PRO Physical Therapy was founded by physical therapists David Nissenbaum and Jeff Schleusner. Our goal is to help patients by using an integrated sports medicine model to enhance function and performance. We use physical therapy, biomechanical assessment, fitness, and performance enhancement training so that we can provide an environment suitable for all ages and activity levels.
Owner, Physical Therapist
David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. He obtained his Masters in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1995. He then returned to Madison to obtain a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. David is board certified in Orthopedics by the APTA. David was director of outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine clinic before opening PRO Physical Therapy in 2016.
David uses a dynamic and functional approach to treatment. David treats in a very posture specific and dynamic manner. His focus in on neuromuscular control and focuses on interaction between body parts. David has noted background in biomechanical and functional assessment and treatment and looks for the “cause” of the problem. David is known for using “cutting edge treatment” in his rehabilitation strategies. David’s expertise is in evaluation and treatment of soft tissue injuries and dysfunction. David’s professional interests include sports medicine, manual therapy, posture, golf related injuries, dance related injuries, prevention of injuries and functional rehabilitation.
David is a manual therapy Physical Therapist. David has extensive experience in soft tissue injuries and soft tissue dysfunction. David is trained in Functional dry needling therapy, which is a treatment option that, when coupled with traditional physical therapy methods have yielded great success. This therapy is conducted with a small, sterile needle that is inserted into an active muscle trigger point in order to elicit a “twitch response” whereby the muscle tightness, pain and dysfunction are relieved. David has experience working with high school, collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes. He is trained in working with athletes of every level in rehabilitation, injury prevention, and performance enhancement.
David is an active member of several professional organizations including APTA, NATA, WPTA, WATA, AAOMPT. David has taken extensive continuing education courses to help his patients succeed. David is trained in the ASTYM technique as well as being the only person in Dane County who is Level 3 trained in Functional Dry Needling.
David lives in Middleton with his wife Jill (also a Physical Therapist) and two daughters.
Owner, Physical Therapist
Jeff Schleusner earned a DPT in May of 2016 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Jeff graduated from Ripon College with a degree in Economics in 1993. He went to work in the financial derivatives trading industry shortly after graduation. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1998. Jeff left the field of trading and money management, and began working toward a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011. In 2018, he became a Certified Speed and Agility Coach.
Jeff’s substantial experience coaching strength and conditioning at the high school and college levels contributes to his Return-to-Sport success with patients. His OnBaseU and Driveline certifications make him a go-to baseball and softball resource for the entire Midwest. He believes that rehab and performance attributes must be objectively measured in order to assess progression. He complements manual therapy with movement training that restores and improves the function of his patients.
Jeff has been a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at Middleton High School for five years. He has used his knowledge of biomechanics and exercise physiology to coach both functional movement and traditional resistance training. He has been an Olympic and power lifter for 30 years. Because of this, he can combine his weight training experience with a dynamic, multi-planar, functional approach to injury prevention and performance improvement. Jeff is also an expert in the biomechanics of rotational overhead sports such as baseball, softball, and volleyball. Jeff has spent time the last three years working as a voluntary strength and conditioning assistant with the Badger men’s basketball team. He has learned and helped implement the science of performance improvement and athletic recovery at the highest level.
Jeff is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Sports and Pediatrics sections.
Jeff lives in Middleton with his wife, two daughters, and son. He enjoys lifting weights, sprinting, road-biking, fishing, and other outdoor activities. In his spare time he coaches youth softball, baseball, basketball, and strength & conditioning at the high school and college levels.
Jaime Reich earned her DPT from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. She became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), in 2016.
In 2018, she became a certified craniofacial specialist (CFC). Prior to joining PRO Physical Therapy in July 2018, Jaime worked as a physical therapist in an outpatient orthopedic clinic for 7 years. She graduated from UW Platteville in 1999 with a BS in Biology, Psychology, and Biotechnology, and worked at the UW Madison Department of Zoology for 9 years before going to PT school.
Jaime capitalizes on the body’s own healing processes for maximum efficiency and lasting outcomes. She is committed to listening, setting goals collaboratively, and offering an individualized treatment approach. She will guide you to freedom of movement, optimized functional capacity, and better quality of life.
Jaime’s niche is in evaluating and treating craniofacial pain. This includes temporomandibular pain and headaches, as well as vertigo/dizziness and concussion. Treatment may involve hands on manual therapy, neuromuscular control, activity modification, and modalities. These can be done with techniques such as laser, vibration, electrical stimulation, dry needling, and nasal release technique (NRT). In 2018, Jaime received her Cranio-Facial Certification (CFC). She guest lectures in the UW-Madison DPT program for their TMD unit. Jaime is a skilled manual therapist and movement observer. By combining these skills, she can identify compensations in the movement and restrictions in the tissue, address them, and get individuals back to having more freedom of movement. She believes in the power of hands on therapy and therefore has been developing her manual therapy skills. She has been practicing since 2000, when she became a licensed massage therapist. Jaime became dry needling certified in 2017. From a movement observation perspective, she is certified in Functional Movement Screen (FMS), is fluent in running analysis, and is a certified kettlebell coach (HKC). She is currently engaged in becoming a breath coach with Breathe Your Truth.
Jaime is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Orthopedic Section and the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA). She is also a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). She belongs to the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP).
