Emily joined Bridger Orthopedics rehabilitation team in the Fall of 2020. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2008 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Emily had been practicing Sports Medicine and Orthopedics for the past 12 years in the Boston area before returning to her native Bozeman. She enjoys working with anyone recovering from an injury who is passionate about getting back to what the outdoors of Montana has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and downhill skiing.
Maggie is originally from Wapakoneta, OH. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Pre-Physical Therapy from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH in 2009 and her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. Maggie and her husband relocated from Philadelphia to Bozeman in 2017. Maggie has focused her continuing education and practice development on myofascial release and soft tissue mobilization techniques, identifying biomechanics that indicate injury risk, evaluation and treatment of the injured runner, and evaluation and treatment of the injured field athlete. She acquired certification in Concussion Management from the American Institute of Balance in Largo, FL in 2020.
Brittnie was born and raised in Choteau, MT. She received her Bachelor of Science in Safety, Health and Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech in Butte in 2006 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 2009. She also received her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification in 2009. Brittnie worked in her hometown of Choteau until moving to Bozeman with her Gallatin-valley native husband and two young daughters. Coming from rural outpatient setting, Brittnie enjoys working with a variety of populations, but especially enjoys working with shoulders, spine, an lower extremity injuries, athletes throughout the lifespan, and vestibular disorders. Brittnie enjoys running, camping, and spending time with her family enjoying the great outdoors of Montana.
Hannah Inabnit is a 6th generation Montanan, born and raised in Missoula. She is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with a BS in Exercise Science from MSU Bozeman. Prior to Bridger Orthopedic, she practiced home health and skilled nursing physical therapy as well as industrial ergonomics. Hannah also works as a Pure Barre instructor, teaches skiing in the winter and volunteers at her home mountain, Montana Snowbowl as a ski patroller. When not working you can find her mountain biking, water skiing, hiking, cooking and having a good time.
Angie Kolar grew up in Boise, ID, attending Boise State University and then finishing her Undergraduate education at Montana State University. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in Arizona in 2005. She has enjoyed working in multiple areas of therapy including inpatient rehabilitation, private practice orthopedics, and is certified in Functional Dry Needling. Her clinical passion lies in Occupational Health & Wellness, where she has completed advanced training as a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator, performance of Job Analysis, provision of work conditioning and post-offer physical abilities testing for many companies, and she has enjoyed working as the PT for Simms Fishing for the past 5 years. Angie is also a Clinical Rehabilitation Director at Bridger Orthopedic. She is married with one daughter, and loves spending time with her family, friends, and doggo in the great outdoors, playing sports, and skiing.
Marcel trained as a physical therapist in The Netherlands and graduated in 1989. He worked in England and Texas before opening his own practice on The Monterey Peninsula in California in 1997. He pursued a transitional doctoral degree in physical therapy during his time in California and graduated in 2009. After enjoying several vacations in Montana, he decided to move to Bozeman in 2013 where he joined Bridger Orthopedics. Marcel remains very interested in general orthopedics, manual therapy, spine rehab and lower extremity bio-mechanics. He enjoys skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking and traveling in his free time
Rachel was born and raised in Fond du Lac, WI and received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin. In 2012 she completed a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, IL. In 2017 she completed her Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy through The Manual Therapy Institute.
Following receiving her doctorate, Rachel relocated to Denver, CO where she practiced in small outpatient clinics as well as in an occupational health setting. After 5 years in Denver she decided to travel as a contract physical therapist and has lived in Texas, Arizona and Washington before deciding to settle in Bozeman. Rachel is interested in utilizing her manual therapy background to treat spine and lower extremity conditions. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking and skiing.
MacKenzie received her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Bethel University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. As a PT, she enjoys working with all types of patients and the various conditions in which they present. One of the most enjoyable aspects of her job is motivating and supporting patients as they return to their favorite activities and sports. A native of Wisconsin, she will forever be a fan of the Packers and all things dairy! She loves anything related to sports, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Bert was born and raised in Great Falls, MT spending much of his time ski racing and playing baseball. He received his bachelor’s in Exercise Science from MSU Bozeman in 2014 and became a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant from Great Falls College – MSU in 2020. Bert enjoys working with a broad range of patients, with particular interest in treating hip and ankle injuries as well as working with athletes. In his spare time he is involved in many outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, golf, volleyball and running.
