CORPORATE STAFF


FOUNDERS

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+ KEN RUSCHE MEd, AT, ATC, PT, SCS

Co-Founding Partner

“I’m fortunate to be able to impact so many lives in my profession. My work with other skilled and dedicated professionals continue to provide enormous professional growth and satisfaction.”

Work Location:

  • Corporate

Education:

  • Masters, Education, University of Cincinnati
  • BS, Education, Ohio University
  • BS, Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University

Experience/Background: Ken co-founded Oxford Physical Therapy in 1992, with colleague Pete Zulia. The company’s tag line, Begin with the End in Mind, was then as it is now, a representation of our approach to positive patient outcomes.

Certifications:

  • Sports Clinical Specialist (APTA)

Memberships:

  • Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year 1992
  • Ohio Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame
  • University of Texas Medical Branch- Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association-Contribution to Amateur Football Award
  • Ran and Completed the Athens Marathon (2x)

Community Involvement:

  • Athletic Trainer - Cincinnati Christian High School
  • Athletic Trainer Coordinator - Oxford Physical Therapy Centers
  • Numerous community and educational presentations

Personal Interests:

  • Spending time with family
  • Golf, running, exercising, yoga
  • Photography

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: Monte Carlo, Perth, Australia and Rome Italy with the US Swim Team. The athletes and competition was great. Hung out with Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie and Jody, my wife, got to go.

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die):

  • Travel around the world
  • Play St. Andrews
  • Take my nieces to Disney World

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: I would love to trade places with both Bill Gates and Phil Michelson!

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+ PETER ZULIA MBA, AT, ATC, PT, SCS

Co-Founding Partner

Co-Founding Partner

“Patients have the right to choose where they go for physical therapy services and our State Direct Access Laws allow for patients to be seen in our centers without the referral of a doctor. We at Oxford Physical Therapy appreciate the patient’s choice and trust in us, to provide excellent care in meeting their rehabilitation goals.”

Work Location:

  • Corporate

Education:

  • MBA, West Virgina University
  • BS, Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh
  • BA, Athletic Training, West Virginia University
  • Sports Clinical Specialist

Experience/Background: Pete co-founded Oxford Physical Therapy in 1992, along with colleague Ken Rusche. The company’s tag line, Begin with the End in Mind, was then as it is now, a representation of our approach to positive patient outcomes.

Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Sports Physical Therapy Section
  • Private Practice Physical Therapy Section
  • National Athletic Trainers Association

Personal Interests:

  • Golf & Tennis
  • Working out
  • American History
  • West Virginia University
  • Spending time with family and friends

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: New York City when we had a surprise birthday trip for my wife!

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die): Visit the island in Greece where all four of my grandparents were born and raised; Retrace my father’s footsteps in Europe during World War II; Not limit my list to just three!

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: Guy Fieri of the Food Network’s show; “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”. The guy travels around the country; eating at cool & unique places known only to their local community – sampling great food! Sign me up for that!


DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

 

+ MATT ERNST PT, MPT, OCS, COMT

Clinic Manager

Physical Therapist, Dry Needling Specialist, and Partner

“I have been a part of the Physical Therapy field for the last twelve years, with the last eight spent as a therapist. I have worked in several organizations amongst the outpatient orthopaedic setting. I’m proud to be a partner in Oxford Physical Therapy Centers for the ability to share common interests with a talented group of clinicians. Being physical therapist owned and operated means there is an emphasis on quality care with a patient centered approach.”

Work Location:

  • Crestview Hills/Chapel Place

Education:

  • Masters, Physical Therapy, College of Mount St. Joseph
  • BS, Rehabilitative Sciences, College of Mount St. Joseph
  • Graduate of Covington Catholic HS,(Member of the 1993 and 1994 State Championship Football Teams)

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Certified Orthopedic Specialist
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
  • Continuing Education:
  • Orthotics
  • Advanced Training in Post-Operative Rehab for the Knee and Shoulder
  • Advanced Training in Treatment Techniques and Manual Treatment for the Spine

Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends Outdoor activities – hunting, fishing, and boating

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: Any vacation is a great time! Most recently spending time in the Outer Banks with my wife and kids and extended family on the beach was a blast. The outer banks is a unique place that is very remote and undisturbed. I also enjoy anytime fishing at Lake Cumberland.

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die):

  • Go elk hunting with my bow
  • See all the national parks
  • Learn to play the harmonica

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: Doug Stange - he is the "in-fisherman". This guy never misses! He always catches fish and has fun doing it.


