Who Are We?

Professional Therapy Associates has been helping the residents of Flathead Valley since 1988. Our staff is dedicated to caring for our patients and getting them the RESULTS they need and expect; it’s what we do BEST!

At Professional Therapy Associates we use hands on manual therapy and skillfully designed exercise programs to produce Real and Long-lasting Results that better the lives of our patients. We provide a wide range of services, click here to see what we provide. We accept most insurance companies and do billing as a courtesy to our patients.

Our practice has continued to grow and serve the community by offering patients a warm and friendly environment as well as providing the best care possible. Professional Therapy Associates can help you be more fit, stronger and healthier without that nagging pain.

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Meet the highly qualified and passionate staff of PTA!

Michael Cole, PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS

Michael Cole

Michael is a 4th generation Montanan born and raised in Missoula. He graduated in 2006 from the University of Montana with a BS in Health & Human Performance with an emphasis in Athletic Training, and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. Michael serves on the board of a non-profit organization working to educate, test and protect local athletes from concussions and his areas of specialty include acute sports injuries, athletic injury rehab, shoulder and knee rehabilitation, ASTYM manual therapy, and diagnosis and treatment of concussions per current guidelines. In his spare time Michael enjoys fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, backpacking, skiing, snowmobiling, and serving in church.  

Tyler Corwin, DPT

Kaci Calaway After receiving his BA in Biology from the University of Montana, Tyler went on to completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. He has been at PTA since June, 2013 and is current member of the APTA. Speaking about his decision to become a physical therapist Tyler stated, “the ability to influence and positively affect someone’s life is very rewarding and is one reason I love being a physical therapist”. His physical therapy interest areas include spine care and lower extremity rehabilitation, including the foot and ankle. Tyler’s parents Bob and Joy still reside in his hometown of Great Falls, and his brother Kevin lives in Missoula and works for the Montana FWP. Tyler is a former Griz football player and in his spare time enjoys hunting, fishing, snow sports, and water sports.

Trevor Eccles, PT, DPT, CSCS

Trevor EcclesTrevor graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 2005. He received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Oregon State University in 2002. Trevor jointed PTA in March of 2010. He is interested in all area of orthopedic rehabilitation. When Trevor isn't working he and his wife Lacy enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing, running and hunting.

Kim Givler, PT, DPT

Kim GivlerKim graduated from Idaho State University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009, following a clinical internship in Spinal Cord Injury and Neurologic Trauma Physical Therapy in Cape Town, South Africa. A native of Montana, she returned to her home state and settled in the Flathead Valley in 2009, joining Professional Therapy Associates in 2010. Kim’s professional interests include spine rehabilitation, maternity and post-partum care, balance and vestibular rehab, and aquatic therapy. An avid recreationalist herself, she enjoys helping the people of Whitefish and the surrounding regions get back to and stay on their feet, in the mountains, and out on the trails. In her free time, you’ll find Kim in the mountains running, hiking, rock climbing, and skiing.

Kelly Malmin, PT, DPT

Kelly Malmain

Kelly received her Associates Degree in Applied Science from Williston State College and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota. Kelly has experience in acute care, wound care, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, long term care, restorative nursing, and geriatrics. Her main areas of focus are neurological impairments, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine pain, shoulder injuries, and preventative medicine. Her hobbies include golfing, playing basketball and volleyball, skiing, boating, fishing, hunting, and camping with her family.

Jey Ponti, PT, MS

Jey PontiJey received his Master’s of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Montana in 2000. Jey is a practicing P.T. as well as an owner of PTA. His treatment is focused on outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy.  His special interests include dysfunctions of the shoulder and back. Outside of the office, Jey enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie, and their daughters, Olivia and Allison. He also enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, skiing and fishing during his free time.

Ryan Robinson, PT, DPT, CMP

Ryan RobinsonRyan received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006 from Pacific University and Masters of Physical Therapy in 2001 from the University of Washington.  He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT).

At PTA, Ryan enjoys treating complex spinal dysfunctions and orthopedic conditions. His continuing education certifications are in advanced rehabilitation techniques to address challenges within the spine. Other specialized training includes custom foot orthotics, post-surgical rehab, sports rehabilitation and exercise physiology. Ryan finds it rewarding to provide athletes and non-athletes with tools to decrease pain, return to full function and reach their goals. Outside of the clinic, you will find Ryan with his family, cycling, skiing or fly fishing.

Joel Shehan, PT, MS, CSCS

Joel ShehanJoel graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Montana in 2003. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology, also from the University of Montana and obtained his CSCS credentials in 2003 from NSCA. As a practicing physical therapist, Joel has worked in multiple settings, including outpatient orthopedic, skilled nursing, home health, and acute hospital care, until joining PTA in May of 2006. He has interest in all areas of orthopedic and sports related rehabilitation and training. Outside of work his interests include skiing, cycling and hiking with his wife Quincy, son Porter, and two dogs, Trapper and Lily.

Pam Skonord, PT

Pam SkonordPam has been actively practicing Physical Therapy since she graduated from the University of Montana in 1990. She joined Professional Therapy Associates in June of 2004 where she focuses her practice on orthopedic and geriatric populations with an emphasis in manual therapy. She also specializes in women’s health, specifically back and pelvis pain for patients during pregnancy and post-partum. In addition, she has special interest in the foot, ankle and knee, including orthotics. She also enjoys the time spent in her position as Director of Qualifications for Professional Therapy Associates. Pam and her husband, Daren, have three children, Danielle, Jenna and Nate, and enjoy lots of family time on their mini-farm east of Kalispell.

Blaine Stimac, PT, MS

Blaine StimacBlaine received his Masters of Physical Therapy from University of Montana in 2000. Prior to his physical therapy schooling he attended Carroll College where he received a BS and played football for the Saints.

Blaine has been practicing in the Flathead Valley since 2000 and specializes in treating spinal dysfunction and other orthopedic conditions. He started Kalispell Rehabilitation Associates with his wife, Britne in 2000. In 2007 he merged this company with Professional Therapy Associates and has served as the CEO since that time. He is passionate in making PTA a practice that is very well known for achieving results and a benchmark as a private practice physical therapy clinic. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and an advocate for the physical therapy profession. On a personal level, Blaine spends time with his family and watches his 3 boys learn, grow and live life! He is also an avid kayaker, skier and hiker.

Megan Young, DPT

Megan Young Originally from Billings, Montana Megan has a degree in Exercise Science from Montana State University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. A staff member of PTA since July, 2013, Megan treats all parts of the musculoskeletal system but has a special interest in treating pediatric patients. While away from the clinic Megan enjoys spending time with her dog Chesney, as well as hiking, reading and exploring new trails in Glacier National Park.

What does ATC stand for?

ATC stands for Athletic Training Certification.

What does CMP stand for?

CMP stands for Certified Mulligan Practitioner.

What does CSCS stand for?

CSCS stands for Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

What does DPT stand for?

DPT stands for Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

What does MS stand for?

MS stands for Master of Science.