representative

Pam A.


Pam Andresen was born and raised in Omaha, NE. She graduated from Universal College of Healing Arts in 2010 and is a board-certified, licensed massage therapist. She has more than 20 years of office management experience.

Betsy Anderson

PT, MSPT

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Betsy Anderson


Betsy was born and raised on a farm outside of Wentworth, South Dakota. She obtained an Athletic Training degree, with a Psychology minor from South Dakota State University. She then went on to obtain her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota. Following graduation, she and her husband, a Nebraska native, returned to the Lincoln area. Betsy has been a part of the Makovicka team since 2010. Betsy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Jeff Arnold

PT, DPT, OCS

Director of Corporate Relations
Physical Therapist

Jeff Arnold


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.

Kendy B.

PTA

Front Desk Representative

Kendy B.


Kendy lives in Plattsmouth, NE., and received a degree in Applied Science from Clarkson College where she was a member of the first accredited graduating class. She is a licensed physical therapist assistant and also works as a PTA in long-term care settings. She is a member of the Accreditation Committee of the APTA and serves as the PTA clinician for the national PTA accreditation program. Kendy has 5 grandchildren that add enjoyment to her life.

Laura B.

Front Desk Representative

Laura B.


Laura was born in Brunswick, Maine and grew up in Omaha. She was a member of the last graduating class at Millard High School. She's been married to her awesome husband John for 35 yrs, and they have 2 wonderful children. Tyler works at the NRD in Wahoo, NE since graduating from Doane College and Amber works at Huskeradio in North Platte, NE in sales and also does some radio. In addition, Laura has 2 dogs--Joise and Milo. She has been with Makovicka for 11 1/2 years (July). Laura loves spending time with her family and walking her dogs; in the summer she enjoys planting flowers and the beautiful blooms.

Trish B.

Front Desk Representative

Trish B.


Trish was a military brat who spent much of her youth traveling the world with her father who served in the US Air Force. She enlisted in the Air Force as well, being trained in the Russian language and then stationed in Berlin with her husband, Joe, whom she met in language school. She and Joe traveled the world together, raising and homeschooling six children, and finally settled in Bellevue, NE after Joe retired from the Air Force in 2009. Trish re-entered the workforce a few years ago as a bridal consultant at a local bridal boutique and recently started with Makovicka Physical Therapy as a Front Desk Representative and PT Tech. She enjoys the challenge of her new job and enjoys interacting with all the patients at Makovicka!

Cole Bartley

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Cole Bartley


Cole was born and raised in Bellevue, NE. He attended Gross Catholic High School, where he participated in both baseball and tennis. Following high school he attended Iowa Western Community College and obtained his PTA degree. He was President of his PTA cohort, class of 2019. Cole is currently taking classes toward a Business Administration degree at Peru State College.

Lisa Barton

CPC, CPMA

Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Barton


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 a part 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.

Curtis Basnett

PT, DPT, AT, OCS

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Curtis Basnett


Curtis was born and raised in Ravenna, Nebraska. He moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he obtained an Athletic Training degree. Curtis then moved to Omaha, Nebraska and attended Creighton University where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and completed an orthopedic residency through the partnership of Creighton University and Makovicka Physical Therapy. He is an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) Curtis is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. He volunteers for Special Olympics and performs fitness screening for the athletes during the Spring Games in Nebraska. Curtis enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and helping out on his parent's farm.

Kellen Benes

PT, DPT

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Kellen Benes


Kellen was born and raised in Brainard, Nebraska. After high school, he moved to Lincoln and attended Nebraska Wesleyan where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biology. He then attended Creighton University in Omaha, and earned his doctorate of physical therapy. Kellen is an APTA credentialed Clinical Instructor. He is level 1 certified in Functional Dry Needling, and certified in orthotics. Kellen is a member of the APTA.

