Jeffrey J. Zimmerman - PT DPT, MPT, MS, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Dr. 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 (OCS) 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 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. Dr. 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.
On a more personal note, Dr. Zimmerman has experience, not only as a physical therapist, but also as a parent dealing with the pressure and stressors (along with the fun!) of being a working parent with active children. He is the proud father of four children who have all been very active in sports, and who, unfortunately have experienced some injuries along the way, the most significant of which required an ACL/knee reconstruction surgery and another that required an ankle reconstruction surgery. These personal experiences have provided him with a unique perspective and a healthy appreciation for the challenges of dealing with an injured child whose identity revolves being an active athlete. Having been down this road himself, he understands the emotional impact of having an injured child, and is able to take into consideration the stress of dealing with coaches and the demands of balancing practice, school and injury rehabilitation.
In his personal time, Dr. Zimmerman enjoys watching his kids compete/perform in all their various activities, which have ranged from soccer and football to music and robotics competitions. Outside of spending time with family, he also enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, and cooking (especially on the grill).
He is clearly driven as a lifelong learner, and this, of course, has steadily built his clinical expertise over the years. Most importantly though, he executes his trade with the highest regard for his patients’ own goals. With this in mind, he customizes each patient’s care to meet their individual needs. His guiding principal has always been (and always will be) to treat his clients like he would treat a member of his own family.
Jodi R. Reerink - PT BS, PRC
Jodi is an energetic and dedicated physical therapist with over 32 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, shoulders, hips and pelvis. She is adept at unraveling the diverse intricacies of multiple-diagnosis orthopedic patients by influencing the associated postural asymmetries and patterns that develop throughout our lives. The passion that Jodi exudes when treating patients is clearly evident. She uses every approach possible to help her patients succeed in their therapy.
Ms. Reerink earned her physical therapy degree in 1986 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Jodi went on to complete the Postural Restoration Certification (PRC) process in 2010 from the Postural Restoration Institute. To date, there are only 174 practitioners in the world. Jodi is the only female in the city of Omaha with this advanced qualification.
Striving for ongoing growth and clinical distinction, Jodi continues to be a lifelong learner and educator. She has created effective training and educational programs for on-site staff at local hospitals and agencies. She has also been recognized as an expert in the community, lecturing at business, schools, universities and professional 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.
Jodi was recently awarded with the honor of being named the top female physical therapist in the city of Omaha by threebestrated.com. This website uses a “50-point inspection that includes everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust and cost”. Her compassion and reassurance help her patients persevere and succeed through their efforts in the rehab process. It is this calming demeanor that is one of the many reasons why she was given this honor.
Being a cancer survivor, Jodi has a zest for life. She enjoys camping, sewing, scuba diving, dancing and spending time with her family and friends. She participates in numerous volunteer activities including being a seamstress for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corp out of Dubuque, IA, teaching bible studies, lecturing for her church's Women's Retreat, being an adult sponsor for her church's summer youth mission trips, and helping out with Nebraska Miss Amazing and All-Play Miracle Baseball League.
Kevin Robinson - PT DPT, MDT
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 traveling 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 one of only five licensed physical therapists in the city of Omaha who are Certified McKenzie Specialists (MDT) by The McKenzie Institute. 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. He brings with him a strong background in distance running and long distance triathlons. 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.
Kevin and his wife Kim have one son, Knox. In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, running, biking, hiking, listening to music, and dabbling in photography.
Brad Walchek - PTA Physical Therapist Assistant
Brad 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.
He 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, Titleist performance certifications, as well as clinical instructor education and credentialing programs. He is a native of Nebraska and practiced in New Orleans after graduating from PTA school before returning home to be closer to family.
Tom Gunsolley - PTA Physical Therapist Assistant
Tom has grown up most of his life in Nebraska. His passion for wrestling and football in his teenage years led to an interest in human anatomy and kinesiology. Tom graduated with an associates degree in science and earned his PTA license in 2003. For the past 16 years, Tom has been working to provide the best quality care to all of his patients.
Since the beginning of his career as a PTA, Tom has been interested in learning more about the compensation patterns that often result from and persist after injuries. Since discovering and learning more about postural restoration in 2012, he has been able to incorporate that interest into his practice.
Tom is pleased with the opportunity to be a part of, and to contribute to, the Specialized Physical Therapy team. In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys fishing, playing guitar and piano, and cheering for the Huskers. GO BIG RED!
Michael 'Sal' Salerno - PT BS, MA, FSOAE
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. Salerno is also currently the only therapist in the state of Nebraska that is certified to perform the Adult Functional Independence Test (AFIT). 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.
Tricia Arant - PTA Physical Therapist Assistant
Tricia Arant, PTA joined us in August of 2018 and is excited to be a part of the Specialized Physical Therapy team. Tricia grew up as a constantly moving military kid, but has lived her adult life in Omaha. She attended UNO and started her career managing her husband’s contracting business. As a former gymnast, a sports injury and subsequent physical therapy sparked her interest in the field. After raising four daughters, Tricia returned to school, attending Clarkson College to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in 2017. She enjoys staying active and has a special interest in helping others achieve and maintain their own healthy and active lifestyles. She is pleased to be able to provide outstanding treatment and personalized care at Specialized PT to promote lifelong health and well-being.
Blake Jeffres - PT DPT
Originally from Burwell, NE. Blake brings a fresh mind into the fold here at Specialized Physical Therapy. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Nutrition, Health and Exercise Science. Blake then went on to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center as a Regent Scholar to obtain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy graduating in May of 2020. Blake decided to pursue physical therapy because he grew up on a farm and got to fix things and be hands on. His primary treatment interests include orthopedic rehab as well as return to sports. His treatment strategy is to work with patients to perform a thorough exam to discover the source of the problem, and then build a treatment plan around the patient’s goals. When you don’t see Blake in the clinic, you can find him out golfing, boating, meeting up with friends, and cooking! Blake will be splitting his time between our Maple and UBA clinics.