Emily Pfeifer is a PTA at Bridger Orthopedic Rehabilitation. A Butte native, Emily went to the University of Great Falls where she earned a BS in Psychology with a minor in Health and Human Performance. Emily was also a dual athlete competing in golf and on a competitive cheerleading team. Following her bachelors she went to MSU Great Falls and completed the Physical Therapy Assistant program. Emily has been practicing at Missoula Bone and Joint for the past 5 years focusing on rehab and injury prevention of high school and college athletes as well as the weekend warriors of Montana. Continuing education courses include certified ASTYM provider and strength and conditioning courses that have allowed her greater ability to treat for injury prevention and return to play athletes. Emily is at Bridger Orthopedics west campus at 3406 Laramie Drive.
Erica grew up in the small town of Story, Wyoming and first came to Bozeman to attend Montana State University where she received a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. She obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Montana and returned to Bozeman after working as a travel therapist on the Olympic Peninsula. Erica spends her free time downhill and backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and exploring various mountain ranges. She enjoys treating the lower extremities, shoulder, and the many injuries that originate from Bridger Bowl.
Jeff was born and raised in McHenry, Il before moving to Gunnison, CO to for his BA in Exercise and Sport Science at Western State Colorado University. He participated the cross country and track team as well as the mountain bike team during his time at Western. Jeff earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in San Marcos, CA. Jeff specializes in Occupational Health and treatment of the injured worker. He is a certified Functional Capacity Evaluator and provides work conditioning and post-offer physical abilities testing for many companies. He is also certified to perform Dry Needling. He enjoys working with lower extremity injuries and anything involving athletics. Jeff and his wife Paige love the outdoors and are passionate about trail running, mountain biking, triathlons, and skiing.
Jen Smith is a native to the Gallatin Valley graduating from Belgrade High School in 2002. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008 from University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. She enjoys seeing a variety of patients of all ages and abilities, with a special fulfillment in the orthopedic setting. Over the course of her career, Jen has had the ability to expand her practice in many positive ways. Jen utilizes Functional Dry Needling (FDN), which is a beneficial technique that uses monofilament needles to release trigger points in muscles; which has shown great success in many patients over the course of her career. For more information about FDN click http://www.kinetacore.com. Jen is also fluent in Kinesiotape and selective functional movement assessment (SFMA). Jen has 3 girls and a wonderful husband. She also enjoys hunting, fishing, crafts and cooking!
Eddie grew up in Bridger, MT before earning a BS in Exercise Science from Montana State University. Eddie received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015 from the University of St. Augustine in Austin, TX. He has completed advanced manual therapy training for conditions of the spine and extremities. Eddie enjoys working with a broad array of patients, with particular interest in treating the spine and athletic injuries. He has a passion for fitness and the Montana outdoors.
Brianne pursued her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Pacific University in 2004. Upon graduating in 2007, Brianne started working as a PT where she has honed her outpatient orthopedic skills including manual therapy and specialized therapeutic exercises to treat the spine, extremity injuries, and post-operative patients. She is currently pursuing her Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine. Brianne is thoroughly adept to and enjoys working with a variety of client populations including pediatric, geriatric, athletes, and the weekend warriors. As a native of Montana, Brianne has always loved the outdoors and enjoys playing outside and exploring the surroundings in all seasons.
Levi was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, ID. He has a BA degree in Exercise Physiology from Colorado Mesa University, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy for the University of Mary. He moved to Bozeman in 2014 to take advantage of the beautiful Montana scenery. Levi enjoys working with spine and lower extremity injuries, as well as anything to do with athletics. He is an avid indoor and outdoor volleyball player and enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, and camping. Levi has also been an assistant volleyball coach at three universities, as well as multiple junior Olympic teams.
Judy graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University and during the course of her career has specialized in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation in a variety of settings. In 2006, she received the specialty Hand Certification and has enjoyed the opportunity to further developing skills in this area. She moved to the Bozeman area nearly 30 years ago with her husband Tim and daughter Kaitlin. They have spent countless hours in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park and on Montana rivers.
Kari Kasey-Bozarth, a 10 year resident of Bozeman, is an Indiana transplant. Born and raised in southern Indiana, Kari attended undergrad at Purdue University before graduating from Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Kari’s professional experience has been lengthy and includes stints as a school system therapist in Indiana and Bozeman, as well as a clinical specialist at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis. It was in this setting that she developed a passion for hand therapy as she worked with esteemed surgeons in developing the hospital’s tendon transfer program for quadriplegics. A dream job at Indiana University Hospital working with challenging upper extremity patients and complex surgeries cemented her desire to pursue hand therapy as a specialty area. This led to her certification in hand therapy (CHT) in one of the first years this prestigious and challenging certification was offered. Kari has served as an adjunct professor and lecturer in several occupational therapy programs in Indiana and continues to supervise and mentor fieldwork students in Montana.
