North Platte Physical Therapy - Gillette


North Platte Physical Therapy has been offering services to Gillette and surrounding areas for many years. With 3 Physical Therapist and 2 Physical Therapist Assistants, North Platte Physical Therapy offers a variety of treatment techniques including trigger point dry needling, graston technique, aquatic therapy and kinesio taping. Our specialties include back and spine rehabilitation, ergonomic assessments, functional capacity evaluations, orthopedic injuries, orthotic casting and fitting, pediatrics, pre work screening, return to work testing, running analysis, sports physical therapy, and women’s health. We also offer a wide variety of bracing and splinting goods for most any patient’s needs.

In order to better serve our community, North Platte Physical Therapy offers a sports specific program called You+. You+ is targeted to help any athlete improve speed, agility, endurance, and strength to help prevent injuries.

North Platte Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing the best care and customer service to all of our patients. We want our patients to have a good understanding and feel comfortable with the cost of therapy. As a courtesy to our patients we do verify all patients insurance and answer any questions that our patients may have. At North Platte Physical Therapy we offer extended hours to meet all of our patient’s needs and walk-in appointments are always welcomed. Call 307-686-2569 today to schedule your appointment.

Location Details

Address: 620 4-J Court,Gillette, WY 82716
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM | Tuesday & Thursday: 7:00AM - 5:00PM (Closed for lunch 12PM - 1PM Daily)
Fax: 307-686-2615

Clinic Supervisor

I knew from a young age that I wanted to help individuals rehab naturally and physical therapy was that perfect fit. I enjoy getting to know each patient I come in contact with and make it a priority to help them reach their goals.


  • 2010-Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion, University of Wyoming
  • 2016-Doctor of Physical Therapy, New York Institute of Technology

Professional Society Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Kinesio Taping Association International

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • A Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Wrist Part 1
  • Practical Blood Flow Restriction
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner 
  • Maitland: Essential Peripheral Seminar
  • Maitland: Essential Spinal Seminar
  • IAOM: Clinical Examination and Manual Therapy of the Acute Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
  • IAOM: Diagnosis and Management of the Acute Lumbar and SI Joint
  • When the Feet Hit the Ground…Everything Changes
  • Long Island Orthotics and Prosthetics: Lower Extremity Prosthetic Gait Deviation
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified
  • Functional Dry Needling Level-1
  • Functional Dry Needling Level-2
  • Certified Cupping Therapist
  • Certified in Applied Function Science
  • BikeFit The Foot/Pedal Interface
  • RockTape IASTM Practitioner
  • Maitland: Evidenced-Based Orthopedic Diagnostic Evaluation Seminar

Hometown: Douglas, WY

Family: Parents: Chuck & Lisa Mangus, Sister: Jessica Mangus, Puppy Dog: Alex (Yellow Lab)

Hobbies: Cycling, archery, fly-fishing, and hunting.

Melissa Metcalf, DPT, OCS, SFMA, AIB-VR


  • 2005-Doctor of Physical Therapy- University of North Dakota
  • 2002-Bachelors of Science in Biology, Specific to Human Biology- Chadron State College

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • A Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Wrist Part 1
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • Practical Blood Flow Restriction
  • SFMA Certified
  • CAPP-OB Trained through the APTA
  • Certified Work Saver (industrial testing)
  • Certified Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPN)
  • Graston Trained
  • Certified Cupping Therapist
  • Specialized in Vertigo/Vestibular
  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac: method and approach
  • Pre-placement screening
  • Effective Therapeutics of common Upper and Lower Extremity Conditions
  • Intro to Vestibular Rehab
  • Low back Pain 101
  • Spinal and Peripheral Manual Therapy Techniques of the Lower Quarter
  • Cervical and Thoracic back rehab
  • Donatelli’s Pathophysiology and mechanics of the shoulder
  • Mechanics of the Lower Kinetic Chain
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Level 1
  • Cervical decision-making and manual Therapy Management and Treatment of TMJ and upper Cervical Spine
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Level 2
  • Muscle Energy Techniques for Spine, Pelvic Girdle and Ribs
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Level 3
  • Running Injuries
  • Introduction Level Functional Dry Needling
  • Advanced Level Functional Dry Needling
  • Graston Technique
  • Harnessing the Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor position for Rehab and Fitness
  • Spinning beyond the Basics Advanced Vestibular Rehab
  • The Foot and Ankle
  • Diagnosis and Management of Acute Lumbar and SI joint
  • SFMA Level 1
  • Cupping Therapy
  • Clinical Exam and Manual Therapy of the Elbow

