Joshua Harward, MPT
Director, Member APTA
Josh Harward graduated from the University of Utah in 2003 with a Masters of Physical Therapy degree. Upon completion of his studies, he and his family moved to Arizona where he worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic for five years. He also had the opportunity to work in an orthopedic specialty hospital for four years while there. He returned to Utah in July 2008 and has been with RPT since that time. Josh was promoted to clinic director of our Draper clinic when it opened in 2010.
He enjoys spending time with family and playing golf in his spare time.
Morgan Hartmann, DPT
Member APTAMorgan Hartmann graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine School for Health Sciences in San Diego, CA in 2015. She is excited to work in the outpatient orthopedic setting to put her manual therapy passion into practice. She also loves the variety of working at Lone Peak Hospital in the inpatient setting. Morgan comes from a military family and has spent her years in Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, Virginia, Texas, Florida, and California before moving to Utah. She is happy to be living in Utah to enjoy all the outdoor activities it has to offer. Morgan enjoys skiing, hiking, running, dirt biking, rock climbing, and camping with friends.
Michael Smith, DPT
Member APTAMichael Smith graduated from the University of Utah in 2016 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Following graduation he started working with RPT in the Draper clinic and has been with them ever since. He loves physical therapy and working in the areas of sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation. He is a native of Utah, grew up in Cottonwood Heights and graduated from Brighton High School. In his spare time Michael enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, competing with a local men’s soccer team, and playing pickleball.
Steve Verhaaren, PT, OCS
CEO, Owner, Member APTA
A native of Utah, Steve graduated from the University of Utah’s Division of Physical Therapy in 1994. Immediately following graduation, he began working for RPT and it has been the ideal place for him. He says that physical therapy is the most rewarding profession imaginable, and gets great satisfaction helping people return to their normal activities. He has enjoyed his association with many patients, and their families as they return to the things they love.
Steve has served on the Board of Directors for RPT since 1995. In 1998 he became the Clinic Director of the Sandy office. Shortly thereafter, he started RPT’s Industrial and Workplace Safety program.
Steve originally earned his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist designation (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2006 and re-certified in 2015.
From 2014-2018, Steve was nominated and served as the physical therapy representative on the Medical Advisory Committee for the State of Utah Labor Commission.
Steve has been an owner/partner of RPT since 2010. Initially, he served as its Chief Operations Officer until 2015. In 2015, Steve became the President and CEO of RPT. He is very excited about the future of the company and is proud of RPT and its employees winning consecutive “Best of State” awards over the past 3 years.
In addition to orthopedic care, his professional interests include sports medicine. Steve has enjoyed working with all levels of athletes and has volunteered sports medicine coverage at local high schools since 1994.
Steve speaks Spanish fluently and enjoys time with his family, cycling, fly fishing, boating, water sports, and other outdoor activities.
TJ Stevenson, DPT
Director, Member APTA
TJ completed both undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Utah, graduating with his Master’s degree from the Department of Physical Therapy in 2002. He took an opportunity to receive international experience in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation in Australia just prior to graduation. TJ completed his post graduate studies, obtaining his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Utah’s transitional doctoral program in 2009 and plans to complete advanced certifications courses in orthopedic rehabilitation.
TJ has been an RPT employee since 1996, and as a licensed physical therapist since 2002. TJ has served as the Sandy office clinical coordinator for continuing education since 2005, assisting students in progressing clinical and practical knowledge regarding the field of physical therapy. He is currently the Director of RPT’s Sandy clinic. His special clinical interests include foot and ankle pathology, shoulder and knee non/post-operative rehabilitation.
As a Utah native, he currently resides in Salt Lake City with his family and dog. TJ enjoys snowboarding, hiking, trail running and surfing when conditions permit of course.
Stan K. Hirai, PT
Stan Hirai graduated from the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah in 1991 and has worked for RPT since graduating. In the past, Stan has worked for RPT in various capacities including clinic director. Currently, Stan is a member of the Board of Directors for RPT. Stan has enjoyed working with Skyline High School by providing physical therapy services for the Eagles since 1995.
Stan is an integral part of RPT’s industrial and workplace safety division. He is certified to perform ergonomic assessments, pre-employment screening services for the trucking, financial services and oil and gas drilling industries.
Stan enjoys spending time camping, bicycle riding, fly fishing and golfing.
Brent Miller, MPT
Brent graduated from the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah in 1999 and has worked for RPT since that time. He enjoys the one on one interaction with patients that his work provides. Brent gets great satisfaction by helping patients restore their health and improve their quality of life. In addition to providing patient care in the Sandy clinic, Brent acts as the current director of RPT’s industrial and workplace safety program. This program includes the administration of functional capacity evaluations, pre-employment screening, and ergonomic assessments. Additionally, Brent speaks Spanish fluently.
