Meet the Physical Therapists

David Stejbach, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, Cert. MDT

David Stejbach has his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and has extensive experience working with a diverse group of children and adults from the well-tuned athlete to the aging baby boomer.

David specializes in treating orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders with a special emphasis on issues regarding the spine, foot and ankle, shoulder and knee.  He has extensive knowledge in treating both non-surgical and post-surgical patients; and, is one of the few therapists in the area who is credentialed in mechanical diagnosis and therapy of the spine through the McKenzie Institute.  This renowned field of study is a research-driven program of assessment, treatment, and prevention strategies for back and neck.

Mindy Nagel, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Mindy Nagel earned her BA from Otterbein College and, after working for several years with Cincinnati-area dance companies, went on to earn her Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2006 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Alabama State University in 2015. Dr. Nagel was awarded the professional designation of board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She treats orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions for all ages and activity levels as well as specializing in dance injury screening, prevention and rehabilitation. She has studied Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) through the Prague School and is a DNS Certified Exercise Trainer. She is also a certified Pilates Instructor and continues to enjoy her dance and choreography career. She has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati since 2006. Dr. Nagel has also participated in continuing education in sports medicine, muscle energy techniques, microcurrent point stimulation, kinesiotaping, and a wide variety of orthopaedic issues.

Ellen Franke, PT, DPT

Dr. Ellen Franke is a Cincinnati native and two-time graduate of the University of Cincinnati, earning her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in May 2015 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in April 2018. Throughout her education, Ellen presented research at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting, the nation’s largest physical therapy (PT) conference, and participated in a service experience to Mexico, providing PT services to local workers and their families. Ellen has a passion for athletic activities, developed through a long history of participation in competitive sports. However, after the demands of volleyball and swimming led to injuries, she adjusted her approach to physical wellness. Today, she balances yoga practice, weight lifting, and cardiovascular exercise to maintain a high level of physical activity. Ellen is looking forward to making a positive difference in the well-being of her community by empowering her patients to take control of their health and foster positive habits for improved quality of life. She plans to expand her skillset with courses in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and a certification as a yoga instructor. She will incorporate these techniques into patient treatments as she believes in the benefits of melding breath, strength, and flexibility.