Landon Booker

PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Landon Booker


Landon Booker was born and raised in North Platte, Nebraska. He received a bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Landon then attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center receiving his Doctorate of Physical Therapy with high distinction. He is level 1 certified in Functional Dry Needling, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association with experience training both athletes and non-athletes for rehabilitation as well as performance goals. In addition, Landon utilizes blood flow restriction training which is performed with tourniquet pressure monitored with dopler ultrasound during low-load exercise to create the same resistance training adaptations which typically only occur at very high loads/ resistance. This modality is highly suited for rehab to safely and quickly increase strength and muscle size without overly stressing healing tissues. Landon is one of few providers in Lincoln with an isokinetic dynamometer which he uses to help determine readiness of athletes to return to sport following injury especially ACL reconstruction and knee ligament injury.

Anna Bornemeier

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Anna Bornemeier


Casey Buresh

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Casey Buresh


Casey is originally from Fremont, NE, but grew up in LaPorte, Indiana. After graduating high school, he moved to Omaha where he attended Creighton University and received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. From there, he attended Clarkson College and earned his Associates of Physical Therapist Assistant degree. Casey is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Irene Burklund

MA, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources

Irene Burklund


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. Irene earned her SHRM-CP certification in 2018.

Kathy Byrnes

MPA

Director of Business Development

Kathy Byrnes


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 from UNO, and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, from University of Nebraska. 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.

Beth C.

Front Desk Representative

Beth C.


Beth grew up in Prague, NE and attended Prague High School. She attended Northeast Community College. Beth has been with Makovicka since July of 2013, and she says it seems like yesterday! She says the staff gets along very well in Wahoo, and they have fun, but they work very hard and keep focus on their patients. Beth is married to Bryce, and has 4 children she is proud of. As a matter of fact, when she is not working, she's in the gym watching one of her boys play or coaching. She has a young grandson she's also proud of, but she's quick to remind us that she is NOT a grandma...she's Gaga (like lady Gaga).

Sarah Carpenter

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Sarah Carpenter


Sarah was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, and she attended Northeast High School where she was a member of the softball team. She attended Southeast Community College and earned her Physical Therapy Assistant degree, and was certified in CPR. Sarah has three children, Adalynn, Orion and Christian, Jr.

Shane Cole

PT, DPT

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Shane Cole


Shane is originally from Emmet, NE, attending high school in O'Neill, NE (O'Neill High School). Shane earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He was the President of the Nebraska Student Special Interest group in 2015, and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UNMC in 2016. Shane is certified in Functional Dry Needling, and is an Impact Concussion Trained physical therapist. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Iowa Physical Therapy Association.

Mikaela Cook

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Mikaela Cook


Mikaela was born and raised in Omaha where she attended Omaha North High Magnet School. She attended Clarkson College where she earned an associate of science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Mikaela is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Ashley Daily Loontjer

PT, DPT, ATC

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Ashley Daily Loontjer


Ashley grew up in Holdrege, Nebraska. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Doane College, Masters in Athletic Training from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University. She was a member of the basketball team while at Doane College. When Ashley is not in the clinic, she enjoys playing sand volleyball, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Ashley is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association and the National Athletic Training Association.

Shannon Daly

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Shannon Daly


Shannon was born and raised in Omaha where she attended Marian High School and played softball. She then earned a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and also in Psychology from the University of Sioux Falls. She was a member of the USF softball team and named All-American during her senior year. Shannon then attended Clarkson College where she received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree.

Jordan Davis

PT, DPT, OCS

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Jordan Davis


Jordan grew up in Osceola, Nebraska. After graduating high school, she moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha and majored in Exercise Science. Jordan received her Bachelor of Science in Medicine degree and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Jordan is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Chris Derozier

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Chris Derozier


Chris Derozier was born and raised in Fort Lupton, Colorado. He and his family moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa in 2011. Chris then pursued his passion for helping others and attended Clarkson College where he obtained his Associates of Physical Therapist Assistant Degree. An avid cyclist, Chris has been Retul Bike Fit certified to provide the most comprehensive bike fit available.

