Optimal Sports Physical Therapy, LLC, in Helena, MT, is an evidenced-based out patient physical therapy clinic specializing in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. OSPT is committed to providing effective, efficient, and compassionate care to help our patients achieve their goals and help each individual patient reach their optimal level of function.
We have experience with a wide variety of sports and recreational activities at all levels of competition. Our therapists have on-field experience providing event coverage, treating injured athletes on the field, and helping them return to play. We provide a hands-on approach using a variety of techniques and current technology to provide an all-encompassing treatment approach based on current research as well as individual factors.
From concussions to running rehab; ankle sprains to neck pain; we can help you live the active life you want to live!
All of our therapists are active members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), have advanced board certifications, lead an active lifestyle, and are actively involved in the Helena community.
Johnanna Sullivan DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC
Dr. Johnanna “J” Sullivan was born and raised in Des Moines, IA. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from Buena Vista University in 1997 followed by earning a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 1999. She then continued her pursuit of education earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2009. Johnanna continually seeks educational opportunities to further her knowledge in management and diagnosis of sports injuries as well as rehabilitation principles and techniques for a wide variety of orthopedic injuries. Johnanna specializes in treating concussions and sports rehab.
Johnanna is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Sports Clinical Specialist and a Certified Athletic Trainer through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and National Athletic Trainers Association (NATABOC). She combines these certifications to provide event coverage to various local sporting events and enjoys working with a wide variety of patients including high level athletes, weekend warriors, kids, and numerous patients who just want to feel better. She has worked with USA Judo, Taekwondo, Cycling, and Gymnastics teams as well as triathletes of all abilities, USGA Professional Golfers, and Youth Sports.
Kailey Edgar, PT, DPT
Dr. Kailey Edgar is originally from Boise, Idaho, but has been living in Montana for several years. She attended Carroll College in Helena, MT, where she played soccer for the Saints and received her Bachelor’s in Health Science in 2014. After finishing her undergraduate, she graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017 from the University of Montana. While attending PT school in Missoula, Kailey taught fitness classes for individuals surviving cancer, and went on to become a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist.
Kailey enjoys treating a wide variety of patients, especially those requiring rehabilitation services for sports injuries or following cancer treatment. Kailey specializes in treating pelvic floor dysfunction, injury prevention and rehabilitation of young female athletes, and orthopedic rehabilitation.
She is excited to help the people of the Helena community she has grown to love. When not treating patients, you can find Kailey at the gym, golfing, camping, wakeboarding, snowboarding, paddle boarding, playing with her dog, and getting outside with friends and family.
Chris Shafer DPT, CSCS
Dr. Chris Shafer earned a Bachelors degree in biotechnology from Montana State University in 2009. He then completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Montana in 2018 and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His practice philosophy focuses on bridging the gap between orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation so that he can help anyone achieve their rehabilitation goals regardless of injury.
He enjoys working with athletes recovering from orthopedic injury, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. Chris’s specialties include concussion management, running gait analysis, and return to sport programming. As a former competitive skier, mountain biker and triathlete, Chris understands the motivation to return to sport when injury strikes and he is motivated to help any person achieve their performance goals. When not in the clinic, Chris can be found outside exploring the mountains and getting ready for his next adventure.