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2002
  • Member of the Wyoming chapter of the APTA
  • Chief Delegate for Wyoming chapter in the APTA House of Delegates 2009-2012

Community Involvement:

  • Active participant at Living Rock Church, MS for Wyoming

Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming

Family: Rex and Barb (parents)

Hobbies: Triathlon’s, running half marathon’s, travel medical missions, reading

Deb Percifield, PTA, SFMA, AIB-VR


  • 1997-Associates of Arts- Northern Wyoming Community College
  • 1999-Associates of Applied Science, PTA- Central Wyoming Community College

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • Graston Trained
  • Specializes in Myofascial/Craniosacral Release
  • Cervical Disorders, Pediatrics, and Pool Therapy
  • Certified Cupping Therapist
  • Pediatric Myofascial Release
  • Differential Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Hip
  • Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Foot and Ankle
  • Pilates Fundamentals and Techniques
  • Mobilization of the Nervous System
  • Biomechanics and Orthotics
  • Cervical and Thoracic Spine: A Maitland Approach
  • Spasticity Management: Focus on Rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy for Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Low back pain 101
  • Spinal and Peripheral Therapy Techniques of the Lower Quarter
  • Cervical and Thoracic Back Rehab
  • Donatelli’s Pathophysiology and Mechanics of the Shoulder with Lab
  • Mechanics of the Lower Kinetic Chain
  • Fundamental and Advanced Kinesio Taping (KT1 and KT2)
  • Advanced Kinesio Taping (KT3)
  • Orthopedic Symposium
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Exercise Experts for Aging Adults
  • Graston Technique
  • Clinical Examination and Manual Therapy of the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Cervicothoracic Junction
  • Clinical Examination and Manual Therapy of the Lower Cervical Spine
  • Clinical Examination and Manual Therapy of the Lower Cervical Spine
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Acute Lumbar and SI Joint
  • SFMA
  • Cupping Therapy
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • Persistent Pain Management

Community Involvement:

  • Active participant at St. Matthews Catholic Church
  • BETA Sigma Phi Sorority

Hometown: Gillette, Wyoming

Family: Bruce (husband), Wendi, Chris, and Amanda (children) and 6 grandchildren

Hobbies: Spending time with family, cooking, and baking


Brooke Chorniak, PTA, SFMA, AIB-VR

 "Physical therapy has been a huge influence on my life and well-being; in high school I had two sports injuries. I joined this field of practice with the outlook to help others resume a quality of living desirable to each individual patient the same way my physical therapists did for me when I was a patient."


  • 2016 Associates of Applied Science Physical Therapist Assistant; Laramie County Community College

Certification/Specialized Training:

  • Clinical Examination and Manual Therapy of the Acute Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
  • Practical Blood Flow Restriction
  • A Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Wrist Part 1
  • IAOM Manual Therapy of the Acute Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
  • Kinseio Taping
  • Manual Therapy Joint Mobilizations for the PTA
  • When The Feet Hit The Ground... Everything Changes
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified
  • IAOM Diagnosis and Management of the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Cervicothoracic Junction
  • IAOM Manual Therapy of the Cervicothoracic Junction

Professional Memberships: Wyoming Boards of Physical Therapy

Hometown: Casper, WY

Hobbies: Hunting, camping, cycling, skiing, and playing with my dog Bexley

Leah Uhlir

I first became interested in physical therapy when I tore my ACL in a basketball game when I was 14 and underwent surgery and rehab to return to sport. Now, I’m excited to practice the spectrum of physical therapy, from orthopedic conditions to women’s health to pediatrics. I have always loved physical activity and I enjoy helping others get back to their chosen movement again.


  • 2019 Doctor of Physical Therapy at University of Nebraska Medical Center

Professional Memberships: 

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Wyoming Physical Therapy Association

Hometown: Sidney, NE

Hobbies: I enjoy hiking, spending time with my family, working out, reading, and going to live music.


