North Lincoln Office

Ben DeWaard
MSPT

  • Received Masters of Science degree in physical therapy from Clarke College in Dubuque Iowa in 2002.
  • Special interests include low back pain, cervical pain, pelvic dysfunctions and chronic pain.
  • Utilizes a holistic approach in patient treatment, addressing imbalances throughout the body that may contribute to patient’s pain.
  • Trained in ASTYM

Chance Unger
DPT, ATC

Chance, a native of McCook, NE, is a 2015 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). Prior, he became a certified athletic trainer (ATC) after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012.

He joined the staff at Midwest Physical Therapy & Sports Center in 2015 and enjoys a special interest in athletic medicine, prevention and wellness, foot & ankle rehabilitation, and general orthopedics.

His personal interests include spending quality time with family & friends, running, reading, outdoor activities, and all things athletic. Chance is an active member of North American Martyrs Church in Lincoln. He and his wife, Lora, have one son, John Paul.

Kimberly Schultz
DPT, ATC

Kim is a 2014 graduate of Rockhurst University where she received her Doctorate of physical therapy degree. Prior to physical therapy school she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and became a certified athletic trainer in 2009.

Before joining Lincoln Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Kim worked as a full time PT at CHI St. Elizabeth hospital with a specialty in vestibular rehabilitation. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association along with the National Athletic Training Association.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, running and being outdoors.

Northeast Lincoln Office

Roger Sand
PT

  • Specializes in shoulder rehabilitation
  • Degree in physical therapy from Mayo Foundations School of Physical Therapy in 1971.
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic and Sports Therapy sections.
  • Trained in ASTYM and Stott Pilates.

John Linn
MPT, ATC, OCS

John enjoys being a Physical Therapist because it allows him to help others accomplish their goals by enabling them to get back to their jobs, their athletics, and their lives.  John really appreciates being able to spend quality time with people from many different backgrounds and work with them to improve their quality of life.  In his free time John enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, as well as hunting, fishing and golf.  Every year he runs the Lincoln Half Marathon as well as other road races.

  • Masters degree in physical therapy from the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota, 2001.
  • Board certified in orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association and National Athletic Trainers Association.
  • Specializes in shoulder, lower extremity, spine injuries, orthopedic and sports medicine.

Southeast Lincoln Office

Darren Ferguson
MPT, ATC, SCS

Darren became interested in physical therapy at an early age after suffering an injury playing football and going through physical therapy at a local hospital.  During that time he witnessed the compassion, knowledge, and fellowship that his therapist demonstrated to patients.  That experience left an impression on him and pushed him to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Darren has been practicing for over 19 years.  In that time he has continued to educate himself and maintained his passion for his patients.  Darren really appreciates that he is able to work with people who are going through a tough time and walk along beside them as they are working through their injury.

  • Graduated with Masters degree in physical therapy from Mayo School of Health Related Science in 1995.
  • Earned Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1992.
  • Board certified in orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Sports Clinical Specialist
  • Certified Athletic Trainer.
  • Special interest in sports rehabilitation and pediatric/adolescent orthopedics.
  • Trained in ASTYM

Brent Bednar
MPT, OCS

Brent chose to become a Physical Therapist because he wanted a career in health care that offered a variety of challenges and growth opportunities.  He has found a career that allows him to help people and build relationships. Brent really enjoys the problem solving aspect of PT, the satisfaction of a patient going from start to finish to get back to the activities they love.

Orthopedics has given Brent the opportunity to learn more each day and to look for the WHY?  WHY is this person having difficulty and then educate that patient on how they can correct that problem in their daily life.  It may be a simple modification of posture, or looking for what muscle is tight or weak.

Outside of work Brent enjoys spending time with his family and friends and being in the outdoors whether it’s cycling, camping, backpacking, or hunting.

