Meet The Ability Team

Mount Vernon

Michael Reiling, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS, works full time as a physical therapist and is the owner of Ability Physical Therapy. Michael graduated from the University of Iowa with a major in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training in 1996. He has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 20 years. In 2000, Michael graduated with a Masters of Science degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He has worked in private practice orthopedic physical therapy for 16 years. Michael is a Licensed Physical Therapist, Licensed Athletic Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He prides himself as being a skillful clinician with a focus on customer service. Michael has been married for 18 years to Melissa and is a proud father of 4 boys. He is a cub scout leader, active in his community church, and provides medical coverage for sporting events.

 

Andy Bishop, DPT, received a B.S. degree from Iowa State University in 2005, then onto University of Iowa for a Doctorate of Physical Therapy completed in 2007. Currently lives in Solon, but previously resided in northern Iraq (2010-2014) teaching and coaching basketball with his wife, Lisa and three kids: Zander, Zephie and Zeke. Just joined the therapy team at Ability Physical Therapy, Mount Vernon in January 2015.

Alicia Davis PTA, graduated from Kirkwood Community College in May 2015 and started at Ability Physical Therapy in Mt. Vernon July 2015. She is excited to start her career in physical therapy and see what all this field has to offer. Alicia enjoys playing coed softball and volleyball, camping, spending time with family, volunteering at the county fair, and spending time with her husband Klint and two dogs Mollie and Addison.

Eric Wykert, B.S., PTA, ACSM-CPT, received his BS degree in 2012 from Western Illinois University in Exercise Science and his Associates degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Kirkwood Community College in 2016. Eric is originally from Wapello and now lives in Iowa City. Eric works out of the Ability Physical Therapy office in Mount Vernon and also works as a personal trainer at Elite Fitness in Lisbon.

Ben Johnston, LMT, joined Ability Physical Therapy in May of 2014 as a Licensed Massage Therapist and PT Tech. He graduated from Carlson College in 2011 and has worked for a couple of chiropractors and at Salon 30 prior to finding his home here at Ability Physical Therapy in Mount Vernon. His passion lies in helping people understand how their bodies work, how inflammation can be naturally reduced, and give tools to use at home when pain stops them from living life. He is available at both Mt. Vernon (Monday – Friday) and Marion (every other Wednesday).

Jess Lynch is the office manager for the Mt Vernon location and also will be managing the upcoming Solon location. She graduated in 2017 with an AS in Health Information Technology after 7 years as a stay at home Mom. She lives outside Solon near Cedar Bluff with her fiancé, 3 children, 2 horses and white lab puppy. When not at work she enjoys horseback riding, boating, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Jen Stoner, has worked for Ability Physical Therapy in Mt Vernon for 7 years. While at work she enjoys helping patients with customer service, coffee, and a smile.  She lives outside of Mount Vernon with her husband and 3 kids. She enjoys camping, going on trips, and spending time with her family and friends.

Marion

Jean Hammill, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, ATC, received a BS degree in 1969 in education and taught and coached track, basketball and softball for 7 years. She received her bachelor's degree in 1979, a master's degree in PT in 1993 from the U of I, and her clinical doctorate from St. Ambrose University in 2005. She has been board certified by the American Physical Therapy Association since 1996. She is a nationally certified athletic trainer. Jean has been active with the Iowa Physical Therapy Association serving on the board of directors, as vice president and as president. She has 37 years of experience. She founded Marion Physical Therapy in 1996.

Gregory O' Brien, DPT, CSCS, is the Director of Rehab and the Coordinator of Clinical Education. He has degrees in Exercise Science, Fitness & Human Performance, and is a Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He graduated from St. Ambrose University in 2009 and then began working in a local hospital-based physical therapy group before starting here at Marion Physical Therapy. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife Megan as well as family and friends during his free time.