Matt Donelan

PT

Physical Therapist

Matt Donelan


Matt is from Omaha where he attended Omaha Northwest High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and his bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. In 1998, Matt opened Gretna Physical Therapy with the goal of providing quality care in a convenient location for patients in the Gretna community. He has worked with thousands of friends and neighbors over the years and built an excellent reputation in the community. During his years of physical therapy practice, Matt developed a strong interest in orthopedic physical therapy, with an emphasis on post-surgical rehabilitation. In February 2020, Matt joined his practice with Makovicka Physical Therapy to serve the growing need in Gretna as the population explodes. With Makovicka Physical Therapy, additional services are offered, and the clinic hours are expanded. He is a member of the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. Matt is an avid outdoorsman and also enjoys sports, music and spending time with family.

Leah Emerson

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Leah Emerson


Leah was born in Beatrice, Nebraska and grew up in Franklin. She attended Franklin High School where she played volleyball, basketball, and ran track. She has a Bachelors of Health Science from University of Nebraska at Kearney, and she earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University. Leah has 4 children, and is married to Erik.

Angie Evans

PT

Physical Therapist

Angie Evans


Angie started with Makovicka Sylliaasen Physical Therapy in November of 2006. She grew up in Stromsburg, Nebraska and attended Stromsburg High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University where she played collegiate basketball. Angie continued her education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She has a strong interest in orthopedics and sports medicine as well as geriatrics. Angie has advanced training in manual therapy, PRI techniques and Functional Dry Needling. She enjoys spending time with family, especially her grandaughter!

Rachel Field

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Rachel Field


Rachel was born and raised in Norfolk, Nebraska where she attended Norfolk Catholic High School and participated on the Dance Team. She also was involved in competitive dance through B.Xtreme. Rachel attended Clarkson College in Omaha and earned her Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant.

Trey Fox

BS

Occupational Health Coordinator

Trey Fox


Trey was born in Crete, Nebraska, and raised in Nebraska City. He attended Nebraska City Public High School where he played football, basketball and was a member of the track team. Trey attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomechanics. Trey came to Makovicka Physical Therapy and worked as a Tech. He worked closely with the Labor Force Ready Occupational Health Program and was recently promoted to Occupational Health Coordinator.

Becca Gillispie

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Becca Gillispie


Becca is from Wahoo, Nebraska and attended Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo. She attended Southeast Community College where she earned her Associate of Applied Science for Physical Therapist Associate degree. Becca enjoys spending time with family, friends and her dog Axle. She likes to work out and practice photography in her free time. Becca is engaged to be married in October of 2019. She is a member of the APTA.

Caitlin Glasscock

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Caitlin Glasscock


Caitlin was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she attended Signal Mountain High School. She played volleyball, softball and she was a powerlifter during her high school years. Following High School, she attended Walters State Community College where she earned her associate's degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. Caitlin then attended East Tennessee State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She is a certified personal trainer and has an ACSM certificate.

Didi Gunubu

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Didi Gunubu


Odile "Didi" Gunubu is from Lome, Togo where she attended St. Joseph College. She moved to Omaha 17 years ago. Didi is married to her husband, Tofi. Together they have two kids, Loriane and Aurora. Didi obtained her Physical Therapist Assistant degree last year from Iowa Western Community College.

Erika Guzman

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Erika Guzman


Erika was born and raised in Othello, Washington where she attended Othello High School and was part of the drill team. She attended Clarkson College in Omaha where she earned her Physical Therapy Assistant degree. Erika works with Makovicka Physical Therapy's Labor Force Ready Occupational Health program as a translator. Erika is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. She has two children, Anthony and Nico.

Diane H.

PTA

Front Desk Representative

Diane H.


Diane was born and raised in Omaha where she attended Marian High School and was part of the volley and tennis teams. She attended Clarkson College and earned an Associate of Science Physical Therapy Assistant degree. Diane then attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She currently serves on the PTA Advisory Board at Clarkson College. Diane is married to Ron and has four children: Jack, Joe, Peter and Mary.

Kathy H.

Front Desk Representative

Kathy H.


Maggie H.

Front Desk Representative

Maggie H.


Maggie grew up in Omaha. She joined us recently as Front Desk Representative. Maggie and her husband, Lannie, have 3 kids (Harrison, Camila and Ben), and one granddaughter, Ava. In her spare time, Maggie loves to cook; her specialty is cooking Mexican food for her family and friends.

