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Biagio Mazza

Biagio Mazza
Owner and Physical Therapist

  • B.S., Rockhurst University, Valedictorian, 1999
  • M.P.T., Rockhurst University, 2001
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA, 2001
  • Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA, 2002
  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Board Certified, ABPTS, 2005
  • Sport Clinical Specialist Board Certified, ABPTS, 2008
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, IAOM, 2009
  • DPT, EIM Institute of Health, 2010

Biagio clocks more than 150 hours a year in continuing education, well beyond the state’s standards for physical therapy. Why? It’s his business and his passion. And it says a lot about the kind of clinic he runs and the quality of staff he leads.

Biagio himself is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Sports Clinical Specialist. There are fewer than 50 therapists nationwide who hold both of these distinctions. He also has worked as an adjunct instructor at Rockhurst, is an active member of the Kansas and Missouri Physical Therapy Associations, and has served as a physical therapy consultant for the Kansas City Royals. Biagio is a strong advocate for the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

From the beginning, Biagio knew he wanted to combine sports with science. When he met Judy Hensley, his teacher and mentor, he knew he wanted to shift his interests to physical therapy and helping a wide range of people improve their quality of—and movement through—life.

And he’s made a mark. Elite enjoys a reputation for quality care.

Biagio specializes in:

  • manual therapy
  • postural training
  • biomechanics
  • functional exercise
  • complex spinal pathology
Allison Messick

Allison Messick
Physical Therapist

  • B.S. in Psychology, Creighton University
  • D.P.T., University of Kansas Medical Center, 2018

Allison was born and raised in Overland Park where she grew up as a swimmer. This was her first glimpse into the importance of taking care of her body, and successfully recovering from injury.

Allison attended Creighton University because of the great med school programs, their values, and their strong emphasis on service and bettering the community around you. She not only graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Creighton, but also met her now husband, David!

Turns out they both grew up in Overland Park but never met until college!

Following undergrad Allison attended the University of Kansas Medical Center for PT school. She decided to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist because she likes the opportunity to get to know patients, and get them back to whatever their goal is. Allison also values the educational component of helping patients understand how they can better themselves.

Allison and her husband of three years love spending time hiking, camping, riding bikes, and playing with their corgi pup, Sydney. Allison has discovered her green thumb, and enjoys learning more about, and caring for house plants. If you have any questions or want recommendations, ask Allison!

Lastly, Allison loves teaching Sydney new tricks. Her newest, most impressive trick is sneezing on command! If you don’t believe us, ask Allison to see the video!

ALLISON SPECIALIZES IN:

  • Functional Activity Training
  • Balance Training
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy
  • Spine Rehab, including neck and low back pain
  • Diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries (i.e. joint, muscle, tendon, and ligament)
  • Gymnasts, Swimmers, Cheerleaders
Brett Beltrame

Brett Beltrame
Physical Therapist

  • B.S., Iowa State University, 2005
  • Certified Athletic Trainer, 2005
  • D.P.T., University of Iowa, 2007
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, IAOM

What does it mean when you put patients first?

For Brett, it means you don’t treat patients from a “cookbook” of therapeutic recipes or pass patients from therapist to therapist. He focuses on building relationships with each patient, one at a time, whether they’re an NFL athlete, weekend warrior or someone recovering from surgery.

And then he gives each patient personalized, one-on-one treatment that pulls from many different therapeutic approaches and techniques. The goal: treat the patient, not the symptom, so they can live life in full motion.

Outside of work Brett enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams (Royals, Chiefs, and Iowa Cyclones) and of course spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.

Brett’s specialties include:

  • Exercise and sports science
  • Athletic training
  • Manual therapy
  • Functional exercises
  • Sports rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic injuries
Carol Henney

Carol Henney
Physical Therapist

  • B.S. Health Sciences, Marquette University, 2014
  • D.P.T., Marquette University, 2015

Carol was born and raised in Wisconsin. She was a volleyball player at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her love for elite performance as a college athlete was reliant on the health of her body. 

