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Our Team

Jessica Thoene, M.S.Ed, CCC-SLP


Jessica is a native of Kearney, Nebraska. She received her Master of Science Degree in Speech Pathology from the University Nebraska at Kearney in 2003.  She has experience in treating in a variety of settings and diagnoses, including neurologic, pediatrics, skilled nursing and acute care.  She is certified in Vital Stimulation, Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation as well as McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program.  She has extensive training in assessment and treatment of swallowing disorders in infants, children, and adults. She strives to achieve the highest level of functional gains in all patients, always searching for the latest research based therapy techniques.  She serves as guest lecturer at University of Nebraska Kearney.  Jessica joined as partner in Alpha Rehabilitation in 2005.  In 2019, Jessica became the sole owner of Alpha Rehabilitation.  Jessica serves as chair of the Legislative and Medicaid Reimbursement Committees for the Nebraska Speech Language Hearing Association, advocating for patient access to therapy services.  She is an active member of the Kearney community, having served as an officer on the board for the Kearney Area Children’s Museum.  Jessica lives in Kearney with her husband Will and their two children. She enjoys traveling, outdoor recreation, and spending time with friends and family.

Jessica’s approach to therapy and personal motto: “Ability is what you’re capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it.” -Lou Holtz

Brittanie Klingelhoefer, PT, DPT

Brittanie attended Creighton University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008.  After graduating, she moved to Kearney and joined the team at Alpha Rehabilitation.  She has experience treating adults with neurologic conditions, orthopedic conditions, balance and mobility impairments and vestibular disorders.  She also has experience treating pediatrics with gross motor delays, impaired coordination and neurologic conditions.  Brittanie is a Certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as a Clinical Instructor to students from Creighton University, Regis University, and various PTA programs.  She is a graduate of Leadership Kearney Class #21.  Brittanie enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, other family and friends, traveling, wake boarding and spending time at the lake, Nebraska football, reading, and running.

Brittanie’s approach to therapy and personal motto:  “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and the strong, because someday in life you will have been one or all of these.” -George Washington Carver

Kellie Reed, PT, DPT

Kellie was born and raised in Ord, NE. She is married and currently lives in Kearney with her husband, daughter and goldendoodle. They love to do anything outdoors, hike, run, bike, play sports, watch sports, go to the lake, shop, travel and spend time with friends and family. Kellie played volleyball for 4 years as a Doane tiger and received her bachelor’s degree from Doane College. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Des Moines University. Kellie began working for Alpha after graduation in 2016. She has experience treating adults with neurologic conditions, orthopedic conditions and balance and mobility impairments.  She also has experience treating pediatrics with gross motor delays, impaired coordination and neurologic conditions.  

Favorite quote: “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” -Joshua J. Marine

Lisa Bennett, B.S., PTA

Lisa grew up on a farm just outside of Kearney.  After graduating from Kearney High School, Lisa attended the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology.  Deciding to pursue a career in physical therapy Lisa attended Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas where she received her degree as a physical therapist assistant in 1993. Lisa practiced as a PTA in Lincoln, Nebraska prior to joining Alpha Rehabilitation in 2006.  Outside of work, Lisa enjoys reading, gardening, watching sporting events, especially Nascar and Husker football and volleyball.  Spending time with her family, which is one of the main reasons Lisa returned to Kearney, is her favorite activity.

Lisa’s approach to therapy and personal motto is “Treat everyone like I want to be treated or like I want my family to be treated.”

Ben Gillming, B.S., PTA

Ben grew up in Gibbon and attended UNK, graduating in 2014 with a degree in Exercise Science. He went on to graduate from Northeast Community College with a PTA degree in 2017. Ben has gained experience in many different therapy settings including outpatient, nursing home, and hospitals seeing a variety of patients along the way. Ben, his wife KateLyn, and daughter made Minden their home when they returned to the area after spending 4 years in Norfolk NE. Ben enjoys running, wood working, and spending time with family.

Ben’s favorite quote/motto:  “Dream Big, Work Hard, Stay Humble.” – Sam Foltz 

Adrienne Haubold, M.S.Ed, CCC-SLP

Adrienne received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) in 2014. She continued her education at UNK earning her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 2017. Previously, she worked in a school setting and gained experience working with children of various ages and abilities. She also received specific training in structuring sessions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or behavioral disorders. In her free time she enjoys trying new DIY home projects and spending time with family, friends, and her chinchilla, Ben.

