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All staff members at Burkhardt Physical Therapy Center collaborate to ensure that each patient is getting the treatment and relief that they need and expect from us. Our goal is to see that each patient we treat leaves with less pain, moving with greater ease after each session. All of our staff members have experience with, and are continuously training in, advanced manual and neuromuscular re-education techniques, as well as Jones Strain Counterstrain, to ensure that the patient receives the best treatment possible.

Myra Burkhardt

Hello, my name is Myra and I am a physical therapist. I am the founder and CEO of Burkhardt Physical Therapy Center, LLC which was established in April 2001 with the help and encouragement of my husband, Randy.

I graduated in 1987 from Northwestern University Physical Therapy Program in Chicago, IL and have over 31 years of experience in manual techniques, neuromuscular re-education, exercise instruction, as well as many hours of post-graduate continued education. I am a board certified specialist in Jones Strain Counterstrain technique since 2004 and have continue to progress my skills and knowledge in this cutting edge treatment with each year.

I have taken all the current coursework for the “New” Fascial Counterstrain technique and have had the privilege to table train new students and mentor others as well. I am excited to learn new treatment strategies that help patients who do not respond to standard physical therapy protocols. I have also studied and trained with Myopain Seminars to become an expert in Trigger Point Dry Needling Technique, which is another cutting-edge strategy. I am a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist through Myopain Seminars since 2013.

I feel very blessed to have the privilege to work with so many wonderful patients and healthcare providers in the Coulee Region and beyond. I believe we can learn life lessons from every person we meet and can make a positive difference by a simple jester of friendship. I have always been compassionate about listening to patient’s stories and helping them find the right path towards their recovery from pain or injury. Randy and I have 2 adult children who are out in the world pursuing their dreams. We have lived in the Coulee Region for over 30 years. We enjoy being outdoors, sports, and family. I enjoy sewing, quilting, walking, and going on vacation.

Ann Hanson

Hello, my name is Ann Hanson. I am a licensed physical therapist and received my therapy degree from UW – La Crosse in 1990. I have 30 years of experience working in Southern Wisconsin and the Coulee Region. I have worked with adults and children in a variety of settings and 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 January 2016, I received my Certification of Expertise in Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling. In July 2016, I received 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 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.

Melanie Maske

Hello! My name is Melanie Maske and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I received my undergraduate and graduate degree from UW-La Crosse. I chose to pursue a career in physical therapy due to my interest in the science of how the body works and my passion for helping others return to a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle. 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 excited to continue expanding my treatment skills here in the clinic and through continuing education training.  

I grew up in Plymouth, WI, but fell in love with the Coulee Region when I moved here for my schooling. My husband Chad and I currently reside in Onalaska with our puppy 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! 

Holly Powell

Hello, my name is Holly Powell and I am a Physical Therapist Assistant as well as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. I graduated from UW-La Crosse in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science and a Strength & Conditioning Concentration.

After several years of being home with my son, running an in-home daycare, I decided to pursue my Associates Degree for a PTA at Western Technical College in La Crosse, graduating from the program in 2011. I chose the Physical Therapy field because I enjoy helping others find the best way to decrease their pain and improve their quality of life. I have completed training in Strain Counterstrain techniques, including classes with Venous Lymphatic, Visceral, Nervous, Arterial, Spine and Musculoskeletal Systems. I am also trained in CranioSacral Therapy, manual hands-on techniques and Kinesio Taping, which assists with pain reduction and improved function. I have established our Health Management & Personal Training program here at Burkhardt Physical Therapy Center which combines my physical therapy knowledge and experience with my personal training certification to offer a completely individualized program that is designed to help you succeed.

I am certified through the Functional Movement Systems organization in performing the Functional Movement Screen which assists with assessing active individuals and athletes for mobility and stability deficits that are increasing their risk for injury. My husband Jon & I currently reside in Onalaska with our 5 children. Jon & I enjoy the Coulee region for all the great family and outdoor activities that are offered here. We stay very busy with our children, spending time with friends and family.​

Alissa Chmielewski

Hello! My name is Alyssa Chmielewski and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I received my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and my doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. I am passionate about helping people find restoration and healing in their bodies so that they can return to doing what they love and I value a whole person approach to treatment. I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have experience coming alongside many types of patients of all ages for physical therapy needs. My husband and I recently moved to the region and immediately felt right at home here. We both enjoy hiking, Nordic skiing, canoeing, and biking.

Laurie Doladee

Hello, my name is Laurie Doladee and I am a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). I received my PTA degree in 1998. I have worked in a skilled nursing facility, a chiropractic clinic, an orthopedic clinic, a vestibular rehab clinic (all in Illinois) and now here at Burkhardt Physical Therapy, since March 2017.

Since joining the Burkhardt Physical Therapy team, I have enjoyed learning new techniques including Jones Strain Counterstrain, Fascial Counterstrain, Kinesiotaping, and Muscle Energy Technique. I have years of experience with Graston technique, therapeutic exercise, vestibular rehab and orthopedics. I continue to learn every day and enjoy helping people reduce their pain and improve their quality of life and activities of daily living.

My husband 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 am so excited to be a part of the Burkhardt Team!  I am a very outgoing person and love helping people. I am the first person to greet you when you come in and will help you in a variety of ways, including your paperwork, insurance questions, and scheduling your appointments.

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

Andrea Smith

Hi there! My name is Andrea Smith and I am the PT Aide here at Burkhardt Physical Therapy Center. You probably won’t see me much as I am responsible for making your visits comfortable and clean. I may pop up at the front desk to help you schedule an appointment every now and then, too. I have my degree as a Paraprofessional but decided this place is where I want to be! 

I am a mom of 6 kids (yes, 6), 3 girls and 3 boys. I enjoy being outside, camping, hiking and sporting events. I currently live in Sparta but am originally from Ohio so Cleveland Brown’s, Indians, and Ohio State Buckeyes for me.