Bismarck Physical Therapy Team

Brandon Dirk
PT, DPT, CSCS

Dirk_Brandon_MUG_CMYKBrandon graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2005 with a bachelor’s of science degree and a major in chemistry. He went on to graduate from the University of Mary in 2009 with a doctorate of physical therapy. He has been employed by Sanford in Bismarck since 2009 and evaluates and treats a variety of orthopedic diagnoses with an emphasis in outpatient orthopedics and sports related injuries. Brandon has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2006 and is an Orthopedic Section member and a Sports Section member of the APTA. Brandon earned his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification in 2014 and is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Brandon believes in life-long learning, professional development and patient education. He founded and manages “Evidence Extravaganza,” a journal club to review and discuss current literature in the field of physical therapy. Brandon has a special interest in treating shoulder pathologies and working with overhead athletes.

Bryan Guthmiller
PT, MPT

Guthmiller_Bryan_WEB160x200Bryan graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1995 with a master’s degree in physical therapy. He has worked in the Sanford Outpatient Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Department since 1995 with a special emphasis on outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. He spent three years in the hydrotherapy department as lead therapist before returning to the 7th and Thayer clinic. Bryan sees a variety of diagnoses with special interests including ACL reconstructions, total joint replacements and biomechanical running evaluations. He has post-graduate training in cervical and lumbar manipulation and emphasizes manual therapy techniques in his treatment interventions. Bryan enjoys working with physical therapy students and has had the privilege to help mentor over 20 students over the years.

Jody Elkin
MPT

Elkin_Jody_WEB160x200Jody graduated from Texas Christian University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Movement Science. She went on to complete her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. in 1994. She has been employed at Sanford in Bismarck for a total of 13 years. In 2015, she became a certified ASTYM provider, which is a non-invasive soft tissue technique utilizing hand-held instruments to locate and address underlying soft tissue dysfunction. Her professional interests include outpatient orthopedics and sports related injuries with a special interest in running and overuse injuries.

Jess Friedt
PT, DPT

Friedt_Jess_WEB160x200Originally from Dickinson, Jess graduated from the University of Mary in 2013 with a doctorate in physical therapy. He began working in the Minneapolis area in a transitional care unit treating all ages of patients and a large variety of surgical and non-surgical injuries. In 2015, he came back to North Dakota and accepted a position with Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Bismarck. Jess has acquired training in Kinesiotaping and other special interests include examination and treatment of sports medicine and orthopedic patients.

Mike Ibach
PT, MPT, ATC, LAT

Ibach_Mike_WEB160x200Mike graduated from North Dakota State University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. He worked as an athletic trainer covering both high school and college sports before attending the University of Mary and graduating in 1997 with a master’s degree in physical therapy. He has been employed by Sanford Bismarck for a total of 20 years. In 2015, he became a certified ASTYM provider, which is a non-invasive soft tissue technique utilizing hand-held instruments to locate and address underlying soft tissue dysfunction. His professional interests include outpatient orthopedics and sports injury rehabilitation.

Nichole Sommers
PT, DPT, LAT, ATC

Sommers_Nichole_WEB160x200Nichole graduated from the University of Mary in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. She went on to enter their program in physical therapy and graduated with a doctorate of physical therapy in 2007. She has been employed as a physical therapist with Sanford Health for more than five years and sees a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine diagnoses. She has been an active member of the APTA for more than 10 years and became an APTA certified clinical instructor in 2009. She is also involved in the North Dakota Physical Therapy Association and is currently serving as the chair of the continuing education committee. Her professional special interests include examination and evaluation of orthopedic and sports medicine patients, as well as being involved in teaching and educating patients, caregivers, coaches, athletic trainers and students.

POWER Center
Bismarck

2020 Lovett Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 323-6837