Physical Therapy Team

In addition to our Medical and diagnostic testing capabilities, we also provide many physical therapy treatment services for our patients, including: vestibular rehabilitationbalance therapyconcussion therapytraumatic brain injury (TBI) therapy, and general muscle strengthening and reconditioning for our patients. 

Our physical therapy team is highly trained for the evaluation and treatment of dizzines, vertigo, balance disorders, and mild TBI's. Most of our team have certifications from the very prestigious Susan Herdman Vestibular Rehab program as well Impact concussion management. 

Sara Oxborough, PT – Rehabilitation Department Manager

Telephone: Primary Clinic: Blaine
Education: Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison , Masterr of Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Concentration: Vestibular Rehabilitation
Licensures: Minnesota
Specialties: Sara has attended the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Based Course led by Dr. Susan Herdman and Dr. Rick Clendaniel. In addition to clinic practice, Sara is a member of the leadership team of the Vestibular Special Interest Group through the American Physical Therapy Association. Sara has been involved in the development of a new American Physical Therapy Association sponsored course entitled Expanding Neurologic Expertise: Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation. She has done many presentations locally and recently spoke at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting regarding motion sensitivity.

Andrea Mierau, PT, DPT - Lead Physical Therapist

Telephone: Primary Clinic: Blaine
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Biology- Luther College, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)-St.
Licensures: Minnesota
Specialties: Lead Physical Therapist Blaine location, LSVT BIG Certified Therapist
Advanced vestibular training including: Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update at the University of Pittsburgh, APTA Advanced Vestibular Course.

Andrea has been working in vestibular rehabilitation for most of her career and has a particular interest in working with patients who have vestibular migraine and concussion management. She is involved in the APTA’s vestibular special interest group as part of the Abstract of the Week Committee and has participated in a podcast utilized for training. Andrea enjoys educating patients and family about their specific diagnosis, about the vestibular system and the complex balance system and how therapy can help them return to their active lifestyle. When she is not working, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, two kids, being outdoors, and traveling.

Melissa Wick, PT, DPT – Lead Physical Therapist

Telephone: Primary Clinic: Burnsville
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Physical Therapy, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Specialties: Herdman Vestibular Competency Course Certification, 2015. APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE)

Melissa is passionate about treating vestibular and balance disorders. NDBC’s comprehensive approach to patient-centered care results in excellent outcomes, and she enjoys being an active part of each patient’s rehab journey from start to finish. Outside of work, she likes to stay active- gardening, cooking, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Wendy Rader, PT – Lead Physical Therapist

Telephone: Primary Clinics: Edina
Education: Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Ithaca College
Concentration: : Wendy has attended the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Based Course led by Dr. Susan Herdman and Dr. Rick Clendaniel
Licensures: Minnesota

Wendy found her passion treating vestibular disorders after experiencing dizziness herself, and frustration with the lack of available information and treatment. She enjoys working with the entire team at NDBC to help patients return to activities they enjoy. In her free time Wendy enjoys reading, sewing, and spending time with her family.

Lori Kehoe, PT, DPT - Lead Physical Therapist

Telephone: Primary Clinic: Woodbury
Education: Bachelors of Science – Biology , Benedictine University; Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Licensures: Minnesota
Specialties: Lori has attended the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Based Course led by Dr. Susan Herdman and Dr. Rick Clendaniel. She is also LSVT Big Certified to treat patients with Parkinson’s

Lori’s love of vestibular rehab began when she was placed at the National Dizzy and Balance Center during one of her clinical rotation. Shortly after graduation, Lori returned to the National Dizzy and Balance Center to work full time. Lori enjoys seeing patients of all ages and abilities. She believes in a multidirectional approach to physical therapy. Lori likes to utilize her additional coursework to make a personalized exercise program to help patient reach their goals. NDBC provides a great platform for patients to receive all the testing needed to make an accurate vestibular diagnosis. She loves to work closely with the medical and audiology team to ensure great continuity of care. Lori enjoys spending time with her family outside. On her free weekends, you will find Lori camping, hiking or golfing with her family.

Dallas White DPT - Staff Physical Therapist

Telephone: Primary Clinics: Edina
Education: Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison ; Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Licensures: Minnesota
Medical School: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Specialties: Dallas has attended the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Based Course led by Dr. Susan Herdman and Dr. Rick Clendaniel. He has also completed training and certification in the LSVT BIGTM program for treatment of individuals with movement disorders related to Parkinson’s Disease.

Dallas joined NDBC after previously working in outpatient orthopedic and skilled nursing settings. He enjoys working with patients of all ages to help them achieve their goals and enjoys working with the multidisciplinary team at NDBC. Outside of work, Dallas enjoys running, hiking, and traveling.

