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Steve Schwegel

P.T. / Owner

About Steve

LeAnne Bonnell

Doctor of Physical Therapy/Director of Physical Therapy

About Leanne
Blake McAfee - Director of Physical Therapy

Jessica Taul

Doctor of Physical Therapy

About Jessica
Blake McAfee - Director of Physical Therapy

Mary Lehnen

Doctor of Physical Therapy

About Mary
Blake McAfee - Director of Physical Therapy

Sarah Siemer

Doctor of Physical Therapy

About Sarah

Barb Hayes

Physical Therapist

About Barb

Lauren Hancock

Physical Therapist Assistant

About Lauren

Maredith Harris

Physical Therapist Assistant

About Maredith

Morgan Krapf

Physical Therapist Assistant

About Morgan

Sumer Maupin

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

About Sumer

Jamie Wreath

Patient Service Representative

About Jamie

Janet Timmermeier

Business Manager

About Janet

Stephanie Wheeler

Business Manager

About Stephanie

Courtney Goforth

Patient Accounts

About Courtney

Becky Moody

Patient Service Representative

About Becky

Andrea Kuykendall

Patient Service Representative

About Andrea

Steve Schwegel, P.T.

Physical Therapist / Owner

Steve is the owner of Alton Physical Therapy, PC. Steve purchased the clinic from his mentor, William P. Nash PT, in 2010. Alton Physical Therapy was established in 1982 and has delivered a high level of care for greater than 40 years. Steve joined the practice in 1990. Alton Physical Therapy is the most respected and established physical therapy system in the metro-east region.

Steve was born and raised in Alton, Illinois. After attending parochial schools for elementary education, he graduated from Marquette High School in 1986. He then attended St. Louis University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1990. Since that time, he has continued to complete yearly continuing education courses.

Steve has over 32 years of experience as a physical therapist with an emphasis on orthopaedics. Steve is a member of the Orthopaedic, Sport, and Private Practice Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), which allows him to stay current on the most recent advances in evidence-based treatment options.

Steve has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be mentored by high-level professionals including William Nash, PT, and his parents. His interest in therapy began with several injuries that he incurred with sports in high school.

“I have an incredibly high level of commitment to provide the patients of Alton Physical Therapy the highest level of care that is ethical and responsible. To also provide the patients and the staff an OUTSTANDING environment to excel, and to encourage everyone I come in contact with on a day-to-day basis to do as much good as they possibly can”

“Be OUTSTANDING every day, all day long.”

LeAnne Bonnell, D.P.T.

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Director of Physical Therapy

Leanne was born and raised in Alton, IL. She received her bachelor’s of Health Sciences in 2013 from Maryville University where she went on the received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in December 2015. LeAnne fell in love with the staff and structure of Alton Physical Therapy during two of her clinical rotations at the Staunton and Litchfield locations. Right out of school LeAnne spent a year and a half at St. Louis University Hospital where she gained an acute insight into orthopedic, neurologic, oncologic, and other medical conditions as well as outpatient experience in two of the hospital’s clinics.

LeAnne enjoys one on one interaction with patients, helping patients reach their goals through an individualized and creative approach and providing service to others. She is completely thrilled to be back in her community. Outside of work LeAnne enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball, attending local sporting events, riding her bike, and spending time outdoors.

Jessica Taul, D.P.T.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jessica was born and raised in the Godfrey/Alton area. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2017 from Millikin University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2020 from the University of Evansville. Physical therapy sparked Jessica’s interest when she was a patient at Alton Physical Therapy in high school after a soccer injury. Jessica continued her soccer career at Millikin.

Jessica enjoys working one on one with patients. She has a passion for sports-related injuries and assisting patients in returning to the sports they love. She also has a special interest in ACL rehabilitation and plans to specialize in this area. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her niece and nephews, traveling, and being active.

Mary Lehnen, D.P.T.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Mary was raised in Bethalto, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a double minor in Biology and Psychology from Truman State University in 2016. She received her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2017. Next, she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, in September 2019. Mary began working as a Physical Therapist in the orthopedic outpatient setting in Collinsville for a little over 2 years before joining the team here in Alton in March 2022.

Mary enjoys the quality time spent with her patients and enjoys treating all different populations with a heart for student-athletes. Her favorite thing about being a PT is connecting with her patients and helping them to move and feel better to get back to doing what they love. She performs Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, is certified in Blood Flow Restriction, and will soon be certified in Dry Needling. Outside of being a PT, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being outside, reading, and traveling.

Sarah Siemer, D.P.T.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Sarah, born and raised in Alton and a Marquette Catholic High School graduate, recently relocated to Godfrey after living in Minnesota for the past 11 years. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010 from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Sarah has 12 years of experience working in outpatient orthopedics with a passion for vestibular rehabilitation, including dizziness, balance, and concussion, as well as the treatment of neck and low back pain.

Sarah enjoys one on one interactions with patients, tirelessly working to help them meet their goals with highly skilled and individualized treatment programs. “I am excited to be back and look forward to serving the members of my hometown community!”

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her friends and family and exploring the Riverbend area amenities with her husband, also a Godfrey native, and their two young children.

Barb Hayes, P.T.

