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.
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 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 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.
Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Megan specializes in manual treatment of spinal dysfunction, as well as knee and shoulder pain and is a member of our running specialist PT team. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Montana State University, Megan earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University. Post-graduation, Megan became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is a member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Shortly thereafter, Megan completed the Kaiser Permanente Residency program in advanced orthopedic manual physical therapy in San Francisco, California. Megan received the advanced Orthopedic Certification Specialization (OCS) after passing a rigorous exam from the American Physical Therapy Association’s American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. The specialist certification program provides formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice. Megan’s philosophy for physical therapy treatment embraces educating patients about the tools they need for enhancement of proper body movements during work and play to promote a pain and injury free active lifestyle.
Megan enjoys outdoor activities such as running, rafting, backpacking, photography, and especially loves hiking with her family.
Matt completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. During his clinical experience with the Sports Medicine and Extremities team at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Salt Lake City, Matt was exposed to a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical conditions and developed a solid foundation for the assessment and treatment of orthopedic conditions related to the extremities.
Matt has developed a specific interest focus in biomechanics and how impairments at one level or joint affect other body structures. More specifically, he has a particular interest in the relationship of cervical/thoracic spine mechanics and upper extremity conditions. Prior to completing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree, Matt obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Matt is an avid rock climber, telemark/backcountry skier and mountain biker. Matt regularly practices yoga and enjoys frequent adventures in the mountains with his family and their two labs.
Click Here to read Kelsey K. Sather‘s Worker’s Wo/Manual Interview with Matt. The Worker’s Wo/Manual is an interview series with health and fitness professionals about bolstering athletic performance and overall wellness.
Though most of the questions will relate to athletes of all genders, there will always be questions specific to the female body. The hope is to empower women and men through knowledge as they pursue their best selves in sport and life.
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, Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, Diplomat of Manual Therapy, Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), Emory University Certified Vestibular Specialist: 2019
Bobby specializes in orthopedic manual physical therapy of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Although the spine is his specialty, Bobby has a high level of training in all regions of the body. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Bobby earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Post-graduation, Bobby became a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), Diplomat of Manual Therapy (Dip. MT), as well as becoming certified in trigger point dry needling. Bobby then went on to become Fellowship trained through the Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy and Clinical Training (IMPACT). Bobby was designated as a “Fellow” with the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT) after passing a rigorous oral and practical exam. Only a very small percentage of physical therapists achieve this elite status. The “Fellow” is a physical therapist who has demonstrated advanced clinical, analytical, and hands-on skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal orthopedic disorders and is internationally recognized for their competence and expertise in the practice of manual physical therapy. Bobby achieved an Emory University Certified Vestibular Specialist: 2019 designation due to advanced training and examination from the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course. This coursework is the gold standard in vestibular continuing education. The course is an intense, evidence-based course designed for physical therapists, occupational therapists and MDs with experience treating patients with vestibular deficits. Bobby is treating vestibular clients who are experiencing dizziness, vertigo, and balance issues in the Excel PT Bozeman office, located at 19th and College streets. Specific treatment interests include Meniere’s disease, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, ototoxicity, nystagmus, labyrinthitis, vestibular hypofunction, acoustic neuroma, concussion, stroke, and vestibular migraines.
Bobby’s philosophy consists of using knowledge, skill and experience to provide the best physical therapy possible to help his patients achieve their goals.Bobby enjoys cooking, reading, yoga, and adventuring through the mountains and rivers of the west with his Newfoundland, Clarence.
Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Megan, a Gallatin Valley native and graduate of Manhattan Christian High School, received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California and is a board-certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. Megan also completed training from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She is currently pursuing advanced manual therapy training through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Point Loma Nazarene University in their Masters of Kinesiology program. Prior to obtaining her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, Megan worked as an athletic trainer at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Megan specializes in the treatment of upper and lower extremity athletic injuries, with clinical experience treating both high school and collegiate athletes. Megan is passionate about helping athletes of all ages return to their desired activity and strives to use the most current evidence-based practice medicine coupled with her knowledge of biomechanics to help her patients reach their goals. Megan plans on furthering her knowledge and clinical skills by attending continuing education courses and aspires to gain her board certification in sports through the American Physical Therapy Association.
In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband Jesse and their two children, Kellan and Marian. She can often be found cheering on the MSU Bobcats, on the sidelines of local high school sporting events and enjoying time in the beautiful outdoors.
Matt Schumacher, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND where he was recognized as a nominee for Outstanding Student Award in his physical therapy class demonstrating excellence in academics, volunteering, and servant leadership. Matt passed an exam from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) with the designation of a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), providing advanced knowledge and experience with designing and implementing safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs. Matt completed a rigorous year-long program with Evidence in Motion (EIM) achieving his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) gaining advanced training in mobilization and manipulation techniques for common diagnoses of the spine and extremities. Matt achieved the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) advanced certification after extensive advanced training coursework and a stringent examination process from the American Physical Therapy Association.
Matt specializes in assisting individuals following post-operative rehabilitation, sports medicine rehabilitation, and orthopedic injuries/ailments of the spine and extremities utilizing advanced knowledge and skill with manual therapy and appropriate exercise prescription. One of his main interests includes the concept of “regional interdependence” where dysfunction in distant regions, both extremity and spine, may contribute to a patient’s primary complaint common in more complex situations. Matt is passionate to utilize this concept with the most evidence-based practices and techniques for optimal outcomes.
Matt enjoys outdoor activities and all that Montana has to offer including hiking, backpacking, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, and various sports with his wife and dog. Matt also has a passion for volunteering, where he recently led twenty-one physical therapy students with his wife on a two-week service project in Guatemala providing rehabilitation services to the surrounding communities.
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 specializes in the rehabilitation and prevention of orthopedic sports related injuries with a specific interest in the management of those involving 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 and received advanced training in dry needling for spine and extremities.
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 lot 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. Structured around the patient, supported by current best evidence, and coupled with specialized exercise/techniques AJ hopes to educate the patient 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 life long 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 running.