Rachel Zhorne, DPT received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Iowa in 2017, and joined the Ability Physical Therapy team January, 2018. Rachel is passionate about restoring her patient's to their highest level of physical function, and promoting optimal quality of life. She enjoys watching football/basketball/soccer and spending time with her boyfriend Brian, family, niece and nephews, and her cat Sophie, and dog Scout.​

Wendy Verge, PTA, PNF Certified, received her Associate's degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from St. Petersburg College, FL, in 2008. She has worked at a local hospital group in Inpatient Physical Therapy, as well as continuing to work at several local nursing homes. Wendy joined the therapy team at Marion Physical Therapy in March 2015.  She enjoys spending time with her 3 boys and husband in their many adventures. 

Amanda Bessler PTA, recieved her Associates degree from Kirkwood as a Physical Therapist Assistant and is currently working and Marion and Center Point Locations part-time. 

Sarah Jones, is the Operations Manager for the Marion location. She is also the Billing Manager for all the clinics and has been part of the Marion Physical Therapy family for over 11 years. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends. When she is not chasing around her toddler, she likes to watch football... or just relax.

Lois Ocenosak graduated from Mount Mercy University in 2007 with a BS in Biology. She has worked with the Marion Physical Therapy company since 2003 as Office Support and Physical Therapy Tech. She enjoys a variety of work at the Marion, Center Point, and Mount Vernon Clinics as she fills in for other employees on vacation.

Sadie Sell, LMT, is the Office Manager, Billing Assistant and Licensed Massage Therapist in the Marion office. She is a 2013 graduate of Carlson College of Massage Therapy in Stone City, Iowa. Sadie takes pride in the challenge of tailoring her body work specifically to the person she is working with. Some of the modalities she incorporates are Swedish/Relaxation, Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue, Orthopedic and Myofascial Release. Sadie has two children and a Cocker Spaniel, enjoys being involved in extracurricular activities with her girls and loves being outdoors.

Chris Will, B.A., NASM – CPT, SFS, graduated from the University of Iowa in 2005 with a B.A. in Health Promotion. He began his career as a certified personal trainer in Denver, CO, working for 24 Hour Fitness, Life Time Fitness and Colorado Athletic Club. After 5 years in Denver, Chris moved back to Iowa in 2010 and has been at Marion Physical Therapy since 2013. Chris is passionate about helping his clients achieve their goals, whether athletic, fitness and enjoys helping patients and clients transition between the two. Chris enjoys playing and watching all sports, running several fantasy football leagues, and spending time with friends and family. He works out of the Marion Ability Fitness office.

Center Point

Janet Burbridge, BS, MPT, received her Masters in Physical Therapy from University of Iowa in 1993. She has over 20 years experience working in a variety of settings including the hospital setting, home health, long-term care and out-patient physical therapy. She has been with Marion Physical therapy for 16 years, working at Ability Physical Therapy Center Point for the past 6 years. She and her husband Jon are looking forward to the next chapter in their life, as both children are currently in college.

Kim Simon, DPT, graduated from the University of Iowa with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2004. Prior to joining Ability Physical Therapy in Center Point she had worked in an outpatient orthopedic setting that also provided the opportunity to see patients in the hospital, home health, assisted living and long term care settings. She enjyos working in the outpatient orthopedic setting with a special interest in vestibular rehabilitation and balance disorders. Kim lives in Center Point with her husband and four children. Her “free time” is spent shuttling kids to and from activities, assisting with kids activities and attending CPU and Hawkeye sporting events.

Jennifer Kellogg, BS, PTA, LMT is a physical therapy assistant for Marion Physical Therapy, and both Ability PT clinics. She has her BS from Upper Iowa and her PTA degree from Kirkwood Community College. Before becoming a PTA, she served as office manager at the Ability Clinic in Mt. Vernon for 4 years. Jennifer is also a licensed massage therapist with 13 years of experience.

Brenda Naaktgeboren, LMT, graduated from Carlson College of Massage Therapy in 2013. She has worked with many different types of clients from athletes to cancer patients and elderly. She enjoys helping people find a quiet space in their busy lives to relax, unwind, and breathe.

Lynda Johnson, is the office manager at Ability Physical Therapy in Center point. She has recently moved to the Cedar Rapids area from Chicago where she managed a Podiatrist office. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as, cooking and biking during her free time.

