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Brian Budach
PT, DPT, ATC, Clinic Manager
Lake Mills Physical Therapy
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN, 2010
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN, 2010

Brian practiced in Clear Lake and Forest City until transitioning to Lake Mills Physical Therapy in December of 2014. Prior to Physical Therapy School he was the head Athletic Trainer at Waldorf for three years. He lives in Lake Mills with his wife Jill and two daughters, Makenzie and Kalli. He enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Michelle Adix
PT, DPT
Lake Mills Physical Therapy
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2019, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, 2016, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.
  • Certified Athletic Trainer, 2016.

Michelle joined the team at Lake Mills Physical Therapy in July 2019. She lives near Alden with her husband Tyler and their daughter.

I love being able to make connections with patients and help them to reach their unique goals.- Michelle

Emily Helgeson
PTA
Lake Mills Physical Therapy
  • Associate of Arts in Physical Therapist Assistant, 2008, North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, Iowa.

Emily is a Lake Mills native. She began working at Stutzman Physical Therapy which later transitioned to Lake Mills Physical Therapy.

She currently resides in Lake Mills with her Husband Dan and sons Cooper and Emmett. Emily enjoys participating in an adult volleyball league and going on trips with her friends.

As her sons have become older, she is spending more time in the gym watching them wrestle. Together as a family, in the summer, they all enjoy spending time at Rice Lake Golf Course.

Bob Augustine
PT, MSPT, Clinic Supervisor
LeMars Physical Therapy
  • Masters of Science Physical Therapy, 1997, University of Osteopathic Medicine and Science, Des Moines, IA.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, 1990, Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD.

Bob’s specialty area of physical therapy practice is in spine care, sports injury rehabilitation, and work related injury rehab. In his leisure time he enjoys time spent with his wife Margie and multiple activities that comes along with raising 6 children.

“I enjoy that being a PT allows me to serve the people in my community to educate, move and live life a little better.”
-Bob

Tara Driscol
PT, DPT
LeMars Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2007, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2005, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Certified in Dry Needling, 2022.

Tara is a native of Bussey, Iowa. She joined North Shore University Health System in 2008 and worked for 11 years at an outpatient orthopedic clinic located in Buffalo Grove, IL.

Her areas of interest are in general orthopedic and post-surgical conditions of pediatric through geriatric populations, vestibular rehabilitation, and aquatic physical therapy.

When not at work she enjoys being outdoors with her husband and three children and rooting on the Hawkeyes.

“I enjoy helping patients reach their goals after injury or surgery as quickly but safely as possible and the surprise and relief when they feel significantly better after a vestibular treatment!”
-Tara

Danielle Jensen
PT, DPT
LeMars Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2011, University of New England, Portland, Maine.
  • Bachelor of Science in Sports Science, 2007, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA
  • Associate of Arts, 2006, Southwestern Community College, Creston, IA.
  • Certification in Dry Needling, 2017
  • Certification in Graston Technique, 2014

Danielle is a native of Ankeny, Iowa. Danielle joined the Sports Rehab in 2011 and worked in both inpatient and outpatient setting at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.

She enjoys working with a wide variety of patients from pediatrics all the way to geriatric population. Areas of interest include orthopedics, post-surgical, and sports rehabilitation.

When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.

“Being a physical therapist allows me to help empower individuals and to get back to moving better and doing what they love.”
-Danielle

Katrina Grevengoed
PT, DPT
LeMars Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2022, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science, 2020, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2023, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA

Katrina is a Le Mars native whose love for physical fitness and helping people led her to a career in physical therapy. She enjoys working with all sorts of patients including geriatrics, sports injuries, and work-related injuries. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, and their golden retriever.

Logan Richard
PT, DPT, ATC
LeMars Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2022, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training, 2019, Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa.
  • Certified Athletic Trainer, 2019
  • Certified in Dry Needling, 2022

Logan moved to Le Mars in May of 2022 after graduation. He was born and raised in Holstein, Iowa.

