Dr. April Mettler, PT
Thank you for visiting our page! As a DPT graduate of 2008, I am the “old lady” on the block. I am also the generally dysfunctionally functional human that is the vision behind CC’s. I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have this incredible team here to serve you, our community and this region. The inspiration I receive from my team daily to strive for excellence and continue to grow and expand is infectious and exhilarating. We are a team of healthcare workers that are here to change the face of not only physical therapy, but what “HealthCare” means to you #wewillchangeyourmind.
My career starts from humble beginnings of employment that calculated out to working for peanuts in an environment that was anything but inspirational. I knew that I was officially the worst “employee”. I knew that if my life on this Earth was going to be well spent, I needed to to do it my way.
After lots of reflection and lots of wine, I derived CC’s from the inspiration of my grandmothers, Clara and Catherine. That is correct, I am not CC. Grandmothers are the true embodiment of a life well lived: a soft hand, a nurturing heart, the grit of a Viking, and a warm plate of brownies. CC’s is a small representation of that. We are dedicated, educated, caring, and raw. Our office is warm. The feeling is cared-for. The care is authentic. I hope that each person that walks through our doors feels a sense of entering a place they feel welcomed. The place of comfort. And the place that inspires them to be everything they are called to be. I look forward to meeting you and also knowing you.
Dr. Jenny Johnson, PT, OCS, ATC, LAT
Clinic Director of Education and Compliance
Hey everyone! Dr. Jenny here, and I am a physical therapist and Clinical Director of Education and Compliance for CC’s Physical Therapy. I was born and raised in Bismarck, and just love being a part of this wonderful community! I attended the University of Mary to obtain my Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training (’06) as well as my Doctorate in Physical Therapy (’09). I worked as a certified athletic trainer around Bismarck/Mandan during grad school and have lots of experience working with athletes. After graduation I moved to Miles City, MT, where I spent five years working with various patient populations including acute care, orthopedics, neurology, geriatrics, sports medicine, as well as pediatrics.
In 2014, I moved back to Bismarck to work at CC’s and it makes me so proud to see where this organization has grown and expanded over the last few years. The energy and drive of this “work family” is nothing short of incredible!
In 2016, I obtained my board certification as an Orthopedic Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. Studying for this exam was the most humbling yet educational experience of my career thus far.
Over the last few years I have completed continuing education courses in myofascial release, spinal manipulation of the lumbar and cervical spine, functional dry needling (level 1, 2, and functional therapeutics), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (level 1 and 2), kinesiotaping courses, myofascial decompression (cupping), sports medicine courses, and vestibular and vertigo courses. In 2017, Dr. April and I attended the Private Practice Summit in Chicago and learned some wonderful insights into the business side of our business. I have taken courses in Therapeutic Neuroscience Education to incorporate the latest research on chronic pain to my patients’ plans of care. Functional movement has been my jam lately, and I just finished Chain Reaction and working through 3D-MAPS from the Gray Institute. What can I say, NERD ALERT! I just can’t get enough of learning and love to see how our profession is constantly changing and evolving. My “clinical toolbox” allows me to use functional assessment, manual therapy, corrective exercise, and lots of patient education to help people do what THEY want to do, which is always our end goal right?! I’m also adjunct faculty for the University of Mary Physical Therapy program, and thoroughly enjoy time with my students.
Outside of the office, I love spending time with my husband, Brock, and our wonderful kiddos, Bria and Rylee. They are truly my pride and joy, and I get such enjoyment from the things they are learning and all the funny things that they say. We enjoy kayaking, traveling, watching baseball, or spending time with family.
I look forward to helping you move well and feel better to do what makes YOU happy!