Grace Halder

PT, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist

Grace Halder


Grace was born and raise in Seward, NE. She attended Seward High School where she participated in the dance team and show choir. Grace went on to attend college at UNL, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. She obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at UNMC. She is member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. Grace is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, and Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association.

Natalie Harms

PT, MPT, DPT, GCS Emeritus

Vice President of Finance

Natalie Harms


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.

Joe Heider

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Joe Heider


Joe was born in Lincoln, Nebraska but grew up in small towns northwest of the city. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors in Spanish several years ago and has lived with his lovely wife since graduating from UNL. They have two fun-loving daughters. Joe decided to broaden the scope of his career with an Associates Degree of Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Clarkson College. Joe enjoys the opportunity to help people meet their goals and get back to life. He also enjoys playing drums in a local band and riding his bike to work.

Rachel Heyl

PT, DPT, OCS

Lead Physical Therapist

Rachel Heyl


Rachel was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where she attended Lincoln Southwest High School. She continued her education at Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Upon graduating from NWU she was accepted into the Des Moines University physical therapy program where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013. Rachel is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Emily Howser

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Emily Howser


Emily was born and raised in West Point, NE and graduated from West Point Central Catholic High School. She attended Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, NE and graduated in May of 2015 where she received her Associate's Degree in Physical Therapist Assisting. Emily is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Kayla Ives

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Kayla Ives


Kayla was born in Fargo, North Dakota and grew up in Grand Forks. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northern State University, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of North Dakota. She recently worked in Colorado Springs as a Women's Health physical therapist.

Emily Jones

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Emily Jones


Emily was born and raised in Laurel, Nebraska. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a member of the Husker volleyball team. She then attended Wayne State College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. Emily then moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she attended Clarkson College and obtained her Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree. While at Clarkson she was the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award. Emily is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Scott Keenan

PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Clinic Director
Clinical Education Coordinator
Physical Therapist

Scott Keenan


Scott was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he graduated from Omaha Roncalli High School. He then attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Scott was a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in the Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Omaha while completing his Master’s degree. He then went on to attend Creighton University where he received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Scott completed an Orthopedic Residency through Creighton University, and is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Scott is an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) Scott is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Ashley Klitz

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Ashley Klitz


Ashley was born and raised in Omaha, and she attended Omaha Bryan High School. She was very involved, and played on the volleyball, basketball, soccer and softball teams, as well as ran track. Following high school, she attended Clarkson College where she earned her Physical Therapy Assistant degree. She has a Basic Life Support certification.

Brittni Klostermeyer

PT, DPT, OCS

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Brittni Klostermeyer


Brittni was born and raised in Lincoln. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. She then attended UNMC and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Brittni graduated with high distinction from both NWU and UNMC! Brittni is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS). She is married to Thomas, and she is a member of the APTA and NPTA.

Jessica Klym

PT, DPT

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Jessica Klym


Jessica was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from Millard West High School, she moved to Kansas City, Missouri to attend Rockhurst University. She returned to Omaha for graduate school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Jessica has training in women's health pelvic floor physical therapy and is level 1 certified in Dry Needling. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Brian Kuhr

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Brian Kuhr


Brian grew up in Mead, Nebraska. He attended Des Moines Area Community College where he was a pitcher on the baseball team. Brian then continued his education at Bellevue University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. Brian went on to Hawkeye Community College in Northeast Iowa where he obtained his Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree and later moved to Omaha, Nebraska.

Katherine L.

Front Desk Representative

Katherine L.


Katherine was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska where she graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School. She attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha where she majored in Education and Psychology. She came to Makovicka Physical Therapy in October 2011 and works as a front desk representative. She is retired from the Omaha Police Department after thirty-three years of service with the City of Omaha where she gained continued knowledge and experience in administrative services. Katherine enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and biking in Colorado.

Amanda Lauer

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Amanda Lauer


Amanda was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. She attended Sioux City East High School and was active in gymnastics through her years in college. Amanda received a Bachelors's degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She recently worked as a travel physical therapist. She is a member of the Iowa Physical Therapy Association.