Mount Vernon

Michael Reiling, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS, works full time as a physical therapist and is the owner of Ability Physical Therapy. Michael graduated from the University of Iowa with a major in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training in 1996. He has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 20 years. In 2000, Michael graduated with a Masters of Science degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He has worked in private practice orthopedic physical therapy for 19 years. Michael is a Licensed Physical Therapist, Licensed Athletic Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He prides himself as being a skillful clinician with a focus on customer service. Michael has been married for 21 years to Melissa and is a proud father of 4 boys. He is a cub scout leader, active in his community church, and provides medical coverage for sporting events.

Becca Fetter, PT, DPT earned her B.S. degree from the University of Iowa in 2005, she then worked as a mechanical engineer for 8 years prior to deciding on a career change to become a Physical Therapist. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017 from Washington University in St. Louis where she also developed a passion for pelvic health physical therapy. Outside of helping patients, she enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking with her husband Ken, visiting friends and family around the country, and checking out new restaurants in the area. 

Austin Kramer, PT, DPT graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2016. He went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2018. His time in physical therapy school helped spark an enthusiasm for treating all varieties of patients, anyone from athletes to elderly. When Austin isn’t helping patients in the clinic, you’ll probably find him outdoors. He enjoys fishing, hiking, golfing, and any other active games with friends.

Taylor Connor B.S., PTA, Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Cornell College in 2015, where she also played volleyball and basketball during her 4 years. She then graduated with an Associate’s degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Kirkwood Community College in 2018. She is originally from Mt. Vernon and lives there now with her Husband, Brit. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.  

Traci Smith B.S., PTA, ACE Certified,  Graduated in 2007 from Wartburg College with a BS in Fitness Management.  She became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer in 2007 where she has enjoyed working with a wide variety of clients to help them to meet their goals.  During her time at Wartburg she enjoyed playing Volleyball and Softball and went on to coach HS Volleyball.  Traci Graduated in 2018 from Kirkwood Community College with her Physical Therapist Assistant Degree.  She has recently moved to Mt. Vernon from Clarence with her husband Jesse and 2 children Annabelle and Andrew.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her kids, friends and family playing/watching sports and camping.

Jen Stoner, Can be found at two different clinics.  She is the Office Manager in Mt Vernon and is an Office Assistant in Marion.  She enjoys the flexibility of the different clinics and being able to assist the patients and the staff at both locations.  She has been enjoying being a part of the Ability team for 9 years now.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids on their farm as well as camping, going on adventures and spending time with family and friends

Hayes Houdeshell, Joined Ability Physical Therapy in January 2019 to help with office support in Mt. Vernon.  Hayes was working as a full time hair stylist at Cost Cutters before joining our team.  She is excited to get to know everyone at Ability PT.  In her spare time she likes to go to Iowa Hawkeye Sporting Events with her husband Tyler, and enjoys spoiling her niece Elsa And Nephew Jory!  

Deanna Lala, LMT, Graduated from Carlson in 2016 and specializes in swedish, deep tissue, craniosacral, and Reiki massage techniques.  She enjoys providing massage for athletes to help achieve their goals as well as clients looking for relaxation.  Enjoys spending time outside camping or kayaking with friends/family, and checking out local coffee shops.  

Carsen Kuesel, B.A., ACSM-CPT, graduated from Cornell College in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, where he also ran cross country and track all four years. Certified personal trainer through ACSM association. He is currently training for weightlifting competitions. Carsen works out of the Elite Fitness in Lisbon and helps with office support in Mt. Vernon when needed. 

Jon Thuerauf, B.A., ATC, LAT, NSCA-CPT, is a licensed and nationally certified athletic trainer, and personal trainer. He graduated from Coe College where he worked with athletes in football, wrestling, and basketball to help them achieve their fitness goals and rehabilitate injuries. Jon works one on one with not only athletes but the general public to overcome injuries and reach their fitness goals. Jon is the Fitness Director for all the Elite Fitness & Ability Fitness locations but mainly works out of the Lisbon location.

Marion

Jean Hammill, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, ATC, received a BS degree in 1969 in education and taught and coached track, basketball and softball for 7 years. She received her bachelor's degree in 1979, a master's degree in PT in 1993 from the U of I, and her clinical doctorate from St. Ambrose University in 2005. She has been board certified by the American Physical Therapy Association since 1996. She is a nationally certified athletic trainer. Jean has been active with the Iowa Physical Therapy Association serving on the board of directors, as vice president and as president. She has 37 years of experience. She founded Marion Physical Therapy in 1996.

