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Whether you've sustained an injury, are recovering from a surgery or just trying to manage your day without pain, our experienced therapists can help.

Physical therapists

Desiree Dutton, MS, PT

Physical therapist

Education:

  • University of Montana, MS in Physical Therapy (2002)
  • University of Montana, BA in Human Biology (2000)

Experience: Desi has practiced in a variety of physical therapy settings including outpatient, acute care and home health. She has worked at Bitterroot Health since 2006, treating adults and adolescents, and has a special interest in treatment of vestibular conditions and dizziness, concussion management, orthopedic injuries, and women’s health issues.

Specialized certifications: Level 1 Functional Dry Needling. APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

Personal interests: Desi and her husband have three children. She enjoys being outdoors with her family skiing, hiking and camping.

Mike Hattlestad, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical therapist

Education:

  • University of Montana, Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2021)
  • University of Central Arkansas, MS in Physical Therapy (1995)
  • Baylor University, Bachelors in Biology and Ecology (1993)

Experience: A majority of his clinical experience has been in the orthopedic population and sports medicine. His professional interests include the shoulder, knee, foot and ankle, and orthotic evaluation and fitting.

Specialized certifications: Orthopedic Certified Specialist. Level 1 dry needling.

Personal interests: Mike and his wife, Kristen, have two daughters named Ellie and Kari. When not working, Mike enjoys camping with family; snow skiing; fishing; following Baylor athletics; and hunting deer, antelope and all species of upland birds.

Holly Jarvis, PT, CPT

Physical therapist, certified personal trainer

Education:

  • California State University, Long Beach, BS in Physical Therapy

Experience: Holly has 46 years of experience as a physical therapist with a primary focus on pediatric physical therapy. In addition to pediatrics, her clinical interests include Ehlers-Danlos syndrome as well as core strengthening for function and pain control.

Specialized certifications: Personal Trainer and certified senior fitness specialist by the American Council on Exercise.

Personal interests: Holly enjoys being a grandma, riding her elliptigo, hiking, cooking and being around family.

Katherine Lansing, PTA

Physical therapy assistant

Education:

  • College of St. Scholastica, BA in Clinical Exercise Physiology (1992)
  • Lake Superior College, AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant (1997)

Experience: Katherine has over 20 years of experience as a PTA, including 17 years in an outpatient setting, 15 years (combined with outpatient) in an inpatient acute setting, three years in an adult neuromuscular rehabilitation setting and four years in home health. She has experience and a strong interest in vestibular rehabilitation for the treatment of balance impairment.

Specialized certifications: American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Personal interests: Katherine moved here from Duluth, Minnesota, to fulfill a lifelong dream to live in Montana. Her passion is fly fishing, and she enjoys exploring various Montana trout streams. She is also a certified casting instructor through the Fly Fishers International. Katherine also enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and camping. She is hopeful that her two adult sons will also move to Montana.

Sarah Mollenhauer, DPT

Physical therapist

Education:

  • University of Montana, Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2018)

Experience: Sarah has experience in both outpatient and acute care settings and enjoys the diversity of patients that she is able to work with in rural Montana. She has advanced training for treatment of neurological conditions/impairments, women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction, running/sports injuries, and general orthopedic injuries.

Specialized certifications: LSVT BIG certified since 2017.

Personal interests: On her days off, you can find Sarah enjoying Montana’s public lands with her husband and two dogs—hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, climbing, skiing and swimming.

Emma Neff, PTA

Physical therapist assistant

Education:

  • Olympic College, AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant
  • City College of San Francisco, AS in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Experience: Emma has experience in outpatient orthopedics, acute and post-acute functional rehabilitation, pediatrics, and therapeutic pilates. She strives to provide exceptional quality of care while making genuine connections with members of the community. She would love to establish a group exercise program for seniors after they have completed physical therapy to maintain and continue to improve on what they have learned in a fun and social setting.

Personal interests: She loves spending time in her garden; hiking; fishing; exploring what the area has to offer with her husband, daughters and two dogs; cooking; and taking trips to the Bay Area to visit family and eat!

