Who Are We?

Kalispell

 
 

Trevor 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.

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.


Dr. 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 fiancé, 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.


Jeff Schmidt, PT, OCS, SCS, MTC
 

Originally from North Dakota, Jeff attended Physical Therapy school at St. Louis University graduating in 1991.  He earned his certification as a Manual Therapist through the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, FL in 2000.  Jeff has continued his education by passing specialist certifications in orthopedics (2006) and sports physical therapy (2011).  He has presented at many different levels, from senior citizen luncheons to major sports medicine symposiums, on a variety of Physical Therapy topics.  He has also taught within the university setting (University of North Dakota) and participated as a core faculty member for developing and teaching within Sanford Health’s first orthopedic residency program in Fargo, ND.  Jeff is currently president of OPTS, a continuing education company teaching colleagues the latest evidence on specific topics in Physical Therapy.
Being from rural North Dakota, Jeff has dedicated years of voluntary service to fire departments and is also a certified first responder.  In Jeff’s spare time, he enjoys time with his family camping, attending his kids’ events, hunting, and fishing.  If Jeff wasn’t a physical therapist, he would like to be a chef.


Pam 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.


Flathead Health & Fitness

 
 
Jennell Humphrey, PT, DPT, CSCS
 

Dr. Jennell Humphrey received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences and Human Health Performance from the University of Montana Western in 2007.  She then completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2010.  After her schooling, Jennell became the clinical director/PT for Physiotherapy Associates; the sports medicine director/PT at Beartooth hospital in Red Lodge, Montana; and worked as a contract therapist before coming to PTA in the spring of 2014.
Jennell’s specialty areas include manual therapy, sports and all orthopedic rehabilitation, and concussion management.  She is also pursuing her dry needling certification.  Jennell and her husband Brant enjoy hiking, climbing, camping, and skiing in their free time with their dog Max.


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.


Whitefish

 
 
Joel 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.


Dr. 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.


Columbia Falls

 
 
Jey 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.”


Dr. 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.