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Latest News & Info

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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! 

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. 

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.

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.

Healing your lower back pain with your Wyoming physical therapist

August 21, 2019

You might have injured your lower back recently, and been referred to physical therapy to help with treatment and recovery. While it might seem overwhelming at first, there is no need to panic. Your physical therapy appointment will help you heal, with little to no pain, and help you get back on your feet and living your life the best way you know how. But let’s talk about what you can expect when it comes to your physical therapy.

There are two forms of physical therapy you might use to treat your lower back pain, and the type of physical therapy depends on your injury. Talk to your Wyoming physical therapist to determine which is best for you, it might even be a combination of the two:
Passive: Passive physical therapy includes the use of ice packs, heating pads, and even electrical stimulation. This form of physical therapy will be less physically taxing, but is equally important in the healing process. 
Active: Active physical therapy will include light forms of exercise, as well as stretching. You will most likely be in an active physical therapy program for your lower back pain. 

Time wise, your length of physical therapy can vary. On average, expect anywhere from 4-8 weeks of physical therapy - but once again it can depend on the back injury you’ve sustained. When it comes to your physical therapy regime, be sure to maintain consistent contact with your physical therapist to better understand your treatment program. There are some instances in which you might be required to do light exercises at home - but these should all be low impact. 
  • When it comes to preparing for your first physical therapist appointment, we recommend the following: 
  • Wear comfortable clothing that is breathable, and makes it easy to move if necessary
  • Be aware that they will most likely take measurements - including your range of motion, current physical fitness, and test of strength
  • Be ready to ask plenty of questions - your physical therapist is there to help you and guide you 

Asking questions can be overwhelming at your first physical therapist appointment, but we do recommend that you ask as many as you need to. Your physical therapist is there to serve as a resource and is ready to help you with any needs you might have. Just remember, everybody is different. Your healing time can be very different than another, even with the same injury. So be sure to stay in close contact with your doctor as well as 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.

Tips to staying healthy, from your Wyoming/Nebraska physical therapist

July 24, 2019

Summer is already more than half way over - can you believe it? Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the summer to your full ability, but if you are unsure of how you’re going to stay healthy and active for the remainder (and even into the fall) we have some of the best tips for you from your Wyoming/Nebraska physical therapist.

Avoid Fad Diets
Fad Diets are tempting...but they ultimately are not going to be the best solution to helping you stay healthy and well. Fad Diets might help you lose weight quickly, but it’ll be easy to gain all of the weight you’ve just lost! No one wants that! When dieting, stick to a healthy balance and cut back on sweets, alcohol and non-whole grains. 

Speaking of getting rid of the bad...have you ever heard of the phrase “everything is good in moderation?” That’s not always the best motto to live by, but there are sometimes where it can be good for you. Cutting out absolutely everything that is good can cause you to binge on unhealthy foods - so first try to cut back the bad things. Practice moderation, and good portion control!

Get Active
Staying (or getting) active doesn’t have to be difficult or hard. It can be as easy as committing to taking 10,000+ steps a day. Taking a morning and evening walk can make all of the difference in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Want to take it to the next level? Try working out a few times a week! It’ll not only make you feel better (endorphins are released during exercise) it’ll lead to you feeling strong and confident after.

Eat To Fuel
When you think of what you are eating and fueling your body with - eat to fuel. Try thinking of your body like an engine - afterall it is how you get from place to place. If you approach food as a way to fuel the body, it might make it easier for you to eat fruits and vegetables throughout the day. This includes eating more fruits, vegetables, and less bad fats (think sweets). 

Hydration is essential to losing weight, and maintaining a healthy body! Water helps to fuel almost everything we do, if you aren’t drinking enough water your body is going to hold on to that excess water - we don’t need or want water weight! The rule of thumb is to consume approximately ⅔ of your body weight in ounces. 

Contact North Platte Physical Therapy to benefit from our sports medicine programs. Our expert staff is revered for providing superior and personalized physical therapy services throughout the Wyoming and Nebraska areas. We can provide comprehensive sports medicine services for individual athletes or entire teams, we use the best physical therapy techniques available, and we would be happy to treat sports injuries and maximize performance levels so you and your team can enjoy the thrill of victory.