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.

Allison Sanchez-Masi
OTR/L, CHT

Originally from Lincoln, Allison studied occupational therapy at the University of Kansas before moving to New York City.

In 2003, she received her Board Certification in Hand Therapy and, as a certified hand therapist, she has worked at several private practice clinics in Manhattan and Brooklyn alongside a number of renowned therapists and physicians. Allison specializes in the rehabilitation of soft tissue and orthopedic traumas in the upper extremity and is an expert in custom fabrication of static and dynamic splints.

After 21 years practicing in New York City, she returned to Lincoln and joined Lincoln Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2018.

Allison is fluent in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with family.

Nathan Meints
PTA

Nathan is a 2017 graduate of Southeast community College where he earned an Associates of applied Science degree in the field of physical therapy. It was through his own personal experience with physical therapy that made him passionate about the profession. Knowing the difference therapy made in his life inspired him to help others in the same way.

Nathan was born and raised in the small town of Beatrice NE, where he participated in band, football, wrestling and track. In his down time, he enjoys watching movies, listening to music, spending time with family and friends and taking his dog, George, for walks. 

Britany Miller
PTA

Britany has been practicing physical therapy since 2003 and joined LOPT in 2011.  She graduated with an associate of applied science from the NECC physical therapist assistant program in Norfolk, where she grew up.  After graduating, she spent 8 years in a rural hospital setting, working with inpatient & outpatient clients.  She also has worked on call in skilled & transitional care facilities.

This background has allowed her experience with a variety of patient types & she has taken a special interest in orthopedics.  Britany is passionate about rehabilitation & getting people back to work & activities they care about.

In her spare time, she enjoys staying active & spending time with friends & family.  She is married with 2 girls, who keep her & her husband on the go.  Fitness has always played a large role in her life.  She was involved in dance for 15 years & even taught while attending school.  Britany is dedicated to using her knowledge & skills to help people get back on their feet & make their transition to health as great as possible.

Brea Coan
PTA

Brea attended school at Nebraska Methodist College, where she graduated in 2017 with a Physical Therapist Assistant Degree. While attending school in Omaha, she met her husband who was in the Navy. Shortly after graduating, her and her husband moved to Norfolk, VA where they were stationed for a year and a half. During this time, Brea was able to get certified in Massage Cupping. In March, they moved back to Lincoln where she began her current Job at LOPT.

Brea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spending time outside, playing sports and being at the lake.

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.

Jasmine Unvert
PTA

Jasmine is a 2010 graduate of Northeast Community College in Norfolk where she received her PTA degree. An Adams native, she graduated from Freeman High School in 2008. Jasmine joined LOPT in 2010 and enjoys her coworkers and helping patients get back to their activities of daily living. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her husband Jake, exercising with her dog Sadie, and spending time with friends and family.  

Irma Jacobsen
BA,PTA,LMT

Irma has been employed with LOPT since 1999. Patient care has always been her priority as a PTA. Being able to return individuals to their maximum level of physical function.

Spending time with her husband Jim and two sons Isaiah and Noah is her greatest joy. She loves staying active with running, biking, swimming and strength training. It creates a sense of self worth, accomplishment and better health.

*Bachelors of Education and Sport Medicine, Kearney State College-1988
*Associates of Applied Science in PTA, Colby Community College, Colby Kansas-1994
*Associates of Applied Science in Massage Therapy, The Myotherapy Institute,  Lincoln Ne-1999
*Member of the American Physical Therapy Association-1994
*Member of the American Massage Therapy Association-1999

Adrian Brandt
PTA

Adrian graduated from PTA school at Southeast Community College in March 2018.  He pursued this occupation to help others achieve their goals while being able to apply his passion for science as it relates to the body.  Adrian enjoys working in outpatient physical therapy because it allows for interactions with a variety of people battling different injuries.  Adrian has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2017.  Outside of work Adrian enjoys spending quality time with his wife, 2 sons, running, and being involved at his church.

Andrea Thorne
PTA

Andrea is a 2017 graduate of Southeast Community College, where she received her Associate of Applied Science degree for Physical Therapist Assistant. Prior to her PTA degree, she attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Health and Fitness Studies and became a Fitness Trainer for the geriatric population.

She joined LOPT in May of 2018 and enjoys helping people of all ages with their orthopedic rehabilitation. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2017.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially “Aunt Time” with her 3 nieces, as well as with her friends in Lincoln and Omaha, where she currently resides. Her other passion is being active with team sports, as she was named Cornhusker State Games Female Athlete of the Year in 2018.

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.

Victor Wolff
DPT

Victor was raised in Blair, NE, studied Exercise Science and Psychology at UNO, and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Creighton University. He has practiced primarily in outpatient orthopedics, but has also spent time in the inpatient and acute rehab settings treating patients after joint replacement surgeries and with various diagnoses. He is trained in LSVT BIG, a protocol designed specifically for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, and is focusing on becoming a board-certified therapist in Orthopedics/Sports.

Personally, Victor enjoys spending time with his wife, Alaina, and their three children. All of them are eager about calling Lincoln home and joining the St. Teresa’s parish and school family. Victor enjoys physical activity and the outdoors, and is an avid baseball and college football fan.

