Foothills Physical Therapists
We are dedicated to providing an empowering environment with individualized care to achieve optimal healing and functional recovery for our patients.
J. Brooks Aberg, DPT, OCS
Brooks first moved to the Treasure Valley in 1975. He received his undergraduate degree locally at Boise State University (summa cum laude), and then pursued graduate work at Pacific University in Oregon where he earned both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Physical Therapy (summa cum laude).
His primary area of specialty is in general orthopedics (peripheral joints and spine). He has special interests in shoulder rehabilitation, foot mechanics, and sports medicine. He is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), and is working toward credentialing with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).
Brooks’ personal interests encompass much of the “Idaho Experience”, including camping, mountain biking, running, backpacking, and so on. He shares many of these interests with his wife and two sons. He is also a certified interscholastic coach in tennis, volleyball, and basketball.
David Anderson, PT
Dave moved to Boise in 1991 to begin his career in Physical Therapy following graduation from The University Of North Dakota.
His practice includes all general orthopedic diagnoses with specific interest in peripheral joints (shoulder/elbow/hip/knee/ankle). His love of sports has led to additional work with athletes (young and old), helping them return to their athletic activities.
Dave enjoys golf, rafting, hiking, and coaching young athletes. His wife and their 4 children enjoy travel and the beauty found here in Idaho.
Bret A. Bastian, DPT, SCS
Bret is a Boise native and attended high school at Boise High School. He graduated college in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science (Biology/Pre-med) from Albertson College of Idaho (College of Idaho) and played soccer there for two years. Due to injuries he became a patient at Foothills Physical Therapy where he was inspired to pursue a career in physical therapy.
Bret earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Maryland School of Medicine, class of 2010. Bret also has a National D license from the United States Youth Soccer Association and coaches locally for the Boise Nationals Soccer Club. He enjoys working with all types of orthopedic patients and empathizes and motivates based on his own personal experiences with injuries, surgeries and rehab.
Bret enjoys an active Idaho lifestyle, enjoying the outdoors, water sports, snow sports, playing/coaching soccer and watching BSU win. GO BRONCOS!!
Jojo Brunelle, PT, DPT
I graduated from Pacific University, in Forest Grove, OR with a bachelors degrees and a certificate in physical therapy. I later received my physical therapy transitional doctorate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. With over twenty five years of clinical experience I have worked in a variety of settings including outpatient care, hospitals, long term rehabilitation centers, school environments and home health care agencies. Through the years the majority of my experience has been in the orthopedic outpatient setting. In this setting I enjoy working with clients of all ages with a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, and I am able to draw from my eclectic background to provide the best individualized care possible for my clients.
Throughout my years of physical therapy practice I have enjoyed working with clients of all ages, including children and adolescents, with general orthopedic injuries or who require post-surgical rehabilitation. I also enjoy working with athletes of all ages, and all levels of participation, and I have a special interest in working with the geriatric population who need assistance to improve their quality of life and daily function. My treatment approach is based on individualized care, utilizing manual therapy and exercise prescription to address pain, muscle imbalance, posture, gait and biomechanics.
Outside of the clinic setting, I have several years of experience providing sport medicine coverage for high school athletic events, as well as coaching basketball and lacrosse at the youth and high school level. Boise has been my home for many years. My husband John is a native of this community and we have been blessed to raise our two children here. We enjoy the active lifestyle this wonderful climate allows. In my spare time, I enjoy several recreational outdoor activities, sewing and quilting, and spending time with my family.
Alan Crothers, PT, SCS
Al is an Idaho native and received his Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Montana in 1988. Prior to his physical therapy career, he spent 10 years in active military service as an Armor Officer.
He is a board certified Sports Clinical Specialist and has been an active member of the Idaho Physical Therapy Association, serving as President from 2008-2012. He also developed and served as director of Idaho’s only ABPTRFE accredited Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program.
He is active in the APTA’s Sports Physical Therapy Section and has been a member of the Borah High School Sports Medicine Team for 12+ years. He has enjoyed providing care for athletes at all levels including Collegiate and Professional and is a Red Cross Emergency Response instructor.
