Phileo Health Network is a Team of Independent Health and Wellness Providers
Jessie Podolak, PT, DPT, Fellow of Pain Science
Owner: Phileo Health, LLC
Jessie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, graduating with her Masters of PT degree from the College of St. Catherine in 1998, and later completing her transitional Doctorate degree at Regis University in Denver, Colorado in 2011. She has experience as a PT in hospital, skilled nursing care, aquatic, orthopedic outpatient, and private practice settings. She has developed expertise in pain science and manual therapy, working extensively with people suffering from low back pain, neck pain, joint injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain. She uses an educational and hands-on approach with her clients, believing strongly in the healing power within her patients, facilitated through knowledge, the skilled use of touch/mobilization, and self-care tools.
Jessie has a passion for seeing her clients set free from the fear, helplessness and hopelessness that accompany living in pain. Understanding that humans are incredibly integrated, mind-body-soul-beings, she treats the whole person. Using techniques recommended in current research, she walks alongside people on their journey to a healthier life. Her treatments incorporate pain neuroscience education, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and strategies to calm the nervous system. She loves to share knowledge with clients, as well as students and other health care providers. She is currently on faculty with Evidence in Motion (EIM), and she is the Program Director for EIM's Pain Science Fellowship program. As a part of EIM, she participates in research and teaches other clinicians across the country how to best serve people living in pain.
Jessie also enjoys working with athletes, in particular, runners. An avid (former) distance runner (now hiker) and previous race director herself, she strives to keep runners on the move through targeted manual therapy, strengthening, and video gait analysis. Her background in Pilates adds a fun and effective dimension to her therapeutic approach with all of her patients.
Jessie is happily married and has two grown sons and a lovely daughter-in-law. She enjoys spending time with family, learning, traveling, cooking, reading, absorbing podcasts, and working out with her friends. She has a quirky sense of humor and firmly believes Jimmy Fallon IS her boyfriend (it's okay... hubby Rick is secure in their marriage). She has a keen interest in spirituality and justice, and she tries to act on those opportunities that arise to make her home, her community, or the world a more loving, peaceful place. Sometimes she succeeds; sometimes she falls short. In particular, she is passionate about ending modern-day slavery and human trafficking, and as such, she firmly supports the work of International Justice Mission globally and Fierce Freedom locally. Her faith has given her an optimistic outlook on life as well as hope for what comes after this particular phase of our journey.
Jessie provides both PT services and Wellness services, including therapeutic massage. To schedule an appointment with Jessie, please call or text 715-271-0388, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curt Riley, PT, DPT, OCS, TPS
Owner: Turning Point Physical Therapy, LLC
Curt has worked as an outpatient Physical Therapist since graduating from Carroll University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2009. Over the last 10 years he has challenged himself to stretch the status quo and find the very best physical therapy techniques. In 2012 he earned a board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. He obtained his dry needling certification through Myopain Seminars in 2013, and completed the Therapeutic Pain Specialist certification through International Spine and Pain Institute in 2017. His passion for education and teaching has led to becoming an assistant instructor for Myopain Seminars, which is one of the leading education groups teaching dry needling treatments to therapists across the United States and world. He is also on faculty for an Orthopedic Residency Program, Specialized Physical Therapy Education, which focuses on post-graduate education for physical therapists to obtain their specialty certification in orthopedic care.
Curt considers himself an eclectic physical therapist because the one size fits all approach does not work for the dynamic individuality of each person. This goal has been the drive to pursue top level continuing education to focus on manual therapy techniques including trigger point dry needling, as well as cutting edge developments in pain neuroscience. The goal of each treatment is to give the patient the tools to help self-manage their symptoms to help shift the control of the pain to the patient rather than the pain having control over daily activities.
Curt loves family time with his wife and two small children, is a big Wisconsin sports fan, loves watching his daughter and son eat the vegetables he grew in his garden, and enjoys camping and hiking. He and his wife have always been active and hope to instill this love of nature in their children.
It would be an honor to be entrusted as your physical therapist to help you get back to doing the things that bring you joy in life.
Owner: Birch Tree Physical Therapy, LLC
Amy is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with nineteen years of experience. She has primarily practiced in an outpatient orthopedic setting, but also has experience with sports medicine. Amy graduated from the University of WI – LaCrosse in 2004 with a Master’s in PhysicalTherapy and then from Regis University in 2007 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She also is an orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association, which she earned in 2010.
In 2023, Amy created and is the owner of Birch Tree Physical Therapy, LLC. A birch tree symbolizes growth, renewal, stability, and adaptability. These are all attributes of what she finds Physical Therapy and wellness services should include! Amy uses a hands on approach with her expertise in manual therapy and skilled therapeutic exercises to bring optimal results with her patients. Amy takes a whole body approach to her assessment and treatment strategies as each person has their own story and journey that is molded into their health and wellness. She places a high value in taking the time to educate her patients so they have a better understanding of their body to reduce the fear that can accompany pain and to improve the level of understanding in the healing journey. Amy also seeks to find the most appropriate tools and strategies for each person to gain the ability to self manage their symptoms to allow
them to improve their activity level and quality of life.
Amy is happily married and the mother of one energetic boy who keeps her on the go! She enjoys spending most of her free time with her family! Together, they enjoy cycling, traveling, gardening, camping, hunting, and going on adventures near and far. She also enjoys slowing down spending time reading and with photography. She is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and it brings her joy to share that lifestyle with others. Amy's faith is an integral part of her life, and she is grateful for the freedom to practice her profession in step with her values.
