Elise Spronk joined Kinetic Edge in 2006. She is an occupational therapist who specializes in pediatrics and hand therapy, and is a partner of the company. Her mission at Kinetic Edge is to provide hope and help to her clients through therapy sessions that are meaningful and fun (especially for the kids), and improve their overall function.
Elise earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of South Dakota in 1997. She is also certified by Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy as a Lymphedema Specialist. Elise and her husband Scott live in Pella with their two sons.
FUN FACTS ABOUT ELISE:
Hobbies: Shopping, home decorating projects, and traveling to see extended family members
Something on her bucket list: Visit national parks in a RV, even though she’s rarely camped in her life
Melissa Hansen, PT, DPT
Partner, Clinic Manager, & Doctor of Physical Therapy
Melissa Hansen serves as a physical therapist for Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy, as well as the Pella clinic manager and a partner in the company. She is also certified in dry needling. Her mission is to serve patients and clients well while treating the entire patient.
Melissa earned her masters and doctorate in physical therapy from St. Ambrose University after receiving her bachelor’s in exercise science from the University of Iowa. Melissa lives in Pella with her husband, Ted, and two sons.
FUN FACTS ABOUT MELISSA:
Favorite movie: Grease
Something on her bucket list: Visit Australia
Actress she’d pick to play her life: Drew Barrymore
Liz Vermeer, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Liz Vermeer serves as a physical therapist for Kinetic Edge. Her mission is to help others improve their quality of life by helping them learn more effective ways to move with less pain.
Liz earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Physical therapy from the University of Iowa. (GO HAWKS!) Liz is from Carroll, Iowa, and moved to Pella in July of 2009. In her free time, she enjoys running, being outside and spending time with her husband, Micah, and her daughters, Sophia, Claire, Nora and Eve.
FUN FACTS ABOUT LIZ:
Favorite ice cream flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Favorite place to visit: Seattle, WA
She has 8 older siblings and 28 nephews and nieces!
Ashley Beekman serves occupational therapy clients in our Pella clinic and at Vermeer Ranch, where she provides hippotherapy – an OT treatment method with use the of equine as a treatment tool. Ashley also administers pre-work screens and drug screens. Her mission is to provide servant-hearted care for those who have health care needs.
This Fulton, Illinois native moved to Pella to attend Central College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in athletic training. She went on to earn her Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Indian Hills before joining the Kinetic Edge team in 2014. Ashley lives outside of Pella with her husband, Spencer, son, Beckett, and their two corgi dogs, Wrigley and Remi.
FUN FACTS ABOUT ASHLEY:
Celebrity she hopes will come to Kinetic Edge: Anthony Rizzo! Go Cubs Go!
Something on her bucket list: Learn sign language
Hobbies: Running, going on walks, hunting, fishing, DIY projects, watching movies, baking/cooking, being outdoors
Dustin Briggs, ATC, CSCS, NRAEMT, FMS
Health & Injury Management & Prevention Coordinator, Athletic Trainer, and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Dustin Briggs is the Health and Injury Management and Prevention Coordinator at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy. At Kinetic Edge, Dustin helps with athletic training coordination, drug screen coordination, pre-work screens, 3M onsite injury management, and medical fitness program. His mission for working at Kinetic Edge is to provide thoughtful evidence-based and movement-based care for clients in the workplace and in the area high schools.
Dustin earned his master’s degree in kinesiology and health promotion with an athletic training emphasis from the University of Kentucky after earning his bachelors in athletic training from the University of Northern Iowa. He is active with the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society and is a past president and currently volunteers for the Grinnell fire department. This lifelong learner and advocate of the profession has also served as a college instructor for seven years. Dustin and his wife Lisa have seven kids and live in Grinnell.
FUN FACTS ABOUT DUSTIN:
If he were an animal, he’d be a: Beaver because they have lots of skills and like to be busy
Favorite movie: Star Wars or any Avengers/Marvel movie
Favorite band: O.A.R., Mumford & Sons, and Beach Boys
Laura Van Zee
Laura Van Zee is the care coordinator at our Pella location. Laura answers the phones, welcomes clients into the office, helps with your questions, schedules appointments, and pitches in with whatever else is needed! Laura loves working with people and loves being able to do that at a place that offers hope and healing.
Laura and her husband Myron live in Pella. They have four kids and eight grandkids. When she’s not at Kinetic Edge, you’ll likely find her spending time with her family or cooking and baking!
FUN FACTS ABOUT LAURA:
Food she’d eat for the rest of her life: Peanut butter
Favorite season: Spring
Stevin Sturtz, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Stevin Sturtz works as a physical therapist at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy’s Pella location. Stevin’s mission is to help Iowans get back to their best by listening, learning, and working together to create an individualized treatment plan specific to them!
Stevin earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine and his Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. He is originally from Pleasant Hill, IA.
FUN FACTS ABOUT STEVIN:
Hobbies: Watching and playing; Basketball, Tennis, Football, and Swimming. I also enjoy hiking, spelunking, playing games with family and friends, and getting to know people!
Dream Vacation: Touring Oceania (New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, Fuji)
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Sarandyn Curtis, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Sarandyn serves as a physical therapist assistant for Kinetic Edge in Pella. Her mission is to help others through the power of movement, and to get involved with the community through volunteer work and community events.
Sarandyn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology from Iowa State University. She earned her Physical Therapy Assistant education from Mercy College of Health Sciences. Sarandyn is originally from Oskaloosa, Iowa. In her free time, she enjoys lifting weights, going on walks, visiting city/state/national parks, listening to podcasts, cooking, visiting with family and friends, cleaning, and drinking coffee.
FUN FACTS ABOUT SARANDYN:
Bucket List Item: Backpack across Europe & visit Harry Potter World
Her favorite movie: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Dream Vacation: To travel across the US and hike/camp at national/state parks and sleep in a tent to really enjoy the nature and natural beauty!
Sara Schroeder, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Sara Schroeder serves as a physical therapist for Kinetic Edge in Oskaloosa and Pella. Her mission is to serve and be involved in the community and provide the utmost quality care to create happy and healthy individuals.
Sara earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Central College, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University. She is also Level 1 certified in Functional Dry Needling. Sara is originally from Montezuma, Iowa. In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, lifting weights, and traveling. Sara and her husband, Lee, have a son, Arthur.
FUN FACTS ABOUT SARA:
Dream Vacation: Norway
Bucket List Item: Taking a trip to Alaska
Favorite band/singer: Kip Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs