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, two sons, and two dogs. He is a member of Lions Club in Westfield and enjoys being a part of the community.
Kyle Herbert PTA, CAFS 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 and has been working with New Life since 2015. Kyle has certifications through the Gray Institute including Applied Functional Science and 3D Maps. Kyle practices at the Portage and Westfield New Life locations.
What Kyle likes most about being a physical therapist assistant: “I really enjoy helping people get back to doing the things they like to do in life, as well as interacting and learning more about my patients.”
Outside of work: Kyle enjoys weight lifting and playing any type of sport, as well as hunting and fishing.
Sydney Mikulas PT, DPT Physical Therapist
New Life Team Member Since: 2018
Sydney is a physical therapist practicing at our Portage and Westfield locations. Sydney earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2016 from the University of Colorado and has a B.S in Human Physiology from Gonzaga University. Sydney grew up in Colorado and developed a deep love for the outdoors, playing club soccer and lacrosse. Sydney and her husband moved to Wisconsin in 2017. Sydney has worked in a private orthopedic setting as a PT and works to identify the root problem of an injury or cause of pain to treat the whole person. She aims to promote further engagement in patients’ health to improve function and help patients meet their goals.
What Sydney likes most about being a physical therapist: “I love being a PT because I get to work closely with patients while they move toward their goals. It brings me a lot of joy to facilitating change and help patients live life to the fullest.”
Outside of work: I love being outdoors and enjoy running, hiking, climbing, yoga, and spending time with my husband and black lab.