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Staff

Jason Hazelett PT, DPT, OCS

Owner

Jason Hazelett is the owner and a practicing physical therapist at Steppin' Up Physical Therapy. He graduated from Indiana University in 1995 and received his Master's in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in 1998. Jason then received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009 and received his board certification as an orthopedic specialist in 2015. Jason's responsibilities at Steppin' Up include treating patients, improving upon current business functions, and ensuring that compassion and hospitality remain key tenets at each office. He believes in the adage that people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Jason is fluent in Spanish and has intentionally developed Steppin' Up to be able to effectively offer physical therapy services to the Spanish-speaking population in their own language. Jason feels blessed to be married to his wife, Tiina, and to have 3 daughters: Paige, Chloe, and Jayda.

Jerad Brickey PTA, NCSF-CPT

Physical Therapist Assistant

Jerad is a staff physical therapist assistant at Steppin' Up Physical Therapy. He graduated from Saint Francis for his physical therapist assistant degree in 2012, and is currently pursuing his Bachelors degree in Exercise Science. Prior to USF, Jerad was a sergeant in the U.S. Army serving with the 82 Airborne Division for 5 years. He then became a certified personal trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), and personal trained for over 4 years. When not working, Jerad enjoys spending time with his family, and participating in health and fitness activities. Jerad's responsibilities at work include treating patients, and having great communication with physical therapist’s about patient care. His favorite things about work are being able to work with patients, and help them achieve their goals. He also enjoys the teamwork from the staff that creates a great working environment.

Ashley Smith PT, MPT

Physical Therapist

Ashley Smith is a physical therapist at Steppin' Up Physical Therapy. She graduated from the University of St. Francis with a Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2005 and began working with special needs children in the school system. Ashley then went on to earn her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay, Ohio in 2009. She has been with Steppin' Up since 2009. She was certified in trigger point dry needling in 2014. Ashley's responsibilities at Steppin' Up include evaluating and treating patients. She is also the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for our PT and PTA students. Her favorite things about being a therapist at Steppin' Up include her close relationships with patients and staff, the amount of one-on-one time she is able to spend with her patients, and performing dry needling. When not working, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and puppy. She also enjoys reading, shopping, baking, and taking road trips with her mom and friends.

Craig Van Der Maden PTA, NSCA-CPT, CKTP, AAS

Physical Therapist Assistant

Craig Van Der Maden is a licensed and degreed Physical Therapist Assistant at Steppin' Up PT. He graduated locally from Brown Mackie College in 2012 with a degree in Health and Fitness Training and in 2015 with his degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Craig is also certified as a personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds an advanced trainer certification with the Professional Fitness Institute in Las Vegas. Additionally, Craig is a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner and also Graston Technique trained. Craig enjoys learning and is actively taking new courses and researching new therapy methods, so he can better help the patients he treats. Prior to his education, Craig served proudly in the U.S. Army Infantry active duty for 5 years. When not at SUPT he enjoys working out and spending time with friends and family.

Emily Ackerman DPT

Physical Therapist

Emily Ackerman is a staff physical therapist at Steppin' Up Physical Therapy. She graduated from Harding University in Searcy Arkansas in 2015 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has been with Steppin' Up since 2015 at the south location. Emily is certified in trigger point dry needling and has been trained in the Graston technique. Her favorite things about working as a physical therapist are spending one on one time with patients, helping improve patient's overall function, and performing trigger point dry needling. When not at work, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to travel, bake, and be outdoors.

Cameron Hermiller PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Cameron Hermiller is a staff physical therapist assistant at Steppin' Up Physical Therapy. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2013 with a Bachelors in Health Sciences. While attending he was a student athlete on the Track and Field team for 1 year. After graduation he worked 3 years with individuals with mental health disabilities and drug addiction as a Recreational Therapist. He went on to attend Brown Mackie College for his Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2016. He has been at Steppin' Up Physical Therapy since May 2016. When not working he enjoys hanging out with his wife, family and friends. He also enjoys being outdoors, playing all sports and cheering on his favorite sports teams.

Nathan Miller DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist

Nathan is a recent graduate of Indiana University. Nathan has prior work experience as an athletic trainer, evaluation and treating sports injuries.

Nathan Notter PT

Physical Therapist

Nathan Notter is a staff physical therapist at Steppin' Up Physical Therapy. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University in 1992. Nathan has attended several continuing education courses to remain current within the Physical Therapy field. Nathan's responsibilities at Steppin' Up include evaluating and treating patients, performing post-offer employment tests, and functional capacity testing. His favorite thing about being a therapist at Steppin' Up is working one-on-one with patients, assisting them with achieving their goals, and working alongside a very motivated staff. When not working, Nathan enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching his children participate in sports, running, biking, and reading.

Michael Ybarra PTA, MHA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Michael's duties include both clinical and administration responsibilities. What he loves about working at Steppin' Up PT are his great co-workers, the daily interaction with patients and opportunity to help others. When he is not working, Michael enjoys spending time with family and friends. He keeps active with weight training, running and participation in sports. He played baseball for the University of St. Francis and still enjoys "tossing the ball around."