Meet Our Therapists
David Crotts DPT, COMT, CSCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Director
A native of Cimarron, Kansas, David began his education at Fort Hays State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 1996. He continued his education at Creighton University and earned his doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2001. David is experienced in treating a wide array of patients with varying diagnoses including sports injuries, worker’s compensation injuries, and general orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and neuromuscular disorders. David is committed to practicing evidence-based physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy. In October 2011, he completed his specialty certification in orthopedic manual therapy of the spine, and was awarded the Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist designation by the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1998 and the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2000. Outside of work, David enjoys cooking, spending time with his family, and staying active.
Rachelle Fisher PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Rachelle is a native of Americus, KS and began her education at Bethel College where she played basketball for 1 year. She then attended Pittsburg State University, and later graduated from Emporia State University with her Bachelor of Science Degree. In 2016, she graduated from Wichita State University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has a variety of clinical experience including skilled nursing, inpatient, and outpatient orthopedics. She also has clinical experience in pediatrics at Cook Children’s SPORTS Rehab in Fort Worth, TX. She hopes to become certified as a Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy in the future.
Rachelle and her husband, Bren, currently reside in Americus near the family farm. In her spare time, Rachelle enjoys spending time with her family, staying active, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling whenever possible.
Samantha Morrison PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Samantha is a native of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. She graduated from Tabor College in 2012 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science/Mathematics with a concentration in Biology. To continue her education, she attended the University of Saint Mary and earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2015. Samantha’s clinical experience includes treating patients from ages 5 to 95 in both outpatient and inpatient settings,including orthopedics, musculoskeletal, and neurological rehabilitation. She plans to pursue a specialty certification in manual therapy. She believes in evidence-based practice and the core values of excellence, respect, communication, and caring. Samantha has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Kansas Physical Therapy Association since 2012. Outside of work, Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends, sports, bass fishing, being active, and baking/cooking.
Katie Noonan PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Katie is a native of Olpe, KS. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Emporia State University in 2010. She attended graduate school at Wichita State University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2013.
Katie has clinical experience in a wide variety of settings, including home health, acute/inpatient care, outpatient orthopedics, and women’s health (pelvic floor therapy). Katie’s future plans include achieving dry needling certification through Myopain Seminars as well as pursuing a specialist certification in orthopedics.
Katie joined the Mathis Rehab Centers team in May 2013. Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, Edd, and daughter, Paige, golfing, jogging, and traveling.
Dale Barb PT
A native of Hamilton, Kansas, Dale received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy in 1976 from the University of Kansas and received his Master of Health Science Degree in 1991 from Wichita State University. From 1976 to 1990 Dale practiced primarily in acute care and rehabilitation settings in Salina, Halstead, and Wichita. From 1990 to 2005 Dale served as an Assistant Professor in the Wichita State University Physical Therapy Program as the Director of Clinical Education. Dale has been employed at Newman Regional Health since 2005.
Since 2003 Dale has been a credentialed clinical trainer for the APTA giving numerous clinical educator training programs and workshops and currently serves as a clinical educator for PT and PTA students. Dale has been an APTA member since 1976 and is a member of the education, geriatric and acute care special interest groups.
Dale and his wife Alesia married in 2011 and live on the family farm managing a cattle operation. Dale and Alesia have recently become grandparents and look forward to the continued growth of their family. Dale enjoys reading, golfing and working on the family farm in his spare time.
Kylee Emerson PT, DPT
I was born and raised in Overland Park, KS. I did my undergrad at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and received my Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2017. I moved back to Overland Park to attend physical therapy school at Rockhurst University in Kansas City and graduated in 2020. I chose PT so I could help people get back to doing the things they love so they can fully participate in life. I love being able to connect with people and build a relationship with my patients.
Growing up, I was a competitive swimmer for 12 years, which fueled my love for being active. I have completed 3 half marathons and hope to participate in a triathlon in the near future.
Outside of work, I enjoy being active and spending time with my family and friends. I love traveling and hope to do more of it now that I’m done with school. I recently traveled to Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks and it has been my favorite vacation to date.
Some random facts about me: My favorite color is teal. I love all things Christmas and the way it brings people together. My favorite meal is burgers, fries, and some form of ice cream - tacos are a close second.
