Meet the Outpatient Rehabilitation Team
Meet the outpatient rehabilitation team at Northern Nevada Medical Center:
Jessie Fisher, PT, MPT, OCS
Jessie Fisher graduated from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California with her Master of Physical Therapy in 2000, and has been practicing in the Reno/Sparks area since. She has been working in the outpatient therapy setting since 2002, with a focus on orthopedics. Jessie is an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist, a designation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties which demonstrates an advanced level of knowledge in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic patients. She was trained in the Maitland approach, as well as various other manual techniques including strain counterstrain and the McKenzie approach (Mechanical Therapy and Diagnosis). She is also one of the few therapists in the area to be certified in the LSVT BIG program that specializes in the treatment of Parkinson’s patients. Jessie also has an added interest in sports medicine, and has experience working with NCAA Div 1 athletes, endurance runners and triathletes. She has assisted Spanish Springs High School with their pre-participation screens and athlete physicals. She has participated in numerous cycling, running and triathlon events.
Nancy Brick-Goodman, MA, CCC
Nancy Brick-Goodman has 30 years of experience as a communication therapist. She has comprehensive experience in rehabilitation of individuals with speech, language, swallowing and cognitive deficits following strokes and head injuries. She also has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of cognitive deficits seen in dementia and other progressive neurological diseases. She educates clients and their family members in development and training of compensatory strategies for early memory loss seen with these diagnoses. She also provides therapy for post laryngectomy clients.
Tifanee Calawod, OT, OTR/L, CLT
Tifanee Calawod graduated from Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Philippines in 2009 with a Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been practicing in Nevada since 2011 focusing on functional rehabilitation for patients with neurologic deficits. Her goal is to empower her patients to achieve their highest level of functional mobility and activity of daily living performance through adaptation, compensation, and education. Tifanee is one of the few medical practitioners in the area who is certified in lymphedema therapy. She became certified through The Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy after completing the 135-hour coursework in the Foeldi Method of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), the therapeutic system regarded as the "Gold Standard" for the treatment of lymphedema. She is certified to treat primary and secondary lymphedema, lipedema, phlebo-lymphostatic edema, chronic venous insufficiencies, and post traumatic edema. She is currently working on getting her certification from Lymphology Association of North America (CLT-LANA) to assure patients, medical providers, and the public that she has achieved the highest level of competency and is dedicated to advanced learning in the field of lymphology.
Charlene Challenger-Smith, PT, SCS, ATC
Charlene Challenger-Smith graduated from Marquette University with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2003. While at Marquette University, she also became a Certified Athletic Trainer. Charlene went on to further her specialty in sports graduating from Proaxis Therapy's Sports Residency Program in Greenville, South Carolina. She received her Sports Clinical Specialty Certification in 2008. Following specialization, Charlene worked as a physical therapist for Proaxis Therapy and became a clinical faculty member within their residency program from 2010 — 2014.
Charlene joined Northern Nevada Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center in January 2018. Though Charlene treats all types of musculoskeletal injuries, she specializes in treating the endurance athlete and in treatment of the lower extremity. Charlene uses an evidence-based approach in conjunction with emphasis on manual therapy skills and movement pattern re-education. She enjoys mentoring and collaborating with fellow therapists to improve her clinical skills and knowledge. Charlene is passionate about helping her patients and athletes meet their full potential by improving how they move to both decrease their risk for injury and improve their efficiency, economy and performance. In her spare time, Charlene enjoys training for triathlons and spending time with her husband, Jesse, and their dog Callie.
Malcolm Hall, PT, DPT
Malcolm Hall graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2018 where he was the only recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award. He spent his year of clinical work in his home town of Reno working with various orthopedic conditions in multiple healthcare settings including acute care, skilled nursing and outpatient facilities. He enjoys treating the person as a whole, using a bio-psychosocial approach with the utilization of manual therapy and exercise with the goal of increasing function and optimizing performance. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family of four and weightlifting in the gym.
Chris Kegler, PT, DPT, CSCS
Chris Kegler earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California in 2011; however, he is proud to call Northern Nevada home as he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada in 2005. His primary focus is on empowering patients to take their health into their own hands with proper education and guidance. Chris uses an evidence-based approach with the use of manual and functional interventions to normalize movement into pain-free ranges. Being certified in Functional Dry Needling® and Selective Functional Movement Assessments, and as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, he plans to assist patients of all ages and functional levels to avoid and overcome injuries in order to continue activities they love to do. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, training for triathlons and spending time with his wife and two kids.
Heidi Streeter, PT, DPT, ASTM
Heidi Streeter graduated from Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008. She practiced in Central Illinois for six years with a focus on outpatient orthopedics and aquatics. She returned home to Nevada in 2013 and treated patients in outpatient orthopedics with a focus on post-surgical rehabilitation and workman’s compensation. Heidi joined Northern Nevada Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine in April 2017 and treats a variety of orthopedic, post-surgical and neurological patients in our South Reno location where she is recognized by the medical facility as a Direct Access provider. Heidi is trained in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and is certified in assisted soft tissue massage (ASTYM). She is a Certified Functional Evaluator. She is also one of the few therapists in the area to be certified in the LSVT BIG program that specializes in the treatment of Parkinson’s patients. In addition, she is certified in Integrative Dry Needling. Heidi’s therapy philosophy is to combine manual therapy techniques with corrective exercise to gain optimal function for her patients.
Jeanne Wontkowski, PT, MPT
Jeanne Wontkowski is certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion by the American Institute of Balance. She graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy in 1993 from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. After graduate school, she participated in a three year residency program in Norwegian Manual Therapy specializing in spine and joint mobilization. Jeanne has additional certifications in Vestibular and Concussion Rehabilitation as well as Integrated Dry Needling. She has practiced in Michigan and Indiana before moving to Reno in 2000. Her primary focus through the years has been outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy, vestibular and concussion rehabilitation and aquatic therapy.