Emily Monson, MS, PT
Physical Therapist/Practice Owner of Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists
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 Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists be extraordinary.
Kyle Larson, DPT
Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Kyle Larson grew up and went to school in Clayton, WI. He was an avid athlete playing football, basketball, and baseball. After high school, he continued with sports into college and played football at UW-Stevens Point. After college he continued onto grad school at the College of St. Scholastica where he received his doctorate in physical therapy. He became interested in physical therapy at a young age after getting injured playing basketball and coming to see the team at Turtle Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists. His interest includes treating all patients with a variety of different presentations and conditions. Kyle enjoys working in the orthopedic field and helping people get back to what they love doing. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, hunting, and being outside in general. Kyle is happy to be in a position to give back to the community where he is from.
Rachel Thomas, DPT
Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Rachel joined the Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists team in June 2021. She is local to the community and grew up in Frederic, Wisconsin. During high school, she enjoyed playing sports and suffered her fair share of injuries, which is what initially got her interested in the physical therapy profession. Rachel studied at UW-Stevens Point where she obtained her bachelor's degree in health science. From there, she went on to achieve her lifelong dream of earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UW-Madison.
She has always had a special interest in rural healthcare due to her upbringing and hometown. Rachel believes that proficient, high-quality healthcare is not something a patient should have to commute to a metropolitan area for; so, as a clinician, she will strive each day to bring the same level and quality of care that may be found in a big city to our small community. Beyond this, her patients can expect to receive compassion, optimism, and enthusiasm at every visit. Rachel always does her best to make therapy both enjoyable and beneficial for her patients.
In her spare time, she enjoys getting together with family and friends, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and cheering on Wisconsin's sports teams.
Rachel looks forward to helping you meet and exceed your goals at our Amery location!
Krista Amundsen, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Krista joined Turtle Lake and 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 Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists 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 Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists 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.
Kristine Ostertag, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Kristine Ostertag joined Clear Lake Physical Therapy Rehab and Specialists in April 2021. She graduated from UW-LaCrosse in 2014 with an Exercise Sports Science degree. In 2016 she graduated from Western Technical College in LaCrosse, WI with an associates degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. From there she has worked in a skilled nursing facility and for the last four years she has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant in an outpatient private practice clinic in the Twin Cities. Kristine has worked with a wide variety of injuries and is excited to bring her knowledge to the team and local communities!
Kristine grew up in a small town and enjoys spending her time in the outdoors. In the fall she is either bow hunting, waterfowl hunting or upland hunting with her dog “Ted”. Kristine also enjoys ice fishing and open water fishing, along with spending time with her nephews and family.
Kay Dorwin, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Kay Dorwin jointed Turtle Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists in February 2007. She graduated from St. Mary's Jr. College (now College of St. Catherine's) in Minneapolis, MN, with an Associates Degree in Physical Therapy. Prior to working here, Kay's work experience includes the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, MN and the Baldwin Hospital in Baldwin, WI.
As a Physical Therapist Assistant, she has experienced working in many different areas including inpatient, outpatients with acute and chronic injuries including orthopedics, sports injuries, spine, wound care, fibromyalgia, and aquatic therapy. She has a special interest in total joint replacements, sports- and work-related injuries. She believes strongly in the importance of patient education and empowering the patient for total wellness.
Melissa Waytashek MS, ATC, LAT
Melissa joined the Physical Therapy & 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 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 Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists 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 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.
Director of Billing and Reimbursement
Jodi Dresen is the Director of Billing & reimbursement/Compliance officer for 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.
Becky joined the team in August of 2017 as the front desk coordinator and, since then, has transitioned
into the role of an administrator with the practice. Her education and work history in administration,
management and customer service have led to a position working alongside the billing director to
maintain back-office flow as a specialist in billing, insurance and collection management. As Patient
Advocate for the practice, her goal is to make sure that our patients are taken care of at every level from
understanding their benefits to finding financial solutions that work for the practice and the patient.
She has a passion for people and creating an environment that is positive, making sure her coworkers
and patients feel valued, accepted and heard.
Becky resides in Cameron with her husband Steve and their 2 dogs, Stella and Winston. They consider
themselves half empty nesters with 2 of their 4 children still in school and living at home. Becky loves to
spend time with her kids, hang out in the kitchen and fellowship with her church family.
Front Desk Coordinator
Katie joined 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.
Gracie Martin, BExSc, ACSM
Front Desk Coordinator
Gracie joined the Turtle Lake and Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists team in March of 2021. She graduated from Amery High School and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She is also a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. As Front Desk Coordinator she handles the registration and scheduling of appointments, works closely with referral sources to ensure a positive relationship, and assists the providers with patients when needed. Gracie also coaches group exercise classes and will be offering personal training at The Performance Center in our Clear Lake location. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with friends, finding new recipes for baking, CrossFit, and helping her fiancé wrangle cattle.
Front Desk Coordinator
Brenda joined Turtle Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialist as the Front Desk Coordinator in April 2021. As the front desk coordinator, Brenda handles the registration and scheduling of appointments and works closely with the providers to maintain a good clinic flow throughout the day. She has over 25 years of customer service experience and truly enjoys working with the patient population.
Brenda is a native Turtle Laker. She is married to her husband Kevin of 10 years and they have been together for 20. She has two grown children and six beautiful grandchildren, which are the light of her life! Outside of work, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family. Also, in the winter going on vacation to Mexico and Texas, summer is spending time at a campground in Sarona where they have had a permanent site for 11 years.
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, bringing fitness, new experiences and fun to the community.