Our Mission

We are here to help people Move Better, Feel Better and Live Longer without compromise.

  • MOVE: Movement is at the core of what we do every day
  • FEEL: How you feel is the most important aspect of our care delivery
  • LIVE: When you move and feel better, scientific research highly supports a longer life

What We Value

Professional Therapy Associates was founded on the values of teamwork, fun, community, results and responsibility. These help us deliver the best treatment for our patients and culture for our employees.

Teamwork

We work together to accomplish more.

Fun

We encourage a fun and upbeat environment that results in employees who want to come to work and patients who never want to leave.

Community

We give back to the communities in which we serve.

Results

We provide genuine and personalized patient care with high quality results.

Responsibility

We commit ourselves to helping people lead active and healthy lifestyles.

Our Story

Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) was founded in 1988 with the intention of delivering the best physical therapy in the Flathead Valley. Over the next 19 years, we established ourselves as healthcare leaders in the local community. In 2007, PTA was sold and merged with Kalispell Rehabilitation Associates, which brought new leadership and a revived vision to the company. 

PTA’s reputation was strengthened and expanded over the course of the next eight years, which led to significant growth and stability. The PTA family grew again in 2016 when Lake Health & Rehab officially rebranded, and then Chris Leck joined PTA as the CEO and partner. Under Chris’ guidance, PTA has been positioned as the premier physical therapy group in Northwest Montana.

Meet Our Team

We’re a team of dedicated professionals serving the needs of patients in Northwest Montana.

Chris Leck

PT, DPT, SCS, CEO

Chris Leck

PT, DPT, SCS, CEO

Chris is the CEO and vice president of operations of our PTA clinics. He received his bachelor’s of science in pre-medicine from the University of Notre Dame before going on to serve four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He then returned to graduate school receiving his doctorate in physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, the number one physical therapy school in the nation. Chris worked as a physical therapist in both Seattle and Spokane prior to moving to the Flathead Valley. He enjoys being outside with his wife and three kids, and particularly likes camping, hiking, fishing and golfing. As a physical therapist and leader of PTA, Chris relishes “the opportunity to change someone’s quality of life on a daily basis.”

Jessa Brooks

PT, DPT

Jessa Brooks

PT, DPT

Jessa Brooks, native to Seeley Lake, completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana (UM) while playing basketball for the Lady Griz. She returned to UM and earned her doctorate of physical therapy in 2018. While in physical therapy school, Jessa focused on a return to sports therapy and research, working closely with the UM athletic training department and the strength and conditioning coaches to optimize player performance post injury and for injury prevention. Since graduation, Jessa has obtained advanced training in pelvic health physical therapy and enjoys helping patients with this special diagnosis. Jessa loves exploring the great outdoors with her husband, son, Augustus, and chocolate lab and enjoys skiing Big Mountain, mountain biking the Whitefish trails and fishing the creeks of the Swan Valley.

Michael Cole

PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS, Cert. DN, Clinic Director

Michael Cole

PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS, Cert. DN, Clinic Director

Michael Cole is a fourth generation Montanan, born and raised in Missoula. He graduated from the University of Montana in 2006 with a bachelor’s of science in health and human performance with an emphasis in athletic training and in 2010 with his doctorate in physical therapy. After graduation, he worked in Missoula creating new concussion treatment standards and helping write the law for concussion management in high school sports in 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 the PTA team. Michael’s specialties 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, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife while fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, backpacking, skiing and serving in church.

Sierra Crockford

PT, DPT

Sierra Crockford

PT, DPT

Sierra completed her doctorate in physical therapy at Northern Arizona University in 2018 and moved to the Flathead Valley in 2019. She has taken multiple courses to further her manual skills, is an ACSM certified exercise physiologist, and has her certification in applied functional science through the Gray Institute. Her professional interests include performance enhancement, return to sport, pelvic health, geriatric care and fall prevention. Outside of her work, Sierra enjoys weight lifting, hiking, skiing and mountain biking with her border collie.

Trever Eccles

PT, DPT, Cert. DN, Clinic Director

Trever Eccles

PT, DPT, Cert. DN, Clinic Director

Trevor Eccles graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Montana in 2005. He received a bachelor’s of science in exercise and sports science from Oregon State University in 2002. Trevor is certified in dry needling and has advanced post-graduate training in lower quarter assessment, spinal manipulation, functional capacity evaluations (FCE) and preserving the active hip. Trevor joined PTA in 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.

Jon Otto

PT, DPT, Cert. DN

Jon Otto

PT, DPT, Cert. DN

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 Guards. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor of science in kinesiology and health promotion in 2013 and completed his doctorate of physical therapy with Franklin Pierce University in Goodyear, AZ. Jon most enjoys working with patients suffering from neck, back and shoulder injuries as well as post-surgical care. Jon lives in the Flathead Valley with his wife, Jamie, and two daughters Hailee and Riley.

