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Blake McAfee - Director of Physical Therapy

Blake McAfee

Doctor of Physical Therapy/Director of Physical Therapy

About Blake
Britney Ervin, OT

Morgan Rusten

Doctor of Physical Therapy

About Morgan
Britney Ervin, OT

Laura Peterson

Doctor of Physical Therapy & Certified Lymphedema Therapist

About Laura
Steven Schahl - Doctor of Physical Therapy

Steven Schahl

Doctor of Physical Therapy

About Steven

Sydney Fuchs

Physical Therapist Assistant

About Sydney

Katie Bodner

Physical Therapist Assistant & Certified Lymphedema Therapist

About Katie
Ryan Kovarik, PTA

Ryan Kovarik

Physical Therapist Assistant

About Ryan
Ryan Kovarik, PTA

Taylor Maulding

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

About Taylor

Blake McAfee, D.P.T.

Director of Physical Therapy

Blake McAfee was born and raised in Piasa, IL. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Maryville University of Saint Louis in 2013. During his time as a student, Blake performed a clinical rotation with Alton Physical Therapy, and after various other rotations, found his home with the Alton PT staff. Blake has experience in both the Outpatient Orthopedic and Acute care settings.

Blake became interested in Physical Therapy from a young age after experiencing multiple sport related injuries in baseball and football. He enjoys many aspects of his field including the interaction and direction of his patients throughout their rehabilitation process and using evidenced based practice to achieve the best patient outcomes possible.

Morgan Rusten

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Morgan was born and raised in Hardin, IL. She became interested in Physical Therapy after receiving treatment for multiple injuries playing volleyball and basketball. Following graduation from Blackburn College in 2016, Morgan attended Washington University in St. Louis where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May 2020. She has had multiple clinical rotations in the outpatient orthopedic setting, as well as rotations inpatient acute care and home health settings.

Morgan enjoys treating all types of patients ranging from young athletes returning to their sport to the elderly working to regain independence. In her free time, she likes to remain active, be outdoors, and spend time with family & friends.

Laura Peterson

Doctor of Physical Therapy/Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Laura was born, raised, and currently resides in Gillespie, IL. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Maryville University of Saint Louis in 2018. Throughout her schooling, she worked as a physical therapy tech at both the Staunton and Litchfield APT locations. She completed clinical rotations in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and has 3 years of experience working in the outpatient field with a variety of diagnoses and patient demographics. She enjoys treating post-operative orthopedic patients and helping athletes return to sport after an injury. She loves getting to know her patients, educating them on their diagnosis, and helping them return to their highest level of functioning. When she is not working as a PT she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, running, and traveling, especially to Disney World.

Steven Schahl

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Steven was born and raised in Mt. Pulaski, IL. He attended Maryville University in St. Louis, earning his Bachelors of Health Science in 2018 and Doctorate of Physical Therapy in December 2020. He experienced clinical rotations in the outpatient orthopedic, acute inpatient, and home health settings, including at the Litchfield APT location.

He decided to pursue physical therapy in high school after rehabbing for 6+ months from a significant knee injury, drawn to the close patient interaction and high activity level aspects of the profession. He especially enjoys treating hip, knee, and ankle injuries as well as the geriatric population, emphasizing self-efficacy and return to the highest level of function.

In his free time, he enjoys going on adventures with his wife Katie, finding great cups of coffee, and weightlifting.

Sydney Fuchs, P.T.A.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Sydney is a 2011 graduate from Southwestern Illinois College earning her Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapy Degree. Upon graduating, Sydney jumped at the opportunity to become a part of the APT team.

Sydney is full-time in the Litchfield clinic providing both outpatient and inpatient care. Some of Sydney’s favorite aspects of therapy include sports rehabilitation, orthopedics, and manual therapy.

Working with APT has helped to expand her knowledge in orthopedics and inpatient care and continues to be a great place for learning opportunities. She is excited to continue to further her knowledge in the therapy field through continuing education courses. Sydney enjoys the relationships built within the company itself and with the patients, and helping patients return to their full potential following an injury/surgery.

Katie Bodner, P.T.A.

Physical Therapist Assistant/Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Katie was born and raised in Staunton, IL and currently resides there. She graduated in 2015 from St. Louis College of Health Careers in Fenton, MO. She received her degree in Radiography in 2010 and worked for a Chiropractor in Staunton when she decided to switch her degree to Physical Therapy.

She enjoys working and helping patients regain their strength and previous functions. She was working PRN with Alton Physical Therapy in Staunton before accepting her full time position in Litchfield. When she is not working as a PTA she enjoys playing softball and baking.

Ryan Kovarik, P.T.A.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Ryan was born and raised in Edwardsville, IL. After graduating from SIUE in 2015 with a degree in Exercise Science, he went on to pursue his degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from SWIC, and graduated in 2018.  Ryan was working PRN for Alton Physical Therapy in Staunton and Litchfield, before accepting a full time position in Litchfield.

Ryan enjoys working with a variety of patients, from athletes to patients recovering from a recent orthopedic surgery.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, cooking, and playing sand volleyball and slow pitch softball.

Taylor Maulding

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Bio coming soon…