Who Are We?

Your local, physical therapy practice in Bigfork, Columbia Falls, Kalispell, Lakeside, Polson,
& Whitefish, providing personalized and specialized solutions for results to do life better.

Bigfork


 

Chandra Denherder, PT, DPT

Chandra is originally from Boise, Idaho and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Montana State University. She then went on to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington.
“I enjoy connecting with people and treating all patients with a desire to improve their lives and mobility through education and exercises. I specialize in geriatrics, post-surgical care, and orthopedic injuries. I enjoy working with the people in the Flathead Valley to help restore their optimal health through physical therapy.


 

Columbia Falls

PontiJey Ponti, PT, MS
Jey received his Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 2000.  Jey is a practicing Physical Therapist as well as an owner of PTA.  His treatment is focused on outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy.  His special interests include dysfunctions of the shoulder and back.  Outside of the office, Jey enjoys spending time with his wife Julie and their daughters Olivia and Allison.  He also enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, and fishing during his free time.  When asked about being a Physical Therapist, Jey said, “The satisfaction of working as a Physical Therapist is unmatched.  It is extremely fulfilling to bring a person back to a quality lifestyle after an injury or impairment and to get them back to the activities that they love.”


ColeDr. Michael Cole, PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS

Dr. Michael Cole is a 4th generation Montanan born and raised in Missoula.  He graduated from the University of Montana in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health & Human Performance with an emphasis in Athletic Training and in 2010 with his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree.  After graduation, he worked in Missoula creating new concussion treatment standards and helping write the law for concussion management in high school sports in the state of Montana while working in an outpatient physical therapy clinic. He also provided game coverage for multiple sports teams and athletic clubs in the Missoula Valley. In 2012 he moved to Kalispell and joined our team at PTA.  Michael’s areas of specialty include acute sports injuries, athletic injury rehab, shoulder and knee rehabilitation, instrumented manual therapy, Kinesio Taping, and High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Thrust Manipulations.  In his spare time Dr. Cole enjoys spending time with his wife while fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, backpacking, skiing, and serving in church.


 

Kalispell

VoermansDulcie Berube, PT, MS

After growing up in Columbia Falls, Dulcie attended Montana State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science and she later attended the University of Montana for her Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. She began her career in Helena as a rehabilitation director and Physical Therapist at a long term care facility.
Dulcie moved back to the Flathead Valley in 2011 and worked at a Continuing Care Retirement Community as a Physical Therapist and the clinical care manager and director of the outpatient therapy program. Dulcie has a wide variety of experience including wound care, total joint rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, and stroke rehabilitation.

Dulcie’s hobbies include reading and anything sports related. Her latest sports interest is CrossFit; although, she has quite the background in many sports considering she takes the time to learn a new sport or activity every year (volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, rugby, women’s flag football, ultimate Frisbee, skiing, wake boarding/water skiing, wind surfing, surfing, and racquetball so far!). Dulcie’s parents still live in Columbia Falls and enjoy having Dulcie and her two sons close by.


Corwin

Tyler Corwin, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Montana, Dr. Tyler Corwin went on to complete his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2013. He has been at PTA since June 2013 and is current member of the APTA.  Speaking about his decision to become a physical therapist, Tyler stated, “The ability to influence and positively affect someone’s life is very rewarding and is one reason I love being a physical therapist.”  His areas of specialty include chronic pain, spine care, lower extremity rehabilitation, and neck care.  Tyler has also been formally trained in instrumented tissue mobilization, Kinesio Taping, spinal manipulation, and barefoot running techniques.  Tyler’s parents, Bob and Joy, still reside in his hometown of Great Falls, and his brother Kevin lives in Missoula and works for the Montana FWP. Tyler is a former Griz football player and in his spare time enjoys hunting, fishing, snow sports, and water sports.


DixonDr. Mary Dixon, PT, DPT
Dr. Mary Dixon received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Colorado in 2009.  She worked in outpatient clinics for five years before joining PTA in the spring of 2014.  Mary’s specialty areas include pelvic and spine pain, headaches, chronic pain, total joint rehabilitation, sport specific rehabilitation, and women’s health.  When asked about her favorite aspect of physical therapy, Mary stated, “I especially like helping people find and strengthen their core.”  Mary, her husband, and dog Scrappy enjoy all outdoor adventures.  The Flathead Valley has been a welcome landing pad for rafting, fishing, camping, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking.  Mary also loves gardening, cooking, and painting furniture.


SkonordPam Skonord, PT
Pam has been actively practicing physical therapy since she graduated from the University of Montana in 1990.  She joined Professional Therapy Associates in June of 2004 where she focuses her practice on orthopedic and geriatric populations with an emphasis in manual therapy.  She also specializes in women’s health, specifically back and pelvis pain for patients during pregnancy and post-partum.  In addition, she has special interest in the foot, ankle and knee, including orthotics.  Pam plays active roles in the community as a member of the school board, as a 4H leader, and within her local church.  Pam and her husband, Daren, have three children, Danielle, Jenna and Nate, and enjoy family time on their mini-farm east of Kalispell.


Marcus RowanMarcus Rowan, PT, DPT
Marcus, a Helena native, graduated from Montana State University in 2015 with a Bachelors in English Literature. He went on to complete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University in Philadelphia, PA. Marcus enjoys working with all orthopedic conditions, but especially those with back and neck pain and upper extremity/shoulder impairments. Before joining us at PTA, he did pro bono physical therapy work in Guatemala and Inner City Philadelphia plus volunteered in Ecuador and studied abroad in England. He is always looking forward to the next opportunity to travel or provide care and learn from others.
Marcus enjoys golfing, hiking, and backpacking but especially fly fishing with his German Shepherd, Kya.


