At Foothills Physical Therapy, our therapists are dedicated to providing an empowering environment, coupled with individualized care, to achieve optimal healing and functional recovery for our patients. When you choose to work with us, all of your care is provided by a licensed physical therapist in a one-on-one structure that allows you and your therapist to work together toward your specific goals.
On average, our PTs have roughly 16 years of experience.
Our highly skilled team of therapists have additional training and certifications in:
- Board Certification in Orthopaedics and Sports
- Orthopedic Residency
- Fellowship training
- Manual therapy
- Dry needling
- Aquatic Therapy
- Pelvic Health
- Post-Concussive Management
- Movement Analysis
- J. Brooks Aberg, DPT, OCS
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
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 orthopaedic 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 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!!
- Cara Carpenter, DPT
Cara Carpenter, DPT
Cara received her undergraduate degree in Applied Health and Science in her hometown in MT and then pursued graduate work at Pacific University in Oregon where she earned both her Master's and Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy.
Her primary area of specialty is general orthopedics and sports injuries. She has over 19 years experience working with patients of all ages in both the outpatient orthopedic and home health settings. Cara has spent time in her career as a contract traveling therapist where she was able to meet and work with different Orthopedic surgeon groups. She had the privilege to serve a term Civilian outpatient, orthopedic PT position for the US Army in Fort Lewis, WA, treating acute, pre-and post operative conditions for the active duty soldiers. Her last traveling assignment landed her in Atlanta, GA where she stayed 12 years enjoying the Southern culture. She had the opportunity to work at a clinic with the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks team orthopedic physicians. Cara also served as a orthopedic manager for one of the largest orthopedic groups in the Metro Atlanta area where she had to opportunity to work closely with some of the top orthopedic surgeons and physicians in the group. Her treatment philosophy incorporates a combinations of manual therapy and evidenced based functional and sport specific exercises. Cara believes in quality one on one care when treating her clients and assisting them through their recovery.
Although she enjoyed the South, she and her husband wanted to return to the Pacific NW closer to their family. Boise was her home after graduate school in 2000, and she is happy to call it home once again. Cara enjoys traveling with her husband, working out, being active outdoors, and watching football.
- Jake Crawford, DPT
Jake Crawford, DPT
Jake is a native of Walla Walla, Washington. He received a Bachelor of Science (Health Science, Psychology minor) from Boise State in which he graduated magna cum laude in 2014. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Arizona in which he graduated summa cum laude in 2017.
During his didactic and clinical experience Jake developed a passion for orthopedics and sports medicine. His special interests include shoulder, vestibular, and golf-specific rehabilitation. His treatment philosophy incorporates a combination of manual therapy and functional / sport specific exercises.
Jake enjoys spending time with his wife Katie as well as their family and friends. His personal interests include watching Seahawk/BSU football, working out, traveling, playing guitar, hunting, fishing, golf, water sports, hiking, basketball, snow sports, yard games, and any other activities that involve movement or being outs
- Christopher Crowe, DPT
Christopher Crowe, DPT
Chris, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, graduated with honors in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University. Chris completed his doctorate of physical therapy with honors from the University of St. Augustine in Austin, Texas.
He is currently working on receiving his Manual Therapy Certification, aligning with his strong interest in musculoskeletal conditions and maximizing performance. Chris and his fiancé, Amethyst, have been exploring the foothills, streams, ski mountains, and everything the outdoors have to offer since their move to Idaho. Chris also enjoys cooking, playing piano, and exploring different types of fitness. Geaux Tigers!
- Breann Fox, DPT, PRPC
Breann Fox, DPT, PRPC
Breann was born and raised in Arizona and played 4 years of D-1 collegiate soccer followed by two years at the semi-professional level. Breann was a certified strength & conditioning specialist for years at the high school, club, and collegiate level prior to attending PT school. She earned her Doctorate from A.T. Still University’s esteemed Physical Therapy program in 2013. Breann’s focus and area of expertise is in men, women & children’s pelvic health, sexual health, and visceral manipulation. She has completed over 400 hours of post doctorate education in these areas and is one of only two Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioners Certified (PRPC) in the Treasure Valley.
Breann has taught as adjunct faculty for the Doctoral programs at Midwestern University and A.T. Still University in Arizona and is currently a Professor for Idaho State University’s DPT program. Breann is credentialed through the Barral Institute as a Teaching Assistant for Visceral Manipulation. Breann has presented at the state level to several organizations on topics related to Urogynecological Health and often educates the community through Boiselearns.org. Breann co-developed “Pregnancy and Postpartum Core Connections Workshop” in Phoenix, Arizona, and P.O.W.E.R for like minded practitioners here in the Boise area. Recently, Breann was nominated as Woman of the Year by the Idaho Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and lead a 10 week campaign raising funds for blood cancer. She continues her philanthropic passion with LLS.
When she is not working on personal or professional development, you can find Breann spending quality time with her husband and son Cordell, working out, drinking coffee, and reading.
