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Andrew Bartek

OWNER, PHYSICAL THERAPIST

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Psychology and physical therapy go hand in hand, to Andrew. While growing up in Nebraska, his active sports life (football, skiing, running) led to injuries, and he saw first-hand the power of exercise and strengthening. He also discovered how much of the battle is mental. The psychology major was an early adapter of accelerating and sustaining recovery by treating everything related to the injury, not just the injury itself. He opened his practice in 2004 with that approach, creating a personal, encouraging environment that helps a client believe in themselves. “Seeing a person come in and thrive—maybe someone who didn’t believe they could get better or had been unsuccessful with other efforts—that is too cool.” He enjoys camping and traveling with his family. He has coached youth sports. He can juggle. And he may be “the single worst pool player to ever own a pool table.” But when it comes to building a physical therapy practice that is friendly, unique, and client focused, that you can chalk up.

EDUCATION

Bachelors of Arts Psychology and Biology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Creighton University, Omaha
Fellowship in Applied Functional Science, Gray Institute, Adrian, Michigan
Certified Functional Manual Therapist

Specialties: Outpatient orthopedics, Functional Biomechanics

Amy Entrekin

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Amy knows the value of physical therapy first-hand, having experienced health issues as a youth and being a physically active person. It gave the Shenandoah-area native a personal perspective on physical therapy benefits: “I’m excited about being able to help people live life the way they want to and not be restricted by pain, mobility, or weakness.” Amy works in all aspects of physical therapy, but has expertise with vestibular patients: helping those who struggle with vertigo, dizziness, or motion-induced sickness, such as when standing up too quickly or balance issues from strokes. Physical therapy, to her, is a whole-body focus to get the most out of life, something she exercises herself. She stays active with 3 pre-teen kids, enjoys outdoor activities, and coaches volleyball.

Amy, who joined JPT in 2005, serves as the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education. Contact her if you are interested in the field of physical therapy and want to observe in the clinic.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas
Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Des Moines University 

Specialties: balance and vestibular disorders, general orthopedics, manual therapy, functional exercise

Certifications: Functional Dry Needling; Competency-based Vestibular Rehabilitation 

Alyssa Bolger

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Coaching volleyball can be similar to physical therapy to this Johnston native. Be clear on the game plan, be encouraging, and help the players—or clients—develop skills and responsibility for long-term success. A recovery is a team effort, and it’s not always quick. “I like to make a positive impact in patients’ lives, help them realize the little steps they are taking when they have trouble seeing the big picture, and give them tools to help themselves.” Alyssa joined JPT in 2014, specializing in sports medicine and focusing on whole-body recovery for a healthy life, “not just my shoulder hurts from exercise class.” She still coaches, participates in outdoor activities (she ran her first marathon recently), and loves a new venture: refinishing furniture. So far she’s redone the bedroom, kitchen table, and built a sofa table. “A year ago I had never even picked up a drill, now I use it more than my husband,” she laughs. Tools to succeed, indeed.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, Marquette University
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Marquette University

Specialties: out-patient orthopedics, pediatric care, in-patient rehab therapy

Certifications: Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Functional Dry Needling, Strength and Conditioning

Ben George

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Ben is an Iowan – native born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. Growing up he played numerous sports but was most passionate about baseball. He attended St. Ambrose University for both undergrad and PT school. He graduated with a B.S in exercise science and obtained his doctorate of physical therapy in December of 2017. His clinical affiliates ranged from pediatrics and neuro ICU to outpatient orthopedics through University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ben works well in all aspects of physical therapy but has expertise in ACL rehabilitation. “I believe in optimizing movement for every single patient. Movement is a necessity for creating a change not only physically, but emotionally and mentally.” Ben’s free time involves hiking, biking and training in the weight room. “Weight lifting goes hand in hand with physical therapy. Different approaches are required for various people based on needs and goals. That is what makes physical therapy unique and rewarding.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, St. Ambrose University
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, St. Ambrose University

Rachel Schilling

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Growing up in Red Oak, Iowa, Rachel was a four sport – four season athlete. Her passion for sports fueled her desire to work in sports medicine. As an athletic training student at the University of Iowa, Rachel guided Division 1 athletes through their rehabilitation journey beginning the moment an injury would occur on the field to the day they were able to return safely to their sport. She graduated from the University of Iowa with her degree in Athletic Training in 2015 and achieved her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from St. Ambrose University two years later. Rachel practiced as a PT in the Quad Cities after graduation where she worked with patients recovering from stroke, orthopedic surgeries, vestibular disorders, debilitating back pain and many more diagnoses. “I love that my career allows me to help others to achieve their goals, whether those be to return to playing the game they love or simply being able to get outside and walk without pain.” Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and fur-baby Daisy, running, hiking and spending time outdoors.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training, University of Iowa
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, St. Ambrose University

Bekah Wetter

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Bekah was born and raised in Orange City, IA where she participated in volleyball and basketball. Her first exposure to physical therapy (and what fueled her passion for helping others) was her rehab experience for the multiple ankle injuries she sustained with the therapist who sat on the bench for high school basketball. She ventured a distant 15 minutes from home for her undergraduate degree at Dordt College where she majored in Exercise Science. Bekah then attended Des Moines University for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree and practiced for her first 3 years as a physical therapist at an outpatient clinic in Yorkville, IL where she treated a variety of patients with orthopedic diagnoses and vestibular disorders. “I am passionate about helping patients and getting them get back to what they love to do through movement. Movement is vital and it is a joy to see patients achieve their goals when they move in ways they did not think they would be able to.” In her spare time Bekah enjoys spending time with her husband, visiting family and friends, running, and being outdoors.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Dordt College

Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Des Moines University

Cindy Bartek

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

The Bartek connection goes way back—as in back to high school in Nebraska, where Cindy and Andrew met. Since then, they married, worked in Nebraska and Iowa, and are raising three active kids. Cindy has coached both her daughters in volleyball.  She loves bodyweight strength training, and she’s currently toying with some new things, like trying to follow a nutritarian diet and learning the guitar. They opened Johnston Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine together in 2004. At JPT, Cindy helps keep things running smoothly with her aptitude for business, bookkeeping, setting goals and being organized. And she enjoys meeting the people. “When people come in just to let us know they’re happy and doing well, I know that we’ve done a good job,” she says.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Lauren Rowedder

BILLINGS MANAGER/PHYSICAL THERAPY TECH

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Lauren helps our patients navigate insurance and billings questions. The sports-enthusiast loves being active.  She grew up in Johnston, playing basketball, soccer, and track (and wanting to play football), and then started her career on a physical therapy track and joining JPT in 2007 after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa. But she found a fit in the front office. “I’m very detail oriented,” she says. “I’m meticulous about how things go. If patients have insurance questions or issues, I’m right there to help them through it. That’s what I love: seeing our patients progressing and helping them through things. It makes it very personal.”

EDUCATION

Bachelors in Exercise Science, University of Northern Iowa