Physical Therapist

Barb received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy from St Louis University in 1985. After graduation, Barb worked for the Alton Center of Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy and The Physical Rehabilitation Institute in Florissant where she gained tremendous experience working with sports related injuries. Barb had 15 years of experience at Riverbend Orthopedics as the Director of Physical Therapy.

Barb has attended numerous specialized continuing education courses emphasizing the treatment of BPPV (Begin Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). She also enjoys treating other orthopedic conditions of the upper and lower extremities along with the spine, utilizing manual therapy techniques, including Graston Technique™, and personalized exercise prescription to achieve maximum functional return.

Lauren Hancock, P.T.A.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Lauren was born and raised in Bunker Hill, Illinois. She graduated from Bunker Hill High School as salutatorian of her class in 2007. Lauren then attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for one year for general education and fulfilling pre-requisites for the Physical Therapy Assistant program. She transferred to Southwestern Illinois College Belleville into the Physical Therapy Assistant program in which she held a 4.0 GPA throughout and earned her Associates of Applied Sciences Degree.

Lauren excitedly joined the Alton Physical Therapy staff in June 2010 soon after graduation. She also worked as an instructor at Southwestern Illinois College in the PTA program for one year. Now she is excited to be the lead clinical instructor for physical therapist assistant students here at APT teaching them the skills necessary to work one on one with patients. She enjoys working with post-operative patients, helping them on their road to recovery. Lauren was certified in the Graston Technique™ in 2012.

Maredith Harris, P.T.A.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Maredith Harris was born and raised here in Alton. She attended Alton schools and graduated from Alton High School. She holds an Associates in Biology from LCCC and a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Greenville College. She has worked in fitness, wellness and aquatics for more that 10 years, personal training, teaching group fitness, community health, aquatics, lifeguarding and CPR. She decided to back to school to pursue a career in Physical Therapy to further her skills and knowledge for her career in health and wellness. Maredith loved to work with people to better their health, wellness and overall well being through movement, exercise and self-improvement. She graduated from St. Louis College of Health Careers with A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2016. She worked at a chain of local nursing homes for 2 months before joining the APT team.

“I am so excited to get up everyday and get to do this job. This is a great company, I love my co-workers and I love my patients. I am thrilled to have gotten this opportunity to make an impact on the lives of so many great people in my community.”

Morgan Krapf, P.T.A.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Bio coming soon…

Sumer Maupin, P.T.A.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Bio coming soon…

Jamie Wreath

Patient Service Representative/Physical Therapy Technician

Jamie was born and raised in Alton. She graduated from Alton High School, met the love of her life and has been married to him for 30 years. She stayed at home to raise their sons.

She has work in the fitness profession for 15 years. She also has receptionist and accounts receivable experience that has brought her to APT.

She is so blessed to work with kind and caring professionals. She loves helping her co-workers and patients. There is nothing like watching someone start physical therapy feeling bad and finishing stronger and healthier as they walk out the door on their last visit. Did I mention that I love my job?

Janet Timmermeier

Business Manager

With more than 32 years of health care management experience, Janet oversees all aspects of Customer Service, accounts receivable, accounts payable, corporate compliance, Human Resources and Medicare guidelines. She also negotiates payer contracts and is responsible for all Physical Therapist credentialing and compliance.

Janet received her Administrator’s Certificate from the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also an active member of the Administrator’s Council with the Private Practice Section of the APTA. She has been a consultant for various outpatient Physical Therapy clinics throughout her career in Physical Therapy.

Stephanie Wheeler

Business Manager

Stephanie joined Alton Physical Therapy in 1998 through her job orientation class at Alton High School. She started as the file clerk and has since advanced through all positions to now be the Business Manager. She received her Administrators Certification from the APTA in 2017 and is an active member of their Administrators Council.

Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their three sons. She also enjoys baking, knitting, and anything crafty.

Courtney Goforth

Patient Accounts

Courtney was born and raised in Alton, IL. She has been a part of the Alton Physical Therapy team since 2007. She enjoys all duties of the medical business office but billing is her specialty. She enjoys the personalization that is created with patients. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Becky Moody

Patient Service Representative

Becky joined Alton Physical Therapy in 2007. Previous to coming on board with APT, Becky was the front desk receptionist for a local Orthopedic Physician who had retired. Prior to working in the orthopedic office, she worked in the Rehab Department of CHNE. Each of these fields of service has given Becky an insight into some of the details of the inpatient and outpatient sides of rehab care.

Becky enjoys meeting new and familiar faces and feels it a privilege to serve in the front desk position of APT.

Becky is a mother of five grown children and currently has six grandchildren. She enjoys the simple things in life and the occasional trips taken with her husband, Chas.

Andrea Kuykendall

Patient Service Representative

Andrea joined Alton Physical Therapy in 2015. She graduated from Robert Morris college in 2000, where she earned her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Allied Health Information. Previous to coming on board with APT, She worked for BJC Medical Group in Primary Care for the past 3 years. Prior to working in Primary Care she worked in Oncology for 8 years. She has acquired several aspects in the medical field which has included Coding, Billing, Patient Care Tech, Lead Patient Service Representative to her current position at APT.

Andrea enjoys meeting new people, spending time with her husband, family and friends. She has many interests and hobbies of gardening, photography, building various things and crafts.