Hamilton Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation Center exists to improve the quality of life of residents of the Bitterroot Valley. We are a, private, out-patient physical therapy practice founded in 1998. We offer the most comprehensive group of board certified therapists in sports orthopedics, and hand therapy in western Montana. With five convenient locations within the Bitterroot Valley from Darby to Florence, we ensure easy access to our clinics. We work closely with your Physician to ensure individualized treatment. We love the Bitterroot Valley and are active in community service of all types to improve our lives and the lives of our neighbors. See our Community involvement page for more information. Our group of providers are proud to members of the American Physical Therapy Association. As members, we agree to the code of conduct and accepted practices ensuring you are getting the most current, technically sound, and ethical treatment available. To learn more about our providers, see our provider page. We would love to share our passion about your health with you and we look forward to assisting you with your rehabilitation needs.
Jackie Day, DPT, NCS Heidi Martin, MPT, OCS
Abbey Filler, PTA Ashley Palacio, DPT
Kim Gillespie, PTA Ivan Peterson, DPT
Karen Hoyt, PTA Nicole Sisson, PTA
Douglas Martin, MPT, SCS, CSCS Sheri Stroppel, PT, OCS, CHT
Jackie received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. She also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carroll College. Jackie strongly believes in a personalized treatment approach that is functionally based and designed to enhance the performance level of each patient. Professional areas of interest include neurologic and vestibular rehabilitation as well as concussion management. She also enjoys sports rehabilitation focusing on biomechanics and functional movement patterns. She will continue to improve her clinical skills by attending continuing education courses and utilizing evidence based practice. Jackie has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2009.
Away from work, Jackie enjoys running, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Abbey earned her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Flathead Valley Community College in her home town of Kalispell, Montana. She has a variety of experiences including in-patient acute care, subacute neurological rehabilitation, and outpatient orthopedic patient care. Prior to becoming a PTA, Abbey was a certified personal trainer, and enjoyed helping clients reach their fitness goals. She plans to continue to expand her knowledge base by attending continuing education courses in a variety of topics.
In her free time, Abbey enjoys exploring the outdoors, camping, fishing, and challenging herself physically in the gym.
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Kim Gillespie, PTA
Kim earned her Associates Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Pima Medical Institute in Denver, Colorado. Her training included clinical experiences in the Emergency Department, Inpatient, and Outpatient settings as well as experiences with Hippotherapy, Aquatic Therapy, and Home Health. She is trained to aid Physical Therapists with patient rehabilitation by performing a variety of tasks including exercise, massage,traction, and modalities. Kim has plans to expand her experience and gain new skills by attending continuing education courses. Compassionate and effective treatments are hallmarks of Kim’s approach to Physical Therapy. Kim strives to provide excellent continuity of care through communication with patients, physicians, and lead therapists.
Kim is a native of Montana, growing up in the Flathead Valley, before moving to Colorado for thirteen years. She enjoys running, biking, hiking, skiing, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.
Karen earned her Associates Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. Karen has many years of experience working at Hamilton Physical Therapy as a physical therapy aide. During her training she had clinical experience in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, inpatient, outpatient as well as a private facility. She has experience in exercise, modalities, and soft tissue mobilization. Karen has had extensive experience as well as continuing education classes in postural restoration.
Delivering compassionate care to patient is very important for Karen. She is a wonderful listener, and works well with professionals, and enjoys working with patients in all age groups.
Karen is a native of Pennsylvania but has lived around the Bitterroot Mountains for the last 24 years. Karen received a BS degree in Forest Science in 1978. She is committed to volunteering in the community and is a member of the Bitterroot Woman’s Club. Outside of work she participates in skiing, hiking, and biking. She finds pleasure in weaving and other fiber crafts. Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, Stu, and their two sons.