Since moving to Bozeman, Kari has continued her pursuit of professional excellence while balancing a more healthful and recreational lifestyle. Her personal philosophy towards therapy is respect for best practices and a science based approach to treatment. To that end she strives to research and participate in a variety of continuing education programs. In addition to certifications in ergonomics, Kari is certified in ASTYM. Kari enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits and values time spent with her amazing children and husband above all else.
Susan grew up in Alabama, graduated from Auburn University with her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science, and went on to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Tuskegee University. Her practice in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine began in 2002, with an upper extremity focus. Susan has been fortunate enough to be able to work with talented therapists and surgeons in her career from Birmingham, AL, Vail, CO, and Greenville, SC most recently. As a therapist, Susan enjoys working with all types of patients and diagnoses of the upper extremity, being able to return them to the activities they love. Outside of work, Susan is involved with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association as a national classifier. She has always loved the outdoors, and enjoys mountain biking, camping, skiing, and hiking.
Melissa was born and raised in Atlanta and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. After moving around the Midwest, Melissa graduated with a master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Melissa completed her level II fieldwork at Bridger Orthopedic and has worked in the Bozeman area since 2014. Melissa's primary focus is pre-surgical education. She works with hip, knee, and spine patients before surgery to ensure patients are set up for success. Melissa provides services both at the clinic, and in the home throughout the Gallatin valley. Melissa is an adjunct faculty member in the hybrid OTD program at Tennessee Wesleyan University where she enjoys mentoring students and encouraging "out of the box" clinical thinking. Outside of the office, Melissa enjoys skiing, running, and biking with her three children and husband, Joe. Melissa is an active volunteer with the Bridger Ski Foundation and the Longfellow School.
Rindy is a native of western North Carolina. She earned her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003 and continued her education there with a master's in Occupational Therapy in 2005. While at UNC, her participation in the sports medicine program led to an interest in orthopedic therapy. After starting her career at OrthoCarolina, she moved to Bozeman in 2007 in search of snow, trails, and new adventures. In 2013, she earned special certification in hand therapy (CHT). Rindy and her husband enjoy outdoor recreation, travel, and football.
Nate is a fourth generation Montanan and founder of Freestone Rehabilitation Inc. In early 2013, Nate merged with Bridger Orthopedic becoming a full partner. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Occupational Therapy Practice in the state of Montana and works primarily in Bozeman. His clinical areas of interest include upper extremity orthopedic rehabilitation with emphasis on pre- and post-operative conditions. In addition to rehabilitation, Nate has been a licensed professional fly fishing and hunting guide throughout North America for the past 20 years. Nate's spare time revolves around numerous outdoor pursuits and accompanying his daughter, Stella, and son, Smith, in their endeavors.
Amy grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming and after graduating went to Carroll College in Helena, MT where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology in 2000. Amy received her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy through the University of North Dakota-Casper College in 2002.
Amy moved to Belgrade and began her career with Freestone Rehabilitation in August of 2002 and has worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting in Bozeman, Belgrade, Livingston and Dillon. She is currently at Bridger Orthopedic's Belgrade office and holds specialty certifications in ASTYM and Workwell FCE’s. Amy has been active with the Montana Occupational Therapy Association for many years and has held both the President and Treasurer board positions.
In her free time Amy and her husband Joe are kept busy with their two children Ella and Caleb. They enjoy travelling and finding new places to explore with their family and friends and appreciating the beauty found within all of the seasons of Montana.
Jason is a native of rural Western Colorado who graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business in 2005. He later received his Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2007 from the same institution. Jason spent the first 5 years of his career working as a hand therapist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. In 2012 he moved home to Colorado where he worked for the Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver where he specialized in treating the injured athlete in a large Sports Medicine Practice. In 2015 he became a Board Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and now is pursuing certification as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT). Jason and his family are new to Montana and he is excited to work with the talented team of upper extremity surgeons and certified hand therapist’s at Bridger Orthopedics. In his spare time, Jason and his family enjoy sports and all the outdoor activities this beautiful area has to offer including skiing, hiking, backpacking camping and hopefully learning to fly-fish.