Our team at Midwest Physical Therapy Services (MPTS) is composed of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants (PTA) and technicians. Each member of our team plays a very important role in providing optimal treatment to our patients.

A physical therapist is an educated, licensed health care professional that specializes in restoring/improving patient’s mobility and reduce pain. Physical therapists receive a doctoral level degree and must take a national exam in order to practice. Our physical therapists will design and oversee the treatment plan and goals for each individual patient at MPTS.

A physical therapist assistant must be a graduate of a PTA accredited program and pass an educational specific licensure examination. As a physical therapist assistant they are educated to make assessments and clinical judgments during treatment sessions to ensure the highest quality and safest treatment interventions for patients. Our PTAs will work with patients instructing exercises, providing physical agents to reduce pain, progressing treatment plan and goals under the direction of our physical therapists.

Meet our Team

Cheryl Wisinski, PT, DPT, WCS

Dr. Wisinski is a licensed physical therapist and owner of Midwest Physical Therapy Services. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Women’s Health. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Des Moines University, Iowa. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the physical therapy program at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, in 1986, and received her BS at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, in 1984. A native of Nebraska, she returned to the state in 1987 to set up her practice. She serves in elected positions in both the Section on Women’s Health, and in the Nebraska Chapter, of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Dr. Wisinski has received certification in lymphedema drainage and orthotics casting as well as specialized training in manual therapy techniques for the spine and pelvis, and training in functional Dry Needling. Click here for more information. She has spent over 25 years specializing in Women’s Health. She routinely lectures at area medical programs and provides seminars to medical professionals around the country. On a state level, she has been honored with the Mary Ellen Sackseder Award, by the Nebraska Chapter, APTA. On a national level, she has been recognized by the National Association for Continence as the Continence Care Champion, and by the APTA as the Outstanding Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Team Award.

Shannon Stigall, PT, DPT, CMTPT, Functional Medicine Specialist

Dr. Stigall received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. After graduating in 2013 she moved with her husband to Omaha and soon became certified in Dry Needling. Click here for more information. She is level 3 certified, allowing her to treat an individual head to toe for pain and functional deficits. She worked in orthopedics for five years prior to joining the MPTS team in 2019. She is also a certified Functional Medicine specialist working on lifestyle modifications in conjunction with MPTS patients.

Dr. Stigall has a special interest in orthopedic injuries including those resulting from pregnancy and wants to share her experience and expertise with others. She also has an interest in nutritional studies, exercise, plant based cooking, military life, traveling, and spending time with her church and family.

Laura Carley, PT, MPT

Laura joined the MPTS team in 2019. She is a native of Council Bluffs. She attained her Masters in Physical Therapy from St. Ambrose University in Davenport Iowa. She has been practicing for the past 19 years in a small town rural hospital in Iowa. Her background includes all levels of care from acute hospital stays, skilled and home health care and outpatient orthopedics. She has experience treating incontinence symptoms, pelvic pain, and pre-prostatectomy pelvic floor strengthening programs as well as myofascial release and Graston techniques. Laura enjoys treating patients as a whole and educating them on what is normal for the human body. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, cooking, and reading.

Lindsey Sandau-Tomlin PT, DPT, CAPP-Pelvic

Lindsey received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2010. She received her Bachelors in Science in Exercise Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduation, Lindsey worked at a small critical access hospital in Iowa, providing care in inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and home health settings. She then worked in Omaha where she split her time between two clinics, including MPTS and a clinic specializing in post amputation care & prosthetic training. Lindsey and her husband relocated to Colorado in 2014 where she worked at an outpatient orthopedic clinic where her focus was on Pregnancy & Postpartum Care, pelvic floor dysfunction, and Women’s Health diagnoses.

Lindsey completed training as a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2018. She received her Level 1 certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling through Kinetacore in 2016. In 2015, she received her Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic) through the Section on Women’s Health. Lindsey has also taken specialty courses in Obstetrics and Labor & Delivery, as well as courses through the Institute of Physical Art.

Lindsey has provided in-services to women’s groups, yoga studios, and other medical facilities on the importance of, and need for, women’s health and pelvic physical therapies.


  • Licensed physical therapist since 2010
  • Ongoing continuing education in pelvic floor dysfunction, prenatal and postpartum care, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Regis University, Denver, CO
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with minors in Religion & Psychology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

Kareena Torres, PTA

Kareena is an Omaha native with a passion for physical therapy. She graduated cum laude in 2016 from Clarkson College with an associate’s degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. Kareena has been a part of the MPTS team since 2017. She loves building relationships with her patients and seeing their symptoms improve through stretching, strengthening, manual techniques and more. She enjoys spending time with her family and dog, especially outdoors.

Michelle Lueking, PTA

Melissa Loya, Office Manager

Melissa is from Maryland, where she attended Montgomery College and obtained a Medical Assistant Certification. She has worked in the Medical field for 20 years, 10 of those years were dedicated to managing several departments including practice management and overseeing an outpatient surgery center. Melissa is a social and friendly person who enjoys establishing interpersonal relationships. She holds a very strong bond to her friends, family, her lovely three kids, and is an avid advocate for patient rights. As a military wife, Melissa has often enjoyed her travels. On her free time, Melissa also enjoys art, dancing, yoga, weightlifting and nutrition.

Ava Rhode, PT Technician

Ava is from Omaha, Nebraska. She is currently a freshman attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Science on the Pre-PT track. She is a member of Pre-PT Club, Campus Red Cross Club, and the sorority Delta Delta Delta. Outside of school, Ava enjoys reading, volunteering, and hanging out with family and friends.

Tristyn Tanaka, PT Technician

Tristyn is from Oahu, Hawaii. She is currently a junior at Creighton University majoring in Exercise Science on the Pre-PT track with a minor in Spanish and Hispanic Studies. She is a member of the Hawaii Club, service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, and the sorority Theta Phi Alpha. Outside of school, she enjoys shopping, going to the beach, watching soccer and baseball, and spending time with her family and friends.