Meet Our Therapists


David Crotts, DPT, COMT, CSCS, Cert. DN

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.


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.

Casey King

Casey King, PT, CLT-LANA

Physical Therapist

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.

Tyler Tabares

Tyler Tabares, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Tyler is a native to Emporia, KS. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science from The University of Kansas in 2016.  He continued his education, pursuing and completing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at The University of Kansas Medical Center in 2019.

Tyler has clinical experience in a wide variety of settings, including acute, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing and outpatient orthopedics.  Tyler’s future plans include earning a geriatric specialty, as well as pursuing a Neurologic clinical specialty. Tyler also has an interest in Rehabilitation Oncology as he is a published author in the Journal of Rehabilitation Oncology.  Tyler contributes his success to God, his family and his guardian angel- his father. Tyler's work motto is to follow the principle of the Golden Rule while treating his patients and to strive to always make a positive impression on the lives of others.
Tyler joined the Newman team in May of 2019 working as PRN staff and transitioned to a full time role in June of 2021. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys spending time with his family, his girlfriend Trinity, his 2 dogs, playing video games, fishing, yardwork , and watching the CHIEFS!

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.


Emily Rayburn, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

Emily is a native of Hamilton, KS. She graduated from Emporia State University in 2020 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance. She continued her education at Washburn University and received her Associates of Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2022. Emily’s clinical experience includes treating patients from ages 5 to 90 in outpatient orthopedics, inpatient, and skilled nursing settings. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Emily’s future plans include achieving ASTYM treatment
certification and pediatric training. Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and being active outside.


Janae Stockwell, MOT, OTR/L

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.


Colby Nuessen, MOT, OTR/L

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Colby is originally from Olpe, KS. He attended Emporia State University receiving a Bachelors Degree in Health Promotion. He was then accepted into the University of Kansas Medical Center where he graduated from OT school in 2020. He took his first job with Select Physical Therapy in North Kansas City working primarily with orthopaedic injuries relating to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. He intends to continue pursuing a Certified Hand Therapist Certification. In his free time Colby enjoys spending time with his family and keeping up with the Jayhawks.


Brianna Prock, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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.

Brianna’s clinical experience includes acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, adult outpatient, and hospice care. She has completed extensive training on neurologic conditions and rehabilitation following stroke or traumatic brain injury. She obtained a visual rehabilitation certificate in 2020 for the treatment of low vision and visual changes after a neurologic event. Brianna also holds certifications in ASTYM therapy for treatment of soft tissue injuries, and LSVT BIG, a program targeted toward improving quality of movement in individuals with Parkinson’s or other neurologic conditions.

In her free time, Brianna enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and two daughters, Kenna and Averi. She also enjoys baking, gardening, and any excuse to be outside on a warm day.


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!

Anna Davis

Anna Davis, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Anna is a native of Boonville, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University in 2020. Her clinical experience includes working with elementary school aged children, and working with adults in acute, inpatient rehab, and long-term care settings. In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with her friends and family.


Bailee Lowe SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

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 Morgan SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Madison is originally from Utah. She attended Utah State University where she received her Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2020. Madison was then accepted to the University of Kansas where she received her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2022. She has a passion for pediatric feeding disorders. She has clinical experience in inpatient infant care, articulation and phonological disorders, and voice disorders. Madison enjoys working with families and accomplishing goals together!


Kayla Wheeler SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

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.


Seth Jennings

Office Manager


Maria Renteria

Patient Care Coordinator


Suzanne Romero

Patient Care Coordinator