Emily Monson, MS, PT
Physical Therapist/Practice Owner of Clear Lake PTRS
Emily received her Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Physical Therapy program in 2000. She also attended the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Emily opened the Turtle Lake clinic location in 2005 and the Clear Lake clinic location in 2009. She specializes in orthopedics, post-operative rehabilitation, TMJ dysfunction, and industrial medicine. Her interest in work injury management has provided career development through partnership with regional businesses for onsite prevention services, ergonomic training, safety education, and specialized testing for the injured worker. She is actively involved in her professional organization as a current APTA member and member of the Private Practice Section. She also held a position from 2011-2015 as an editorial board member for Impact Magazine.
Emily is a graduate of Clayton High School and now resides in Clear Lake, Wisconsin with her husband and two children. She is an active Business Council member and Lion’s Club member. She enjoys coaching volleyball for the Clear Lake District youth programs and in her free time, enjoys running, camping, and spending time with friends and family. She enjoys providing physical therapy to the communities that provided such a helpful experience in her youth. It is her mission to have every patient’s rehabilitation experience with CLPTRS be extraordinary.
Debbie Cuper, DPT, CLT, Cert.DN, GTS
Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Graston Technique Provider
Debbie received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University Of North Dakota in 2007. She has past experience in multiple environments as a traveling physical therapist, including: outpatient, long term care, transitional care, home health, occupational health, and inpatient settings. She is experienced in caring for patients who have goals to improve balance and prevent falls, return to work, improve function after orthopedic surgeries, reduce dizziness, return to play after sports injuries walk with prosthetic limbs, increase independence after stroke or traumatic brain injuries and diminish lymphedema and swelling. Her passion is to reduce musculoskeletal pain especially with manual therapy techniques.
She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and is also trained in vestibular rehab, Mulligan techniques, Strain-Counter Strain, wound care, and job site analysis. In addition, Debbie is certified in dry needling and uses fine filament needles to treat pain including headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, and tennis elbow. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Krista Amundsen, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Krista joined Turtle Lake and Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists in October 2010 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College with an Associate’s degree in Physical Therapy/Applied Science. Over the years Krista has gained experience working with a variety of patients including sports injuries, acute and chronic orthopedics, spine, geriatrics, work injuries, and aquatic therapy. Her true passion is working with the injured athlete as she gets to challenge them in many different ways both physically and mentally. Outside of work Krista enjoys spending time with her husband and children, camping, and watching sports!
Tanner Arnold, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Tanner, a Turtle Lake native, joined the CLPTRS in September of 2018 as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Tanner is a 2018 graduate from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI with an Associate of Applied Science – Physical Therapist Assistant Degree. He developed his passion for movement, human performance and helping others reach their highest level of function while closely working with his high school Athletic Trainer and area therapists while he was a multi-sport athlete for Turtle Lake High School competing in football, basketball and baseball.
His clinical experience involves working in a TCU hospital setting, skilled nursing and outpatient orthopedics. Clinically, Tanner’s true passion lies within the injured athlete, enjoying direct, one-on-one treatment techniques to help assist patients return to peak potential within their desired activities.
Tanner, a 2014 Turtle Lake High School graduate, has close ties to the Turtle Lake community, allowing him to have an instant connection to many patients that walk through our doors. Tanner is proud and excited to begin his career with Clear Lake / Turtle Lake Physical Therapy to give back to his local orthopedic community.
In his spare time, Tanner is an avid bow hunter during both fall and winter seasons, enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, strength training, camping and anything else that involves moving around and being outdoors.
Brittany Myren, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Brittany is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant that joined us in March 2018. She graduated in 2012 from CVTC in Eau Claire with an Associate of Applied Science – Physical Therapist Assistant Degree. She is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer. She has worked in the fitness industry for 10 years with a wide variety of experience working with people. She developed a passion for physical therapy and movement performance after sustaining multiple injuries in high school athletics.
6 years of clinical experience includes mostly outpatient, some skilled nursing, and home health. 1 year of experience was spent in LaGrande, Oregon in an outpatient/sports medicine clinic learning different methods of treatment interventions.
Brittany is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness Management with intentions to continue onto grad school to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is most passionate about helping others see the whole picture of wellness, leading a healthy lifestyle, and encouraging others to live their best life.
