North Platte Physical Therapy - Casper (West)

 
 

The Casper West clinic has been serving the needs of the surrounding community since 2010.  This clinic along with our Casper East clinic continually strives to exceed the expectations of our patients.  Our clinics are patient-focused and allow our patients to collaborate with their therapist on the optimal care for each individual.  We provide this peak level of care in an energetic and enjoyable atmosphere.

We are dedicated to providing the best orthopedic care to central Wyoming. Our staff specializes in spine and extremities. We use multiple manual therapy and exercise treatment philosophies and techniques for treating back, muscle, joint, nerve and tendon disorders. North Platte Physical Therapy provides comprehensive physical and occupational therapy services to our orthopedic, pediatric, and geriatric patients. We have an excellent functional balance re-training program and fall prevention program. We also work with athletes and sports medicine patients.

Location Details


Address: 3831 Denis Drive #200, Casper, WY 82604
Hours: Mon - Fri 8AM - 5PM
Fax: 307-234-9074

Interested in scheduling at our East location? View Casper East Details


Matt Woodbury, DPT, OCS, SFMA

Clinic Supervisor


I have both a professional and personal passion for health. I will never stop learning about the complexities of the human body and the optimal ways to promote its function.  I want to remain active, enjoy life to the fullest, and help others also attain this freedom.

Education:

  • University of Mary – Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • North Dakota State University – Bachelor of Science – Human Performance and Fitness

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
  • Certified Graston Technique Clinician
  • Worksaver Certified Tester
  • Certified Cupping Therapist

Continuing Education Training:

  • Kinesiotaping KT1 & KT2
  • Dry Needling
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Running mechanics and Injury
  • Sole Supports Orthotic Casting
  • Various Other Orthopedic Courses

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Member of APTA Orthopedic and Sports Sections

Hometown: West Fargo, ND

Hobbies: Running, cycling, hanging out with family, listening to music and watching movies

 
Kathlyn Doss, PT, DPT

 


I have a passion for people. I love getting to know my clients and being able to help them get back to their everyday lives and doing things they enjoy. I focus on maintaining a client oriented PT practice and make treatments individualized to each client. I also love the outdoors and taking my 2 dogs out to hike whenever I can. I just experienced my first winter with snow and spent most of those weekends learning to ski; next winter’s goal is snowboarding.

Education:

  • 2016: Doctor of Physical Therapy: University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
  • 2011: B. S. In Computer Science

Continuing Education Training:

  • Dry Needling

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Member of APTA Orthopedic Sectionss

Hometown: Beaumont, TX

Hobbies: Hiking, downhill skiing, travel

 
Raychelle Schoner, PTA, CKTP

My goal is to help others improve their quality of life, and have the opportunity to enjoy their lives to the fullest. What made me interested in becoming a licensed physical therapist assistant is that it allows me to achieve this goal every day. I love being able to make a difference in our patients lives and recovery.

Education:

  • 2013- Associate of Applied Science- Physical Therapist Assisting Baker College of Muskegon 

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner
  • John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Techniques

Professional Society Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association and Kinesio Taping Association
  • Certified Cupping Therapist

Community Involvement:

Member of Paradise Valley Christian Church and volunteer for the Casper Marathon and other community events

Hometown: Big Rapids, Michigan

Family: Married to Matthew Schoner in October 2016

Hobbies: Downhill skiing, motorcycle riding, hiking, home improvement projects

 
 
Michal Hanselmann, PTA, SFMA

Education:

  • 2016-PTA Associates of Applied Sciences-Laramie County Community College

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • A Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Wrist Part 1
  • American Red Cross CPR
  • Certified Cupping Therapist

Hometown: Laramie, WY

Family: Parents, brother and sister

Hobbies: Running, biking, hiking, singing, playing the piano, being outdoors and working out

 

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How yoga can help supplement your Wyoming physical therapy regime


September 11, 2019

So you’ve started physical therapy in Wyoming, what’s next? You might be looking for additional ways to supplement your physical therapy, and most physical therapists would even recommend light exercise. A great light exercise routine to start is yoga - it’s low impact, is relaxing, and can be done at your own pace. Here are a few ways that yoga can be a beneficial partner to your physical therapy regime.

Recovery Time
Yoga might be able to speed up your recovery time. Not only will it help get you moving, but yoga improves strength and flexibility without a lot of muscle strain. If you are achy, yoga can help to lessen your pain, give you more flexibility and even provide additional muscle stability.

Treatment
Besides helping treat your current issues, yoga can help treat multiple issues besides your immediate strain or problem you are facing. Try practicing very low impact stretches for beginners, and always consult your physical therapist before incorporating too many difficult exercises or exercises that could potentially harm your injury even further. 

Mind 
Exercise in general releases endorphins that can lead you to a happier, healthier, and ultimately omre relaxing life. Nothing can be better for your physical therapy (besides doing your exercises of course), then being relaxed and in a great mental state as you work towards recovery. A relaxed and positive mind does wonders towards managing your pain and recovery.

You might be wondering how to incorporate yoga into your physical therapy routine. As we’ve mentioned, consider consulting your physical therapist first. However, there are a few yoga moves you can start incorporating if you are anxious to get a jumpstart. 
  • Staff Pose: A staff yoga pose requires you to sit on the ground with your legs stretched out in front of you - taking deep breaths and working on your spine alignment.
  • Chair Pose: Squat as if you are sitting in a pose and place your arms straight above your head. Take deep breaths in and out while looking forward.
  • Downward Facing Dog: One of the more common poses, downward facing dog, involves you placing your feet and hands on the ground and placing your body in a “pike position,” once again focusing on spine alignment.

Everyone’s physical therapy regime varies, and it truly is based on your body. If you are interested in starting a yoga regime while completing a physical therapy regime be sure to contact your physical therapist. At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services. Contact us today for more information.
 
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Preparing your children for fall sports, from your Wyoming physical therapist


September 4, 2019

The kids are going back to school, temperatures are becoming cooler, and sports season is in full-swing. While it might be hard for your children to get back in the swing of things, there are a few things you can do to help - particularly when it concerns conditioning. If you are also participating in some fall intramural sports, consider following these tips as well. Always remember, if you have questions about conditioning contact your local Wyoming physical therapist

Physical Activity
It’s going to be harder for your kids to get back into a fall sport if they haven’t been active up until this point. Year-round physical activity is essential to not only maintaining a healthy lifestyle but also lessening the stress on the body when a sport begins again. We highly recommend that before your child starts their fall sport again, that they partake in light physical activity leading up to the first practice. 

Goals
What are your child’s goals for this school year? Particularly their sports season? Setting realistic, and achievable, goals will help get everyone excited for the upcoming sports season. Not only this, but it’ll ensure your children go into the sports season with their goals and success at the forefront of their mind. Setting goals will also help teach your child about the importance of working hard to achieve a common goal, as well as discipline. It’s truly a win-win! 

Gear
Different sports require different athletic gear, and we can almost guarantee that no matter what sport your child is in they will need something. Checking athletic gear prior to the season will ensure you have what you need to be successful. Remember, your child is growing pretty constantly throughout their elementary, middle, and even high school. There is a high probability that you will need to replace their equipment often. 

Physical 
If you haven’t gotten one yet, almost all schools require an athletic physical prior to your child’s participation in a sport. The good news is that physicals are a very mild examination. Your primary care practitioner, and/or your physical therapist can complete a physical within twenty minutes or so, and most of the time it requires very little physical activity on the part of your child. Physicals are important in ensuring your child is physically well enough to participate in the sport. But remember, just because your child passes a physical doesn’t mean you should ignore any injury complaints. If there are complaints during a practice, after a practice, or throughout the day - make sure your child sees a doctor.

While everyone’s body is different, the above tips can help your child (and you) get prepared for fall sports. If you ever have questions about a training regime, contact your Denver physical therapist or primary care physician. At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services. Contact us today for more information.
 
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Daily exercises for a healthy spine, from your Wyoming physical therapist


August 28, 2019

Whether you injured your back recently, or are just looking to keep your spine and back healthy, there are a few daily exercises/stretches you could be doing daily. The good news is all of these stretches are relatively easy, require little effort, and won’t put a strain on your body. It’s important to practice preventative exercises - not only to keep from getting injured but to help keep any injuries from being too detrimental. 

Knee to Chest
Lay on your back, on a flat surface, with both heels out on the ground. This will be as if you are laying flat in bed - without the pillow of course! Take a slow, deep breath, and bring your knee to your chest with both arms. Your hands should interlock around the knee, and bring your knee closer to your chest. As you do this, make sure you keep your other leg flat on the ground. Take deep breaths while stretching, and hold each knee to your leg for 30 seconds. We recommend we repeat this two times per leg, but feel free to repeat as needed. 

Back Flexion
Children might refer to this stretch as a “roly-poly,” but it is known to doctors as a back flexion. While laying on your back, once again on a flat services, bring both knees to your chest and bring your shoulders off the ground. You will want to form a little ball - think of the “roly poly” bug when you do this. You should feel a light stretch in your back.

Cat Stretch 
Another one of our favorites, the cat stretch can help to stretch out your full spine. You might have encountered this in a yoga class, but get on all fours on the floor (like a cat). You will then alternate between arching your back for five seconds, then letting your back sag to the floor (forming a dip) for five seconds. Do this stretch 4-6 times through to begin to feel relaxed and ready to take on the day.

Chin to Chest
Having neck pain? While standing or sitting, look down until your chin touches your chest and hold for 30 seconds. This will help relieve any back neck pain. As with the knee to chest stretch, we recommend repeating this two times. 

While these exercises will certainly help you keep a healthy back/spine, it won’t prevent any injury from happening in the future. Always remember to consult your physical therapist or primary care physician if you are worried about sustaining any back/spine injuries - we are here to help. At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services. Contact us today for more information.
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