Jennifer Lauer

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Jennifer Lauer


Jennifer was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. She attended Sioux City East High School and was active in gymnastics through her years in college. Jennifer received a Bachelors's degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She recently worked as a travel physical therapist. She is a member of the Iowa Physical Therapy Association.

Jedd Lehman

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Jedd Lehman


Jedd was born in North Platte, Nebraska and he grew up in Columbus, Nebraska where he attended Lakeview High School. Jedd played hockey, baseball, and football during his high school years. He attended Waye State College, then Creighton University where he earned his doctorate of Physical Therapy. Jedd is Graston certified, and Level-1 certified in Dry Needling. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Jon Lerum

CPC

Director of Billing

Jon Lerum


Jon was born in Omaha and raised in Papillion where he attended and graduated from Papillion LaVista high school. Jon worked while attending the University of Phoenix where he received an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration and Management. He then attended Bellevue University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Analysis and Management. Jon joined the Makovicka Physical Therapy billing team in 2014; he was promoted to Billing Supervisor, and earned his Certified Professional Coder certification. Jon was again promoted--this time to Billing Director in 2019. Jon directs the billing staff for all of the Makovicka Physical Therapy locations.

Dorie M.

Front Desk Representative

Dorie M.


Dorie was born in Lincoln and attended Lincoln Christian High School; she now resides in Waverly, Nebraska. Dorie attended Southeast Community College where she earned a Business Degree. She started with Makovicka Sylliaasen Physical Therapy in January of 2007. Dorie has more than 20 years of office management experience and great customer service skills. Living in Waverly, she feels she has a connection in the community. Patients appreciate when they come into the clinic and see a familiar and friendly face, and trust they are in good hands. Dorie is married to Todd, and has 2 boys. She enjoys spending time with her family and enjoys the outdoors.

Tricia M.

Front Desk Representative

Tricia M.


Wendy Mach

ATC, LAT

Athletic Trainer

Wendy Mach


Wendy was born and raised in Prague, Nebraska and graduated from Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo, Nebraska. After graduation she moved to Vermillion, South Dakota and attended the University of South Dakota and played softball. After suffering a career ending injury she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she obtained an Athletic Training degree as well as had the opportunity to work with the Husker volleyball and football teams while working as the head athletic training student. She is a current member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, and certified in Sportsmetrics through the Cincinnati Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation.

Clare Maday

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Clare Maday


Clare was born in Davis Junction, Illinois and moved to Papillion in 2010 where she attended Papillion LaVista South High School. She was active in show choir, track and cross country. Clare attended Nebraska Methodist College where she earned her Physical Therapist Assistant degree. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Joel Makovicka

PT, DPT

President

Joel Makovicka


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.

Jordan Makovicka

PT, DPT, OCS

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Jordan Makovicka


Jordan is originally from Brainard, NE where he graduated from East Butler High School. He then attended Creighton University to pursue a baseball career while receiving his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he continued his education at Creighton where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Jordan is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. Since earning his doctorate, he has pursued advanced training in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy and functional dry needling through KinetaCore.

Kelly McCormick

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Kelly McCormick


Kelly was born and raised in Omaha, where she attended Skutt Catholic High School and played tennis. She attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences. She then attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center and received her doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Kelly lived in Maui, Hawaii and worked as a staff physical therapist and clinic director. She is certified through Sole Supports.

Dan McCutchen

PT, DPT, OCS

Chief Compliance Officer
Director of Professional Development
Physical Therapist

Dan McCutchen


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. Dan was elected Secretary of the NPTA in 2018, and will serve a 2-year term of office in that role.

