Kai has worked closely with Orthopedic surgeons, Neurosurgeons, and other professionals in the area for more than 23 years. He is active with continuing education in Orthopedics and Manual Therapy. Kai is a member of the American Association of Physical Therapy (Orthopedic and Private Practice Sections), the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association. His educational background includes an Associates in Zoology, Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Gerontology, and a Masters in Physical Therapy. His graduate research was in the area of ergonomics.
Kai believes in educating every patient about their diagnosis; from anatomy to treatment protocols. There is a constant flow of new research in Physical Therapy.
Patient participation is important to Kai in order to achieve optimal results in as short as time period as possible. He is familiar with surgical procedures and treatment protocols for each procedure. Patients are given the tools needed to work on their program at home; he can even send home exercises through the internet.
When not in the clinic, Kai enjoys working with his wife Jean on their small farm nearby and getting away on fishing trips. He appreciates his improved lifestyle gained from a hip replacement.
PT, ATC, CSCS
Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Dan, a co-owner of South Mountain Physical Therapy, has worked as a Physical therapist in the Berks County area for over 18 years in outpatient orthopedic settings. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, PA Physical Therapy Association, and the Orthopedic Section of the APTA.
In addition to his physical therapy license, he has been an certified athletic trainer and worked at numerious high schools and colleges in the Allentown/Bethlehem and Berks County areas. His BS is in Health Education (Athletic Training 1989) and a MS in Physical Therapy from Neumann college in 2000.
Dan believes in treating patients as an individual, adjusting treatment programs based on what each individual presents with and needs. He is a constant learnr who is always looking to gain new skills and knowledge.
Dan enjoys spending free time traveling places with his wife and two daughters.
PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Justin, a co-owner of South Mountain Physical Therapy, grew up in Berks County and is proud to have been providing therapy to his home community for the past 12 years. A graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, Justin attended West Virginia University where he was a captain of the men's swim team while working on his bachelor's in exercise physiology. Justin also received his masters and doctorate of physical therapy from West Virginia University where he met his wife Fran. Justin and Fran have two children: Katie and Owen.
Justin believes in a family-centered approach of providing the highest level of patient care to patients across their lifespan from children and athletes to geriatric patients. He has traveled around the country learning from some of the top experts in the ever-changing Physical Therapy field. Justin obtained his Certified Strength and Condition Specialist certification in 2001, Orthopedic Specialized Certification in 2005, and is ASTYM Soft Tissue Instrumentation certified. These allow him to provide the most up-to-date and varied treatment approaches to meet each patient's individual needs. Effective communication with patients, families, and physicians is an important aspect of Justin's approach to therapy. Justin says he loves what he does and seeing people get better and back to the activities they enjoy. He takes pride in forming close relationships with his patients in a fun, upbeat therapy environment.
In addition to practicing therapy, Justin's other passion is working closely with many local swim and athletic teams and individuals providing injury prevention and training opportunities.
In his personal time, Justin enjoys spending time with his family, swimming for fitness, attending his kids' sporting events, and fishing.
- DPT, PT
Certified in Rehabilitation Administration
Kathleen is co-owner of South Mountain Physical Therapy and has over 25 years of clinical experience. She started her career as a Health and Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Trainer after recieving her BS in Exercise and Sport Science from Penn State University in 1990. She has worked with the Penn State baseball, fencing, and mens' gymnastics teams and has also worked with dancers and entertainers at Hersheypark as an athletic trainer. She taught HPE K-12 in her hometown school of Hershey, and worked with children in the schools with various disabilities.
Kathleen received her MPT from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in 1995 and has worked in various settings including schools, home health, acute rehabilitation hospitals, acute care hospitals. For the past 20 years, she has worked in outpatient orthopedic settings in Lancaster and Reading areas. She has been with South Mountain Physical Therapy for 11 years and is a co-owner for the past 6 years.
Kathleen has recently completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. She also has attained a Rehabiliation Administrator certificate from UMT.
She has experience with a broad range of injuries and conditions, and is also trained in vestibular rehabilitation (vertigo) and TMJ pain. She enjoys working with people of all ages and working in an environment where the quality of patient care is the first priority and where she shares ideas and knowledge with her peers. She enjoys connecting with patients and developing a relationship of partnership in providing care. She is a member of the APTA and PPTA.
Outside of work, she enjoys being outside whenever possible, camping, hiking, boating and kayaking with her husband and getting together with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoys visiting her family from her hometown of Hershey.
Matt is originally from Minnesota, but he has travelled the country extensively for his 16 years as a PTA and has spent the past 6 years in Lancaster County where he has worked with Kathleen and our aide, Cindy Ulrich. He has a vast range of experiences and skills from his extensive coursework and continuing education. He enjoys working with people of all ages and problem solving to get the best result for the work that his patients put into their sessions.
He enjoys travelling, photography, and history. He has enjoyed recent trips to Hawaii and visiting many of the Civil War Battlegrounds.
Occupational therapy/ certified hand therapist
Annette is originally from southern New Jersey and attended Elizabethtown College for occupational therapy. She worked for St. Joseph Hospital and began an interest in hand injuries in the mid 1980’s. She became a Certified Hand Therapist the first year this certification was offered in 1991. Annette is one of only six Certified Hand Therapists in the greater Reading area and has worked with board certified hand surgeons in Reading, Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Annette utilizes a functional, wholistic approach and gets to know her patients which allows her to create treatment plans that greatly consider her patient’s needs and stage in life.
When not working, Annette enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, often vacationing at the Jersey shore. Her hobbies include refinishing furniture, biking and reading.
Darrien is a native of Berks County and graduated from Wilson High School is an alumna of Messiah College with a degree in Pre-Physical Therapy. She continued her education into medical billing and settled in Colorado where she was able to do the things she loves: hiking, mountain biking, camping, snowboarding, and just being outside! She recently moved back to the area with her fiancé to raise their one-year-old son and to be close to family. When not working, she loves spending every second with her baby boy, fiancé, and two golden retrievers.
Madison joined us recently after graduating from Penn State main campus with a degree in Kinesiology. She plans on entering the Physical Therapy profession after gaining experience in the field with us.
Front Office Assistant
Christine is originally from Shamokin, PA and moved to the Reading area in 1981. She currently lives in Wernersville with her husband, Kurt, of 21 years. Her experience in retail management, banking, customer service and receptionist is evident in her service-minded spirit. When not working, she enjoys traveling, especially the beach! She also enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She is always ready for a new adventure!
Lori is originally from Washington State. Since her father and husband are Army Veterans, she has lived all over the USA and Germany. She is fluent in German as she completed her education in their school system. She enjoys boating, fishing, going to concerts, classic cars, and going for rides with her husband on his motorcycle.