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Staff

North Office

Joanna Olguin joined our north location in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. Patients enjoy her friendly demeanor and ability to take care of their needs. She is also considered the office prankster as she makes everyone laugh. Joanna has her hands full being the mother of three beautiful children, who she loves spending time with. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys crafting, attending Tin Caps games, and being the entertainment at any gathering!


Jason Hazelett is the owner of 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 board certification as an orthopedic specialist in 2015. Jason evaluates and treats patients, improves upon current business functions, and ensures that compassion and hospitality remain key tenets at each office. Jason 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 enjoys spending time with his three daughters: Paige, Chloe, and Jayda.


Ashley Smith graduated from the University of St. Francis in 2005 with a Physical Therapist Assistant degree. She began working with children in the Northeast Indiana Special Education Co-Op. After earning a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay in 2009, she began working for Steppin’ Up as a physical therapist. Ashley evaluates and treats patients, is the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for our PT and PTA students, and is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor. She has completed advanced training for Trigger Point Dry Needling and TMJ Dysfunction. Ashley’s favorite things about being a physical therapist is having close relationships with patients and staff, the amount of one-on-one time she spends with 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.


Nathan Miller graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. He worked as the Sports Medicine Coordinator for Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Indiana from 2011-2013. He then attended Indiana University and graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016. He has completed advanced training in Trigger Point Dry Needling, TMJ Dysfunction, and Functional Capacity Evaluations. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing board and card games, playing all sports, camping, hiking, and supporting the Cubs.

Heather Richardville graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and from Indiana University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Since graduation, Heather worked in Indianapolis for an acute hospital setting, ICU orthopedic trauma, and acute rehabilitation. She then joined Steppin’ Up as a physical therapist. Heather and her husband are from Fort Wayne and have two daughters that enjoy spending time outside and playing soccer. When not at work, Heather enjoys reading, playing/watching sports, and running.

Craig Van Der Maden graduated from Brown Mackie College in 2012 with a degree in Health and Fitness Training. He returned to school and graduated with a Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2015. Craig is 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. Craig is a certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner, is Graston Technique Trained, and completed advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation and orthopedic message techniques. He enjoys learning and is actively taking new courses and researching new therapy methods to better serve the patients he treats. Prior to his education, Craig served proudly in the U.S. Army Infantry active duty for five years. When not working, Craig enjoys working out and spending time with friends and family.

Jerad Brickey graduated from the University of St. Francis in 2012 with a Physical Therapist Assistant Degree. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 2014. During his time in college, Jerad worked as a personal trainer and was certified through the National Council on Strength and Fitness. After graduation, he began working for Steppin’ Up as a physical therapist assistant. Jerad is specialized in conducting Functional Movements Screenings and correcting SI Joint Dysfunction. Jerad’s favorite things about being a physical therapist assistant is working with patients and helping make a difference in their lives. He also enjoys the teamwork of the staff and the positive work environment. Outside of work, Jerad enjoys spending his time with his wife, daughter, and dog. He also enjoys working out, reading, hunting, and camping with his family.

Gloria May graduated from the Brown Mackie Physical Therapy Assistant program in 2011 with an Associates in Applied Science. She began working at Steppin' Up in 2011 and is the Office Director at our north location. She handles compliance, human resources, oversees non-clinical staff, and makes sure everyone has what they need. Gloria is married and has one child. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, crafts and good food!

Megan Miller joined Steppin' Up in October 2016 as a Physical Therapist Technician. She transitioned in April to the Marketing Coordinator position. Megan graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Megan worked for the Indiana Department of Child Services for five years as a Family Case Manager and Foster Care Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, camping, playing sports, puzzles, and spending time with her husband, family and friends.

South Office
Pamela Camacho is a bilingual Administrative Assistant at our south location. She recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary with Steppin’ Up! What Pamela loves most about working is being able to interact with the patients. She lives by her moto, “A person who makes people feel good will feel good himself” Proverbs 11:25b. When Pamela is not at work, she stays busy being the mother of three teenagers: Heaven’Arielle, Jesse, and Isabel Jubilee, and enjoying the company of her husband, Frayland.

Emily Ackerman graduated in 2015 from Harding University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She began working for Steppin’ Up after graduation and is now the Clinic Director at our south location. She additionally evaluates and treats patients, performs post-offer employment tests, and Functional Capacity Evaluations. Emily has completed advanced training for Trigger Point Dry Needling, Graston Technique, LSVT BIG for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, and TMJ Dysfunction. Emily’s favorite things about being 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, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, baking, and being outdoors.