When he is not working, Brent enjoys spending time with his family, running, golfing and most other outdoor activities.
Jared Fullmer, DPT
Member APTAJared graduated from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in December 2015 and immediately began his career with RPT. His clinical experiences included a variety of settings, but focused specifically on outpatient orthopedics. Jared loves working with patients with orthopedic conditions and getting to know and work with all kinds of people. Jared is excited to be working for a company that promotes individualized care for every patient. His hobbies include road and mountain biking, playing sports, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.
Jessica Wright, DPT
Jessica graduated from the University of Utah’s Physical Therapy program in 2007. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals and extended care facilities. She has also worked on a number of out-going orthopedic settings before joining RPT in 2012. Jessica enjoys working with all orthopedic injuries and athletes. She has a particular interest in working with patients suffering from vestibular dysfunctions.
Jessica enjoys playing soccer, water skiing, snowboarding, cycling and traveling.
Jared Suker, DPT
Director, Member APTAJared Suker graduated from the University of Utah’s Physical Therapy program with a Doctorate in physical therapy in 2008. He has been with RPT in the Riverton office since graduation, becoming its director in 2011. Jared enjoys working with patients of all ages and conditions as he strives to provide them the best evidence based care possible. He enjoys continuing to learn new treatments and techniques including courses in advanced spinal manipulation and dry needling. He helps provide sports medicine coverage for athletes at Riverton High School. Jared performed extensive research in treatment of shoulder injuries as part of his Doctoral Project in graduate school. Jared grew up in the Salt Lake area and enjoys mountain biking, road cycling, running, golfing, snowboarding and spending time with family.
Tom Burton, DPT
Member APTATom graduated from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in December of 2016, then passed the National Physical Therapy Exam, and received his license in February 2017. Tom appreciates the body functioning together as a whole and how different movements are connected to each other. He is excited to deepen his knowledge and experience as he works as a part of the RPT team. He enjoys treating a wide variety of patients and seeing them improve. He had experienced his own challenges with low back pain and now enjoys seeing people become empowered to overcome their pain and challenges. Tom is originally from Virginia but has been in Utah for his undergraduate studies and his graduate program. He enjoys singing, hiking, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and striving for a healthy, active lifestyle.
John Gubler, DPT
Member APTAJohn graduated from Eastern Washington University with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2017 and immediately began working with RPT. He grew up in South Jordan, Utah and was eager to return to Utah to be around family and friends. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, being outdoors, hiking, hunting, fishing, and playing sports. He has a particular interest in manual therapy, specifically working with patients with neck and back conditions, but enjoys all aspects of orthopedic care. He enjoys meeting new people and helping them to achieve their goals and hopes to make a positive impact in their lives.
Mike Mathews, DPT, CSCS
Director, Member APTA
Mike graduated from the University of Utah with his doctorate in May 2011 and worked in RPT’s Riverton office since graduation. He now directs the Cottonwood Heights office. He enjoys providing orthopedic and sports medicine services in the Cottonwood Heights area.
Mike played collegiate baseball at the University of the Pacific and the University of Utah. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and has experience training professional athletes in various disciplines, especially throwing athletes. With his background, Mike now works developing and directing RPT’s growing sports performance division. Mike also enjoys spending time with his wife and participating in all sports, especially hunting and mountain biking.
A.J. Hortin, DPT
A.J. graduated from the University of Utah and then went to A.T. Still University earning his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015. Upon graduation he and his family moved to Idaho to work in an outpatient physical therapy clinic. He and his family moved back to Utah to be closer to family and returned to RPT where he worked during undergrad as an aide. He is glad to be back working for RPT once again.
A.J. enjoys working in orthopedic physical therapy and sports rehabilitation. He enjoys meeting new people and making a positive impact in their lives by helping them reach their goals.
Isaac Halliday, DPT
Isaac graduated from East Tennessee State University, earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. He worked in an outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine clinic for a year, and then started travel physical therapy for 10 months before starting at RPT.
While traveling he was able to see a variety of patient populations and learn from many skilled physical therapists. Although traveling was enjoyable, he is glad to be working back in Utah with orthopedic and sports injuries including concussion rehabilitation.
Isaac is a Utah native and grew up in Taylorsville where he has been playing sports his entire life. Some of his favorites include wrestling, soccer, baseball, ping-pong, ultimate Frisbee, and snowboarding.
Drew Norwood, MPT
Director, Member APTA
Drew Norwood has been a physical therapist since August 2000. He graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, Texas and has been working for RPT since that time. In March 2005, RPT opened a new South Jordan location and Drew was promoted to become the director of this clinic.
