Meet Our Therapists

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JFK Clinicians

Jason Meyer

PT, MPT, President/Owner

Natalie Krug Wierda

PT, DPT

Anne Kruse

PT, DPT, Therapeutic Pain Specialist,

Cert. MDT

Brad Kruse

PT, DPT, EDD, SCS, ATC, CSCS

Lindsay Ostwinkle

PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

Ashley Wood

PT, MPT

Laura Timmerman

PT, DPT, OCS

Molly Hoppenjan

PT, DPT, ATC

Holly Hendricks

LMT, Therapy Aide

Delhi Clinicians

Jeff Eisel

PT, DPT

Ben Fern

PT, MPT

Bill O'Dell

PT, MPT, DHS, OCS, MBA

Jeremy Jordan

PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

Amanda Edwards

PT, DPT, CSCS

Support Staff

Holly Hendricks

LMT, Therapy Aide

JFK

Bren Gerhard

Office Manager

JFK

Julie Kearney

Billing Specialist Delhi

Alyssa Reisen

Receptionist

JFK

Megan Schmitt

Receptionist

Delhi

Bev Bellmann

Therapy Aide

JFK


Meet the Dubuque Physical Therapy Team

Physical therapists (PTs) are movement specialists. We receive advanced training in diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues. At Dubuque Physical Therapy, we are committed to continual learning and improvement of our skills, using the latest research and technology to provide the best physical therapy in the Tri-State Area.

Many of our physical therapists are Board-Certified specialists, have earned advanced degrees, and share their knowledge and expertise as professors or guest lecturers at Clarke University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Learn more about each of our Therapists and their specialty areas below.

JFK CLINIC TEAM

Jason Meyer

PT, MPT, President/Owner

Jason was raised in Dubuque, attended Dubuque Hempstead High School, and received his Bachelor of Natural Science from the University of Northern Iowa and his Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa (class of 1998).

While attending the University of Northern Iowa, Jason was a two-time all-conference runner in cross country and track, and an all-conference academic selection for both. Jason competed in 3000m to 10000m events. Upon graduation, he continued to run competitively and train for racing ranging from 800m to marathon. He was also an assistant track coach for his alma mater from 1998 to 2008, coaching several Drake Relays and state qualifiers, including Hempstead’s first-ever track state champion in the 800m.

In June of 2000, Jason started working for Dubuque Physical Therapy in the Westside Orthopedic building in Dubuque, Iowa. He became a partner in 2005 and sole owner in 2008 and, since that time, has continued to provide the highest quality service to its clients. Jason opened his second clinic later in 2008 at its current location near Finley Hospital. In March of 2016, Jason moved his Westside Orthopedic clinic to its current location on the corner of JFK and Asbury. Then in 2016, Jason added Merge Performance Institute to the JFK location which offers a variety of post-rehabilitation training, community fitness/training programs, and sports performance training.

Jason has been working with clients associated with orthopedic issues, sports medicine, and workers compensation, and has special interest in evaluating and treating running-related issues.

He is certified in the treatment of soft tissue injuries using:

  • Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization (ASTYM) by Performance Dynamics,
  • FMS and SFMA level 1 certified by Functional Movement Systems.
  • Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound training through Hands on Diagnostic.

Natalie Krug Wierda

PT, 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 Doctor of 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

PT, DPT, Therapeutic Pain Specialist, Cert. MDT

Anne was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. She earned her Master of Physical Therapy from St. Ambrose University in 1998 and her transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from St. Ambrose University in 2008. Anne joined Dubuque Physical Therapy in 2017 after working 19 years at Mercy Medical Center.

Anne has an extensive background in general orthopedics; she is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and has been trained in Graston Technique and Dry Needling. Anne has specialized in pelvic health physical therapy for females and males of all ages since 1999 and chronic and complex pain physical therapy since 2012. Anne has advanced knowledge in the area of vestibular rehabilitation / examination and treatment for balance and dizziness disorders and holds certification in LSVT BIG for the treatment of physical impairments related to Parkinson’s disease. 

She joined the teaching faculty of the International Spine and Pain Institute in 2017 and Evidence in Motion in 2019. Anne enjoys serving as a guest lecturer at Clarke University and the University of Dubuque in the following topics: Pelvic Health, Tai Chi and Pain Neuroscience. 


Brad Kruse

PT, DPT, EDD, 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 (SCS) certified through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, a Certified and licensed Athletic Trainer (ATC), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, Certified in Spine Manual Therapy (CSMT) through Evidence in Motion, Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT) through the McKenzie institute, and Certified in Dry Needling (Cert. DN) through the American Academy of Manual Therapy. He is also trained in the Graston Technique of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), running assessment and in spinal manipulation.

Brad teaches orthopedics, sports medicine and therapeutic exercise in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Clarke University. He joined the Dubuque Physical Therapy team in 2017.


