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.
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!
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.
Tina Siebert, Office Manager
Tina Siebert joined Turtle Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists in June of 2008 as the Front Desk Coordinator in the Turtle Lake and Clear Lake locations, holding this position for almost 10 years. Exciting changes within the practice allowed her to move into the position of the Office Manager which she currently begin the start of 2018.
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 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 by managing the support staff schedules, training/mentoring staff and assisting the owner in the business financials. She also works alongside the Director of Billing and Reimbursement to ensure proper communication to insurance companies, verification of benefits and authorization, and assists patients with billing and statement questions. It’s important to Tina that everyone is satisfied with their experience at Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab specialists, in any way they work with us, so she strives to provide excellent customer service. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hunting, UTVing, and spending time with her husband and their dogs.
Becky Melton, Front Desk Coordinator
Becky joined the team as Front Desk Coordinator in August of 2017. Her education and work history in administration, management and customer service has lead to added responsibility for the practice in medical billing. This added responsibility was implemented with great success in January of 2018. Her work history has included many aspects of the physical therapy private practice environment, starting as a physical therapy aide in 2009 and moving into the Front Desk Coordinator Clinic Manager position in February 2014 at Spooner Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists.
In 2016, Becky and her family moved to Cameron WI and joined our clinic in August of 2017. She has a passion for people and providing the best guest experience to our patients. She is a positive person and her goal is make everyone feel valued, accepted and heard. Her role at the clinic is to maintain the office flow and assist patients with any need! Becky handles the registration, scheduling, insurance communication, assistant to the Director of Billing, accounts receivable and answer any billing questions for the practice.
For fun, Becky loves to garden, spend time with family, play with her dog, Stella, and fellowship with her friends and church family. She has 4 children with 2 left at home and loves being a mother and a wife!
Katie Winegar, Front Desk Coordinator
Katie joined Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists as the Front Desk Coordinator in May 2018. As the front desk coordinator, she handles the registration and scheduling of appointments, works closely with referral sources to ensure a positive relationship, and assisting the providers with patients when needed.
Katie is a 2005 graduate of Clear Lake High School and attended WITC-New Richmond while in high school to obtain her Nursing Assistant certification. She worked as a CNA for Golden Age Manor in Amery and the Christian Community Home in Hudson. Katie then attended WITC-New Richmond to receive her Medical Assistant certification in the Spring of 2012, working at the Cumberland Clinic and the Hudson Clinic.
Growing up in a family business, Katie has been working in customer service her whole life. Meeting people’s needs before they realize it is a specialty of hers. Katie enjoys working with people and putting a smile on their face.
Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending her time with her 3 boys, camping and ATVing.
Jodi Dressen, Director of Billing and Reimbursement
Jodi Dresen is the Director of Billing & reimbursement/Compliance officer for Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists. She has more then 18 years of healthcare management experience specializing in billing and reimbursement strategies for the physical and occupational therapy disciplines. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Parkside with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management. Jodi has been a part of the Clear Lake billing department since opening in 2005. She specializes in Insurance communication with all Insurance companies, ensuring that all services are billed accurately and compliantly, as well as patient account collections and management. Outside of work Jodi enjoys the outdoors, running, biking, camping and being with her children and family.