Rehab Team

(seated L to R:  Jenn Kuehner, Stacy Quam, BreAnna Sovereign; standing L to R:  Jamie Schneberger, Lori Shindelar, Kelli Zeimetz-Mehmert, LaRita Pierce (retired), Alex Engelken, Denise Ryant, Chris Trytten)

October is National Physical Therapy Month

National Physical Therapy Month was designed to help recognize and raise awareness of the impact that physical therapists and physical therapy assistants can play in restoring and improving motion, strength, function, and helping people find relief from pain to live healthier, more active lives.  (Back row L to R:  Denise Ryant, PTA; Alex Engelken, DPT; Jamie Schneberger, DPT; front row L to R:  Jenn Kuehner, DPT and BreAnna Sovereign, PTA)

Team Bios

Alex Engelken, PT, DPT

Alex graduated from Luther College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health.  After earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Washington University in Saint Louis, Alex returned to her home town of Decorah, Iowa with her husband, and in 2015 joined the rehab team at Regional Health Services of Howard County.  Alex routinely treats chronic and post-operative shoulder, back, hip, knee, and ankle/foot pain.  Alex enjoys working with active patients of all ages, with special interests in sports injury management, pediatrics, infant torticollis, overuse injuries, and chronic pain.  Alex has special certifications in ASTYM and Trigger Point Dry Needling.  She believes in looking at the whole body to treat the source of each patient’s pain or limitations to effectively help them return to function, and utilizes corrective exercises to restore and improve the quality of their movement.  Outside of work, Alex enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her two Australian Shepherds, traveling and hiking with her husband, and trying new recipes.

Jenn Kuehner, PT, DPT

Jenn graduated from Luther College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Anthropology and then earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from St. Ambrose University in 2005.  She has over 13 years of experience working in orthopedic outpatient practice with an emphasis on manual therapy and Stott-Pilates-based therapy technique.  Her professional interests include ASTYM certification, athletic injury management, pediatrics, general strengthening and fitness, geriatric wellness, and community outreach.  Jenn enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, playing games, running, and reading.

Jennessa Luzum, OTR/L, CHT

Jennessa graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors’s Degree in Psychology and Colorado State University with a Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.  Her certifications include Certified Hand Therapist, ASTYM, Lymphedema, and a specialization in Incontinence Therapy.  Her professional interests include treating upper extremity injuries, lymphedema, and pelvic floor dysfunction.  Jennessa enjoys attending her kids’ sporting events, running, and quilting.

Stacey Quam, OTR/L

Stacey graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelors Degree in Biology and Chemistry and the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Occupational Therapy.  Stacey’s special certifications include LSVT BIG, a specialized program for Parkinson’s, and ASTYM.  Her professional interests include hand therapy, neuro rehab including Parkinson’s and stroke rehabilitation, and acute and skilled rehabilitation.  Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband, Kyle, her daughter, Anna, and dog, Holly.  She also loves being outdoors on her acreage north of Cresco.

Andy Rix, PT, CSCS

Andy, a Wisconsin native, earned his Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota.  He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, obtained certification in the ASTYM treatment technique, and has been trained by WorkWell to perform functional capacity evaluations, functional job analysis, and pre-work screen development.  Andy enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal issues, from the planned post-surgical orthopedic care to the unplanned “weekend warrior” injury.  He also has special interest in promoting workplace injury prevention and post-work injury rehabilitation.  Outside of work, Andy enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, hunting, and watching his favorite Wisconsin sports teams.

Denise Ryant, PTA
Jamie Schneberger, PT, DPT

Jamie grew up in Calmar, Iowa, graduating from South Winneshiek High School.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degrees in Physical Education and Athletic Training from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He was an associate teacher for three years at Center Point-Urbana High School before returning to school to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania in 2005.  Jamie began his career at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio (RIOSA) in San Antonio, Texas in 2008.  He returned to Iowa in 2011 and began working at Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco and Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, Iowa.  His certifications include ASTYM and LSVT BIG.  His areas of interest are inpatient rehabilitation, wound care, vestibular dysfunction therapy, and home health physical therapy.  In his spare time, Jamie enjoys hunting, fishing, biking and spending time with his family.

Lori Shindelar, OTR/L

Lori graduated from St. Catherine’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.  Her certifications include Advanced Intensive Mentorship, Diagnosis/Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders, ASTYM, Lymphedema, Handwriting without Tears, and “How does your engine run” ALERT program.  Lori’s professional interests are pediatrics, especially in the areas of sensory processing and feeding difficulties, geriatrics, lymphedema management, and dementia care.  Lori enjoys spending time with her family, making photo memory books, reading, cooking, and drinking a good cup of coffee!

BreAnna Sovereign, PTA

BreAnna graduated from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management from Bellevue University.  Her certifications include ASTYM, LSVT BIG, and an APTA credentialed clinical instructor.  Her primary professional interest is with our geriatric population, specifically in the long-term care setting.  She also enjoys working with our local athletes with our return to the sports program.  She completes home assessments for our patients in the inpatient hospital setting and nursing homes to ensure their safety and success in returning to their own environment.  BreAnna and her husband have three children, who keep her very busy!  They enjoy superheroes and dinosaurs and spending time with their extended family and friends.


Chris Trytten, MSE, ATC, LAT, CWCCHP

Chris Trytten is a certified athletic trainer who provides services for athletes at the Howard-Winneshiek School in Cresco.  He holds bachelor and master degrees from Drake University and has served as an athletic trainer in Iowa since 1986, most recently in the Mason City area.  While at Drake, he had a had a friend who worked as a student trainer for the football team.  This sparked his interest in becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer, which he accomplished in 1987.  Since then, he has been a part of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.  Chris states, “This is a great opportunity for RHSHC to have a partnership with Crestwood.  I’m happy to provide athletic training services to the school, work with the Crestwood coaches and athletes, as well as staff at RHSHC.”

Kelli Zeimetz-Mehmert, MA, CCC-SLP