MEET OUR PHYSICAL THERAPY STAFF

MICHAEL F. WARD
PT, OCS

Michael was born and raised in the Lewis-Clark Valley. He completed his pre-physical therapy education at Washington State University. He received his Physical Therapy degree in 1984 at the University of Washington. After graduation he worked as a staff therapist at Latah Care Center in Moscow, Idaho, until he moved to San Antonio, Texas. While in San Antonio he had the opportunity to work and study under his mentor in manual therapy, Dr. Steven Stratton at Alamo Physical Therapy. Three years after moving back to Lewiston he joined Bill Neumayer, founder of S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy, as a partner in 1992. Michael’s clinical experience and expertise, as well as his postgraduate studies have centered in general orthopedics, low back and neck care, manual therapy, sports medicine, hand therapy and TMJ. In addition, he has developed and integrated on-site strategies and directives for industrial injury prevention.

In 2003 Michael obtained his Isernhagen Certification for performing Functional Capacity. He obtained his board certification as an Orthopedic Specialist in 2014. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1984 and has served as the chairman of the North-Central Idaho District Physical Therapy Association. He is also active in his community and has served on the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, and is presently serving on the leadership board at River City Church of Lewiston, Idaho.

His interests and passions involve his faith in Jesus, family and friends. He loves spending time with his wife Debbie and their four children (Jeff, Jacque, Stephen, Connor) and his seven grandchildren. He enjoys time in the outdoors camping, hunting, fly fishing, wake surfing and snow skiing.

KELLY A. STEIGER
PT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, CIDN

Kelly has committed his practice to orthopedics using the best evidence-based approach possible. “I enjoy helping patients return to their prior level of activity, whether it be sports, work, or daily activity. Seeing them reach their goals is one of the best parts of being a Physical Therapist.”

Kelly received his degree in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 1993 and joined S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy in 1994.

– Board Certified in Orthopedics (OCS)
– Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS)
– Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
– Certified in Dry Needling (CIDN)

Extensive Continuing Education in the following areas:

– Returning to play
– Blood flow restriction
– Instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation
– Kinesiology taping

CHRISTOPHER J. LEE
MPT, OCS, CSCS, CEFE

Chris Lee, a Utah native, joined the S.P.O.R.T. team after graduating in 2002 from Idaho State University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. He specializes in orthopaedics, industrial rehabilitation, and uses technology to educate and treat patients in a variety of settings.

In 2003 he obtained Isernhagen certification for performing Functional Capacity Evaluations. In 2005 he obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification. He is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist and is also certified in Essential Functional Analysis and pre-employment testing development. He became a partner of S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy in 2013. Chris has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Idaho Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) since 2000.

Chris’ interests include family, technology, books, home projects, photography, and church services. Chris is married and has two daughters.

NATHAN B. MARTIN
DPT, CERT. MDT

Nate was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho, and joined the S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy staff in 2014. He began his undergraduate studies and played baseball at Columbia Basin College and then completed his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science/Pre-Physical Therapy at the University of Idaho. He then received a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in 2010. Following graduation, Nate moved to Boise, Idaho, and worked at an outpatient physical therapy clinic where he also served as the rehab director and clinic administrator.

In 2013 Nate completed post-graduate work and became certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) with an emphasis on spinal rehabilitation. He has also been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Idaho Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) since 2010. Nate is active in the community and serves as a member of the LC Crew, a non-profit organization that fulfills the needs of philanthropic opportunities in the Lewis-Clark Valley.

Outside of the clinic, Nate enjoys most anything sports related, including golf, baseball, softball, football, and snowboarding. He also enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Lacey, and their two children, Paisley and Emmett.

RYAN D. MARSH,
DPT, CERT. MDT

Ryan Marsh was born and raised in Lewiston. He attended the University of Idaho where he studied pre-physical therapy/sports science. He then went on to study at Pacific University in Portland, Oregon, where he received his DPT.

Ryan is very motivated and driven to practice something that he loves and is equally excited and motivated to help improve the lives of his patients through physical therapy interventions. Ryan has achieved his Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) certification and is currently working on his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification.  Ryan is married to his wife Maria and they have two beautiful children, Lincoln and Adeline.

On the weekends Ryan enjoys being with his friends and family spending time in the outdoors. They enjoy ATVing, boating, fishing, golfing and traveling in the spring/summer and hunting, skiing and snowmobiling in the fall/winter.

