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.

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.

Marlesa Moore

PT, DPT, CMTPT-DN

Marlesa Moore

PT, DPT, CMTPT-DN

Marlesa Moore was born and raised in Shelby, Montana. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Montana State University in 2009. She then went on to University of Montana for physical therapy school, receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013.

Marlesa has a special interest in treating the cervical and thoracic spine and shoulder as well as evaluating and treating running-related injuries. Her specialties include trigger point dry needling, manipulation of the spine, and prescription of specific exercise based on impairments. Marlesa is motivated by her deep care for her patients and genuine desire to help them reach their goals.

When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her partner, Clint, and their two children Cruz, 7, and Coco, 2.  She also loves running, yoga, golfing, bowling, and board games, and dice games with her family.

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!

Kate Brady

DPT, CMT

Kate Brady

DPT, CMT

Kate was born in Butte and raised in Missoula. She graduated from the University of Montana with a BS in Health and Human Performance 2001 and again in 2006 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Kate is very passionate about the profession of physical therapy with a “patient first ” philosophy.  She is excited to provide exceptional care for all musculoskeletal injuries or impairments.  Kate specializes in orthopedics that includes the spine, extremities, and sports injuries.

On her time off Kate enjoys spending time with her two daughters, her husband and exploring the outdoors with her 3 dogs.

Christine Thompson

PT, DPT, COMT, IDN

Christine Thompson

PT, DPT, COMT, IDN

Christine graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Physical Therapy.  She worked in outpatient physical therapy for more than 20 years.  Prior to that, she worked in acute care, pediatrics, and home health care.  She completed her Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certification in 2018 and focuses on incorporating manual therapy into treatment techniques in order to optimize outcomes.  While pushing patients to “be their best each day” her treatments involve promoting in-clinic progression along with daily home exercises.

Chris is an active skier as well as a golfer and is TPI certified to assist patients in golf-related problem solving to return them to their sport.  Her daily motivation comes from seeing her patients return to a happy and full life.  Chris can treat both orthopedic and neurological conditions.  Working with back pain, foot pain and balance impairments bring her the most enjoyment.

In her free time away from work she enjoys exploring the natural beauty and friendly environment that Montana has to offer.

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.

Christina Stacey

PT, DPT

Christina Stacey

PT, DPT

Christina Stacey grew up on the seacoast of New Hampshire. She attended Bethel University in St. Paul, MN where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercises Science. She then attended Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY where she obtained a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. She completed 5 years of travel Physical Therapy and worked in 6 different states. While traveling through Montana, she fell in love with the Flathead Valley and moved to Kalispell in 2020.

Christina’s specialties include geriatrics, balance training, gait training, fall prevention programs, foot/ankle conditions, and post-surgical rehab.

Christina enjoys many outdoor activities and particularly enjoys bringing her Vizsla, Colby Jack, and her husky, Kenai, along for the adventure. In her free time, you can find her hiking, camping, snowboarding, rollerblading, swimming, paddle boarding, running, and traveling.

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 Cole

PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS, Cert. DN

Michael Cole

PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS, Cert. DN

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.

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.

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.

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.