We deliver one-on-one, direct patient treatment by our licensed, specialty certified physical therapists to ensure preeminent physical therapy services and patient care. We have served the Gallatin Valley since 2001 and are locally owned and operated by physical therapists.
David Coletta, MPT, CMPT. As the founding owner of Excel Physical Therapy, David strives for our clinics to deliver unprecedented excellence with patient care in the Gallatin Valley. David established Excel in 2001 on the principles of specialization, advanced education and customer service.
David specializes in the treatment of back and neck pain, spinal issues, whiplash, headaches, TMJ/jaw pain, and postural dysfunctions. David received his masters in physical therapy from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California. He enjoys finding long-term solutions for his patients — solutions that involve a fine-tuned combination of manual manipulative therapy and a targeted exercise program that address even the most difficult patient presentations.
A considerable amount of David’s advanced training occurred through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). He has completed advanced certification in manual therapy (CMPT) with NAIOMT, and he has received advanced training in dry needling techniques for the spine and extremities. David is currently an active fellow in training with NAIOMT and is scheduled to earn his FAAOMPT from AAOMPT (American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy) in 2023. David is a Certified Clinical BikeFit Pro Fitter. David supports the US Paralympic Nordic Ski Team by working with the athletes on preventing and rehabilitating injuries to keep them on the snow in their pursuit of winning gold at world cup events and the winter Paralympics.
David enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, Nordic skiing, road biking, fly-fishing and backpacking in Montana and the rocky mountain area.
Board Cert. Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy / Owner / Clinical BikeFit Pro Fitter
Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS specializes in the rehabilitation and prevention of sports-related injuries, with a particular interest in the biomechanics of sporting activities – running, cycling, skiing, snowboarding and overhead athletics. A member of our running specialist PT Team, Jason has published on the topic of shoulder biomechanics and the rehabilitation of knee injuries and has a strong commitment to educating others. Jason serves as a physical therapist for the US Snowboarding and US Freeskiing teams and is a frequent, well-received local and national presenter on the topics of sports rehabilitation and injury prevention. Jason supports the US Paralympic Nordic Ski Team by working with the athletes on preventing and rehabilitating injuries to keep them on the snow in their pursuit of winning gold at world cup events and the winter paralympics. He is a recent recipient of the New Horizon Award from the American Physical Therapy Association and he as received advanced training in dry needling techniques for the extremities.
Jason received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota, where he was the recipient of the Gary L. Soderberg DPT Visionary Award, the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership, the MN APTA Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award, and the President’s Student Leadership and Service Award. He received a Masters of Arts in Cell and Molecular Biology from St. Cloud State University and Bachelors of Arts from St. Olaf College. Jason also received specialized training through the Minnesota Sports Medicine Sports Physical Therapy Residency, and received his board certification as a Sports Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. He has served as a faculty member for the Fairview Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. Jason is a Certified Clinical BikeFit Pro Fitter.
Jason is an avid snowboarder, cyclist, runner, and Nordic skier, and he enjoys spending his time outdoors with his family.
Jackie Oliver, DPT, OCS completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the top Physical Therapy schools in the nation. She was fortunate enough to complete her clinical rotations and begin her physical therapy career within the University of Utah system, which is consistently ranked near the top in healthcare. Exposed to a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, Jackie is confident when assessing and treating a broad range of orthopedic impairments. Jackie is a certified dry needling provider with advanced training from Evidence in Motion and KinetaCore. Jackie achieved the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist advanced certification after extensive advanced training coursework and a stringent examination process from the American Physical Therapy Association.
While in Utah, Jackie invested her free time in volunteering at the Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic in Salt Lake City and has published a paper on low back pain. Jackie has an intense passion for helping and educating others as well as preventative medicine. Because of her college sports background, Jackie loves working with athletes and has experience with biomechanical training and injury prevention in sports. She is also trained as a Diabetes Lifestyle Coach and has worked for the University of Utah and CDC helping individuals decrease their risk of developing diabetes.
Prior to completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Jackie played basketball for Carroll College in Helena, Montana, while also obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science. Jackie was Academic All-American her last two years at Carroll.
Jackie enjoys outdoor activities such as downhill skiing, trail running, disc golf and especially enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs.
Physical Therapist / RRCA Certified Running Coach / Professional Runner
Nikki specializes in the treatment in running injuries and has been treating runners since 1999. She graduated with her MS degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University in 1998 and won the school’s Health Sciences’ Alumni Achievement Award in 2017 for her work integrating professional running, physical therapy and advocacy for people with mental illness. She is certified in ASTYM soft tissue mobilization and in dry needling. She has been an expedition physical therapist for running events in Africa, China and India.
Prior to her professional running career, Nikki was a cross country skier and biathlete. She raced NCAA Division I for Williams College where she won the Alumnae Ski Award two times. In 2018 she won the Distinguished Alumni Award at Holderness School for her using her athletic achievements as a platform to provide service “for the betterment of humankind” in areas of advocacy for health care and gender equity. She is a three-time North American Ultrarunner of the Year and three-time United States Track and Field Association Ultrarunner of the Year. She has won 11 National Championship titles and has been named to 14 US National Teams across three athletic disciplines.
