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Meet the Sports Physical Therapy Residency Team

Ryan Swetkovich PT, MPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS

Ryan Swetkovich

Program Director

Ryan is currently serving as a staff physical therapist and Program Director of the Gundersen Medical Foundation Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program at Gundersen Health System Sports Medicine in Onalaska, WI. Ryan is a 2002 graduate of the Program in Physical Therapy at the Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences in Rochester, MN. He is a 2008 graduate of the Gundersen Medical Foundation Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program and has been board certified in sports physical therapy since 2009 and board certified in orthopedic physical therapy since 2012.

His clinical interests are diverse in both sports and orthopedic physical therapy.  Additional professional interests include residency education and physical therapy specialization. Ryan is active in the orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) exam development with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

C. Nathan Vannatta, PT, DPT, SCS

C. Nathan Vannatta

Associate Program Director

Dr. Vannatta currently serves as staff Physical Therapist in Gundersen's Sports Physical Therapy Department, instructional faculty with the Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program, and member of the La Crosse Institute for Movement Science (LIMS) research group at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (UWL).

Nate graduated from the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at UWL in 2014 and completed the Gundersen Sports Physical Therapy Residency in 2015. He has a broad range of clinical interests ranging from the management of acute lower extremity injuries to chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions. His research interests are primarily in the area of biomechanics with a specific emphasis on neuromuscular adaptations to pain and injury and their role in the development of repetitive stress injuries, persistent pain syndromes, and osteoarthritis.

Nate is involved in several areas of the residency including newly appointed Associate Program Director, clinical and research mentoring as well as assisting with instruction in Evidence Based Practice, Differential Diagnosis and Management of Lower Extremity Conditions, Running Gait Analysis, Functional Testing, and Return to Sport Decision Making.

Outside of the clinic, Nate is a family guy through and through where he enjoys swimming, biking, running, and playing sports with his wife and five children. He also thoroughly enjoys coffee and a good book (or research paper).

Kerry Boyle

Kerry Boyle

Residency/Fellowship Program Coordinator

Kerry grew up in rural Iowa and is a recent transplant from Chicago, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in design in 2006 from Harrington College of Design. Spending 17 years in Chicago, she moved to the La Crosse area to be closer to family and the outdoors. Kerry is proud to work at Gundersen Health System. She is the residency and fellowship program coordinator for several programs in Medical Education, including the Sports Physical Therapy Residency.

"I find joy and fulfillment in working with learners and educators. The support that is offered for those on a team in any aspect of the patient care process, from administration to the residents and fellows, to the clinicians and educators, is amazing. Everyone is caring and genuinely has the patient experience at heart, but also those who support the providers and educators," Kerry says.

In her spare time, Kerry enjoys spending time with her partner, James, daughter, Matilda, and family, as well as baking cakes and hiking the trails in Hixon Forest and the Coulee Experimental Forests.

George J. Davies, DPT, MED, PT, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PES, CSMS, FAPTA

George J. Davies

Residency Consultant

Dr. Davies is an internationally known speaker who has presented at hundreds of conferences on sports physical therapy and athletic training. He is a clinician, educator, speaker, researcher, author, editor and consultant. Dr. Davies has been involved in the clinical practice of sports physical therapy/athletic training for more than 55 years. He was one of the original co-founders and co-directors of the Sports Physical Residency Program at Gundersen Health System Sports Medicine. He also served as the president of the Sports Physical Therapy Section – APTA from 1992 to 1998.

Dr. Davies has been very active in the professional community and has earned many prestigious awards during his career for his contributions, including the 1994 recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association's prestigious Baethke-Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching. He also received the Hall of Fame Award - Sports Physical Therapy Section – APTA in 2006 and was elected into the SPTS-Hall of Fame. Dr. Davies won the National Athletic Trainers' Association President's Challenge Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sports Medicine in 2007. He was the recipient of the Lifetime Education Achievement Award by the SPTS in 2013. Dr. Davies was also honored as the first non-Orthopaedic Surgeon to be elected into the AOSSM – Hall of Fame.
He has authored numerous textbooks, book chapters, journal articles and presentations. Dr. Davies worked at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City in the sports medicine polyclinic, as well as several venue sites as the field of play athletic trainer. The United States Olympic committees (USOC) Sports Medicine Division and Sports Medicine Advisory Committee selected him as a member of the USA Medical Staff for the 2008 Olympic/Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Bradley L. Fowler, MD

Bradley L. Fowler, MD

Medical Director

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Paul Reuteman, DPT, MS, OCS, ATC

Paul Reuteman

Teaching Coordinator-PT, UW-La Crosse

Dr. Reuteman is a clinical professor in the Program of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. His primary teaching responsibilities include musculoskeletal examination and intervention principles, clinical decision-making and clinical radiology. He maintains an active clinical practice affiliated with Riverside Corporate Wellness in La Crosse. Dr. Reuteman is the co-founder of Specialized Physical Therapy Education and is the program director and instructor of their Orthopedic Residency Program. He also serves as faculty of Gundersen Health System Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program in Onalaska. His credentials include being a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist from the ABPTS, and he is credentialed through the McKenzie Institute and is a board-certified athletic trainer from the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Dr. Reuteman recently received the College of Health Sciences Professional Achievement Award from Marquette University and is a two-time recipient of the Sports Medicine Teacher of the Year by the Gundersen Medical Foundation.

Meet our current residents   Advice from former residents

Program Faculty

  • Geoffrey Betz, PT, DPT, OCS
    University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (DPT)
    Foothills Sports Medicine Residency, Phoenix, AZ
    Staff Physical Therapist
  • Kristen F. Brinks, PT, DPT, LAT, TPI-CGFP
    University of Indianapolis (DPT)
    Staff Physical Therapist
  • Becky L. Heinert, PT, MS, SCS
    University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (MS)
    Staff Physical Therapist, Winona, MN
  • Pamela Johnson-Stuhr, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS
    University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (MS)
    Clinical Manager
  • Brehn Pagel, PT, DPT, SCS
    University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (DPT)
    Fairview Health System Sports Physical Therapy Residency, Minneapolis, MN
    Staff Physical Therapist
  • Scott Straker, PT, MS, SCS, ATC
    University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (PT)
    Staff Physical Therapist
  • Samuel Wenzlaff, PT, DPT, CSCS
    University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX (DPT)
    Gundersen Sports Physical Therapy Residency
    Staff Physical Therapist
  • Sadie Zebell, PT, DPT, ATC
    Regis University, Denver, CO (DPT)
    Staff Physical Therapist
  • Dustin Billups, MS, PES, LAT/ATC
    University of Toledo (MS)
    Athletic Trainer
  • Joseph La Mere MS, ATC, PES
    Illinois State University (MS)
    Supervisor, Athletic Training Outreach Program
  • Megan Richason, MS, LAT, ATC, CES
    Ohio University (MS)
    Athletic Trainer

Medical Staff

  • Brad Fowler, MD
  • Justin Mitchell, MD
  • Scott Escher, MD
  • Erin Maslowski, MD
  • Mike McCormick, PA-C
  • Mike Luter, PA-C
  • Korey Jaminski, PA-C
  • Laura Koerner, ATC, LAT, PA-C

Research Consultant

  • Thomas W. Kernozek, PhD, FACSM
    Professor, Biomechanics of Human Movement, Research Methods and Statistics, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
    Founder and Director, La Crosse Institute for Movement Science (LIMS)
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