Trevor Harting, MPT
Trevor Harting’s interest in physical therapy began when he was a young patient injured playing high school football. While completing his rehabilitation work at a local clinic, he began volunteering as a PT aide. He pursued an education in the field, including a Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica.
Trevor worked as a student athletic trainer for several of the University of Minnesota athletic teams and continues that passion with his current work with local high schools and the Central Lakes College athletic department.
In addition to sports medicine, Trevor specializes in chronic pain, headaches, and orthopedic surgeries and is trained in osteopathic physical therapy, mobilizations, manual therapy, and myofascial release.
Outside of work, Trevor enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and three children, Ellie, Luke, and Sam, coaching their soccer, football, and basketball teams when he can. He and his family love living in the Lakes area and enjoy all the wonderful outdoor activities that it offers.
Sarah Lundy, DPT
Sarah Lundy was introduced to the field of physical therapy as patient when in junior high school. She began working as a physical therapy aide in college and pursued a Bachelor’s in Biology from the College of St. Catherine and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica.
Sarah has a diverse background in PT including work in an inpatient setting. She is trained in osteopathic physical therapy and myofascial release as well as pre- and post-natal PT. She is currently pursuing a certification in Obstetric Physical Therapy.
Sarah is originally from Brainerd and she and her husband Tanner are happy to be raising their two daughters, Sophia and Katherine, in the beautiful Lakes area. Sara enjoys keeping busy with family and enjoying the many benefits of this region — skiing, boating, skating, hiking, biking, and running. She looks forward to her girls’ involvement in swimming lessons, All-Comers Track Meets, and other area events.
Sarah is an avid runner and hopes to participate in additional triathlons and marathons in the future.
Brett Kramer, DPT, CertMST
Brett Kramer graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy in 2014. Before attending the University of Minnesota, Brett earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Saint John’s University, graduating in 2011. While at Saint John’s Brett played baseball for the Johnnies, earning all-conference and all-region honors as a pitcher.
Brett chose to pursue a career in physical therapy due to his interest in human movement and for the opportunity to help injured individuals return to the activities that are meaningful to them. He enjoys the relationships he is able to build with his patients as they work to reach their individual health and function goals. Brett has strong interests in sports medicine, spine care, vestibular and concussion rehab, and general orthopedics.
Brett and his wife Kaila are both graduates of Brainerd High School and enjoy the Brainerd Lakes Area for the many recreational opportunities it provides. In his free time Brett enjoys hunting and fishing, athletics, and spending time with his family. Brett plays amateur baseball for the Fort Ripley Rebels where he also serves as the team’s manager.
Jonathan Severson, DPT
Jonathan Severson knew he wanted to pursue a career in healthcare from an early age. In high school and college he worked as a golf instructor and realized he loved the science of human movement and working one-on-one with people. This lead him to pursue physical therapy where he enjoys helping people return to their prior level of function and activities. Johnny graduated with honors in biochemistry from Benedictine College in Kansas in 2012. Johnny began his physical therapy career by attending Des Moines University in Iowa. While in school, he and his wife, Susan, welcomed two boys into their family – Rowan and Finn.
Johnny graduated in May of 2015 and decided to move back to his hometown in the Brainerd Lakes area. In his free time he enjoys golfing, biking, being on the lakes, and spending time with his family.
Betsy Hermanson, DPT
Betsy Hermanson graduated from the University of North Dakota with her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy in 2016 after completing her undergraduate studies at Concordia College.
Betsy started her physical therapy career in acute care and looks forward to transitioning into the outpatient setting. Betsy was drawn to physical therapy as she enjoys working hands-on with people and improving the quality of life of those she works with.
Betsy and her husband Kale recently moved to Kale’s hometown of Baxter. In her free time Betsy enjoys reading, running, camping, and spending time at the lake.
Emily Deno, DPT
Emily Deno became interested in physical therapy growing up as a multi-sport athlete and competing in collegiate track and field, while managing injuries and experiencing therapy along the way. Emily has worked in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings. Her outpatient experiences include sports medicine, general orthopedics, women’s health, post-surgical care, and neck and back rehabilitation. Her inpatient experiences include acute care and neurological rehabilitation.
Her interests include being outdoors, playing recreational sports, running, weightlifting, cooking, and spending time with friends and family (especially her daughter). For over eight years, she has coached youth/high school level volleyball and track and field. Emily has a strong interest in continuing education and has recently achieved Women’s Health and Dry Needling certifications.
Becca Lynch, DPT
Becca graduated from the University of North Dakota this past May with her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. She was involved in soccer growing up and became interested in this job field after physical therapists helped her get back to playing the sport she loved after injury. Becca wants to be able to help others similarly by helping them restore function and get back to their hobbies.
Becca is originally from Chanhassen, MN but has recently moved up to Nisswa with her fiancé (Brandon) and their 18 month old son (Bennett). She loves spending time with her family and friends, exploring the outdoors, and being at the lake.
Andrew Eccles, DPT
Having injuries of his own is what brought Andrew to become a Physical Therapist. He understands the steps required to not only return to pre-injury capacity, but also the importance and relevance of personal wellness, maintenance and preventative care.
Andrew analyzes movement dysfunctions and focuses treatment using a combination of manual therapy techniques, movement re-education, and strengthening to assist his patients down the proper road to recovery. With his background in exercise science, Andrew strives to provide patients with an individualized treatment program that will address their current injury and symptoms but also optimize function and performance long term.
Andrew was born and raised in Minneapolis and appreciates everything the Twin Cities has to offer. He enjoys spending time with his wife, playing soccer and tennis, riding his bike, running, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors.
Rebecca (Becky) Smith, PT, DPT, TPS, CMTPT
Becky graduated from St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, MN with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May of 2011. She has treated individuals in rural communities as a physical therapist in central Minnesota for eight years; joining Select Therapy in September of 2019. Becky brings experience and specialty to the team by meeting the needs of individuals in the Pierz, MN area. Her passion is to help others reach their full potential and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. She has extensive training and specialty certification in treating individuals with all levels of pain. Becky enjoys using her manual therapy skills and dry needling to improve the quality of movement and functional ability of her patients.
Becky, her husband, Peter, and their two boys, Luke and Maverick, live in the Fort Ripley, MN area. They enjoy spending time as a family hunting, ice fishing, riding 4-wheeler, and just being outdoors. They enjoy watching and playing sports to stay active and healthy. The Smith’s are excited to be a part of the Pierz community.
Sara Carlson, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Sara graduated from high school in western Montana. She became interested in being an Occupational Therapist after taking a Career Pathways assessment before her Sophomore year in college that listed OT as a good fit. While completing her observation hours with an OT specializing in hand therapy, she knew this specialty area was what she wanted to pursue within her profession.
Sara graduated with honors from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND in December 2003 and has been an OT since February 2004. She has lived in the Brainerd area since 2004. She enjoys making people feel welcome and working with patients to design creative solutions to help them reach their goals.
Outside of work, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and experiencing the outdoors. She participates in triathlons, running, boating, skiing, archery, and fishing league. She and her husband, Mike, have three children who also participate in a variety of sports. They love spending time on the lakes of Minnesota as a family.
Physical Therapy Assistant
Nichole Holland, PTA, CMT
Nichole Holland graduated from Anoka Ramsey Community College with an Applied Science PTA degree in 2012. Nichole also holds a diploma from Centerpoint Massage School.
Nichole became interested in Physical Therapy while working as a massage therapist and performing many sports massages on different sports athletes. One of her clinicals included working on the Twin Cities marathon runners and Gopher football players.
When not at work, Nichole enjoys spending time with her family and friends–shopping, hanging out on the boat in the summertime, fishing and enjoying the sun.