Carol realized early on that as a Physical Therapist she could help people of all ages reach their physical health goals by helping them move more efficiently, get stronger, and find relief from pain.

After college Carol moved to Kansas to pursue more sports-focused Physical Therapy. When she began considering moving closer to the Kansas City area she found Elite! She is most excited to learn and grow as a Physical Therapist from our veterans to help individuals live and move without limitations.

CAROL SPECIALIZES IN:

  • Manual Therapy (Hands-on)
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Manual TherapySpine Rehab, including neck and low back pain
  • Diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries (i.e. joint, muscle, tendon, and ligament)
  • Athletic Performance & Strength Training
  • Peak Performance & Recovery for Volleyball Players
Hannah Weseel

Hannah Weseel
Physical Therapist

Full Bio Coming Soon.

  • B.S. in Kinesiology, Kansas State University
  • D.P.T., University of Kansas Medical Center
Justin R. Snead

Justin R. Snead
Physical Therapist

  • B.S., Health and Exercise Science, Missouri Western State University, 2002
  • D.P.T., Rockhurst University, 2013
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, IAOM
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Justin firmly believes in the healing power of exercise. He’s seen it firsthand. That’s why he takes the time to educate his patients on postures and activities to allow them to treat themselves. With physical therapy, patients aren’t prescribed a pill: exercise is the medicine.

It’s precisely that philosophy that attracted him to the field and to practice at Elite Physical Therapy. At Elite, physical therapists like Justin work one-on-one and as a team to treat the whole patient, referring them as necessary to Elite’s in-house massage therapists, personal trainers, or dietary specialists—all to provide the best care possible.

Outside of work Justin enjoys spending time with his wife Felicia, exercising, and playing with/training their two Belgian Malinois.

Justin’s treatment specialties include:

  • manual therapy
  • orthopedics
  • joint mobilization
  • muscle stretching
  • soft-tissue mobilization
Mark Lawhon

Mark Lawhon
Physical Therapist

  • B.S. Health Sciences, University of Missouri (Mizzou), 2011
  • D.P.T., University of Missouri (Mizzou), 2014
  • Sports Certified Specialist


Growing up a football and basketball player, among other sports, Mark spent countless hours training. At and early age he realized the benefit of keeping his body injury- and pain-free.


Mark has multiple family members that are healthcare providers, so early on he was drawn to some sort of health career. Further, his interest in sports performance, injury prevention, and injury recovery led him to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist!


Mark attended the University of Missouri, Columbia (Mizzou) for Undergrad and Physical Therapy (PT) school. He especially enjoyed attending sporting events! Mark was also lucky enough to meet his now wife, Jen, in PT school.


After graduating from PT school they decided to spend their first years of marriage in a new place, which brought them to Tucson, AZ for almost four years!


While they loved it there, the news of a baby on the way led them to move back home to the Kansas City area. Mark and Jen have their hands full with their daughter Peyton, golden retriever Hutch, and baby number 2 on the way!

Mark specializes in:

  • Manual (Hands-on) Therapy
  • Kinesiology and sports science
  • Orthopedic therapy
  • Spinal and extremity manual rehabilitation
  • Sports strengthening and rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
Megan Algya

Megan Algya
Physical Therapist

  • B.S., Health Science, University of Missouri, 2017
  • D.P.T., Rockhurst University, 2020
  • MBA, Rockhurst University, 2020

St. Louis (specifically, Ballwin) native, Megan, grew up a diverse athlete. She played soccer, softball, and even was a diver in high school!


While in high school, Megan experienced ongoing knee pain, that led to surgery, followed up a year of Physical Therapy (PT). She later developed shoulder pain, where she once again found herself back in PT. During both roads to recovery she decided that PT was fun and wanted to purse a career as a Physical Therapist.


Megan attended the University of Missouri (Mizzou) where she got her BS in Health Science. She then not only completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Rockhurst University, but also got her Masters in Business Administration.


