Staff

Kim Nartker

Kim Nartker

Owner/Founder PTA

Kim’s Story: Hi I am Kim and the founder/Owner of Stretch. I have worked in the field of PT for over 18+ years now. I opened Stretch to bridge the gap in our current healthcare system. I found that many of my clients were struggling to find honest care that was results driven, and that did not focus on exercise alone. I have always felt that manual therapy was a BIG part of helping the body heal. So in 2013, after doing my research on a good area for my first location, I opened my West Chester Location. I am very passionate about teaching my techniques and mentoring other PT/PTA’s treatment techniques that have worked for me over the years.

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

DPT

Michael’s Story: Michael is a graduate of Saint Louis University where he obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. After graduating he returned to his hometown of Cincinnati, OH. For the past three and a half years he has specialized in working with vestibular/ concussion rehab, completing running evaluations and lower extremity injury prevention as well as return to sport. Michael also incorporates various techniques such dry needling and instrumented assisted soft tissue mobilization to help decrease pain and improve overall function.

L. B. O'Lannerghty

L. B. O’Lannerghty

DPT

LB’s Story: Laura Brennan O’Lannerghty, known as LB to her friends and patients, grew up in Franklin, Tennessee where she developed her passion for physical therapy from her own experiences. Through various injuries from sports, gymnastics, and Irish dance, as well as a general curiosity for anatomy and how the human body works, it led her towards an interest in the health sciences field. When she began PT school, she also began working as a PT aide to gain real work experience while taking classes simultaneously. She enjoys getting to know people and treating each patient as an individual with a unique plan of care to get them pain free and back to their daily lives.

LB graduated from Saint Louis University in 2017 from their Doisy College of Health Sciences with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She received the award for Clinical Excellence in her final postgraduate year for outstanding performance while on clinical rotations. After graduation, LB moved to Camarillo, CA where she began her PT career at an outpatient orthopedic private practice in Ventura County. Here, she was able to work with patients of a wide variety through all walks of life- patients with complex neurologic disorders, post joint replacement surgeries, young athletes with sports injuries, and everything in between. A recent job transition for her boyfriend has brought the two of them to Cincinnati recently where they are excited to further their lives and careers.

LB becomes part of the Stretch Team in June 2018.

Katie Neumann

Katie Neumann

DPT

Katie’s Story: Katie Nemann was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Turpin High School and had the opportunity to act as a student athletic trainer throughout high school and worked as a PT aide, which helped cultivate her love of sports medicine. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2014 from the University of Cincinnati, majoring in health sciences. While at UC, Katie swam for the varsity swim team and was elected team captain her senior year. Following her undergraduate career, Katie continued her education at the University of Cincinnati and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2018. Throughout physical therapy school, she enjoyed being involved in the program and with the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, acting as a class representative for UC, served on the OPTA Student Special Interest Group Board, and acted as the Southwest District Student Liaison.

Katie enjoys volunteering her time, and has previously worked as a mentor for undergraduate health science students at UC, as well as working with children with disabilities through the Special Olympics in the pool at adaptive swim team. She also enjoys sharing her love of swimming through coaching a local masters swim team. Through all of these experiences, Katie has come to discover her love of helping people get back to what they love to do through exercise and movement.

Britney Whelan

Britney Whelan

Tech./Fall Prevention Coordinator

Britney’s Story: I have been a West Chester resident all of my life. I went to Catholic grad school and high school. My passion basically my entire life was Competitive Gymnastics. I went to Miami University and received a Bachelors in Kinesiology. The reason I chose to pursue Kinesiology and Exercise Science is because my entire life I was very involved in sports and injuries. It always interested me and I wanted to learn more. I found Stretch and haven’t looked back since! I have learned so much here in my 3 years with the company. I am recently married! My husband and I actually met in college. In my free time I enjoy working out, running, and hanging out with friends and family. We like to do fun and different things with friends, like going to sporting events, actually participating in sports, going to a new restaurant, going to thinks like Octoberfest or and Taste of Cincinnati, and sometimes just hanging out at a friends house chatting with my girlfriends. My husband and I are HUGE baseball fans, but we do not root for the same team! I am a true Cincinnati Reds fan and my husband is a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. (we actually got engaged at Wrigley field in Chicago!) One really amazing thing that happened to me is that I became an AUNT, not once but twice! I have an 8 month old nephew named Huxley and a 2 week old niece named Olivia. They are both absolutely perfect and I cannot express in words how much I love being an aunt.

Ashley Lukens

Ashley Lukens

Call Activation Specialist

Ashley’s Story: I graduated from Echols County High in May of 2017. I am currently working towards a nursing degree and I just started working for my aunt, Kim, to learn more about Wellness and Physical therapy. I love playing soccer, and I love to take care of and help kids. I want to be able to make a difference in this world, and by helping and taking care of others I believe I can achieve that.

  • Corinne Weber
  • Corinne Weber Dancing

Corinne Weber

Front Desk

Corinne’s Story: Corinne graduated from Wright State University with a BFA in Dance. She has danced with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York. She currently teaches dance classes in Cincinnati, and hopes to join another professional dance company in the future. She is excited to have joined the Stretch Team and help others live a pain free life and get the physical therapy the need.

Ashley Lukens

Mija Speakman

Wellness Coordinator/Certified Yoga Specialist

Mija’s Story: Mija Speakman is originally from Columbus, OH and moved to Cincinnati to obtain her Bachelors Degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Cincinnati. She graduated in 2013 and began pursuing her passion in yoga and wellness.

After becoming a certified yoga instructor she began teaching in local studios, and fitness centers. After a few years, she began to feel like an element of holistic care was missing, which inspired her to continue her education and obtain a certification as Health and Wellness Coach from WellCoaches (a branch of American College of Sports Medicine.)

Mija previously worked in employee wellness in healthcare and gained experience working with patients and clients on nutrition,exercise, stress management, disease management and holistic care. She is excited to bring customized wellness consultations to STRETCH Physical Therapy and share her passion to further patients journey towards well-being!

Left to Right: Katie, Mija, Kim, LB, and Michael

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