Roni V. Hewett
DPT

Roni Hewett, DPT, was born and raised in the Lewis-Clark Valley, graduating from Clarkston High School in 2011. She then went to Hawaii on a sports scholarship, graduating from Chaminade University of Honolulu with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology in 2015. She worked as an aide at S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy before going on to physical therapy school in Arizona. Roni graduated from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019.

Roni is very excited to be the latest member of the S.P.O.R.T. team and looks forward to serving her community for all their mobility needs. Roni is interested in specializing in orthopedic physical therapy and is grateful for the opportunity to work with other Orthopedic Certified Specialists here at S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy.

ELIZABETH M. SPENCE
OT

Beth is new to SPORT Physical Therapy, joining the team in September of 2019. She grew up in South Georgia and moved to Pullman, WA in 2018. She graduated from Bay Path University in Massachusetts with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2012. During her time as an Occupational Therapist, she has worked in outpatient, inpatient, and home health settings. She has a special interest in rehabilitation of the upper extremity, including treatment involving the shoulder to hand.

She enjoys helping people achieve their goals and return to activities of value after injury or illness. Occupational Therapy has brought her some of the most amazing people into her life and has allowed her to be a part of their lives as well.

Her interests include spending time with friends and family including her husband, Burt and their three dogs. She enjoys reading, outdoor activities, listening to music, and being creative. Beth is very excited to be a part of SPORT Physical Therapy’s team!

KASEY M. WOLF
PTA

Kasey joined the S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy staff in the Fall of 2011 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She was born and raised in the small farming community of Colton, WA. Kasey attended North Idaho College, where she played softball and received her Associates of Arts degree. Following her two years at North Idaho College, she transferred to Central Washington University, where she continued playing softball for the next three years and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. Kasey completed her post-graduate degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Whatcom Community College.

She enjoys running and spending time with her family. Kasey, her husband Blake and two sons, Cade and Tucker, currently reside in Colton, WA. She enjoys the farming life and being involved in the community and school in her home town of Colton.

Kasey thoroughly enjoys working with the full spectrum of patients and the challenges and triumphs they each bring. She is pleased to be working with a diverse group of Physical Therapists and considers it a great privilege to be part of a team so committed to helping patients reach their greatest potential!

ROBIN C. HARDAWAY,
PTA

Robin moved to the LC Valley in August of 2016 and joined S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She graduated from Green River Community College in Auburn, WA, in 1988.

Robin has been a PT Assistant for the last 30 years, working mostly in acute care and home health in the Seattle area. She decided that she had enough of the rain and traffic and relocated to the LC Valley in search of a sunnier, quieter lifestyle. She enjoys the area very much and feels right at home here.

At S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy she works in the Tri-State Outpatient Clinic and occasionally at Tri-State Hospital, and she enjoys the variety of patients she is able to work with.

In her spare time she enjoys DIY home projects, church activities, spending time with her dogs, and staying in touch with her two college-age kids.

Burt A. Spence
PTA

Burt joined the S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy staff in the Fall of 2018 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. He grew up in Southern Georgia on his family farm. He attended Darton College where he played soccer, followed by Kennesaw State University in Atlanta where he finished his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. After several years working in the sports and coaching industry, he returned to college to complete his degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Florida Gateway College.

Burt enjoys most outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, and camping with his wife and three dogs. He also enjoys training his two dogs for hunting and agility.

Burt enjoys working with all patients to help them navigate their recovery so that they may return to a healthy lifestyle.

ZACHARY C. HEIDEMAN
PTA

Zack Heideman grew up in the red rocks of Southern Utah. He joined the team at S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy at the start of 2019. Zack received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Southern Utah University and began working in Cardiac Rehab and then the Wellness Program at Intermountain Healthcare in St. George, Utah, where he worked in both inpatient and outpatient care as an exercise therapist. Zack enjoyed working with geriatric patients in the Wellness Program to improve their fitness. He found that it doesn’t matter how old you are, there is no retirement from exercise. He also found a love of helping patients improve their quality of life. Zack decided that he wanted to more fully help patients improve their quality of life through Physical Therapy and so he went back to school at Dixie State University where he received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree in May 2018.

Zack enjoys rock climbing, canyoneering, and exploring new places to camp with his family. If it includes being in the great outdoors, count him in! He also has a strong faith in Christ and enjoys being involved in church services. Zack also enjoys just spending time with his wife Charli and their four children Kayla, Bailey, Lindsey, and Isaac.