About Us

Learn more about our highly skilled staff.

Superior Physical Therapy, established in 2008, is a privately owned out-patient physical and occupational therapy practice.Bart McDonald, owner of Superior PT, began his career in an outpatient clinic in Montana, later he worked for Bannock Regional Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho. After working for BRMC for about four years he and another therapist decided to strike out on their own and opened Aspen Physical Therapy inside Fitness, Inc of Pocatello. Aspen PT was very successful and provided a wonderful opportunity to establish Bart as an excellent physical therapist with a greater part of Pocatello's community. In 2008 Bart decided to move his part of the clinic to a new location, next to Gold's Gym of Pocatello, thus Superior Physical Therapy was born. This move turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for the company. Superior PT is now one of the premier physical and occupational therapy clinics in Pocatello, Idaho. We have grown to five physical therapists and one occupational therapist and we recently opened a clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho. We, at Superior PT, want to make a positive difference in the lives of the communities we serve.

 

 

Our Team

The highly skilled therapists at Superior Physical Therapy are always focused on achieving the best possible results for you so you can make a complete recovery and resume your active lifestyle. We invite you to learn about our therapy team.

Bart McDonald, PT

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Bart returned to Pocatello after Physical Therapy school at Emory University School of Medicine in 2000. His past work experience includes being the owner/director of Superior Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic clinic, the rehab director for a skilled nursing facility, and an ergonomic consultant for local industry. Knee, shoulder, and spine rehab are his clinical specialties.

Outside of work, he enjoys waterskiing and snow skiing with his wife and three children.

Steve Klitgaard, PT

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Steve was raised in Harlan, Iowa but has lived in Pocatello since 1981. He completed his BS Degree at Buena Vista College in Iowa in 1974 and his Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Iowa in 1976. He became interested in physical therapy after sustaining several injuries while participating in sports. He has a strong interest in orthopedics with the goal of returning to the activity level patients desire. After working at several clinics in Wyoming and Colorado he began at Bannock Regional Medical Center/ Portneuf Medical Center in 1981, where he workeduntil 2015. Outside of work he enjoys many outdoor activities and spending time with his wife, 7 children and 18 grandchildren.

Emilie Peterson, PT

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Emilie was raised in Ririe, ID and attended Boise State University for a Health Science Degree. She then achieved her Doctoral Physical Therapy Degree at Idaho State University. She is certified as a Work Saver Evaluator and speaks Spanish. Emilie was inspired to enter this field after learning that physical therapy is the perfect combination of hands on, exercise, and knowing which tools to use in order for people to regain health, function, and independence. Outside of work, Emilie enjoys biking, running, rock climbing, swimming, and being outdoors.

Melissa Merrill, PT

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Melissa graduated from BYU as a certified Athletic Trainer and from Idaho State University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014. She really enjoys working with orthopedics, running and multisport injuries and with the biomechanics of skiers and snowboarders. She grew up in Illinois and moved to Idaho in 2003. She is engaged to her fianc√© Tim and has 2 “fur-babies.” Outside of work she is very active and enjoys running, rock climbing, mountain biking, triathlons, snowboarding, skiing, telemark, travelling, and meeting new people.

Andrew Goode, PT

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Andy attended ISU and graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He grew up in Pocatello and recently moved back from Twin Falls after working there for 3 years. He most enjoys working with orthopedics and those suffering from neurological conditions. Outside of work Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and son doing anything involving the great Idaho outdoors.

For any scheduling or any questions and concerns, please ask for Kodi. She works one on one with Andy and will be able to assist you the best. We are excited to have you as a patient!

Kristi Fisher, PTA

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Kristi graduated from ISU in 2012 with a BS in Health Science and her associates as a PTA. She grew interest in the field after working as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for several years. Health and fitness continues to be a huge part of Kristi’s life, and she enjoys expanding her knowledge through lifestyle and experience with her job here at Superior.

For any scheduling or any questions and concerns, please ask for Ang. She works one on one with Melissa and Kristi and will be able to assist you the best. We are excited to have you as a patient!

Chynna Kimball, PTA

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Chynna graduated from ISU in the spring of 2015 with her associates as a PTA. She really enjoys working with all types of patients, especially those recovering from hip and knee replacements. She grew up in the Chesterfield/Bancroft area and is married and has a 1 year old daughter. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym and participating in softball, basketball, volleyball and horseshoes.

For any scheduling or any questions and concerns, please ask for Heidi. She works one on one with Emilie and Chynna and will be able to assist you the best. We are excited to have you as a patient!

Jacque Hall, PTA

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Jacque attended ISU and has a Bachelors degree in Dietetics and an Associates as a PTA. She did a year internship for a Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian before coming to work at Superior as a PTA. She enjoys horticulture, landscaping, carpentry, and sculpting.

For any scheduling or any questions and concerns, please ask for Shelly. She works one on one with Steven and Jacque and will be able to assist you the best. We are excited to have you as a patient!

Bret Maiers PT

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Bret has been a practicing physical therapist since earning his doctorate degree from Eastern Washington University in 2010. He has pursued significant education in manual therapy encompassing spinal and extremity assessment and rehabilitation through NAIOMT. He is also a board certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. Bret has received extensive training in high-speed camera running analysis & running injury rehabilitation as trained through Dr. Bryan Heiderscheit, a well-published running researcher from the University of Wisconsin. Bret was born & raised in the Idaho Falls area & loves being able to practice in his home town. In his spare time he loves playing at home with his 4 girls, running outside with his wife, & training for Spartan Race.

Daniel O’Keefe PT

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Daniel earned a B.S. degree in Exercise Science. He then attended Idaho State University where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015. Daniel is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has experience working with athletes of all levels from the weekend warrior to professional. Outside of work Daniel enjoys spending time with his wife and 5 children. He is an avid outdoors man and enjoys hiking, camping, and skiing.

Andi De Bruyn Kops PTA

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Andi grew up in Idaho Falls and has lived there or in surrounding areas for her whole life. She has always been interested in anatomy and how the muscles move the body.She attended Idaho State University and graduated as a Physical Therapist Assistant and also has a degree in Psychology. Andi is also a certified Group Fitness/Yoga/Stott Pilates Mat Work instructor and has been teaching for over eight years. She is currently working towards receiving her personal trainer and KT taping certifications. She is always trying to better herself as a person and as a PTA.

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