Bradley J. Sidener, PT, Cert. MDT
Brad Sidener is the founder and president of Reno Sport and Spine Institute, opening its doors in March 1990. He had earned his Physical Therapy degree from California State University — Fresno in 1987; after completing his undergraduate work at San Joaquin Delta College and San Francisco State University. Brad completed his post-baccalaureate and credentialing by the McKenzie Institute, USA and in 1995 became one of the first physical therapists in Nevada to achieve Board Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine (Cert. MDT).
Brad enjoys working with athletes of all ages and backgrounds. Through motion analysis, manual therapy, specific therapeutic exercises, and neuromuscular re-education, he takes great pride in helping his patients return to or exceed prior levels of function and efficiency. He utilizes this athletic rehabilitation approach, not only with his athletes, but also the general orthopedic patient, the injured worker, and post-surgical patient.
Brad’s community activities have been extensive, as he has been a member of the Reno Rodeo Association since 1990 and served as President of this prestigious organization in 2017. Throughout his career, Brad has worked with the athletic teams of several high schools in the community. He has been an integral part of the Galena High School Sports Medicine Team for close to 20 years. On any given Friday night during the fall he can be found on the sidelines of a Grizzly football game and can easily be found in the baseball dugout throughout the spring. He has coached and served on the board for Reno Continental Little League and Muckdogs Baseball Club.
Brad takes great pleasure spending time with his wife, three grown children and his grandson. He enjoys doing anything horseback including team roping and cattle ranching. Additionally, he enjoys scuba diving and an occasional game of golf.
Kathy Sidener, PT, Cert. MDT
Kathy Sidener is a native Nevadan who has enjoyed completing her professional career in the Reno-Sparks area. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Nevada before receiving her Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Utah in 1985. Her early work in the field was in the areas of neurological rehabilitation and pediatrics. Within a couple of years, she transitioned into orthopedics and has helped build and expand Reno Sport & Spine Institute since 1996.
Kathy was credentialed by The McKenzie Institute, USA in 1995 and emphasizes this approach for mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine and extremities (Cert. MDT). She also treats the general orthopedic population and stays abreast of the latest treatment techniques for the ankle/foot, knee, hip, shoulder, spine and elbow patients. Education and preventative health care are the basis to her treatment approach. Kathy also has an interest in fitness especially as it pertains to the elderly population. In 2010, she completed her certification as a Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult (CEEAA).
Kathy has been active in the physical therapy community and held positions on the Executive Committee of the Nevada Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. More recently, she served two terms on the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
When out of the office, she enjoys running, hiking and traveling. She is very proud of her two grown children and anxious to watch and see where their careers take them.
Karen Kottinger, PT, 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). In 2007, Karen became board certified in orthopedic physical therapy. She attends many courses to stay current with effective treatments for the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and foot, in addition to the spine. Courses have included treatment in osteopathic approaches utilizing muscle energy techniques and strain/counter-strain. She also completed a yearlong 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 also 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. 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, PT, MPT, OCS
Mike is a fifth 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, following and watching his sons compete at the local high school baseball level, and an occasional round of golf.
Marla Brennan, PT, MPT, Cert. MDT
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 recently received her certification in The McKenzie Method for the neck, back, and extremities. Her primary focus with continuing education coursework is current concepts in orthopedic and sports injuries. Other coursework she has completed includes dysfunctions of the upper and lower quadrants, as well as shoulder, elbow and hand disorders. 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 an active member in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1995. In the past, Marla has held offices at the state and national levels; she remains active working on issues important to the field of physical therapy.
Away from the office, Marla and her husband, Sean, along with their son enjoy camping, golfing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends, in addition to their dog: Mo.
Chele Munson, PT, 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. Chele played soccer and softball in high school and suffered an ACL tear of her knee her junior year. After starting physical therapy, she knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. She then went on to obtain 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 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 also has experience in the acute hospital setting which has been beneficial in giving her experience working with acute stroke patients, cardiovascular patients, and patients with general balance disorders.
