Staff

Auburn Park Drive

Jenny Gearhart graduated from Ivy Tech with an associate degree in Applied Science. She joined Steppin' Up in August 2017 as an Administrative Assistant and Therapy Technician. Jenny enjoys helping people improve their physical health and brighten their day with her cheery disposition. When Jenny is not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their five awesome children. They enjoy shopping, traveling, various sports, church activities and experiencing new foods.


Ashley Smith has worked for Steppin' Up since 2009. She is a Physical Therapist and the Director of the Auburn Road clinic. She graduated from the University of St. Francis as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2005 and went on to earn her master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay in 2009. Prior to coming to Steppin' Up, she worked with children in a school setting through the Northeast Indiana Special Education Co-op as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Ashley has advanced training in trigger point dry needling, TMJ dysfunction, and is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. She also enjoys reading, crafting, shopping and going on road trips.


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 and son, playing board and card games, playing all sports, camping, hiking, and supporting the Cubs.


Matthew Austin moved from Michigan in 2017 to Fort Wayne. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master's of Science in Physical Therapy in 1999. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016. He is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and is certified in manual therapy. Matthew has extensive experience in treating orthopedic conditions with special interest in back pain, neck pain and chronic pain. He also works as the Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant program and assistant professor for Trine University in Fort Wayne. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Matthew was employed as a high school English teacher in Nevada. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family.


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 a certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner and is Graston Technique Trained. He has completed advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation, concussion rehab, orthopedic massage, and manual therapy techniques. Additionally, he is a certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor and the Site Coordinator of Clinical Education for our PT and PTA students. Prior to his education, Craig served proudly in the U.S. Army Infantry active duty for five years. When not working, Craig enjoys spending time with his wife Emily, exercising, working in the lawn, and cooking.


Humberto "Pete" Pizana graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the University Of Saint Francis in May 2019. He is expecting to graduate in December 2019 with his Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science. Humberto, also commonly referred to as Pete, is excited to begin his career at Steppin' Up as a full time Physical Therapist Assistant at the Auburn Park Drive location. He is looking forward to helping those in the community by working one-on-one with patients to get them on the road to recovery. While not at work, Humberto enjoys cruising on his long board, wake boarding, powerlifting, hiking, skateboarding, and traveling.

Calhoun Street

Pamela Camacho is a bilingual Administrative Assistant at our Calhoun Street location. She recently celebrated her 12-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 young adults: Heaven’Arielle, Jesse, and Isabel Jubilee, and enjoying the company of her husband, Frayland.


Jesenia Haggard moved to Fort Wayne in July 2018 and was married in June 2019! She has a beautiful fur baby (German Shepard) named Duchess. Jes is an Administration Assistant at the Calhoun Office. When not working, she loves spending time at home with Carson and Duch, making renovations to her new home, cooking, and hosting gatherings.


Emily Van Der Maden graduated in 2015 from Harding University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She began working for Steppin’ Up after graduation and is the Clinic Director at our Calhoun Street 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 Murphy 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. Brooke loves the one on one quality time she gets to spend with each of her patients. Brooke loves working with athletes and the amputation population. When she is not working, Brooke enjoys spending time with her husband and family, playing volleyball, 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.


Carrie Ferguson graduated with high honors from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the University of Saint Francis in May 2017 along with her Health and Exercise Science bachelor's degree in December 2017. Carrie is one of our full time therapists at our South Calhoun location. She loves working one on one with patients to help them achieve their goals and wishes to continuously keep growing in the physical therapy field. In her free time, Carrie enjoys coaching tumbling, working out, hiking, mini-road trips, drinking coffee and spending time with friends and family.


Christy Hankey graduated from the University of Saint Francis in 2017 with a Physical Therapy Assistant degree. She immediately started working for Steppin' Up at the Calhoun Street clinic. Christy's passion is working with pediatric patients and has completed advanced training in TMJ Dysfunction. When not at work, she can be found with her husband and beautiful dogs hiking, biking or tending to her beehives.