Nolan McNair

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Nolan McNair


Nolan was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where he attended North Star High School. He continued his education at Southeast Community College (Lincoln) where he earned his Associate Degree in Applied Science for Physical Therapist Assistant. In his free time, he likes to work out, watch Husker football, hang out with family and friends, and travel. Nolan is a member of the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Edwin Mendoza

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Edwin Mendoza


Edwin is a licenced Physical Therapy Assistant, and a familiar face you may see at many of our clinics. He works as a Tech, and floats to our various locations as needed. Edwin was born and raised in Omaha, attending Bellevue West High School. He earned his Physical Therapy Assistant certificate at Clarkson College, and he loves the flexibility of working at Makovicka Physical Therapy. In his spare time, he loves to exercise and play video games.

Kristen Meyer

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Kristen Meyer


Kristen was born and raised in West Point, Nebraska and attended West Point-Beemer High School. She was active in high school on the volleyball team, the dance team and she ran track. She earned her Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Nebraska Methodist College, and she is rock tape certified. Kristen is married to Justin and is expecting her first baby.

Shane Meyers

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Shane Meyers


Shane was born and raised in Ashland, Nebraska where he attended Ashland-Greenwood High School. He attended Clarkson College and obtained his Associates of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree. Shane is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. His clinical interests are orthopedics and sports related injuries, especially football. Shane currently lives in Brainard, Nebraska, and joined the Makovicka/Sylliaasen team in February 2014.

Amy Millar

PT

Physical Therapist

Amy Millar


Amy is a native of Omaha, NE. She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, followed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she received her Masters of Physical Therapy degree. Amy has over 20 years of clinical experience, all in the metro Omaha area. She enjoys running, quilting, cheering her daughter in softball and chasing her 3 Labrador retrievers.

Taylor Morrow

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Taylor Morrow


Taylor was born and raised in Omaha, attending Benson High School where she played softball and was a member of the swim team. She earned her Associate of Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Clarkson College. Taylor is a member of the APTA and the NPTA. In her spare time, she enjoys riding mountain bikes in Tranquility Park and on the Wabash Trace in Iowa. Taylor plays slowpitch softball during the summer months, and enjoys hiking when possible.

Matt Nelson

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Matt Nelson


Heather O.

Front Desk Representative

Heather O.


Heather Ochoa was born in Lexington, NE and grew up in Salt Lake City, UT. She returned to Nebraska to care for her grandparents in 2009. She has received multiple awards for excellent customer service, and she is a true Husker fan!

Tori Padgett

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Tori Padgett


Marcus Palimenio

PT, DPT, ATC

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Marcus Palimenio


Marcus attended University of Nebraska at Omaha where he received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Creighton University. Marcus was born and raised in Omaha. Most recently, he worked as a Lab Tech in the research lab at Creighton, focused on neuromuscular consequences following knee arthroscopic surgery.

Ben Parker

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Ben Parker


Ben was born and raised in Omaha where he attended Burke High School. He participated in student government and Academic Decathlon. Following high school, he attended Southeast Community College where he earned his Associates Degree of Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Louise Patterson

PT, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist

Louise Patterson


Bernie Pieper

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Bernie Pieper


Bernie was born in North Platte, Nebraska, and raised in Lincoln where he attended Lincoln Pius X High School. He played football, basketball, and baseball during his high school years. Bernie earned his Associate of Applied Science Physical Therapy Assistant degree while attending Concorde Career College in Dallas Texas. He is a member of both the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Andrew Polk

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Andrew Polk


Andrew was born in Norfolk, Nebraska and raised in Lincoln. He attended Lincoln Lutheran High School where he played basketball and baseball. Andrew furthered his education by attending Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA where he earned his Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. He holds a Y-Balance Test certification, and previously served on the Scottsbluff Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Chelsea Popken

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Chelsea Popken


Chelsea was born and raised in Scribner, Nebraska. After graduating high school, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Chelsea then moved to Omaha, Nebraska and attended Clarkson College where she earned her Associates of Physical Therapist Assistant Degree. She practiced in central Nebraska for a year and a half before moving back to Omaha, mainly focusing on orthopedics and neuro-muscular re-education. Chelsea has special training LSVT BIG for treating patients with Parkinson's Disease.

Meagan Reiners

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Meagan Reiners


Josh Richling

PT, DPT, OCS

Chief Operations Officer

Josh Richling


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.

Heidi S.

Front Desk Representative

Heidi S.


