About Us

Hands on Physical Therapy

Hands On Physical Therapy has been providing individualized, comprehensive, hands-on Physical Therapy in Bend for over a decade.  From the sports related injury, to the motor vehicle accident to the pain that occurred without a specific cause, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals and reach a better state of Wellness/fitness.

Meet Our Physical Therapists

Stephen M. Leary, PT

Degree:  Bachelors of Science, Physical Therapy | Bachelors of Science, Psychology

College Attended: California State University at Long Beach

Year Graduated: 1992

Certifications: SASTM, Total Motion Release,  Applied Functional Science through the Grey Institute

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Postural Restoration Institute:  Postural Respiration

Rib Cage and the thoracic out

The Relationship between Concussions and Vestibular Dysfunction

Gray Institute Certification in Applied Functional Science

Total Motion Release Levels 1,2 & 3

Upledger Institute CranioSacral Levels I & II

Current concepts for the Foot and Ankle

Sports-Related Shoulder Injury Management

Spinning Beyond Basics: Advanced Vestibular

Pain Management for Physical Therapists

Sports-Related Shoulder Injury Management

The Running course Biomechanics, Analysis, Training and Rehabilitation

The Running Course through North American Seminars

Kinesio Taping levels 1,2, 3 and 4

Spinning Out of Control – Vestibular 

Video Analysis of Golf Biomechanics

Mulligan Approach to Golfing Mechanics

Injuries of the Throwing Athlete

When the Foot Hits the Ground Everything Changes

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Weight Bearing and Non-Weight Bearing Foot

Jones Institute Counter Strain Levels 1, 2 & 3

McConnell Approach to the Problem Shoulder

Headaches and the Upper Cervical Spine

Locomotor Biomechanics and Applied Orthotic Therapy

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: The Cervical Spine

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Evaluation and Treatment of Headache Disorders

Strain Counter Strain through the Jones Institute:  Levels 1, 2 and 3

Gray Institute Functional Video Digest Series & Chain Reaction 

Gray Institute Chain Reaction & Chain Reaction Explosion

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Dynamic Stability and Muscle Balance of the SI joint

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: A muscle Balance Approach for Trunk Stability/back pain

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Muscle Energy Techniques of the Thoracic Spine and ribs

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Multisystem Approach to the Ribs

Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Vestibular Dysfunction

Mulligan Concepts Upper and lower quadrants

NAIOMT :  Differential Diagnosis, Level I,II, and III of the Upper and Lower Quadrants & Level IV Lower Quadrant

McKenzie Institute Parts A & B

Muscle Energy Techniques for the Pelvis, Sacrum, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

Rocabado Evaluation and Treatment of TMJ

David Butler’s Neurodynamics Levels I & II

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

There could be no better fit in careers than Physical Therapy for Steve.  He chooses to spend portions of his free time furthering his education and interest in biomechanics and how the sum of the parts is much greater than the whole – thus, furthering his belief in the importance in treating the whole body versus the isolated portion of the body, an individual may have a complaint about.  Steve’s strong background in manual therapy, movement and biomechanics play into his strong belief that you must restore normal or at least functional mechanics of the affected joint and those muscles and joints surrounding the affected joint before you can functionally begin strengthening that affected area. He is genuinely invested and cares for every patient he takes on.

What Fills His Soul When Not at Work:

There is nothing more important in Steve’s life than his incredible wife and his amazing 3 children.  Like many Bend-ite’s, Steve loves the wonderful piece of the country we live in – he enjoys hiking, Stand Up Paddling, camping, spending time on the ski hill, meditating and playing his guitar.

Lisa Kennedy-Leary, PT

Degree:  Bachelors of Science  in Physical Therapy

College Attended: California State University of Long Beach

Year Graduated: 1991

Certifications in:  Schroth Method for Scoliosis, (C1 and C2), Pilates, SASTM,  Applied Functional Science through the Grey Institute

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Postural Restoration Institute:  Postural Respiration

Certified in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute

First level Scientific Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS Method)

Functional Movement Techniques Series

Certified in Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM)

Certified in the Schroth Scoliosis Rehab Training through BSPTS initial and advanced training

Postural Restoration: Myokinematic Restoration

Current concepts for the Foot and Ankle

Sports-Related Shoulder Injury Management

Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement system Impairment syndromes

Pain Management in Healthcare

The Running course Biomechanics, Analysis, Training and Rehabilitation

Balanced Body Exo Chair

The Running Course through North American Seminars

Current Concepts in Wound Healing

Kinestiotaping for the Upper and Lower Extremities

Integrating Kinesiotaping to Achieve Positive Outcomes Quicker

Polestar Pilates Certification Program for Rehab Professionals

Headaches and the Upper Cervical Spine

Locomotor Biomechanics and Applied Orthotic Therapy

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: The Cervical Spine

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Evaluation and Treatment of Headache Disorders