Dr. Calvin Crawford, PT
Dr. Chloe Sandberg, PT
Physical Therapist Specializing in Trigger Point Dry Needling
My appreciation for the human body started early on having been raised in an active/outdoor family and growing up as a 3 sport athlete in Frazee, MN. While I was lucky enough to make it through my volleyball-basketball-softball days without a major, devastating injury, I still gained a large appreciation for what my body, and specifically the musculoskeletal system, could do for me. I went into my first year at Bemidji State University with an undecided major but knowing I wanted to do something in healthcare, and all it took was for a PT to come in as a guest speaker in one class for me to know that is what I wanted to do!
I then laid out my plan – I would finish my Bachelor’s in Exercise Science with a Minor in Psychology in 3 years, take a gap year and work as a PT aide or tech in Fargo, ND, then move to Bismarck, ND to start the University of Mary’s DPT program in the fall of 2015. Not sure if it was because the stars aligned or because I am just enough Type A personality that I executed my plan every step of the way, but here I am on the other side of it!
I graduated with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Mary in spring of 2018 and landed what I can now say is my dream job at CC’s Physical Therapy, one of the clinics I was fortunate enough to be placed at for one of my 10-week clinical rotations in fall 2017. Because I spent nearly 3 months learning from CC’s on the student end, when I started after graduation I never went through the awkward first big girl job phase. I consider myself lucky to have felt right at home from the very start! I am grateful to learn something new at work everyday as learning really starts through direct patient care. Since starting at CC’s, I’ve already been able to have a variety of continuing education opportunities and look forward to the growth in other areas I can foster in the future.
On a more personal note, I am married to my high school sweetheart, Nate. He is the Safety and Environmental Manager at Northern Improvement, Co in Bismarck as well. Remember when I talked about my “school plan” above? Well I drug him along for all of it, including out to Bismarck when he had never even been here before! Right now we have a sweet little 18 month old daughter, Leigha, and I am currently expecting baby #2 in July 2021. We enjoy getting outside as much as we can whether it be just for walks or for UTV rides.
If our paths should cross and I am privileged enough to get the chance to be part of your healthcare team, I look forward to hopefully making a difference in your life!
Dr. Kayla Kranda, PT, OCS
Physical Therapist Specializing in Trigger Point Dry Needling
I grew up in Mandan and knew I wanted to be a physical therapist from a young age. I was inspired by my late younger brother, Jesse, who was born with cerebral palsy. I would tag along to his physical therapy sessions and loved helping him with the “homework” his therapist would give him. I attended the University of Mary to obtain my Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science (’12) as well as my Doctorate in Physical Therapy (’15). After graduation, my husband Tom and I worked as traveling physical therapists for 4 years. We greatly enjoyed being able to explore our country while doing what we loved! We moved back to the Bismarck/Mandan area in the fall of 2019 and I have been a part of the great team here at CC’s ever since!
I completed my Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification through the American College of Sports Medicine in 2012 and obtained my board certification as an Orthopedic Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy in 2020. In pursuing these certifications, I have gained a deep understanding of how physical activity affects the body as well as advanced knowledge and skills in treating orthopedic injuries and concerns. I spend my free time running, reading, playing with our cats, camping, cooking, and spending time in nature with my husband!
Dr. Kaci Hemmesch, PT
I was originally born and raised in Richmond MN on a dairy farm. Even from a young age I have been very active in sports and other extra curricular activities! My passion has always been dance. 13 years of competing and 1 year of coaching under my belt! Unfortunately this sport led to many injuries; however, without those injuries I would have never found my career path in physical therapy. In being a frequent flyer in physical therapy myself, I absolutely fell in love with the whole rehabilitation process and knew this is what I wanted to do!
After high school I studied at the University of North Dakota and graduated with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy in the spring of 2020. My first year postgraduate school, I worked in Bemidji MN where I was able to learn many new techniques and begin growing my skills. With all the opportunities I was given, I was able to push my career goals by starting here at CCs Physical Therapy!
All in all, I am ecstatic to help the community of Bismarck meet their goals and keep them doing all the activities they would like to do!