Carleen Sterner MD – NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Practitioner, Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, Certified Laughter Yoga leader, Mindful Change Life Coach
Owner: Ayurveda by Carleen (Creative Life Coaching)
Carleen is a wife, mother, friend, artist, Nature lover, outdoor enthusiast, and a healer. She graduated from the University of Calgary Medical School (Alberta, Canada) in 1988 and practiced as a Family Physician in Canada and the USA (Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, WI) for almost 25 years prior to transitioning to a career in holistic healing.
Carleen has always been drawn to integrative medicine, food as medicine, concepts of wellness and consciousness, and lifestyle measures/choices that support health and ease rather than just managing dis-ease.
Carleen’s journey to evolve her personal practice of the art and science of healing began gradually, inspired by many wonderful connections with patients, colleagues, friends, and family during her medical career. Her interest and curiosity to explore self-healing beyond the boundaries of Western medicine intensified after her own encounter with breast cancer. It was a rather major milestone that began a more major shift in direction as a healing guide in an ongoing journey to expand awareness of what “health” and wholeness really meant, and how to live more consciously with “ease”, as opposed to “dis-ease."
It eventually became evident to Carleen that the structure for the practice of allopathic medicine was not working for her – she was feeling like a “round peg trying to fit into a square hole”. Carleen began to learn more about “energy work” through a friend who was a Reiki master. She began to explore her intuition, and the whispers of her heart, and gradually move beyond what she had been taught, and thought, “healing” should look like. As she continued to clarify her purpose and passion, she became a Mindful Change Life Coach (Creative Life Coaching LLC), Reiki Practitioner (level 2), certified Laughter Yoga Leader, an Ayurvedic Body Therapy provider (training 2016), and now a NAMA Certified Ayurvedic Health Counsellor and Practitioner (graduated from the Radiant Living Online School of Ayurveda Fall 2017).
Carleen is excited to share the journey towards wellness along a path that empowers a return to wholeness and health utilizing the guidance and principles of Ayurveda.
While no longer practicing as a licensed MD, Carleen feels blessed to have her training and experience as an allopathic physician to complement the journey to wellness along a path that empowers a return to wholeness and health as expressed through the principles and practices of Ayurveda (learn more here).
As a “well-care/preventive care” and holistic healing system, Ayurveda embraces and incorporates both ancient wisdom and the discoveries of modern science and research. It is a constantly evolving system that seeks to support a return to, and maintenance of, our optimal state of harmony for mind-body-spirit through awareness of our diet and lifestyle choices. Carleen believes in a whole person, heart-centered approach to understanding both our individual selves and our interconnectedness. Living LIFE with vitality and vigor, clarity and joy, compassion and kindness, love and laughter, gratitude and grace, empowers our innate capacity for healing and happiness.
Applying the principles of Ayurveda provides the structure for Carleen’s purpose to facilitate healing and transformation for herself and others; we are, after all, “all in this together”. Carleen finds her own center when she gets back to nature – which is often her form of meditation (just BEing present and connecting with senses to the natural world), gets to connect with family and friends, and when holding space for time to express her creativity (art, dancing, making jewelry). She has come to appreciate the flow yoga brings to her life and the gift of breath awareness to create an oasis of peace and calm when needed.
Carleen supports learning to ALLOW what life brings while also choosing to create the life you get to experience. She welcomes the opportunity to connect, provide guidance, and hold space for the healing process for all individuals seeking to actively work on expanding their awareness to create their health and wellBEing.
Diane Bryant, RN
Owner: Soul Spaces
How then are we to live? The journey of this life is replete with questions, mysteries, sorrows, wonders, joys, pains and unknowns. To what must we bring attention so that we are able to receive life fully and flourish?
The practice of spiritual direction/soul shepherding broadened the landscape of my awareness of all that previously shaped me. In my fifth decade the contemplative life became an intent of my soul. Several faith streams influenced me along the the way including my Catholic upbringing, charismatic influences in college, evangelical focuses and ministry via avenues of my RN profession, faith community nursing,
pastoral care and mentoring. My certification in spiritual direction, received via Christos Center in Lino Lakes, MN, further equipped me to join others in their path to know and be known.
In the gift of spiritual direction, as a prayerfully focused attentive listener, I join you in the sacred space the Spirit inhabits. Drawing upon practices of silence, prayer, Christ-centric imaginative immersion in the Gospels, the collective work of the Trinity, and intersection with God's creation, we together listen attentively for the Spirit to open the spaces within. In these holy moments I have witnessed the mother/father Love of God bring awareness and healing. This slow movement of God guides each one to
becoming fully all God intends.
Each day I am blessed to share life with my husband of many years, our adult children and our delightful nine grandchildren. I am an avid reader who also enjoys reflective writing and forming haiku poetry, cheesemaking, gardening, biking, camping, long solitary walks and encircling trees with my arms!
Shelly Strum, LMT
Owner: Reset, LLC
Shelly graduated as a massage therapist from the professional hair design academy in 2019. She is passionate about massage and has seen the amazing benefits bodywork can provide. She specializes in relaxation, deep tissue and cupping. Shelly believes each massage is unique and a learning experience, and she is continually learning new techniques to help meet the needs of each client.
Shelly enjoys going on adventures to Lake Superior with her daughter and spending time with her family. In the summer you can find her at the farmers market and kayaking down the Chippewa River with friends and family. Shelly is often painting with her daughter, hiking and playing at Carson Park.
Shelly offers relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, cupping and aromatherapy. Appointment times range from 30-120 minutes (available upon request.) Along with in office massage, she also offers traveling massage and massage parties for an additional fee.
To contact Shelly for more information on massage services/parties you can call/text 715-225-2944 or find her on Facebook at Reset LLC/Shelly Strum LMT. You can email her at email@example.com and online booking is available at https://shelly-strum-lmt.square.site/