She has been practicing for 14 years primarily in the outpatient orthopedic setting and worked as a physical therapy tech for 9 years throughout high school, college, and graduate school, bringing her to over 20 years of experience in the field. She is passionate about patient care and continues to attend continuing education courses to stay current with the latest types of treatment approaches and technologies for the spine and extremities. She has also found sources of social media are a valuable resource to help her stay fresh with the current exercise and fitness trends which she consistently incorporates into her patients’ routines.
Chele is an avid sports fan and in her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, reading, and baking up a storm in her kitchen.
Alison Olsen, PT, MPT, Cert. MDT, ATC
Alison is a native Nevadan who attended the University of Nevada and received her BS in 1990 and then went on to complete her Masters in Physical Therapy at the University of California, San Francisco in 1994.
While at UNR Alison worked as a student Athletic Trainer and had the opportunity to work with student athletes from various sports on preventative and rehabilitative activities as well as assisting with providing sideline care. She completed her Athletic Training Certification in 1990. Upon graduation from PT school, she went to work for Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, in Arizona, where she rotated through all of the hospital’s rehab assignments including ICU, acute and subacute rehabilitation, wound care, trauma/post-op, and outpatient rehab. 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, she has 20+ years of experience in outpatient PT with an orthopedic emphasis including 3 years in an industrial setting. She also has a strong background in treating Vestibular and balance disorders.
In addition to her invaluable past work experience to draw upon, Alison has taken a substantial amount of continuing education courses to help better her treatment skills. She has also completed coursework in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment for spine and extremity disorders. Alison recently received her Certification in the McKenzie Method of Evaluation and Treatment of the Spine and Extremities. Her treatment expertise is in general orthopedics, followed by the treatment of balance disorders and vestibular dysfunction. She prides herself on her ability to communicate with patients on what they are trying to achieve. She utilizes patient education in addition to the techniques most suited for each case 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 a patient should be treated to their potential and not by their diagnosis.
When she is not treating patients, she is spending time with her family. She enjoys outdoor recreation activities such as running, skiing, hiking, and paddle boarding. She loves to travel and enjoys artistic outlets such as pottery and painting.
Kevin Carr, PT, 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 enjoys treating patients from across the lifespan as each patient presents with an individual and unique set of challenges. Kevin has experience as an athletic training intern working with the sports teams at UNR. 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 outside, whether it’s on the golf course or hiking and hunting the hills of Nevada with his wife and dog. Kevin continues to stay active participating in as many city league sports as possible.
Erika Williams, PT, 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. 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 in outpatient orthopedics joining 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, and knee, and in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the spine and extremities. She prides herself on her manual skills and her ability to incorporate them into a comprehensive treatment program. Erika believes that patient education is key to fostering independence. Therefore, she is dedicated to ensuring that her patients understand how to move their bodies for optimal function and injury prevention. She is committed to giving personal attention and providing individualized care to each patient.
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.
"The physical therapists are excellent!"
“I wouldn’t be walking, running and playing without them. Brad and Kathy have built an outstanding physical therapy business. Each therapist has your best interest in your health and mobility. I’ve seen young and most importantly the elderly walk better and improve their balance. Do yourself a favor, if you want the best treatment go there!”
"They are caring, compassionate and want to help you succeed."
“They are flexible with scheduling and make it easy to get in. They truly care about your recovery and want to see you get back to an active lifestyle. I truly appreciate the staff here and am thankful to have such wonderful therapists in our community.”
"The Reno Sport & Spine team is amazing."
“I am grateful to them for their skills in helping me completely recover from hip replacement surgery. You notice right away when you visit that they are a great team of people who truly care for each patient. Their ability to stay positive and help each patient focus on making progress is remarkable given that most patients walk through the door in pain and not always looking forward to therapy.”
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