Physical Therapy Team

Finally! A physical therapy clinic in Boise and Meridian PERFECT for individuals suffering from back pain, knee pain, or shoulder pain who want help without pain pills, injections, or surgery.

Idaho Spine and Sports Physical Therapy proudly employs dedicated therapists and trainers who are passionate about the recovery of ALL patients. Idaho Spine and Sports Physical Therapy has won the Boise Business Hall of Family consecutively since 2013!

Meet Our Team Members

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Owner:  Bret Adams, PT, MPT, ATC, CSCS

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Degrees:  Masters of Physical Therapy (Idaho State University) and Bachelors of Exercise Science (Brigham Young University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Bret has always been intrigued by the miraculous human body and how it functions. When looking at possible careers, he knew that he wanted to be a physical therapist directly involved in helping people. Having the chance to experience physical therapy as a patient due to a knee injury and a back injury, Bret discovered the perfect profession to fit his interests. Bret loves to see people improve their lives.  He started Idaho Spine and Sports Physical Therapy in 2002.

Bret and his team are always advancing their knowledge in the profession to keep up on the latest research and techniques that provide the best results.  He respects every patient and communicates the benefits of health and wellness so clear that patients understand and recover successfully.

Specialties:  Bret has a wide range of certifications including McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy, Athletic Training, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is an ASTYM Provider.  As a physical therapist for more than 20 years, he is an expert in back pain and neck pain.

Hobbies:  Bret loves spending time with his 3 children.  You can also find him doing anything and everything in the great outdoors from biking, hiking, rafting, snowmobiling, and golfing.  Bret also never misses an episode of American Idol!

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Taylor, PT, DPT

Hometown:  Fruitland, Idaho

Degrees:  Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Idaho State University) and Bachelor of Science (Boise State University) 

Following Boise State University, Jeff moved to Pocatello, Idaho to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Idaho State University (ISU). While at ISU, Jeff had the opportunity to focus his clinical rotations on outpatient orthopedics. Jeff graduated from ISU in 2012 at the top of his class with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jeff is certified in athletic training and is a certified ASTYM provider.  Jeff is one of the only physical therapists who specializes in vertigo in Meridian and has a high success rate with getting his patients better with physical therapy for the spine, orthopedics, and vertigo. 

Why Physical Therapy?:  Jeff enjoys the unique opportunity to help individuals return to a high functional status and improve their quality of life by participating in physical therapy.  Jeff's patients range between the ages of 8-97 years old.  Jeff is kind, patient, and truly cares about the patients' well-being.  Jeff sees patients with injuries, from pre-operative and post operative physical therapy in hip fracture recovery and total knee replacements.

Specialties:  Spine, Orthopedic, Vestibular in Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  As an Idaho native, Jeff enjoys all outdoor activities, such as, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, and rafting. Jeff also tries to stay active with participation in recreational sports, cardiovascular training, and resistance training.

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Dr. Kristen Folger, PT, DPT

Hometown:  Salem, Oregon

Degrees:  Doctorate of Physical Therapy (A.T.  Still University, Mesa, Arizona)  and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (Boise State University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Kristen has always enjoyed helping others achieve their goals and she wanted a career that would allow her to make a positive difference in people's lives on a day to day basis.  She was first exposed to PT following her mother's hip replacement surgery and from there her interested in the medical field took off.  Physical Therapy seemed like the perfect fit due to her athletic background and her eagerness to help others achieve an active lifestyle.  Kristen provides physical therapy services in Meridian, Idaho. 

Specialities:  Spine, Orthopedic, Vestibular in Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  Playing with her dog, Hailey, including fetch at any of the local parks or taking her to the river to swim.  Road trips all over the country; her goal is to visit all 50 states.  Participating in any and all recreational sports and staying active with cardiovascular fitness and resistance training.

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Dr. Devyn R. Dodge, PT, DPT

Hometown:  Lancaster, California

Degrees:  Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Azusa Pacific University) and Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Physiology/Physical Therapy (Biola University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Devyn has been an active person her entire life as a competitive gymnast, cheerleader and soccer player with hobbies such as snowboarding, wakeboarding and riding motorcycles. Her love for the medical field started while volunteering at a hospital in high school. During an internship in college she got her first taste of the physical therapy world, and after only a few weeks she knew she had found her calling in life.  Physical Therapy is the perfect blend of the medical field that helps people get out and do what they love pain free. Nothing beats the joy of seeing a person’s face when they reach their goals. Whether small goals like first steps after surgery, or big goals like an athlete returning to the field, every day is a day closer to reaching that goal.  Devyn is also a certified ASTYM provider.  Devyn services physical therapy in Boise. 