Gregory O' Brien, DPT, CSCS, is the Director of Rehab and the Coordinator of Clinical Education. He has a degree in Exercise Science, Fitness & Human Performance, is a Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and is IASTM certified.  He graduated from St. Ambrose University in 2009 and then began working in a local hospital-based physical therapy group before starting here at Marion Physical Therapy. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife Megan and son Jack as well as family and friends during his free time.

Rachel Zhorne, DPT received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Iowa in 2017, and joined the Ability Physical Therapy team January, 2018. Rachel is passionate about restoring her patient's to their highest level of physical function, and promoting optimal quality of life. She enjoys watching football/basketball/soccer and spending time with her Fiance` Brian, family, niece and nephews, and her cat Sophie, and dog Scout.​

Wendy Verge, PTA, PNF Certified, received her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from St. Petersburg College, FL, in 2008.  She has experience working in acute care, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient, and inpatient rehab settings.  Wendy joined the Ability Physical Therapy team in March 2015 and works primarily in the Marion office.  When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her 3 boys and husband in their many adventures. 

Mandy Tressel, B.A., PTA, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Instructor,  primarily works out of the Marion office, occasionally traveling to and assisting the other locations. Mandy received her BA in 2012 from the University of Iowa in Health and Human Physiology and her Associates degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Kirkwood Community College in 2015.  Mandy also holds a degree in Communications and is a certified Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Instructor. Living in Marion, Mandy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, appreciating the outdoors and venturing to new local eateries.

Sarah Jones, is the Operations Manager for Ability Physical Therapy. She started in 2005 as the first licensed massage therapist when it was just Marion Physical Therapy. She has seen the company grow with additional locations and employees, but the professionalism and care have never changed and have always been outstanding since the day she started. When Sarah is not with her physical therapy family she enjoys spending time with her other family and friends…especially playing robots with her son.

Sadie Sell, LMT, is the Office Manager, Billing Assistant and Licensed Massage Therapist in the Marion office. She is a 2013 graduate of Carlson College of Massage Therapy in Stone City, Iowa. Sadie takes pride in the challenge of tailoring her body work specifically to the person she is working with. Some of the modalities she incorporates are Swedish/Relaxation, Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue, Orthopedic and Myofascial Release. Sadie has two children and a Cocker Spaniel, enjoys being involved in extracurricular activities with her girls and loves being outdoors.

Dena Bircher, joined Ability Physical Therapy in September 2019 to help with office support in the Marion Office. She enjoys her commute of 5 minutes from home to work. She moved from Olin, in Jones County, to Marion about 2 years ago and lives with her husband Todd, two children Ericka and Gavin and our dog Eli. The kids are enjoying what the Lin-Mar schools have to offer and are looking forward to working out with Elite Fitness as a family. 

Sarah Boniface, LMT,  graduated from Carlson College of Massage Therapy in 2012.  She is passionate about whole mind and body health and believes massage therapy is an essential component to help one achieve optimal well-being.  She specializes in massage modalities ranging from specific therapeutic work to deep relaxation, tailored to achieve each person's specific goal.   

Joe Klein, BA, ACSM-CPT.  Nationally certified personal trainer. Joe initially started with an associates degree of science, but just graduated with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. Started weight training six years ago and became obsessed with learning more about the human body and how it works. When not in the gym, he can usually be found fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

Center Point

Janet Burbridge, BS, MPT, received her Masters in Physical Therapy from University of Iowa in 1993. She has over 20 years experience working in a variety of settings including the hospital setting, home health, long-term care and out-patient physical therapy. She has been with Marion Physical therapy since 2000, working at Ability Physical Therapy Center Point since 2010. She and her husband Jon are looking forward to the next chapter in their life, as both children are currently in college.

