Contact Hammer Rehab & Fitness Center

Phone: 262-662-9760

Fax:     262-662-9761


Big Bend, WI (MAP)


Hammer Business Hours

Mon-Thur   8:00am-7:00pm

Friday        8:00am-5:30pm

Saturday    8:00am-12:00

Sunday      Closed


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Physical Therapy

If you have had surgery or an injury, sign up for your therapy here at convenient times. We are open 8:00am-7:00 pm Monday-Thursday, Fridays til 5:30 and Saturday 8:00 am-12pm.  Easy in-out for scheduling times.  We have advanced neuro-rehab therapy for those with truamatic injuries as well as stroke, SCI, Parkinsonism and MS.   We can serve the needs of your loved ones.

Worker's Comp Injuries are well cared for with good case management for return to work as well as skilled treatment.

Why would I go to Physical Therapy?

Often, after an injury or surgery, patients are referred to Physical Therapy. Our Physical therapists examine each patient and, together with the client, develop a plan of care to promote their return to better or previous level of function with:

  •   Increased mobility
  •   Decreased pain
  •   Decreased swelling
  •   Decreased stiffness
  •   Faster recovery times
  •   Reduced risk of injury

Am I someone who needs Physical Therapy?

Supported PT - Woodway Treadmill       

Supported Physical Therapy - Woodway Treadmill

Our Physical Therapists see patients from childhood to advanced age. Injuries, conditions, or disorders we can treat with Physical Therapy include:

  • Neurological disorders including: spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, Cerebral Palsy, stroke/CVA, post spinal surgery, peripheral nerve injuries, and multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and post-polio syndrome
  • Balance issues, falling problems and persons who are run down or de-conditioned and weak.
  • Back pain from bulging discs, sciatica, whiplash, neck pain and headaches, and arthritis pain as well as chronic pain
  • Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal disorders after injury and/or after surgery
  • Work related injuries from traumatic injuries or due to repetitive motion disorders
  • Sports related injuries from joint and muscle sprains, strains or fractures

What happens during Physical Therapy?

Our advanced-trained therapists will help you with state-of-the-art skills.


Our Physical Therapists tell you about what to expect next and how long it will take to get better.

Physical Therapy includes a thorough assessment of your situation and then treatment with:

  • Manual techniques
  • Therapeutic treatments (modalities) such as interferential electric stimulation
  • Ultrasound
    Myofasical release techniques
    Crainiosacral techniques
    Dry Needling
    Cupping (as seen on the 2016 Olympics)
  • Gait training
  • Muscle re-education
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Resumption of physical activities


What kind of equipment might I be using?

Who are the Physical Therapists at Hammer Rehab & Fitness?


Kathryn L. Hammer PT, CI, CEAS and owner of Hammer Rehab & Fitness

Kathy is a graduate of the Mayo Foundation School of Physical Therapy and licensed in the state of Wisconsin. Kathy is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Her experience and continuing education has focused on complex neurological, pediatric, orthopedic rehabilitation, industrial rehabilitation, and employment testing through WorkSTEPS.
Certified WorkSTEPS Tester.


Karen Ellefson PT

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Karen began her Physical Therapy career in an acute care hospital setting, and then moved on to a rehabilitation facility. She spent several years practicing sports medicine Physical Therapy, working with numerous college level, professional, and “weekend warrior” athletes.

Additional skills include general orthopedic issues and arthritis. Karen specializes in TMJ combined with Myofacial Pain Dysfunction (MPD) relief. Relief of headaches and neck pain is often a result of her treatments.


Ann Hessil PT

As a graduate of Marquette University with a bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy and a BS in Physical Education & Fitness from UW-Milwaukee, her collegiate experience consisted of playing basketball for UWM, and was a member of the Shirley Martin Snitz Women's Semi-Pro Basketball team. Ann offers athletes great insight on practical techniques to improve their performance. Ann is primarily a manual Physical Therapist who works in outpatient orthopedics. Her forte is her use of mysofascial release Techniques (John Barnes trained) for relief of pain and soft tissue dysfunction. Her attention to the structural alignment of the spine, pelvis and extremities allows her clients to get the most from their exercise programs.   She has advanced training in the whole spine, Sacro-Iliac Joint Dysfunction, chronic pain, TMJ and headaches. She has 22 years of experience in the field and understands the needs of all clients including recreational, High school, college and pro athletes for return to competition and life.


John Barrette RPT

John Barrette graduated from Marquette University in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy. John’s extensive work experience includes outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine, conditioning/fitness in conjunction with strength reconditioning, inpatient rehabilitation, and  a clinical education for Marquette University. He has over 30 years of practice as a therapist.  John’s manual therapy and treatment background include; “John Barnes Myofascial Release”, Eastern Technique Shiatsu, joint mobilization, kinesio taping and neuro probe techniques. He uses these techniques as a means to reduce dysfunction and relieve pain, while strengthening the core and extremity musculature to bring the body back in proper alignment and full function when possible. John is also certified for WorKSTEPS® Post-Offer testing for clients looking to go to work at a specific job. 
Certified WorkSTEPS Tester.


Brian Butkiewicz PTA

Brian Butkiewicz, our Physical Therapy Assistant, is from Milwaukee, WI. He earned his degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1982, and has over 30 years of experience including sports medicine, orthopedics, and Rehab Centers and nursing homes. Brian is a manual therapist skilled in myofascial release, cervical and lumbar spinal therapies, as well as treatment of core and upper and lower extremities. He has additional experience in treating neurological impairments such as Stroke, Head Injury, Parkinsons, and Multiple Sclerosis. Additionally, through review of multiple articles,  videos, and round table conversations  including the Houston Astros, University of Wisconsin, University of Houston, Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati and former MLB pitcher and researcher Tom House, Brian has developed a core program that has become known to  save many athletes careers. His sports background aides in the therapy techniques he uses for his patients and with young athletes. His passion and ability to progress athletes to dramatically improve their development is a remarkable skill. 
Certified WorkSTEPS Tester.