BUSINESS STAFF

+ REBECCA ENGELHARDT Office Manager

“It is very rewarding to me to be a part of helping Oxford Physical Therapy Centers provide outstanding service to our communities. My personal goal is to ensure when people hear the name of Oxford Physical Therapy Centers, they don’t just think of a business; instead, I want them to be able to associate our name with a group of people who are compassionate and committed to their success in physical therapy.”

Work Location: Corporate

Education: BA, Communication, University of Cincinnati

Experience/Background: During her time as a staff member of Oxford Physical Therapy, Rebecca has worked closely with the front office staff, billing staff, clinical staff and management team. She strives to make sure our patients and employees receive the attention and information they need to be successful.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Implementation of corporate policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of clinic operations and their relationship to business office practices.
  • Liaison to Human Resources and all outside vendors.

Personal Interests:

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Weekend Traveling

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: My favorite trip was a month long mission trip that I went on when I was 16 to Venezuela. It was the first time I had ever been out of the country and I went with many other teenagers. It was an amazing and life changing experience that I will never forget.

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die): I don’t have a bucket list. All I want before I die is to make sure that I have the best relationships I can have with my family and friends so that they all know how much they mean to me. There aren’t any specific things that I want to accomplish to make me happy.

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: I would love to trade places with Kate Middleton!

+ LISA ADKINS Front Desk Manager

"Traveling to each center, I get the opportunity to work with almost all the employees at Oxford Physical Therapy. It is great to work with such a professional and caring staff."

Work Location: Corporate

Education: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Miami University

Personal Interests:

  • Camping
  • Bike riding
  • Spending time with family

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: Canada- stayed on a place by the lake. You can see thousands of starts at night! It was so peaceful!

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die):

  • Time Square for New Years Eve
  • Zip Lining
  • Helicopter Ride

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: I would trace places with my mom so she could feel normal for just one day.

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+ KATHLEEN NOVICKI PELVIC FLOOR THERAPIST MENTOR & PUBLIC EVENT SPEAKER

Physical Therapist, Director of Pelvic Floor and Core Rehabilitation

“I am honored to have pioneered and lead the Greater Cincinnati area in providing the specialty service of pelvic floor physical therapy to so many in need through The Center for Pelvic Floor and Core Rehabilitation/Oxford Physical Therapy. Our specialty services will continue to expand with the goal of providing full patient access to evidence based, collaborative, and patient centered pelvic floor physical therapy to all those in need.”

Work Location:

  • Corporate

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, The College of St. Scholastica
  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Ithaca College

Addtional Certifications:

  • Certified in Advanced Women's Health Physical Therapy, Texas Women's University, 2002
  • Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Professional, 2014
  • Certified in Intramuscular-fascial Dry Needling, 2015
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Certification, 2016

Experience/Background:

  • Kathleen co-founded Sports Therapy with her husband Eric Novicki in 1988. In 1998, Kathleen founded The Center for Pelvic Floor and Core Rehabilitation, the first pelvic floor specialty practice in the Greater Cincinnati area. In 2018 Sports Therapy joined Oxford Physical Therapy to further enhance patient access to the highest quality of physical therapy in the tristate area.

Published Research: Pauls, R., Crisp, C., Novicki, K., (2013). Impact of physical therapy on quality of life and function following vaginal reconstructive surgery, Female Pelvic Medicine Reconstructive Surgery, 19(5): 271-7 Pauls, R.N., Crisp, C.C., Novicki, K.M., Fellner, A.N., Kleeman, S.D., Pelvic floor physical therapy: Impact on quality of life 6 months after vaginal reconstructive surgery. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, 20(6): 334-41 Oakley, S.H., Ghodsi, V. C., Crisp, C.C., Estanol, M.V., Westermann, L.B., Novicki, K.M., Kleeman, S.D., Pauls, R.N., (2016). Impact of physical therapy on quality of life and function after obstetric anal sphincter injury: A randomized controlled trial. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, 22(4), 205-13

Expert Consultant:

  • NAFC Center of Excellence for Continence, The Urology Group, July 2017 to present
  • IBD Clinical Practice Guidelines Project, Women’s Health Section of the APTA, May 2017 to present
  • IBD Clinical Practice Guidelines Project, Women’s Health Section of the APTA, May 2017 to present
  • Proctor and Gamble Feminine Care Division, November 2010 to January 2015.
  • Appointed by the Women’s Health Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy, January 2009 to December 2012.

