Physical Therapy Team

Idaho Spine and Sports Physical Therapy proudly employs dedicated therapists and trainers who are passionate about the recovery of ALL patients. 

Meet our team members:

Owner:  Bret Adams, PT, MPT, ATC, CSCS

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Degrees:  Masters of Physical Therapy (Idaho State University) and Bachelors of Exercise Science (Brigham Young University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Bret has always been intrigued by the miraculous human body and how it functions. When looking at possible careers, he knew that he wanted to be a physical therapist directly involved in helping people. Having the chance to experience physical therapy as a patient due to a knee injury and a back injury, Bret discovered the perfect profession to fit his interests. Bret loves to see people improve their lives.  

Bret and his team are always advancing their knowledge in the profession to keep up on the latest research and techniques that provide the best results.  He respects every patient and communicates the benefits of health and wellness so clear that patients understand and recover successfully. 

Specialties:  Bret has a wide range of certifications including McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy, Athletic Training, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is an ASTYM Provider.  As a physical therapist for more than 20 years, he is an expert in back pain and neck pain.

Hobbies:  Bret loves spending time with his 3 children.  You can also find him doing anything and everything in the great outdoors from biking, hiking, rafting, snowmobiling, and golfing.  Bret also never misses an episode of American Idol!


Jeffrey R. Taylor, PT, DPT

Hometown:  Fruitland, Idaho

Degrees:  Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Idaho State University) and Bachelor of Science (Boise State University) 

Following Boise State University, Jeff moved to Pocatello, Idaho to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Idaho State University (ISU). While at ISU, Jeff had the opportunity to focus his clinical rotations on outpatient orthopedics. Jeff graduated from ISU in 2012 at the top of his class with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.  Jeff is certified in athletic training and is a certified ASTYM provider.

Why Physical Therapy?:  Jeff enjoys the unique opportunity to help individuals return to a high functional status and improve their quality of life by participating in physical therapy.  Jeff's patients range between the ages of 8-97 years old.  Jeff is kind, patient, and truly cares about the patients' well-being.  Jeff sees patients with injuries, from pre-operative and post operative physical therapy in hip fracture recovery and total knee replacements.

Specialties:  Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  As an Idaho native, Jeff enjoys all outdoor activities, such as, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, and rafting. Jeff also tries to stay active with participation in recreational sports, cardiovascular training, and resistance training.


Matthew R. Candau, PT, MPhtySt, MTC

Hometown: Danville, CA

Degrees: Master of Physiotherapy Studies (University of Queensland, Australia) and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Rehabilitation Science, Health, Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management (University of Hawaii at Manoa).  Matt is currently finishing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a specialization in Orthopedics.

Why Physical Therapy?: Matt has been an athlete all his life, from playing competitive golf in High School, to Football in College and Rugby at the University and Semi-Professional levels both in the UK and Australia. Throughout his sporting career, Matt spent a lot of time with various PT’s who were all doing everything they could to keep him doing what he loved. This is where his respect for and interest in Physical Therapy started. Matt loves working with people and helping them succeed.

Matt is Australian educated and was trained in McKenzie, Maitland and Mulligan techniques by some of the fields leading researchers and practitioners. His diverse background and personal experience with injury allows him to connect with his patients so that they can work together to achieve a common goal.

Specialties: Matt is a Certified Manual Therapist, which means he has undergone an additional year and a half of specialized training in providing hands-on manual therapy techniques.

Hobbies: Matt loves to do most anything that involves being outdoors, especially hunting, golfing, skiing and camping. Matt also enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, and is excited to call Idaho home!


Brian Holgate, PT, MPT

Hometown:  Boise, Idaho

Degrees:  Masters of Physical Therapy (Idaho State University) and Bachelor of Athletic Training (Boise State University)

Why Physical Therapy?:   Brian injured his back while preparing for a competition.  A classmate of his who was in the athletic training program at Boise State University encouraged him to have one of his team physicians assess him; he reluctantly agreed.  Brian was referred to physical therapy where he was evaluated and provided with a home exercise program.  The physical therapist made Brian promise to perform these seemingly silly exercises for 4 weeks before he passed judgment on whether or not they would provide benefit.  After 3 weeks, he felt significantly better and returned to competition.  "I was interested in health and fitness and wanted to be able to help others like physical therapy helped me.  I entered the athletic training program and, long story short, on to physical therapy school! Now I get to assist others as well!"