Brooke Waddups graduated from Manchester University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and Exercise Science. After earning these, she attended Trine University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017. She is excited to begin her career with Steppin’ Up and looks forward to helping those in the community. When she is not working, Brooke enjoys playing volleyball, visiting amusement parks, attending country concerts and baseball games- GO Cubs!

Jordan Tait graduated in 2017 from the University of Indianapolis with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He began working for Steppin' Up as a physical therapist upon graduation. He is fluent in Spanish, which he learned while living in Argentina for two years as a missionary. He has taken continuing education courses addressing specific treatment methods for low back and neck pain and enjoys helping patients to understand how to get better and stay better. When not at work, Jordan's interests include spending time with his wife and daughter, enjoying anything outdoors, or relaxing and enjoying a good movie.

Vanessa Schwarzman graduated from the Rhodes State College in May 2016 with a Physical Therapist Assistant degree. After working for her aunt at a car dealership, Vanessa found her dream job and joined Steppin’ Up. She loves being a physical therapist assistant and helping people reach their personal goals. Vanessa and her husband married in 2016 in Ohio where they attended church together. Vanessa enjoys spending time with and watching her nieces and nephews grow. Family is a very important aspect of her life and she enjoys sewing and making blankets in her free time.

Christy Hull graduated from the University of Saint Francis in 2017 with a Physical Therapy Assistant degree. She began working part time for Steppin' Up in September 2017 at the south clinic. She loves her job and having the opportunity to help people feel better! When not at work, Christy loves spending time with her friends, family, husband, and dog. They can usually be found fishing, hiking, camping or traveling.
Southwest Office
Brittany Biggs joined Steppin' Up Physical Therapy in August 2017 as the Administrative Assistant and Therapy Technician at our Southwest office. She greets patients, schedules, helps with exercises, maintains the office, and is the therapist's right-hand assistant. Brittany married her husband in October 2016 and they are expecting their first child in January 2018. They enjoy spending time together updating their home and baking/cooking! In her free time, Brittany enjoys going to the movies, taking her dog on walks, and enjoying time with family.

Nathan Notter graduated from Rosalind Franklin University in 1992 with a degree in Physical Therapy. Prior to working at Steppin’ Up, he worked in two outpatient clinics for a total of 21 years. Nathan is the Clinic Director at our Southwest location. He additionally evaluates and treats patients, performs post-offer employment tests, and functional capacity testing. He has completed advanced training for Trigger Point Dry Needling and TMJ Dysfunction. Nathan’s favorite things about being a physical therapist are working one-on-one with patients, helping people achieve their goals, and working alongside a motivated staff. When not working, Nathan enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching his children participate in sports, running, biking, and reading.

Tayler Stone graduated from Trine University in 2017 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While in graduate school, she was a student physical therapist at Steppin’ Up. She joined the team upon graduation in 2017 as a physical therapist. Tayler evaluates and treats patients, as well as works with the young men and women at the New American Youth Ballet in Fort Wayne, IN for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Tayler loves to spend time with patients and build lasting relationships as well as help restore patients’ function and overall quality of life. Outside of work, Tayler loves to spend quality time with her friends and family and enjoys time spent outdoors playing beach volleyball and fishing.

Lindsey Fuller graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the University of Saint Francis in May 2015. She additionally graduated with a bachelor's degree in Health and Exercise Science in December of 2015 from the same university. Lindsey works part-time at the southwest location while working part-time doing pediatric therapy with First Steps. She married in the summer of 2016 and enjoys traveling with her husband. In her free time, she likes attempting to bake, shopping, and working out/participating in other health and fitness activities.
Watersong Office
Jenny Gearhart joined Steppin' Up Physical Therapy in August 2017 as the Administrative Assistant and Therapy Technician at our Watersong Office Park location. She greets patients, schedules, helps with exercises, maintains the office, and is the therapist's right-hand assistant. Jenny recently graduated from Ivy Tech with an associate's degree in Healthcare Administration. Her passion is working with people in all walks of life and she looks forward to putting her degree to use with this new position. Jenny and her husband married in August 2012 and support five amazing children. They keep her busy with sports practices and games, youth theatre, and church activities. With the little free time she can find, she enjoys shopping, spending quality time with family, traveling, and is a foodie (tries all new experiences of food).

