About the Clinic - Hands On Physical Therapy - East
Hands on Physical Therapy is an all encompassed practice dedicated to your personal goals. We are proud to be an integral part of the Cheyenne community and look forward to working with you to provide highly effective and state of the art treatments. We are skilled in many aspects of Physical Therapy and clinical specialists in many areas.
We are highly trained Physical Therapists with experience in multiple settings. Our passion is dedicated towards helping anyone who is looking to make an improvement in his or her physical function.
Physical Therapy is a balance of Science and Art. We are experts in the study of human movement and how our daily lives contribute to pain, dysfunction, weakness, compensation and loss of mobility.
Our team is dedicated to promoting, guiding, and demonstrating a healthy and active lifestyle.
We always welcome new patients and depending on your insurance plan you typically do not need a referral to see us.
We are proud to offer a few treatment options that are unique to our office, we are on the cutting edge of health care and have proven to be very successful in the aide of prevention of surgery, return to lost hobbies and dreams, and all together improvement in general quality of life.
At Hands on Physical Therapy we dedicate your appointment time to you. Our appointments generally last 45 min and your treatments will be tailored to you. You will always be working with a licensed physical therapist professional. We believe that you deserve the best care and treatment possible and this involves 1-on-1 care.
We are Medicare and Medicaid providers. We are pleased to note that we are preferred providers of the following insurance plans:
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Matt Burks, PT, DPT, MS
Matt is excited to be part of the Hands On team in Cheyenne. He completed his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science at the University of Tennessee, a Master’s in Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado, and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver. His particular areas of interest include pain science, motor control and motor learning, and exercise physiology. Outside of the clinic, you’re likely to find him practicing some gymnastics moves at the gym (a real work in progress), fly fishing, or mountain biking and camping with his wife, Kari.
Donna Homkes, Exercise Physiologist
Donna graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with emphasis in Exercise Physiology. Since graduating she has worked in the area of rehabilitation, which includes nursing facilities, acute and transitional care facilities and outpatient physical therapy. She has fifteen years of experience assisting Physical Therapists in specific treatment techniques to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients.
Advanced Training: Yoga for Therapeutic Rehabilitation, Pilates; reformer, chair, mat and varies props.
Certifications: Yoga, Functional Movement System (FMS) level1, A-PAI Aquatics, Kettlebell Training level1.
Professional Accomplishments: Physical Education Instructor for the Fire and Science department and the Physical Education department at Laramie County Community College.
Donna enjoys working with clients in regards to general strengthening, Pilates, aquatics and yoga. Her passion is to get more of the Cheyenne community involved in an exercise program. When asked what Donna finds most rewarding about being an exercise physiologist, it's to watch her clients attain their personal goals in fitness. Dance has been a huge part of Donna's life. She has experience in classical dance, jazz, ballroom as well as other forms of dance. As a child Donna fell in love with dance. This love blossomed into a passion throughout her life, which drives her desire to teach others how to incorporate exercise into their lives regardless of what form that may be.
Emily Wilson, PT, DPT
Emily graduated from Ithaca College's accelerated DPT program earning her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Health Studies in 2013 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015. New to the field of Physical Therapy, Emily is exploring interests in pelvic health and manual therapy including Trigger point dry needling. Through special schooling and clinical experience she has gained an interest in treatments such as HVLA, pediatric therapy, aquatic therapy, and functional electrical stimulation to help regain walking function. Emily has been a member with the American Physical Therapy Associate (APTA) since 2012. Originally from New Jersey, Emily represented the NJ chapter of the APTA at the 2014 Federal Advocacy Forum helping PT's across the country advance the profession of Physical Therapy to be able to provide the best care for our patients.
When not working, Emily enjoys yoga, snowboarding, swimming, hiking and being outdoors. She hopes to inspire patients to regain function in efforts to return to a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.