Specialties:  Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  Weightlifting, dual sport motorcycling, fly fishing, and camping


Kristen Folger, PT, DPT

Hometown:  Salem, Oregon

Degrees:  Doctorate of Physical Therapy (A.T.  Still University, Mesa, Arizona)  and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (Boise State University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Kristen has always enjoyed helping others achieve their goals and she wanted a career that would allow her to make a positive difference in people's lives on a day to day basis.  She was first exposed to PT following her mother's hip replacement surgery and from there her interested in the medical field took off.  Physical Therapy seemed like the perfect fit due to her athletic background and her eagerness to help others achieve an active lifestyle.

Specialities:  Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  Playing with her dog, Hailey, including fetch at any of the local parks or taking her to the river to swim.  Road trips all over the country; her goal is to visit all 50 states.  Participating in any and all recreational sports and staying active with cardiovascular fitness and resistance training.


Megan Nimer, PTA

Hometown:  Colorado Springs, Colorado

Degrees:  Bachelor in Exercise Science (Brigham Young University) and PTA (Provo College)

Why Physical Therapy?:   When Megan was in high school, she was injured playing soccer and needed physical therapy.  Her PT got her ready for basketball try-outs.  During the season, her PT even attended one of her games and it showed her that she was really cared about as a person, not just a patient.  Megan is able to develop that type of relationship with people through assisting in their recovery process and helping individuals get back to the activities they love. 

Specialties:  Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  Megan enjoys sports, such as basketball, tennis, soccer and loves being outside camping, fishing and boating.  She loves helping people feel better, especially with massage and hands on techniques.


Kevin Racine, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Boise, Idaho

Degrees:  Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Health (University of Idaho)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Since the age of 5, Kevin has participated in team/individual sports including wrestling, rugby, and football.  Unfortunately those activities came with their fair share of injuries.  However, that helped introduce Kevin to physical therapy and he was able to experience firsthand just how beneficial and impactful therapy can be.  "It is very rewarding to see patients progress over the course of their treatments while increasing their functional status and I also enjoy forming relationships with them as they go."  Kevin is currently applying to physical therapy school for fall 2016.

Specialties:  Exercise Trainer. Making sure patients perform exercises/stretches with proper form so they can receive the maximum benefits from their home exercise plan and treatment plan of care.

Hobbies:  Playing and coaching rugby, weightlifting, firefighting, swimming, hiking, camping, traveling, watching American Ninja Warrior


Todd Rydalch, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Boise, Idaho

Degrees:  Bachelors of Science in Political Science & International Relations (Boise State University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  As a former competitive Power lifter Todd perfected the overall mechanics of body movement and exercise. He enjoys learning about the biomechanics of physical therapy and the many elements that go into patient recovery. Todd enjoys training people in physical fitness and instructing them on how to use exercise to reach their goals. He likes to use the mechanics of physical therapy to help people return to full functional mobility and to see the final results of a positive physical fitness program. 

Specialties:  NCCPT National Certified Personnel Trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. 

Hobbies:  Todd likes weightlifting, golfing, bicycling, fishing, and hiking. Todd proudly served in the U.S. Military.


Jacklyn Chin, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Boise, Idaho

Degrees:  Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Health, with a minor in Psychology (University of Idaho)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Jackyln played nearly every sport growing up, which included many different injuries. The biggest injury led to a knee surgery and physical therapy to get her back to sports. From then on she always wanted to work in the physical therapy field. Helping people get back to activities that they love is the greatest reward in this field and she is so glad that she can be a part of it.

Specialties:  Exercise Scientist; Ensuring proper biomechanics of the body in stretches and exercises.

Hobbies:  Playing and coaching volleyball and basketball, wakeboarding, boating, fishing, hiking, and a proud soldier in the Idaho Army National Gaurd.


Amber Wurzel, Licensed Massage Therapist

Hometown:  Pocatello, ID

Degrees:  Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy, Bachelor of Health Science at Idaho at Idaho State University.

