Scott Johnson, PT, MS, CSCS

Physical Therapist

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

Physical Therapist

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

Physical Therapist

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.

Physical Therapist

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

Physical Therapist

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

Physical Therapist

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.

Luke Slama, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Luke grew up around Dallas, Texas and earned his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Texas at El Paso. After graduation, he worked for Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation before moving back to Manhattan. Luke enjoys treating general orthopedic and vestibular conditions, and is certified in vestibular rehabilitation by the American Institute of Balance. Luke enjoys the challenge of helping individuals with various physical limitations and improving their day-to-day abilities. In his spare time, Luke likes to exercise, hike, travel and spend time with family. He and his wife are both K-State alumni and enjoy going to K-State sporting events.

Joshua Hoover, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Joshua earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and health science from Sterling College in 2016 and a doctorate in physical therapy from Wichita State University in 2000. He is certified in ASTYM, functional dry needling L1-FDL1 and sports manual therapy. Joshua grew up in Elbing, Kansas, where he developed a passion for learning how the body works and improving performance. Following his graduation in 2016, he spent a year as a medical assistant in an orthopedic clinic and confirmed his affinity for physical therapy. When not at Maximum Performance, Joshua enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their toddlers, Oliver and Jude. The couple are active in their church and Joshua serves the music ministry.

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!

Aaron Akin


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.

Lilli Bolte


Lilli Bolte joined Maximum Performance as a certified personal trainer in October 2020. A Wichita native, Lilli grew up playing several sports and set her sights on a career in fitness at an early age. She earned her certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2019 and has recently graduated from K-State with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. She plans to continue her education and grow in her expertise. In her free time, Lilli enjoys traveling, exercising and spending time outdoors.

Jordan Jones


Jordan was born in Texas and shortly thereafter moved to Liberal, Kansas, where he grew up and graduated from high school in 2009. In 2011, he graduated from Seward County Community College and earned a diploma in personal training from the National Personal Training Institute in Orlando, Florida, with certifications in kettlebells, TRX, Osteoblast (Testosterone Optimization Training) and speed blast (speed training). After graduating from the Institute, Jordan moved to Manhattan, where he joined the staff at Maximum Performance and attended K-State. However, his varied interests inspired him to quit school and spend three years on a passion project: a film titled “The Brutal 9” that he wrote, produced and directed. When not in the gym, Jordan enjoys spending time with his family, friends and dog, going to movies and reading.

Brenton Leighow, MS, CSCS


Brenton attended Avila University on a football scholarship. While at Avila, he earned his undergraduate and master’s degree in kinesiology. After graduation, he worked to complete his certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Brenton also holds certifications as a Golf Fitness Specialist and for Group Exercise. He brings several years of experience as a personal trainer, having worked with the general population as well as in sports performance training.

Jamie Abner


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.

Payton Traylor


Payton Traylor joined Maximum Performance as a fitness tech in August 2019. She graduated from K-State’s College of Business Administration in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Human Resource Management. When she’s not at work or studying, Payton enjoys yoga, exercising, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Kodee McFall


Kodee is a native from Nebraska and graduated from Manhattan Christian College in 2000. She and her husband, Scott, keep busy by attending the activities of their 3 children. If there is any spare time she likes to read, go on long walks and sometimes do a little running.