Jacob Tesch

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Advanced Dry Needling Specialist​
Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

For the last 18 years, Jake has been studying and working with individuals of all shapes, sizes and impairments.  Jake was a founding partner of For Life Therapy Inc in July of 2012.  For the past 5 years, he has been expanding his dream of offering the highest level of intervention to all individuals.  In 2013, he was awarded a Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association.  He is also recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  In addition to his Physical Therapy certification, he also holds a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Certification with certificates in Mobility and Olympic Weightlifting. 

“Human Movement has always been my focus with rehab.  I have seen incredible improvements in pain and functional limitations with very minor changes to an individual’s movement.  This is the driving force behind my ‘For Life Model’ of treatment.”

In his free time Jake enjoys training in power lifting and CrossFit.  He spends the rest of his free time with his wife and 3 children. 

Zachary Lambrechts

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Zach is a Doctor of Physical Therapy having received his degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. He possesses a Bachelor's of Science degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

He has a passion for athletic rehab, surgical rehab, and returning to sports interventions. Zach has done some research and has written a dissertation regarding prevention of adolescent injuries through early identification of weaknesses using functional movement assessments.  He also possesses multiple years of experience with geriatric physical therapy.

While obtaining his Bachelor's degree, Zach played 4 years of college baseball, with one year at Wallace State College in Alabama, and three years at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. He received a few notable awards in the Great Plains Athletic Conference for his career playing baseball. Following his playing career, he was an assistant coach at the college level and he coordinated the strength and conditioning program for the Mount Marty Lancers.

He was born and raised in northeast South Dakota and loves spending his spare time in the outdoors, hunting and fishing.  If Zach isn't hunting or fishing, he can be found playing amateur baseball and spending time with his wife and family at the lake.

Megan Nankivel 

Doctor of Physical Therapy
LSVT BIG Certified®

Megan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. She completed her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at the University of Mary while she was an athlete on the Women’s Soccer Team.

Megan is a Nebraska native who has been residing the Dakotas for the last 12 years. Megan is married and is a new Mama to a one year old daughter and has another baby on the way. She enjoys pheasant hunting and has begun to gain more interest in deer hunting as well as bow hunting. Also, Megan enjoys essential oils, making homemade cards, baking goodies, game night, reading, running and spending time with family and friends.

Megan’s special interests in physical therapy include geriatrics and neurological rehabilitation, and she completed clinical rotations in these areas. Megan has done research in the area of aquatic therapy for neurological rehabilitation. In 2013, she presented her research project at the Combined Sections Meeting, a national Physical Therapy conference relating to the topic of aquatic therapy and core strengthening. She hopes to continue research in this area as well as expand her expertise in geriatrics and neurological rehabilitation. Megan is currently pursuing her Geriatric Specialty Certification. Also, Megan is expanding our For Life Therapy Model of treatment into Sioux Falls, providing outpatient Physical Therapy at Fit My Feet, an orthotic and specialty shoe store.

Christine Cass

Master of Physical Therapy
LSVT BIG Certified®

Chris holds a Master of Physical Therapy from the U.S. Army Baylor University Physical Therapy Program. In addition, she is Master of Exercise Science graduate from Georgia Southern University. She has been practicing physical therapy for over 19 years with the past 10 years primarily within a geriatric setting. She is currently preparing to take the American Physical Therapy Association board certification to become a Geriatric Certified Specialist in early 2020. Her continuing education is ongoing with courses in dementia and in geriatric rehabilitation and wellness. Chris is LSVT BIG Certified for treating patients with Parkinson's Disease.

Chris and her family relocated to South Dakota in 2013 after her husband retired from the Army after 21 years of service. Chris is also an Army veteran who served for 14 years. She left active duty to care for her two children while continuing her physical therapy work in the civilian sector. Originally, Chris is a Minnesota native and her husband is from Pierre, South Dakota.

Chris enjoys the outdoors with family camping trips, annual family pheasant hunting, hiking, and bike riding. She also loves chasing the kids around to their numerous sporting activities. Her family loves living in the country with two dogs, back yard hunting, chicken raising, and garden growing.