Dr. Kaidra Connor, PT
I grew up in Linton, ND but spent much of my childhood in my parents’ hometown, Tuttle. Growing up, I was an athlete and knew I wanted to continue to live an active, healthy lifestyle. I was quite involved in the community as I made my way through school and continued playing recreational sports. While in college at UND pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, I realized I wanted to be a physical therapist after a mishap on a mission trip. After college, I moved to Bismarck in pursuit of my doctorate in physical therapy at UMary to be closer to my roots. I graduated with my DPT in the spring of ’21 and landed my dream job at CC’s Physical Therapy.
I am so happy to be working at this facility whose values and mindset align with mine. I enjoy the drive these people share at helping each person that walks through our doors making sure that all their ailments are taken care of. Being a physical therapist is one of the most rewarding jobs in my eyes, making a positive impact on other people to help them move better, feel better, and live better.
I enjoy the diversity of people we get to treat here and the amount of time we get compared to other healthcare professionals. I have a passion working with older athletes and people who struggle with low back pain or needing core rehabilitation. I currently hold my certification in dry needling but look forward to future growth in my career.
I also enjoy working out, spending time with family, friends, and my husband Kyle while hunting, hiking, playing sports, or participating in competition in any shape and form. I’m always up for something new and adventurous or anything to make me smile! I like seeking self-growth of the body, mind, and soul. The human body will always amaze me!
Dr. Beth Nicholson, PT, CLT
Hello everyone! I am a physical therapist at CC’s Physical Therapy. I was born and raised in Terry, MT on a cattle ranch. I spent most of my childhood riding horse and working cattle. I learned what hard work, honesty, and dedication were at a very young age and have continued to do this throughout my adult life. I tore my ACL in a horseback riding accident and underwent surgery and rehab for this. After doing this is when I realized I wanted to become a physical therapist myself and help other people. I attended school at the University of Mary and graduated in 2007 with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I returned to MT for a few short years and worked in an outpatient setting before my husband and I returned back to this wonderful community in Bismarck in 2010 where we have now laid down our roots. I have worked in various settings such as acute care and rehab but have found my true passion to be in the outpatient setting.
My special interests and passion lie in treating lymphedema/lipedema, post breast care specifically related to cancer related issues such as mastectomies, lumpectomies and radiation treatment, as well as women/men’s health issues, and pre/postnatal care.
I became lymphedema certified in 2012 and thoroughly enjoy treating this as well as fitting patients with long term compression garments. In recent years, I have also started treating patients that have lipedema and have found great interest in this as the research is evolving and patients get such great relief from this condition. I have also most recently taken a continuing education course on functional dry needling (level 1) which has been fun to widen my knowledge base and provide “more tools in my toolbox” to be able to treat patients with. It has been so exciting joining the group at CC’s Physical Therapy and being able to work alongside a group of likeminded individuals whom have the same interests and goals.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Tavis, and my three beautiful daughters Reegan, Olivia, and Emerie. There is never a dull moment around our house and I truly would not have it any other way! We love spending time outside- you can find us at the lake in the summer usually boating, camping, and fishing. We also have special pets that include a dog, a cat, and chickens.
I look forward to working with you and helping you feel like yourself again!
I grew up in Colorado, and moved to Dickinson at a young age where I graduated from Dickinson Trinity High School in 2014. I’ve moved all over North Dakota, and recently moved back to the Bismarck area in 2022. I have found my passion of caring for others and wanting to see them succeed at their life goals through my work in Direct Patient Care for more than 8 years.
In my free time I enjoy being behind a camera taking photos of people or even spending quality time photographing the outdoors. I could not have found a love for this art if it weren’t for the support of my family and close friends who inspire me daily and whom I take joy in being around.
CC’s has always been a home away from home for me, first as a patient, and now as Financial Administrator. Being able to be a part of this team and helping patients has been such a joy for me. My goal when you walk into our clinic is to ensure you feel just as I did when I first started coming to CC’s: welcomed, respected, and heard. We can’t wait to meet you and get you the care you need!
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