Staff

Kathryn L. Hammer, PT, CEAS, CI

Owner/Director

Kathryn L. Hammer has owned and operated Hammer Rehab & Fitness since 2002 in the Waukesha Big Bend area. She is a graduate of North Park University and the Mayo Foundation School of Physical Therapy. She is a lifetime member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She worked as a school physical therapist and traveling Physical Therapist before opening her own facility.

She is a licensed WorkSTEPS® Employment Testing provider and Job Site Assessments specialist. Kathy is Certified to perform Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs), WorkSTEPS® Post Offer Testing and is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist. She is also a Certified Clinical Instructor through the APTA and has assisted in training many local Physical Therapist (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) students.

Her experience and continuing education training have focused on complex neurological, pediatric, orthopedic rehabilitation sports rehab, manual therapy techniques and industrial rehab.


Karen Ellefson, PT

Karen Ellefson is a graduate of University of Wisconsin/Madison. She is a lifetime member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Karen began her career in Physical Therapy in acute care hospitals, then moved to a rehabilitation facility for a few years. Karen is a skilled Sports Medicine PT who has worked with numerous college, professional and “weekend warrior” athletes. She had her own outpatient physical therapy clinic in Waukesha for many years. She has additional advanced skills such as cranial sacral therapy, myofascial release, strain counterstrain for general orthopedic issues, as well as arthritis. She is also known as the "go to" therapist for Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) pain combined with Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD) relief. Headaches and neck pain are often interrelated symptoms that are relieved with her treatments.


John Barrette, PT

John Barrette is a graduate of Marquette University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. John’s extensive experience includes outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine, conditioning fitness in conjunction with strength reconditioning. He has also worked with inpatient geriatrics and hospitals. John has been a physical therapy clinical educator for Marquette University students. He has worked for over 30 years as a physical therapist. John is a certified WorkSTEPS® Employment Tester. His manual therapy and treatment training includes John Barnes Myofascial Release, Eastern Shiatsu technique, Joint Mobilization, Neuroprobe techniques, Kinesiotaping, advanced skills for treatment of vertigo and dizziness. John uses his techniques as a means to relieve pain and reduce dysfunction. His goal is to assist his patients to attain strengthening the core and extremity muscles in order to bring the body back into proper alignment and resume full function where possible.


Ashley Webster, PTA

Ashley Webster recently graduated from Bryant and Stratton College in May of 2019, where she studied to become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Prior to college, Ashley worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in a memory care nursing home for five years. Some hobbies Ashley has outside of the office are competing in weightlifting competitions. She enjoys being active and includes fitness into her everyday routine. Ashley also enjoys traveling whenever she has the chance to.

Ashley's personality is something everyone who walks in the door will love. She loves to help motivate patients and encourage them to keep going while they are here at Hammer Rehab and Fitness.


Front Desk

It is our goal to make your experience as friendly and smooth as possible; from your first encounter via phone, internet or in person to your last visit and on to discharge. We strive for prompt scheduling, timely and accurate billing.

Hammer Rehab and Fitness Center is pleased to have great Front Desk Billing and Ancillary Staff/Rehab Aides to support our clients and our therapists. They are here to make sure your experience is the best in our industry. Our goal is for you to return to a more vigorous lifestyle than when you first begin your therapy program.


Nicole Mueller

Nicole Mueller makes sure you are welcomed to our facility each time you arrive or call. She has assisted us in developing and implementing new patient protocols, prompt scheduling, initiating and completing pre-authorizations, setting up new clients in our billing system, billing our insurance companies and posting payments when they are received. She makes sure our therapist’s documentation is timely and accurate. She works with scheduling, billing, posting and reporting for our WorkSTEPS clients as well.

In additional roles, Nicole instructs our student rehab assistants in setting up treatment rooms, answering the phone, keeping the building sparkling clean and helping clients when they need assistance on equipment, getting in and out of the building, scheduling staff members so that there is staff here to support our therapists and clients.

Nicole is the brains and backbone to our fitness programs here. She works with several clients as their personal trainer. She not only helps with exercise programs, but also encourages fitness clients to keep at the hard work that they have accomplished with her. She also is in charge of Silver Sneakers and other fitness members. If people ever have questions on equipment, or specific workouts she is the go-to girl for it.


Dawn Stuczynski

Dawn Stuczynski often brings us laughter and a happy spirit when she arrives. Then, she gets down to the business of billing; accurate timely data entry, sending our electronic billing, paper billing and monthly invoices to our clients. Dawn is willing to spend time on the phone and researching files to follow up with insurance claims that need attention. She is our credentialing guru and keeps all of our therapists registered with all of our insurance companies so we can serve as many clients as possible as in-network providers.


Nick Jensen

Nick Jensen is a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Carroll University. He is a graduate of the Exercise Science program at Carroll. He works with us as a Rehab Aide, Boot Camp Instructor and Caretaker of our grounds. He recently was away from the area to complete an internship in Eau Claire for his therapy degree.


Taylor Davis

Taylor Davis is a Business Major at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Front Desk Person and Administrative Assistant duties have been to assist us in developing a more consistent marketing plan, sending out newsletters, helping send out cards and letters to clients and physicians.


Erin Ferry

Erin Ferry is an Exercise Science student, pre-physical Therapy student from Carroll University. Working as a rehab aide and ancillary staff, she is our newest employee and is ready and willing to help before we even ask.


April Falk

April Falk is a student at Carroll University studying Health Care Administration. She works as a rehab aid and is also an administrative assistant. She helps out with therapists and patients along with assisting in billing and fitness.