Mary O’Connell, PT

Physical therapist

Education:

  • Simmons College, BS and Certificate in Physical Therapy (1984)

Experience: Mary has practiced physical therapy in the inpatient neurological setting, home health setting, and in the acute medical and orthopedic setting. She also has extensive experience with assistive technology/seating and mobility evaluations. Her professional interests include wheeled seating and mobility, all levels of neurological rehabilitation, and home mobility/safety evaluations.

Personal interests: Mary enjoys hiking, floating the river, spoiling the animals in her life and pretending she can fish.

Missy Purvis, PTA

Physical therapy assistant

Education:

  • Great Falls College MSU, AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant (2011)

Experience: Missy has worked with both pediatric and adult clients in a variety of areas, including inpatient and outpatient rehab, schools, skilled nursing, and home health. She has developed and instructed wellness programs for the community related to balance, core strength, flexibility and endurance. Her professional interests include providing high-quality physical therapy services for children with gross motor delays or disabilities related to genetic, neurological and orthopedic disorders. Also empowering adult populations through education and exercise to improve their deficits related to balance, neuromuscular disorders, osteoporosis, arthritis and orthopedic issues.

Personal interests: Missy enjoys hiking; fishing; camping; gardening; photography; cooking/eating; and being outdoors with her friends, family and dogs.

Scott Raveling, PT, GCS

Physical therapist
Geriatric certified specialist

Education:

  • Idaho State University, MS in Physical Therapy (1992)
  • Idaho State University, MSN in Biology (1990)
  • University of Montana, BS in Education (1985)

Experience: Scott has been working as a therapist for 29 years and has experience in acute care, outpatient orthopedics, home health and skilled nursing. He is interested in geriatric health issues and improving functional mobility.

Specialized certifications: Geriatric Certified Specialist (2019)

Personal interests: Scott has four grown children scattered throughout the country. He loves living in Western Montana, working out, hiking, hunting and fishing whenever he can.

Jeff Simmerman, PT, OCS

Physical therapist
Orthopedic certified specialist

Education:

  • University of Montana, BS in Physical Therapy (1996)

Experience: Jeff has successfully treated multiple orthopedic, neurologic and chronic conditions. He has worked in various environments including physical therapy in a health-club setting, on a pediatric team, acute care, chronic pain, advanced spine care and outpatient orthopedics.

Specialized certifications: Jeff is a highly skilled healthcare provider that is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Additionally, he is certified in Functional Capacity Evaluations, Job Analysis and Post Offer Employment testing through WorkWell Systems.

Personal interests: In his free time, Jeff enjoys being active outdoors and using his tractor. He enjoys recreational activities with his wife and three kids, music, the arts, and cooking.

Outside of his work at Bitterroot Health Rehabilitation Center, Jeff is interested in giving back to the world and his community through various volunteer opportunities.

Nicole Sisson, PTA

Physical therapy assistant

Education:

  • Flathead Valley Community College, AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant
  • University of West Florida, BS in Cultural Anthropology

Experience: Nicole has experience in outpatient orthopedics, chronic pain, inpatient rehabilitation and neurological rehabilitation. She strives to give her patients the best possible care to help them return to what they love. She hopes to establish an adaptive outdoor program to help individuals with disabilities maintain a connection with the outdoors.

Personal interests: She loves spending time outside and taking advantage of what the area has to offer. You can find her hiking or biking the trails, climbing, rafting or skiing. And when she's not living it up in the Bitterroot Valley, she also loves to travel and explore new areas and countries.

Kyle Tierney, DPT

Physical therapist

Education:

  • University of Iowa, Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2014)
  • Cornell College, BA in Kinesiology (2011)

Experience: Kyle has practiced physical therapy in an outpatient orthopedic setting as well as in a skilled nursing facility. He most recently specialized in providing physical therapy in the acute care setting. Kyle enjoys providing care to a wide variety of individuals and their families, and assisting them in returning to their highest level of function.

Personal interests: In his free time, Kyle enjoys travelling, doing recreational activities with friends and family, landscape photography, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Travis Williams, DPT, OCS

Physical therapist
Orthopedic certified specialist

Education:

  • University of Montana, Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2011)
  • Montana State University, BS in Exercise Science (2005)

Experience: Travis started his therapy career as an acute care aide in Bozeman, MT. He professional interest include orthopedics and neurological disorders, but he also has experience in pediatrics and in the acute care setting.