  • Masters degree in physical therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2002.
  • Board certified in orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Special interests in sports injuries, postoperative rehabilitation, and lower extremity pain.
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Orthopedic Therapy section.
  • Trained in ASTYM

Adam Mailander
OTR/L, CHT

Adam is a 2004 graduate from the University of South Dakota where he received a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Before joining Midwest Physical Therapy & Sports Center, Adam worked as an occupational therapist at the University of Virginia, and the Nebraska Medical Center in outpatient with focus on orthopedic upper extremity injuries.

In May of 2011, Adam met the standards set forth by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission and became certified as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Adam joins a select number of Certified Hand Therapists in the state of Nebraska who have met these standards for certification. Adam is the Clinic Manager at the 6900 A Street location.

Claire Morris
DPT

Claire is a native of Sioux City, Iowa, and earned her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in May of 2012. Prior to physical therapy school she attended Santa Clara University in California where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Combined Sciences in 2009. Claire was also a four-year member of the Santa Clara University women’s basketball team.

Claire joined Midwest Physical Therapy and Sports Center and enjoys working with a variety of patient types including orthopedics and sports rehabilitation. She enjoys playing basketball, volleyball, and softball. She also enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

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Darci Fanning
PT

Darci is a 1999 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where she received her Master’s in Physical Therapy. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Special interests professionally include hand therapy and splinting, shoulder rehabilitation, sports injuries and general orthopedics.

Darci has been employed at Midwest Physical Therapy and Sports Center since 1999. She is also certified in Active Release Techniques®.

Hobbies include outdoor sports and activities such as bike riding, camping, snow skiing, and spending time with her family. Darci and her husband, Ki, have four children.

South Lincoln – Williamsburg Office

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Jake DeNell
PT, OCS, CWCE, CEEAA

Jake loves helping people and feels that it’s his God-given passion. He enjoys putting himself in his clients situation, realizing without their health, it’s difficult to achieve the highest quality of life. Physical Therapy allows Jake the opportunity to help people, give them hope and achieve their goals of optimum health.

  • Graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in physical therapy, 1975.
  • Board certified in orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Certified Clinical Instructor.
  • Received credential as a Senior Disability Analyst and Diplomat by the American Board of Disability Analysis in 1995.
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Certified in FCA Interpretation by the AADEP, 2003.
  • Certified Work Capacity Tester, Blankenship, Matheson systems and Epic Lift Capacity Evaluator.
  • Trained in ASTYM.
  • Specializes in worker’s compensation injuries.
  • Certified as an exercise expert for aging adults.

Stephen Benson
DPT, OCS, MTC

Physical therapy has been a real joy for Steve.  He has always possessed an interest in the sciences and finds people fascinating.  Physical therapy has been a perfect combination of science and love for people.  Steve finds it very gratifying to assist others feel better as they navigate difficult and painful circumstances.  Physical therapy has afforded him the opportunity to do this while challenging him to continue his own personal growth. 

  • Degree in physical therapy earned in 1979 from the Graduate School College of Medicine at the University of Iowa.
  • Completed a clinical residency program in orthopedic manual therapy from 1982-1983.
  • Manual therapy certification from the University of St. Augustine, 2004.
  • Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (O.C.S.) awarded by the American Physical Therapy Association in 1992.
  • Doctorate in physical therapy from Creighton University, 2006.
  • Trained in ASTYM.

Bruce Bednar
OTR/L, CHT, CWCE

  • Received a degree in occupational therapy from Creighton University in 2001.
  • Received certification in Hand Therapy in 2007.
  • Specialties in rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity and in splint fabrication.
  • Certified work capacity evaluator through Matheson in 2006.
  • Certified Functional Capacity Tester in Blankenship, PWPE and the Matheson systems.
  • Trained in ASTYM

Sherril Kilpatrick
PT

Sherril enjoys being a Physical Therapist because she enjoys helping people feel better and maintain their health. In her free time Sherril enjoys playing  golf, reading, attending Husker sporting events, travelling, creating stained glass projects and spending time with her family.

