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.

Jordan Lutz

PT, DPT

Jordan Lutz

PT, DPT

Jordan grew up in Minnesota. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College while running on their cross country, track and field teams. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

She has developed a professional focus working with people with vertigo, imbalance and falls, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, stroke, and prolonged post-concussive symptoms. She hopes to further specialize in working with people with neurologic diagnoses and wheelchair fitting.

Jordan now lives in Kalispell with her Great Pyrenees, Moose, and is excited to get to know the Flathead Valley community. When she is not in the clinic, she enjoys spending her time in the mountains with Moose, trail running and training for ultramarathons, and learning about aviation.

Joe Wilkes

PT, DPT

Joe Wilkes

PT, DPT

Joe grew up in Spokane and frequently came to Montana for vacation. He went to school at Colorado Christian University where he majored in health science and played varsity soccer. Joe then acquired his DPT degree at Eastern Washington University.

He enjoys working with patients with vestibular disorders and balance deficits. He aims to continue his education along this path to become an expert at treating these conditions.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys playing and talking about everything soccer and fishing, hiking, skiing, and the outdoors. He and his wife, Sheridan, have recently moved here from Spokane and are happy to be a part of this community.

Ceirra Carlson

PT, DPT

Ceirra Carlson

PT, DPT

Ceirra grew up in Greybull, Wyoming. She played college basketball and graduated with a degree in Biology from Cottey College in 2019. After undergrad, she attended Creighton University to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Ceirra has a passion for helping her patients by optimizing their movement to feel better, live longer, and participate in the activities and lifestyle they love.

When she isn’t helping her patients you can find her casting a line fly fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, snowmobiling, and skiing.

Jake Groh

PT, DPT

Jake Groh

PT, DPT

Jake grew up in Spokane, WA, and graduated from Carrol College in Helena, MT with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Science and Public Health. He later completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado at Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. His background in the United States Army and collegiate level soccer, has motivated Jake to help others achieve their highest level of function. His treatment approach is focused on using biomechanics and manual therapy combined with specific, goal-oriented exercises to achieve optimal function.

Jake recently moved to Kalispell with his wife Megan and their two dogs Harvey and Piper. When he’s not in clinic, he enjoys all outdoor adventures from running, hiking, and boating in the summer to downhill skiing and snow shoeing in the winter.

Melanie Hunt

DPT, DCQ

Melanie Hunt

DPT, DCQ

Melanie grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She received her undergraduate from James Madison University and attended the University of St. Augustine, Florida to earn her doctorate in Physical therapy. Before working for PTA, Melanie was a traveling PT and her work took her all over the world. Her approach to PT is targeted to each individual and she treats each patient holistically to make sure they have comprehensive health results. Her specialties include treatment for lower back pain, headaches and neck pain, spinal manipulations, and a heavy emphasis on manual therapy.

Melanie is now settled in the Flathead Valley and has swapped her flip-flops for hiking boots. When she is not helping her patients move and feel their best you can find her enjoying the outdoors as an avid water sports enthusiast, volunteering with her church, snowboarding, and traveling.

Wyatt Jordan

PT, DPT

Wyatt Jordan

PT, DPT

Wyatt is originally from Escondido, CA and got his undergraduate from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona. He went on to receive his doctorate in PT from the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA.

When Wyatt is not treating patients to help them move and feel their best he can be found mountain biking on the local single tracks and making turns on Big Mountain. Wyatt’s passion for outdoor recreation and activity is his driving force for his patients as he wants to keep them motivated and help them return to a life of fun and activity.

Megan Henry

PT, DPT

Megan Henry

PT, DPT

Megan received her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University. She acquired her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Megan was a soccer player throughout college and saw multiple teammates get injured and not receive the rehab needed to return to playing the sport they loved. She went into the field of physical therapy because she believed she could do better for her friends and others who are injured in the same way. Megan specializes in manual therapy and plans to further her education in mobilization with movement techniques.

In my off time, I enjoy anything in the outdoors and during winter I love to snowboard.

Codi Briscoe

DPT

Codi Briscoe

DPT

Codi was born and raised in Pendleton, Oregon. She attended The University of Montana in Missoula and earned a B.S in Exercise Science and a minor in Dance. Following undergraduate education, Codi attended West Coast University in Los Angeles, CA, and earned her DPT.

She is interested in treating chronic pain, recreational athletes, performing artists, and peri/post-operative conditions.Codi is motivated by educating and guiding patients to better understand their bodies and how they can return to what they love to do!

Josh Christoferson

PT, DPT

Josh Christoferson

PT, DPT

Josh grew up in Billings, MT, and enlisted in the Army Reserves upon graduating high school. He then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Montana State University. Josh worked as a Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist for two years. In 2021, he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Creighton University. His interests include orthopedic and sports rehab, with an emphasis on working with the tactical athlete and veteran community.

Josh currently lives in Kalispell and enjoys trail running, hiking, snowboarding, hunting, and traveling in his free time.

Brianna Erickson

PT, DPT, LSVT Big Cert

Brianna Erickson

PT, DPT, LSVT Big Cert

Brianna Erickson received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota, where she also completed her undergraduate degree. Bri is certified in LSVT Parkinson’s treatment and is planning to specialize in orthopedic and sports rehab.

Bri is from Bismarck, ND where she grew up as an only child. She enjoys all things outdoors but especially hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping.

Brent Johnson

PT, DPT

Brent Johnson

PT, DPT

Brent Johnson, native to Rockledge, FL, completed his undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Central Florida. While working on his undergraduate degree, he completed a senior internship working under the strength and conditioning coach for several Olympic sprinters. Following graduation, he continued at the University of Central Florida, where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy.

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.”

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.

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.