Staff


  • William Weed, PT

    William Weed, PT

    Physical Therapist Assistant
    Co-owner / Co-Founder – New West Rehabilitation

  • Specialties:

    • Orthopedics and sports injuries with an emphasis in shoulder rehabilitation.
    • Has worked with US Rowing Team, US Track and Field, and multiple college and professional athletes.

    Education:

    • Master of Physical Therapy from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN in 1991.
    • Bachelor of Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1989.

  • Terry Nitsch, PTA, ATC

    Terry Nitsch, PTA, ATC

    Physical Therapist Assistant
    Certified Athletic Trainer
    Co-owner / Co-Founder – New West Rehabilitation

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “I utilize a treatment approach that involves constant communication with my patients and their physician. This communication serves as the backbone of the rehabilitation process. My background in athletic training has helped me understand how important it is to get athletes, and the working population alike, back to activity in the shortest amount of time possible. It is my goal to work with the patient and their physician to be as aggressive as possible, but at the same time, to do it in a safe and productive manner.”

    Specialties:

    • Sports Medicine and rehabilitation/prevention of sports related injuries. Particular interest in the treatment of the shoulder and knee.

    Education:

    • Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant, Colby Community College, 2007.
    • Master of Science Degree in Physical Education, Eastern Illinois University, 1993.
    • Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992.
    • Completion of Accredited Athletic Training Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1991.

    Personal:

    Terry lives in Kearney with his wife, Karla. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends/family and recreational activities that include basketball, softball, and jogging.

    Affiliations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • National Athletic Trainers Association
    • Nebraska Athletic Trainers Association
    • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
    • Member of the Private Practice Section of the APTA

  • Eugene Svec

    Eugene Svec, PT

    Physical Therapist
    Credentialed McKenzie Provider

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “Education, exercise, manual therapy and finding a plan that fits a patient's needs and circumstances.”

    Specialties:

    • Orthopedics and Sports Rehabilitation
    • Spine injuries – Gene is a credentialed McKenzie provider in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

    Education:

    • Graduate of Schribner-Snyder High School in 1989.
    • Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1996.
    • Undergraduate education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Personal Information:

    Married to another PT, Kristi and stay busy with activities with their 5 children, traveling, exercise, sports and recreation.

    Affiliations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
    • St. James Catholic Church
    • Titleist Performance Institute of Golf – Level 2

  • Matt Lewis

    Matt Lewis, PT

    Physical Therapist
    Co-owner – New West Rehabilitation
    Clinic Director – New West Rehabilitation

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “I like to establish a good working relationship with the patient starting with a thorough assessment of a patient’s functional and movement limitation. I use a combination of manual techniques, exercise, education, and modalities as needed to help clients reach their goals. Finally, I believe it is important to communicate with patients and their medical provider to optimize quality care.”

    Specialties:

    • Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation
    • Spine, Shoulder, Extremity Rehabilitation
    • Pediatrics
    • Functional Movement – FMS and TPI Certified
    • Certified Functional Dry Needling Practitioner
    • Neurological Conditions - CVA, TBI, Parkinson's Disease

    Education:

    • Master of Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1995.
    • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992.

    Personal Information:

    Matt lives in Kearney with his wife, Jamie, and two children, Betsey & Sam. He enjoys spending time travelling to visit family, home improvement projects, skiing, hiking, golf, and being outdoors.

    Affiliations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
    • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified
      • Level 1 Golf Fitness Instructor
      • Level 2 Medical Professional
    • Level I&II Certified Functional Dry Needling Practitioner
    • LSVT BIG Program certification (for treatment of individuals with Parkinson's Disease)

  • Kimberly Oliphant

    Kimberly Oliphant, PT

    Physical Therapist

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “Treat others like you would want to be treated.”