  • Graduated from Northwestern University’s program of physical therapy in 1982.
  • Special interest in general orthopedic therapy especially upper extremity, Knee, ankle  and post operative rehabilitation.
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association, orthopedic and hand therapy sections.
  • Trained in ASTYM and Stott Pilates

South Lincoln – Pine Lake Office

Kim Knopik
PT, MPA

Kim is a 1989 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1995.

Kim enjoys working with all types of orthopedic patients and has a particular interest in foot and ankle rehabilitation. She also has a strong background in work-related injuries, industrial rehabilitation, and orthotic fitting/evaluation. Before joining Midwest Physical Therapy and Sports Center in 2006, Kim worked as a PT at St. Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center and Makovicka/Sylliaasen Physical Therapy Services in Lincoln.

Kim is the Clinic Manager at the 2801 Pine Lake Road location. She and her husband, Barry, have three children: Nicholas, Carter, and Anna. In her spare time, she attends her kids’ activities, plays golf, and exercises.

Mallory Armstrong
DPT

Mallory is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2016. A Lincoln native, Mallory also attended Nebraska Wesleyan University where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in exercise science. Mallory also played on the women’s soccer team during her time at NWU. A career in physical therapy excites Mallory because of the opportunity to serve a diverse population in a tangible way that allows them to return to activities they enjoy.

Mallory enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her free time. She, and her husband Brett, enjoy long trips that include hiking and biking. Mallory also has an interest in running, that has led her to enjoy treating people with overuse injuries. Her previous passions included coaching a high school soccer team and volunteering at her local church’s high school youth group.

Dawn Bonness
PT

Dawn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1993, and graduated with a Master’s of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1996.

A Lincoln native, Dawn is a graduate of Lincoln East High School. She has experience in acute care, lymphedema management and long term care. Dawn has been a Vodder Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist since 1997.

She joined the Midwest Physical Therapy and Sports Center staff in 2003.

Her special interests include lymphedema and orthopedics. Dawn is married to Andy and has two daughters. She enjoys golf, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Roxie Tesmer
PT

Roxie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Nebraska and taught in the public schools for four years. She earned a Physical Therapy degree from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Roxie has practiced physical therapy in a multitude of settings and joined the Midwest Physical Therapy and Sports Center staff in 2000.

Her special interests are outpatient orthopedics, sports therapy, and sports enhancement. Roxie uses aquatic and land therapy with residents and outpatients at The Landing. She is also a certified Pilates mat instructor.

Roxie enjoys golf, cycling, skiing, tennis, attending sports activities, and teaching Sunday School. She is married with four children and one grandchild.

Beatrice Office

Zack Zade
DPT, CSCS

Zack is passionate about physical therapy and chose to become a physical therapist because it allows him to interact with patients one-on-one every day, while sharing his knowledge of maintenance and care of the human body to help improve the lives of all of his patients.

Outside of work Zack enjoys spending time with family and friends and spending time outdoors: cycling, running, gardening, or hiking. Zack is also an accomplished handyman, who always has a construction or automotive project going to keep him busy.

  • Native of rural, south-central Nebraska
  • Clinical Doctorate in physical therapy from Des Moines University in 2014
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2009
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Special interests in general health and wellness, sports injuries, postoperative rehabilitation, and lower extremity pain

Ashland Office

Karen Stille
PT, MA

Karen graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1987 and earned a Master of Arts in Health Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1991. Karen is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has worked at Midwest Physical Therapy and Sports Center since 1998.

In 2007, Karen opened a clinic for Midwest Physical Therapy in Ashland where she is the Clinic Manager. She enjoys working with patients in the community where she lives. Her experience is in acute care, geriatrics, ergonomics, and outpatient orthopedics/sports medicine.

Karen enjoys enjoys making jewelry and camping. She is a very active member of St. Mary’s Church and the local community of Ashland. Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, Kevin, and their three sons.