Anna Hardekopf
PTA

Anna graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Clarkson College in December of 2012. Prior to PTA school, she attended SCC where she received an Associate of Science degree as well. She enjoys working in the outpatient setting with all types of orthopedic patients.

Born and raised in Lincoln, she enjoys warm weather, outdoors, traveling and staying active.

Nicole Hiatt
PTA

Nicole is a graduate of Missouri Western State University, where she earned an Associates of Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science. Prior to moving back home to Nebraska, Nicole worked at Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri as a PTA while finishing her degree. Nicole also worked as a student athletic trainer while at MWSU.

Nicole is a native of Dorchester, NE, where she attended high school and participated in sports. Her participation in sports lead to her active lifestyle and desire to help people return to their normal activities. She especially enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Nicole and her husband, Justin, reside in Lincoln with their children Jacob and Jaelyn. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with family and watching and playing sports.

Katherine Houlden
PTA

Katherine Houlden graduated from Southeast Community College’s PTA program in 2019 with high distinction. She loves running, biking, and spending time with her husband and dog. She feels so lucky to start building a career helping people move!

South Lincoln – Williamsburg Office

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.

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

Megan Hird
PT, DPT, OCS

Megan is passionate about how physical therapy can change lives. She is honored to walk with people as they decrease their pain and improve the quality of their lives. She is a native of the Nebraska panhandle but loves the Lincoln community.

Megan and her husband Aaron have two boys. She enjoys gardening, baking, and good coffee.

  • Bachelors of Science Degree from Chadron State College
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from St Ambrose University, Davenport, IA 2006
  • Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation through Emory University and the APTA 2009
  • Board Certified in Orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2014
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association and prior Nebraska education co-chair
  • Specializes in the treatment of spine pain with a focus on manual therapy, and treatment of dizziness.

Emily Miller
PTA

Emily is a graduate of Nebraska Methodist College, where she earned her Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, graduating with Highest Distinction. She is a native of Remsen, Iowa, a small farming community in Northwest Iowa. She also attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Orthopedic Section.

Emily has always loved the human body and working with people. She found her passion in working with a variety of patients to help them through their physical challenges to enable them to improve their mobility and reach their goals. She has experience in a variety of settings having worked in skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and outpatient clinics as a traveling PTA in Texas and at Box Butte General Hospital in the Rehab and Wellness Department in Alliance, NE before joining LOPT in 2016.

Josh Kenney
PTA

Josh is a Seward, Nebraska native. In 2006 he received an Associate of Applied Science for the Physical Therapist Assistant from Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. Josh’s favorite part of being a PTA at LOPT is high ability to positively impact other’s life through the use of therapy. Prior to joining LOPT, Josh worked in inpatient, outpatient, acute rehabilitation, and skilled settings throughout the Midwest. He has used this valuable experience to better himself as a practitioner.

Josh and his Wife, Sheri, have two children. Josh’s hobbies include cooking, house restoration, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Sierra Brand
PTA

Sierra is a graduate from Southeast Community College Lincoln, NE where she earned her Associates of Applied Science for the Physical Therapist Assistant with honors and has been with Lincoln Orthopedic Physical Therapy since graduation. Sierra is passionate about assisting her patients to meet their functional goals and improving their quality of life. Sierra is married to her husband, Colton, and enjoys going to the gym, fishing, kayaking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Jenny Seevers
COTA/L

Jenny Seevers is a graduate from Allegany College of Maryland in 2011. She has been working with LOPT since 2012. Jenny truly enjoys getting to know her patient’s while providing skilled therapy services. She is certified in IASTM techniques. She has been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2010. She has special interest in hand, elbow and shoulder rehabilitation.

Jenny and her husband Kent share one daughter together, Isla. She is also a dog mom to Simon.

Jenny Suing
COTA/L

Jenny Suing graduated from Concordia University Nebraska in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in exercises science. In 2018 she graduated with an OTA degree from Central Community College in Grand Island, NE. She has worked for LOPT since earning her associates in occupational therapy. She loves being able to help her patients get back to participating in the activities they love most. Outside of work Jenny enjoys being outdoors, taking walks with her dog and husband Dustin, and spending time with friends and family.

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.

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.

Kristi Roddel
PTA

Kristi is a graduate of Missouri Western State University, where she earned an Associates of Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2001. Her special interests include sports injuries, post-operative rehab, and geriatrics.  She also really enjoys aquatic therapy at the Landing. 

Kristi and her husband Tom have 3 kids and are busy helping with their sporting activities. She enjoys coffee, baking, working out and being involved with her kid’s school activities.  

Donna Jensen
PTA, CLT

Donna enjoys being a Physical Therapist Assistant because it allows her to fulfill her passion in life of working with a variety of people and touching their lives by building relationships as they work together to reach their goals in physical therapy.

Donna earned her Physical Therapist Assistant degree at Nebraska Methodist in 2013.  She has experience in lymphedema, acute care, cancer rehab, geriatrics, and orthopedics.  Donna is lymphedema certified through Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in 2019.

Her special interests include lymphedema and geriatrics.  Donna is married to Randy and they have two boys.  Outside of work Donna enjoys spending time outside and doing activities with family.

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.

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.