Drew is a native of Utah and went to Bingham High School. He has the opportunity and privilege of covering Bingham High School sports since 2000. Drew enjoys furthering his knowledge and has attended many continuing education courses dealing with sports and running related injuries, and rehabilitation for the shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and lumbar spine. He has also attended courses teaching kinesiotaping techniques, and functional and dynamic stretching techniques as well.
Drew enjoys the accomplishment of running and enjoys participating in half marathons and relay races. He has a desire to help people overcome their injuries and get back to their normal recreational and daily activities. Drew enjoys playing all varieties of sports, mountain biking, hiking and being with his family.
Mckinzy Bath, DPT
Mckinzy graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2011. Prior to attending graduate school, Mckinzy worked within the field of physical therapy as an aide since 2004. In 2013, she became a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner and enjoys using the skills she learned to help patients achieve their highest potential. Mckinzy has worked primarily with orthopedic patients and in-patient rehabilitation centers with the geriatric population.
Mckinzy enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter outdoors snowboarding, boating, camping, and riding ATVs.
Alexandria Straup, DPT
Member APTAAlex graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Utah in May of 2017 and then later passed the National Physical Therapy Exam and received her license in July 2017. Alex has always been fascinated by the human body and understanding how it works. She loves orthopedic physical therapy and puts her knowledge and experience to use each and everyday to help individuals recover from various types of injuries. She is excited to be part of the RPT team, since RPT was where she always went when recovering from her own sport injuries growing up. In her free time, Alex enjoys shooting archery, playing softball, and hanging out with her husband.
Brian “Buck” Wike PT, DPT, CSCS
Buck received his doctorate in physical therapy from The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He was in the first graduating class of bridge students in April 2017, which transitions physical therapist assistants to physical therapists. He then passed the national board and received his license from the state of Utah in July 2017. Buck has been a physical therapist aid and exercise specialist since 2003. He received his certified strength and conditioning specialist in 2006 from the national strength and conditioning association. He has over 8 years’ experience in the clinical setting as a physical therapist assistant while utilizing his certification in strength and conditioning. He is excited to join the RPT team as a physical therapist. His love for orthopedic and sport specific injury rehabilitations is demonstrated every day through his understanding and knowledge of the human body and its interaction with functional movements. He feels the best approach for healing is treating the whole person and providing the knowledge to continue improving and detour further injuries.
In his off time, he enjoys being with his family, hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. His hobbies include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training, bonsai tree keeping, other horticultural care, and tropical fish keeping.
Jeanne Lajom, PT
Jeanne graduated from De La Salle University and has received her pelvic floor certification through the APTA, having specialized training in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders for both male and female. She has enjoyed being part of the RPT family since 2002. She has a passion for learning and attending continuing education courses in the areas of incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, visceral mobilizations, and many more. An exciting thing she loves about being a physical therapist is that one has the opportunity to keep growing through learning to be able to provide great care and allow people to do what they love to do. She loves to advance her manual skills learning taping techniques, manual mobilizations and IASTM, as well as language skills as she learns sign language to be able to serve more people.
She enjoys providing one-on-one personalized care in the clinic and in peoples homes as well as she does home care.
Most of all Jeanne enjoys spending time with her family – with a loving husband and four darling daughters, traveling, camping, gardening and just being together. She just absolutely loves being a mother.
Scott Benson, PT
CMO, Owner, Member APTA
Scott graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 1995. He began working for RPT as a staff therapist in 1996. He later became the Director of RPT’s West Jordan office as well as the Director of Marketing. Scott has served as the Treasurer of the Utah Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. Scott is currently RPT’s Chief Marketing Officer as well as a Partner/Owner.
Scott has enjoyed working at RPT and his goal is to carry out the highest quality of care for his patients. He has also enjoyed working in sports medicine at various times at Hunter, Copper Hills, West Jordan, and Bingham High Schools. His focus continues to be sports medicine and out-patient orthopedic rehabilitation. Scott enjoys the challenge each patient gives him and looks forward to positive outcomes.
Scott’s hobbies include: hunting, fishing, camping, tennis and wake-surfing. Scott also enjoys spending time his wife and children.
Greg Baker, DPT
Director, Member APTA
Greg graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2003. In 2007, he returned to further his education at the University of Utah, receiving a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). He has a long work history with RPT, where he began working as a physical therapy aide in 1999. Following graduation from the University of Utah, he started his career as a physical therapist in the West Jordan office. He later became the director of home health services for RPT, in addition to his duties in the West Jordan clinic. In 2008, Greg was promoted to the position of director in RPT’s Riverton office. While in Riverton, he served the community by donating many hours of his personal time over a three year period, providing sports medicine services for Riverton High School’s athletic programs. In 2011, Greg returned to the West Jordan clinic as director .
Greg has strong clinical skills in orthopedic, sports medicine, and home health. He enjoys treating a variety of conditions, some of which include vertigo, rib dysfunction, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, as well as shoulder and knee injuries.