    Specialties:

    • Rehabilitation of total joint replacements and knee injuries/surgeries
    • Credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association
    • Certified Pilates Instructor
    • Certified Graston Technique provider since 2012
    • Occupational Performance Center Certified 2018

    Education:

    • Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Biology from Kearney State College in 1989.
    • Master of Physical Therapy from Wichita State University in 1993.

    Personal Information:

    Kim is married with three grown children. She teaches Jazzercise, and is a gymnastics coach and judge. She is also an adjunct faculty member at University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Physical Therapy.

    Affiliations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
    • Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association

  • Kristi Svec

    Kristi Svec, PT

    Physical Therapist

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “I believe listening to a patient is one of the most important parts of an evaluation. I like to spend time with each patient and follow them throughout their rehabilitation program. I believe getting to know my patients helps to achieve their goals and speed up the healing process.”

    Specialties:

    • Women’s Health
    • Oncology
    • Orthopedics

    Education:

    • Master of Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1996.
    • Undergraduate education, Univ. of Nebraska at Kearney.

    Personal Information:

    Kristi lives in Kearney with her husband, who is also a physical therapist, and their four children. She works part time and in her free time enjoys being outside golfing, playing sports, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.

    Affiliations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Member of the Women’s Health section of the APTA

  • Jennifer McBride

    Jennifer McBride, PT

    Physical Therapist

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “I believe a thorough evaluation is imperative for each patient. Listening to the specific history and pain complaints along with assessing all evaluation procedures gives a clear picture for each patients individual needs. Then, a treatment and home exercise program can be initiated and adjusted appropriately through the course of care.”

    Specialties:

    • Lower Extremity Biomechanical Evaluations (including evaluation of gait at each joint from the foot to the pelvis)
    • Running Gait Evaluations and Shoewear Recommendations
    • Custom Orthotics
    • Evaluation and Treatment of the Extremities

    Education:

    • Graduated with high distinction from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1995.
    • Attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln for undergraduate work.

    Personal Information:

    Jennifer and her husband Mark have three children, Anna, Max, and Ava. Her interests include football, volleyball, and hockey. She enjoys as a family attending sporting events, playing games, and gatherings with friends and family. Personally, Jennifer enjoys running and time with her family.

    Affiliations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
    • Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association

  • Brian Malicky

    Brian Malicky, DPT

    Physical Therapist

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “In addition to giving my best to each patient, I believe it is critical to educate the patient in their diagnosis, mechanism of injury, and preventative measures. A thorough understanding of these topics helps further the patient’s desire and efforts as the course of Physical Therapy progresses.”

    Specialties:

    • Knee and Shoulder Injuries/Rehabilitation
    • Sports Medicine

    Education:

    • University of Nebraska Medical Center, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2012.
    • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Biology, University of Nebraska-Kearney, 2008.
    • Graduate of Scotus Central Catholic High School, Columbus, Nebraska, 2004.

    Personal Information:

    Brian is an alum of the University of Nebraska-Kearney football program. He enjoys attending sporting events as well as participating in basketball, watersports, hunting/fishing, and traveling with family. Brian lives in Kearney with his wife, Nichole and son, Gavin.

    Affiliations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association

  • Brandon Deeds

    Brandon Deeds, DPT

    Physical Therapist

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “My goal is to exceed patient expectations by providing the most up to date and research backed treatment strategies. I believe in using a combination of manual techniques, exercise, and various modalities to ensure a positive experience and successful outcome."

    Specialties:

    • Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation
    • Graston Technique Provider
    • Certified in Blood Flow Restriction
    • Certified Dry Needling Practitioner
    • Vestibular Rehab - BPPV and Vestibular Hypofunction
    • Occupational Medicine - PCP, Fit for Duty, Functional Capacity Evaluations

    Education:

    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2013.
    • Bachelor of Science Degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009.

    Personal Information:

    Brandon and his wife, Niki, have two children Jace and Ryann.