Lindsay Ostwinkle

PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

Lindsay graduated from Clarke University with her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2015 as well as received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2013. She then became board certified in Orthopaedics (OCS) by the American Board of Specialties in Physical Therapy in 2019. 

Lindsay has taken several continuing education courses regarding manual techniques and joint mobilization. She has completed level 1 and 2 dry needling courses and Graston techniques for treatment of soft tissue impairments. 

She also specializes in women's health in treatment of pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction such as incontinence or prolapse. She incorporates both internal myofasical release of the pelvic floor and external treatments including assessment of the surrounding structures such as low back and hip. 

She also has interest in treating vestibular disorders including dizziness and balance impairments.

Lindsay is a Dubuque native and graduate from Hempstead High School. She and her husband, Mitch, have a son, Tucker. Lindsay enjoys being with family, being outdoors and playing softball. She has been a part of the Dubuque Physical Therapy family since 2017.


Ashley Wood

PT, 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. 

She has experience in home health and long term care, but the majority of her experience is in outpatient orthopedics. She has lived in Dubuque with her husband and two children since 2007 and has been working at Dubuque Physical Therapy since 2017. 

She enjoys being outside, reading, traveling, and watching her children participate in their activities.


Laura Timmerman

PT, 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 Doctor 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 during the week and played in the mountains each weekend. She and her husband moved back to Dubuque to be closer to family and start their own family. They have one daughter, Luella, and 2 fur babies. When she isn’t working, she enjoys all outdoor activities including hiking, running, and gardening.

Laura is level 1 certified in Functional Dry Needling, has taken several classes for treatment of chronic and complex pain, and has published research in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Laura uses a combination of manual therapy, exercise and education to help her patients reach their goals. She enjoys working with patients of all ages, but especially enjoys working with runners and adult athletes. She joined the Dubuque Physical Therapy team in 2018.


Molly Hoppenjan

PT, DPT, ATC

Molly is from Hazel Green, Wisconsin. She attended Clarke University and received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree in 2016 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2018.

She has past work experience in outpatient orthopedics, skilled rehab, and acute care.

She joined the team at Dubuque Physical Therapy in April 2019. Since then, Molly has been certified in Functional Dry Needling. She enjoys treating patients of all ages and skill levels.

She still lives in Wisconsin with her husband and enjoys going out on the river, UTV rides, and spending time with family and friends.


Holly Hendricks

LMT, Therapy Aide

Originally from Colby, WI, Holly received a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Lakeland University and a master's degree in exercise science from UW - La Crosse. 

She gained her massage therapy license in 2010, and has practiced independently as well as in a chiropractic office. 

Holly is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and has trained athletes of all ages, as well as both competing in and coaching volleyball.

She has lived in Dubuque since 2016 and joined the Dubuque Physical Therapy team as our Massage Therapist and Therapy Aide in 2018.


DELHI CLINIC TEAM

Jeff Eisel

PT, DPT

Jeff attended The University of Iowa for undergraduate education and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Clarke University in 2015.

He has experience in acute care, skilled nursing, and orthopedic disciplines.

Jeff is certified in FMS and SFMA, which are screening tools used to determine movement deficiencies that contribute to functional deficits and discomfort. He has experience with using the McKenzie Method and dry needling.

Jeff has lived in Dubuque with his wife and daughter since 2011 and enjoys skiing, golfing, kayaking, gardening, and cooking.


Ben Fern

PT, MPT

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 and his wife have four children and he enjoys spending time with family, running, hiking, reading, gardening, and beekeeping.


Bill O'Dell

PT, MPT, DHS, OCS, MBA

Bill received a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dubuque and a Doctor of Health Sciences from the University of Indianapolis. His research involved interventions for the treatment of low back pain.

Bill was Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy department at Clarke University for 7 years, and taught orthopedics and business at Clarke University for 23 years until 2020. He is now a Professor Emeritus.

Bill is certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He has had training in Temporomandibular joint disorders from Mariano Rocabado, is trained in the Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy approaches to spinal and extremity pain, Graston Technique for augmented soft tissue mobilization, and the Mulligan Approach to orthopedic intervention.

Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 children and grandkids and relaxing at a cabin in Michigan.


Jeremy Jordan

PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

Jeremy attended Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa where he received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Degree in 2008 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2011. [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 continued coaching for 10 years, during which he earned his USATF Level 1 Certification. Jeremy has since earned his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certificate and has continued his coaching/training tenure as a member of the MERGE Performance Institute team.

Jeremy began working at Dubuque Physical Therapy 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 FMS certified and has furthered his education in the treatment of soft tissue and joint mobility limitations using the Mulligan Concept manual therapy techniques. He has been trained on the use of MDT approach for the evaluation and treatment of spinal injuries as well.

Jeremy currently resides in Dubuque, Iowa with his wife Samantha and dog Gilly. He enjoys traveling and golfing, and is an avid Chicago Cubs fan.


Amanda Edwards

PT, DPT, CSCS

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 Doctor 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.