Jeffrey J. Zimmerman - PT DPT, MPT, MS, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Mr. Zimmerman, owner and physical therapist was the first board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) in the state of Nebraska who is also an Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) (8 years prior to any other physical therapist in Nebraska). He earned his specialization in orthopedic physical therapy in 2003 and has a special interest in back injuries, shoulder rehabilitation, and throwing athletes. With over 25 years of treating and rehabilitating patients under his belt, he has some of the most extensive training and experience of any physical therapist in the state of Nebraska and is an authority in sports physical therapy. He has been getting professional, college and high school athletes back on the field with great success since 1990.
Mr. Zimmerman earned his BS and MS in Athletic Training/Exercise Science at the University of Iowa. He received his Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) from St. Ambrose University in 1996 and Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2012. He became a certified athletic trainer (ATC) in 1991 and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in 2001. He has had the pleasure of teaching students, athletic trainers and other physical therapists since 1993.
Jodi R. Reerink - PT BS, PRC
Ms. Reerink is an energetic and resourceful physical therapist with over 30 years of extensive and diverse experience in multiple clinical settings. She demonstrates clinical excellence and enjoys the challenges of treating the complex pain patterns of the neck, back, and pelvic floor as well as unraveling the diverse intricacies of multiple-diagnosis orthopedic patients by influencing the associated postural asymmetries and patterns that develop throughout our lives. She is passionate about providing excellence and compassion in the care of her patients.
Ms. Reerink earned her physical therapy degree in 1986 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Striving for ongoing growth and clinical distinction, Jodi completed the Postural Restoration Certification (PRC) process in 2010 from the Postural Restoration Institute. Passionate about education, she has created effective training and educational programs for on-site staff and within the community at businesses, schools, universities and seminars. She has served past appointments as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Division of Physical Therapy Education, Omaha, NE and the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, Des Moines, IA.
Kevin Robinson - PT DPT
Kevin is a native of Lincoln, NE. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1999 with a B.S. in Biology and was a member of the Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. He went on to earn his Masters, with High Distinction, and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Kevin and his wife Kim spent the majority of their time between 2006 and 2017, working as contract physical therapists travelling around the country.
Kevin comes to Specialized Physical Therapy with extensive expertise in treatment of various orthopedic/musculoskeletal conditions spanning all joints. His areas of clinical interest include treatment of the spine, with special attention to the lower back and neck. Kevin is currently pursuing certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. This is a unique approach to assessment and treatment of orthopedic/musculoskeletal conditions for specific, efficient, and effective management. Kevin’s treatment philosophy is one that encourages active patient participation, incorporating education with a focus on teaching self-treatment strategies for lifelong health and wellness.
Kevin is extremely passionate about endurance sports and thus has a special interest in working with endurance sports athletes. Kevin brings with him a strong background in distance running and long distance triathlon. Kevin has run many marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and has completed several Ironman and Half-Ironman distance triathlons in his career. He welcomes the challenge that endurance sports bring, physically and mentally, and understands the rigors and problems these athletes face in training and competition.
Carol Rosenau - PT BS
Carol joins our team with more than 30 years’ experience dealing with a variety of musculo-skeletal conditions, including 15 years as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Her focus since 2001 is Postural Restoration (PRI), a physical therapy approach that seeks to uncover and correct the underlying causes of spine, joint and muscle pain. It is a promising approach especially for people with a long history of pain and multiple areas of difficulty, and she has had success achieving relief and improvement after other treatment methods have had only partial or temporary success. Carol has a heartfelt desire to help hurting people and is an ardent supporter of holistic care – respecting the interconnections of body, mind and spirit.
Carol’s BS in physical therapy is from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1986. Having spent most of her career in rural Nebraska, she has experience in treating a variety of conditions, from sports injuries to industrial conditions to geriatric impairments. She has special training and interest in disorders of the foot – the bio-mechanical wonder that has fascinated her for years.
From personal experience, Carol understands that recovering from an injury or a prolonged painful condition requires skilled and determined care as well as encouraging support – which she is delighted to provide for clients. Her favorite pastimes include music, hiking, gardening and exploring the great outdoors.
Kenny Patterson - PT MPT
Specialized Physical Therapy Welcomes Kenny Patterson to our team! Kenny joins us as a seasoned veteran in sports PT, bringing the experience of 18 plus years in professional baseball at the major and minor league levels. After graduating from UNMC with his master of physical therapy degree in 1993, Kenny logged 5 years as a rehab consultant for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club, another 5 years as the sports medicine coordinator at Creighton University Medical Center, and then served as the rehab coordinator and physical therapist for the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix, AZ until 2012.
Kenny is pleased to be back in the Midwest now with his family. They love spending time outdoors, and in his spare time Kenny enjoys coaching his kids’ youth sports teams.
Kenny is manning our newest SPT location inside Ultimate Baseball Academy (UBA) at 120th & I Street. This location is a full-service orthopedic physical therapy clinic and is now open for business!
Mike 'Sal' Salerno - PT BS, MA
Mike "Sal" Salerno, PT, MA, has an advanced degree in exercise physiology, along with over 30 years experience as an orthopedic physical therapist. He has a special interest in orthopedic rehabilitation for athletic and industrial injuries. He is a certified instructor in Sportsmetrics ACL prevention program from the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center. His philosophy on patient care is exercise based with emphasis on educating the patient for long-term success and management. "Making a positive impact on someone's life and functional abilities is my primary goal".
We are excited to have Sal heading up our new Pacific Street location, which made its debut in the Specialized Physical Therapy family in December of 2014.
Michele Jarzynka - OT OTR/L, CHT
Michele joins our group with over 27 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist treating hands in a variety of settings. As a Certified Hand Therapist, she is qualified to handle all arm and hand rehabilitation needs including: tendon repairs, fractures, neuropathy, arthritis, sprains, and creating custom splints.
Michele provides care at our Pacific Village location: 7611 Pacific Street. If you need hand therapy in Omaha and would like to make an appointment with Michele, please call:
Brad Walchek - PTA Physical Therapist Assistant
Mr. Walchek earned his BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Wayne State College in 2001. He initially began his career as a financial advisor and a personal banker. Brad continued to have a strong desire to help others and wanted to focus his attention in the health care field. He then returned for further education to earn his Associates Degree in Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant. He graduated from Northeast Community College in 2011.
Brad has worked in cutting edge clinics with extensive experience on the Alter-G Treadmill and special interests in orthopedics and sports medicine. He is currently pursuing advanced certifications in strength and conditioning, postural restoration, and a clinical instructor education and credentialing program. He is a native of Nebraska and has recently returned to the state to practice after gaining valuable experience in New Orleans.
Zach Herr - PTA Physical Therapist Assistant
Zach Herr, PTA joins our team with a background in baseball. Zach grew up right here in Omaha, NE, where he pitched at Skutt Catholic High School and then at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The San Diego Padres drafted Zach in the 38th round of the 2008 MLB draft. During his baseball career he experienced many injuries of his own, which is where his interest and love for physical therapy began. He graduated from Clarkson College in 2016 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant. He has a special interest in working with sports injuries and injury prevention. He desires to continue his education in sport rehabilitation and obtain his Certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).