During his undergrad, he majored in Athletic Training and played football for four years. His love for the physical therapy profession arose from his passion for sports, strength training, and nutrition.

Logan is married to his wonderful wife, Marissa and has a baby boy. In his free time he likes to spend time at CrossFit Le Mars, golfing and fishing.

“Being a physical therapist is great because I enjoy developing relationships and being part of each patient's unique healing journey.”
- Logan

April Leusink
PTA
LeMars Physical Therapy
  • Associate of Arts in Physical Therapist Assistant, 1999, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa.

April is a native of Hull, Iowa. April has experience in orthopedic and neurologic Physical Therapy. She particularly enjoys the challenges of treating patients after orthopedic surgery. April runs our summer program Velocity, a performance enhancement program that makes athletes better. April lives in LeMars with her husband Aaron, daughters Kady, Aubree, and Kinnick, and son David.

Jill Sluiter
Care Coordinator Supervisor
LeMars Physical Therapy
  • Administrators Network Certificate, 2022, Private Practice Section, American Physical Therapy Association.

Jill is a native of Winterset, Iowa and attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, where she met her husband, Mike. Jill was an executive assistant before coming to Le Mars Physical Therapy and her organizational skills will help her excel as the Care Coordinator Supervisor. Jill and Mike have lived in Le Mars for over 20 years and consider Le Mars home. They have three children. Michelle and her husband Zach of Le Mars; Nikki of Saratoga Springs, Utah; and Josh and his wife Chelsea of Bellevue, Nebraska. Jill and Mike are blessed to have two grandchildren, Easton and (new baby due soon). In her free time, Jill volunteers at Le Mars Bible Church as a youth leader, Women’s Ministry President, and in the audio-visual ministry.

Ellen Baurichter
Care Coordinator
LeMars Physical Therapy

Ellen was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Sioux City, Iowa in 1995. She and her husband are recent transplants to Le Mars, Iowa. They love Le Mars and its friendly, small-town atmosphere! Ellen has been married to her husband, Tom, for 43 years. They have two boys; Eric (Linsey) and Cody (Hallie) and three wonderful grandchildren: Piper, Flint and Briley. Ellen has been a medical receptionist for 20 years.

“Though being employed for just a short time at Le Mars PT, I am truly enjoying meeting and getting to know great co-workers, patient's and seeing first-hand how Physical Therapy can benefit every age group!”
-Ellen

Amy Marlow
OTR/L, CHT, Clinic Supervisor
Okoboji Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, 1993, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 1992, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota
  • Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) awarded in 2009.
  • Certified Lymphedma Therapist
  • Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist - Work Well
  • Certfied Funcational Capacity Evaluator - Work Well

Amy specializes in working with shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries and post-surgery care. Amy is very passionate about providing individualized care to ensure that each client is able to achieve the goals that they desire from therapy. Amy is an Iowa native and has lived on a farm nearly all of her life. With that background, hard work and family are an important part of life. Amy and her husband, Michael, live in Spirit Lake while Michael farms near Lone Rock. They have 4 children Cameron, Caley, Olivia and Maci.

Derek Swoboda
PT, DPT, ATC
Okoboji Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2021, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Austin, Texas.

  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, 2016, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota.
  • Certified Athletic Trainer, 2016.
  • Certified in Dry Needling, 2023.

Derek is originally from Mountain Lake, MN. He grew up frequently visiting the Iowa Great Lakes and has been with Okoboji Physical Therapy since 2021.

He specializes in working with athletes of all levels and workers compensation. Derek enjoys developing individualized treatment plans to help patients achieve their movement and functional goals.

In Derek's spare time he enjoys weightlifting, disc golfing, paddleboarding, and being outside. Derek and his wife Aleysha have one daughter and live in Spirit Lake.