He has a special interest in shoulder rehabilitation and brings 25+ years of experience in general orthopedics to his practice.
He and his wife Sally have two children (Timothy and Rhiannon) and he enjoys skiing and golf as well as other outdoor activities. “GO GRIZ”
Jim Hammer, DPT, OCS
Jim was born and raised in Boise. He received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Boise State University in 2005. Jim then went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in 2008 graduating magna cum laude.
Since graduation, Jim has returned to Boise where he has continued to gain experience in the outpatient orthopedic setting as well as clinic management. He is always looking to improve his skill and knowledge base. He is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and is currently working on his NAIOMT (North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy) certification. He enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities and is particularly interested in the physiology of exercise and injury.
Jim spends his free time mountain biking, camping, backpacking, and running with his wife Carly, their two daughters Hadley and Scarlett, and their dog Rylie. He also enjoys golfing, working out, and participating in local running events. He is a big fan of local sports, especially Bronco Football, and is a diehard Cubs fan.
Jerret Hopstad, MPT, OCS
Jerret was born and raised in Northeastern Montana and then attended the University of North Dakota for both of his undergraduate and graduate training in Physical Therapy. He graduated summa cum laude from UND with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1998.
Since graduation, Jerret has resided here in Boise where has been practicing Physical Therapy in multiple outpatient/orthopaedic settings. He specializes in treating orthopaedic and sports-related injuries as well as spine injuries and dysfunctions. Jerret has continued his education studying advanced techniques in orthopaedic and manual therapy through NAIOMT, as well as Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, OCS. He also has five years of experience managing a local physical therapy clinic and is currently Vice President/Co-owner of Foothills Physical Therapy.
Jerret’s personal interests include a balance between spending time with his family (wife, Kammi, and daughters Lilly, Lucy, Ruby) and outdoor recreation, and preferably both. His recreational passions include downhill skiing, water skiing, mountain biking, trail running, golf, whitewater rafting, camping/backpacking and anything else Idaho’s outdoors can throw at him.
Sarah Kibiloski, DPT
Sarah was born and raised in Colorado. She discovered her interest in physical therapy after experiencing multiple injuries as a soccer player. Following high school, she moved to Virginia, where she graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s in Science (Kinesiology, Exercise Science).
Sarah earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. During her clinical rotations, she developed a passion for concussion management, sports medicine, and orthopedic injuries. She enjoys connecting with her patients and using her personal experiences in physical therapy to motivate and encourage them throughout the rehabilitation process.
Sarah recently moved to Boise with her husband. She spends her free time exploring the Treasure Valley area, coaching youth soccer, and taking advantage of the outdoor lifestyle Idaho has to offer.
Pam Martin, MPT, OCS, ATC
Pam was born and raised in Ohio and moved to Boise in 2004, after spending eleven years in Chicago. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine with a concentration in Athletic Training from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. She then went on to receive her Master’s of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in Chicago.
Pam has specialized in treating patients with orthopedic and sports-related injuries for almost 15 years. She has previously managed two different clinics, including a large orthopedic and sports medicine clinic in the Chicago western suburbs, and is the past head athletic trainer for Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. She has special interest in treatment of the knee, shoulder, and hip, and is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).
Pam’s personal interests include spending time with her husband and seven year old daughter; volleyball, skiing, hiking, and anything in the Idaho outdoors.
Brian O'Neal DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC
Brian is a native of Galveston, Texas who was first introduced to Boise by way of a football scholarship to Boise State University. In 2003 he completed his undergraduate education and received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, becoming the first BSU football athlete to complete this Sports Medicine curriculum.
Brian became certified as an Athletic Trainer (ATC) and was hired as an intern Athletic Trainer for both the N.Y. Giants (preseason) and Washington Redskins (regular season) in 2003. In 2005 Brian enrolled at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Brian’s areas of specialty are orthopedic and sports injury prevention and rehabilitation, and he is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). He brings his competitive and perfectionist attitude to the clinic, motivating patients to reach or exceed their highest potential.
Brian enjoys working out, watching football (GO BRONCOS), and is interested in experiencing more that Boise has to offer.