Outside of work and school, Brittany keeps busy with her new baby, Jaxxan, and is close with her family. She enjoys participating in CrossFit and enjoys bow hunting, duck hunting, and target archery.
Melissa Waytashek MS, ATC, LAT
Melissa joined the Clear Lake and Turtle Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists team as an Athletic Trainer in July, 2012. Along with helping out in the clinics, Melissa provides care to athletes at the Clayton and Clear Lake School Districts. She attends practices throughout the week, covers sporting events and is available for athletes in the clinic environment. Athletes can visit Melissa during the school year on convenient days. Melissa provides care in the areas of injury prevention, management, evaluation, and rehabilitation of the athlete and injured worker. She is also certified through the American Red Cross as a First Aid, AED and CPR instructor.
Melissa attended Northland College in Ashland, WI for four years where she played basketball for the Lumber Jills and graduated with a Biology degree and a coaching minor. She then attended graduate school at the College of Saint Scholastica receiving an entry level Master’s degree in Athletic Training.
Melissa grew up on a small dairy farm in Little Falls, MN. She enjoys playing/watching sports, being outdoors, gardening, baking and being with her pets and friends. She is proud to be part of a great healthcare team! She looks forward to helping patients, opening new opportunities for athletes and patients, and being available for those in need as well as excited to be involved in the community!
Tina Siebert, Office Manager
Tina Siebert joined Turtle Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists in June of 2008 as the Front Desk Coordinator in the Turtle Lake and Clear Lake locations, holding this position for almost 10 years. Exciting changes within the practice allowed her to move into the position of the Office Manager which she currently begin the start of 2018.
Tina is a 2004 graduate of Barron High School and attended Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI and graduated as a Certified Medical Assistant in 2006. She has previously worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie and Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm and as a Certified Medical Assistant in the Anticoagulation Department at Marshfield Clinic.
Tina’s role at Clear Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab is to maintain general office flow by managing the support staff schedules, training/mentoring staff and assisting the owner in the business financials. She also works alongside the Director of Billing and Reimbursement to ensure proper communication to insurance companies, verification of benefits and authorization, and assists patients with billing and statement questions. It’s important to Tina that everyone is satisfied with their experience at Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab specialists, in any way they work with us, so she strives to provide excellent customer service. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hunting, UTVing, and spending time with her husband and their dogs.
Becky Melton, Front Desk Coordinator
Becky joined the team as Front Desk Coordinator in August of 2017. Her education and work history in administration, management and customer service has lead to added responsibility for the practice in medical billing. This added responsibility was implemented with great success in January of 2018. Her work history has included many aspects of the physical therapy private practice environment, starting as a physical therapy aide in 2009 and moving into the Front Desk Coordinator Clinic Manager position in February 2014 at Spooner Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists.
In 2016, Becky and her family moved to Cameron WI and joined our clinic in August of 2017. She has a passion for people and providing the best guest experience to our patients. She is a positive person and her goal is make everyone feel valued, accepted and heard. Her role at the clinic is to maintain the office flow and assist patients with any need! Becky handles the registration, scheduling, insurance communication, assistant to the Director of Billing, accounts receivable and answer any billing questions for the practice.
For fun, Becky loves to garden, spend time with family, play with her dog, Stella, and fellowship with her friends and church family. She has 4 children with 2 left at home and loves being a mother and a wife!
Katie Winegar, Front Desk Coordinator
Katie joined Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists as the Front Desk Coordinator in May 2018. As the front desk coordinator, she handles the registration and scheduling of appointments, works closely with referral sources to ensure a positive relationship, and assisting the providers with patients when needed.
Katie is a 2005 graduate of Clear Lake High School and attended WITC-New Richmond while in high school to obtain her Nursing Assistant certification. She worked as a CNA for Golden Age Manor in Amery and the Christian Community Home in Hudson. Katie then attended WITC-New Richmond to receive her Medical Assistant certification in the Spring of 2012, working at the Cumberland Clinic and the Hudson Clinic.
Growing up in a family business, Katie has been working in customer service her whole life. Meeting people’s needs before they realize it is a specialty of hers. Katie enjoys working with people and putting a smile on their face.
Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending her time with her 3 boys, camping and ATVing.