Heidi's family settled in Papillion, Nebraska when she was in middle school. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a Bachelor's degree in Communications-Broadcast News. Heidi’s goal is to make sure patients feel welcome and to answer any questions that they might have. She loves the outdoors and likes to camp and hike any chance she gets.

Jennifer Sabatka

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Jennifer Sabatka


Jennifer was born and raised in Syracuse, Nebraska. After graduating from high school, she attended Briar Cliff University, in Sioux City, Iowa, where she was a member of the softball team. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Health, Physical Education and Recreation and minor in Human Resource Management. Jennifer then moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she attended Methodist College and obtained her Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree. Jen is a member of both the APTA and the NPTA.

Gregg Schlueter

PT, DPT, OCS, ATC/L

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Gregg Schlueter


Gregg was born in Lincoln, and grew up in Hastings, Nebraska. He attended University of Nebraska Lincoln, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Educational and Human Science. He then earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UNMC. Gregg is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS). He has been Clinic Director of the Makovicka/Sylliaasen Physical Therapy clinic in Waverly, Nebr from June 2016--June 2018. Gregg is a Certified Athletic Trainer, and a member of the APTA, Orthopedic section.

Collin Schrader

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Collin Schrader


Collin was born in Storm Lake, Iowa, and was raised in the town of Wall Lake. He attended East Sac County High School, and played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track. He attended Morningside College in Sioux City, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and played basketball. He earned his doctorate of physical therapy at University of Iowa. Collin is a member of the APTA and the IPTA (Iowa Physical Therapy Association).

Abbey Schueth

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Abbey Schueth


Abbey was born and raised in Ewing, Nebraska where she attended Ewing High School. After graduating high school, she went on and received her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Health Science at the University of Nebraska-Kearney; she also was on the volleyball team during her time at UNK. She then moved to Omaha and attended Clarkson College where she earned her Associates Degree of Physical Therapist Assistant.

McKenna Setlik

PT, DPT, OCS

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

McKenna Setlik


McKenna was born in Houston Texas, and grew up in Omaha. She attended Skutt Catholic High School where she played basketball and softball. McKenna attended Creighton University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She then attended UNMC where she earned her doctorate in physical therapy. McKenna is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS). She is also certified in Dry Needling from the Dry Needling Institute.

Kendra Simons

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Kendra Simons


Kendra was raised in Yutan, Nebraska and graduated from Yutan Public Schools. She then attended Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Missouri, before attending Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated with an Associates of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant with honors and was initiated into the Educated Citizen Honor Society at Nebraska Methodist College. Kendra is certified in Graston Technique and is interested and experienced in orthopedic and geriatric care. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. Kendra became a member of the Makovicka-Sylliaasen Physical Therapy team in 2012.

Al Smith

PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist

Al Smith


Al was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After high school, Al went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English while he played baseball. Al developed a passion for physical therapy over the course of recovering from 8 surgeries, the last of which, ended his baseball career. Al spent time after college working in research, then as a personal trainer before launching his physical therapy career at Creighton University. Al is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS). He has stayed involved with Westside High School the last 7 years organizing the strength and conditioning program for their baseball and girls basketball teams. When he's not hitting the gym as an educator or enthusiast he is pursuing his part time project as a real estate agent or traveling the world!

Mike Spicka

PT, DPT, OCS

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Mike Spicka


Mike grew up in Wahoo, NE and is a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School. He went on to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and received his degree in Exercise Science. He completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA. He enjoys treating patients of all ages and a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. Mike is Level 1 certified for dry needling through KinetaCore. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy and Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. Mike lives in Wahoo where he enjoys golfing, and spending time with his wife and children.

Christopher Stull

PT, DPT

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Christopher Stull


Christopher was born in Kansas City, Kansas and raised in McCook, Nebraska. He attended University of Nebraska in Lincoln and received a bachelors degree in Education and Human Sciences. He then moved to Des Moines, Iowa and attended Des Moines University where he earned his doctorate of physical therapy. Chris is a member of both the APTA and the NPTA.