Amanda Sweningson, PTA
Amanda graduated from Anoka Ramsey Community College with her Associates in Applied Science PTA degree in 2012. She joined our Pierz Clinic’s rehabilitation team as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2013.
Amanda has had a lifelong interest in athletics, which is what originally led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. She looks forward to developing her knowledge in specific areas of physical therapy through continuing education in the field. Amanda feels the most rewarding aspect of her career is the satisfaction she receives from helping patients overcome injuries and return to their prior level of function.
When Amanda is not working she enjoys quality time with her husband Eric, family, and close friends. Along with spending time outdoors and participating in various volunteer work.
Breanna Carr, PTA
Breanna graduated from Lake Superior College of Duluth, MN this May 2017. She became interested in becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant while working with her Health/Physical Education teacher at McGregor High School.
She is intrigued by the mechanics of how the body works and loves playing a role in getting patients back to completing daily activities and the hobbies they enjoy!
After college she moved back to her hometown of McGregor, MN. On her free time she enjoys spending time with the family, hunting, fishing, sports and being on the lake!
Chris Gregor, PTA, CPT
Chris graduated from Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI in 2017. He recently moved up to the Brainerd Lakes area as he is from South West Minnesota.
Chris chose physical therapy because he s fascinated by the body and the potential the human body has to push past limits.
Outside of work he enjoys being outdoors, fishing, kayaking, and anything else I can do with my puppy CeCe. He really enjoys mud runs, such as the Tough Mudder and Spartan race. He is also a Paladin Chief in the United States Army National Guard.
Amanda Kronen, PTA
Amanda Kronen graduated from Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids with an Applied Science PTA degree in 2008. She joined the Select Therapy team for the Pine River location April 2018. She became interested in Physical Therapy due to a high school sports injury.
She is passionate to improve patients function to enjoy life! Her skills include: all age groups while pursuing her passion in manual therapy and pediatrics.
Amanda, her husband Matt, and her kids (Norah and Joelle) reside in the Pine River Area since 2013. She enjoys upland hunting, fishing, and spending time with her family in the great outdoors.
Dana Gutzmann, PTA
Dana Gutzmann grew up in Elk River, MN and graduated from Great Falls College of Montana State University in 2013. Additionally, she holds a bachelor degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota at Duluth where she played rugby.
Her experience is in joint replacement therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, musculoskeletal disorders, and neurorehabilitation. Dana really enjoys connecting with people, learning their stories, and helping them return to the life they love living.
As a person who loves adventures, Dana enjoys everything outside including running, mountain biking, snowboarding, and everything on the water. She also enjoys strumming on the mandolin in her off time. Dana has spent the past 10 years living in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, Rocky Mountains of Montana, and Cascade Mountains of Oregon. She’s now happy to be living in the Brainerd Lakes area with her husband, Matt, and her amazing dog, Scout.
Alli Streed, PTA
Alli graduated from Lake Superior College’s PTA program of Duluth, MN this past May 2018, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from University of Minnesota Duluth in 2016. She has been interested in the physical therapy field after shadowing a physical therapist back in high school and seeing positive responses from teammates who went through physical therapy.
She loves the patient interaction and being a piece to the puzzle in getting people back to their lifestyles and activities through success from PT. After college she made the move to the Twin Cities. She loves being outdoors, hiking the numerous state parks Minnesota has to offer, being at her family cabin, and spending time with family and friends.
Nicole Matlock, PTA
Nicole received her Associate in Applied Science Degree for Physical Therapist Assistant from Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN in 2016. She also has a Bachelors degree in Exercise Sports Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Nicole originally became drawn to the Physical Therapy profession while participating in high school athletics. She has always been interested in the anatomy and mechanics of the body. Overall, she believes that finding the treatment methods that work best for each individual patient is the ultimate goal.
In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities including fishing and gardening, and spending time with her husband and son.
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