Before leaving Columbia, MO to attend Rockhurst, Megan went to Honduras for a mission trip through her church. Turns out, her now husband, Jordan, also was on the trip with his church! They spent a couple of years long-distance, and eventually both permanently settled in Kansas City and married in December of 2019.


Upon graduation from PT school, Megan heard about Elite from her friend and fellow-PT grad. She was immediately drawn to the environment, success, and opportunity to learn and grow as a PT at Elite.


Outside of work Megan and Jordan enjoy walking their dog, Zeus, working out, spending time on the lake, and are currently looking for a slow pitch softball league.


Fun Fact: Megan has duel-citizenship! Her father is from Canada so when her and her sister were babies, they received citizenship in both the US and Canada!

Morgan Stemple

Morgan Stemple
Physical Therapist

  • B.S., Health Science, Southwest Baptist University, 2014
  • D.P.T., Southwest Baptist University, 2017

Morgan Stemple is a Wichita native, who recently moved back to the midwest!


Morgan has a heart for helping, and serving others. She tied that with her fascination with the human body and pursued a career as a Physical Therapist. When you meet her, you will immediately experience the warmth of her heart and the depth of her knowledge.


Upon graduation from PT school, Morgan moved away to Louisville, KY where she worked at an in-patient Neuro clinic. Most of the patients she saw had experienced a spinal chord injury, stroke, or had Parkinson's disease. In her years at that clinic she developed sharp skills in those areas, and still enjoys working with those kinds of patients.


Once Morgan moved back to the Kansas City area to be closer to family she discovered Elite. She was drawn to Elite's top priorities of excellent Patient Care and patient interaction, as well as the out-patient, orthopedic setting.


The way Elite operates allows Morgan the chance to build relationships with her patients, understand each individual's goals, and give her patients the care and attention they deserve each and every session. "It is not just the typical PT machine."

Outside of work Morgan enjoys staying active whether that is playing tennis (which she has played her whole life), hiking, or just being outside. She also is a foodie and loves to eat at really good, local restaurants. Morgan also spends a lot of time being involved with her church and reading.


Other Fun Facts...


Morgan's big heart has sent her out multiple missions trip. She has been to South Sudan, Mexico, Zambia (for an exercise science internship + missions trip), and she went to Brazil during PT school for a PT specific trip.


One of Morgan's life goals is to travel to all 50 states in the US!


When you get the opportunity to meet Morgan ask her about her missions trips and let her know what local restaurant she should try!

MORGAN SPECIALIZES IN:

  • Spinal Chord Injuries
  • Manual Therapy
  • Neuro Rehab (Parkinson's Disease, post-stroke, etc.)
  • Spine Rehab, including neck and low back pain
  • Diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries (i.e. joint, muscle, tendon, and ligament)
Taylor Kaul

Taylor Kaul
Physical Therapist

  • Exercise Science, St. Ambrose University, 2015
  • D.P.T., St. Ambrose University, 2016
  • AIB-VRC (Vestibular Rehab and Concussion Specialization), American Institute of Balance

Taylor is a midwest native and was born and raised near Des Moines, Iowa in a town called Norwalk. Growing up she was a competitive dancer, cheerleader, and played volleyball, tennis, and softball.

Growing up in a sports-oriented family, Taylor quickly learned the importance of a healthy lifestyle. When heading to college she chose to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences because she was interested in helping and working with people to get them back to moving pain-free and feeling their very best!

Taylor chose to extend her education and become a Physical Therapist (PT). Taylor enjoys being a PT because she is able to educate other about their health, how their body works, and how to protect and improve themselves so they can live life to the very fullest!

After college Taylor wanted to move somewhere new, but stay kind of close to family so she chose to move to Kansas City. She began her career as a Physical Therapist locally for a few years, and eventually decided to try traveling Physical Therapy.


When the world began to change in early 2020 she decided to move back to Kansas City and look for a job here. When she came across the opportunity to work at Elite Taylor was thrilled!