Kelsey Swan

PT, DPT, OCS

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Kelsey Swan


Kelsey grew up in Ralston, Nebraska. She moved to Hastings, Nebraska, where she played volleyball for four years, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Hastings College. Kelsey came back home to Omaha, Nebraska where she continued her education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.. Kelsey is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Cory Sylliaasen

PT, DPT

Vice President of Operations

Cory Sylliaasen


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.

Todd Tasich

PT, DPT, SCS

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Todd Tasich


Todd was born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska where he graduated from Grand Island Senior High. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and then moved to Des Moines, Iowa to attend Des Moines University, where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Todd is a board-certified sports clinical specialist (SCS). He enjoys treating all types of orthopedic patients. Todd is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Ryan Thayer

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Ryan Thayer


Ryan was born in Omaha, and grew up in Fremont. He attended Fremont High School where he played football, ran track and wrestled. Ryan attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he earned a bachelors degree in Biology. He then attended Briar Cliff University where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and served as the Outreach Coordinator for the pro bono clinic. Ryan is certified in dry needing and SASTM. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Stacey Thompson

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Stacey Thompson


Stacey was born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska. She attended Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, and a Minor in Health Care Business Management. Stacey has specialized training in Aquatic Physical Therapy, and is currently working towards certification. Stacey helped develop a non-profit organization, Bikes and Trykes of Central Nebraska, to help raise funds to provide adapted tricycles for children and adults who are unable to ride traditional bicycles. Stacey is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Hannah Tiwald

PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Hannah Tiwald


Hannah was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up in Albuquerque. She attended Benedictine College, where she played volleyball, and received a Bachelors degree in Biology. After that, she attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where she earned her doctorate in physical therapy. Hannah loves being outdoors and hiking. She is a member of the APTA.

Christina V.

Front Desk Representative

Christina V.


Christina was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in La Vista, Nebraska. She attended Bryan High School in Omaha and graduated from University of Nebraska-Omaha with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Christina started with Makovicka Physical Therapy as an intern/physical therapy technician, and now works as a Front Desk Representative. During her free time, she likes to get together with friends and family.

Ann W.

Front Desk Representative

Ann W.


Ann was born in Riverside, CA. She moved to Omaha over 30 years ago. Ann and her husband have been married for over 25 years; together, they have two wonderful daughters and one adorable dog. In her free time, Ann loves to spend time with family and friends. She also enjoys riding on her husband's motorcycle with him.

Noel Wagner

PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Clinic Director
Physical Therapist

Noel Wagner


Noel was raised in Omaha, Nebraska and attended V. J. Angela Skutt High School. He began his college career at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas on a football scholarship. After sustaining a career ending neck injury he decided to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned a bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Exercise and Human Sciences and minored in Psychology and History. He then attended Creighton University where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Noel is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and he is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. Noel is custom orthotics certified through SoleSupports.

Lauren Watson

PT, DPT, OCS

Director of Practice Management
Physical Therapist

Lauren Watson


Lauren was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Following high school, Lauren went to Truman State University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and played collegiate soccer. She then attended Creighton University where she obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Lauren is a board certified orthopedic specialist after completing a residency with Evidence in Motion, and she's a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has also completed advanced training in women’s health physical therapy.

Hannah Wooden

PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hannah Wooden


Hannah was born in Cody, Wyoming and grew up in Boone, Iowa. Hannah attended Clarkson College where she earned her associate degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant and BLS certificate. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Hannah played softball and basketball and currently enjoys hiking, rock climbing and lifting weights in the gym.

Liz Wrobleski

Front Desk Representative

Liz Wrobleski


Danica Zink

ATC, LAT

Front Desk Representative
Athletic Trainer

Danica Zink


Danica was born and raised in Mapleton, Iowa and attended the Maple Valley-Anthon Oto high school. She participated in dance, choir, band and drill team. She then attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she earned her bachelor's degree. She is a certified athletic trainer and has her LAT certification as well. Danica is a member of the National Athletic Trainer Association (NATA). She is married to Garrett, and in her spare time she is a dance instructor. Danica joined the Makovicka team in 2018.