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, FMS

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

Kyle Knigge,
DPT

Kyle was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, and moved to Lewiston his freshman year of high school. He completed his undergraduate studies at Lewis-Clark State College, where he also played baseball for the Warriors for 4 years. He graduated from LCSC in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology and then worked at S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy from 2015-2017 as a physical therapy aide. He got accepted to Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where he graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2020.

Kyle feels honored to return to a place where he will be surrounding himself with knowledgeable and experienced physical therapists to help further his passion for helping individuals regain function and help make a difference in someone’s life. This is a small way for him to give back to his community after being greatly supported by the LC Valley when playing for the LC Warriors. It is his personal goal to be involved with community events and show his appreciation for what the Valley and S.P.O.R.T. have done for him. He is interested in specializing in orthopedic and vestibular physical therapy.

Being outdoors is what Kyle loves to do in his free time, particularly camping, fishing, and hiking with his wonderful wife, Lexie, and his dog Boone.

NATHAN B. MARTIN
DPT, OCS, 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. Nate also serves on the committee for the LC Valley Down and Dirty Mud Run, which is a nonprofit organization committed to provide racers the opportunity to participate in the regions only obstacle course race.

Outside of the clinic, Nate enjoys most anything sports related, including golf, baseball, softball, football, and snowboarding. He also enjoys coaching and mentoring children through youth sports, and spending his free time with his children, Paisley and Emmett.

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.

Roni V. Hewett 
DPT, OCS

Roni Hewett, DPT, OCS 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.

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!

STEPHANIE THORNE,
PTA

Stephanie was born in Illinois and grew up in a suburb of Chicago and later moved to Louisville, Kentucky. She received her Associates Of Applied Sciences degree and Physical Therapist Assistant licensure near Chicago, Illinois in 2012, which is where she got her start in outpatient and home health physical therapy. She later worked for a traveling physical therapy company in Colorado and eventually made her way out to Spokane/Coeur D’Alene, which is where her and her family decided to stay because they fell in love with the area. After working in a skilled nursing facility for several years, she was eager to get back into an outpatient setting and made the move to Lewiston in June 2021 to pursue her career at S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy.

Stephanie, her fiancé Zack, and their little boys Niko and Leo love to be outdoors and spending time together. Rarely are they found without each other. They love camping, hiking, exploring new areas, and historical sites.

Stephanie has loved her experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She has treated patients of every age from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has worked with people in an outpatient setting, in homes/group homes for special needs, and skilled nursing homes. Stephanie values compassion and quality of care and is very grateful for the opportunity to work with the skilled therapists here at S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy. She is very excited to meet and provide service to all the people of the LC Valley and surrounding areas.

KAYLEIGH MOYLE,
PTA

Kayleigh Moyle is the oldest of five kids and spent the first part of her childhood outside of Boise before moving to Arkansas with her family.  She graduated from Southern Virginia University with her Bachelor’s in Biology and received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Northwest Arkansas Community College in August 2020.

Before receiving her PTA license, Kayleigh spent two years in Paraguay, South America, as a Peace Corps volunteer where she learned to work with people and situations from different walks of life. Family brought Kayleigh back to Idaho, and she is excited to work with and learn more from the talented SPORT team.

In her free time, Kayleigh enjoys reading and photography, and she is looking forward to experiencing more of the outdoors.