Greg enjoys spending time in the outdoors camping with his wife and children.
Mike DePola, DPT, OCS
Mike DePola is a graduate of the University of Utah Physical Therapy class of 2012. He began working for RPT as an aide in 2007 and after graduation he began his Physical Therapy career in the West Jordan office. Providing Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine services are where his interests lie.
Mike was born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley and enjoys many of the sporting and outdoor activities that the area allows. Rock climbing and mountain biking are his favorite activities, but also enjoys playing most sports and hiking. He also enjoys taking his family on backpacking and camping trips throughout Utah and surrounding states. Mike understands how important sports and recreation are in assuring a high quality of life and strives to get his patients back to participating in the activities they love.
Yvonne Calderon, DPT
Member APTAYvonne graduated from the University of Utah with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in Spring 2017. She always had a passion for working with athletes and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2014 while working at a sports rehab clinic in California for 3 years. In that position, she was able to work with professional and high school athletes of all sports in addition to gaining experience with a general orthopedic population. She continued that pursuit with clinical orthopedic and sports rotations during PT school and believes in constant continual education to enhance her skills and help her patients achieve their physical goals. She is happy to be in Utah and enjoys running and skiing and exploring everything Utah has to offer.
Chantel Myers, DPT
Chantel Myers graduated from Rocky Mountain University of Health Profession with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. While at Rocky Mountain University, she was the Class Historian and participated in various community activities including: Stepping-On; a fall prevention program, a service trip to Malawi, Africa, and the Utah Special Olympics. Prior to RPT, Chantel worked in an orthopedic/sports medicine setting in Texas. Her interests are sports, manual therapy, and the outpatient rehabilitation needs of every patient population.
Chantel is a Utah native and enjoys watching and playing sports, spending time with family and friends, and pursing items on her bucket list
Brad Pulsipher, DPT, OCS
Director, Member APTA
Brad graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He started his career in an orthopedic/sports medicine setting. Brad started at RPT in 2013 and enjoys working for a company that provides effective, evidence-based care, that truly cares about its patients. In 2015 Brad was promoted to the position of Director in RPT’S South Bangerter Clinic. His love for sports and physical activity, combined with his fascination of the complex human body, make his career as a physical therapist truly enjoyable. Brad strives to individualize each patient’s care and works hard to get them back to their best condition possible, as quickly as possible. He has a particular interest in treating back and neck conditions, but enjoys all aspects of orthopedic care. Brad is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and is also certified in dry needling.
Some of Brad’s favorite activities include participating in and training for triathlons, as well as a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sports. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his family. Brad is fluent in Spanish.
Kimberlee LeDuc, DPT
Kimberlee LeDuc graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2015. Before joining RPT, she worked as a traveling therapist in Arizona and as a staff therapist in New Mexico. Out of the different settings she has worked in, she has most enjoyed working in outpatient orthopedics due to the patient diversity and upbeat atmosphere. She grew up dancing ballet here in Utah and performed with the BYU Ballet company. Because of her background, she has loved being able to work with the athletic population, especially dancers. In her free time, Kim loves to be outside, spend time with her family, long board, dance, and go on adventures with her husband.
Stephanie Shew, DPT
Director, Member APTA
Stephanie received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Utah in 2013, and has worked with RPT since graduation. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked with RPT as an aide and an exercise specialist. RPT was excited to add her as a PT when she completed her studies. Stephanie enjoys the “team” approach to patient treatment that RPT provides. During her schooling, Stephanie had the privilege of receiving orthopedic experience in Utah, Oregon, and California. Stephanie oversees and conducts RPT’s aquatic physical therapy program each week. She has additional training in performing running analysis and has a passion for orthopedics. In the future Stephanie would like to focus on Pilates-based care.
As a Utah native, she enjoys spending time outdoors including rock climbing, skiing, hiking, running, and biking in her spare time.
Branden Jorgensen, DPT
Director, Member APTA
Branden graduated from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ in 2014 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He had previously been employed as an aide for RPT, and was excited to return as a PT following graduation. Through his education, he was able to gain experience with performing running evaluations and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilizations. Branden is excited to be working with various orthopedic and sports related injuries, as well as the inpatient population at Lone Peak Hospital.
Branden enjoys spending time with his family, anything outdoors, and training for and racing triathlons.
Alex Mecham, DPT
Director, Member APTA
Alex Mecham graduated from the University of St. Augustine School for Health Sciences in San Diego, CA. in 2013 Alex was eager to return to his native Utah where he joined RPT following graduation. Alex is excited to be working in Lone Peak Hospital doing inpatient physical therapy. He also works serving the out-patient population in the Draper clinic.
Alex enjoys the outdoors, including camping and hiking with his family.