Specialties:  Back, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Balance in Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  Devyn loves to do anything that involves spending time with her husband and two daughters. Whether that’s camping, boating or riding bikes during the summer, to snowboarding, snowmobiling or sledding during the winter.

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Dr. Steve Oswald, PT, DPT, PES

Hometown:  Mountain Home, ID

Degrees:  Doctor of Physical Therapy (Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions) and Bachelors of Health Sciences & Biology (College of Idaho)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Steve has always been fascinated by the human body and movement. From a very young age, he knew he wanted to be in the medical field. Steve's tipping point with selecting physical therapy as a profession was after his own rehabilitation experience, following a basketball injury that resulted in an ACL reconstruction. His personal experience with physical therapy was his catalyst for a passion in helping others improve their life experiences through optimizing movement quality and reducing their pain.  Steve is a Perfomance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through NASM; he has a strong background in fitness and performance training, helping transition athletes and weekend-warriors back into activities they may be having difficulty performing.  Steve services physical therapy in Boise. 

Specialties:  Back, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Balance in Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  Steve is an active outdoorsman, frequently hiking, mountain biking, camping, backpacking during the summer, while enjoying skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing during the winter months. Steve is also an avid sports fan, especially college football (GO BOISE STATE!). You can typically find Steve glued to a TV watching football, or in attendance of a game most Saturdays from September to December.

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Zeb Pessetto, DPT, PT

Hometown:  Ogden, UT

Degrees: Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions) and Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (Weber State University)

Why Physical Therapy?: Zeb has always loved sports and has a passion for basketball, football, and baseball. He has always known that he wanted to pursue a degree in the medical field and fell in love with physical therapy when he was in high school and did an internship. He loves the aspect of helping people reach their goals through movement science and exercise.

Specialties:  Back, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Balance in Physical Therapy.  Hablo Espanol!

Hobbies:  Playing basketball, hiking, watching professional basketball/football/baseball, movies, and spending time with family and friends.  

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Kelli Ayers, PTA

Hometown:  Soda Springs, Idaho

Degrees:  Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant and also Massage Therapy (Idaho State University College of Technology)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Kelli has been active in sports growing up playing everything from basketball, volleyball, track & field, and softball. In 8th grade, Kelli tore her ACL playing basketball requiring surgery and rehab following. She loved the idea of being able to help people achieve the same success she got from her therapy and help others get back to doing what they enjoy. Kelli completed the Massage Therapy program in 2009 and worked part-time as a MT while completing the PTA program. She became active in bodybuilding and powerlifting within the past few years which has helped her in more ways than just strength training but also educating herself and others on how to avoid future injuries. Kelli provides physical therapy in Boise.  Kelli is also a certified ASTYM provider. 

Specialties:  Back, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Balance in Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  Weightlifting, competing in powerlifting, mountain biking, skiing, camping, hiking, and spending time with her pets.

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Dr. James Muir, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

Hometown:  Inkster, ND

Degrees:  Doctor of Physical Therapy (University of North Dakota) and Bachelor of Business Administration (University of North Dakota)

Why Physical Therapy?:  James has always been intrigued by the human body and being able to help others.  From a very young age, he knew he wanted to be in the medical field, and even began reading anatomy and physiology books as a young child.  James grew up being very familiar with the Physical Therapy profession as his mother and sister are both Physical Therapists.  James is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT).  This is a system of evaluating and treating spinal disorders as well as problems with the joints or muscles of the arms or legs.

Specialties:  Back, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Balance in Physical Therapy

Hobbies:  When James is not in the office, you can find him participating in CrossFit, golfing, spending time with his dog, or visiting Idaho wineries with his family.

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Sydney Sjoberg, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Fairfield, CA

Degree:  Associate of Art in Behavioral Studies & Liberal Studies (Solano Community College), Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy (San Diego State University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  After being a patient of physical therapy for over six months, Sydney knew her passion was to help others achieve a pain free lifestyle as her PT did for her. Physical quality of life is important to Sydney. She strives to give a positive rehabilitation experience so people can return to the activities they love and continue working towards a healthy life.

