James Olson, MAPT, MTC
I am originally from the small town of Barrett, MN growing up on a small farm with a nurse for a mother and farmer/truck driver dad. I knew from an early age that farming was not in my future so I gravitated towards a career in healthcare. I was very active athletically in high school, which lead me to a share of injuries, one of which caused me to seek out Physical Therapy. In receiving Physical Therapy myself I found the health care profession I wanted to pursue.
I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from NDSU and then continued on into my professional education receiving a Master’s in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. My wife and myself wanted to explore the US so we took our first professional jobs in Louisiana where we remained for nearly 4 years. While in Louisiana I continued to expand my clinical knowledge base by taking courses in manual therapy which focuses treatment on maximizing joint mechanics through the use of specialized hands-on treatment techniques along with specific exercises. I found the manual therapy approach to be so effective that I continued to take numerous courses in this method, eventually leading to my obtainment of a national manual therapy certification (MTC) through the University of St. Augustine. When I obtained my national certification in manual therapy I knew that I had obtained the specialized level of care required to open my own private clinic here in Alexandria, MN.
I joined up with my current partner Karen Hardine, OTR in 2001 and started Northwest Rehabilitation. Since our inception we have grown from a 2 therapist clinic in Alexandria, to now having 2 clinic locations (Alexandria and Fergus Falls) and 6 full time therapists. Our continued growth I feel is due to the unique, specialized and effective focus of our treatment (Manual Therapy). I wanted to create a clinic in which all our Physical Therapists obtain their own national certification in Manual Therapy so we can deliver a consistent product to each and every one of our patients. I have mentored each one of my therapists in various manual therapy treatment techniques and philosophies along with financially supporting them in sponsoring their required Manual Therapy continuing education courses.
On my personal front I’m married to Tami, our business’s office manager whom I have 3 children with. My hobbies are weight lifting/athletic performance, restoration of late 60’s early 70’s Mopars, along with watersports.
Karen Hardine, OTR/L
I am originally from Minneapolis, MN. A two year degree in Certified Dental Assisting from the University of Minnesota was a job I enjoyed, but decided to return to college. After graduating from St. Catherine’s University, St Paul in Occupational Therapy I moved to Illinois to start a new Occupational Therapy Department at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. I have worked in several Hospitals, a Easter Seals Center and a Rehabilitation center in both Illinois and Minnesota. I found working with work injury prevention and work related injuries to be both rewarding and satisfying.
While in Illinois I met and married by husband, Richard Hardine. We have lived in Galesburg, IL, Elgin, IL,North Aurora, IL, Golden Valley, MN and for the past 26 years in Alexandria, MN.
My professional job here in Alexandria has included treating work injuries and treating hand/arm injuries. 15 years ago I become business partners with James Olson and began Northwest Industrial Rehabilitation (aka Northwest Rehabilitation.) We have been at our current location for more than 10 years.
I have a certification in ASTYM for the upper extremities, treating early and chronic arm and hand symptoms as well as post-surgical symptoms. ASTYM treatment is the only regenerative medicine in therapy resolving tendinopathies, scar tissue and other soft tissue disorders.
My specialty is industrial rehabilitation and I have been providing prevention and management to area employers and employees for 26 years. My training for Functional Capacity Evaluations, work conditioning, pre-placement evaluations, and on-site ergonomic job analysis has been through WorkWell Systems. WorkWell System programs are internationally recognized methods in reduction of work disability.
At home, Richard and I enjoy the peace of country living entertaining friends and family. I also enjoy gardening and golfing.
Dr. John Amundson, DPT
I grew up here in the Alexandria area and enjoyed playing football, wrestling, and I even tried my hand at golf and baseball. Sports banged my body up a bit and I ended up having a couple of knee surgeries, a shoulder surgery, and some neck and low back trouble, all of which landed me in the Physical Therapy clinic.
My time as a patient in the sports and rehab world lead me to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science followed by my current Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree through the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Though pain and injuries were not the bill of health I would have asked for, they are the reason I am a PT and I absolutely love what I do.
Physical Therapy is about transformation and restoration. I'm working with my hands (manual therapy) and my head (exercise prescription) to transform a painful, dysfunctional body or body region into one that moves better and feels better. Our bodies are designed to be a means to enjoy life to the fullest, not a barrier. Our nervous system isn't meant to be wound up and worried about aches and pains. Headaches and dizziness should not be a way of life. Persistent back and neck pain is not normal. Shoulder pain should not become a chronic problem. Shin splints and achy knees should not prevent walking, running, hiking or biking.
As a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in manual therapy, I get to help restore the normal function of the human body, decrease pain, and improve quality of life. Physical Therapy, both as a professional and a patient is fantastic experience to be a part of!
Even better than being a PT is being a husband to my lovely wife Julia, and a Dad to our son Micah and daughter Liza. We enjoy going for walks, biking, and spending time in community with our friends and neighbors. And (of course!) we love what classic Alexandrian's love - spending time on the area lakes swimming, boating, and fishing.
Dr. Patrick Bollinger, DPT, MTC
I’m a native of Edgeley, ND a farming community in the Southeastern corner of the state. Growing up spending my time outdoors farming, hunting, fishing and participating in sports (football, wrestling, track, and baseball) has landed me in the Alexandria lakes area, an area that fits my active lifestyle.
Professionally I have over 10 years of experience working in Outpatient Private Practice PT focusing on Manual Therapy treating musculoskeletal dysfunction of the spine and extremities. I received my undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. I graduated from the University of Mary PT program in 2006 as part of their first doctoral class.
I have worked here at Northwest Rehab since 2007. My education has continued with a certification in ASTYM (Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization,) and in 2014 I completed my Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine in Florida.
I enjoy spending my free time with my wife Maria and our 3 young children. I also enjoy the outdoors and time on the lakes in the Alexandria area.
Dr. Jacob Wendland, DPT
Dr. Jake is a Physical Therapist practicing out of our clinic in Fergus Falls, MN.