About Us

A team of experienced specialists who are committed to providing complete physical therapy care to the Cedar Valley

CVMS UMP PT Clinic

Since 1983, Cedar Valley Physical Therapy has has been serving the community to help patients return to normal work, recreation and daily living activity. Our team is composed of knowledgeable, highly trained providers who offer the most diversified services in the area, including treatments for:

  • chronic degeneration and pain conditions
  • joint replacements, reconstructions and other post-surgical recoveries
  • athletics, age, and work-related injuries
  • vestibular balance issues
  • pelvic and urological complications and women’s health issues
  • outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation care
  • occupational rehabilitation and pre-offer testing

Our team of physical therapists (PTs) has over 120 combined years of experience, and our group of certified athletic trainers (ATCs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) has more than 110 years of total experience. We invite you to explore each provider’s bio below to learn more about his or her areas of expertise, education, and experience and how we can put it to work for you.

Our Team

PT Director - Ray Harrington

Ray Harrington, PT

Director of Physical Therapy Services

PRACTICING SINCE:

1983

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Orthopedics, shoulder and back rehabilitation

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

Fishing, drag racing and coaching baseball

EDUCATION:

Undergraduate Education
Cornell University, Mt. Vernon, IA – BS, 1981

GRADUATE EDUCATION:

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – Certificate in Physical Therapy, 1983

EXPERIENCE

Internships:
St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA – Orthopedic Physical Therapy, 1983
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – Cardiac Physical Therapy, 1983
St. Joseph’s Hospital, New Hampton, IA – General Physical Therapy, 1983

Professional Experience:
Director and lead therapist of Cedar Valley Physical Therapy since 1985

Mitch Fonley, PT, MPT

PRACTICING SINCE:

2003

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Outpatient orthopedics, occupational and sports rehabilitation

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

Sports, history, fishing, and family

EDUCATION:

Undergraduate Education
University of Norther Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA (Biomedicine), 2000

GRADUATE EDUCATION:

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – MS (Physical Therapy), 2003

EXPERIENCE

Internships:
Keokuk Area Hospital, Keokuk, IA – Physical Therapy, 2003
Great River Medical Center, Burlington, IA – Physical Therapy, 2003
Agape Rehab Agency, Cedar Falls, IA – Physical Therapy, 2003

PT - Mitch Fonley
PT - Cari Graham

Cari L. Graham, PT, DPT

PRACTICING SINCE:

2010

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Orthopedics, vestibular rehab

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

Family, shopping, watching Iowa Hawkeyes

EDUCATION:
Undergraduate Education:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA, 2007

GRADUATE EDUCATION:

Clarke University, Dubuque, IA – DPT, Physical Therapy, 2010

EXPERIENCE:

Internships

Floyd County Medical Center, Charles City, IA – Outpatient Orthopedics, 2007
Buchanan County Health Center, Independence, IA – Inpatient Acute, 2008
Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield, IA – Outpatient Orthopedics, Inpatient Acute, 2010 ONR, Waterloo, IA – Skilled Care, 2010

 

PT - Katie Kahler

Katie Kahler, PT, DPT, ATC

PRACTICING SINCE:

2011

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Outpatient orthopedics, Sports Rehabilitation, and Vestibular Rehabilitation

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Education
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – BS (Honors in Athletic Training), 2007

GRADUATE EDUCATION:

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2010

EXPERIENCE:

Internships
The University of Iowa Football Program, Iowa City, IA – Athletic Training, 2005-2007
The University of Iowa Wrestling Program, Iowa City, IA – Athletic Training, 2006
Select Physical Therapy, Aspen Park, CO – Outpatient Orthopedics, 2010
OSF – Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL – Inpatient Neurology, 2010
Performance Therapies, P.C., Coralville, IA – Outpatient Orthopedics, 2010

Credentials:

Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
Certified Clinical Instructor (CCI)

PT - Taylor Kettman

Taylor Kettman, PT, DPT

PRACTICING SINCE:

2019

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Sports physical therapy, orthopedics and manual therapy

EDUCATION:
Undergraduate Education:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA, 201

GRADUATE EDUCATION:

Creighton University, Omaha, NE – Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2019

EXPERIENCE:

Internships

Central Rehabilitation / Therapy Services, Des Moines, IA – Home Health, 2017
Texoma Medical Center, Denison, TX – Neurological Inpatient, 2018
Dubuque Physical Therapy, Dubuque, IA – Outpatient Orthopedic, 2018
Concentra Medical Center, Des Moines, IA – Workers Compensation and Outpatient, 2019

PT - Guia Palma

M. Guia Palma, PT

PRACTICING SINCE:

1983

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Vestibular rehabilitation, geriatrics and chronic pain, augmented soft tissue mobilization, and yoga

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

Yoga and home

EDUCATION:

Cornell University, Mt. Vernon, IA – BS, 1981

Credentials:

Vestibular Certification, 2000, with Dr. Susan Herdman

 

PT - Stefanie Swinton

Stefanie Swinton, PT, DPT

PRACTICING SINCE:

2012

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Orthopedics, manual therapy, and balance training

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

Family, canoeing, sports and reading

EDUCATION:
Undergraduate Education:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA, 2008

GRADUATE EDUCATION:

Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center, Des Moines, IA – DPT, 2012

EXPERIENCE:

Internships

Winneshiek County Hospital, Decorah, IA – Outpatient Vestibular, Orthopedic & Balance, 2010
University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, WI – Inpatient Orthopedic & Trauma, 2011
Iowa Health System, Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines, IA – Neurological, 2012
Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, Des Moines, IA – Physical Therapy, 2012

PT - Monica White

Monica White, PT, DPT

PRACTICING SINCE:

2008

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, pregnancy and postpartum period

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

Family, canoeing, sports and reading

EDUCATION:
Undergraduate Education:

Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN – BS (Psychology), 2005

GRADUATE EDUCATION:

Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA – DPT, 2008

EXPERIENCE:

Internships

Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, IA – Outpatient Orthopedic, 2006
Virginia Baptist Hospital, Lynchburg, VA – Outpatient Neurological, 2007
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH –  Outpatient Pediatrics, 2008
Sartori Memorial Hospital, Cedar Falls, IA – Inpatient Acute & Skilled Care, 2008

 

PT - Oz Wolfensperger

Oz A. Wolfensperger, PT, DPT

PRACTICING SINCE:

2017

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Orthopedics, sports rehab and manual therapy

EDUCATION:
Undergraduate Education:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA, 2014

GRADUATE EDUCATION:

Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA – DPT, Physical Therapy, 2017

EXPERIENCE:

Internships

Taylor PT LLC; Waverly, IA – Post-op, General Ortho, 2015
Athletico Cedar Falls Branch; Cedar Falls, IA – Outpatient Orthopaedics-Sport, Work Comp, General Ortho, 2016
UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital; Waterloo, IA – Acute Care, 2017
Medford Sports Injury and Rehab Center Inc; Medford, OR – Outpatient Orthopaedics-Sport, Work Comp, General Ortho, 2017

Professional Memberships:
APTA – American Physical Therapy Associates
IPTA – Iowa Physical Therapy Association

 

PTA - Mandi Denner

Mandi Denner, MS, PTA, ATC, LAT

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2012

EDUCATION:

Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA – BA, Athletic Training, 2008

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – MS, Athletic Training, 2010

Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA – AA, Physical Therapist Assistant, 2012

PTA - Becky Jost

Rebecca Jost, PTA

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2010

EDUCATION:

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA – AA, Physical Therapist Assistant, 2010

 

PTA - Kristi Lutz

Kristin Lutz, PTA

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2008

EDUCATION:

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA – AA, Physical Therapist Assistant, 2008

 

PTA - Steffanie Merchant

Steffanie Merchant, PTA

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2006

EDUCATION:

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA – AA, Physical Therapist Assistant, 2006

 

PTA - Erin Renn

Erin Renn, PTA

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2008

EDUCATION:

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA – AA, Physical Therapist Assistant, 2008

 

PTA - Mary Van Horn

Mary Van Horn, PTA, ATC, LAT

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2019

EDUCATION:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA, Athletic Training, 2016

Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA – AA, Physical Therapist Assistant, 2018

 

PTA - Jake Westphal

Jacob Westphal, PTA

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2009

EDUCATION:

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA – AA, Physical Therapist Assistant, 2009

 

PTA - Makenze Yungtum

Makenze Mobley Yungtum, PTA

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2013

EDUCATION:

Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA – AA, Physical Therapist Assistant, 2013

 

ATC - Dave Fricke

David Fricke, MS, ATC, LAT

Director of Athletic Training Services

PRACTICING SINCE:

1990

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Sports medicine, orthopedic bracing, occupation rehabilitation, and professional, college and high-school athletics.

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

Family activities, golf, fishing, attending sporting events and keeping up with the latest injury reports and the latest trends in professional athletics.

EDUCATION:
Undergraduate Education:

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY – BS, Athletic Training, 1990

GRADUATE EDUCATION:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – MS, Athletic Training, 2006

 

ATC - Pete Watters

Pete Watters, ATC, LAT

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 1995

EDUCATION:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA, Athletic Training and Health Education, 1995

Provides athletic training services to Cedar Falls High School.

 

ATC - Scott Lockard

Scott Lockard, MS, ATC, LAT

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2009

EDUCATION:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA and MS, Athletic Training, 2007 and 2009

Provides athletic training services to Waterloo East High School.

Leslie Peyton, ATC, LAT

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2016

EDUCATION:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA, Athletic Training, 2016

Provides athletic training services to Waterloo West High School.

 

Maren Carroll, MS, ATC, LAT

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2012

Worked for 2 Major League Soccer teams, US Soccer youth and adult national teams. Also taught and provided services for 2 NJCAA Division 1 colleges.

EDUCATION:

Whitworth, Spokane, WA – BS, Health Science

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO – BS, Athletic Training

University of Texas, Austin, TX – MS, Kinesiology

Provides athletic training services to Hawkeye Community College.

ATC - Nate Person

Nate Person, ATC, LAT

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2018

EDUCATION:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA, Athletic Training, 2018

Provides athletic training services to Columbus Catholic High School.

 

ATC-MacKenzie Digman

MacKenzie Nuss, MS, ATC, LAT

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2016

EDUCATION:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA, Athletic Training, 2016

Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI MS, Athletic Training, 2018

Provides athletic training services to Hudson High School.

 

Melissa Fernau, MHA, ATC, LAT

EXPERIENCE:

Practicing Since: 2012

EDUCATION:

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA – BA, Athletic Training, 2012

Kaplan University, Cedar Falls, IA – MHA, Healthcare Administration, 2014