Nikki presents on exercise prescription and physical therapy at psychiatric and adventure sports medicine conferences on the west coast and Rocky Mountain states. She has spoken professionally about running and injury prevention on three continents and at the US Embassy in Beijing, China. She has published articles in major print sports magazines in Asia, Europe and the US, including 13 pieces on injury prevention for Runner’s World. She has appeared in various films including a starring role in the regional Emmy winning feature, Finding Traction.
Her treatment philosophy is to combine her physical therapy training and continuing education with decades of practical experience as a high-level competitor and coach to achieve the best possible results, particularly in the realm of complex running injury. When not working or adventuring, Nikki enjoys archery, wire sculpting, and cooking at home with her friends and pets.
AJ Sobrilsky, DPT, OCS specializes in the rehabilitation and prevention of orthopedic sports related injuries with a specific interest in the management of tendinopathies and overuse complaints in the upper and lower extremities. AJ received his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Carroll University (Waukesha, WI). Following the completion of his DPT degree he participated in an Orthopedic Residency through Evidence in Motion at Bellin Health in Green Bay, WI providing him with advanced training in orthopedic manual therapy, clinical decision making, and patient-centered treatment. Following completion of his residency, AJ became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Board Association.
AJ has been a lifelong athlete, competing in cross-country and track through college and then racing competitively post collegiately. As a result of his personal experiences and passions, AJ has focused a great deal of his continued education and clinical development around the athletic individual with an emphasis in running, skiing, and climbing related injuries. AJ has had the opportunity to provide care for an array of athletic populations including youth sports teams, high school and collegiate athletes, and those competing at professional and Olympic levels.
AJ’s treatment philosophy emphasizes a collaborative patient centered approach. As an active outdoor athlete himself he feels that he is able to understand, empathize, and know exactly what his patients are experiencing because he has likely experienced similar complaints himself. This allows him to structure a unique program around the patient’s goals, supported by current best evidence, and coupled with specialized exercise/techniques. AJ hopes to educate his patients on their current issue and provide them with the best course of treatment to return to their previous/desired level of activity. AJ feels strongly in the benefits of lifelong exercise and activity and thus emphasizes a model of care to harness a lasting relationship with his patients so that they can rely on him in the pursuit of their current activity goals and those they may have in the future.
When AJ isn’t working, he is usually pursuing his next adventure: rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, or trail running with his dog Jackson.
Lisa Palomaki, DPT completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. While at school, Lisa served on the board for the Student Run Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic, where she helped underserved populations in the Salt Lake valley find access to high quality physical therapy treatment. She also worked as a research assistant and exercise coach during her undergraduate and doctorate programs implementing exercise plans for patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
During her education, Lisa completed four clinical rotations where she was exposed to a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. This has led her to an interest in vestibular rehabilitation in addition to treating both surgical and non-surgical orthopedic conditions. Lisa’s treatment philosophy is to help her patients improve their overall quality of life and increase their self-efficacy through exercise and evidence-based treatment.
Lisa brings a natural curiosity and tendency to go the extra mile for her patients and customizes treatment needs for her patient’s individual needs. She brings positive energy to the Excel PT team as a key team player. Her familiarity with current research and treatment techniques as a recent graduate of the University of Utah helps her to make well informed choices when treating her clients. Lisa is committed to developing her clinical knowledge through advanced continuing education courses with the Excel PT team.Lisa loves any activity that will get her out in the mountains including mountain biking, climbing, Nordic/backcountry skiing, and trail running.
Daniel Schiedermayer, DPT
Daniel Schiedermayer completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he also received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. During his clinical experiences as a doctoral student, he was exposed to a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical conditions, including mentorship in the management of spinal conditions. He had the opportunity to work in UW Health System’s specialty Pain Clinic, where he was able to work with those who suffered from more chronic conditions.
Dan is confident in treating a wide variety of orthopedic diagnoses throughout the whole body, with a special passion for the hands-on treatment of neck and back pain, in addition to treating patients who may have more persistent pain. He enjoys being active in the gym and leads with a fitness-forward mindset, serving as an advocate for helping others achieve personal, meaningful goals as it relates to their own livelihood and activities. Dan is presently pursuing higher level certifications in Orthopedic Clinical Specialty, dry needling, and treatment of the fitness athlete in order to expand clinical expertise and provide the best physical therapy care he can for his patients.
As a proud Badger, Dan devoted much of his free time volunteering in the community and serving as a coordinator for the UW-Madison Interdisciplinary Pro Bono Clinic – helping those in need access necessary care and helping fellow students grow in their skills and confidence. He strives to be a collaborator in all he does, seeking to provide patient-centered and evidence-based care to his patients and the greater community.
