Tamara Neff, DPT
Educational Background: Tamara graduated with her B.A from Washburn University while earning her Physical Therapist Assistant degree, practiced for a few years and then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She has been practicing in the field of physical therapy since 2000, with experience in the outpatient setting as well as inpatient rehabilitation. Since graduation Tamara has pursued extensive training in neurological rehabilitation with training in Neuro-Developmental Technique, Body Weight Support Treadmill Training, and vestibular rehabilitation. She is also a LSVT BIG® certified practitioner specializing in treatment of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. As a physical therapist with extensive clinical experience and specialty training, she brings a comprehensive approach to the care of her patients and clients.
Pilates: Tamara began studying Pilates in 2000 with Polestar Pilates Education. While attending graduate school she worked at the Polestar Pilates Center in Coral Gables, Florida. This education and experience has allowed Tamara to implement Pilates based rehabilitation into the inpatient rehabilitation setting to facilitate motor recovery with neurological patients and utilized Pilates practice in outpatient settings to decrease pain and restore movement. Additionally, Tamara has presented on utilizing Pilates in rehabilitation to local organizations including the Kansas Occupational Therapy Conference. She understands and implements the philosophy and principles of Pilates and sees it as a vital tool that empowers the patient to manage and reach her/his maximum potential in a wide spectrum of neurologic and orthopaedic conditions. Tamara is also trained in the Oov and Konnector.
Neurological Rehabilitation: Tamara specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement impairments due to disease or injury to the nervous system. She has a strong desire and passion to work with individuals with neurological impairment such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s, Guillan-Barre, balance deficits, and multiple sclerosis. With years of hands on clinical experience, Tamara is able to help patients achieve motor recovery with facilitation techniques that improve their quality of life.
Sports Medicine: Tamara enjoys working with the novice to experienced athlete. As an athlete and runner she is able to relate to individuals with a strong desire to compete and stay active. Tamara is able to identify faulty movement patterns and improper mechanics and enjoys helping athletes improve their motor control to further enhance their athletic skills.
Ashley Herrman, DPT
Educational Background: Ashley graduated with an Associate of Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant, and practiced for a few years while earning her Bachelor of Health Science from Washburn University, and then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has been practicing in outpatient orthopedics since 2003. Extensive continuing education has been pursued through North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), Kinetic Control, Polestar Pilates Education, Michigan State University's School of Osteopathic Medicine (craniosacral) and Schroth Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (C1 certified). In her career she has provided individualized rehab for all types of musculoskeletal injuries of the spine and extremities, post-surgical rehab, sports medicine, and neurologic conditions. Thoroughly analyzing a patient’s movement patterns and muscle imbalances are crucial to her practice, as is extensive patient education so to ensure long term success.
Pilates: Ashley did her rehabilitation specific Pilates training through Polestar Pilates Education in Kansas City, taught by Noelle. She completed her apprenticeship hours and successfully passed her graduation exam, allowing her to be an official Polestar Pilates Practitioner. Ashley also is trained in Oov and Konnector.
Sports Medicine: Ashley particularly enjoys working with athletes, as they prepare to return to sport after injury. As an athlete herself, Ashley understands the demands of sports and rehabilitates them using her extensive continuing education. This even extends to dance medicine, as she applies biomechanical principles to allow for restoration of dance technique.
Dance Medicine: Although Ashley is not a dancer, she is experienced with treating the needs of the dancer and has excellent success in her outcomes. She has taught performers from Broadway shows as well as local dance studios.
Noelle Dowma DPT, BFA, NCPT, CMTPT
Educational Background: Noelle graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and then received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She has been working in outpatient orthopaedic settings since 2002. Since graduation, Noelle has pursued extensive continuing education through Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (has taken ALL of the offered courses), Kinetic control, Pilates based coursework, C1 and C2 BSPT Schroth certified, and is Dry Needling Certified through Myopain seminars. Musculoskeletal injuries of the spine and all extremities are her main realm of experience. In addition, her areas of specialization include: osteopathic based manual therapy, Pilates based rehabilitation, dance medicine, craniosacral therapy, dry needling, osteoporosis, hypermobility syndromes, and scoliosis. Noelle is the owner of Kinesphere Physical Therapy LLC.
Pilates: Noelle began studying Pilates when rehabilitating a dance injury in 1992. Since that time, she trained through the Physical Mind Institute, Polestar Pilates Education and is Nationally Pilates Certified. She is a Principal Educator for Polestar Pilates Education, where she teaches fitness and rehabilitation professionals how to use Pilates with their clients and patients. Having taught across the United States, Caribbean, and Mexico, Noelle is a regular presenter at courses and conferences. Pilates was a part of Noelle’s life before becoming a Physical Therapist and it continues to be an essential part of her success with patients. Noelle developed the Pilates program at the Kansas City Ballet school. Noelle also teaches for Oov Education and is trained in the Konnector.