Jaime is a lifelong athlete who loves running, weightlifting, and body weight movement. She is currently obsessed with Raw Functional Training and kettlebells while preparing for an ultramarathon in 2022. She grew up as a track and cross country runner, having competed in State, and been captain of her HS and collegiate teams. Before the pandemic, she enjoyed teaching fitness classes at Harbor Athletic Club. In her free time, you’ll find her outdoors with her family: hiking, kayaking, fires in the yard; and cheering on her girls in their youth sports events.
Josh received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2015. He then went on to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2018. Most recently, he has been named a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2022.
Josh has a passion to improve patients’ quality of life through their movement experience. By utilizing a balance of various manual therapy techniques and exercise progressions he aims to optimize the patients’ movement system. In addition, Josh understands the importance of educating each patient about their condition and helping them throughout the treatment process and beyond.
Josh’s expertise is in sport and orthopaedic physical therapy. He has advanced his clinical knowledge and skills through various continuing education courses including:
Josh is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), APTA Orthopaedic section, and APTA Wisconsin Chapter.
He currently lives in Cross Plains with his wife, Emily. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, golfing, and water sports. Josh is also involved with strength & conditioning and coaching ice hockey players at various levels.
Elizabeth obtainer her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology from Marquette University in 2001, she continued to study at Marquette University and also obtained her Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2003. Since graduating she has worked in Outpatient Orthopedics first in Alpena, Michigan (2 years) and in Chicago, Illinois (15 years), before moving to Madison in 2019. She joined Pro Physical Therapy in 2020. Elizabeth completed an 18 month Residency with Evidence in Motion in 2008/2009 and is also certified in Graston Technique and trained in Dry Needling. She has been a certified clinical instructor for students since 2006.
Elizabeth actively listens to her patients and works with them to develop a plan of care to meet their goals. She uses a multi system and movement-based screening approach to find the source/cause of a patient’s problem. She focuses on hands on manual treatments, modalities in combination with exercises to achieve goals.
Elizabeth has focused on the treatment of orthopedics and sports medicine conditions. She enjoys treating patients of all ages (children to seniors). She has taken many courses throughout her career focusing on concussion management and vestibular disorders, as well as many other orthopedic conditions. Treating the recreational weekend warrior through professional level athletes. During her time in Chicago, she was active in working with the performing arts community with dance/theater; covering Wicked while it toured in Chicago, along with other shows/companies. Being a mom of two Elizabeth understands the need for greater focus and care with regards to women’s health and has been active in being an advocate for this patient population and helping woman during and after the birth of their children.
Elizabeth moved to Madison with her husband and two children in 2019. Since being in Madison she has taken up bootcamp fitness. She also enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, and being outdoors most of the year. Elizabeth was a dancer from a young age through college. Post college she became more involved in running, completing races, from 5K to marathons. During her time in Chicago, she enjoyed providing medical coverage for 5K’s, triathlons, and marathon races.
Ryan Schmitt earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Clarke University in 2021. He also earned his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Winona State University in 2018. Ryan worked as an Athletic Trainer for Clarke University while completing his Physical Therapy program. Ryan is a Licensed Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer in the State of Wisconsin.
Ryan believes in serving patients by being fitness forward and utilizing skilled manual therapy techniques to create successful and lasting outcomes. He provides treatment by focusing on how the entire body moves to be able to fully treat and maximize functional performance. By assessing the entire body, he can accurately address mobility and strength deficits an individual possesses. He uses objective assessments to analyze movement patterns and data driven strength measurements for progression and return to optimal function. He believes in making the rehabilitation process fun and meaningful.
Ryan brings an extensive background in sports and performance having worked with professional, collegiate, and youth athletes throughout his career as a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer. He is an expert in treatment of acute and subacute injury and return to sport. He focuses on being fitness forward to optimize performance and function based on the needs of each individual and their goals. Ryan has expertise in biomechanics of multi-planar movements and rotational sports including golf, baseball, and volleyball allowing him to diagnose movement patterns and optimize performance for all individuals.
Ryan is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), APTA Sports section, and National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
Ryan currently lives in Middleton. He enjoys spending most of his time outdoors doing activities including Hunting, Fishing, and taking care of his cattle. He is also very active with recreational sports including golf, volleyball, weight lifting, and crossfit style exercise.
Sam Dawes earned her DPT May 2022 from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She is also a graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2019 with a bachelors in Kinesiology: Exercise and Movement Science with a certificate in Education and Educational Services. In 2019, Sam also became a certified personal trainer.
Sam utilizes the patient’s goals and desired activities to tailor each treatment accordingly. She has a passion for physical activity and functional strengthening to promote mobility and overall well being. She believes that getting to know a patient beyond his/ her limitations helps her create a better understanding of the patient as a whole. The combination of objective measures, manual techniques and exercise are key towards helping her patients return to their desired activities. Sam also coaches softball and strength & conditioning at the high school level. Her professional interests also include return to sport, injury prevention and functional strength.
Sam has been helping in the coaching realm for softball since she was in high school. She is currently the JV assistant coach of Middleton high school’s softball team. She also has volunteered with ProPTs baseball and softball throwing program while completing her degree. Sam also spends time at Middleton High school as the female strength and conditioning coach. Her passion for sports, injury prevention and performance drives her in helping her patients improve their training regimens and return to their desired activities.
Sam is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in the Orthopedics and Sport sections.
Sam lives in Deforest with her fiance, cat and dog. She enjoys running, lifting weights and spending time with her family and friends .Training for running events is one of Sam’s favorite hobbies.
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