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Our Team

Matthew O’Neill, PT, DPT

Matt received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University.  Matt worked in hospital and outpatient settings before establishing Alpha Rehabilitation in 2004.  Matt specializes in the rehabilitation of spine injuries and pain, specifically headaches, using specialized manual therapy techniques. He also has completed training on Functional Capacity Evaluations, Job Analysis, and Ergonomics within the Matheson Training System and is a Matheson Conference Speaker.  Additionally, Matt is a Certified TheraBand Instructor.  Matt is also 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.  Matt has extensive experience lecturing to public and private groups like Creighton University, Central Community College, State MS Society, and Nebraska Safety Conference regarding building private practices, upper extremity evaluation and treatment, and safe-guarding against injuries by proper post-offer employment testing.  Matt lives with his wife Sara, daughter Hailey, and son Asher, in Kearney.  He enjoys playing guitar, writing music, watching the Cornhuskers, spending time at his in-laws’ ranch, and playing with his kids.

Matt’s personal motto and approach to therapy:  “Vision gives pain a purpose.” ~ Kris Vallotton

Jessica Thoene, M.S., 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.  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 is “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 two 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 Nick and goldendoodle Toby. 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. 

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

Linda Koppelman, PT

Linda received her physical therapy degree from Medical College of Ohio and has 15 years of experience in geriatrics, orthopedics, neuro, pediatrics. Her favorite part of her job is seeing patients get better and get back to doing what they love. She and her husband, Bo, and their four children moved to Kearney in 2015, where they have since invested their time and energy into blessing the community and also renovating their home.  Linda’s hobbies are hiking and enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her kids.

Linda’s personal motto:  “Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for men.” (Col 3:23)

Matt Kampfe, PT

Matt was born and raised in Gothenburg, Nebraska and received an undergrad biology degree from Texas Lutheran University and his Physical Therapy degree at the University of Texas in Dallas. Matt has a wealth of knowledge and experience in physical therapy and has served the Kearney community for over 30 years. He has a wealth of knowledge in many areas including orthopedics and geriatrics. Matt’s favorite part of his job is meeting people, helping them feel better, and returning them to a functioning, healthy quality of life.His hobbies include fishing, hunting, being outdoors, words with friends, and gardening. Matt is married, has two sons, and one granddaughter.

Matt’s favorite quote is “Success tomorrow depends on choices today.” 

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.”

Adrienne Haubold, M.S., 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. 

Bailey Staab,  M.S., SLP

Bailey was born and raised in Doniphan, NE. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Bailey received her Bachelors of Science in Education for Communication Disorders in 2015 and her Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. Bailey is married and lives outside of Pleasanton on a ranch with her husband Tyler. They love being outdoors, riding their horses, and spending time with their cattle dog Lacey. Bailey enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and running half marathons!

Bailey’s favorite quote/motto: “Spread love and kindness everywhere you go let no one ever come to you without leaving happier” -Mother Teresa 

 Nora DiGregorio, MOT, OTR/L

Nora DiGregorio is an Occupational Therapist who has experience working with a variety of patient populations, including pediatric, neurological, orthopedic, and geriatric. She received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2011. She has close ties with community organizations serving children with special needs, such as the Arc of Buffalo County, as well as experience providing childcare to children with special needs throughout her college career. She enjoys public speaking and coordinating community events. Her professional experience includes working with people of all ages and helping them live to their fullest potential. She has completed many specialty courses in pediatrics, vision, neurological, and orthopedic treatment and strives to provide high quality, individualized treatment to every person she works with. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, working out, and doing anything outside. She spends much of her time with friends and in ministry work.

The quote that guides her practice is “What is impossible for people is possible for God.” (Luke 18:27)

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 Endimetrial cancer. She has been cancer-free for four 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, 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 they obtained great experience working at different hospitals and furthering their education. Paul enjoys running, photography, being outdoors, and spending time with friends.
Paul’s personal motto: “Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.”

Sara O’Neill, OTD, OTR/L

Sara received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2003, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  Sara and her husband Matt established Alpha Rehabilitation in 2004.  Sara is passionate about helping people find solutions to their challenges, and has extensive experience with pediatric, neurologic and hand injury cases.  She is certified in Physical Agent Modalities and Matheson-trained in Functional Capacity Evaluations.  Sara has served on the Kearney Area Children’s Museum Board of Directors and the Kearney Inclusive Playground Committee.  Sara and Matt live in Kearney with their two children.  Her hobbies include cooking, reading, nutrition and fitness.

Sara’s approach to therapy and personal motto is “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more….Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

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.”