Kelly Westervelt
PT, MSPT
Okoboji Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, 1995, The University of Osteopathic and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Bachelor of Science in General Science, 1992, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
  • Associate degree in Physical Therapy Assistant, 1985, Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, KS.
  • Certified in Dry Needling, 2022.

Kelly moved to the Lakes area from Sumner, Iowa to be closer to her family.

Kelly has over 30 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics, vestibular rehabilitation, neuro-rehab, women's health, acute and skilled care, pediatrics and home health. Kelly has 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren, 2 dogs and a cat.

Kelly and her husband Rob like spending time with their family and lots of time on the lake on their pontoon.

“I feel being a Physical Therapist has been my way of making a difference in people's lives for the better!”
-Kelly

Dawn McComas
Care Coordinator
Okoboji Physical Therapy
  • Associate’s of Applied Science in Radiology in 2007 from Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa

Dawn is a native of George, Iowa. She was a Radiology Technologist before joining Okoboji and Spencer Physical Therapy as Care Coordinator.

Dawn has worked in healthcare for several years and enjoys working with people and listening to their stories.

Dawn lives in Estherville, Iowa with her significant other Doug. In her spare time, she enjoys time by the campfires, going for walks, watching football and spending time with their family and friends.

Jeannett Palmer
Care Coordinator
Okoboji Physical Therapy

When not working in the office Jeannett enjoys farm life with her significant other Brad, quilting, crocheting, gardening, spending time at the camper and family time with her 2 daughters, 1 granddaughter and 2 grandson, and Brads family of 2 sons, 1 daughter and 9 grandchildren.

Jeannett Palmer, born and raised in the Spencer area, currently lives outside of Everly. Jeannett has been doing a wide range of medical billing for 20+ years and joined Spencer & Okoboji Physical Therapy in June 2022 as Care Coordinator.

Daniel Sherman
PT, DPT, CMPT, BDN, Clinic Manager
Des Moines - East Village Physical Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, 2009, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2013 Creighton University, Omaha, NE.
  • Certification in Manual Physical Therapy, 2018, Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy & Clinical Training
  • Certification in Biomedical Dry Needling, 2022, SMART Seminars

Dan grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. He has been a practicing therapist working in the Des Moines metro since 2016, and has been excited to be a part of the East Village community since 2022.

He is certified in manual physical therapy along with biomedical dry needling. His specialty area of physical therapy practice is in spine rehabilitation, sports injuries and workers compensations.

In his leisure time he enjoys time with his wife Sara and two young daughters, spending time outdoors and seeing live music.

“I love that being a physical therapist allows me to spend time with patients, teach them how to care for themselves, and help them improve their mobility toward their goals."
-Dan

Mallory Stockel
PTA , Care Coordinator
Des Moines - East Village Physical Therapy
  • Associate of Arts in Physical Therapist Assistant, (2016), Mercy College, Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Bachelor of Arts, (2010), The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Mallory is a native of Dubuque, Iowa. Mallory has worked in physical therapy for seven years and acts as patient Care Coordinator at the East Village Clinic.

Mallory likes to stay active biking, running and doing yoga. She also loves traveling, reading and spending time with her husband and two children.

Dan Halfman
PT, DPT, BDN, COMT, FAAOMPT
Des Moines - East Village Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Integrative Physiology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 2009
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, 2017
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists, 2017
  • Certified Dry Needling – 2023

Dan grew up in Bettendorf, IA. He began his career in St. Louis before moving back to Iowa in 2017. He joined the East Village PT team in the summer of 2023.

Dan has extensive experience with pain science education. Dan also teaches advanced physical therapy courses all over the country.

With his advanced training, Dan specializes in treating spine conditions, joint dysfunctions, sports injuries, chronic pain, postural deficits, post-operative conditions, and workers compensation injuries.

Outside of work, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife Amy and three young children.

