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 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
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
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 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. 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 a one year old son, Knox. In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, running, biking, hiking, listening to music, and dabbling in photography.
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.
Justin Blatchford - PT DPT
Justin grew up in Ponca, NE where he played four sports including football, basketball, baseball, and golf. He attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln as a student-athlete receiving his bachelors in Exercise Science in 2013. Justin was a four time letter winner and a Blackshirt for Nebraska’s football team from 2008-2012. He then went on to get his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Briar Cliff University graduating in May of 2018 as well as receiving his Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (CSCS).
During Justin’s time at UNL as a student athlete he persevered through numerous injuries including an extensive knee injury after his second year on campus. His mission is to guide people to their goals and aspirations by providing high value rehab services through his personal experience, clinical knowledge, and evidence based practice. Justin’s areas of interest include getting athletes back to sport safer and more optimally prepared for the rigors of the game. He also relishes the opportunity to empower adults to improve their quality of life with overall health and wellness by facilitating their ability to adapt. Ultimately, he wants to serve his patients by helping them feel more confident and ready to handle anything that comes their way in life and be more prepared than the first day they arrived to the clinic.
With his background in strength and conditioning as well as his knowledge and expertise in rehab, Justin will head up the sports performance within Specialized Physical Therapy. His plan is to reduce the risk for injury in athletes so they can stay on the field of play longer and have better performance with long term development.
Justin and his wife Paige love to travel, hangout with their cats (Gilbert and Grace), and find hole in the wall restaurants. They love traveling and have gone as far as South Africa. They also enjoy visiting national parks and taking road trips to sporting events including football games and major golf tournaments. If you like to talk sports, especially the Green Bay Packers, Husker Athletics, and Golf, Justin's your guy. Justin does not listen to a lot of music but does enjoy podcasts and sports talk radio.
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.
Michael '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 boasts over 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:
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.
Kenny Patterson - PT MPT
Specialized Physical Therapy welcomes Kenny Patterson, PT 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 7 years as a rehab consultant for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club, another 2 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 Baseball Club in Phoenix, AZ for 9 years.
Kenny is married to Stephanie Patterson and they have three children: Caleb, Lyric, and Nolan. They love spending time outdoors, and in his spare time Kenny enjoys coaching his kids’ youth sports teams.
Kenny is manning our SPT location inside the Ultimate Baseball Academy (UBA) at 120th & I Street. This location is a full-service orthopedic physical therapy clinic.