Casey King PT, CLT-LANA
Casey was born at Homestead Airforce Base, Florida to an army family. She grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas after having had the opportunity to live in various places, including Germany. She received her Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2001. Her clinical experiences include acute care, out-patient, and skilled nursing rehabilitation. She became certified in Vestibular Therapy in 2009 for the treatment of dizziness and balance disorders. She also obtained certification in Lymphedema Therapy from the Norton School of Lymphedema in 2016 and became LANA-certified from the Lymphology Association of North America in 2017. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, and has been known to participate in community theater in Franklin and Anderson counties.
Caressa Kinsey PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Born and raised in Ottawa, Kansas, Caressa moved to Emporia in 2010 to attend Emporia State University studying Elementary Education. In 2013, Caressa received her Bachelors of Science in Education and taught elementary school for four years in Ottawa and Emporia. In 2017, she decided to pursue her passion and began attending Washburn University in the fall in their physical therapist assistant program. Caressa received her Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapy in May 2019 from Washburn University, graduating with honors. Caressa’s clinical experience includes inpatient and outpatient therapies, as well as working with children from 3 to 18 years of age within USD 253 Emporia Public School District and the Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative. Caressa plans to continue her education to become certified in ASTYM treatment and women’s health.
Outside of work, Caressa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hunting, watching sports and being outside as much as possible.
Bobbi Larson PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
A native of Sidney, Montana, Bobbi graduated in 2000 with an associate of applied science degree from the physical therapist assistant program at Williston State College, Williston, North Dakota. Bobbi has gained extensive experience in a variety of physical therapy settings including outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine, geriatrics, rehabilitation, and skilled care. Currently, Bobbi is working on her Bachelor of Science in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program through Pima University. In her spare time Bobbi enjoys being with family and reading.
Teresa Schrock PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
A native of north Lyon County Teresa attended schools in Bushong and Admire and graduated from Northern Heights High School. In 1980 Teresa graduated from Colby Community College with an associates of applied science degree from the physical therapist assistant program. From 1980 to 1997 Teresa worked with children ages newborn to 21 with disabilities for the Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative. In 1997 Teresa started dividing her time between the Flint Hills Coop and Newman Regional Health and eventually came to Newman full time. Teresa is a certified clinical instructor and enjoys mentoring physical therapist assistant students from Washburn University and Colby Community College.
Teresa and her husband, Jerry, own and operate a photography studio where Teresa particularly enjoys working with maternity and newborn clients. Recreational activities include being outdoors working in the yard and walking, reading, weaving and other fiber arts.
Occupational Therapist, Associate Director
Janae was born and raised in Council Grove, KS. She graduated from CGHS in 2002 and went on to Fort Hays State University where she studied Clinical Exercise Physiology. Janae was accepted into the OT program at KU Medical Center, which she entered after her junior year. She received a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree in 2005 followed by a Master degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008.
She is certified as a lymphedema therapist after attending Klose Training and Consulting certification course in 2010. Janae has experience with a variety of diagnoses and has attended continuing education courses on traumatic brain injuries, stroke recovery, upper extremity orthopedics and overuse injuries, wheelchair seating and positioning, joint replacements, and generalized debility.
Since graduating in 2008, Janae has worked in a variety of therapy settings including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, inpatient rehab, and outpatient orthopedics. Janae and her family moved back to Council Grove in 2012 in order for her kids to grow up around family and in a small town environment.
Shannon Palmer OT
Shannon was born and raised in Orange County, California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from California State University, Fullerton in 2016. She then went on to pursue her Master’s of Occupational Therapy and graduated in 2020 from Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Shannon has clinical experience in inpatient mental health, outpatient pediatrics, inpatient acute, skilled, rehab, and general outpatient. Shannon has a passion for continually expanding her clinical skills and knowledge as an occupational therapist. She is interested in specializing in sensory processing disorders, nature-based therapy, hippotherapy, LSVT, oncology, and lymphedema! Shannon strives to provide meaningful, client-centered care to all her patients to maximize their independence and participation in their activities of daily living.
Outside of work, Shannon loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys all the wonders the great outdoors has to offer whether that is hiking, traveling, or camping!
Brianna Prock MOT, OTR/L
Brianna is a native of Olpe, KS. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Studies in 2013 and her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2015 from the University of Kansas Medical Center. While at KU, Brianna participated in research involving parents’ perceptions of their children with autism. Her clinical experiences include skilled nursing rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics, home health, and acute care. Brianna has been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2012 and her interests include pursuing her certification in lymphedema therapy. Outside of work, Brianna enjoys baking and spending time with her husband, Mike, as well as family and friends.
