Scott Johnson, PT, MS, CSCS
Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in life sciences from K-State in 1992 and a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas in 1994. Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Scott is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Sport Medicine Section. He has extensive training in functional strengthening and manual therapy and enjoys working with all athletes and helping people live healthier, more active lives. Scott grew up in Riley, Kansas, and follows area high school teams and of course, K-State. When not at Maximum Performance, Scott is most likely coaching one of his daughter’s sports teams, attending a sporting event or out for a bike ride.
Stephanie Johnson, PT, MS
Stephanie graduated from K-State in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in life sciences and received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas in 1994. She is a member of the Physical Therapy Association and routinely works with patients of all ages from children to senior citizens dealing with neurological to musculoskeletal issues. When not providing therapy, Stephanie enjoys watching her kids play sports, making great food or being outdoors, especially gardening.
David Brandenburg, PT, DPT, CSCS
During David’s undergraduate years at K-State, he played an integral role in the development of Maximum Performance’s Physical Therapy and Fitness Program. Following his graduation in 2004, he traveled eastward where he completed several specialized residencies in orthopedics and sports medicine before earning his doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Kansas in 2007. A native of Riley, David enjoys cheering on the Cats in his off hours.
Braden Hynek, PT, DPT, A.T.C.
Braden Hynek, a native of Hanover, Kansas, earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Kansas State University in 2014 and graduated with honors with a doctor of physical therapy from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth in 2017. Braden performed clinical rotations in Kansas City, where he provided the latest treatments that allowed patients of all ages return to their active lifestyles. Braden utilizes exercise and manual therapy techniques to achieve maximum results for his patients. He routinely draws on his training and experiences with K-State’s athletic teams when treating athletes so they can return to competition. When he’s not in the office, Braden enjoys spending time outdoors playing sports, hiking, biking, running, hunting and fishing. He and his wife, Julie, enjoy many activities in Manhattan but K-State basketball and football games are among their favorites.
Travis Nichols, PT, DPT
Travis grew up in Sabetha, Kansas, and earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Kansas State University in 2005 and his doctorate in physical therapy from Rockhurst University in 2008. His professional area of interest is in orthopedics with an emphasis in sports medicine. In 2015, Travis completed his functional dry needling certification which has enhanced his ability to reduce myofascial pain and facilitate muscle activation. Travis enjoys working with patients of all ages and encouraging them to live healthy, active lives. Outside of the clinic, Travis enjoys running, cycling, and spending time with his family.
Craig F. Schmaltz, PT, OMPT
Craig F. Schmaltz has practiced orthopedic physical therapy since 1980 when he graduated from California State University, Northridge and UCLA Hospital and Clinics. In 1994, he completed his residency in orthopedic manual physical therapy at Folsom Physical Therapy in Folsom, California, and in 1996, he passed the Level 2 examination in orthopedic manual physical therapy in Oslo, Norway. Craig’s clinical areas of expertise include spinal, extremity and postoperative orthopedic patients of all ages. He has advanced the profession by serving as a postgraduate instructor for more than 10 years.
In his spare time, Craig coached little league baseball for many years and now exercises regularly and at the gym.
Jayme Lundberg, PTA
Physical Therapist assistant
Jayme received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from K-State before earning an associate’s degree as a physical therapy assistant from Washburn University in 2013. The Onaga, Kansas, native worked in the rehab unit at St. Francis hospital before joining the team at Maximum Performance. In her spare time, Jayme enjoys the outdoors, music, spending time with friends and family and cheering on the Cats!
Kurt Engle, A.T.C.
Kurt Engle, a native of Belleville, Kansas, earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Kansas State University in 2014 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health administration from St. Joseph’s University.
Kurt utilizes the latest research to help athletes return to play from injuries and concussions, especially when working the sidelines supporting area high school teams. Skilled in first aid, injury prevention and evaluation, Kurt draws on his training to keep athletes in the game or refer them on for evaluation and treatment.
In his leisure time, Kurt enjoys working with youth, spending time outdoors, playing sports, biking and running and attending concerts and K-State sporting events with his wife, Megan.
Aaron’s passion is helping people become fit. As a professional athlete and first-round draft pick for the Florida Marlins, Aaron is committed to a healthy lifestyle and believes wellness and fitness are the keys to a happy life. After his career with the Marlins, Aaron earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management at Mount Olive College in North Carolina and was a member of the coaching staff when the team won the 2008 National Baseball Championship.
Ryan Colvin was born on the East Coast and raised in Kansas. After graduating from Hutchinson High School in 2002, Ryan moved to Manhattan where his passion for physical fitness became his profession and he earned his personal training certificate from the American Council on Exercise.
When Ryan is not in the weight room, he enjoys great music, cooking great meals for friends and exploring the natural wonder of the Flint Hills.
A National Academy of Sports Medicine certified professional trainer and corrective exercise specialist, Irma Nieves was born and raised in Puerto Rico where she started playing soccer in middle school and continued throughout her college career. As a student athlete, Irma experienced an injury that required knee surgery and rehabilitation. That experience played a key role in her professional interest and passion for rehabilitation and helping people regain function after an injury.
Irma graduated from Colegio De La Salle and also attended Universidad Metropolitana-Recinto Cupey and is now a proud Wildcat pursuing her master’s degree in kinesiology at K-State. In her off hours, Irma enjoys shopping and working out. If you happen to run into her in the gym, she’d love you to introduce yourself and share your workout goals. She would love to help you accomplish them!
FRONT DESK COORDINATOR | East location
Michele Ridder is a native Kansan who graduated from Kansas State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. She has lived in the Manhattan area most of her life and now she and her husband, Rick, live on a farm in Pottawatomie county. In her free time, Michele enjoys spending time with her family—including the canine members of the family—and reading, boating and traveling.
FRONT DESK COORDINATOR | East location
Jamie Abner is a native of Arizona who brings 20 years of tactical experience as an Army wife and stay-at-home mom to her position at Maximum Performance. An avid community volunteer, Jamie returned to the workforce in 2011 after she and her husband completed a tour of duty in Germany and were reassigned to Fort Riley. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys traveling, photography, crafting and all things Harry Potter.
FRONT DESK COORDINATOR | West location
Rose Funk joined Maximum Performance in December 2011 as the front desk coordinator and four years later, she was named the billing manager for patient accounts. With more than 20 years of experience in health care—having worked in hospital billing departments and being a licensed insurance agent—Rose’s knowledge and expertise brought a heightened level of customer service to Maximum Performance. She is truly committed to helping patients and puts her years of experience to work for them when billing issues arise.
In her spare time, Rose enjoys spending time with her family, reading, baking, cooking and walking.