She interviewed and checked out the facility and was immediately drawn to the high-level of patient care Elite provides, the chance to work one-on-one with patients, and the opportunities for continued education Elite provides to help our therapists become the very best in Kansas City.

Outside of work Taylor enjoys playing rec sports, including sand volleyball, tennis, and indoor soccer. She also enjoys any sort of outdoor activity, from hiking and kayaking, to skiing and fishing.

Fun Fact: Taylor recently did a multi-sport vacation in Patagonia National Park, located in southern Chile, which included mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking! She has even hiked the French Alps!When you get the chance to meet Taylor, you will have to ask her about her awesome experiences!

TAYLOR SPECIALIZES IN:

  • Vestibular and Concussion Rehab
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy
  • Spine Rehab, including neck and low back pain
  • Diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries (i.e. joint, muscle, tendon, and ligament)
Holly Smothers

Holly Smothers
- Marketing & Communications Manager & Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Since Holly can remember her health has been a priority for her. She has continually seen the profound impact taking care of her body with nutrition, movement, rest, and strength-building can have on her overall health and daily life.

Holly was drawn to the marketing position at Elite because it gives her the opportunity to spread awareness about the impact that Physical Therapy can have on people’s overall life. She believes that if you can move well and without pain, you will have the strength and confidence to conquer anything life throws your way.

Holly particularly liked the environment and approach Elite has with patients, and their viewpoint that each person that walks through the door is different, and therefore should be treated accordingly.

The Physical Therapists provide individualized care to each patient, with undivided attention. She believes nutrition should be approached in the same way, as there is no “perfect, one-size-fits-all diet.”

The therapists are also knowledgeable beyond anything she has experienced. Beyond that, the company itself is the “Ideal Business” she always learned about in business school, and says that the camaraderie between all staff members is incomparable.

 

HOLLY SPECIALIZES IN:

  • Digital Marketing & Communications
  • Event Coordination & Planning
  • Developing Dietary Changes For The Long-term
  • Women’s Health & Hormonal Balance

GET TO KNOW HOLLY:

Holly was born and raised in Lake Saint Louis, MO. Growing up she played soccer, basketball, ran track, was a competitive water skier, and participated in private gymnastics lessons for fun.

She not only loves playing sports of all kinds, but also loves to watch them. With a front-row preference, she decided to try-out for the high school cheerleading team and fell in love with it. After high school she continued her cheerleading career at Mizzou!

After graduating from Mizzou in 2015, Holly did not want to go home but didn’t want to move too far away so she chose to accept an internship at at Marketing Agency in Kansas City. During this time she fell completely in love with Kansas City, especially the Crossroads area. A month later she was hired on Full Time as a Project Manager, where she worked for 2.5 years.

After experiencing some health complications, Holly decided to move back to St. Louis for a year while making a career change to help individuals improve their health and overall lives starting with nutrition. She began working part time at Elite as a Marketing Coordinator, while completing a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) certification. Upon completion, Holly and her rescue pup, Goji, moved back to Kansas City to work full-time at Elite as the Marketing Coordinator and NTP. 

Her favorite things about Kansas City are all of the unique areas (especially the Crossroads), the awesome farmers markets, numerous local events, local gyms/studios & healthy food joints, and of course, Kansas City SPORTS (except when the Royals are playing the Cardinals)!

When Holly is not working, she stays busy spending time with friends, working out, walking her dog, watching sports, traveling, hiking, water skiing, or creating masterpieces in the kitchen, especially healthy dessert alternatives.

Be sure to introduce yourself to Holly next time you are at Elite, and tell her your favorite joke. Also, keep an eye out in our newsletters and on social media for recipes and health tips!

FOLLOW HER ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

HOLLY’S BIO:

  • B.S. Business Administration, Marketing Emphasis University of Missouri, 2015
  • Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, 2019
Wendy Laurence

Wendy Laurence
- Office Manager

Wendy was born and raised in Kansas City and attended college at Longview Community College. She has since worked in customer service and sales in tanning salons, was a leasing agent, and even owned a roofing company for four years! Wendy hoped to switch into a role within the health industry and stumbled upon an ad for a Patient Services Specialist position at Elite!