Clinical Faculty:

  • ABOG Accredited Fellowship Program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, TriHealth, Cincinnati, Ohio, September, 1997 to present.
  • ABOG and ABU Accredited Fellowship Program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, August 2010 to present.
  • UC Family Medicine Residency Program, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 2010 to present.

Personal Interests:

  • Learning
  • Traveling
  • Experiencing

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: My favorite vacation is the annual clambake at my parent’s home on Lake Ontario. What better vacation can you have than a summer weekend long party with friends and family, water sports, lawn games, and great food and drink!

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die):

  • Become a grandparent
  • Create a charitable organization that provides pelvic floor physical therapy to those who have no access in the present financial/medical situation
  • Travel to Poland to meet my father’s parents’ family.

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: I would trade places with the Queen of England. I would love to experience for a short time, the Queens’s extensive knowledge of history and world affairs, her ability to defer personal preference for the good of her country, and her ability to run the “corporation” of the monarchy all the while being a mother and wife.

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+ MONICA PATRICK Physician Liason | Marketing Specialist Lead

"Excellence is not a skill, it's an attitude." - Ralph Martson

Work Location:

  • Corporate

Education:

  • MS Marketing and Communications, Franklin University
  • BA Communication, Bowling Green State University

Experience/Background:

  • Summit Physical Therapy
  • Esoterix, LabCorp
  • Myriad Genetics

Community Involvement:

  • Grade Level Representative, Cincinnati Country Day School.

Personal Interests: Volunteering at my sons' school Outdoor family adventures running and outdoor fitness

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: My favorite vacation was our first family trip up to Traverse City, MI (Our now annual summer vacation spot). Seeing our sons enjoy the lake beaches and beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes will always be a special memory.

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die):

  • Run a half marathon
  • Family vacation to the West Coast.
  • Learn to master my sewing machine.

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: If I could trade places with anyone for a day, I'd have to choose one of my sons. Life through the eyes of a child is so sweet.

+ ALLIE HENKEL Digital Marketing Specialist

"I've played a bunch of sports as a kid and have a lot of family members in the healthcare field, so I have seen most of the process on how someone goes through injury to healing. I am very excited to work with Oxford Physical Therapy Centers and assist those in that healing process, and to be a part of the Oxford family!"

Work Location: Corporate

Education: BS, Health Services Administration, Xavier University

Experience/Background:

  • Providence Pavilion Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center
  • Marketing and Admissions

Community Involvement: Volunteer at Washington United Church of Christ soup kitchen.

Personal Interests:

  • Playing volleyball
  • Traveling
  • Aesthetics and cosmetics
  • Cooking and eating
  • Hanging out with family and friends

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: My favorite vacation so far was definetly Hawaii. My entire family went to visit my brother, who lived on Oahu, and witnessed his wedding! We stayed on the North Shore, but were able to travel and see most of the island. Snorkeling and shark cage diving were among my favorite activities we did, but trying out the local food trucks/ fruit stands and hiking up the mountains were on the list too! I hope to go back to visit again soon!

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die):

  • Travel the Mediterranean, especailly Italy and Croatia.
  • Have a house on a lake, preferably down South.
  • See the Northern Lights, "Aurora Borealis".

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: I would love to trade places with Chrissy Teigen. I think she is a hilarious and beautiful person. She also has a great sense of humility for being a celebrity. She stands up for women empowerment and being comfortable in your own skin. We share a passion for good food and cooking!

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+ KIM ACKER Community Marketing Specialist

" The hardest thing to do in this life---- is to live in the reality of it” -Kimberly Acker

Work Location: Corporate

Education: Northern Kentucky University- BA Organizational Leadership

Experience/Background:

  • AVEDA INSTITUTE- Manager of Cosmetology Program

Additional Certifications:

  • DDI Certified- Training and Development
  • Licensed Cosmetologist- Kentucky

Memberships:

  • Knox Church- Hyde Park Ohio

Community Involvement:

  • City of Independence Mrs. Claus (Annual Christmas Walk)
  • Crossroads Church- Go Cincinnati/Go Local
  • Blood Donor

Personal Interests:

  • Travel
  • Museums
  • Antiquing

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: Up North Wisconsin at the Lake-Peaceful.

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die):

  • Travel to Italy, Greece, and more sights in USA

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: Anyone in the Political arena- To see what they actually do