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. After graduation, he began working for Steppin’ Up as a physical therapist assistant. He also is currently a lab adjunct at the University of Saint Francis for the Physical Therapy Assistant Program. Jerad is specialized in conducting Functional Movements Screenings to recognize movement pattern imbalance, SI Joint Dysfunction, and neuromuscular rehabilitation. He also is a certified personal trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF). Jerad’s favorite things about being a physical therapist assistant is working with patients and helping them improve to enjoy better quality of life. 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.

Jefferson Blvd.

Brittany Biggs joined Steppin' Up Physical Therapy in August 2017 as the Administrative Assistant and Therapy Technician at our Jefferson Blvd. 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 had their first child in Jan 2018. They enjoy spending time together updating their home, baking and cooking, and spending quality family time with their son. In her free time, Brittany enjoys going to the park, taking her 2 chihuahuas on walks, and taking her son to the Zoo.


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 Jefferson Blvd. 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 Schortgen graduated from Trine University in 2017 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Following graduation, Tayler joined the Steppin’ Up team and works at the Southwest location. Tayler evaluates and treats patients presenting with a variety of diagnoses and has received advanced training in Trigger Point Dry Needling. In addition, Tayler is a Level I certified provider of Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Tayler is passionate about the benefits of physical therapy and loves to spend one-on-one time with her patients to understand their story and build lasting relationships in order to help restore patients’ function and quality of life. When not at Steppin’ Up, Tayler loves spending quality time with her husband, family and friends and enjoys being outdoors where she can be found fishing, playing beach volleyball and kayaking!


Ashley Rager graduated from Trine University in 2019 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She completed a clinical rotation with Steppin’ Up as a graduate student and joined the team after graduation as a physical therapist. She has completed training to treat individuals with Pelvic Health issues and is excited to help begin the Pelvic Health program at Steppin’ Up. Ashley enjoys working one on one with patients and helping them reach their full potential! When not working, Ashley loves to spend time with her family and friends, enjoys working out, playing volleyball, attending concerts, and traveling.


Ashley Smith started working for Steppin' Up in 2016 as a physical therapist technician at the south clinic. She then completed a clinical rotation for a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program. Ashley graduated from the PTA program at the University of Saint Francis in May 2018. She rejoined Steppin' Up in June 2018 and works at our southwest clinic. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their daughter, going fishing, and going to amusement parks.

Coldwater Road

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 Coldwater Road 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.


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 three daughters that enjoy spending time outside and playing soccer. When not at work, Heather enjoys reading, playing/watching sports, and running.


Kacee Kugler graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the University of Saint Francis in May of 2016. She also earned a bachelor's degree in Health and Exercise Science in May of 2017. She is certified in Tai Chi Rehabilitation and is working toward a Pilates Certification. In addition to her full time position with Steppin' Up, Kacee has a passion for horses. In her spare time, she enjoys doing therapy and rehabilitation on injured horses, barrel racing, and owns a barrel racing rein business.

Administrative Office

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 treated patients fulltime for 19 years, but has recently reduced treatment time to better handle the business functions of Steppin' Up. He still strives to ensure 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. He has been married to his wife Tiina since 1995 and they have three grown children: Paige, Chloe, and Jayda.


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 Auburn Park Drive 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!


Madeleine Colón began with Steppin’ Up in the fall of 2014 as an intern. She was hired in June 2015 as the Pre-Certification Specialist. Madeleine handles insurance authorizations, new patient intakes, and most things Medicaid. She graduated from Northrop High School in 2015. Madeleine spends a lot of time with her husband, cat, and dog. In her free time, she enjoys playing games, reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels, drinking coffee, and going on adventures 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 and a dog. When not working, Sara enjoys keeping her two boys active, painting and running.


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 and is an Administrative and Billing Assistant. Her responsibilities include 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.


Megan Miller joined Steppin' Up in October 2016 as a Physical Therapist Technician. She transitioned in April 2017 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, son, family and friends.