The ad actually fell right out of the newspaper for her to see! She was drawn to the part that talked about the opportunity to change the lives of patients, and make a unique connection with them.

In the past, it was always a goal of Wendy's to brighten the lives of her clients, and helping them leave the salon happier than when they came in. She saw the unique opportunity to link arms with other employees at Elite and do just that.

After spending just one day at Elite Wendy said she felt more appreciated than she has at any other job in awhile. She said, "There is always a very positive vibe in the office and I enjoy going into work."

Outside of work Wendy enjoys traveling and photography. Her favorite things to take photos of include scenic views, flowers, and landscapes. You can find her snapping random photos downtown to find beauty in things that most people don't think about.

Wendy's love for vacation, adventure, and the outdoors took her to her two favorite vacation spots: Portland, Oregon and the Cayman Islands.

She recommends driving up and down the coast in Oregon and taking time to stop and visit all of the different towns along the way. The unique charm of each town is something you don't want to miss!

Jeannie Fagan

Jeannie Fagan
- Front Office Manager

Prarie Village native, Jeannie Fagan eagerly joined our team at Elite as a Patient Services Specialist, and has been an absolute rockstar. Her upbeat personality, ability to problem-solve, and organizational skills have created a great environment and efficiencies at Elite!

Prior to working at Elite Jeannie managed a restaurant, as well as a bar. This experience helped her realize the joy she feels when interacting with, and serving individuals in the community.


Outside of work Jeannie has her hands full as she tries to keep up with her four kiddos, ranging from age 4 to 14 and her boston terrier pup, Reign. She also enjoys going to her kids sporting events, and playing yard games with friends and neighbors while their kids ride bikes, and play in the neighborhood!

Leo Lopez

Leo Lopez
- Patient Services Specialist

Leo is a Kansas City native, and enjoys working for local businesses. Biagio met Leo years ago when he was working at the movie theater Biagio and his boys go to.


Throughout the years Biagio recognized Leo’s work ethic and felt like he’d be a great fit at Elite! When the opportunity came up, both Leo and Biagio were excited to make it happen.


His personable skills and desire to be the very best at his job has allowed Leo to thrive as a Patient Service Specialist.


Outside of work Leo enjoys sleeping, watching football, and is a tech genius! He also loves spending time with his young son, Izacc. Definitely ask him to see some photos!


Fun Fact: Leo is bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently.

Peyton Hottovy

Peyton Hottovy
Patient Services Specialist

Peyton was an athlete that grew up in Omaha, NE. Sports (basketball, baseball, soccer, and cross country) helped him realize how feeling physically well meant performing well. He was exposed to Physical Therapy and decided to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist.

After High School, Peyton went to Rockhurst University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences. He was a member of the Cross Country team, where he furter instilled a strong workeithic, and appreciation for a healthy physical body.

During undergrad, Peyton joined Elite's team as an intern. He was quickly drawn to the quality of care offered at Elite and wanted to learn from the PTs we had on staff It did not take long for us to realize the asset we gained when Peyton started, so he was asked to join our team.

Peyton now balances working at Elite while completing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Rockhurst University!

Outside of school Peyton enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and running.

Julie Clifford

Julie Clifford
- External Marketing Manager

Julie is a KC native and the oldest of 7 daughters. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has two daughters, two grandchildren and one on the way!  She and her husband have a darling mini goldendoodle named Nellie.

Accustomed to being the "leader of the pack" as the oldest of 7, she excelled as a student and also enjoyed dance team.  She went on to earn her BS in Marketing and Management.   She worked in Medical Sales for several companies over 20 years  (including Bayer Pharmaceutical and Hologic) calling on hospitals and physician offices.  She chose to leave the stress of full-time sales in 2012 to spend time with her new grandson, then two years later, a new granddaughter.

Julie started with Elite in late 2016 after being a patient off and on for ten years.  Being so active in her younger years: a tomboy as a kid, gymnastics, being a runner for 25 years and a high-impact Aerobics instructor for 5 years, she was constantly in need of physical therapy. She was so impressed with Elite PT and the results she experienced.
In her External Marketing position, she loves being able to spread to the KC medical community all the wonderful benefits that Elite PT offers its patients.

Julie enjoys dancing (still!), yoga, going to the gym, long walks, Happy Hours with friends, traveling the US (especially to the beaches and mountains), hiking and playing with her grandchildren.

Julie's friendly demeanor will absolutely brighten your day, so be sure to introduce yourself when you see her in or out of the clinic!

Biagio Mazza

Biagio Mazza
Owner and Physical Therapist

B.S., Rockhurst University, Valedictorian, 1999 M.P.T., Rockhurst University, 2001 Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA, 2001 Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA, 2002 Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Board Certified, ABPTS, 2005 Sport Clinical Specialist Board Certified, ABPTS, 2008 Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, IAOM, 2009 DPT, EIM Institute of Health, 2010 Biagio clocks more than 150 hours a year in continuing education, well beyond the state’s standards for p...
Allison Messick

Allison Messick
Physical Therapist

B.S. in Psychology, Creighton University D.P.T., University of Kansas Medical Center, 2018 Allison was born and raised in Overland Park where she grew up as a swimmer. This was her first glimpse into the importance of taking care of her body, and successfully recovering from injury. Allison attended Creighton University because of the great med school programs, their values, and their strong emphasis on service and bettering the community around you. She not only graduated with a B.S....
Brett Beltrame

Brett Beltrame
Physical Therapist

B.S., Iowa State University, 2005 Certified Athletic Trainer, 2005 D.P.T., University of Iowa, 2007 Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, IAOM What does it mean when you put patients first? For Brett, it means you don’t treat patients from a “cookbook” of therapeutic recipes or pass patients from therapist to therapist. He focuses on building relationships with each patient, one at a time, whether they’re an NFL athlete, weekend warrior or someone recovering...
Carol Henney

Carol Henney
Physical Therapist

B.S. Health Sciences, Marquette University, 2014 D.P.T., Marquette University, 2015 Carol was born and raised in Wisconsin. She was a volleyball player at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her love for elite performance as a college athlete was reliant on the health of her body.  Carol realized early on that as a Physical Therapist she could help people of all ages reach their physical health goals by helping them move more efficiently, get stronger, and find relie...
Hannah Weseel

Hannah Weseel
Physical Therapist

Full Bio Coming Soon. B.S. in Kinesiology, Kansas State University D.P.T., University of Kansas Medical Center
Justin R. Snead

Justin R. Snead
Physical Therapist

B.S., Health and Exercise Science, Missouri Western State University, 2002 D.P.T., Rockhurst University, 2013 Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, IAOM Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Justin firmly believes in the healing power of exercise. He’s seen it firsthand. That’s why he takes the time to educate his patients on postures and activities to allow them to treat themselves. With physical therapy, patients aren’t prescribed a pill: exercise is the med...
Mark Lawhon

Mark Lawhon
Physical Therapist

B.S. Health Sciences, University of Missouri (Mizzou), 2011 D.P.T., University of Missouri (Mizzou), 2014 Sports Certified Specialist Growing up a football and basketball player, among other sports, Mark spent countless hours training. At and early age he realized the benefit of keeping his body injury- and pain-free. Mark has multiple family members that are healthcare providers, so early on he was drawn to some sort of health career. Further, his interest in sports performance, i...
Megan Algya

Megan Algya
Physical Therapist

B.S., Health Science, University of Missouri, 2017 D.P.T., Rockhurst University, 2020 MBA, Rockhurst University, 2020 St. Louis (specifically, Ballwin) native, Megan, grew up a diverse athlete. She played soccer, softball, and even was a diver in high school! While in high school, Megan experienced ongoing knee pain, that led to surgery, followed up a year of Physical Therapy (PT). She later developed shoulder pain, where she once again found herself back in PT. During both roads to re...
Morgan Stemple

