The Choice For Physical Therapy in Central Wisconsin
Specializing in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Sport & Spine Physical Therapy is an outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation practice that specializes in orthopedic and sports injuries. Founded in 1988, our excellence in treatment and communication with physicians has allowed us to grow into the 7 locations we have today.
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care in a friendly and encouraging environment. In each of our clinics we offer a team approach so you can receive the best treatment possible. Our team-mates consist of licensed Physical & Occupational Therapists, Certified Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapy Assistants.
We understand many patients have a need for braces and splints. Therefore, we have a DME license. This allows us to create custom or use off the shelf braces and foot orthotics for a complete recovery.
We enjoy being an active part in our community. Sport & Spine has provided physical therapy services to local high schools for the past 20 years. We are also associated with other physical therapy practices in the surrounding areas including: Merrill, Auburndale, Medford and Wittenberg.
We accept most insurance including Medicare and Worker’s Comp.
Sport & Spine Physical Therapy Services
Joining together to bring you the best care in Central and Northern Wisconsin We offer a variety of programs and amenities. We provide initial evaluations within 24- 48 hours with flexible scheduling. Our Licensed therapists create personalized care with treatment tailored for each patient. Along with convenient locations, we provide easy access and parking at our facilities.
Our Directors and Specialists
Andrew Davis, MSPT, LAT, Clinic DirectorPhysical Therapist, Licensed Athletic TrainerAndrew holds a Bachelor's in Exercise Sport Science - Athletic Training from UW - La Crosse. He continued his education and earned his Masters in Physical Therapy from the same university in 2000. Andrew enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine patients. He is the Leaf Pile Run Race Director, the Runner’s Clinic Coordinator for Sport & Spine, and is also the Clinical Coordinator for college internships.
Outside of WorkAndrew enjoys running races of varying distances from 5k to half marathons not only to challenge himself but also to run with and meet new people. He also enjoys photography and being out in nature. Spending time with his family is also a highlight whether it be at one of the kids’ activities, going to the beach, or relaxing at home. Andrew also enjoys watching and going to Badger athletic events in his hometown of Madison.
Areas of Interest:Running & Gait Mechanics, Athletic Training, Sports Medicine, TMJ Rehab, Vestibular Rehab
Bart Hebert PT Clinic Director
Education & Certifications:
- UW-Madison - BS in PT, 1984
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 1996
- Orthopedic Certified Specialist, 1999
- ASTYM System, 2005
- Active Release Techniques (ART), 2006
Areas of Interest:I have a strong interest in the treatment of all orthopedic related issues with manual therapy techniques and well designed individual exercise programs. Staying active in all phases of life is very important. Helping people to be active, recover function, and lead independent lives is professionally very satisfying.
Outside Interests:I enjoy biking, hiking, skiing, and any activity that involves outdoor recreation. My wife Mary and I enjoy travel and spending time with our three grown children, extended family, and good friends.
Eric Hall, DPT Clinic Director
- Education & Certifications:
- Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science 2011
- Doctor of physical therapy 2013
- Trigger Point Dry Needling
- Sports Medicine
- Balance/Fall prevention
- Parkinson’s Disease Management
- Dry Needling
- Vestibular Rehab
- Chronic Pain
Outside Interests:Eric lives in Weston with his wife Ann, who is also a physical therapist, and two boys Leo and Owen. They enjoy the Wausau area and all of the outdoor activities it offers. Eric is an avid football and Packer fan and was a football player all through his college career. He and his wife enjoy watching the Packer games together. He is also an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting and fishing. His favorite time of year is fall when both football and archery seasons begin.
Jeremy Sherman, PT, Director
About Jeremy:Jeremy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2005, then continued his education by earning his Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008
Jeremy’s Services Include:
- Orthopedic care
- Spine disorders
- Post-surgical care
- Sports medicine
- Workers compensation/ rehabilitation
- Trigger point dry needling
- Balance/ fall prevention
- Concussion management
- Sports medicine coverage for Edgar High School
Areas of Interest:
- Sports medicine and performance
- Concussion management
- Throwing injuries and management
Fun Facts:In his youth, Jeremy played collegiate baseball. Now he enjoys spending time with his family and chasing around his two children, Crew and Ivie. He also enjoys deer hunting, adventure racing, the Packers and Badgers, and challenging workouts.