Jodi Dressen, Director of Billing and Reimbursement
Jodi Dresen is the Director of Billing & reimbursement/Compliance officer for Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists. She has more then 18 years of healthcare management experience specializing in billing and reimbursement strategies for the physical and occupational therapy disciplines. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Parkside with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management. Jodi has been a part of the Clear Lake billing department since opening in 2005. She specializes in Insurance communication with all Insurance companies, ensuring that all services are billed accurately and compliantly, as well as patient account collections and management. Outside of work Jodi enjoys the outdoors, running, biking, camping and being with her children and family.
Allison Triebold, NASM, RYT-200
My name is Allison Triebold. I grew up on a dairy farm in Clayton and attended UWRF where I earned my bachelor’s degree. In the past decade I decided to change my career path, so I returned to school where I obtained my Personal Training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In addition to personal training, I also became certified as a Yoga Instructor and a program called Rock Steady Boxing. I specialize in senior fitness, but have had clients from age 11 to 85 over the past several years. Outside of work, I am the Mom of 2 amazing kids; an 11-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son. I LOVE cooking, listening to my vinyl records, gardening, fishing, running, watching Packer games and an occasional scary movie.
I’m so excited to join the Clear Lake team as we launch the new Performance Center, brining fitness, new experiences and fun to the community.
Kristi Niles, Fitness Instructor
My name is Kristi Niles and I’ve been involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years. I have a degree in Exercise Science from UW-Milwaukee and have worked in the hospital setting as well as in fitness centers teaching various group exercise, weight loss and senior classes. Twelve years ago I went back to school for teaching and for the last 8 years have been teaching 3rd grade. I continue to teach exercise classes, as well as coach Cross Country and Track & Field. My husband, Bill, and I are busy with our four kids and all of their activities.
Alicia Bruder, Licensed Massage Therapist
Alicia joined the team as a Licensed Massage Therapist in July of 2013. She attended WITC-Rice Lake, receiving her Technical Diploma in May, 2013 for Massage Therapy. She also attended St. Cloud Technical and Community College earning a degree in Advertising Communications and Website Design, receiving an Associate’s degree in 2008. She is a graduate of Clear Lake High School.
Alicia’s history with the company began in September of 2009 when she became the Front Desk Coordinator/Physical Therapy Technician for the newly opened Clear Lake clinic. Helping to grow and develop this business, her responsibilities included daily office management and to create a comfortable client experience. Desiring to be more hands on with people, Alicia pursued further education with Massage Therapy, bringing this new service back to the practice and taking on a clinical role.
Alicia approaches each massage with the intention of meeting and surpassing the goals of her clients, whether they seek pain relief, relaxation, or wellness. She is dedicated to providing a tailored approach to each individual for an exceptional client experience. Alicia enjoys the team atmosphere between clinic staff and the client. She is dedicated to the whole well-being, education, and comfort of all who come through the door.
Dan Sullivan, LAT
Dan joined the Clear Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists team as an Athletic Trainer in October, 2018. Dan provides sports medicine services to our area junior and senior high school students as well as onsite industrial medicine services to local industries. He also assists with the daily functions of the athletic training staff.
Dan is a graduate of San Jose State University and has been a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer since 2016. He is currently attending the Rehabilitation Sciences Master’s degree program through California University of Pennsylvania and is expected to graduate at the end of 2018. He will also soon test for an additional certification as a Corrective Exercise Specialist.
Dan is originally from Livermore, California where he lived until graduating college and taking a temporary position as an assistant Athletic Trainer for the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. At the university, Dan worked with the football, wrestling, gymnastics, and track teams. His interest in wanting to grow his experience to more diverse populations outside of the college setting led him to pursue a position with Clear Lake Physical Therapy. Here he hopes to gain a greater breadth of knowledge and experience that will help him to advance in the field of sports medicine and excel in the level of service he can provide to those in need. In his personal life, Dan enjoys cooking, gardening, weight lifting/exercising, and hiking through the Wisconsin countryside with his wife. He’s excited and glad to be a part of this team.
Hi, my name is Chase O’Keefe. I am excited to be a part of Clear Lake Physical Therapy Performance Center! While I am a husband, father, and avid coffee consumer I am also super passionate about health, wellness, and fitness!
I studied exercise science and human performance while attending UW-Eau Claire earning a bachelors degree. I then went on to earn my doctorate in chiropractic from Life University in Atlanta, GA and currently practice in Stillwater, MN. I have taught numerous fitness classes and most enjoy teaching group and community fitness! Looking for a new and challenging class?! Bring a friend and check us out Friday mornings!