Morgan Stemple
Physical Therapist

B.S., Health Science, Southwest Baptist University, 2014 D.P.T., Southwest Baptist University, 2017 Morgan Stemple is a Wichita native, who recently moved back to the midwest! Morgan has a heart for helping, and serving others. She tied that with her fascination with the human body and pursued a career as a Physical Therapist. When you meet her, you will immediately experience the warmth of her heart and the depth of her knowledge. Upon graduation from PT school, Morgan moved away to L...
Taylor Kaul

Taylor Kaul
Physical Therapist

Exercise Science, St. Ambrose University, 2015 D.P.T., St. Ambrose University, 2016 AIB-VRC (Vestibular Rehab and Concussion Specialization), American Institute of Balance Taylor is a midwest native and was born and raised near Des Moines, Iowa in a town called Norwalk. Growing up she was a competitive dancer, cheerleader, and played volleyball, tennis, and softball. Growing up in a sports-oriented family, Taylor quickly learned the importance of a healthy lifestyle. When heading to c...
Holly Smothers

Holly Smothers
- Marketing & Communications Manager & Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Since Holly can remember her health has been a priority for her. She has continually seen the profound impact taking care of her body with nutrition, movement, rest, and strength-building can have on her overall health and daily life. Holly was drawn to the marketing position at Elite because it gives her the opportunity to spread awareness about the impact that Physical Therapy can have on people’s overall life. She believes that if you can move well and without pain, you will have the stren...
Wendy Laurence

Wendy Laurence
- Office Manager

Wendy was born and raised in Kansas City and attended college at Longview Community College. She has since worked in customer service and sales in tanning salons, was a leasing agent, and even owned a roofing company for four years! Wendy hoped to switch into a role within the health industry and stumbled upon an ad for a Patient Services Specialist position at Elite! The ad actually fell right out of the newspaper for her to see! She was drawn to the part that talked about the opportunity to c...
Jeannie Fagan

Jeannie Fagan
- Front Office Manager

Prarie Village native, Jeannie Fagan eagerly joined our team at Elite as a Patient Services Specialist, and has been an absolute rockstar. Her upbeat personality, ability to problem-solve, and organizational skills have created a great environment and efficiencies at Elite! Prior to working at Elite Jeannie managed a restaurant, as well as a bar. This experience helped her realize the joy she feels when interacting with, and serving individuals in the community. Outside of work Jeannie has he...
Leo Lopez

Leo Lopez
- Patient Services Specialist

Leo is a Kansas City native, and enjoys working for local businesses. Biagio met Leo years ago when he was working at the movie theater Biagio and his boys go to. Throughout the years Biagio recognized Leo’s work ethic and felt like he’d be a great fit at Elite! When the opportunity came up, both Leo and Biagio were excited to make it happen. His personable skills and desire to be the very best at his job has allowed Leo to thrive as a Patient Service Specialist. Outside of work L...
Peyton Hottovy

Peyton Hottovy
Patient Services Specialist

Peyton was an athlete that grew up in Omaha, NE. Sports (basketball, baseball, soccer, and cross country) helped him realize how feeling physically well meant performing well. He was exposed to Physical Therapy and decided to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist. After High School, Peyton went to Rockhurst University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences. He was a member of the Cross Country team, where he furter instilled a strong workeithic, and appreciation for...
Julie Clifford

Julie Clifford
- External Marketing Manager

Julie is a KC native and the oldest of 7 daughters. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has two daughters, two grandchildren and one on the way!  She and her husband have a darling mini goldendoodle named Nellie. Accustomed to being the "leader of the pack" as the oldest of 7, she excelled as a student and also enjoyed dance team.  She went on to earn her BS in Marketing and Management.   She worked in Medical Sales for several companies over 20 years ...

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