Physical Therapy Team

Finally! A physical therapy clinic in Boise and Meridian PERFECT for individuals suffering from back pain, knee pain, or shoulder pain who want help without pain pills, injections, or surgery.

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!


Dr. 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.


Dr. Matthew R. Candau, PT, DPT, MPhtySt, MTC

Hometown: Danville, California

Degrees: Doctor of Physical Therapy (Evidence in Motion Institute for Health Professionals), 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). 

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!


Dr. 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.


Dr. Devyn R. Dodge, PT, DPT

Hometown: Lancaster, California

Degrees: Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Azusa Pacific University) and Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Physiology/Physical Therapy (Biola University).

Why Physical Therapy? Devyn has been an active person her entire life as a competitive gymnast, cheerleader and soccer player with hobbies such as snowboarding, wakeboarding and riding motorcycles. Her love for the medical field started while volunteering at a hospital in high school. During an internship in college she got her first taste of the physical therapy world, and after only a few weeks she knew she had found her calling in life.  Physical Therapy is the perfect blend of the medical field that helps people get out and do what they love pain free. Nothing beats the joy of seeing a person’s face when they reach their goals. Whether small goals like first steps after surgery, or big goals like an athlete returning to the field, every day is a day closer to reaching that goal.  

Specialties: Physical Therapy, certified ASTYM provider

Hobbies: Devyn loves to do anything that involves spending time with her husband and two daughters. Whether that’s camping, boating, or riding bikes during the summer to snowboarding, snowmobiling or sledding during the winter


Kelli Duren, PTA

Hometown: Soda Springs, Idaho

Degrees: Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant and also Massage Therapy (Idaho State University College of Technology)

Why Physical Therapy? Kelli has been active in sports growing up playing everything from basketball, volleyball, track & field, and softball. In 8th grade, Kelli tore her ACL playing basketball requiring surgery and rehab following. She loved the idea of being able to help people achieve the same success she got from her therapy and help others get back to doing what they enjoy. Kelli completed the Massage Therapy program in 2009 and worked part-time as a MT while completing the PTA program. She became active in bodybuilding and powerlifting within the past few years which has helped her in more ways than just strength training but also educating herself and others on how to avoid future injuries.

Specialties: Physical & Massage Therapy

Hobbies: Weighlifting, competing in powerlifting, mountain biking, skiing, camping, hiking, and spending time with her husband and pets.


Tim Rowe, PTA

Hometown: Sedro-Woolley WA

Degrees/education: Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapy (Green River College)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Tim has always been very physically active and amazed by the human body’s ability to heal and learn to adapt in the face of adversity. He is passionate about helping people get back to doing what they love living a pain-free life while utilizing the latest research in manual therapy and exercises for strength and movement. He believes that his diverse background and personal experience with injury allows him to provide personalized treatment for each patient in a compassionate and effective way.

Specialties: Lumbo-Sacral dysfunction, post rotator cuff repair rehab, ARTs, METs, rehab following joint replacement

Hobbies: Tim loves kayaking, playing his guitar and banjo, running, biking, snowboarding, camping, spending time with his wife Megan and two daughters Caitlin and Claire


Ryan Duren, Therapy Trainer

Hometown: Austin, Minnesota

Degrees: In progress of Associates in Applied Science in PTA and a Bachelor's in health science

Why Physical Therapy?: Health is wealth and movement is medicine. Having personally been through Physical Therapy several times in his life and experiencing the benefits, Ryan wants to help people achieve the same benefits by healing the body through movement.

Specialties: Expertise in strength training exercises as an elite-level National powerlifter.

Hobbies: Ryan enjoys mountain biking, strength training and camping


Miranda McReynolds, Therapy Trainer

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science (Boise State University)

Why Physical Therapy?  Miranda has participated in sports as long as she can remember and has a passion for physical fitness and team atmospheres.  She enjoys helping people and wants to be able to get them back to enjoying their lifestyles they had prior to their injury.  Miranda is fascinated by how the systems of the body interact, specifically the musculoskeletal system.

Specialties:  Exercise Trainer

Hobbies: Running in the foothills, playing and coaching basketball, hiking, working out, and spending time with friends and family.


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 Guard.


Zac Heyrend, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Idaho Falls, Idaho

Degrees:  Associate of Art and Associate of Science, Paradise Community College. Bachelor of Science in Biology, Boise State

Why Physical Therapy?: Helping people regain the ability to take part in their sports, hobbies and passions or just helping them get back to a level of function that is required to live happily is such a rewarding experience that Zac feels he has to be a part of it!

Specialties: Professional river rat/Gambler- worked as a professional guide on a number of rivers throughout the United States and Central America.

Hobbies:  Zac is an outdoor enthusiast, he enojoys mountaineering, kayaking, and white water rafting, It also brings him much joy being a husband to his wife Brittany and being a new father to his daughter


Chad Blair, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Boise, Idaho

Degrees:  Bachelor of Science and Exercise Science and Health, University of Idaho

Why Physical Therapy?: Chad played sports all the way through highschool and continues to have a love for sports. Seeing friends and family go through extensive therapy just to get back to doing what they love has sparked a passion for helping others. Becoming a part of that process is what drives him to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy today.

Specialties: Exercise science including proper bio mechanics for the fastest recovery time.

Hobbies:  Chad enjoys weightlifting, swimming, basketball and spending time with family and friends.


Kerby Andersen, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Notus, Idaho

Degrees:  Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Health, Exercise Science, Eastern Oregon University

Why Physical Therapy?: Kerby began competing in athletics at a young age. As a decorated multi-sport athlete in high school and collegiate track and field sprinter and pole vaulter, Kerby has experience with a wide variety of athletic activities. An injury while in high school removed a college athletic scholarship offer and required Kerby to participate in rehabilitation with a physical therapist. During his time in rehabilitation Kerby fell in love with the science behind the human body and how it functions. Kerby’s experience with physical therapy prompted him to pursue a career in physical therapy as well as allow for a successful collegiate athletic career. Kerby has worked as a personal trainer and coaches high school track and field

Specialties: Exercise trainer

Hobbies:  Kerby enjoys most all outdoor and athletic/fitness activities and is a car, motorcycle, boat, and firearm enthusiast.


Lindsay Williams, Licensed Massage Therapist

Hometown: Kirkland, Washington

Degrees:  Idaho School of Massage Therapy Program,  Pursuing Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (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, Patient Care Coordinator

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, Clinic Administrator

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.