About our Practice and Staff

Living Well Therapy offers services from physical, occupational, speech and massage therapists, all in one clinic. Our therapists will partner with you to ensure you receive appropriate care from the correct therapist who will provide the quickest and most complete recovery.

We are committed to clear, thorough communication to ensure that we understand your concerns. We work with your physician and other healthcare providers to ensure they have input into your care and receive information about your progress.

Our staff is experienced in working with a wide variety of injuries, post-surgical conditions, and medical diagnosis. We will provide you with education about your condition to give you the tools to take charge of your recovery. If you are dealing with an injury that is keeping you from work or your favorite activities, are recovering from a surgery or sports injury, or have aches and pain from a car accident, our goal is to help you return to a condition of well-being. If your goal is full function and wellness we can assist you.

Staff

Patrick Oltmanns

M.A., P.T., Owner Living Well Therapy

I graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in 1997 with my master's degree in physical therapy. In working to receive my degree I received specialized manual therapy training for back and neck pain. I have since continued with specialized manual therapy training in the areas of spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage, myofacial release, exercise prescription, biomechanical analysis, kinesiology taping and dry needling. I enjoy working with runners, traditional athletes and weekend worriers of all kinds. I am passionate about helping people not only return to activities they love after injury but also working with people to ensure they have the strength, flexibility and appropriate movement patterns to avoid injury in the first place.

In addition to working with an athletic and working population, I also have experience working with the older adult in restoring balance, strength, improving mobility and reducing or eliminating pain.

I worked for 17 years in outpatient clinics and short-term rehabilitation facilities before opening Living Well Therapy in Duluth in 2014. 2 years later in 2016 I opened Living Well Therapy - Floodwood. I am proud of the talented staff that has come together to provide therapy services to the Duluth and Floodwood communities.

My wife Stacy and I have two children, our son Niklas is studying business and playing volleyball at Mckendree University outside of St. Louis. Our daughter Ayla is also a volleyball player and attends high school at Duluth East. I enjoy coaching and playing volleyball. I spent many years competing in triathlon at sprint, Olympic and half-iron man distances. I enjoy mountain biking, hiking and camping.

Alexis Chambers

Licensed Massage Therapist

I am a graduate of Lake Superior College's massage therapy program; I have two years of massage experience and joined the Living Well Therapy team in 2020. I enjoy providing relaxation massage and I am also proficient at need-specific deep tissue massage. I enjoy working closely with the physical and occupational therapists at Living Well Therapy as I am currently in school for Occupational Therapy and in the future, I look forward to working as an OT as well.

I grew up in Esko, Minnesota and I have lived in the Duluth area my whole life. I grew up on a farm and love animals. I currently have two parrots as pets. I also love yoga, reading, and doing embroidery.

Alicia Blair

DPT, ATC.

I originally received my Athletic Training Certificate from Bethel University and then recently graduated from The College of St. Scholastica with a doctorate in physical therapy degree. My passions include sports medicine, manual therapy, working with patients with orthopedic conditions, Parkinson's Disease, post stroke, and many others. Upon getting hired at Living Well Therapy, I have already expanded my knowledge base and am very excited to see what more I can offer.

I grew up in Bloomington, MN and am the youngest of 6 children. Between my husband and I, we have 30 nieces and nephews and we have loved being able to be part of their lives. Upon moving to Duluth in 2017 for PT school, we have found a great group of friends and can see ourselves staying here for years to come. In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, fishing on the lakes, driving up the North Shore, and hiking along the Superior Hiking Trail.

Amy Oakes

DPT

I graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica in 2007 with a Doctorate degree in physical therapy. Over the last 13 years, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including outpatient, short term rehab and home care. I have always enjoyed working with people after injuries or surgeries. It is so rewarding to see improvements and help people get back to doing the things they love. I think it is important to empower my clients to take charge of their health and healing process to prevent re-injury and maintain strength and flexibility. Another area I am interested in is balance and dizziness. I am experienced in treating vertigo, vestibular disorders, and balance problems. I want my clients to know they can make significant improvements in balance and strength at any age.

I grew up spending summers in Duluth and have lived here full time since 2001. I love this area for the wonderful outdoor opportunities it provides. My family and I enjoy hiking and biking the many trails, camping up the North Shore or in the BWCA, fFishing in one of many nearby lakes, and walking the beach with our dog at Park Point. I also love gardening, working on home projects, and family game nights. I am thankful every day for my family and our health and try to live life to the fullest.