    Affiliations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
    • Student Clinical Instructor

  • Matthew Shipp

    Matthew Shipp, DPT

    Physical Therapist

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “I believe it is important to begin each patient with a comprehensive examination. This includes the therapists' objective evaluation, but most importantly incorporates listening intently to the patient's main complaints and history. From there, a fun, positive working relationship, consistent education/communication, and the use of evidence-based practice helps each patient work towards their goals and return to the activities that they love."

    Specialties:

    • Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation
    • Graston Technique Provider
    • Certified in Blood Flow Restriction
    • Certified Dry Needling Practitioner
    • Vestibular Rehab - BPPV and Vestibular Hypofunction
    • Occupational Medicine - PCP, Fit for Duty, Functional Capacity Evaluations

    Education:

    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2013.
    • Bachelor of Science Degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009.

    Personal Information:

    I enjoy spending time with family and friends, especially my beautiful wife Shelby, and I typically spend my spare time running, fishing/hunting, or playing with my golden retriever, Ruger.

    Affiliations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association

  • Jordan Potthoff

    Jordan Potthoff, DPT

    Physical Therapist

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “My goal is to return my patients to their desired level of function and optimize their performance as efficiently and safely as possible. I believe patient's should maintain an active role in their treatment and should fully understand their diagnosis and each intervention utilized. I strive for high quality outcomes using a combination of education, manual therapy, exercise, and communication.”

    Specialties:

    • Functional Dry Needling
    • Manual Therapy
    • Sports Rehabilitation

    Education:

    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2019.
    • Bachelor of Exercise Science, University of Nebraska - Kearney, 2015.
    • Graduate of Kearney High School, 2011.

    Affiliations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
    • Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association

  • Elizabeth Muller, PTA, ATC

    Elizabeth Muller, PTA, ATC

    Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “I believe each patient should be treated with respect and kindness. The patient should also be able to understand the treatment plan laid out for them, and be comfortable with the therapist.”

    Specialties:

    • Sports Medicine
    • Graston Technique
    • Kinesiotaping

    Education:

    • Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist assistant, Colby Community College, 2008.
    • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, University of nebraska at Kearney, 2007.

    Affiliations:

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Nebraska Physical Therapy Association
    • National Athletic Trainers Association
    • Nebraska Athletic Trainers Association


  • Janine Walker

    Janine Walker, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist
    Director of Occupational Therapy

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “As an occupational therapist for over 22 years, I have worked with patients of many unique diagnoses. My philosophy is to treat each patient with the same care and compassion I would want my own family members to experience. I think research and the most up to date treatment techniques are vital in getting the best results from my treatment plans. I also think that the team approach is important to facilitate continuity of care. The patient being the most important part of the team.”

    Specialties:

    • Hand Therapy
    • Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Conditions
    • Occupational Medicine-PCP
    • Fit for Duty
    • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
    • Splinting
    • Certified in Graston Technique 2011

    Education:

    • Graduated Creighton University in 1988.
    • Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator.
    • Certified in Physical Agent Modalities.

    Personal Information:

    Janine is married and has two daughters and one son. Her interests include skiing, walking, biking, and supporting her children in their activities.

    Affiliations:

    • American Occupational Therapy Association
    • Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association

  • Jackie Kohtz

    Jackie Kohtz OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “I believe open communication is important to build trust and to help a patient in reach their goals.”

    Specialties:

    • Orthopedic and Hand Therapy
    • Occupational Medicine-PCP
    • Fit for Duty
    • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
    • Certified in Graston Technique 2011
    • LSVT-BIG
    • Impairment Ratings

    Education:

    • Graduated Summe Cum Laude, Creighton University, 1998.
    • Undergraduate education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
    • Graduate of Niobrara Public High School, 1993.

    Personal Information:

    Jackie and her husband, Ryan, have two children: Lauren and Brayden. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, boating, snow skiing, and running.