Dance Medicine: Noelle continues to dance today, but the professional training of her Bachelor of Fine Arts allows her the understanding of a dancer’s career, body and injuries. The Miami City Ballet and Broadway shows were Noelle’s past dance medicine experience before moving to Kansas City in 2006. Noelle teaches at local dance schools, including the Kansas City Ballet School and has been invited to teach at dance schools in the US and Mexico. As a sought after dance medicine physical therapist, Noelle works on touring Broadway shows coming through Kansas City and also served as the dance medicine specialist at Children's Mercy. She most recently presented in the 2017 International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference.
Stacey Curtis Yeager, PT
Educational Background: Stacey earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University. She continued her education overseas, completing her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at the Fontys Hogeschool in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in 1997. After graduation, she moved to New York City where her work focused on outpatient orthopedics. With extensive continuing education mainly through the Institute of Physical Art, Stacey considers herself a manual focused therapist. The focus of IPA courses is to teach Functional Manual Therapy: “Functional Manual Therapy® is an integrated and seamless treatment system which couples mechanical treatment of the joints, soft tissues, visceral and neurovascular systems with manual neuromuscular facilitation to enhance optimum motor control and human function.” Stacey enjoys providing therapy in a “one-on-one” treatment focus, where she treats musculoskeletal injuries of the spine and all extremities.
Dance Medicine: Early in her career, she treated the performing arts community by working backstage at several Broadway theaters. This work included the famed Rockettes of Radio City Music Hall and professional ballet company dancers. She presented injury-prevention workshops and body mechanics workshops to several companies.
Sports Medicine: When in New York, her other career emphasis was centered on sports physical therapy, working inside gyms and honing her orthopedic manual skills. Stacey enjoys assessing running, and sports specific physical movements, so to integrate them with her IPA training.
Yoga/Pilates: While in New York, Stacey began studying yoga, specifically Anusara Yoga, which is a style of yoga with an extensive Biomechanical basis. She completed three Anusara immersion trainings followed by a Level I Teacher Training, providing her with an in depth knowledge of the biomechanics of yoga. Stacey has also completed the first level of Polestar Pilates Education training.
Katie Cornwell, BFA, MBA, NCPT
Katie Cornwell is the owner of Kinesphere Pilates, LLC. She has a B.F.A. in ballet pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and has been teaching ballet to all ages and levels for more than fifteen years. Katie was introduced to Pilates in college, and after developing a chronic case of tendonitis while dancing, she began to take particular interest in Pilates for both fitness and rehabilitation benefits. Pilates allowed her to maintain her level of fitness while healing her injury, and when she returned to dancing she found that she was stronger and dancing better than ever.
After more than 10 years of being a Pilates enthusiast, Katie decided to become a certified instructor. She graduated from Polestar Pilates International in 2013 and is Nationally Pilates Certified. Katie also has advanced Pilates training in women’s health through Polestar Pilates International, the Oov, and Konnector movement. Katie is privileged to serve as a mentor-in-training for Polestar Pilates International.
Katie is married to her high school sweetheart and together they have three daughters. She holds an MBA in business strategy from Drury University, and in a former life worked in institutional advancement and arts management. She loves empowering her Pilates clients to discover their best versions of themselves, and hopes that every person she works with leaves the studio feeling better, mentally and physically, than when they arrived.
Breanne “Bree” Risenhoover originally came to Kansas City from the Denver, Colorado area to attend The Culture House’s Artist Development program as a dancer. It is there that she met fellow Pilates instructor, Katie Cornwell, who she trained with for two years. Pilates helped her through several dance injuries, and guided her to be a stronger and more passionate dancer. Bree decided she wanted to share the benefits of Pilates with others and in 2018 she graduated the Polestar Pilates comprehensive training program. Bree is a thoughtful and analytical trainer, as well as compassionate toward each client’s individual needs.
Monika Overend was introduced to Pilates as a ballet student at Kansas City Ballet School where she studied for six years. During her time at KCBS, she performed with Kansas City Ballet’s professional company for several productions including Swan Lake, and numerous performances of The Nutcracker. After recognizing the amazing benefits Pilates provided to both her dancing and in helping her recover from dance injuries, as well as her overall health and fitness, Monika decided to pursue a career as a Pilates practitioner. In 2018 she completed her Pilates training through Polestar Pilates. As a complement to her Pilates education, Monika is currently attending school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. She also enjoys teaching dance.