John Rugotzke PT, DPT, OCS, FAFS, CAFS, FMR Physical Therapist
New Life Team Member Since: 2016
John is a physical therapist at our Westfield location. John completed his physical therapy education at Mayo Clinic, receiving a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2008. Prior to this, he received a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 2004. A Wisconsin native, John has practiced in Madison and Rhinelander. John is a graduate of the UW-Health Meriter Hospital Orthopaedic Residency program and was awarded his Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) credential in 2011. John completed the Gray Institute for Functional Transformation (GIFT) Fellowship and is a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS). He has certifications in Functional Manual Reaction (FMR), Trigger Point Dry Needling, and Applied Functional Science.
What John likes most about being a physical therapist: “I enjoy the personal level of involvement that PTs have with their patients. Helping someone get better means getting them back to what is important to them, and in our profession you get to know your patients as individuals. Seeing them improve and resume their normal functions is what brings you back to work ready to go every morning.”
Outside of Work:John’s personal interests include homebrewing, collecting/restoring vintage Coleman lanterns, hunting, ice fishing, camping, and of course spending time in the outdoors with his wife, young son, and two dogs. He is a member of Lions Club and looks forward to becoming an active member of the Westfield community.
Kyle Herbert PTA Physical Therapist Assistant
New Life Team Member Since 2011
Kyle earned his Associate Degree in Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Madison College. He has experience as a track coach and as a physical therapy aide with New Life for a number of years. He is a FSBPT Certified Physical Therapist Assistant. Kyle practices at the Portage and Westfield New Life locations.
Kim Calnin Patient Services New Life Team Member Since 2015
Kim is a patient service specialist at the Portage and Westfield locations. She is happy to bring over 30 years in customer service to New Life Physical Therapy. She truly enjoys meeting new people as they walk through our door! Her area of focus includes scheduling, welcoming and preparing for new patient arrival, initial insurance setup, front office reception duties, working with patients on updated FOTO surveys, and customer service.
What Kim likes most about working at New Life Physical Therapy/with patients: “I am so happy to join the New Life team. Having been a patient in need of physical therapy and referred here in the past, I was so impressed with the therapists care and concern that I knew this was the right place for me.”
Outside of Work:“I look at EVERY day as a bless”ing”. I truly enjoy spending time with family and friends, antique shopping, traveling, cooking, walking, and volunteering in the community and church.
I love quiet evenings at home with my husband of 38 years. I always look forward to Fall and the beautiful color it brings.”
Sarah Rugotzke Patient Services New Life Team Member since 2016
Sarah is a patient services specialist working at the Portage and Westfield locations. Her area of focus is insurance claim billing assistance, verifying insurance benefits for patients, front desk reception, and customer service.