Sandra Norby
PT, DPT, CEO and Co-Founder
Home Town Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2016, The University of Montana - Missoula, Missoula MT.
  • Masters of Physical Therapy, 1989, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science- Athletic Training, 1986, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
  • Certified in Dry Needling, 2018

Sandy is passionate about her profession and advocating for her patients. Through her efforts at both the State and National levels, she has received the 2015 Charles Harker Award Winner for Advocacy and the 2017 Federal Advocacy Award from APTA, as well as the 2018 Olive C. Farr, Distinguished Leadership Award from the Iowa PT Chapter. Sandy has volunteered in leadership positions including being past president of the Private Practice Section - APTA, 2017-2020; past Chief Delegate-APTA Iowa 2020-2023. She is a member of the Iowa Physical Therapy Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, Private Practice Section, Academy of Leadership and Innovation; Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis and Hope Lutheran Church in Des Moines. Sandy and her husband and business partner, Kim, live in Arnolds Park and Des Moines. They are the very proud parents and grandparents of their growing family that began with their five awesome kids. In her free time, Sandy enjoys boating; riding her e-bike; completing half marathons for the exercise and medals; cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes; reading and trying out new recipes

Kim Norby
CFO/CIO, Co-Founder
Home Town Physical Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Science, 1989, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa.
  • Associate of Arts in Computer Programing, 1986, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa.
  • Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Certificate, 2015, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Iowa Army National Guard, 1986 - 2002.

Kim is an executive level Health Information Technology leader with twenty-five years of experience, twenty in management and eight in healthcare management. He is good at leading robust process creation and continuous improvement focused on the patient/customer experience and on that which you value. Gifted in discernment and strategic direction setting, Kim has a high sense of accountability, while individualizing people and at the same time focusing on high performance team development. Kim believes in and practices strong project management practices and his leadership style couples goal accountability with the freedom to solve problems. He understands complex technical requirements. He has worked with hospitals, health systems, physician practices, and obviously physical therapy organizations. He has worked with health information exchange, public health, Meaningful Use, Medicare and Medicaid, and other payers. Kim places a strong emphasis on his faith, his family and his health. His faith is his foundation and his wife and he have five children combined. "We are extremely proud of each one of them and so happy to have them in our lives." He has participated in over 50 half marathons and believes in keeping track of one's own health history. He is a futuristic entrepreneur who understands the risks of trying something new. "We shouldn't be afraid of failure and can learn from every one." He enjoys working with new ideas and being involved in the start-up community in his spare time.

Amy Schurman
Billing Manager
Home Town Physical Therapy
  • Associates of Arts, 2010, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa.
  • Administrators Network Certificate, 2009, Private Practice Section, American Physical Therapy Association.

Amy Schurman was born in Sioux City, IA and graduated from South Sioux City, NE. Amy has worked in healthcare since 1990. Amy started her career with Easter Seal and has worked with St Lukes, NWIO, Rehab Visions, Health South and CNOS. Amy’s expertise lies in front office services, billing, reimbursement and credentialing for Physical and Occupational Therapy and has been with us since 2006. Amy is married and lives in Elk Point, SD with her husband and two fur babies, Fiona, a St. Bernard, and Rocky, a black lab. She is a huge Nebraska Cornhusker fan. Amy is the proud parent of two amazing children and three beautiful granddaughters. Outside of work, Amy enjoys crafting, biking, Pilates and walks and quality time with her husband, Rocky and Fiona. Amy loves to spend as much tine as she can with her friends and family.

Melody Orris
Billing
Home Town Physical Therapy
  • Associate of Arts in Administrative Assistant Medical, 2011, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa.
  • Administrators Network Certification, 2013, Private Practice Section, American Physical Therapy Association.

Melody is a native of Northwest Iowa, growing up in Estherville. She lives in Le Mars. Is an avid Hawkeye fan and enjoys spending time with her two grandsons.

“I love working with the great staff and helping solve insurance issues.”
- Melody