Angela Everson DPT, CSCS, - Staff Physical Therapist

Telephone: Primary Clinics: Woodbury
Education: Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology - University of Minnesota
Concentration: Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Licensures: Minnesota
Medical School: Doctorate of Physical Therapy- St. Catherine University
Specialties: Angela is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She enjoys applying this education to her patient treatments, especially when working with concussion recovery.

Angela gained interest in vestibular rehabilitation through her clinical rotations and loved how effective the treatments could be in getting people active and improving quality of life. She especially enjoys working with the athletic population in concussion recovery and returning athletes to sport.

In her free time, Angela loves to spend time with her family, travelling, and reading. She has always had a passion for sports and enjoys running and yoga to stay active.

Rachel Ahn DPT - Staff Physical Therapist

Telephone: Woodbury (651) 221-0303
Education: BS in Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin - Madison
Licensures: Minnesota
Medical School: Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Rachel enjoys traveling, staying active, and spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband welcomed a daughter in 2016 and keep busy chasing after her.
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Jessica Amling DPT - Staff Physical Therapist

Telephone: Primary Clinics: Burnsville
Education: Bachelor’s of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota
Licensures: Minnesota
Specialties: Jess has completed training and certification in the LSVT BIGTM program for treatment of individuals with movement disorders related to Parkinson’s Disease. She has also been to numerous vestibular rehabilitation courses, including Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jess joined the National Dizzy and Balance Center after several years of treating patients in an out-patient orthopedic setting in California. She loves being a part of NDBC’s comprehensive approach to vestibular disorders and enjoys working with patients of all ages who are experiencing dizziness and imbalance. Outside of work, Jess enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. They love to hike, travel, spend time at the lake, and enjoy their 2 dogs.

Tamara Schroeher DPT - Staff Physical Therapist

Telephone: Primary Clinics: Edina
Education: Bachelors of Science – Health and Exercise Science Gustavus Adolphus College, Doctor of Physical Therapy University of Minnesota
Licensures: Minnesota
Medical School: Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota
Specialties: Tami has attended the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Based Course led by Dr. Susan Herdman and Dr. Rick Clendaniel, and has also attended the Cervicogenic Dizziness Competency Course led by Rob Landel.

Tami started her career working at a hospital and gained interest in vestibular rehabilitation after working with many patients with brain injuries and acute BPPV in the hospital setting. During her time there she assisted with development of a balance center and concussion program for the hospital. She started with NDBC in 2016 and has enjoyed working with such a great team of people all working together to help patients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. When she is not working, Tami enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling.

Christine Pearson PT - Staff Physical Therapist

Telephone: Primary Clinics: Blaine
Education: University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Bachelors in Physical Therapy
Licensures: Minnesota
Specialties: Chris has attended the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Based Course led by Dr. Susan Herdman and Dr. Rick Clendaniel

Christine enjoys outdoor activities and travelling. She loves being able to help people return to a more full and active lifestyle.
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Lori Puchalski DPT - Staff Physical Therapist

Telephone: Burnsville Clinic: (952) 808-9000
Licensures: Minnesota

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Kathryn Engelman PTA - Staff Physical Therapy Assistant

Telephone: Edina Clinic: (952) 345-3000, Burnsville Clinic: (952) 808-9000
Education: University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Degree in Kinesiology
Concentration: Physical Therapy Assistant
Licensures: Minnesota
Medical School: St. Catherine University - Physical Therapist Assistant

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Aleisha Theisen PTA - Staff Physical Therapy Assistant

Telephone: Burnsville (952) 808-9000
Education: Anoka Ramsey Community College
Licensures: Minnesota
Specialties: Certified in LSVT Big Program

Aleisha had the opportunity to work with patients with balance difficulties during a clinical rotation, and she hoped to be able to continue this work in the future. After graduation, she was excited to find an opening at NDBC working in vestibular rehabilitation. She loves the team-centered environment, and she finds it rewarding to help people improve their balance and dizziness so they can feel better and resume the activities they love. She also enjoys being a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor, snowshoeing and hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Kathryn Jung PTA - Staff Physical Therapist Assistant

Telephone: Blaine (763) 786-6900
Education: Anoka Ramsey Community College, Associate of Applied Science for Physical Therapist Assistant
Licensures: Minnesota

I enjoy working at NDBC, all the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball, going to movies, reading and hiking.
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Lisa Schlieff, PT – Staff Physical Therapist

Telephone: Primary Clinics: Blaine
Education: BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1994
Licensures: Minnesota
Specialties: LSVT BIG Certified

Lisa particularly enjoys working with seniors to focus on functional strengthening, balance training, and education to promote confidence, and to decrease their fall risk when at home and in the community. Her career background has been in long term care, home care, and she has been doing outpatient vestibular rehabilitation since 2004.
What Lisa appreciates most about working at NDBC, is the one on one treatment time spent with patients to get to know them, educate them, and best of all, to help them return to their most possible active lifestyle. Some of Lisa's activities include gardening, birdwatching, kayaking, biking, cross country skiing, and family road trips.