Why Massage Therapy?:  I thoroughly enjoy helping people live the best lives possible. I enjoy the one-on-one aspect of massage therapy, and I love to hear that clients are living a more pain and stress free life because of massage therapy.

Specialties: Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, and Swedish Massage.

Hobbies:  Camping, swimming, reading, fishing, and laughing.


Jason Epp, Licensed Massage Therapist

Hometown:  Maun, Botswana, Africa

Degrees: Carrington College Massage Therapy Program

Why Massage Therapy?:   Jason has a passion for helping people and loves working with his hands.  He loves working with people to get them back on their feet.

Specialties:  Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and trigger point therapy.

 


Péter Mester, Licensed Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner

Hometown: Kecskemét, Hungary

Specialties:  Applied Pshyco-Neurobiology, Autonomic Response Testing, the most sophisticated form kinesiology or muscle feedback system as well as most popular modalities.

Why Massage Therapy?: As an athlete himself, he understands the importance of regular bodywork.


Lindsay Williams, Licensed Massage Therapist

Hometown: Kirkland, Washington

Degrees:  Idaho School of Massage Therapy Program,  Pursuing Bachelor of Science in Kenesiology (2017) with an emphasis in Exercise Science (Boise State University)

Why Massage Therapy?:  I enjoy helping people reduce or eliminate their pain through hands on work of the musculoskeletal system.  I would like to continue my journey in physical therapy in the future, so I love the hands on experience and knowledge I am gaining through massage.

Specialties:  Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage

Hobbies: running, skiing, aerial yoga, kickboxing, Spartan racing


Michelle Ellesmere-Jones, Scribe

Hometown:  Boise, Idaho

Degrees:  Bachelors of Health Science (Boise State University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Michelle has always been fascinated by the medical profession and amazed at how the human body can work and repair itself.  She loves the patient relationships formed through physical therapy and the appreciation people have after regaining their quality of life.  Physical therapy promotes others to stay active and healthy, which she has a strong passion for.  Michelle is currently working to go to medical school. 

Hobbies:  Michelle enjoys spending time with her friends, relaxing at her cabin in McCall, snowboarding, weekend getaways, and anything involving her two pups, Miley and Bailey.


Aimee Aulner, Billing Coordinator

Hometown:  Blackfoot, Idaho

Schools Attended:  Idaho State University

Why Physical Therapy?:  Aimee enjoys the reward of watching and helping patients regain their strength and mobility.  Aimee is known for cheering patients up and politely correcting their exercise when needed.  Aimee will often bring in baked cookies and other sweets to the clinic for patients and staff.

Specialties:  Exercising and running.  Aimee ensures that the patients are following their Home Exercise Program and complete their plan of care.

Hobbies:  Amazing baker, running 5k marathons, playing fetch with her cat, and camping.


Emily Candau, Marketing Coordinator

Hometown:  Orange, California

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies- Emphasis in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication (California State University, Long Beach)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Emily has always had a passion for health and fitness, as well as meeting new people and helping others. Working in this industry allows her to be  a part of it all!

Hobbies:  Spending time with her husband and enjoying activites such as hiking, spending time with her dog, camping, working out, watching movies, dancing, going to concerts, cooking and baking. 


Amanda Andrews, Front Desk


Hometown:  Asotin, Washington

Degrees:  Bachelors of Natural Science Education at Eastern Washington University

Why Physical Therapy?:  Amanda has always had a passion for helping others, staying active and promoting a healthy lifestyle.  She enjoys interacting with patients and helping them follow their treatment plan.  Not only is she fascinated with how the body recovers but loves witnessing the confidence in patients when they graduate from physical therapy.

Hobbies:  Camping, hiking, biking, hot springs, baking, and playing guitar.


Mika Duran, Front Desk

Hometown:  Nampa, Idaho

Why Physical Therapy?:  Since an early age, Mika has always been captivated by the way the human body works and what we can simply do with our two hands to fix it, if there is ever a problem.  She plans on enrolling back into school next year to further her fascination and pursue her dream career in becoming a pediatric nurse.  Her favorite part of working at ISSPT is witnessing patients who came in limping and in pain and having them, in just a few short weeks, walking out with complete confidence!

Hobbies:  Mika's hobbies include hanging out with her closest friends on the weekends and holding a bible study for high school girls one night a week and young adults on another night.