- Chris Fox, DPT,OCS
Chris Fox, DPT,OCS
Chris is a native of the Chicagoland area and in May 2013, he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University. Following that, he completed Scottsdale Healthcare’s Orthopaedic Residency (now Honor Health) in July 2014. He became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS) in 2015. He is currently enrolled in Optim Manual Therapy Fellowhip.
He has completed coursework in Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling Level 1 certification, Visceral Manipulation Level 1 and IASTM Technique. He is currently serving as faculty for Optim Manual Therapy’s COMT program and has served as faculty and mentor for Foothills Sports Medicine’s Orthopaedic Residency. Additionally, he has served as adjunct faculty for Northern Arizona University’s Phoenix Campus DPT program.
Chris is one of the founders of The Student Physical Therapist website, a resource for physical therapist development. Having just relocated to the Boise area, Chris is looking forward to exploring the Idaho outdoors with his wife and son. He enjoys hiking, running, weight-lifting, and playing golf and basketball. Additionally, Chris loves following his favorite sports teams from Chica.
- Jim Hammer, DPT, OCS
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 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 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 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.
- Danielle Melton, DPT
Danielle Melton, DPT
Danielle is a native from the Chicago-land area. She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Elmhurst College in Illinois and then her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri on May 2013. She participated in collegiate sports in both basketball and cross country.
Danielle worked in New Mexico for 4 years at two private outpatient orthopedic practices, completed a traveling physical therapy rotation in Washington state, and then recently moved to Boise in November 2017. She has gotten certified in KinetaCore Functional Dry Needling Level 1 and is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. She has experience in treating all general orthopedic diagnoses with her special interests including treating runners, young athletes, and promoting a healthy lifestyle and injury prevention. Danielle and her husband enjoy traveling abroad, being active outside including trail running, snowboarding, and hiking, as well as playing and watching basketball.
- Brian O'Neal DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC
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) and a Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS). 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 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.
- Kim Rainey, DPT
Kim Rainey, DPT
Kim was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology while competing as a Division I swimmer. She then went on to earn her Masters in Physical Therapy (summa cum laude) from Cal State University, Long Beach in 2003.
Kim has a wide range of experience including acute, home health, and outpatient orthopedics. However, her true passion is integrating Pilates as a primary treatment modality. This passion started after she sustained a back injury that led to her own rehabilitation. After personally experiencing the benefits of Pilates, Kim decided to obtain a Pilates Certification in 2008 to integrate and offer this exercise method, and its benefits, to her patients.
In 2011, she decided to open her own Pilates-Based Physical Therapy practice in San Diego, CA where she specialized in treating chronic back and lower extremity issues. During this time she completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Montana. In February of 2016, Kim and her family relocated to Boise. She enjoys spending time with her family and looks forward to bringing Pilates-Based physical therapy to her patients here.
- Lisa Swan, MPT, CMPT
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 at 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.
- Brandon Szklarski, DPT, Cert. DN FAAOMPT
Brandon Szklarski, DPT, Cert. DN
Brandon grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota. During his younger years, he enjoyed playing football, baseball, and participating in track & field. His high school football team holds the Minnesota state record for most consecutive victories and had won three state championships while he was on the team. Brandon holds his school records in the 1600-meter run, 3200-meter run, and was a member of the relay team holding the 4 x 200-meter run record.
He attended the University of North Dakota and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2015. Brandon worked for three years in Minnesota prior to relocating to the Boise area.
Brandon earned the Certification in Dry Needling (Cert. DN) in 2017 and is currently enrolled in the Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Fellowship through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT). He is currently in pursuit of the Certification in Spinal Manipulation (Cert. SMT), Diploma in Osteopractic (Dip. Osteopractic) and anticipates gaining the FAAOMPT credential upon successful completion of the fellowship requirements.
Brandon’s special interests include treatment of headaches and spinal conditions. He has advanced clinical training in evaluation and treatment of conditions involving the neck, back, ribs, and sacroiliac joint. Brandon has attended numerous continuing education courses with a primary focus in manual therapy. He has completed coursework in spinal manipulation / mobilization, extremity manipulation / mobilization, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), and myofascial cupping. He has served as a teaching assistant for dry needling (DN1 and DN2) and spinal manipulation (SMT1, SMT2, and SMT3) courses through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy.
Brandon recently relocated to the Boise area with wife who has a degree in baking & pastry. They are looking forward to exploring the Idaho outdoors, local restaurants and breweries, hiking, biking, and camping together.
- Nick Woods, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
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 13 years, and currently serves as Treasurer.
Nick enjoys taking an active role as educator of fellow therapists, patients and the community. Nick is one of the founders and the Director of the Orthopaedic Residency of Foothills Physical Therapy (ORFPT).
Nick is married to the love of his life, with three sons and one daughter. He spends his free time with his wife and children, playing guitar, exploring the Idaho outdoors, hunting, fishing, backpacking, and skiing