Luke Wirkus, DPT, Clinic Director
Specializing in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Bachelors in Kinesiology with an emphasis in strength and conditioning (UW Oshkosh, 2011)
- Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Concordia University, 2015)
- Residency of Physical Therapy (Concordia University, 2016)
Areas of Interest:
- Sports injuries and performance
- Orthopedic injuries
- Back pain (cervical and lumbar)
Fun FactsLuke enjoys spending time with his wife and kids at their cabin in Tomahawk. He enjoys carpentry and currently completed a fixer-upper. He spends a lot of time outdoors fishing and hunting.
Stephen J. Vandenberg, MPT, Clinic Director
Education & Certifications:
- Hope College 1995 - Kinesiology and Biology
- Northwestern University 1997 - Masters in PT
- Graston technique
- Dry Needling
Areas of Interest:One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is that I have the opportunity to treat a wide variety of patients and build relationships with them as individuals. It is incredibly rewarding to rehab patients varying from high-performance athletes, to the post-operative weekend warrior, individuals with chronic pain and the older population with degenerative changes. Helping others restore their function and independence, as well as maximizing their potential is a tremendous blessing to me.
Outside of Work:I love to spend my time outside of work with my wife and our 4 children. We enjoy hiking, skiing, road trips, music, deep conversations, serving together and hanging out with our friends and family. I am actively involved in leadership at our church and have a passion for working with the youth there. I enjoy filling the rest of my free time with cycling, weight training, running and reading.
- McKenzie Trained
- Chronic Pain Mgmt
- TMJ / TMD
- Concussion Mgmt
- Balance & Fall Prevention
- Exercise Programs
- Sports Performance Geriatric Rehab
- Workers’ Comp
- Vestibular Rehab -Vertigo
- Post-Op Rehab
Steve Straub, PT, CSCS Clinic Director, Partner
About SteveSteve graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Steve is a strong believer in continuing education and has earned many additional certifications including: National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Academy Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Youth Exercise Specialist (YES), Certified Applied Functional Science (CAFS), and 3D Movement Analysis Performance System (3D MAPS).
Areas of Interest
- Sports performance
- Return to work testing
- Work hardening and conditioning
- Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s)
Fun FactsOutside of work, Steve enjoys lifting weights, fishing, spending time up north with his family, and watching the Packers and Badgers.
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Yes. The choice of where you receive therapy is always yours. While the majority of our patients come to us by physician referral/recommendation, many clients request to see us due to our strong clinical reputation in the community.
We operate in a direct access state where, if your insurance plan authorizes self-referral to physical therapy, a physician referral is not necessary for you to be seen by a licensed therapist. Please check with your insurance though as many health insurance plans require a physician’s referral for therapy to be covered. We also offer treatments, services or products that do NOT require a referral and are available on a self-pay basis.
We participate in the majority of major health insurance plans including Medicare and Worker’s Compensation. Please contact us prior to your first visit to see if we participate with your specific health plan.
As a service to our patients, we will gladly file claims with your insurance company on your behalf. In order to appropriately submit these claims, we will need to obtain a copy of your insurance identification card to ensure that we have the necessary information.
Your therapist will conduct an evaluation of your condition lasting between 60-90 minutes. The evaluation is necessary to create a program designed specifically to address your needs for a maximum recovery.
– Referral slip from your medical doctor
– Your medical insurance card
– Your ID
– If you are getting therapy as a result of a worker’s compensation claim or an automobile accident, you will also need to bring your claim information, including claim number.
Please arrive 15 minutes early on your first visit to fill out any necessary paperwork.
We recommend comfortable clothing such as sweatpants or shorts, a T-shirt or tank-top and sneakers.