Gabby Pulliam

PT, DPT

Gabby Pulliam

PT, DPT

Gabrielle is a veteran of the U.S. Army with twelve years of service, including three tours. She received her doctorate in physical therapy from Elon University in 2015. Shortly after, she moved to New Mexico to work in both the hospital and private outpatient therapy settings, seeing a variety of diagnoses in rural communities. In July 2019, Gabby and her husband found their forever home in Kalispell, Montana. Gabby has taken multiple post-graduate courses to hone her manual and clinical skills further to provide the best and most up to date care possible for her patients. Gabby enjoys working with all orthopedic diagnoses (post-surgical as well as non-surgical) and pelvic health patients.

Joel Shehan

PT, MS, CSCS, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN, Clinic Director

Joel Shehan

PT, MS, CSCS, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN, Clinic Director

Joel graduated with a master of science in physical therapy from the University of Montana in 2003. He received a bachelor’s of science in biology, also from the University of Montana, and obtained his certified strength and conditioning specialist credentials in 2003 from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. 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 an 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 dog, Luna.

Brent Johnson

PT, DPT, CSCS

Brent Johnson

PT, DPT, CSCS

Brent Johnson, native to Rockledge, Florida, moved to the Flathead Valley in 2018. Brent completed his undergraduate degree in sport and exercise science at the University of Central Florida. While in his undergrad he completed a senior internship working under the strength and conditioning coach while training several Olympic sprinters. Following graduation, he continued on at the University of Central Florida where he received his doctorate in physical therapy. Brent enjoys combining his background in strength and conditioning and his knowledge of physical therapy to promote a healthy lifestyle and improved function in his patients. He enjoys spending his free time fishing, hiking and just exploring the outdoors with his wife, Katie, and their dog.

Michael Lavin

PT, DPT

Michael Lavin

PT, DPT

Michael was born and raised in Kalispell and received his bachelor of arts in health sciences from Carroll College in Helena, where he also played on the golf team.  Michael completed his doctorate in physical therapy at Touro University, Nevada. He enjoys treating all areas of outpatient orthopedics with particular professional interests that include spinal conditions, post-surgical rehabilitation and manual hands-on therapy. When he is not in the clinic, Michael enjoys spending time outdoors, fly fishing, hiking and golfing.

Kalani McLaughlin

PTA

Kalani McLaughlin

PTA

Kalani was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii. He played collegiate football at the University of Montana Western, where he received his bachelor’s of science in health and human performance. Kalani received his AAS in the Physical Therapy Assistant program from Flathead Valley Community College, in 2017. One of his favorite quotes is “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life,” by Muhamad Ali. When asked how he got involved in physical therapy, Kalani said, “I love the profession of physical therapy and everything it stands for. I am so grateful that I can help individuals of all ages regain function that has been lost, recover from acute or chronic injuries, and pass on my knowledge of function that will be useful for the rest of their lives.” Kalani loves to be physically active and partake in just about anything involving the outdoors. In his free time, you will find him snowboarding, hiking, camping, and adventuring with his wife, Molly, and their two daughters, Harper and Sawyer.

Nicole Macaluso

DPT, CMPT, OCS

Nicole Macaluso

DPT, CMPT, OCS

Nicole Macaluso, attended the University of Washington achieving both her Bachelor of Arts and her Doctor of Physical Therapy. She spent the first 5 years post graduate degree attaining her certification in manual therapy (CMPT) as well as her board certification in orthopedics (OCS). Over the next 10 years, she ran a private practice clinic and became a part owner of the company. She is an avid supporter of her profession being a clinical instructor for many DTP students over the years.

She enjoys working with all patients and loves the variety of patients that she sees daily. A focus on her treatment is pain neuroscience which is helping patients understand how to manage their pain in a healthy and more natural way. Nicole’s specialties include low back pain, lower extremity, post-op shoulders, pelvic health, jaw dysfunctions (TMD), soft tissue treatments and fascial release techniques (ASTYM and FDM)

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys hiking, skiing, and wakeboarding with her husband and two beautiful girls.

Nick Hensen

PT, DPT

Nick Hensen

PT, DPT

Nick Hensen grew up in the Flathead Valley and has lived here intermittently throughout his entire life and always been connected to the Valley in one way or another. He has been very involved in the community and understands the needs of those in the Flathead Valley. He completed his undergraduate degree at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA and received a BA in History and Political Science. He then went on to complete his DPT in Denver, Colorado at Regis University.

Nick has suffered many injuries over the years and understands the frustration of being limited in activities. He wants to help others reach their full potential. He believes that everyone is capable of more than they think is actually possible.

Nick specializes in orthopedic injuries, chronic pain, low back pain and mobility.

Nick resides in Kalispell with his wife and 2 kids. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys backpacking, fishing, kayaking, and skiing.

Bre Nedden

PT, DPT, CSCS

Bre Nedden

PT, DPT, CSCS

Bre Nedden grew up in northern Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She then moved to Duluth, Minnesota, to attend the College of St. Scholastica’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. After graduating in May 2020, she moved to Montana to start her career with PTA.

Bre’s specialties include injury prevention, health and wellness, low back pain, gait and mobility, balance, fall prevention and post surgical rehab.

Bre’s favorite place to be is outdoors, especially if she gets to bring her golden retriever, Luna. She enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, running, kayaking, and snowshoeing and is always up for a new adventure.