Specialized certifications: Orthopedic Certified Specialist (2018)

Personal interests: Travis and his wife Katie have one daughter, Emery. When not at work, you can find Travis mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboards, XC skiing, working with his horses, or hunting and camping.

Occupational therapists

Julie Eberlein, OTR/L

Occupational therapist

Education:

  • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, MS in Occupational Therapy (2015)

Experience: Julie has experience in a variety of settings, which include skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, outpatient and acute care. She has training in custom wheelchair seating and positioning as well as functional capacity evaluations and post offer employment testing.

Specialized certifications: Certified in Functional Capacity Evaluations, Job Analysis and Post Offer Employment Testing through Work Well Systems.

Personal interests: Julie enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and downhill/cross country skiing. She loves spending time with her family outdoors exploring Montana.

Kelly Hensley, OTR/L

Occupational therapist

Education:

  • Idaho State University, MS in Occupational Therapy
  • Montana State University, BS in Health and Human Performance

Experience: Outpatient pediatrics, school-based therapy, home health, acute care, home-based mental health, inpatient rehabilitation, ergonomics/worksite evaluations/job analysis.

Personal interests: Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son and two dogs—taking advantage of everything Western Montana has to offer. She loves attending Bobcat games, hiking, camping and soaking up as much time with her family as possible!

Lindsey Knight, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational therapist

Education:

  • Pacific University, Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

Experience: Lindsey has experience providing occupational therapy services to pediatric and adult clients within the outpatient, inpatient/acute care, in-home care and school-based settings.

Specialized certifications: Doctoral research and intensive experience with specialized mental health programs focusing on social supports and the arts as a means to support health and well-being.

Personal interests: Lindsey was born and raised in the Bitterroot valley, where she and her family enjoy spending time with each other in the outdoors, traveling, farming, ranching and camping. Lindsey additionally enjoys playing guitar, violin, singing, swimming, horse training, painting and sketching. She appreciates mindfulness and meditation as forms of relaxation.

Bill Ownbey, OTR/L CHT

Occupational therapist
Certified hand therapist

Education:

  • Colorado State University, Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy

Experience: Bill has been practicing occupational therapy since 1987 with a specialized focus in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. In 2005 he became a certified hand therapist and a member of the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.

Specialized certifications: Certified Hand Therapist (2005), Hand Therapy Certification Commission, Certified in Functional Capacity Evaluations, Job Analysis and Post Offer Employment through Work Well Systems.

Personal Interests: Bill and his wife have three daughters. Bill enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family. He also enjoys music, being outdoors, cycling and traditional archery.

Speech therapists

Amy Yockey, MS, CCC/SLP

Speech-language pathologist

Education:

  • University of Washington, MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • University of Wisconsin, BS in Communicative Disorders

Experience: Amy has extensive experience with adults and pediatrics in the outpatient hospital setting treating a variety of speech, language and social communication deficits. Additionally, she has worked in the schools and in psychiatrics. She has a professional interest in pediatric articulation and language disorders, pediatric feeding, motor planning issues, and autism/social communication disorders.

Personal interests: Amy lives in Hamilton with her children and enjoys running, hiking and cooking.

Jennifer Joyner, MS, CCC/SLP

Speech-language pathologist

Education:

  • Idaho State University, MS in Speech-Language Pathology
  • University of Montana, BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Experience: Jennifer has extensive experience with both adults and pediatrics in the outpatient hospital setting treating a variety of speech, language and swallowing deficits. Additionally, she works with inpatients and nursing facility patients. Her professional interests include pediatric articulation and language disorders, adult aphasia, memory loss, dysarthria and swallowing difficulties.

Specialized Certifications: LSVT LOUD Certification

Personal Interests: Jennifer and her husband live in Hamilton while enjoying the outdoors and traveling with their children and friends.

Devin Scott, MS, CCC/SLP

Speech-language pathologist

Education:

  • University of Montana, MS in Speech and Language Pathology (2020)
  • University of North Dakota, BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders (2018)

Experience: Devin has worked with both pediatric and adult patients in the outpatient, inpatient, skilled nursing and home health settings.

Personal interests: Devin enjoys the outdoors and dogs. If she can spend time with both simultaneously, she will have no complaints. She has lived in many places and has taken up several hobbies over the years including jujitsu, surfing and traveling to see family in Canada.