Specialties: Exercise Science

Hobbies: 

Sydney enjoys running, camping, and going to baseball games.

She also loves spending time with her sisters.

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Sierra Walcott, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Atascadero, CA

Degree:  Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with minor in Psychology (Boise State University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Sierra has always wanted to help people get back to where they were previously, so that they can begin to do the things they enjoy again. She played sports her entire life and saw many of her teammates go through the process of physical therapy and witnessed firsthand with how it helped them get back to playing sports. She also has always found the human body fascinating with how it can heal and grow through therapy and exercise.

Specialties:  Exercise Science

Hobbies:  Sierra spends a lot of her time outdoors. She loves playing soccer, hanging out with friends and traveling when she can.

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Zac Heyrend, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Idaho Falls, Idaho

Degrees:  Associate of Art and Associate of Science (Paradise Community College) and Bachelor of Science in Biology (Boise State University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Helping people regain the ability to take part in their sports, hobbies and passions or just helping them get back to a level of function that is required to live happily is such a rewarding experience that Zac feels he has to be a part of it!

Specialties:  Exercise Science

Hobbies:  Zac is an outdoor enthusiast, he enojoys mountaineering, kayaking, and white water rafting. Zac is a professional river rat/Gambler- he worked as a professional guide on a number of rivers throughout the United States and Central America. It also brings him much joy being a husband to his wife Brittany and being a new father to his daughter.


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Olivia Ottinger, Therapy Trainer

Hometown:  Bonney Lake, WA

Degrees:  Bachelor of Exercise Science in Kinesiology (Boise State University)

Why Physical Therapy?:  Olivia enjoys being a part of the process to help people cultivate a more postiive relationship with their bodies.  By helping people eliminate their pain, they can get back to doing the things that they love and move through life comfortably. 

Specialties:  Exercise Science

Hobbies:  Olivia spends a lot of her free time in the gym; training for bodybuilding and power lifting competitions.  She enjoys exploring Idaho with hiking, four-wheeling, camping and hunting.  She also loves adveturing outside with her family, Colton and their English Mastiff, Tank. 

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Amy Gabica, Therapy Trainer

Hometown: Middleton, Idaho

Degree:  Bachelor of Science in Human Performance, with minors in Pre-PT, Psychology and Visual Studies (The College of Idaho)

Why Physical Therapy?:  With the help of a sports medicine class in high school, Amy found physical therapy to be something she knew she would love doing for the rest of her life. Being able to help someone overcome injuries and/or pain creates a joy that she did not know was possible. Just the way the human body works, how it is capable to heal itself amazes her to the point that she wants to keep learning about it. Also playing sports in high school helped Amy want to stay within the athletic realm which lead to her career choice. Amy was very fortunate to know exactly what she wanted to do and what exactly she wanted to get her degree in once she graduated high school.

Specialties:  Exercise Trainer

Hobbies:  Amy enjoys anything outdoors, softball, watching MMA, shooting singing, traveling, figuring out about her Basque heritage and hanging out with her family and friends.

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Amy Martinez, Patient Relations

Hometown:  Aptos, CA

Why Physical Therapy?: 

Amy absolutely loves assisting patients in every way possible. From their first phone call to the clinic to their last visit upon completion of their Plan of Care. She cares for the patients and truly wants them to live their lives to the fullest without limitations. She is there to answer any and all your questions and to ensure that you have the best experience possible.

Hobbies:  Amy is more of a home body and loves being home with her two daughters, Kiley and Kelsy, and her husband Kenneth. She enjoys going rock hunting with her girls, cooking, riding sport bikes, dirt bikes, exercising and the occasional concert.

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Sydney "Syd" Adams, Patient Relations

Hometown:  Sandy, Utah

Why Physical Therapy?:  Syd loves being a part of patient and business experiences.  She travels across the country 3-4 times a year to visit other PT clinics where they coach each other on the physical therapy industry.  They share their outcomes and ways to better improve the patient experience.  Syd listens to patients' feedback and cares deeply for the patient to have a 5-star experience every time they walk through the door.  "Idaho Spine and Sports Physical Therapy is highly sought after because they are unique in their specialty clinics and highly focuses on the patient experience; more than just the pain.  There is no other clinic like them in town." 

Hobbies:  Syd loves going to comedy shows at Liquid Laughs downtown.  She enjoys reading, yoga and taking her dog for walks.  Sydney speaks Farsi!