Val Elliott COTA
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Val is originally from Junction City, KS, but more recently Val had been living in Ringgold, GA, a small town near Chattanooga, TN. In 2014, Val and his family returned to their Kansas roots, as Val joined the rehab team in Herington, KS. In 1987, Val graduated from Kansas State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Health. He attended Barton County Community College where he received his Associates in Applied Science in 1998. Val brings over 17 years of experience as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant to the team. Val has attended a wide variety of continuing education courses including: the shoulder, handwriting, picky eaters and problem feeders, and myofascial release. Val has worked in a variety of settings including: inpatient, respiratory hospitals, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, home health, private practice outpatient, and pediatric school and outpatient settings.
Outside of work, Val enjoys spending time with his wife Jayme, and his sons, Casey and Mitch. Val is an avid golfer and a fan of all sports, especially the Kansas State Wildcats and Braves baseball!
Kelli Graves COTA
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Kelli is originally from Ottawa, KS. She received a degree in social work from McKinley College and has worked with a non profit for children in the foster care system and also as a case manager for adults at a mental health facility. Kelli decided to make a career change in 2015 and graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Neosho County Community College in May of 2017. Kelli works with acute, rehabilitation and skilled care patients at the hospital as well as pediatric patients in our outpatient facility.
Outside of work, Kelli always enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She attempts to develop a leisure activity or complete a Pinterest project but, binge watching Netflix is really her favorite hobby.
Veronica DeSelms MS CCC-SLP
Veronica is native of Derby, Kansas, and attended Kansas State University to receive her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2008. In 2010, she received her Masters of Science in Family Studies and Human Services with a specialty in Speech-Language Pathology. Veronica is extremely passionate about what she does, and strives to grow as a therapist daily.
She obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competence as a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2011. Along with other continuing education courses on pediatrics, geriatrics, voice, swallowing, and cognition, Veronica is certified as an LSVT® therapist focusing on vocal quality and loudness in patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Veronica is also Vital Stim certified after completing a Vital Stim certification Program in March 2017. This certification allows her to treat patients with swallowing difficulties using Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in conjunction with traditional swallowing exercises. From January 2011 to the present, Veronica has worked to develop and grow a successful pediatric and adult outpatient program at Newman Regional Health along with her fellow co-workers.
Veronica currently lives on a 40-acre farm in Marion, KS with her husband, Jake, their daughter, Clara, and their various animals. She enjoys photography and sewing during her free time. Rarely do you see her without a smile.
Bailee Lowe SLP
Bailee grew up in Eureka, Kansas. She attended college at Kansas State University where she received her Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015. Bailee was then accepted into the graduate program at Kansas State University and received a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2017. Her clinical experience includes in-patient rehab with adults and schools with preschool and school-age children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and being outside.
Madison Knox SLP
Madison grew up in Clifton, Kansas. She attended college at Kansas State University where she received her Bachelor’s (2018) and Master’s (2020) in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her clinical experience includes in-patient rehab with adults and schools with elementary and middle school-age children. She has two dogs that she considers her “fur babies” and enjoys spending time with them during her free time.
Kayla Wheeler SLP
Kayla is native of Olathe, Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders in 2013 from the University of Central Missouri (UCM). She went on to receive her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology at UCM in 2015. While at UCM she was a four year member of the Jennies Soccer Program and stayed on staff as a Graduate Assistant while obtaining her Masters degree.
Kayla obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competence as a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2016, and remains an active member. She has been a part of Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Kayla has a variety of clinical experience with both pediatrics and adults. Since graduation, she has primarily worked with pediatrics in the school setting presenting with a wide variety of communication needs (e.g., articulation/phonology, expressive/receptive/pragmatic language, and minimally verbal) and diagnoses (e.g., speech/language delays, Autism, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). While in the school setting, Kayla had the opportunity to work in Structured Language Learning Center-Based Classrooms specifically tailored for students with multiple/severe disabilities, Autism, and students requiring more intensive specialized instruction in order to meet their communication/language needs. Through these Center-Based Classrooms, Kayla has gained experience with AAC.
Kayla loves working as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She enjoys establishing relationships with co-workers and patients, and cherishes the opportunity to make a positive impact in the life of another. Kayla strongly believes in evidence-based practice and always strives to grow her education and knowledge-base.
Kayla moved to Emporia with her husband, Seth, and their dog, Mabel. In her free time Kayla enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, family, and her dog, watching Emporia State baseball (her husband is the coach!) and enjoying the occasional Netflix binge.