Andi Callahan

Office Manager, Living Well Therapy

I received my degree in Communications with an emphasis in English from the University of Minnesota Duluth. I joined the team at Living Well Therapy in 2020. I love my role working with each individual client ensuring their therapy experience is enjoyable and coordinated. I do this by helping people with any paperwork needed to get their therapy started, coordinating the schedule and communicating with physicians and insurance companies. In short, I do a lot of the behind the scenes work so our clients and clinicians can focus on their therapy. I also love getting out in the community and meeting new people, it is my role to lead the therapy team in marketing the great services we provide.
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my two huskies and my boyfriend, John. We have a community garden plot which is where we spend most of our time in the summer. I love going out to eat and trying new foods, as well as going out for a coffee with friends at local restaurants and coffee shops. When it comes to a cup of coffee, my all-time favorite is right here in Duluth; The Duluth Coffee Company.



some of the marketing initiatives here. Since then, I have worked around the Duluth area. Here at Living Well Therapy, I do the scheduling, I keep in contact with your insurance company, as well as your physician if you are in need of doctors orders to come and see us. Please give me a call if you are interested in getting started with some physical therapy, or a relaxing massage.

In my free time, when I am not at work, I enjoy hanging out with my two huskies and my boyfriend, John. We have a community garden plot which is where we spend most of our time in the summer. I love going out to eat and trying new foods, as well as going out for a coffee with friends. Some of my favorite spots to dine around town are New Scenic Café, Zeitgeist, and Va Bene. When it comes to a cup of coffee, my all time favorite is right here in Duluth; The Duluth Coffee Company.

Chelsey Heddens

OTR/L

I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor's in psychology and minor in Human Relations. I then moved to Duluth and received my master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the college of St. Scholastica in 2019. I joined the team at Living Well Therapy shortly after graduation and enjoy working with home care clients. As an occupational therapist I help people with tasks such as getting dressed, preparing meals, grooming and other daily activities that we so often take for granted but which can become difficult as we age or after injury. I have worked extensively with the Special Olympics and other organizations that serve those with developmental disabilities, I find great joy and passion working with this population. I also enjoy working with several local equine therapy groups.

My husband and I, (and our dog) have fallen in love with Duluth, some of our favorite activities and hobbies are visiting with family and friends, and just getting outside and enjoying everything the great northern outdoors has to offer!

John Teschner

Licensed Massage Therapist

I studied massage therapy at Lake Superior College where I received my degree in 2014. I have worked as a massage therapist for 6 years and offer a variety of techniques including Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Myofacial Release, Deep Tissue / Neuromuscular Massage, Prenatal Massage, Somatic Stretches and Exercise, Sports Massage and Hot Stone therapy. In addition to working as a massage therapist, I also taught massage therapy at Lake Superior College for three years.

When not working I enjoy spending time playing guitar and playing gigs with my band.

Joy Zamzow

MS, OTR/L

I attained my Master of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 2018. Throughout my practice, I have been drawn to the anatomical element of treatment and developed an appreciation for the upper extremity and neurologic rehabilitation. My experience includes helping older adults recover from a variety of injuries and diagnoses in a skilled nursing facility, rehabilitating individuals who have acquired a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury in a hospital setting and providing hand therapy to veterans from a VA setting. I strive to make a visible and lasting difference in my clients' lives by empathizing with and becoming a part of their path to healing.

My husband and I recently moved to Duluth, MN to join the team at Living Well Therapy and I'm excited to offer my skill set to this community. In my down time, I enjoy exploring nature through fishing, kayaking, biking and skiing. Music is another form of self care I value, and I look forward to joining a community band and/or choir. I stay active through yoga, weight lifting, and chasing my cat when she sneaks outside.

Maty Erie

Physical Therapy Assistant

I am a Physical Therapist Assistant at Living Well Therapy. I graduated from Lake Superior College and have been a licensed physical therapist assistant since 2019. I spend time at both our Duluth and Floodwood clinics as well as working with our home care clients. One of the things I love about working in physical therapy is helping people find the motivation and drive they need to return to doing the activities they love and returning to living their lives without pain.

I enjoy providing therapeutic massage and myofacial release to help reduce pain and restore proper movement. I also help people develop exercise routines to improve their strength and flexibility, I love helping people recover from surgery and treating neuro-based diagnoses. Recently I have had the honor of hosting fall prevention classes to include balance and strengthening. I am a Graston Technique (GT) Provider, a specialized form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). I find joy in working with a variety of age groups from young adults to the geriatric population.

Originally, I am from Austin, a small town in southern MN, also known as Spam town! I moved to Duluth in 2017 and with winter being my favorite season, I have not had the heart to leave a city that has SNOW much to offer. Outside of work I am often adventuring with my large labradoodle, Bentley, on the water enjoying water sports during the summer or enjoying the trails in the winter. I look forward to sharing and expanding my skills within our clinics by helping you find a routine that leads to a healthier and happier lifestyle.