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All staff members at Burkhardt Physical Therapy Center collaborate to ensure that each patient is getting the treatment and relief they need and expect from us.

Our goal is to see each patient we treat leave with less pain and move with greater ease after each session.

To ensure our patients receive the best treatment possible, our therapists are extensively trained and continuously seek education in advanced manual and neuromuscular techniques, as well as Jones Strain Counterstrain.

Melanie Maske


Hello, my name is Mel! I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner Burkhardt Physical Therapy Center, LLC with my husband Chad. I received my undergraduate and doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

I have experience working with a wide variety of patients and enjoy getting to know my patients and their preferences throughout their treatment. I am a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist and have post graduate training in Jones Institute Fascial Counterstrain and Graston Technique.

I grew up in Plymouth, WI but fell in love with the Coulee Region during my schooling. My husband Chad and I currently reside in Onalaska, WI with our dog Theo. We love all things outdoors including fishing, camping, hiking, and kayaking. We are always looking for more adventures, so I love hearing recommendations from my patients!

Ann Hanson

Hello, my name is Ann Hanson. I am a licensed physical therapist with over 30 years of experience. I received my degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 1990 and have worked with adults and children in a variety of settings since then. I have learned that listening is key to helping others reach activity and wellness goals.

I have studied many post graduate courses including Jones Institute Counter strain, Fascial Counterstrain, John Barnes – Myofascial therapy, Upledger Craniosacral therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Reiki. In 2016, I received my Certification of Expertise in Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling, and my Clinical Practitioner of Eden Energy Medicine. Energy Medicine is a great partner to Physical Therapy improving health and wellness. There are many paths to improved health and I am honored to be able to help people through the skills I have cultivated.

Burkhardt PT Center emphasizes a holistic and team approach which has helped many clients return to activities they enjoy. My husband Clay and I have three adult children and we are learning to enjoy our empty nest. I enjoy camping, hiking, music/theatre, and spending time with my family.

Anna Lucht

Hello! My name is Anna, and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I attended the University of Wisconsin – River Falls for my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science before earning my doctorate degree at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

I love helping patients return to their favorite activities through integrated treatments that help rebalance their body systems. Additionally, I have taken coursework in Pelvic Health to further address patient needs from a whole person perspective. I am passionate about helping patients work toward an improved quality of life!

My husband Steven and I love the outdoors, and when I am not in the clinic, we enjoy biking, camping, hiking, and exploring new places!

Lauren Harding

Hi! My name is Lauren, and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I received my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Loras College in Dubuque, IA, and my doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.

I have taken continued education courses in Pelvic Floor physical therapy and Dry Needling. I have experience working with a variety of patient populations including vestibular. I am passionate about treating the whole person, which led me to join the Burkhardt Physical Therapy team of holistic and caring providers. I look forward to growing my skill set through further training.

My husband and I are both natives of La Crosse, and together we enjoy cooking, baking, and a plethora of outdoor activities. We love the Coulee Region!

Chris Roethe

Hi there, my name is Chris! I’ve been a Physical Therapist Assistant for 12 years and have experience in outpatient orthopedics, Kinesio taping, Mckenzie MDT techniques, functional movement screening, and office / industrial ergonomics.

I graduated from Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI with an Associates degree in Applied Science and started my physical therapy career in a skilled nursing facility. I eventually expanded to outpatient physical therapy and have a wide scope of experience from working with many different populations and diagnoses.

My favorite thing about physical therapy is getting to know my patients and working with them to improve their quality of life. When not helping patients lead pain free and active lives, my wife and I enjoy fishing, hunting, and gardening.

Stef Sell

Hello! My name is Stefanie, and I’ve been a Doctor of Physical Therapy for 5 years. I completed my undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and my doctorate degree from Arcadia University in Philadelphia, PA.

I’ve worked with a wide variety of patients, from pediatrics to geriatrics. I love helping patients achieve their goals, from walking without a cane to running a half marathon. For that reason, I’ve continued my education in a variety of areas including pain neuroscience, LSVT BIG, vestibular rehabilitation, dry needling, myofascial cupping, and pregnancy/post-partum exercise correction.

My husband and I are Wisconsin natives but have been on the East Coast for almost a decade. We are excited to be back in La Crosse and can’t wait to make great memories here with our son and chihuahua!

Laurie Doladee

Hello, my name is Laurie Doladee. I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) since 1998 and now work as the Administrative Specialist for Burkhardt PT. I have worked in various areas of healthcare including a nursing facility, chiropractic clinic, orthopedic clinic, vestibular rehab clinic and now here at Burkhardt Physical Therapy.

My husband Scott and I lived in the Chicago area for 35 years and now live in the country near Houston, MN. We really love this area and enjoy many outdoor activities. We still go back to the Chicago area several times a year to visit our grown children and grandchildren.

Jenny Mercer

Hi, I’m Jenny and I love being  a part of the Burkhardt Physical Therapy Team!  I am a very outgoing person and love helping people. I am the billing specialist and can assist you in a variety of ways, including insurance questions and billing, paperwork, and scheduling your appointments. Stop by my office to say hello!

I grew up in the Coulee region and currently live in Rockland, WI with my two beautiful daughters and our spunky dog, Gizmo. We are huge Packer fans and enjoy being very active.