Minda Lemmon graduated with honors from Hanover College and Chicago Medical School. She recently joined the Steppin' Up team and is the Clinic Director for our new Watersong Office. With over 19 years of experience, she has expertise in sports and orthopedics. She specializes in running, cycling, Pilates, orthotic fabrication, and vestibular rehab/concussions. In addition, she is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, has certifications in Graston/ASTYM techniques, and performs static and dynamic cupping. Furthermore, she is the only certified Bike PT in the state of Indiana, credentialed with all bikes and aerodynamics. Minda is a certified RRCA running coach and running technique specialist (Pose Method). She is passionate about physical therapy, improving her patients' well-being, patient care, and customer service. She believes in servant leadership and says, "the best gift I can give to someone is the ability to return to what they love doing, injury free." During her free time, she enjoys running marathons, wakeboarding, sailing, boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, cycling, and agility training with her golden doodle, Caicos. Additionally, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Chad, to the Caribbean and Disney.
Administrative Office
Madeleine Calloway began with Steppin’ Up in the fall of 2014 as an intern. She was hired in June 2015 as the Pre-Certification Specialist. Madeline handles insurance authorizations, new patient intakes, and most things Medicaid. She graduated from Northrop High School in 2015. Madeline spends a lot of time with her black cat named Oswalde and her fiancé. In her free time, she enjoys playing games, reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels, drinking coffee, and spending time with friends.

Sara Auman-Smith began working for Steppin’ Up in October of 2016 as the Pre-Certification Specialist and Medical Records. She pre-checks patients’ health insurance benefits and schedules new patients upon a doctor referral. Sara graduated from IPFW in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Sara married her husband in 2005 and has two boys, two cats, a dog and a tarantula named Rex. When not working, Sara enjoys keeping her two boys active, doodling, sewing, and sculpting.

Alicia Shoup began working for Steppin’ Up in 2015 as the Billing Specialist. She is responsible for billing claims to insurance companies, posting payments from insurance companies and patients, managing patient accounts, and keeping up on the latest insurance and billing changes. Alicia graduated from Indiana University Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in General Studies/Education. She married her high school sweetheart and they have a cat named Max. In her free time, she likes to organize things, ride her bike, and hang out with family and friends.

Whitney McPherson began working at Steppin' Up in December 2015 as a Physical Therapist Technician. After maternity leave, she joined the Administrative Office as an Administrative Assistant. Her duties involve answering phones, taking new patient intakes, and supporting our billing and pre-certification specialists. Whitney enjoys cooking and baking. The office especially loves when she brings goodies in to share! In her free time, she takes care of her two beautiful children and enjoys being a football and basketball mom.

Jenny Gearhart joined Steppin' Up Physical Therapy in August 2017 as the Administrative Assistant and Therapy Technician at our Watersong Office Park location. She greets patients, schedules, helps with exercises, maintains the office, and is the therapist's right-hand assistant. Jenny recently graduated from Ivy Tech with an associate's degree in Healthcare Administration. Her passion is working with people in all walks of life and she looks forward to putting her degree to use with this new position. Jenny and her husband married in August 2012 and support five amazing children. They keep her busy with sports practices and games, youth theatre, and church activities. With the little free time she can find, she enjoys shopping, spending quality time with family, traveling, and is a foodie (tries all new experiences of food).

Minda Lemmon graduated with honors from Hanover College and Chicago Medical School. She recently joined the Steppin' Up team and is the Clinic Director for our new Watersong Office. With over 19 years of experience, she has expertise in sports and orthopedics. She specializes in running, cycling, Pilates, orthotic fabrication, and vestibular rehab/concussions. In addition, she is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, has certifications in Graston/ASTYM techniques, and performs static and dynamic cupping. Furthermore, she is the only certified Bike PT in the state of Indiana, credentialed with all bikes and aerodynamics. Minda is a certified RRCA running coach and running technique specialist (Pose Method). She is passionate about physical therapy, improving her patients' well-being, patient care, and customer service. She believes in servant leadership and says, "the best gift I can give to someone is the ability to return to what they love doing, injury free." During her free time, she enjoys running marathons, wakeboarding, sailing, boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, cycling, and agility training with her golden doodle, Caicos. Additionally, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Chad, to the Caribbean and Disney.

Christy Hull graduated from the University of Saint Francis in 2017 with a Physical Therapy Assistant degree. She began working part time for Steppin' Up in September 2017 at the south clinic. She loves her job and having the opportunity to help people feel better! When not at work, Christy loves spending time with her friends, family, husband, and dog. They can usually be found fishing, hiking, camping or traveling.