Meet the staff

Karen Jiran MPT, PRC

karen@kineticinstitute.com

Karen graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1990 with a BS Degree in Science and a minor in Athletic Training. In 1994, she earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Catherine’s. Karen has practiced in outpatient orthopedic clinics since 1996. She has developed a reputation for the treatment of complex, chronic patients using the postural restoration approach leading to referrals from around the region and surrounding states. Karen’s knowledge of and skill in applying Postural Restoration techniques has resulted in a number of guest lectures ranging from the Twin Cities Marathon Sports Medicine Conference to lectures at the College of St. Catherine’s where Karen is a Clinical Faculty Member for the Physical Therapy Program. Resident physicians from the University of Minnesota observe Karen and her usage of Postural Restoration techniques. Karen has earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) as a result of advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute™.


Carrie Langer MPT, PRC, ATC

carrie@kineticinstitute.com

Carrie graduated from South Dakota State University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training. In 1999, she received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from St. Ambrose University. Carrie is a certified athletic trainer as well as a practicing physical therapist. She has worked in the setting of outpatient orthopedics since 1993 and coverage for local high school athletic events. For the last 4 years she has been developing her skills in Postural Restoration and has experienced its success. Over the past few years, the growth of her reputation has led to consultations and referrals for this specialty from therapists and physicians from a large geographic area. Carrie participates in the Physician residency program for the University of Minnesota, including shadowing which involves weekly observation. Carrie has earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) as a result of advanced training, extraordinary interest & devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns & the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute™.


Elizabeth Campbell Lostetter DPT, PRC
Staff Physical Therapist

libby@kineticinstitute.com

Libby graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington in 2005 with a BS degree in Exercise Science.  In 2008 she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Catherine’s.   Libby has practiced in an outpatient clinic setting since 2008 and has earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) as a result of advanced training, extraordinary interest & devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns & the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute™.  Libby was a collegiate golfer at Gonzaga and has attended Titleist Performance Institute courses to further her knowledge in golf specific injuries and mechanics. As an avid runner, she also has a strong interest in running mechanics and injuries.


Bradley Yotty, PT, DPT
Staff Physical Therapist

brad@kineticinstitute.com

Brad graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA in 2005 with a BA in Athletic Training. Prior to graduating from Coe College he received his certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) via the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Upon graduation from Coe, he became a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) via the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA). Then in 2007 he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. After graduation, Brad has practiced primarily in outpatient physical therapy clinics with emphasis on post-surgical orthopedic rehabilitation, sports injuries, and chronic pain. In 2011 he became a Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Brad has continued his education through courses in orthopedic manual physical therapy and spinal manipulation, treatment of chronic pain through therapeutic neuroscience education, and numerous Postural Restoration Institute courses and integrates them into all aspects of rehabilitation.


Luanne Gerhardt PTA, PRC
Physical Therapy Assistant

luanne@kineticinstitute.com

Luanne graduated from the College of St. Catherine’s in 2002 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. She has worked in outpatient orthopedic clinics since 2002. She is the first PTA in Minnesota to earn the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) as a result of advanced training, extraordinary interest & devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns & the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute™. Over the past few years Luanne has developed her knowledge and skill in Postural Restoration procedures and women‘s health issues. She has been a guest speaker at the College of St. Catherine’s Physical Therapy Assistant program on women’s health issues. For the past year Luanne has continued to develop her knowledge and skill in Temporomandibular Disorder.


Sonja Thorson
Office Manager / Billing & Insurance Specialist

sonja@kineticinstitute.com

Sonja has a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and brings her management degree and work experience to the clinic in the role of Office Manager. She also handles the billing and insurance aspects of the clinic and enjoys the various duties she has here. She has worked in healthcare since 2016 and enjoys seeing the improvement in patients throughout their visits. Outside of work, Sonja hangs out with her dog (Hazel) and spends time with her family and friends camping/traveling, playing games, or doing nothing together.