Strain Counter Strain through the Jones Institute:  Levels 1, 2 and 3

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Dynamic Stability and Muscle Balance of the SI joint

Introduction to Hand Therapy

Mulligan Concepts of the upper and lower quadrant

McConnell Approach to the Lower Extremity and to the Problem Shoulder

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: A muscle Balance Approach for Trunk Stability/back pain

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado: Muscle Energy Techniques of the Thoracic Spine and ribs

Manual Therapy Seminars of Colorado:  Multisystem Approach to the Ribs

Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Vestibular Dysfunction

Certified as an Aquatics Fitness Instructor

NAIOMT :  Differential Diagnosis, Level I,II, and III of the Upper and Lower Quadrants

Functional Relationships of the Lower Half

Maitland Australian Spinal Workshop

Muscle Energy Techniques for the Pelvis, Sacrum, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

Richard Jacksons Muscle Energy Techniques for the pelvis

An Integrative Approach to the Examination and Rehabilitation of the Shoulder

Synthesized Gait Restoration Training for the Spinal Cord Injured

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Lisa could not have selected a more suitable career.  She absolutely loves being a Physical Therapist and finds much fulfillment working with and helping others reach their goals.  Lisa utilizes a comprehensive hands-on treatment approach that draws from many years of clinical experience, including numerous advanced training courses in manual therapy, functional exercise, pilates, and scoliosis.  Incorporating a detail oriented, problem solving approach, she addresses the cause of the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms.  She works closely with each patient to establish an exercise and treatment program that is both effective and motivating.  This all-inclusive approach helps to ensure the best possible outcome for each of her patients.  Lisa constantly is striving to learn new techniques and  research to help her patients thrive.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

Lisa believes “Life is what you make it”  and therefore strives to embrace life to it’s fullest.

Every day Lisa is grateful for her supportive and loving husband and 3 children.  She loves the outdoors and is most happiest when she is with her family and miniature golden doodle taking in the beauty of her surroundings either on ski’s, mountain bike, paddle board or feet. 

Jennifer Wardyga, PT, DPT, RYT

Degree: Bachelors of Science in Health and Exercise Sciences; Doctorate of Physical Therapy

College Attended: Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY); Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

Year Graduated: 2017

Certifications: C1 Schroth Method Certification-Barcelona School of Physical Therapy

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Advanced education in Sports Physical Therapy

Advanced education in Treating the Endurance Athlete (Swimming, cycling, running)

Advanced education and research in the Relationship Between Psychological/Emotional State and    Injury Risk/Physical Recovery Success

Understanding and Treating the Female Athlete: Boston Children’s Hospital

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200)

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Jen has a passion for physical therapy focused on maintenance (and most importantly) risk reduction of pain and injury in the orthopedic and sports medicine population.  Having a biomechanical mindset and problem-solving approach, Jen approaches all injuries with a total-body and total-person mindset.  She recognizes that humans are more than their physical impairments  and has completed extensive research about the importance of recognizing/addressing emotional and psychological state in the presence of physical pain.  Having played varsity soccer as a collegiate student-athlete, Jen loves working with active individuals of all ages—adults and youth alike.  Additionally, she has experience with adult and pediatric sports medicine in both aesthetic and ball sports of all skill levels.  Given her own experience recovering from many sports-related injuries, Jen strives to help her patients return to the activities they love so that they can live a fulfilled life.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

Outside of clinical practice, Jen loves to help others gain improved body awareness and mindfulness as a yoga teacher.  When she is not teaching, she is a student on her own mat.  And when she’s not on her mat, she loves spending as much time as possible outdoors while running, cycling, hiking, and enjoying the sun!

Cathey Kahlie, MS PT

Degree: Bachelors in Biology & Masters in Physical Therapy

College Attended:  Pacific University

Year graduated:  1992

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Certifications: Certified Pilates Instructor through the Physical Mind Institute

Advanced Coursework:

  • Upledger Cranial Sacral Levels 1 and 2
  • Advanced Concepts of the Foot and Ankle through Ola Grimsby and
  • When the Foot Hits the Ground
  • Multiple Advanced Orthopedic Courses in the Knee, hip and Shoulder
  • Advanced biomechanics of the Sacral Iliac Joint, Spine and hip through
  • Diane Lee
  • Brian Mulligans Concepts for the Lower Extremity
  • Strain Counter Strain through the Jones Institute
  • NAIOMT Level 1-4 for the Upper and Lower Extremities and Spine
  • Muscle Energy Techniques for the spine and pelvis
  • Maitland Spinal Training
  • McConnell Taping
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Functional Strength Training
  • Aquatic Exercise and Watsu

Experience:
Cathey has spent 28 years as an Outpatient Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Physical Therapist. Using an eclectic blend of many manual therapy techniques she has learned throughout her career; she is able to draw from a multitude of “tools” when she treats her patient. She combines her vast experience in
manual techniques with her experience in functional exercise to achieve successful outcomes for her patients.

