Dr. Jennell Day – Owner
PT, DPT, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN, FAAOMPT, Dip. Osteopractic, CSCS
Dr. Jennell Day was born and raised in Helena, MT. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences and Human Health Performance from the University of Montana Western in 2007 where she also played collegiate basketball. She then completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy (PT) Degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2010. Jennell’s specialty areas include Manual Therapy, Sports Injury, Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Work Injury, Concussion Management, Headaches, TMJ Disorder and Chronic Pain. She has completed her Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy which required completion of a research study on treating cervicogenic headaches.
Her certifications include:
• Dry Needling certified through the Spinal Manipulation Institute;
• Spinal Manipulation certified through the Spinal Manipulation Institute;
• Diploma in Osteopractic Therapy;
• Fellow in Orthopedic Manual Therapy;
• Selective Functional Movement Analysis; and,
• Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Jennell enjoys hiking, biking, climbing, camping, and skiing in her free time.
Dr. Megan Wrigg, PT, DPT
Dr. Megan Wrigg received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Carroll College in 2008 and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of Montana in 2011. Megan held a career as a professional ballet dancer with a strong background in classical and contemporary styles. When transitioning to a physical therapist she worked with several Chicago based dance companies including the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street and River North, providing onsite injury screens and dance rehab. Megan has a passion for providing education and treatment to young dancers in hopes they can decrease the overall instances of repetitive injuries to their bodies while growing up as a dancer. Megan works with the Montana Dance Arts Association at the yearly conferences educating and providing services to all Montana Dancers in multiple disciplines. Megan’s specialty areas include: Dance Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Injury and Rehabilitation, Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Pilates, Yoga, Barre, and Running Analysis. Her certifications include: IMX Pilates; Mat and Reformer, Ultrabarre and Barre Connect Instructor, Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She is currently working on her NAIOMPT certification. Megan and her husband Kam enjoy watching and supporting their 3 children, Nick, Lexi and Torri, in their college, high-school, and pre-school sporting activities. They enjoy being an active family with a love to travel.
Dr. Brooke Darfler PT, DPT
Dr. Brooke Darfler was born and raised in Helena, Montana. She received her Bachelor of Science in 2014 from Montana State University where she was also a member of the Montana State Cheerleading Squad. She then went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 2017. Brooke is excited to be back home and is ready to serve the Helena community. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with family and taking advantage of all the great activities Montana has to offer.
Dr. Noah Eshleman PT, DPT, AT, CSCS, Cert DN
Dr. Noah Eshleman completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND where he also earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Noah worked as an Athletic Trainer at the University of Mary and Sanford Health working with baseball, football, and track athletes. Noah also spent time as a strength and conditioning coach for Sanford POWER in Bismarck. Noah has special interests in Sports Injuries, Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Manual Therapy, Sports Performance, and Vestibular diagnoses. His certifications include: • Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC) • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Noah enjoys filling his free time with outdoor activities and practicing Judo. He is new to Helena and is excited to serve the community.
Dr. Brus Layson, PT, DPT, CSCS
Dr. Brūs Layson received his Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences with minors in psychology and community health from Carroll College. He then received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Layson has published research and made a national conference presentation on postural correction and the efficacy of kinesio tape. Currently he is completing a fellowship credentialed through the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy focusing on diagnostic and hands on manual physical therapy techniques to treat patients. In conjunction with this fellowship; he is currently conducting research to treat individuals with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). Along with being a Physical Therapist, he has also been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Helena Bighorns and will now also be working with the East Helena High School Vigilantes Volleyball team. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, playing softball, and going on adventures with his wife Karla.
Dr. Jonathan Aldrich, PT, DPT, CSCS
Dr. Jonathan Aldrich was born and raised in Lewistown, MT. He received his Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Montana State University in 2011. He then went on to complete his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Montana in 2018. In addition to being a physical therapist, Jonathan is also certified as a strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has special interests in manual therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, sports injury prevention/rehabilitation, and neurodynamics. He is passionate about getting people of all ages back to the things they love to do and helping them live their lives unhindered by pain.
Dr. Aldrich is very excited to be living in Helena and tries to take advantage of all the amazing recreational activities the area has to offer. When not in the clinic, you may find him hiking the trails, on the lake, or in the climbing gym.
Dr. Lexyn Walker PT, DPT
Lexyn is originally from Plevna, MT. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Rocky Mountain College in 2016 and went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND in 2019. Lexyn is LSVT BIG certified, which is an effective, evidence-based, and empowering treatment for people in all stages of Parkinson’s disease. This treatment also has application to other neurological conditions. In addition to being interested in treating Parkinson’s and neurological conditions, Lexyn enjoys orthopedic rehabilitation, balance training, and vestibular disorders. In her free time, Lexyn enjoys spending time at the lake, hiking, and being with family.
Dr. Gunnar Starke PT, DPT
Gunnar completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri in 2018. While working on his Doctorate he was in involved with multiple community programs and had the unique opportunity to spend time volunteering in hospitals in Kenya and Niger for several months. Gunnar views rehab as the bridge to wellness and loves helping people get back to the the activities they love. In his free time he enjoys the outdoor playground that is Montana, spending time with his family, and lifting.
Alese Larson, PTA
Alese is originally from the Helena area and graduated from Helena High school in 2004 where she played varsity volleyball and softball. She received her bachelor’s degree at Montana State University in secondary education prior to deciding to go back to school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant.
She loves helping people feel better with movement and exercise and getting them back to the activities they love! She has been specifically trained in myofascial release which is a gentle manual technique to help decrease soft tissue tension. She enjoys getting outside to hike, camp, ski, and fish.