Adrienne’s favorite quote/motto:  “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Sydney Wagner, M.S.Ed, CCC-SLP

Sydney is from Lexington, NE and attended UNK for her undergraduate and graduate degrees to earn her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Sydney began working for Alpha Rehab in 2019 and has experience treating patients from birth through geriatrics in language and articulation delays, neurological disorders including traumatic brain injuries and strokes, as well as voice and resonance disorders.  Having her own daughter has given her a renewed perspective of helping little ones expand their language and communication needs.

College basketball brought Sydney to Kearney where she met her husband, Drew. After graduating from college they’ve made Kearney home where they reside with their daughter, goldendoodle, and continue to be avid UNK Loper fans. Sydney enjoys all things outdoors including snowboarding, gardening, and spending time at the lake. She enjoys snuggling up for a movie night with family and drinking coffee as the sun rises.

Sydney’s favorite quote/motto:  “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; Just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes

Katie Drake, OTD, OTR/L

Katie grew up on a farm in Mason City, NE and graduated from Ansley Public School.  She ran track at Doane College and received her bachelor’s degree there in 2016.  She then went on to receive her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. Katie completed her doctoral project on sleep patterns in children with autism spectrum disorders. She has experience in working with children with developmental delays, feeding, sensory processing disorders, and various other neurological conditions. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and golden retriever. Katie enjoys all outdoor activities including going on walks/runs, spending time at the lake, participating in outdoor sporting events and nature walks with her boyfriend and dog.  She also enjoys cheering for her younger brother at high school sporting events as well as the Huskers. Katie is so happy to be back at home to begin her career here at Alpha.

Katie’s favorite quote/motto:  “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Cindy Pyle, COTA/L

Cindy graduated from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD with a BA in elementary education and also graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD with an AA in occupational therapy assisting. Cindy was a teacher for 2nd and 3rd graders in the Omaha Public School System and helped special needs students in Valentine. In 2012, Cindy was diagnosed with Endometrial cancer. She has been cancer-free for six years now and considers it a blessing from God. Cindy’s favorite part of her job is how helpful the Alpha team has been to her since she first was hired. She is excited to see all of her patients making progress towards meeting their goals.

Cindy’s favorite lyrics are from Mandisa’s “Unfinished.” “He started something good and I’m gonna believe it, He started something good and He’s gonna complete it, so I’ll celebrate the truth, this work in me ain’t through, I’m just unfinished!”

Paul Pape, B.S., COTA/L

Paul Pape received a Bachelor of Science degree from UNK in 2014 with a major in Exercise Science and his OTA degree from Pima Medical Institute in Mesa, AZ in 2017.  He has experience with TBI and CVA patients, as well as pediatric, orthopedic, and geriatric populations. He and his wife, Amy moved back to Kearney in 2017 after living in Arizona for two years, where he obtained great experience working in a rehab hospital and furthering his education. Paul and Amy welcomed their first son in January 2019. Paul enjoys spending time with his family and friends, running, photography and being outdoors.
Paul’s personal motto: “Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.”

Mary Vest, Front Desk

Mary and her husband reside in Pleasanton where they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. Mary enjoys cooking, knitting, walking, and antiquing. Mary has worked in physical therapy for 20+ years and brings a smile to our patients as they come to see us.

Mary’s personal motto: “The best things in life aren’t things.”

Deb Zade, Billing

Deb is the friendly face behind our front desk who cheerfully takes phone calls, answers questions about insurance and provides billing services for us.  Deb is from Franklin, NE and moved to Kearney in 2006, at which time she began working at Alpha Rehab.  Deb enjoys spending time with her 8 grandchildren, walking, baking, and reading.

Deb’s personal motto: “Live simply, be grateful, give love, pray lots.”

Audrey Walmsley, Business Manager

Audrey was born and raised in Kansas.  She moved to Nebraska in 1989 to attend Kearney State College, and she and her husband Jeff remained, raising their family in the Axtell area.  Audrey enjoys spending time with her husband, and when possible her sons and daughter-in-law, hunting, fishing, riding bikes, gardening, cooking and reading.

Audrey’s personal motto:   “Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they are the big things.”