When not working out or treating patients, Dan enjoys playing guitar, singing choir, and exploring the outdoors – be it on a canoe, in hiking boots, or hanging around a campfire – with his wife, kids, and dog Wendell Berry.
Todd Bushman completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington. While earning his degree, Todd was awarded the Landon Sorenson Service Award, as well as the Donna J. El-Din Memorial Scholarship and the Charles S. Farrow Scholarship for his service and leadership. Todd played an instrumental role in helping to found a partnership with the Union Gospel Mission homeless shelter as part of a student-led pro bono physical therapy clinic to underserved members of the Spokane community. While in Spokane, Todd spent many hours at the local climbing gym supporting athletes of all abilities as part of the Inland Northwest Adaptive sports program. He looks forward to exploring opportunities to give back to the Bozeman community in similar ways.
Todd is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with a passion for fitness and trying hard at whatever moves you (literally). He encourages his patients to make healthy lifestyle choices while helping to cultivate confidence in both those who are just beginning their journey, as well as in those seeking out their next steps. Todd will meet you where you are at and include you in the process as you navigate decisions surrounding your physical health. As a member of the Excel Climbing Lab, Todd seeks to continually evolve as a climber and a clinician who can provide rehabilitative care and sound training principles for our local climbing community.
Prior to becoming a Physical Therapist, Todd worked on a Forest Service hotshot crew fighting wildfires in some of the most remote and challenging conditions. Todd understands the various demands that manual laborers, mountain athletes, and even desk jockeys can inflict upon their bodies. Whether dealing with a chronic injury or recovering from a surgery, he strives to find creative ways to enable others to keep moving and moving well.
Todd grew up playing competitive soccer and wrestling year round. While he never strays too far from the wrestling mat, these days he spends as much free time as possible climbing rocks, mountain biking, splitboarding, or hiking with his wife and daughter.
Abbie Aamot, DPT, CSCS
Physical Therapist / Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Abbie Aamot specializes in rehabilitation and prevention of orthopedic sports related injuries with a special interest in management of lower extremity injuries. Abbie graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University. Post-graduation, Abbie became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as obtaining her Emergency Response Certification for the Athlete. Abbie has pursued a vigorous continuing education curriculum emphasizing management of orthopedic conditions in every body region as well as pain science and its implications for evidence-based rehabilitation. Prior to completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Abbie worked as head student trainer on Wheaton College’s sports medicine team, obtaining first-hand experience working with athletes and maximizing their time on the playing field.
Abbie is thrilled to be returning to Big Sky Country after working in outpatient orthopedics in Spokane, WA. Abbie gained experience with a wide variety of patient populations with surgical and non-surgical conditions. Her treatment philosophy centers around helping to build patient resilience and self-efficacy while maximizing time and resources through using targeted, evidence-based exercise and manual techniques. Abbie appreciates the never-ending opportunities to learn in the physical therapy field and is working towards her certification through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and Institute of Clinical Excellence (ICE). When not in the clinic, Abbie enjoys mountain biking, running and cooking.
Taylor Reicks completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017 at Des Moines University in Iowa where he has lived most of his life. After graduation, Taylor moved to Tacoma, Washington for a few years where he successfully passed the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist examination after several long months of intensive studying and coursework. He then joined a local Orthopedic and Sports Residency Program as a faculty member with a focus on teaching manual therapy and strength training in the lower extremity. Throughout his time in Washington state, Taylor treated a wide variety of orthopedic conditions and spent his time building up his therapy “tool-box” to provide individualized treatment options for his patients including Dry Needling Certification, Washington State Spinal Manipulation Endorsement, and Blood Flow Restriction Training Certification. After a few years in Washington, Taylor and his family wanted to move closer to home and stumbled upon Bozeman when looking for a mix of the mountain sports they love and the mid-west feel they grew up with, where they settled down to start their family in August of 2020.
Taylor prides himself in his ability to treat a wide variety of orthopedic conditions and body areas throughout the spine and extremities while also having an interest in treating sport and fitness athletes such as crossfitters. He believes that an active lifestyle is important throughout the lifespan whether it’s a young high school football player or an 85-year-old grandparent that needs the strength to carry their groceries or grandchild up and down the stairs. He is a firm believer that Physical Therapists can play a major role in helping reduce emergency room visits along with unnecessary imaging costs for patients by supporting a physical therapy visit first after an orthopedic injury for an evaluation and treatment plan. Not only does this save the patient time and money, but it can also off-load the ever-growing demand on other health care providers.
Outside of the clinic, Taylor enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, daughter, and two dogs hunting, rock climbing, trail running, and hiking throughout the Gallatin Valley and Southwest Montana.
...Everything is great with my shoulder, I started back in sports really hard and have had no pain...I am training hard this year in order to achieve the goal I set for myself for the end of the year, to finish the IRONMAN of Nice, France. I wanted to thank you once again for your work, it allowed me to help myself to get back the entire mobility of my arm and play sports again. --Bozeman Patient