Physical Therapists Serving Dubuque, IA & the Tri-State Area
Founded in 1995, Dubuque Physical Therapy has been committed to our mission of balancing advanced technology with the art and science of physical therapy to promote optimal healing in our patients. We have proudly served Dubuque, IA and the Tri-State Area for decades and have two locations in the area to better meet your needs. In a spirit of collaborative partnership, we strive to offer a continuum of care that links the key aspects of clinical decision-making to you, your family and employers, and other healthcare providers.
Our Delhi Location Staff
Jeff Eisel – DPT
Jeff attended The University of Iowa for undergraduate education and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Clarke University in 2015. He has previously worked at Stonehill Care Center and has experience in acute care, skilled nursing, and orthopedic disciplines. Jeff is a certified FMS and SFMA clinician. He has lived in Dubuque with his wife and daughter since 2011.
Ben Fern – PT
Ben graduated from the University of Iowa in 2001 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and earned his Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2003. He practiced in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area for 7 years before joining the team at Dubuque Physical Therapy in 2011.
Ben has a wide variety of experience including home health, long term care, general orthopedics, sports rehab, and vestibular rehab. He is certified in FMS which helps screen for deficiencies in movement quality. He is also certified in the ASTYM method for treating soft tissue injuries and is trained in dry needling to address muscular trigger points. Ben teaches Training to Run, a small group class for distance runners to help improve running efficiency and to reduce risk of injury. Ben is FMS Certified.
Ben and his wife have four children and he enjoys spending time with family, running, hiking, reading, gardening and beekeeping.
Bill O’Dell – PT
Bill received a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dubuque.
Bill teaches orthopedics and business in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Clarke College. He is certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, as well as FMS certified.
Jeremy Jordan – DPT, ATC
Jeremy received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Degree in 2008 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2011 from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. During his time at Clarke, Jeremy was a member of the track and field program. Following his graduation in 2008, Jeremy began working as an assistant Coach for the track and field program and is now entering his sixth season as an assistant.
During his last year of the Physical Therapy program at Clarke, Jeremy completed an internship at Dubuque Physical Therapy and started working there following graduation in July of 2011. He has been working in workmen’s compensation, orthopedics and sports medicine and currently holds his certification for the treatment of soft tissue injuries with the use of the Graston Technique. Jeremy is also FMS certified.
Amanda Edwards – DPT
Amanda was born and raised in Dubuque and graduated from Hempstead High School. She attended Wartburg College in Waverly and majored in biology. In college, Amanda competed on the cross country and track and field teams. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa and did a clinical with Dubuque Physical Therapy as a student.
Amanda practiced in the Quad Cities and the Iowa City area before moving back to Dubuque. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA and has a special interest in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, especially runners. Amanda is an avid runner herself and currently competes for Team Iowa Runablaze. Amanda’s personal interests include spending time with family, hiking, gardening, and training for marathons.
Our JFK Location Staff
Jason Meyer – PT
Jason was raised in Dubuque and attended Dubuque Hempstead High School. Jason received his Bachelor of Natural Science from the University of Northern Iowa and his Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa.
While attending the University of Northern Iowa, Jason was a two time all conference runner in cross country, three time all conference runner in track, and an all conference academic selection for both. After graduation from the University of Iowa Physical Therapy program, he was employed by Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa from 1998 – 2000. He served as a staff physical therapist and gained experience in outpatient orthopedics, in-patient, home health, and nursing home.
In June of 2000, Jason started at Dubuque Physical Therapy in Dubuque, Iowa. He has been working in workers compensation, orthopedic and sports medicine. Has interest in evaluating and treating running related issues. In 2008, became owner of Dubuque Physical Therapy and has continued to provide the highest quality service to its clients. In 2015, added Merge Performance Institute to the JFK location which offers a variety of post rehabilitation training, community fitness/training programs, and sports performance training. He is a certified in the treatment of soft tissue injuries using Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization (ASTYM) by Performance Dynamics, FMS and SFMA level 1 certified.
Natalie Krug Wierda – DPT
Natalie was raised here in Dubuque and graduated from Hempstead High School. Natalie went on to college locally and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clarke University. In college, Natalie coached middle school aged traveling club volleyball teams in Dubuque and has special interest in young athletes. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Clarke University in 2012. Natalie started as a Physical Therapist at Dubuque Physical Therapy in July 2012, following a clinical internship rotation prior to graduation.
Natalie has completed training in the Graston Technique method of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization for the treatment of soft tissue injuries in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Natalie has also completed continuing education coursework in administering objective functional assessments for workers compensation cases.
In 2016, Natalie became certified to perform the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) to identify poor movement patterns that can contribute to pain and poor performance. She also recently became certified to perform the Y Balance Test and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to further evaluate a client’s performance.
In 2017, Natalie began offering Trigger Point Dry Needling as another treatment option for managing myofascial trigger point pain at Dubuque Physical Therapy. This treatment technique is rather new to Dubuque, but is not new across the country and is an effective way to address painful muscular trigger points.
Anne Kruse, DPT, TPS, Cert. MDT
Anne Kruse was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. She graduated from Hempstead High School and Loras College with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Research. She earned her Master of Physical Therapy from St. Ambrose University in 1998 and her transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from St. Ambrose University in 2008. Anne worked at Mercy Medical Center Dyersville and Dubuque from 1998-2017.
Since 2012, Anne has integrated pain neuroscience education into her practice. In 2017 she completed the Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification from the International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI); she is the only TPS certified PT in an 85 mile radius. Anne demonstrates advanced clinical competency in the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain and joined the teaching faculty of ISPI in 2017.
Since 1999, Anne has utilized biofeedback, education and exercise to treat women and men with urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome and pelvic pain. Anne has advanced knowledge in the area of vestibular rehabilitation examination and treatment for balance and dizziness disorders. She also holds certifications in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and LSVT BIG for the treatment of physical impairments related to Parkinson’s disease. Anne has also completed education in Graston Technique.
She is a guest lecturer for the Clarke University Physical Therapy department in the following topics: Women’s Health, Tai Chi, and Pain Neuroscience. She has taught Tai Chi in the past and has practiced this form of mind body exercise since 2002. Anne and her husband have three children. She currently volunteers with Boy Scouts of America and Church of the Resurrection.
Brad Kruse – DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Brad received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from South Dakota State University, a Master of Physical Therapy from St. Ambrose University, a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Clarke University and a Doctor of Education from The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Brad competed in basketball and track while at SDSU. He earned all-conference honors four times and all-American honors twice in track.
Brad is a Sports Clinical Specialist certified through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, a Certified and licensed Athletic Trainer, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through the McKenzie institute, and Certified in Dry Needling through the American Academy of Manual Therapy. He is also trained in the Graston Technique of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and in spinal manipulation.
Brad teaches biomechanics, therapeutic exercise, orthopedics and sports medicine in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Clarke University. He joined the Dubuque Physical Therapy team in 2017.
Lindsay Ostwinkle DPT, ATC
Lindsay was born and raised in the rural Dubuque area. She graduated from Hempstead High School in 2009. She then attended Clarke University where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree in 2013 and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2015. She has previous work experience in rural hospitals surrounding Dubuque including outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing, acute care, nursing home and home health. Lindsay has attended continuing education in the use of Graston techniques for soft tissue impairments, vestibular disorders, women’s health and spinal mobilization.
Ashley Wood, MPT
Ashley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996 with a BA in Biology and received her Masters of Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 1998. She practiced in Winston-Salem, North Carolina before deciding to take time away from the profession to raise her children. Ashley recently returned to the profession and began working at Dubuque Physical Therapy in 2017. She has experience in home health and long term care, but most of her experience is in outpatient orthopedics. She has lived in Dubuque with her husband and two children since 2007.
Laura Timmerman, DPT, OCS
Laura was born and raised in Dubuque and graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 2009. She attended St. Ambrose University for both her undergraduate and graduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2013 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014. She completed a one year orthopedic residency program in the Quad Cities with St. Ambrose and Rock Valley Physical Therapy which enabled her to sit for her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist exam. She is now a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Certified Manual Therapist. She and her husband moved to Colorado for 2.5 years where she continued to practice in outpatient orthopedics, and just recently moved home to be closer to family. Laura has completed continuing education for treating runners, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and Therapeutic Neuroscience Education. She joined the Dubuque Physical Therapy team in 2018.