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Special Interests: Cathey personally practices Pilates and Yoga. Her first-hand experience of the benefits of these two exercise methods allows her to be more effective when she incorporates these exercise methods into treatment with her patients.

Cathey loves combining old and new techniques such as qua sha and cupping. Appreciating the evolution of Orthopedics, she remains eager and open to further her knowledge and expansion of her own techniques.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

What Fills Her Soul When not at Work:
Cathey is passionate about International Travel.
Additionally, Cathey loves to spend time enjoying the many recreational activities Central Oregon has to offer. Depending on the season, she can be found cycling, hiking, paddle boarding, alpine and Nordic skiing, and walking her energetic Jack Russell Terrier named Coco.

Meet Our Physical Therapist Assistants

Stacee Wells, PTA

Degree:  Physical Therapist Assistant, Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sports Science

College Attended:  Mt Hood Community College, Oregon State University

Year Graduated:  2015 (PTA), 2012 (BS)

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome,

The Running Athlete

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

As a self-proclaimed “exercise junkie”, my special interests lie within anything to do with exercise and sports.  I especially enjoy treating for activity-specific injuries related to running activities and performing video analysis for running biomechanics.

Most of my Physical Therapy experience is in the Manual Orthopedic setting, where I have developed an expertise in advanced joint mobilizations and muscle energy techniques.  I also have experience with Triplane Movement exercises and currently offer a weekly exercise class for dynamic stretching and strengthening.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

Trail running with my black lab newfy Gabby, hiking, soccer, reading a good book, eating chocolate.

Anna Spengler, PTA, LMT

Degree: PTA license, LMT license,  B.A. degree

College Attended: Green River College; Northwest School of Massage; Vitality Pilates; Western Washington University

Year Graduated: PTA 2017; Pilates certificate 2015; LMT 2014; B.A. 2004

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Certifications:

Certified in Pilates, Mana Lomi massage and Chinese acupressure

Advanced education:

Principles of Lower Quadrant Manual Therapy

Principles of Upper Quadrant Manual Therapy

Muscle specific deep tissue technique for posterior, lateral and anterior neck

Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Addressing shoulder and upper thoracic

Theraband Kinesiology tape: Basic Application of lower quadrant

Theraband Kinesiology tape: Basic Application of upper quadrant

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

I love working in the field of physical therapy because as a team we not only treat a patient’s injury; we treat the whole person.

I personally enjoy combining my skills as a Physical Therapist Assistant with my therapeutic massage background to relieve myofascial pain, break up adhesions, and work on a specific problem. In addition, I enjoy utilizing my Pilates background to help patients develop conscious body movement and breathing that they can practice in their everyday life.

What Fills Her Soul When Not at Work:

Snowboarding, cycling, music and travel.

Meet Our Pilates Instructor

Dave Zimmerman

Degree: BS in Exercise Science 

College Attended:  Michigan State University

Year graduated:  1992

Advanced Coursework, Training and Certifications:

Certifications:  Pilates (PhysicalMind Institute), Power Pacing(cycling), ViPR Movement Training, Certified Pilates Instructor  1997, Personal Trainer since 1996

Advanced education:  Extensive Coursework in Joint Anatomy and Therapeutic Exercise; T’ai Chi Ch’aun and Chi Kung(starting in ‘92); Cancer Wellness; Complementary Care; former Certified Snowboard Instructor

Special Interests In Physical Therapy:

Dave has been teaching Pilates for over 20 years.  He spent 10 years teaching  in Minnesota before moving to Bend in 2007.  He has been teaching at Hands On Physical Therapy since that time.  Dave remembers being  immediately taken with Pilates; the combination of healthy movement, the spirit of play, the aesthetic  beauty, and the development of awareness.  He finds it a joy and honor to be able to work with his clients helping them become more Physically fit, and continuing on with or returning to lifelong activities that they might not have been able to do prior to practicing Pilates.

What Fills His Soul When Not at Work:

Dave spends a lot of time outdoors, especially with his dogs: Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Camping and hiking.  Dave is also a big fan of Dual Sport Motorcycles, books(mostly Audible these days) and  Modern Board Games.

Meet Our Office Staff

Mary McMillan

Our Billing Specialist 

Molly Crawley

Our Patient Care Coordinator

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