Optimal Sports Physical Therapy Helena, MT
Optimal Sports Physical Therapy, LLC, in Helena, MT, is a privately-owned, 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 you achieve your goals and to help each of you reach your optimal level of function.
Our promise to you is to help you achieve your goals!
If you are ready to FEEL BETTER. MOVE BETTER. LIVE BETTER. Call us today!
The physical therapists at Optimal Sports Physical Therapy in Helena, MT go above and beyond to help you achieve your goals. Our physical therapists have experience treating a wide variety of sports and recreational athletes at all levels of competition. In additions to lots of clinical experience, our therapists have on-field experience providing event coverage, treating injured athletes on the field, and helping athletes return to play. We provide a hands-on approach using a variety of techniques, current technology, and current evidence to provide an all-encompassing treatment approach based on current research as well as individual factors.
Because we want to provide you with the highest level of care, our therapists are active members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), have advanced board certifications, lead active lifestyles, and are actively involved in the Helena community. Our therapists dedicate many hours each year to volunteering throughout the Helena Community with various organizations: Save The Brain Helena, Helena Small Fry Football, Jefferson High School Athletics, and many more.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Conor Smith DPT, PT
Dr. Conor Smith grew up in Spokane, WA but spent a lot of time in Helena due to family living in and around the greater Helena Area. He attended Carroll College where he played both soccer and football while earning a Bachelors Degree in Health Science in 2016. He then completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Idaho State University in 2019 before returning to Helena.
Conor enjoys working with a wide variety of patients young and old, especially athletes working toward returning to sport or injury prevention. Conor is currently working toward becoming a sports certified specialist so that he can provide the best evidence-based treatments to his patients. His treatments focus on movement biomechanics in order to improve overall function both in sport and normal daily activities. He enjoys treating sport and orthopedic injuries, vestibular and concussion deficits, and postural deficiencies in order for patients to return to full function.
In his free time, Conor can be found ejoying the golf links, playing soccer, hiking, skiing, fishing, hunting, and volunteer coaching the Men’s Carroll College Soccer program.
Leslie, Office Manager
Meet Leslie, our Office Manager! She is the bright and cheery face you see when you first come to OPT. Leslie is vital to assisting both patients and PTs, and in addition taking care of any office needs. She goes above and beyond to assure quality care from the minute patients walk through the door. Whether you have a question about scheduling, insurance, or payments, Leslie is sure to be able to help you!
When she isn’t in the office, Leslie enjoys spending time outside on the trails running, dowhnill skiing, and camping.
Contact Us Today!
Tired of being limited because of pain? Let us help you get back in Action!
Now with two locations to serve you better!
Optimal Sports Physical Therapy-North
Address: 3150 N Montana Ave, Suite D, Helena MT 59602
Optimal Sports Physical Therapy @ Premier Fitness
Address: 607 N Lamborn Ave, Helena, MT 59601
OPT at Premier
I look very forward to my therapy sessions with Johnanna and the rest of the staff is so nice I will highly recommend you all!