Your Physical Therapist
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.
Amy Kurtz, Physical Therapist, Owner
Amy has been with Northwoods Therapy since 2003. 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, as well as building relationships with patients of all ages.
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.
Mary Clark, Physical Therapist
Mary joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in 2002. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. She went on to complete the graduate program in Physical Therapy at Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN in 1989. Her interests include general orthopedics with emphasis on working with mid-life and geriatric populations, including improving strength and mobility. She also enjoys working with patients following joint replacement surgery.
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.
Denny Clark, Physical Therapist
Denny joined Northwoods Therapy in 2008. He received his BA in biology at Luther College in Dechorah, IA in 1987. He completed the graduate Physical Therapy program at the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN in 1989. He has experience in a variety of settings, primarily in outpatient orthopedics. He enjoys working with patients of all ages. Denny has a special interest in working with the active population with an emphasis on assessing and treating movement dysfunctions. He also specializes in sports performance for golfers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, pediatric orthopedic patients, and manual therapy.
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.
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.
Ben Reich, Physical Therapist
Ben, DPT joined Northwoods Therapy Associates in December 2018. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Carrol University in 2009 and has been practicing in the Eau Claire area. His experience includes outpatient, skilled nursing, and acute care. Ben also earned his dry needling certification in 2018. His therapy interests include: working with injured workers, work conditioning, and general orthopedics.
Traci Rykal, Physical Therpist
Traci is originally from the Eau Claire area and joined the Northwoods Therapy team in 2019. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees from UW – Eau Claire in 2011 and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota in 2018. Traci is passionate about assisting her patients to return to their optimal level of function and improving their quality of life. Her physical therapy interests include orthopedic care, manual therapy and vestibular rehab.