Therapists

Physical Therapists

Dr. Maggie Burns
DPT

Maggie was raised in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal
Arts with a minor in Pre-Physical Therapy from Xavier University in Cincinnati,
Ohio in 2009.  She continued her
education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, earning her Doctorate
degree in Physical Therapy in 2012. 
Immediately out of school, Maggie worked in the outpatient Physical
Therapy department within a large, Greater-Philadelphia orthopedic practice for
7 months prior to settling in with a private practice outpatient orthopedic
physical therapy clinic in South Jersey where she stayed for the next 4+
years.  There she specialized in the treatment
and rehabilitation of highly active children, adolescents, and young adults and
worked closely with surgeons and physicians at Rothman Institute and Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia.  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, evaluation and
treatment of the injured field athlete, and concussion management.  In South Jersey, she contributed to
company-specific programming for care of the injured knee, hip, and shoulder
from pre- or non-operative management to immediate post-operative care and
return-to-participation guidelines.  In
April 2017, Maggie and her husband relocated to Bozeman, MT in search of new
adventure.  She continues to grow professionally
at Bridger Orthopedic, particularly enjoying, but not limiting her skills to,
the evaluation and treatment of the hip, knee, foot/ankle and shoulder.  Outside the clinic Maggie enjoys hiking,
running, cycling, swimming and discovering all Montana has to offer; she trains
for and competes in triathlon from sprint to 70.3 distance.

Dr. Brittnie Herbst
DPT, CSCS

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.

Dr. Brianne Hucek
DPT

Brianne was born and raised in Joliet, IL but has been visiting her family in Bozeman since she was a baby. She received her Bachelor of Health Science degree from DePaul University in Chicago and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale. She played competitive volleyball for over 9 years, including a short stint at Dartmouth College before transferring to her alma mater and finding her life’s calling in the field of PT. Brianne utilizes functional dry needling as a treatment for many patients with acute to chronic pain conditions. While out of the office, she enjoys exploring the West and is working to earn her canine rehab certification so she can broaden her practice to treat the four-legged population too. Brianne is living out her dream by working as a PT in this beautiful state she now calls home!

Dr. Angie Kolar
DPT

Angie Kolar grew up in Boise, ID, attending Boise State University and then finishing her Undergraduate education at Montana State University. She then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in Arizona in 2005. She has enjoyed working in multiple areas of therapy including both inpatient rehabilitation, and private practice orthopedics. Her niche for the past 8 years has been specializing in Occupational Health & Wellness, where she has completed advanced training in Functional Capacity Evaluation, as well as performance of job analysis and pre-employment testing. Angie is married with one daughter, and her passions include spending time with her family & friends in the great outdoors, playing sports, and skiing. 

Dr. Marcel Lak
DPT

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

Dr. MacKenzie Newman
PT, DPT, ACT, CSCS

MacKenzie was born and raised in Superior Wisconsin. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. While attending PT school  MacKenzie worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer covering high school, college, and adult competitions, including Division I club rugby.  As a PT she enjoys working with all types of patient’s and conditions and appreciates being part of the process to assist and motivate patient’s in successfully returning to their activities and sports. MacKenzie is an avid  sports fan who enjoys watching her beloved Green Bay Packer's win. She especially loves to hike, ski, and camp, and is thrilled to be able to live in a place that offers such unlimited access to the outdoors. 

Dr. Laura Opstedal
DPT, OCS, SCS

Laura was born and raised in Washington and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology (1998) and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2001) from University of Puget Sound. She is dual Board Certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist and an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and has completed advanced manual therapy training through level IV with North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Laura is also certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment through the North American Sports Medicine Institute. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Puget Sound physical therapy teaching clinic as well as Clinical Instructor for physical therapy students. 

Laura specializes in sports injuries and has worked with many different athletes from ballerinas to football players, novice to professional. She has a special interest in treating young athletes, having worked exclusively with children and adolescents in Seattle prior to relocating to Bozeman. She is particularly interested in injury prevention and enjoys identifying and correcting faulty biomechanics. Laura loves exploring her new surroundings in Montana with her husband, Chris, and four young children, Eva, Emma, Libby & Finn, and is looking forward to many years of skiing, camping, hiking, and water activities with her family.

Emily Pfeifer
PTA

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.

Dr. Julie Scott
DPT

Julie was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota. She received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of North Dakota in 2010 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Mary in 2013. Julie worked in Bismarck, ND as a Home Health Physical Therapist after graduating and started working at Bridger Orthopedic in March 2015 when her and her husband moved to Bozeman. She enjoys working with a variety of patient populations, but especially enjoys treating lower extremity injuries and athletes of all levels. Julie and her husband enjoy experiencing all Montana has to offer for outdoor activities. They both enjoy snowboarding, hiking, hunting, camping, and horseback riding.

Dr. Jennifer Smith
DPT

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!

Dr. Eddie Stevenson
DPT

Eddy Stevenson, DPT has joined the Bridger Orthopedic Rehabilitation team at the new West location. Eddie grew up in Bridger, MT before earning a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Montana State University. He participated on the football and track and field teams during his time at MSU. Eddie received his Doctor of 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.

Dr. Brianne Stevenson
DPT

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.

Dr. Levi Taylor
DPT

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.

Occupational Therapists

Judy Bolewicz
OTR/L, CHT

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 Bozarth
OTR/L, CHT

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.

Kylie Gagnon
OTR/L

Kylie was born and raised in Bozeman, MT. She received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance from Montana State University in 2014 and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Mary in 2017. Kylie completed clinical fieldwork at Bridger Orthopedic and knew immediately this is where she wanted to work. As an OTR, she is motivated to help individuals improve their quality of life and achieve their goals. She is working towards obtaining her certification in hand therapy. Kylie loves all kinds of outdoor activities, including hunting, hiking, spending time with family, and hanging out with her Mini Aussie, Cooper. She was on the United States National Pistol Team and competed internationally. She is an avid sports fan, especially when it comes to the Bozeman Hawks, the MSU Bobcats, and the Golden State Warriors.

Rindy Miller
MS, OTR/L, CHT

Rindy was born and raised in western North Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Psychology in 2003 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2005 from the University of North Carolina. Rindy has since worked in outpatient orthopedic clinics, focusing on upper extremity rehabilitation. She moved to Montana in 2007 in search of snow and new mountains to hike and is an avid sports fan. Her hobbies include anything outdoors – running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Nate Naprstek
OTR/L

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 Seaman
OTR/L

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.