Kim Simon, DPT, graduated from the University of Iowa with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2004. Prior to joining Ability Physical Therapy in Center Point she worked in an outpatient orthopedic setting that also provided the opportunity to see patients in the hospital, home health, assisted living and long term care settings. She enjoys working in the outpatient orthopedic setting with a special interest in vestibular rehabilitation and balance disorders. Kim lives in Center Point with her husband and four children. Her “free time” is spent shuttling kids to and from activities, assisting with kids activities and attending CPU and Hawkeye sporting events.

Alicia Davis PTA, graduated from Kirkwood Community College in May 2015, she started at Ability Physical Therapy in Mt. Vernon July 2015 and then transferred to our Center Point Clinic in July 2018. Alicia is excited to get back to her home town and treating familiar faces in the community.  Alicia enjoys playing coed softball and volleyball, camping, spending time with family, volunteering at The Linn County Fair, and spending time with her husband Klint and son Kade.

Brenda Naaktgeboren, LMT, graduated from Carlson College of Massage Therapy in 2013. She has worked with many different types of clients from athletes to cancer patients and elderly. She enjoys helping people find a quiet space in their busy lives to relax, unwind, and breathe.

Lynda Hartig, is the office manager at Ability Physical Therapy in Center point. She has recently moved to the Cedar Rapids area from Chicago where she managed a Podiatrist office. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as, cooking and biking during her free time.

Nichole Carlson, B.A., NSCA-CPT, is a nationally certified personal trainer. She graduated from Ashford University in 2014 where she competed in track and field at the national level. She joined the Elite Fitness team in January of 2015 and is now the manager of the brand new Elite Fitness in her hometown of Center Point. She enjoys competing in all sports and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Denver Broncos.

Kira Chatterton, B.A, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Movement and Exercise Science. She is a nationally certified fitness instructor who discovered her love for teaching and training others while instructing at the UNI Rec Center. She loves being able to work with people of all fitness levels to achieve their goals. She joined the Elite Fitness team in September 2017 and is excited for all the opportunities she will have as a part of the Elite Fitness Staff.

Solon

Andy Bishop, DPT, certified in dry needling.  received a B.S. degree from Iowa State University in 2005, then onto University of Iowa for a Doctorate of Physical Therapy completed in 2007.  Currently lives in Solon, but previously resided in northern Iraq (2010-2014) teaching and coaching basketball with his wife, Lisa and three kids: Zander, Zephie and Zeke.  He joined the Ability Physical Therapy team in January 2015 and currently works in Solon.

Jennifer Kellogg, BS, PTA, LMT is a physical therapist assistant and works primarily out of our Solon clinic. She has her BS from Upper Iowa and her PTA degree from Kirkwood Community College. Before becoming a PTA, she served as office manager at the Ability Clinic in Mt. Vernon for 4 years. Jennifer is also a licensed massage therapist with 13 years of experience.

 

Eric Wykert, B.S., PTA, ACSM-CPT, received his BS degree in 2012 from Western Illinois University in Exercise Science and his Associates degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Kirkwood Community College in 2016. Eric is originally from Wapello and now lives in Iowa City. Eric works out of the Ability Physical Therapy office in Mount Vernon and also works as a personal trainer at Elite Fitness in Lisbon.

Jess Lynch is the office manager in our Solon clinic. She graduated in 2017 with an AS in Health Information Technology after 7 years as a stay at home Mom.  She lives with her fiancé, 3 children, 2 horses and white lab puppy. When not at work she enjoys horseback riding, boating, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Sam Handley LMT in our Solon office.  Sam graduated in the fall of 2018 from Carlson College of Massage Therapy.  She has always had a passion for helping people.  She has been working as a CNA for the past 4 years, before pursuing her license for massage therapy.  While not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoys as many outdoor activities as possible.

Mount Vernon
300 Virgil Ave

Mount Vernon, IA 52314
319-895-8655 

Fax: 319-895-8651

Marion
999 44th St., Suite 10000 

Marion, IA 52302
319-373-7311

Fax: 319-373-7313

Center Point

4215 Lewis Access Rd, Suite 300 Center Point, IA 52213
319-849-2062

Fax: 319-849-2067

Solon

411 Haganman Lane Unit D, Solon, IA 52333

319-624-1250
Fax: 319-624-1252

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