Nicole Puopolo Olsen, MSPT
Nicole is a Boise native, graduating from Capital High School. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Utah State University, magna cum laude. She completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1998 at Arcadia University graduating with distinction.
Following P.T. school, Nicole moved to Massachusetts where she joined the SPORT team in a large hospital group. As part of this group she worked with a diverse patient population with a broad spectrum of injuries from acute sport injuries and trauma to chronic wear and tear.
Nicole has also worked in home care, geriatrics, women’s issues and oncology. As a result, Nicole has a developed a “Big picture” approach to wellness. Nicole returned to Boise in 2011 to raise her children and be closer to family. She enjoys running, hiking, scrapbooking and spending time with her husband and children exploring all Idaho has to offer.
Lauren Scott, MPT, ATC
Lauren was born and raised in Dallas, TX and moved to Eagle in 1989. She graduated from Boise State University in 1998 with a degree in Athletic Training. She earned her Master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Utah in 2001.
After volunteering for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Lauren and her husband returned to Boise to be closer to family. During that same year, she completed her Pilates certification on the full line of Pilates apparatus from Polestar Education. In 2004, Lauren opened her own private physical therapy practice and Pilates studio in Eagle-Kinesis Physical Therapy in Pilates. After 9 years of operating independently, Lauren decided to merge her practice with Foothills Physical Therapy.
Lauren’s interests include treatment of the spine, hip and pelvis, women’s & men’s health, prenatal/postpartum pelvic pain/dysfunction, and incontinence (urinary & fecal). She has received advanced training from the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute.
Lauren is currently pursuing advanced certifications in manual therapy from NAIOMT. Lauren is married with 3 children and enjoys cooking, gardening and most outdoor recreation activities, specifically golf, cycling and skiing.
Tobie Strong, DPT, OCS
Tobie received her physical therapy education at University of New Mexico and is currently working toward her doctorate through the University of Montana. She is certified orthopedic specialist which suits her primary focus of outpatient orthopedics. Tobie has practiced in the Treasure Valley for 15 years and enjoys working with all types of orthopedic injuries of the spine and extremities. In her free time she enjoys an active Idaho lifestyle with her family and friends.
Lisa Swan, MPT, CMPT
Lisa graduated from Idaho State University with a Master of Physical Therapy in 1995. Since that time, she has practiced in the Boise area in a variety of settings including acute care, in-patient rehabilitation, sub-acute care, home health, and out-patient orthopedics. Lisa’s last 12 years have been focused in orthopedics with a special emphasis in manual therapy. Lisa received the majority of her advanced training through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy and is currently working towards her manual therapy certification. Through this training, she has become specialized in a manual approach to biomechanical evaluation and treatment of the spine and peripheral joints.
When she’s not a work, Lisa will probably be found doing some type of outdoor adventure such as hiking, biking, skiing, camping, or backpacking in the mountains near her hometown of McCall or in the beautiful Sawtooths around Stanley.
Nick Woods, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
Nick was born and raised in Boise. He graduated from the College of Idaho (summa cum laude) in Zoology / “pre-med” in 1996. He earned his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 1998, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (with distinction) from Pacific University in Oregon in 2013.
Nick specializes in treating patients with orthopedic dysfunction (spinal and limbs, operative and non-operative) with manual therapy and prescriptive exercise to correct faulty movement patterns. He is one of a handful of PTs in Idaho to complete certification with NAIOMT as a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapists (COMT) and become a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). Nick is also a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). He developed and ran the state’s largest outpatient spine program. Nick has been a co-owner in Foothills Physical Therapy for 10 years, and currently serves as Treasurer.
Nick enjoys taking an active role as educator of fellow therapists, patients and the community. He is a dedicated family man, with one son and one daughter. He spends his free time with his loving wife and children, playing guitar, exploring the Idaho outdoors, hunting, fishing, backpacking, and skiing.
1673 W. Shoreline Dr
Suite 230 Boise, ID 83702
645 E. State Street
Eagle, ID 83616
1618 S. Millennium Way
Meridian, ID 83642