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, PT
I grew up here in the Alexandria area and enjoyed playing football and wrestling. I got injured plenty, had a few surgeries, and ended up spending plenty of time with Physical Therapists in high school.
My time as a patient in the sports and rehab lead me to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science followed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree through the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND (2014.) Early on in high school and throughout grad school my desire was to specialize in orthopedics, in particular - manual therapy. The University of St. Augustine equipped me to do just that. I utilize hundreds of different specialized hands-on techniques to restore joint and soft tissue mobility, improve motion, and transform the quality of life for thousands of people - definitely a dream job.
When I'm at home, I enjoy spending time with my wife Julia our 4 littles - Micah, Liza, Ezra, and Ada. We enjoy being outdoors, going for walks, biking, fishing, boating, and spending time in community with our friends and neighbors.
Dr. Patrick Bollinger, PT, 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, PT
I grew up in the Alexandria area spending my time outdoors hunting and fishing. I was also very involved in sports and in high school I played football, basketball, and baseball. After high school I attended The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth where I was a pitcher for the baseball team. After earning my Bachelor’s degree at Scholastica I went on to get my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011.
Professionally, I have 6 years of experience working in Outpatient Private Practice PT focusing on Manual Therapy treating musculoskeletal dysfunction of the spine and extremities. I have worked here at Northwest Rehab since 2013. My education has continued with a certification in ASTYM (Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization,) and I am in the process of attaining my Manual Therapy Certification from St. Augustine University in Florida.
I enjoy spending my free time hunting, fishing, and playing basketball. I have a wife, Leslie who also works in the health care field here in Fergus falls, and we just welcomed our first child, Nash, into our lives in July of 2016. Nash has been big and exciting change to our lives.