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Meet Our Team

Laura Cooper, PT, DPT

Clinic Director | Physical Therapist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Laura received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. Laura’s clinical focus is sports medicine, general orthopedics, therapeutic yoga, Women’s Health, and post-mastectomy/breast cancer rehab. She has manual physical therapy training through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy and has advanced skills in treating pre- and post-partum, as well as other women’s health issues.

Laura is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has had personal experience with strength and conditioning at the collegiate level while on the Cross Country and Track Teams at the University of Oregon. She is also certified in ASTYM™ (Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization). Laura is co-director of Therapeutic Associates – Central Oregon and is on-site director of TAI at The Athletic Club of Bend. Laura enjoys running, yoga, cycling, skiing, swimming, reading, and spending time with her family.

Chris Cooper - Physical Therapist - Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy at The Athletic Club of Bend - Physical Therapy in Bend, Oregon

Chris Cooper, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

A Montana native, Chris received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Washington in 1996 and earned his Master’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 1999. Chris has worked for Therapeutic Associates in Bend since that time and has been at the Athletic Club of Bend clinic since 2005.

Chris is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and has advanced manual therapy training through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy. He is also a Level 3 Certified Golf Fitness Instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute, a Nike Golf Certified Performance Specialist, as well as Level 1 and 2 K-Vest Certified. Chris finished his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in May 2010. In 2015, Chris became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties; In 2017, he achieved his TPI Level 2 Junior and Power Coach Certifications; In 2018, he achieved his TPI Level 3 Junior Coach Certification; In 2019, Chris attained his Levels 1-3 SuperSpeed Golf Training System Certifications.

His passion is treating injured golfers and helping non-injured golfers maximize golf-specific fitness. He is also passionate about treating foot and ankle injuries. He enjoys mountain and road biking, golfing, skiing, fly-fishing, cooking, and being with his family.

Leah Conchieri - Physical Therapist - Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy at The Athletic Club of Bend - Physical Therapy in Bend, Oregon

Leah Conchieri, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Leah grew up in Essex, Vermont, where she attended the University of Vermont and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science, with a pre-physical therapy focus in 2013. She continued her education at the University of Vermont studying Physical Therapy and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015.

Leah’s clinical interests include orthopedics, manual therapy, sports injury rehabilitation, and pediatrics. She is grateful for TAI’s commitment to continuing education and enjoys working with other clinicians to help advance her skills. She is skilled at educating people in appropriate therapeutic exercises as well as manual therapy. In her free time, she enjoys doing any activity that involves the outdoors, including hiking, skiing, and biking. As a newcomer to the west coast she is eager to see what lies in store. She looks forward to exploring the beautiful outdoors of Oregon.

Lindsey Hagen - Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy - Athletic Club of Bend

Lindsey Hagen, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Lindsey grew up in Santa Cruz, California and played Division 1 collegiate soccer prior to attending UC San Francisco and San Francisco State University graduate school. She graduated with her Masters in 2008 and Doctorate in 2009. She specializes in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. She has done more advanced training on evaluation and treatment of the running athlete. She has developed Fit-to-Run programs and is an RRCA certified coach. Lindsey has done training with the Institute of Physical Art manual therapy, and is also Kinesiotape and Graston certified.

When not working she enjoys running in the mountains, snowboarding and spending time with her family.

Taylor Kopecky - Athletic Club of Bend

Taylor Kopecky

Exercise Specialist

Taylor grew up on Mt. Hood in the small town of Welches, Oregon riding horses, mountain bikes, and exploring the woods outside her home. Having grown up in the rain it was a no-brainer to make the move to sunny Bend when it was time to go to college. Taylor came out here with my bike and horse in 2016 and can’t imagine being anywhere else. In June 2019 she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and currently is finishing up the last of her prerequisite classes before applying to Grad school to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Taylor loves being a part of patient’s healing process and getting them back to doing what they love. Not to mention how awesome it is to work alongside such compassionate, encouraging people as her coworkers at the clinic.

Kathryn Kirsch - Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy - Athletic Club of Bend

Kathryn Kirsch

Exercise Specialist

Kathryn grew up in San Diego, California where she enjoyed her time in the sun surfing and playing soccer. She attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a degree in Human Physiology in June 2019. Once finishing her degree she was ready to move to Bend to be closer to the mountains and apply the knowledge she learned in school to a Physical Therapy setting. She is passionate about working with people and creating trust with the patients she gets to work with as well as motivating them throughout their recovery process.

In her free time Kathryn enjoys rock climbing, surfing, skiing, mountain biking and backpacking.

Erika Nuetzel - Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy - Athletic Club of Bend

Erika Nuetzel

Exercise Specialist

Erika was born and raised in Pasadena, California, where she grew up exploring in the Sierra Nevada and playing in the Pacific Ocean. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design, she spent a summer backpacking, rock climbing, and whitewater kayaking up and down the West Coast to find her next home. Bend’s access to the outdoors won her over at first, and the friends she’s made and the community she found in Bend is what’s kept her here ever since.

In 2018, Erika earned her registered Yoga Teacher and Level II Reiki Healer certifications while spending 3 months in Nepal. She came home with a widened perspective, and began to merge her passion of movement healing with her career goals, finding Physical Therapy to be a perfect fit. After knocking out a few pre-requisite courses at Central Oregon Community College, she hopes to apply to doctorate programs.

Volunteering with Oregon Adaptive Sports is one of her favorite ways to spend her free time, facilitating access to healing, empowering, and often life-changing outdoor recreation experiences regardless of ability. When she’s not with OAS, you can find her outside on her own adventures, always with her dog. Erika enjoys learning about the world we live in and is committed to making it a better place – a spirit that she hopes to share with all she meets.

Nathan Klug

Exercise Specialist

Nathan grew up in Kalispell, Montana and has moved around a bit since graduating college, working mostly in construction. He has had the good fortune to land work contracts in different countries and continents, which has been an extremely rewarding experience. This year, while sitting on a beach in Australia, he realized that he wanted to go back to school and acquire the necessary science credits to go onto either PA or PT school.

While attending Central Oregon Community College, Nathan was notified of an open position at Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy – Athletic Club of Bend and applied right away. He’s been exposed to the world of Physical Therapy and has had the opportunity to work with some awesome patients!

Nathan’s interests include fishing, hanging with friends, weightlifting/power-lifting, watching movies and reading books.

Zach Senner

Exercise Specialist

Zach grew up in Central Oregon where he enjoyed swimming competitively and spending time in the beautiful outdoors. While helping at an orphanage in the Philippines, he had a realization that what he wanted to do with his life was help others. Being in sports his whole upbringing, physical therapy was always in the back of his mind, and this was the tipping point. Aligning this dream with a future career in physical therapy, Zach is currently pursuing a bachelor degree in exercise science and plans to continue education in a doctorate physical therapy program. He loves interacting with patients and being along for their journey to recovery, celebrating successes along the way.

When he is not working or going to school, Zach enjoys hiking, backpacking, photography and reading.

Stephanie Odell - Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy - Athletic Club of Bend

Stephanie Odell

Administrative Supervisor

Stephanie started working with Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy – Athletic Club of Bend in the fall of 2019 after moving to Central Oregon with her husband and two pups. Before settling down she lived in several places including Portland, Maryland, Budapest, and Southern California.

Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree from a small liberal arts college in Maryland where she played collegiate soccer and found a love for all four seasons. In her free time she enjoys hiking, playing with her pups, and traveling with her husband Taylor.