Each visit will last 60 – 90 minutes on average. Times vary due to the treatment and exercises being performed.
Please feel free to call your physical therapist if you ever have any questions regarding your treatment or your home exercises.
The regularity of your visits will be determined after your initial evaluation, but most patients have 3 visits each week scheduled.
Join Our Team!
Sport and Spine Clinic is a group of outpatient physical therapy clinics that have served central Wisconsin and the surrounding communities for over 30 years. Our clinics are committed to delivering the highest quality one-on-one care to our patients. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer care to our patients and referring providers from initial evaluation through complete recovery. Ideal candidates must be enthusiastic, have excellent interpersonal skills, and be willing to work in a team environment. If this opportunity is for you, please submit resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 715-359-2500.
Evaluates, performs, and documents treatment on various musculoskeletal injuries and post-operative conditions.
Provides sideline and school training room coverage for the evaluation of acute and subacute injuries. Assists with direct patient clinical care under the supervision of a physical therapist.
Administers physical therapy care as planned and directed by a physical therapist
Responsible for daily front desk tasks of a medical office including answering phones, patient registration, scheduling, insurance verification, and filing.
Responsible for the billing and collection of all patient accounts
Responsible for the promotion of the clinical practice to referring providers and the general public through various forms of media and face to face contact.
Assumes the administrative and clinical responsibilities for the planning, organizing, directing and evaluation of all clinical services rendered by an outpatient physical therapy clinic. In addition to seeing a full caseload of patients, additional duties will include: assisting with staff hiring, scheduling of staff and clinical hours, staff reviews, maintaining company compliance procedures, attending monthly meetings, and participating in company marketing.
Supervision and management of all front office staff and operations. Additional duties include staff hiring, scheduling, staff reviews, attending monthly meetings, and cooperation with clinic directors to maintain corporate compliance.
Great confidence in the therapist.
JB. Rib Mountain Location
I am going to miss therapy. It was a very good experience and I am going to miss everybody there.
This is my second “trip” and I’d make Sport and Spine my physical therapy clinic of choice. I have referred patients to Edgar due to the phenomenal care and staff.
Steve was an outstanding therapist in all the ways that were important to me. Very well qualified, compassionate, and persistent with attending to my PT. Also, fun and carefully listened. Loved the way Steve and my doctors worked together. Best medical.therapeutic experience I’ve had.
Very friendly staff – they care about the person. They work hard to ensure you are “fixed” and provide everything you need to go home and stay healthy.
The staff was extremely knowledgeable, very courteous, and they all had a great sense of humor. The receptionist always made you feel like she was welcoming you home when you walked in the door. Therapy was made to fun. I didn’t want my time to end!
In March I had a total knee replacement. Jeremy and Deb work as a great team. They kept me motivated so that I had full range of motion in 6 weeks. I actually looked forward to going to therapy because I felt a tremendous improvement after every session. I highly recommend the team of Jeremy & Deb to anyone needing therapy.
Eight months ago, I was in a work accident and broke and degloved my leg. With this, I lost a lot of tissue and all my muscle strength. Before the accident, I was a runner and I told my therapist I wanted to at least bike again. When June came along I was well over biking and made a goal to run the Athens 5K. As the summer moved on I started doing all the things I love to do like, tubing, water skiing, and bowling. I got to enjoy my summer more then what I thought I would back when I was in the hospital. By August, I was able to go back being on my Volunteer Fire Department in Athens. At the Athens 5K, I did way over my goal at 40 minutes and finished in 30 minutes and 15 seconds. I'm not done healing yet and can't wait to see how I will keep improving on my running.
Edgar Clinic location.
Picked you by reference. However, you did such a wonderful job. Will recommend you to everybody
My doctor recommended you, we were so glad he did. you all were great!
J and V B
I have been to sport & Spine several times. Each time I have been helped immediately.
Steve's time management skills allow for getting the most therapy in the session.
At Rib Mountain