Chelsey Mulholland

Physical Therapist Assistant
LSVT BIG Certified®

Chelsey received her A.A.S. through Lake Area Technical Institute here in Watertown, SD. Prior to that Chelsey achieved an undergraduate B.A. at St. Cloud State University, MN with a Psychology major and Biology minor.

She is certified in instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and kinesiotaping through NASMI where they integrate the two techniques into restoring optimal movement. Chelsey is certified to perform pre-work screens through the KEY system, has her LSVT BIG training, and has taken courses with behavioral methods for pain management, cognitive rehabilitation, and memory enhancement.

Chelsey loves the variety of patients and diagnoses she is able to treat as it keeps her on her toes. She especially enjoys treating pain, posture and balance disorders, and integrating preventative approaches. She looks at every patient as a unique individual, who more than likely will have good days and setbacks, yet will always try to let them know and feel that is normal. 

Chelsey is from a small southwestern town in Minnesota where she cherishes her "country roots," helping and having fun on her grandparents farm for much of her upbringing. It has taught her the importance of hard work, quality of life, and family. She has resided in Watertown for 5 years and is happily settled with her husband and their dog Marvin. They enjoy fishing, kayaking, camping, watching football and traveling together.

Julie Neilan

Physical Therapist Assistant
Office Assistant and Biller

Julie is one of our Physical Therapist Assistants and Biller at For Life Therapy, Inc. She thoroughly enjoys both roles and has learned a lot in her years with the company. 

Julie graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute in 2015 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences from the University of South Dakota. Julie is certified to perform our Occupational Health screens for area businesses. She gets to meet interesting people and in a short session work with them on their safe lifting in the work place. In 2019, Julie attended a fascinating course on patients with Dementia, learning many old and new ways to approach, engage, and work with people of varying abilities. She looks forward to the opportunities for continuing education provided and encouraged by For Life Therapy, Inc. Julie is a proponent of #choosePT and is learning to advocate more for our profession!

On a personal note, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She adores her little nieces and loves up on them as much as possible. Julie continues to enjoy the outdoors when weather permits and quiet indoor activities when it doesn’t!

Logan Lambrechts

Physical Therapist Assistant

Logan is a PTA in Sioux Falls working primarily between Stoney Brook in Sioux Falls and Morgan Lane in Tea. He graduated from LATI in 2015. Outside of work Logan enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family at Big Stone Lake. During the fall don't bother him on Sundays as he will be watching football cheering for his Vikings! SKOL!

Amanda Tesch 

Office Administrator and Biller
Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist

Amanda joined For Life Therapy as the Office Administrator and Biller in 2015. Prior to taking on this new role, she practiced full-time as a Registered Dietitian 2005-2015, with focuses in Diabetes prevention and education and rural community health, and also nutrition in aging and the elderly population. Most recently, she served as the Manager of Dining and Nutrition Services at a local skilled nursing facility. Amanda has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from North Dakota State University, and she has an interest in all areas of physical health. Our goal is to incorporate Amanda’s expertise in nutrition and health into the “For Life Model” of care to facilitate healing and faster recovery from injury, to optimize athletic enhancement, and to promote Healthy Nutrition For Life. She continues to practice part-time as a clinical Registered Dietitian in the community.

Amanda is married to Jake; Together they have 3 children. Amanda has a passion for animals, both wild and domestic, and she enjoys learning about animals of all variety and visiting zoos and conservatories with her family to pass down the passion for conservation of wildlife and care of domestic animals.  She serves as a board member for the Glacial Lakes Humane Society and Shelter. She also enjoys learning about historical military events and gardening.

Lindsey Arbach

Receptionist 

Lindsey is our receptionist that helps make everyday life in the office a little bit easier. Lindsey said that “she is excited to be a part of the For Life team and although I am new to the physical therapy world, I admire all of the hard work and dedication that goes into it.”

Lindsey enjoys seeing patients progress and graduate therapy, knowing how restricted they were when they first began. Lindsey has lived in South Dakota all of her life and looks forward to family game nights with her fiancé and step son. She also enjoys reading whenever she has a spare moment.

For Life Therapy - Watertown

913 10th Ave SE

Watertown SD 57201
P: 605-878-3334

F: 605-878-0245

For Life Therapy - Sioux Falls

 (Located within Fit My Feet)

2621 S. Minnesota Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57105
P: 605-789-4945

F: 605-878-0245

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