Rachell lrRachell Kirk, PT, DPT

Rachel is originally from Bismarck, ND and attended Carroll College earning a BA in Health Science. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Montana. Rachel says she loves connecting with patients and creating meaningful change in their lives.
“It is a rewarding experience to be able to help patients return to their favorite activities with family and friends.”
Outside of treating patients, Rachel enjoys hiking, fly fishing, trail running, playing soccer as well as boating and rafting – especially with her husband, Mac, family and friends.

 


Flathead Health & Fitness

EcclesTrevor Eccles, PT, DPT

Dr. Trevor Eccles graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 2005.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Oregon State University in 2002.

Trevor jointed PTA in March of 2010.  He is interested in all areas of orthopedic rehabilitation.  When Trevor isn’t working, he and his wife Lacy enjoy mountain biking and skiing.

 

 


 

Malmin

Kelly Malmin, PT, DPT, Cert. DN
Dr. Kelly Malmin received her Associate Degree in Applied Science from Williston State College and became a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in 1996. After seven years at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, she earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota. She returned to FMDH as a licensed Physical Therapist from 2006 to 2008 before relocating to Kalispell with her husband Nathan and three children.
Kelly has experience in acute care, wound care, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, long term care, restorative nursing, and geriatrics. Her main areas of focus are neurological impairments; cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine pain; spinal manipulations; dry needling; shoulder injuries; temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction; and preventative medicine.
When asked why Kelly became a Physical Therapist, she said, “I enjoy the challenge of working with patients, especially those patients who have had therapy or other treatments without results.  I chose to become a Physical Therapist to help people.  I want people to know that pain is not normal, no matter what their age, and that I can help them get back to being active and enjoying life.”  Her hobbies include golfing, playing basketball and volleyball, skiing, boating, fishing, hunting, and camping with her family.


Lakeside

Jon OttoJon Otto PT, DPT
Jon grew up In Riverton Wyoming. Prior to becoming a Physical Therapist, Jon was a commercial pilot and flight instructor in Billings and worked in both the Wyoming and Arizona Air National Guard. He graduated from University of Wyoming with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and Health Promotion in 2013 and completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with Franklin Pierce University in Goodyear, AZ. Jon most enjoys working with patient suffering from neck, back and shoulder injuries as well as post-surgical care. Jon moved to the Flathead Valley with his wife Jamie and two daughters Hailee and Riley.


Polson

Kenny Carpenter, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

Kenny joined our clinic in June of 2013.  He grew up in the beautiful area of East Glacier, Montana.  He graduated from high school in Plains and completed his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Montana State University, Bozeman in 2010.  Kenny completed graduate school at the University of Montana, Missoula receiving a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May 2013.  Prior to physical therapy school, Kenny worked as a firefighter for the forest service for four years on the Lolo National Forest.  He has work experience in acute care, skilled nursing and outpatient physical therapy.  His specialties include sports rehabilitation, manual therapy, injury prevention, work station modification, instrument manual therapy, Kinesio Taping and general health and wellness.  Kenny enjoys spending time in the great outdoors of Montana with his family and friends in the Flathead Valley.  He loves to hike, backpack, hunt, fly fish, travel and play basketball.  Kenny looks forward to helping patients lead happy, pain free lives.


megan granMegan L. Gran, PT, DPT

Megan was born and raised in Polson and is thrilled to be back serving her hometown community. Gonzaga University was where Megan received her Bachelor of Arts in music and theatre and went on to graduate from the University of Montana with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Megan’s interests in physical therapy include orthopedic rehabilitation, return to sport, women’s health, and back pain. When not in the clinic Megan enjoys alpine and cross country skiing, getting out on Flathead Lake, singing and playing music, and spending time with friends, family, and her puppy, Piper.


 

Whitefish

ShehanJoel Shehan, PT, MS, CSCS, Cert. SMT
Joel graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 2003.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, also from the University of Montana, and obtained his CSCS credentials in 2003 from NSCA.  As a practicing Physical Therapist, Joel has worked in multiple settings, including outpatient orthopedic, skilled nursing, home health, and acute hospital care, until joining PTA in May of 2006.  He has interest in all areas of orthopedic and sports related rehabilitation and training.  Outside of work his interests include skiing, cycling, and hiking with his wife Quincy, son Porter, and two dogs Trapper and Lily.

 

 


GivlerDr. Kim Givler, PT, DPT
Dr. Kim Givler graduated from Idaho State University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2009, following a clinical internship in spinal cord injury and neurologic trauma physical therapy in Cape Town, South Africa. A native of Montana, she returned to her home state and settled in the Flathead Valley in 2009, joining PTA in 2010. Kim’s professional interests include spine rehabilitation, maternity and post-partum care, balance and vestibular rehab, and aquatic therapy.  An avid recreationalist herself, she enjoys helping the people of Whitefish and the surrounding regions get back to and stay on their feet, in the mountains, and out on the trails.  In her free time, you’ll find Kim in the mountains running, hiking, rock climbing, and skiing.


 

Jake TothJake Toth, PT, DPT, Cert. DN
Jake is from Clarksburg, West Virignia where he earned a BS in Exercise Science from West Virginia Wesleyan College then went on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from West Virginia University.
Jake is certified as an Emergency Medical Responder and is TRX Sports Medicine and Functional Training Qualified. His areas of interest include sports rehabilitation, orthopedics, and myofascial dysfunctions. Jake plans to obtain his Sports Certification Specialist. Before moving to the Flathead Valley he worked in Bridgeport, WV with out-patient orthopedic patients. His wife Aly is an occupational therapist in the area. The two of them enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, fishing, and anything outdoors with their two Siberian huskies, Kya and Acadia.