Brad J. Sidener, PT, Cert. MDT
After obtaining a degree from San Joaquin Delta College, Brad completed his undergraduate work at San Francisco State University. He then went on to earn his Physical Therapy Degree from California State University Fresno in 1987. His involvement in Sports Medicine spans back over 22 years, during which he has worked for professional baseball teams and with professional rodeo athletes, as well as intercollegiate baseball, football and basketball teams. Brad completed his post baccalaureate and credentialing by the McKenzie Institute, USA and in 1995 became one of the physical therapists in Nevada to achieve Board Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine. Brad has held several positions in the Nevada Physical Therapy Association and he currently serves in an "at large" position with the Board of Directors. He is an active father, who enjoys spending time with his wife and three children in addition to competitive team roping, an occasional golf game and his commitments with the Reno Rodeo Association.
Kathy Sidener, PT, Cert. MDT
Kathy completed her undergraduate work at the University of Nevada, Reno before receiving her Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Utah in 1985. Following graduation, she worked in inpatient rehabilitation treating such conditions as CVA (stroke), multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic brain injury. During this time, Kathy also worked with pediatric patients before moving into the area of outpatient orthopedics. Over the last nineteen years, she has specialized in the treatment of the outpatient orthopedic population. Kathy has attended extensive continuing education courses staying abreast of the latest technologies and treatments for the spine, foot, ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and hand. Kathy has an interest in exercise for the geriatric population and in 2010 completed her certification as a Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult (CEEAA). Pilates is a part of her current practice and Kathy enjoys using the techniques with her very diverse patient population. Earlier in 1995, Kathy completed credentialing and became Board Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine by the McKenzie Institute, USA. Kathy has been active in the Nevada Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1985. She served as District Secretary, Continuing Education Chairman, and also served on the Executive Committee for four years as State Secretary and four years as State Treasurer. Kathy is currently in her second term and serving as Chairman of the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. She is a native Nevadan that enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage children traveling, cycling, running, and horseback riding.
Karen Kottinger, MPT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Karen Kottinger is a native Nevadan. She attended University of Nevada, Reno and attained her Bachelor's in Science. She then attended Western University of Health Sciences; she received her Master's in Physical Therapy in 1997. Upon graduating, she moved to Dallas, Texas. She was the in-patient coordinator, in addition to an out-patient orthopedic physical therapist at Trinity Medical Center (Carrollton, TX). She is currently the clinic director of the Double Diamond Athletic Club location (DDAC). In 2002, Karen received her certification in the McKenzie method of mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine (Cert. MDT) She has attended many courses to stay current with effective treatments for the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and foot. Courses have included treatment in osteopathic approaches utilizing muscle energy techniques and strain/counter-strain. She also completed a year long course in the Australian Approach to Manual Therapy. All patient treatments are specific to the needs of the patient. Her treatment philosophy is education based, realizing that prevention is just as important as alleviating what ails today. Karen recently received her Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist certificate from the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Karen has been involved in the Nevada Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1998. She was the Nevada Chief Delegate to the APTA's House of Delegates (2001). She served as Public Relations Chairman (1998-2002), the Board Member at Large (1999-2001), and also Membership CO-Chairman (2003-2005).
Mike Barry, MPT, OCS
Mike is a 5th generation Nevadan born and raised in Reno, graduating from McQueen High School. He has been practicing physical therapy since 1997 and has been with Reno Sport and Spine Institute since 2001. He graduated from the University of Nevada in 1994 and received his Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 1997. Prior to joining RSSI he was a staff therapist in Portola, California for 4 years where he gained invaluable experience practicing the spectrum of physical therapy: acute hospital, outpatient orthopedics and home health. Mike was board certified as an orthopedic specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in May 2009.
His continuing education recently has focused on current trends in the prevention and treatment of knee and shoulder injuries, while also focusing on manual therapy techniques for the spine. Combining his clinical practice experience, continuing education, continued clinical reading, and self treatment of his own injuries, Mike has established a well-rounded approach in treating various neuromusculoskeletal injuries and stresses the importance of prevention, therapeutic exercise and self management of one's injuries.
In his leisure time Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons in the outdoor areas of the Sierras and Plumas National Forest. A washed-up-has-been high school and college intramural athlete, Mike now enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, coaching little league baseball and an occasional round of golf.
Marla Brennan, MPT
Marla grew up in the Reno area, attending local schools, graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1992. Marla graduated from DeAnza College in 1997 with honors. Upon graduation she returned to Reno working in a variety of inpatient and outpatient facilities. Marla has worked at Reno Sport and Spine Institute since 1998. In January 2007, Marla returned to school at the University of Findlay; Findlay, Ohio to advance her education; she received a Master's in Physical Therapy in July 2009.
