Ranked in the top 20 in the 2014 Forbes list of Best Places for Business and Careers, Minneapolis seems to be a great place to live if you’re in need of a top notch physical therapist, too.
Scattered throughout the city and the many suburban communities that surround it, PTs with experience and expertise have a unified purpose: To help their clients regain mobility and live life without pain.
We’ve compiled a list of 20 outstanding physical therapists serving people in the Minneapolis area to help direct you with your search.
Donald Darling, PTOSI (Metro)
PTOSI (Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Specialists) has four area locations, including in the Minneapolis Metro Area Clinic on Chicago Avenue. Donald Darling, who joined PTOSI in 1983 and practices from the Metro location, is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists as well as a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.
Mark Siewert, Ortho Rehab Specialist (Downtown)
Mark is the owner of Ortho Rehab, and his path to becoming a PT started with frequent injuries during his own competitive sports career. He specializes in treating lower extremities, including clients who present with post-operative ACL reconstruction, total knee replacements, and foot and ankle pathologies. A member of both the Minnesota and American Physical Therapy Associations, Mark is an expert in the fabrication of custom knee bracing and foot orthotics.
Founder and co-owner of Reynolds Rehab, Dr. Reynolds immigrated from South Africa in 1993 and earned his doctorate at the University of Minnesota in 2001. His dissertation research was concerned with right shoulder motion in orchestral violinists. A member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Performing Arts Medical Association, The International Shoulder Group, and the American String Teachers Association, Dr. Reynolds’ clinical work is predominantly physical therapy for injuries sustained especially by industrial workers and performing artists.
Mark Rattray, Rebound Physical Therapy (Midtown)
Mark Rattray is the owner of Rebound PT, and he obtained his Certificate in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 1978. He’s been in private practice since 1987 and moved his clinic from Golden Valley and Plymouth after 23 years to Minneapolis in 2010. His core value is that “living with pain and disability is no way to live,” and he has a special emphasis on mobility, strength, and fall prevention with seniors, as well as acute and chronic neck and back pain.
Phil Orenstein, Orenstein Physical Therapy (Southwest)
Trained at Mayo Clinic and inspired by yoga, Phil Orenstein uses a whole-body approach to wellness, blending physical therapy with the work of acupuncturists, movement and massage therapists, personal trainers, physicians and other caregivers.
A member of Minnesota Dance Medicine and the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association, physical therapist Rhondi Miller brings more than 21 years of experience to her clients. Specializing in sports and orthopedics, her goal is for decreased pain and maximized function through a combined approach of manual therapy and rehabilitative exercises.
A graduate of the University of Southern California with a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy and Kinesiology, Nikki Goebel’s work in pain management started in 2006, when she found that patients with chronic spine pathologies responded well to an alternative approach to traditional physical therapy treatment. She enjoys “empowering patients with education and self management techniques so they feel in control of their symptoms and stop the fear of movement.”
Pete Garber, Viverant (St. Louis Park)
The St. Louis Park location is just one of six Twin Cities metro area Viverant locations. Co-founding partner and physical therapist Pete Garber say he started Viverant “to move patient care back to the patient.” In addition to being responsible for all practice activities, he is a spinal specialist, focusing on neuromuscular re-education and muscle energy techniques.
Natalie Neuharth, DPT, Orthology Physical Wellness (St. Louis Park)
Athletes, dancers, and patients of all ages are helped by Dr. Neuharth, who earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Minnesota. Working closely with orthopedic surgeons and chiropractors, she is committed to helping her patients return to their previous levels of activity. In addition to dealing with issues of chronic pain, she also teaches her patients how to properly exercise.
Sarah Wettestaedt, NovaCare Rehabilitation (St. Louis Park)
With NovaCare since 2007, and part of the clinic located on Gamble Drive in St. Louis Park, Sarah Wettestaedt has her doctorate in physical therapy. She has also studied manual therapy techniques and enjoys treating orthopaedic diagnoses, including vestibular disorders.
A board-certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, Paul Solie specializes in rehabilitation of shoulder and elbow injuries, working primarily with overhead athletes. He also treats athletes with knee and ankle injuries.
Maria Eyberg, Team Health Care Clinic (Champlin)
One of the physical therapists that make up the whole-person treatment team at Team Health, Maria Eyberg has extensive experience in pediatric physical therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, balance/gait training, and orthopedic issues. Her belief — and goal — is that “everybody deserves to live a life that is free from pain and disability.”
Trisha Frazier, Saunders Therapy (Maple Grove)
A Saunders Therapy PT since 2006, Trisha Frazier has a strong background in sports medicine and orthopedics. Her focus areas of treatment in addition to sports medicine and general orthopedics include: back, neck and head pain; TMJ disorders; vestibular rehabilitation; and concussion rehabilitation.
The PT team at Wellspring is composed of Kelly Borreson, Doctor of Physical Therapy; Diane Opdahl, who has her Master of Physical Therapy; and four licensed physical therapy assistants. The objective of their treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions is to improve the mechanics of movement and posture.
The owner of Creekside PT, BJ Hengelmann specializes in the treatment of TMJ dysfunction, headaches, and cervical spine disorders. During the last decade, she has also expanded her expertise to include the area of women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Grant Norland, DPT and Ranae Norland, DPT, AthletePT (Eden Prairie)
Grant Norland, the CEO of AthletePT, also has his clinical doctoral degree in physical therapy, as does the clinic’s Director of Therapy, Ranae Norland. They are both movement experts who believe that physical therapy is more than simply treating injuries — it’s about helping their patients move, function and perform at their best.
A former All-American volleyball player, physical therapist Swen-Marie Germann is also the author of “ABSolution! Progressive Core Training Made Simple.” Using manual therapy techniques, functional strengthening, and other individualized therapeutic approaches to assist her patients’ full recovery, Germann works with a variety of orthopedic, injuries including low back and neck pain, and pre- and post-surgical patients.
The physical therapists at Minnetonka Pediatric Therapy Center have been working in pediatrics for more than 25 years. Kara emphasizes core strengthening, modifying yoga and Pilates techniques for young children. Diane also uses Pilates as well as treatment for motor delay and managing lower extremity dysfunction, offering manual therapy for children with neurological issues.
Jill Yanish, Restore Muscle Health (Plymouth)
Combining several approaches that include therapeutic stretching, medical massage, manual therapy, neuromuscular release therapy and sports performance therapy, Jill Yanish offers help to those suffering from acute pain, those recovering from injury, and those who wish to develop or improve their sports performance.
Nancy Barthold, MAPS Medical Pain Clinic (Maple Grove)
Nancy Barthold joined the Maple Grove MAPS team, which has 11 locations in the Twin Cities, in 2000, primarily working with back and neck pain patients. Her focus over the last several years has changed to treating pelvic pain and dysfunction, fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome.