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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

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.”

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 Hable

DPT

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Natalie Hable

DPT

Natalie 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."

Lynzy Lentz

DPT, ATC

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Lynzy Lentz

DPT, ATC

Lynzy grew up in Rock Falls and Nora Springs, Iowa and currently resides in Huxley, Iowa. She is a graduate from Iowa State University with a BS in Kinesiology and Athletic Training. She achieved her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Des Moines University in 2018. Lynzy prioritizes patient focused, individualized care that challenges her patients and builds on achieving their goals. She has spent her career working with patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics with extensive experience in post-surgical rehabilitation and sports injuries. As an athlete herself, Lynzy is passionate about helping athletes of all ages reach their full potential through both recovery and preventative measures. She brings a fresh perspective to exercise and rehabilitation and is excited to share it with her patients. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, doing CrossFit and traveling. With a love for being outside, spending time with her family on their acreage is also a favorite past time. She is most looking forward to working with and helping members of her Huxley community and surrounding areas.  

Why did you become a PT?
"I decided to become a PT after years of attending my father's prosthetist appointments and growing up learning to problem solve with my father to maximize his movement, efficiency with daily tasks and reducing pain. I was an athlete myself and always interested in human movement, anatomy and physiology. I love health and wellness, and overall enjoy being able to help people improve their function by reducing their pain, improving strength and making habits that improve their quality of life."

Rachel Miller

DPT

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.”

Brandi Spinler

PTA

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Brandi Spinler

PTA

Brandi grew up in Lyle, Minnesota where she currently resides. She attended North Iowa Area Community College and graduated with a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2012. Brandi enjoys cooking, playing games, walking, watching movies, and spending time with family.  

Why did you become a PT?
“I wanted to help those suffering from injuries and chronic pain.”

Breanna McCubbin

PTA

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Breanna McCubbin

PTA

Bre grew up just outside of Ames Iowa and now resides in Mason City Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2008 with a degree in Health and Human Performance. After working for Iowa State University for 7 years, she decided to change careers. She attended North Iowa Area Community College and earn a degree in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2017. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with friends and family, specifically dotting on her niece and nephew.  

Why did you become a PT?
“Having had my own experiences as a PT patient, I became a physical therapist assistant to help people rehab after injury or surgery in order for them to return to daily activities and hobbies.”

Amy Richardson

PTA

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Amy Richardson

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.”

Rylee Peterson

PTA

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Rylee Peterson

PTA

Rylee grew up and currently resides in Nashua, Iowa. Rylee completed her education at Hawkeye Community College where she received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant in 2022. Outside of work you can find Rylee watching any kind of sports, shopping and spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Why did you become a PTA? 
"I became a physical therapist assistant because I have a passion for helping people. I enjoy giving my patients the tools to gain a higher quality of life through movement from the beginning of therapy to discharge day."

Amber Brown

Front Office Coordinator - Charles City

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Amber Brown

Front Office Coordinator - Charles City

Amber was born in California and lived in Iowa off and on while growing up. She officially moved back to Iowa her sophomore year of high school and has been living in Charles City since then. Amber graduated form Charles City High School then went on to NIACC where she received her Associates Degree in journalism and communications. In her spare time Amber volunteers at PAWS Humane society and she loves reading, spending time with her boyfriend Devon, and her four cats.

Sirenity Beyer-Whaley

Front Office Coordinator - Mason City

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Sirenity Beyer-Whaley

Front Office Coordinator - Mason City

Sirenity was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa. Her favorite place to spend time is at her great-grandparents farm in St. Ansgar. When she's not at the farm, she is spending time with her family at her brothers hockey games or hanging out with friends.

Mary Gamble

Front Office Coordinator - Sheffield

Lacie Colby

Practice Manager

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Lacie Colby

Practice Manager

Lacie received her Bachelor of Psychology and Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and reading.