Marla's primary focus with continuing education coursework is current concepts in orthopedic and sports injuries. Marla recently finished her coursework in McKenzie methodology of neck and back pain. Other coursework she has completed includes dysfunctions of the upper and lower quadrants, balance and vestibular work. Marla believes it is important for the patient to be educated, receive as much information as possible and to take an active role in their rehabilitation.
Marla has been active member in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1995. She has held offices at the state and national levels and remains active working on issues that important to the field of physical therapy.
Away from the office, Marla and her husband, Sean, and their son enjoy camping, golfing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends, in addition to their two dogs: Kira and Mo.
Chele Munson, DPT
Chele is a Southern California native. Her family moved to northern Nevada when she was 16, where she finished out her last two years of high school. She obtained a degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State University, graduating in 2001. She then continued on to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Pacific University in the Class of 2004.
She moved back to Southern California where she gained valuable experience working with the failed back population and various other extremity dysfunctions. She also worked with an assortment of high school, collegiate, and professional athletes from sports including football, baseball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, basketball, water polo, and hockey.
She and her family returned to northern Nevada in 2012, where she continues to gain experience with manual treatment of the spine and various post-operative conditions of the shoulder, elbow, knees, and ankles.
She continues to attend continuing education courses to stay current with the latest types of treatment approaches and technologies for the spine and extremities.
In her free time, Chele enjoys spending time with her family outdoors if possible, watching football and cheering on her 49ers and Oregon State Beavers, and attempting to become an Iron Chef in the kitchen.
Alison Olsen, MPT
Alison, a native Nevadan, attended the University of Nevada. While at UNR Alison worked as a student Athletic Trainer assisting primarily with the football, volleyball and basketball teams. She received both her BS degree from UNR and her Athletic Training Certification in 1990. After working for two years as an Athletic Trainer for an orthopedic physical therapy clinic she moved to San Francisco where she completed her Master's in Physical Therapy at the University of California, San Francisco. Upon graduation she went to work for Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, in Arizona, where she rotated through all of the hospital's rehab assignments including ICU, acute rehabilitation, wound care, trauma/post-op, and skilled nursing. She then took a position in their home health department and eventually their outpatient rehab department knowing that she wanted to eventually return to Nevada and work in an outpatient setting. Upon moving back to Reno she continued working in outpatient rehabilitation, 3 years in an industrial setting at Concentra Medical Center and then another 10 years at Carson Physical Therapy. She then worked two years doing per diem work in Reno prior to becoming part of the Reno Sport and Spine staff where she is very happy to be part of a team again. In addition to her invaluable past work experience to draw upon Alison has taken over 30 continuing education classes to help better her treatment skills. Her treatment expertise is in general orthopedics including the spine followed by the treatment of vestibular dysfunction. She prides herself on strong manual skills and utilizing patient education in addition to the techniques most suited for the particular patient versus a "cookbook" approach. She utilizes her sports background and its heavy emphasis on return to function with all her patients and sees them all as "athletes". Her philosophy is that all patients should be treated to their potential and not by their diagnosis. When she is not treating patients she is spending time with her two daughters and her husband. She enjoys outdoor recreation activities with her family such as skiing, hiking, paddle boarding, and if time permits golfing. She loves to travel and enjoys artistic outlets such as pottery, painting, and playing piano.
Kevin Carr, DPT
Kevin is a native Nevadan, born and raised in the Reno-Sparks area. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Community Health Sciences. He then attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015.
Kevin has experience as an athletic training intern working with the women's volleyball team at UNR. He has also completed internships in sports specific clinics working with high school and professional athletes in Las Vegas. Prior to becoming a therapist, Kevin worked as a PT tech with Reno Sport and Spine Institute and is excited to back as a member of the RSSI family.
His free time is usually spent on the golf course now that his baseball career has ended. He also enjoys playing a variety of city league sports, from kickball to mud volleyball, and one day would like to complete a triathlon.
Erika Williams, MPT
Erika Williams grew up in Carson City, Nevada with a love for health, nutrition, fitness, and helping others. She attended the University of Nevada in Reno and completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences in 1994. Her job as a physical therapy tech at Reno Sport and Spine Institute solidified her desire to pursue physical therapy as a career, so she went on to attain her Masters in Physical Therapy from Chapman University in 1998. Upon returning to her home in Reno, Erika pursued her physical therapy career working in several outpatient orthopedic settings. She rejoined the staff at Reno Sport and Spine in 2015.
Over the course of her career, Erika has received her certificate in Pilates-based rehabilitation. She has also completed extensive coursework in manual therapy of the spine, pelvis, shoulder, knee, and the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the lumbar spine. She prides herself in her manual skills and her ability to clearly communicate to her patients' proper posture, body mechanics, and exercise technique. Erika's approach to therapy is relational, educational, and hands-on. She places a strong emphasis on getting to know her patients, meeting their individual needs, and moving them on to independence.
In her free time, Erika enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters traveling and enjoying the outdoors. She continues to pursue personal wellness and fitness and aims to inspire others to do the same.