    Affiliations:

    • American Occupational Therapy Association
    • Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association

  • Lauren Erickson

    Lauren Erickson, OTR/L, CLT

    Occupational Therapist
    Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Driving Evaluation

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “I try to treat the patient like I would like to be treated. I treat the entire person, not just their physical symptoms. I try to figure out what their goals are, where they are at now, and get them to where they want to be.”/p>

    Specialties:

    • Occupational Medicine-PCP
    • Fit for Duty
    • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
    • Graston Technique
    • Splinting and Casting
    • LSVT – BIG: Parkinson’s Training and Certification
    • Hand Therapy & Orthopedic Trained
    • Neuro Eehab
    • Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    • Breast Cancer Trained (Strength ABC Program)
    • Blood Flow Restriction Trained

    Education:

    • Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University, 2002.
    • Bachelor of Science, General Chemistry & Health Sciences, Wayne State College, 2000.
    • Graduate of Burwell High School, 1997.
    • Norton School of Lymphatic Studies Lymphedema Certification 2019.

    Personal Information:

    I reside in Kearney with my husband, Brian, and our two children, Paxton, and Oaklynn. Besides keeping busy as a rockstar mom and OT, I enjoy biking, golfing, baking, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.


  • Jennifer Marshall

    Jennifer Marshall, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “I pride myself on providing a patient centered, therapist guided approach to therapy. I focus on listening to concerns, empowering families, and truly caring to make a difference in the quality of living. I develop individual treatment plans that address functional outcomes for each patient. I am dedicated to providing a respectful and caring atmosphere which utilizes a holistic and collaborative approach that considers communication needs in the home, at work, or in the community. I believe it is essential to provide ethical and excellent therapy services to all my patients and their families and ensure they are treated with the upmost integrity, respect, and compassion. I feel this is my responsibility as a Speech Language Pathologist.”

    Education:

    • Bachelor of Science in Education, Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska- Kearney.
    • Master of Science in Education, Speech Language Pathology, University of Nebraska-Omaha.

    Personal Information:

    Jennifer is originally from Sutherland, Nebraska. She and her husband currently reside outside of Kearney with their two dogs. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family as well as spoiling her four nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include completing house projects, playing with her dogs and competing in CrossFit.

    Affiliations:

    • Nebraska Speech Language and Hearing Association
    • American Speech Language Association


  • Doug Cooper, ATC

    Doug Cooper, ATC

    Certified Athletic Trainer

  • Treatment Philosophy:

    “I enjoy making people laugh and I’ve found humor creates a relaxed and positive environment for patients dealing with orthopaedic injuries. Through my experiences in both collegiate and high school athletics, I’ve found that developing trust and comfort with my patients leads to a faster and more enjoyable healing process. I personally invest in my patients and I am committed to their success on and off the field.”

    Specialties:

    • Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation/Prevention of athletic injuries
    • Shoulder and Low Back Rehabilitation
    • Sport specific rehabilitation and return to play intervention
    • Emergency care and First Responder
    • Concussion Evaluation

    Education:

    • Master of Arts in Exercise Science, University of Nebraska-Kearney, 2011.
    • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, University of Kansas, 2009.
    • Completion of Accredited Athletic Training Program, University of Kansas, 2009.
    • Graduate of Stockton High School, Stockton, KS., 2004.

    Personal Information:

    Doug lives in Kearney and enjoys hunting, fishing and being outdoors. He loves watching sports, primarily the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas City Royals.

    Affiliations:

    • National Athletic Trainers’ Assocation
    • Nebraska Athletic Trainers’ Association
    • Mid-West Athletic Trainers’ Association


  • Jacy Cramer

    Jacy Cramer, LMT

    Licensed Massage Technician

  • Jacy graduated from Omaha School of Massage Therapy with 1000 hours of training in 1997. She has learned many different modalities in Massage, but, specializes in Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Massage and Orthopaedic Massage. Jacy’s main goal is to help heal the body of pain.