Lauren Nelson-Bobb, Physical Therapist

Lauren joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in the spring of 2011. She attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed Susan Herdmann’s Vestibular competency training through Emory University in 2006. Lauren’s physical therapy interests include general orthopedics and sports medicine, manual therapy and complex vestibular disorders.

What do our patients have to say:


BI could not have asked for better care. Mary, Becky and Denny were great.

Darrell K.


I loved working with TJ!

Allison H.


I could not have had any better treatment. Mike was excellent and knowledgeable as my PT. 

Nancy S. 


Northwoods and Bruce made a scacy and difficult surgery and rehab into a positive experience. I always felt good walking in the door.

Stephanie K.


Amy is very professional and always on task. 


I want to thank Tessa Pecha and everyone else who was amazing, kind and very accommodating to my needs and concerns.

Deb T. 



Mary Clark, Physical Therapist

Mary joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in 2002. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and then went on to complete the Physical Therapy graduate program at Mayo School of Health Related Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota. Mary has over 25 years of professional experience with an emphasis on women's health issues and general orthopedics.

​Trina Lindner, Physical Therapist Assistant

​Trina grew up in Greenwood, Wisconsin. She obtained an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from the Chippewa Valley Technical College and joined the Northwoods Therapy team in Spring of 2017. Trina shares a passion for helping patients of all ages reach their individual goals. Her physical therapy areas of interest include aquatic therapy, orthopedic patients and chronic pain. 

Becky Newby, Physical Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, Owner

Becky joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in 2005 and has over 25 years of experience. She began her career in sports medicine and in 2002 gained her certification in hand therapy. Originally from Gilman, Wisconsin, she graduated from UW-La Crosse in 1990 with her BS in Physical Therapy.  

Kathy Litscher, Physical Therapist

Kathy joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in 2007. She graduated from UW-La Crosse with a BS in Science and Physical Therapy. She has over 38 years of experience in Physical Therapy and has worked in a variety of settings including an acute care hospital, rehabilitation, orthopedics, pediatrics and school systems.

Brooklyn Laube, Physical Therapist

Brooklyn is originally from Gilman, Wisconsin and joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in 2015. Brooklyn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from UW-La Crosse and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica in 2015. Brooklyn’s physical therapy areas of interest include hand therapy, aquatic therapy, pediatric orthopedic patients, and manual therapy.

     Ryan Stearns, Physical Therapist
Ryan is originally from the Eau Claire area joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in 2010. He attended the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse where he earned his BA in Biology followed by his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010.  Ryan's physical therapy interests include injury prevention and rehabilitation of athletes, specifically the overhead athlete. Ryan is originally from the Eau Claire area.

Mike Newby, Physical Therapist, Owner

Mike joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in 1996. He received a Bachelor's of Science degree in biology from the University of San Diego in1991 and went on to receive a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific in 1994. With 20 years of being at NWT,  Mike's special interests include pitching instruction, throwing mechanics and rehabilitation for the overhead athlete.

         Denny Clark, Physical Therapist
Denny joined Northwoods Therapy in 2008. Before completing the Physical Therapy graduate program at the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota in 1989, Denny received his BA in biology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  Denny has over 26 years of PT experience, primarily in outpatient physical therapy with a special interest in orthopedics and rehabilitation of the active population. Denny also specializes in sports performance for golfers.

Bruce Klutz, Physical Therapist

Bruce joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in the summer of 2007 bringing over 41 years of experience in Orthopedics and Sport Medicine to our staff. Bruce received his Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato State University and a minor in Athletic Training. He completed his Masters in Physical Therapy at Mayo School of Health Related Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota in 1975. He enjoys working with professional, college and high school athletes alike.

Kris Gessert, Physical Therapist

Kris joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in September of 2002. She graduated in 1986 from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a BS in Physical Therapy. Kris has over 30 years of experience that has been primarily in out-patient orthopedics.

TJ Nereng, Physical Therapist

TJ grew up in Blair, Wisconsin. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in 2009. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UW- La Crosse in 2013. TJ is passionate about progressing his manual skills, including dry needling techniques, and progressing all of his patients to reach their individual goals. TJ's interests include a wide variety of orthopedic, sports medicine and vestibular rehab needs, with a special interest in the throwing athlete.

Amy Kurtz, Physical Therapist, Owner

Amy has been with Northwoods Therapy Associates for over 14 years. Originally from Litchfield, MN, she received her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN,  and obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University, Denver, CO in December of 2007. Amy's current physical therapy interests include TMJ treatment and TMPD, female athlete intervention, core stability exercises and as well as building relationships with patients of all ages.

YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Carie Steil, Physical Therapist

Carie is originally from the Eau Claire area and  joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in 2013. Carie received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, where she ran cross-country and track. She continued on at the U of M to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012.  Carie’s physical therapy interests include a wide variety of orthopedic and sports medicine patients; specifically the running patient.

Tessa Pecha, Physical Therapist

Tessa is an Eau Claire native who joined the Northwoods Therapy staff in 2011. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2008 from UW-Eau Claire, where she played on the Blugold's softball team. Tessa then earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UW-La Crosse. Her physical therapy interests include working with individuals who have knee, hip, or shoulder pathologies.

Jaramia Jehn, Physical Therapist

Jaramia grew up in Mondovi, Wisconsin and joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in 2017.  He attended Carroll University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science as well as his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017.   Jaramia has a special interest in working with patients that have back and/or neck pain, but also enjoys providing therapy to individuals with other orthopedic conditions.  Jaramia is passionate about providing patient-centered care and helping individuals improve their quality of life. ​


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Altoona, WI 54720

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Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

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