Doug earned his Master’s of Physical Therapy as a Graduate from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. Doug performed most of his undergraduate studies at Pacific Union College in Angwin, California. Upon completion of training with The National Strength and Conditioning Association , Doug became certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Doug served as an instructor for the Physical Therapy Assistant Program in Great Falls, Montana. Doug received national recognition by completing specialist certification in sports through the American Physical Therapy Association. The primary focus of Doug’s career has been general orthopedics and Sports Rehabilitation. He is a frequent presenter to local groups regarding injury prevention and performance enhancement.
Doug remains very active with continuing education. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1993 and the Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2001.
In his private time, Doug enjoys an active lifestyle including hiking, skiing, fishing, triathlons and marathons. He is married to Heidi and has two children.
Heidi earned her Masters of Physical Therapy degree as a graduate of Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. Heidi received undergraduate training at the University of Montana and Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota. Heidi and her husband Doug opened Hamilton Physical Therapy. Heidi has received extensive training in Manual Therapy. Heidi received national recognition becoming board certified in Orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association. She continues to attend numerous conferences and training courses to improve her clinical skills. Heidi served as an instructor for the Physical Therapy Assistant Program in Great Falls, Montana. Heidi has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1993. She is also a member of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Heidi is an avid runner and has competed many road races and marathons. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, hiking, camping, and gardening.
Ashley earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Montana. She also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Fort Lewis College. While earning her DPT, Ashley had the opportunity to participate in continuing education courses in pulmonary function and neurological rehab. She also had the opportunity to learn about canine rehab during her clinical experience. Ashley’s areas of professional interest for continuing education include cardiopulmonary rehab, neurological rehab, general orthopedics, and manual therapy. Ashley plans to continue to further her clinical skills by attending continuing education courses and by applying evidence based practice. Ashley has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2013.
Ashley enjoys spending time with friends and family, and relishing all of the beautiful scenery that the Bitterroot Valley has to offer. She loves being outdoors, biking, snowboarding, taking her dog paddle boarding, running, and hiking.
Ivan completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Montana in Missoula. Four years earlier he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology with a Media Arts minor. During his DPT training, Ivan had the opportunity to further his education in various clinical settings and treatment approaches including: joint & soft tissue mobilizations / manipulations, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, as well as patient specific exercise programs and injury prevention. Areas of professional interest for continuing education focus on pain management, orthopedics, manual therapy, neurological rehab, sports injuries, and spinal pain.
Ivan is a native to the area and spends his free time hiking/biking in the Bitterroot Valley, reading, and improving as an amateur photographer. He also enjoys sharing his latest home brew with friends and family.
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Nicole earned her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. Her training and background include clinical experiences in subacute patient care, outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine and rehabilitation. Nicole is always excited to continue her education and to advance her skills as a Physical Therapist Assistant so that she can better treat the patients in our facility.
Being able to advance her patients towards their goals through communication and trust, are key components to Nicole’s care. She believes that every patient should be treated with the same compassion and respect.
As the daughter of military parents, Nicole enjoyed moving to different places as a child. She moved to Montana nine years ago from Pensacola, FL. While in Florida, Nicole obtained her bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of West Florida. Nicole is also an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending as much time outside with her two dogs as she possibly can.
Sheri earned her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Montana. After working 8 years in Mount Vernon, WA, Sheri and her family moved to Florence, MT where she began working for Hamilton Physical Therapy in 2003. She has taken extensive continuing education courses in manual therapy techniques, orthopedic assessment and treatment, women’s health issues including incontinence and lymphedema, as well as postural restoration. Sheri has earned her board certification in orthopedics and successfully completed training to achieve status of a certified hand therapist. She continues to take advanced continuing education classes to expand her knowledge and improve her clinical skills. She has been a clinical instructor and a mentor for several students. She has also been a guest lecturer for different organizations to educate others regarding the benefits of physical therapy. Sheri has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1994. She greatly enjoys her job and improving the quality of life of others.
In her spare time, Sheri enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. She also enjoys running and has competed in local running events including the Missoula half and full marathon. Other interests include yard work, camping, and traveling.