Emily Monson, PT
Emily, clinic owner of Clear Lake and Turtle Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists, received her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Physical Therapy program in 2000. She also attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Emily is a Certified Industrial Specialist which has provided career development in work injury management, on-site injury prevention strategies with area businesses, ergonomic training, and specialized testing for the injured worker.
Emily is also involved in her professional organization and is currently serving as an Editorial Board Member of Impact Magazine from 2011-2014. This is a monthly publication for the private practice section of the APTA.
Emily has interest and experience in sports medicine, industrial rehabilitation, orthopedics, and TMJ Dysfunction. She is dedicated to helping each individual patient achieve his or her rehabilitation goals. She applies her experience and education to assist in her patients return to the highest level of function following an accident or injury. She is also committed to working closely with her referral sources to provide the best treatment options and overall care for her patients.
Deborah Cuper, DPT, CLT, Cert. DN
Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Graston Technique Provider
Debbie received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University Of North Dakota in 2007. She has past experience in multiple environments as a traveling physical therapist, including: outpatient, long term care, transitional care, home health, occupational health, and inpatient settings. She is experienced in caring for patients who have goals to improve balance and prevent falls, return to work, improve function after orthopedic surgeries, reduce dizziness, return to play after sports injuries walk with prosthetic limbs, increase independence after stroke or traumatic brain injuries and diminish lymphedema and swelling. Her passion is to reduce musculoskeletal pain especially with manual therapy techniques.
She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and is also trained in vestibular rehab, Mulligan techniques, Strain-Counter Strain, wound care, and job site analysis. In addition, Debbie is certified in dry needling and uses fine filament needles to treat pain including headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, and tennis elbow. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Kay Dorwin, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Kay Dorwin joined Turtle Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists in February 2007. She graduated from St. Mary’s Jr. College (now College of St. Catherine’s) in Minneapolis, MN, with an Associates Degree in Physical Therapy. Prior to working here, Kay’s work experience includes the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, MN and the Baldwin Hospital in Baldwin, WI.
As a Physical Therapist Assistant, she has experienced working in many different areas including inpatient, outpatients with acute and chronic injuries including orthopedics, sports injuries, spine, wound care, fibromyalgia, and aquatic therapy. She has a special interest in total joint replacements, sports and work related injuries. She believes strongly in the importance of patient education and empowering the patient for total wellness.
Krista Amundsen, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Krista joined Turtle Lake and Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists in October 2010 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College with an Associate’s degree in Physical Therapy/Applied Science. Over the years Krista has gained experience working with a variety of patients including sports injuries, acute and chronic orthopedics, spine, geriatrics, work injuries, and aquatic therapy. Her true passion is working with the injured athlete as she gets to challenge them in many different ways both physically and mentally. Outside of work Krista enjoys spending time with her husband and children, camping, and watching sports!
Melissa Waytashek MS, ATC, LAT
Melissa joined the Clear Lake and Turtle Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists team as an Athletic Trainer in July, 2012. Along with helping out in the clinics, Melissa provides care to athletes at the Clayton and Clear Lake School Districts. She attends practices throughout the week, covers sporting events and is available for athletes in the clinic environment. Athletes can visit Melissa during the school year on convenient days. Melissa provides care in the areas of injury prevention, management, evaluation, and rehabilitation of the athlete and injured worker. She is also certified through the American Red Cross as a First Aid, AED and CPR instructor.
Melissa attended Northland College in Ashland, WI for four years where she played basketball for the Lumber Jills and graduated with a Biology degree and a coaching minor. She then attended graduate school at the College of Saint Scholastica receiving an entry level Master’s degree in Athletic Training.
Melissa grew up on a small dairy farm in Little Falls, MN. She enjoys playing/watching sports, being outdoors, gardening, baking and being with her pets and friends. She is proud to be part of a great healthcare team! She looks forward to helping patients, opening new opportunities for athletes and patients, and being available for those in need as well as excited to be involved in the community!
Tina Siebert, Front Desk Coordinator
Tina Siebert joined Turtle Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists in June of 2008 as the Front Desk Coordinator where she held this role for over 6 years, now the Front Desk Coordinator at Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists. She is also a mentor for growth and development of the Front Desk Coordinators in the network locations at Rice Lake, Spooner and Hayward Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists.
Tina is a 2004 graduate of Barron High School and attended Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI and graduated as a Certified Medical Assistant in 2006. She has previously worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie and Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm and most recently worked as a Certified Medical Assistant in the Anticoagulation Department at Marshfield Clinic.
Tina’s role at Clear Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab is to maintain general office flow and assist with patient needs such as patient registration, scheduling, insurance communication, and assisting with billing/statement questions. She enjoys working with the patients and getting to know them while making their physical therapy experience most enjoyable. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hunting and spending time with her husband and their dogs.
Rebekah Bjelland, Front Desk Coordinator/Physical Therapy Technician, Yoga Instructor
Rebekah joined the team as a Front Desk Coordinator/Physical Therapy Technician in May of 2013. She attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and studied Kinesiology with an emphasis in Human Performance and received her Bachelor’s degree in January of 2008. After having her daughter in January of 2016, she returned to our team part time as a Physical Therapy Technician. As a tech, Rebekah assists patients through their preliminary exercises and maintains a high quality environment.
Rebekah’s yoga journey began the spring of 2015 when she attended Level 1 training through YogaFit at the University of Minnesota. Her style is open to all abilities, and she practices a Vinyasa flow style class. Call our Turtle Lake Clinic for current class times!
Rebekah has a passion for health and wellness and is very excited to be a part of such a dynamic team.
Melissa Anderson, Front Desk Coordinator
Melissa Anderson joined Turtle Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists in December of 2015 as the Front Desk Coordinator. She is a 1983 graduate of Carroll College (now Carroll University) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Human Resources emphasis.
Melissa has previously worked as an Employee Benefits Specialist at Allina Health System in the Twin Cities and most recently as the Director of Little Lambs Christian Day Care Center in Clear Lake. She lives in Clear Lake with her husband and has two children who are both in college.
Melissa’s role at Turtle Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab is to maintain general office flow and assist with patient needs such as patient registration, scheduling, insurance communication, and assisting with billing/statement questions.
Melissa is excited to be a part of the Turtle Lake Physical Therapy team and also getting to know the community of Turtle Lake.
Alicia Bruder, Licensed Massage Therapist
Alicia joined the team as a Licensed Massage Therapist in July of 2013. She attended WITC-Rice Lake, receiving her Technical Diploma in May, 2013 for Massage Therapy. She also attended St. Cloud Technical and Community College earning a degree in Advertising Communications and Website Design, receiving an Associate’s degree in 2008. She is a graduate of Clear Lake High School.
Alicia’s history with the company began in September of 2009 when she became the Front Desk Coordinator/Physical Therapy Technician for the newly opened Clear Lake clinic. Helping to grow and develop this business, her responsibilities included daily office management and to create a comfortable client experience. Desiring to be more hands on with people, Alicia pursued further education with Massage Therapy, bringing this new service back to the practice and taking on a clinical role.
Alicia approaches each massage with the intention of meeting and surpassing the goals of her clients, whether they seek pain relief, relaxation, or wellness. She is dedicated to providing a tailored approach to each individual for an exceptional client experience. Alicia enjoys the team atmosphere between clinic staff and the client. She is dedicated to the whole well-being, education, and comfort of all who come through the door.