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Welcome Nikki Kimball, MSPT to the Excel PT Team!

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

Excel Physical Therapy team is proud to welcome Nikki Kimball, MSPT to the team. One-on-one specialized physical therapy with the ultra running expert dedicated to helping people.

Nikki Kimball is a Physical Therapist, Runner’s World Health Advisory Board Member, 2008-2016, Professional Runner, and a RRCA Certified Running Coach.

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.

Call the Excel Physical Therapy Bozeman office, 406-556-0562 to schedule your physical therapy appointment with Nikki.

 

"Understanding Dizziness & Vertigo: How Vestibular Physical Therapy Can Help" @ Bozeman Public Library

By Bobby Bemis, DPT, COMT, DIP. MT, FAAOMPT
bobby@excelptmt.com

Understanding Dizziness & Vertigo: How Vestibular Physical Therapy Can Help

presented by Bobby Bemis, DPT, COMT, Dip. MT, FAAOMPT

Join us to learn about how you can stop your (or your loved one’s) dizziness and vertigo symptoms. Excel Physical Therapy’s Bobby Bemis is a Cervical Spine Physical Therapist Specialist and Emory University Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapist. He will host an informative talk about how to treat vertigo, dizziness and other vestibular issues with the latest research-based treatments. Learn how specialized training and treatment approaches, along with state-of-the-art equipment can help you.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

6:30-7:30pm

 
 
You will learn:
  • What is the vestibular system and how does it work?
  • What is the difference between dizziness and vertigo?
  • Specialized physical therapy treatment for:  migraines, BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), anxiety, vascular events, Menier’s disease, Vestibular Neuritis, cervicogenic dizziness, motion sickness, vestibular hypofunction and more.
  • Demonstration of how infrared goggles are used for examination and treatment.
  • Bring your questions! Question and answer period with Bobby after the talk.

Click Here to learn why Bobby’s chose to become a Vestibular Specialist at Excel Physical Therapy

excel-LOGO-XBobby Bemis, DPT, COMT, DIP.MT, FAAOMPT is a fellowship-trained physical therapist at Excel Physical Therapy.  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, Bobby earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 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 and was then 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 designation due to advanced training and examination from the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course.

 

Vestibular Treatment Now Available at Excel Physical Therapy Bozeman

By Bobby Bemis, DPT, COMT, DIP. MT, FAAOMPT
bobby@excelptmt.com

One of the great things about being a physical therapist at Excel Physical Therapy is the commitment that all of our clinicians have to life long education. This philosophy of commitment to growing and learning benefits us as clinicians, you as patients, and the Bozeman community as a whole. It is one of the things that allow Excel PT to impact our community in such a positive way and offer the best care we possibly can.  

As a spine specialist trained in manual orthopedic therapy, I treat my fair share of cervical spines. It is one of my favorite things to treat. It is interesting and complex.  Manual therapy is hugely beneficial for a variety of cervical diagnosis. These diagnosis can include cervical stenosis, cervical discs, cervical radiculopathy, upper cervical dysfunction, headaches and even dizziness related to general cervical dysfunction better known as cervicogenic dizziness. One of the things I enjoy most is resolving dizziness related to cervical dysfunction. Anyone who has dealt with a bout of dizziness knows how uncomfortable and debilitating it can be. It is so helpful to have this skill as a physical therapist so I decided to start thinking about how I could start addressing dizziness from a variety of origins not just cervical dysfunction.  

This interest of mine as well as the need I saw in the community, resulted in me flying to Atlanta and enthusiastically participating in the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Based Course. This course is the gold standard in vestibular continuing education. It is an intense, evidence-based course designed for physical therapists, occupational therapists and MD’s with experience treating patients with vestibular deficits.

Participants who successfully achieve the Emory University Certified Vestibular Specialist designation successfully complete a practical exam, a written exam and a video exam demonstrating assessment skills including an oculomotor exam, balance assessment, gait assessment, fall risk assessment and other functional assessments. Participants also demonstrate appropriate treatment procedures for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) affecting posterior, anterior and horizontal canals for both cupulolithiasis and canalithiasis, for unilateral and bilateral peripheral vestibular disorders, and for central vestibular disorders including traumatic brain injury, concussion and stroke.  

What does all of this mean? If you have dizziness, vertigo, balance problems or a variety of other issues resulting in this type of discomfort, you can come to Excel Physical Therapy, located at 19th and College streets in Bozeman, for relief and treatment by a highly trained physical therapist. We have a customized “vestibular room” with all the necessary equipment for accurate diagnosis and treatment including infrared goggles. I look forward to working with our clients who will benefit tremendously from this specialized physical therapy remedy that has very successful outcomes.

 

excel-LOGO-XBobby Bemis, DPT, COMT, DIP.MT, FAAOMPT is a fellowship-trained physical therapist at Excel Physical Therapy.  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, Bobby earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 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 and was then 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 designation due to advanced training and examination from the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course. 

 

-Bobby 

Vestibular Specialist added to Bobby Bemis, DPT, COMT, DIP. MT, FAAOMPT's Treatment Focus

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

Bobby Bemis, DPT, COMT, DIP. MT, FAAOMPT

Excel Physical Therapy is very pleased to announce that Bobby Bemis, DPT, COMT, DIP.MT, FAAOMPT has achieved an Emory University Certified Vestibular Specialist: 2019 designation due to advanced training and examination.

The Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course 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. Participants who successfully complete this course will complete a practical exam, a written exam and a video exam demonstrating assessment skills including an oculomotor exam, balance assessment, gait assessment, fall risk assessment and other functional assessments. Participants also demonstrate appropriate treatment procedures for Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) affecting posterior, anterior and horizontal canals for both cupulolithiasis and canalithiasis, for unilateral and bilateral peripheral vestibular disorders, and for central vestibular disorders including traumatic brain injury, concussion and stroke.

“Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo — the sudden sensation that you’re spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo causes brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness.”–Mayo Clinic

Bobby is treating vestibular clients in the Excel PT Bozeman office, located at 19th and College streets, who are experiencing dizziness, vertigo, and balance issues. 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.

Learn more about Bobby’s advanced training and certifications here.

 

Oliver and Schumacher add OCS to their Physical Therapy Titles...Team Excel is Celebrating!

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

 

Jackie Oliver, DPT, OCS

Matt Schumacher, DPT, OCS, MTC, CAFS, CSCS

Jackie Oliver, DPT, OCS and Matt Schumacher, DPT, OCS, MTC, CAFS, CSCS recently passed the rigorous Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) examination in March 2019. Orthopaedics is the specialty dealing with the musculoskeletal system: bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and joints. This examination covered everything pertaining to orthopaedic physical therapy from head to toe. In order to sit for the exam one must have completed at least 2,000 hours of direct orthopaedic patient care within the last 10 years or have completed a post-professional residency in the field or orthopaedics.  

The Orthopedics Clinical Specialist (OCS) advanced certification is coordinated by The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). The organization oversees a specialist certification process from the nine different specialties one can attain within the realm of physical therapy.  The ABPTS mission is “to advance the profession of physical therapy by establishing, maintaining, and promoting standards of excellence for clinical specialization, and by recognizing the advanced knowledge, skills and experience by physical therapist practitioners through specialist credentialing.”

Under the ABPTS advanced certification programs, we at Excel Physical Therapy have 1 Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist (Jason Lunden) and 3 Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists (Megan Peach, Matt Schumacher, and Jackie Oliver). As of 2018, there are only 86 Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists in the State of Montana, making this designation a well respected and prestigious title.  Excel Physical Therapy’s team values incorporate investing in and encouraging advanced training and certifications for all of our physical therapy providers to help ensure excellent care and outcomes for our clients. 

How to Build Muscle Faster: Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

Blood flow restriction training (BFR) is a relatively new technique being used in physical therapy and gyms to increase muscle strength.  We have been using BFR therapy at Excel Physical Therapy with promising results.   BFR therapy utilizes compressive forces from a specialized blood pressure cuff to restrict venous blood flow from a muscle group while allowing for continued arterial blood flow to the muscle.   The result of the restricted venous blood flow is a state of ischemia to the exercising muscle.  Exercising in a state of ischemia seems to cause a physiological cascade that results in increased signaling that promotes muscle growth, even at lower loads on the muscle. 

Utilizing BFR under careful supervision of a physical therapist, allows one to prevent muscle atrophy and increase muscular growth and strength while recovering from injury or surgery.   BFR is not a panacea and therefore is just one component of a proper rehabilitation program.  The ability of BFR to stimulate muscle growth at lower loads of resistance make it a perfect modality to consider for the earlier stages of rehabilitation.   To learn more about BFR therapy and to see if it would be appropriate for you, be sure to ask your physical therapist here at Excel Physical Therapy

 

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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. Jason serves as a physical therapist for the US Snowboarding and US Freeskiing teams, along with the US Paralympic Nordic Ski Team, and is a local and national presenter on sports rehabilitation and injury prevention topics. Jason is a Certified Clinical BikeFit Pro Fitter.

Advanced Training...we're at it again! Matt Heyliger, DPT completes lower extremity course in Seattle

By Matt Heyliger, DPT
matt@excelptmt.com

Matt Heyliger, DPT, physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) Level II course held in Seattle, WA with a focus on assessment and treatment of lower extremity conditions. The course emphasized assessment of the foot and ankle addressing correlations with foot and ankle biomechanics and overall lower extremity function. Many mobilization and manipulation treatment techniques were presented for the foot, ankle, and knee. Matt has now completed all Level I, II and III courses through NAIOMT, the equivalent of 231 hours of hands-on continuing education coursework in manual therapy.

Advanced Training...we're at it again! Jackie Oliver, DPT completes shoulder and knee course in Seattle

By Jackie Oliver, DPT
jackie@excelptmt.com

Jackie Oliver, DPTphysical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed the Kevin Wilk Shoulder and Knee Course in Seattle, Washington. This advanced-training course presented the most recent, relevant and state-of-the-art treatment options for the most challenging and unusual problems of the shoulder and knee joints. This evidence-based course also focused on the most comprehensive and effective information regarding shoulder and knee post-operative treatment as well as rehabilitation tactics for general knee and shoulder pain. Kevin Wilk is our country’s leading authority in sports and orthopedic injury rehabilitation.

Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS attends US Ski & Snowboard Class at the USSA Center of Excellence

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS, of Excel Physical Therapy, recently attended the US Ski & Snowboard Team Medical Emergencies in Skiing and Snowboarding (MESS) Course at the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City, UT. The course focused on concussion evaluation, management and rehabilitation, as well as athlete development for ski and snowboard athletes.   Jason is an owner and physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, and he volunteers as a physical therapist for the US Ski & Snowboard Teams.

"Excellent local resource!" -- M.F., Bozeman Client

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