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a message from synergy's founder

"Welcome to Synergy Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine and thank you for trusting our team with your therapy needs!

Synergy PT was founded with the mission to provide the highest quality service delivered by caring and competent professionals. Our culture is one of servitude where our patients become our only priority. The team is comprised of a select group of professionals that “change a room” when they walk in because of their commitment to communicating effectively, lifelong learning, and making your care their priority.

Synergy is the interaction of two or more forces so that their combined effect is greater than the individual effect of one. I believe that healing and successful recovery involves mind, body, and soul and requires a solid plan that can be executed with the involvement of Synergy as your provider and you, our valued patient!"

 - Kurt Walderbach Owner, MBA, PT, SCS, ATC

Kristine Trask

DPT

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Kristine Trask

DPT

Kristine Trask grew up in Sheffield, Iowa where she currently resides. Kristine received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012 and received her Doctor of Physical  Therapy degree from Des Moines University in 2015. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, Trent, son, Jaylon, and golden doodle, Charlee Mae, working on their house, spending time with friends, being outdoors, and junking.  

Why did you become a PT? 
“I’ve always been interested in anatomy and kinesiology. I enjoy getting to know my patients and working with them one on one. Physical therapy was the perfect fit.”

Jordan Smith

DPT

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Jordan Smith

DPT

Jordan Smith is originally from Manchester, Iowa and currently lives in Charles City, Iowa. Jordan studied  Kinesiology and Health and received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 2016. From there, he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2018. Jordan enjoys spending time with his wife, Laurie and friends, preferably outside or at a local brewery. Jordan serves as a  volunteer wrestling coach at the high school level and helps run the Charles City Mat Club. Doing so has allowed him to get to know the families of the community, which he highly enjoys.  

Why did you become a PT? 
“It gives me the opportunity to build relationships and help people of all ages, backgrounds, and a  variety of goals. I enjoy seeing my patient’s quality of life improve as they meet their therapy goals.”

Jared Lichman

DPT, ATC

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Jared Lichman

DPT, ATC

Jared Lichman was raised in Mason City, Iowa where he currently resides. He attended Central College where he graduated with a degree in Athletic Training in 2018. Most recently he attended the University of Iowa where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2020. In his free time, Jared loves to stay active, cheer on the Hawkeyes, and spend time with family and friends. 

Why did you become a PT? 
“I became a physical therapist because I saw firsthand the benefits and the power of physical therapy. A  shoulder surgery took me out of sports, but through working with my physical therapist, I was able to return to playing sports without any limitations. I want to help people of all ages function at their  highest capacity and promote a healthy and active lifestyle.’

Natalie Wright

DPT

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Natalie Wright

DPT

Natalie Wright grew up in Omaha, NE and currently resides in New Hampton, Iowa. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science in 2019 from Saint Louis University where she then received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2021. In her spare time, she loves game nights, pickleball and spending time on the water wakeboarding, wake surfing, tubing, or kayaking.

Why did you become a PT?
“I wanted to become a physical therapist after an injury in high school that put me out of the sport I loved. I enjoyed going through the process and seeing what was helping me get back to tennis. That experience made me want to help people get back to doing what they love too. It is very rewarding to watch patients progress through even the small milestones, and it continues to reassure me that I have chosen the right profession for myself."

Kurt Walderbach

PT, SCS, ATC

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Kurt Walderbach

PT, SCS, ATC

Kurt Walderbach was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1978 he moved to Mason City, Iowa where he has lived and has been an active member of the community in several ways. Kurt began his education at North Iowa Area Community College and went on to obtain his undergraduate degree in general science from the University of Iowa. He then attended and graduated from the University of Iowa with a master’s degree in physical therapy in 1986. Kurt has been involved in the profession and has been an officer at the state and national level and has also served on the state board. He has also been a  certified sports specialist by the APTA since 1992.  

Why did you become a PT? 
“I have a passion for helping people to reach their goals. Sometimes that means just feeling better, for  others, it means competing at a higher level or recovering from a serious injury.”

Nils Berggren

PTA

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Nils Berggren

PTA

Nils Berggren grew up and currently resides in Mason City, Iowa. Nils completed his education at  Kirkwood Community College where he received his degree in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2015. He is also Y-Balance Test Certified through FMS. Outside of work, Nils enjoys watching all sports and participates in both adult hockey and football. He also enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, traveling and spending time with his wife, Katrina, and two dogs, Ellie and Cooper.  

Why did you become a PTA? 
“I became a physical therapist assistant because I enjoy helping people get back to a higher quality of  life and be able to return to activities that they can no longer perform.”

Amy Coenen

PTA

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Amy Coenen

PTA

Amy Coenen is from Omaha, Nebraska and currently lives in Charles City, Iowa. Amy began her education at Iowa State University where she graduated in 2017 with a degree in Exercise Science. She then attended Clarkson College in Omaha where she obtained her degree in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2018. Amy enjoys staying active outdoors and spending time with family and friends. As a new resident of Charles City, she is looking forward to future community involvement.  

Why did you become a PTA?  
“I chose to become a physical therapist assistant to have the opportunity to make an impact on the  quality of life in those I treat by moving the body.”

Sean Parris

PTA

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Sean Parris

PTA

Sean grew up in West Des Moines and currently resides in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He attended Hawkeye Community College and obtained an Associates of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant in 2020 and is currently working on his certification for personal training. Sean enjoys spending time outside with his girlfriend and their dog. He also enjoys watching sports and staying active by running and exercising.

Why did you become a PTA?
“I became a physical therapist assistant because I enjoy helping people achieve their goals and gain a better quality of life through physical activity.”

Austin Kessler

ATC, LAT

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Austin Kessler

ATC, LAT

Austin grew up and currently resides in Clear Lake, Iowa. He attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in athletic training degree. In his spare time, Austin enjoys outdoor activities like golf, softball, and walking his dog, Walter. He also enjoys graphic design and anything related to computers and technology.

Why did you become an ATC?
“As a high school athlete, I found myself in physical therapy frequently and enjoyed being in the clinic as a patient. I started asking questions about the field of Athletic Training and fell in love with it.”

Michele Schmidt

Practice Manager

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Michele Schmidt

Practice Manager

Michele Schmidt is originally from Aredale, Iowa and now resides in Alexander, Iowa. Outside of work,  she enjoys spending time with her husband, Rob, and two children, Cecelia and Harrison. She also enjoys camping, antiquing, and photography. 

Hannah Birchfield

Front Office Coordinator - Charles City

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Hannah Birchfield

Front Office Coordinator - Charles City

Hannah Birchfield grew up in Catlin, Illinois, and currently resides in Charles City. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from Illinois State University. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her fiance, Adam, and her dog, Oliver. She also enjoys going to the gym, spending time with friends, and anything outdoors.

Melinda Wilson

Front Office Coordinator - Mason City

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Melinda Wilson

Front Office Coordinator - Mason City

Melinda Wilson grew up on a farm near Kensett, Iowa and currently resides in Grafton, Iowa. She enjoys biking, concerts and checking out local breweries.